What a sad day when no one was found who cared enough for the people of God to keep them from being destroyed.

I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.
Ezekiel 22.30 NLT

The people of Israel were destroyed because no one sought to stop the idolatry and injustice in their midst. Continue reading

Joseph Exell’s Biblical Illustrator quotes an author approvingly on Matthew 18:2-5, “This teaches us all—I. The necessity of humility in order to salvation” (p. 392).

But wait! Isn’t faith alone necessary for salvation? So say the evangelicals. Until they get into the text. Then they contradict themselves and bend over backwards to undo what they plainly read.

Now they may try to wrap humility into faith, place it under the faith umbrella. And that’s fine. But they should also permit that we place obedience under the faith umbrella as well. (Paul does use “faith” as an umbrella term for man’s total response to the gospel.) Continue reading