Seeking Grace in AIDS

HIV_Epidem

Bluntly Reminded

This afternoon, my sister bluntly reminded me of a personal stance I previously took on AIDS: that I was once very much against finding a cure for HIV/AIDS and that I was very much opposed to donating money to organizations that were searching for a cure / supporting the AIDS effort to reduce the suffering of those infected.

Jacqueline bluntly shared with me that a church sister and friend apparently took that offensively (and still remembers what I said), especially as the church friend is a student of medicine. I cannot take back that position I took and the words that I had professed. I sincerely regret hurting her feelings, for being so stubborn, judgmental and unloving to HIV/AIDS sufferers, and would apologize if given the chance. I am glad, however, that she did take my previous position to heart and stood for what she believed in — we need more passionate Christians who stand up and contend for what they believe in, especially in causes related to the gospel.

Looking back, I see that those words spoken by myself were not appropriate for the Sunday School setting (I do not remember the context specifically), regardless of whether or not I was asked / provoked during class discussions about where I stood on the AIDS pandemic. I was very arrogant and prideful of my orthodoxy and conservative positions on social issues, and I sadly regret that I was not humble. I have tried hard over the past couple years to be disciplined by His grace and I hope this would be a testament to the Spirit at work within me, that I am working towards being more humbly loving and graciously truthful in my theology.
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Check your Heart for Modesty

Summer is in, and quite frankly, modesty is out. If you live in a place where it is warm or hot all year round AND it’s a “city”, modesty probably has long gone with the wind.

Last August, I wrote a substantial article on this issue and said what I want to say again this summer–let’s bring back modesty in the church, all year round. I was humbled that a mother named Gail read my post and was edified by it. And so, I hope you are you.

This time around, I submit to you–especially the ladies reading this–to have your heart checked for modesty. I exhort you to read and do the Modesty Heart Check. Why? Because God has said, “Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.”(1 Timothy 2:9-10). That being said, in our context today the braided hair, gold/pearls does not apply, however, it still speaks the same truth to what we wear today.
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Take Every Thought Captive

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.
(2 Corinthians 10:3-6)

Suffering as a Southern Baptist

Some gay activists protested at Southern Seminary a couple of days ago (HT: Challies). Check it out here:

This all happened since President Mohler suggesting that a biological basis for homosexuality may be proven, and that prenatal treatment to reverse gay orientation would be biblically justified. Dr. Mohler also recently responded to the uproar from the misinterpretation of his words.

Suffering as a Christian
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory [2] and of God rests upon you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a meddler. 16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in that name. 17 For it is time for judgment to begin at the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the outcome for those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And

“If the righteous is scarcely saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinner?”

19 Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.

(1 Peter 4:12-19)

Let’s get it on!

Since Rob Bell‘s newest book, Sex God, has been released and CT even has an excerpt of it, I thought it’d be helpful to have an archive of this controversial book’s reviews. I’ll update this post as more reviews are published. Please use biblical discernment, as these reviews are not necessarily my opinions on the topic.

If you’re looking for a good, biblical book about God’s view of sex and sexuality, I would rather suggest Sex and the Supremacy of Christ by John Piper (Editor), reviews here and here.