Thoughts on Current Issues

I will be turning 28 on the 17th of June. This post contains a few thoughts about current issues from my perspective.

Life is short. I am growing older day by day. I hope I am growing in wisdom. I recently had a conversation with a friend and we talked about how it seems on social media that everyone posts with such confidence in what they believe or think is right about every situation that may arise.

I told this friend that I am only confident in 3 things:

1. Jesus Christ is risen from the grave and He is my Redeemer.

2. Lauren is my wife.

3. Maesyn is my daughter.

From my perspective or my ignorance, social media has the potential to continue to be a dangerous place. We can have the tendency to post with confidence and arrogance. Is anyone’s view ever changed by a facebook post? I am not saying that discussions on social media outlets cannot be useful, but I do think it is rare.

What are the right hills to die on? What are the right places to say this is it/this is the last stand?

The hills I will not die on:

  • A monument
  • A school’s name
  • A mascot

Some hills that I will die on or that I think are valuable to fight for:

  • Everyone is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27)
  • Because every person is made in the image of God, every single person has dignity, value, and worth.
  • Every single person has rebelled against God. Every single person is a sinner in need of sweet sovereign grace through Christ. The fall/sin has ruined our society in such a way that at times we may be unaware.
  • Jesus changes hearts (Eph. 2:1-10).
  • Christians are not saved by works/efforts, but we will do good works.

In the United States, we are faced with the ever present realities of sin. Our society is divided, our communities are divided, and our world is divided because of sin.

We know the problem. Some of us need to continue to listen and be empathetic to the effects of sin in our society. Sin has affected all aspects of life.

But for the Christian, we know the cure. We have the solution. The Gospel is not an add on. The Gospel is the solution by which we find peace. If one is not reconciled to God, it is impossible to be reconciled to neighbor. Yet, the Christian can still love and show compassion towards their neighbor as far as it depends on them.

I am not confident in every way I apply the Gospel to life, but I am confident in the Gospel. I am confident in what Christ does.

Will legislation change hearts? No. Christ does.

But does that mean we should not try to speak in to society? No. The Church speaks into the society by showing what has happened in the lives of their members.

In the local Church, the dividing wall of hostility has been brought down. Those who have been reconciled to God are now reconciled to fellow believers. In the Church, believers come from all different backgrounds, all different ways of life, all different makeups. But we have been changed by the power of Christ in the gospel. There is unity because we are found in Jesus.

But as we live in this world, we preach Christ who is sufficient to save souls. If one is hungry, feed them and tell them about the Bread of Life. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink and point them to the Well that never runs dry. Should the Christian fight for justice of all on this side of heaven? Yes. And Preach Christ who changes hearts. Is it good if we just give one food without sharing the good news? If we do not share the Gospel, do we labor well or labor in vain?

So the Christian can call for police reform without hating police, the Christian can say Black Lives Matter while clearly affirming everyone is made in the image of God, we do these things while calling every single person to repentance to trust in Christ by faith. The beauty of the Gospel is that at the King’s feast, those who have trusted in the King, they have a seat at his table.

The gospel has the power to reconcile sinners of all types.

Yes, the Gospel has the power to reconcile a former member of a radical white group and a former member of a radical black group.

Is this the call for our churches?

We only get one life and it will soon pass. Only what is done for Christ will last.


Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies

Pentecost-Today? by Iain Murray: A Reflection and Quotes

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By Evan Knies

Pentecost – Today? was first published in 1998 and is written by Iain Murray. In 1957, Iain cofounded Banner of Truth Trust. Pentecost – Today? is quite possibly one of the most helpful Banner books that I have read. Below are some quotes that I found helpful along with a video from Paul Washer recommending this book.

Pentecost Today available at Banner of Truth

 

Quotes

pg. 18 – It is clear from the book of Acts that all Christians did not remain permanently ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ in the sense of Acts 2:4. Had that been so it would not have been possible to say of the same persons again in Acts 4:31, ‘and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit’. Here was an element of Pentecost which was clearly repeatable; there was a further giving of what they already possessed. Again, if being ‘filled with the Spirit’ was uniform in every Christian, what would be the point of the apostles instructing the disciples in Acts 6 to look for a characteristic which all possessed, ‘Seek out….seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit’? It must be true, as the Larger Catechism of the Westminster Assembly states (Question 182), that, while the Holy Spirit is given to all Christians, his working is ‘not in all persons, nor at all times, in the same measure’.

pg. 25 – The New Testament never leaves the Christian in the position of believing that all necessary grace and help is not now available.

pg. 26 – If we think only that the Holy Spirit is continuously resident in the church, as if necessarily present and inherent in the means of grace, we can easily begin to forget how urgently we stand in need of the supernatural.

pg. 52 – Where there is no alienation from sin there is no re-birth.

pg. 59 – Faith is the grace which honours God by its dependence upon Him; and because faith receives all, and attributes nothing to itself, God identifies faith with all that He is himself able to do.

pg. 65 – Prayer is communion with God and in addressing Him we are to begin with the name which assures us of His love.

pg. 74 – Dependence upon God is our greatest need; it focuses our attention upon what He can do; and it makes His glory a supreme reason for all our concerns: ‘Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory’ (Jer. 14:21); ‘Hallowed be Your name’ (Matt. 6:9).

pg. 129 – For the Christian in this world the goal is always beyond him.

pg. 171 – If Scripture loses its true place in the church nothing remains certain.

pg. 190 – Too many modern changes in public worship look like attempts to provide substitutes for the work of the Holy Spirit; and the emptiness of these substitutes is often apparent. If a sense of the greatness and majesty of God is not present in a congregation then nothing else can produce awe and wonder.

Pentecost Today available at Banner of Truth


Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies

Sermons from Sunday (May 10th, 2020)

Deep South Reformation would like these sermons to benefit and be an aid to help you understand the Scripture for God’s Glory. If you are a pastor and would like your sermons on DSR, let us know. If you have any other questions, please contact us!

1. North Hills Church (West Monroe, LA)

2. New Testament Baptist Church (Biloxi, MS)

3. Springs of Grace Baptist Church (Shreveport, LA)

4. Highland Park Baptist Church (Monroe, LA)

5. Christ the Redeemer Church (Pine Bluff, AR)

6. Bullitt Lick Baptist Church (Shepherdsville, KY)

 

Song: Jesus Your Mercy

JC Ryle on the Souls of Men

We live in an age of progress, – an age of steam-engines and machinery, of locomotion and invention. We live in an age when the multitude are increasingly absorbed in earthly things, — in railways, and docks, and mines, and commerce, and trade, and banks, and shops, and cotton, and corn, and iron, and gold. We live in an age when there is a false glare on the things of time, and a great mist over the things of eternity. In an age like this it is the bounden duty of the ministers of Christ to fall back upon first principles. Necessity is laid upon us. Woe is unto us, if we do not press home on men our Lord’s question about the soul! Woe is unto us, if we do not cry aloud, ‘The world is not all. The life that we now live in the flesh is not the only life. There is a life to come. We have souls.’ 

– J.C. Ryle, Old Paths, pg. 40

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