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Ask RC – What is your favorite book of the Bible?

This is, of course, somewhat slippery ground. I would never want to suggest that one book of the Bible is better, sounder, truer, more inspired than any other book of the Bible. It is all God breathed, without error and … Continue reading

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Ask RC- Is acting a sin?

In its exposition of the meaning of the 7th commandment the Westminster Larger Catechism says, “The sins forbidden in the Seventh Commandment, besides the neglect of the duties required, are, adultery, fornication, rape, inces3, sodomy, and all unnatural lusts; … … Continue reading

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Ask RC-Jesus told the rich young fool that he must sell all that he had, give it to the poor, and follow him. Is this true for all who would follow Jesus?

Yes. This, of course, is not what we typically hear about this text. We are told, for instance, that Jesus was tapping into the first use of the law rather than the third here, that rather than telling the young … Continue reading

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Ask RC- Are there any “gray areas” from God’s point of view? Is everything a matter of right and wrong from God’s point of view? How would you determine issues that would be “gray?”

No, there are no gray areas from God’s point of view. Neither should there by gray areas from our point of view. There are, however, issues that are not moral issues. Suppose, for instance, that the dictionary suggests that both … Continue reading

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Ask RC- Is there one true church?

Yes, Virginia, there is. The true church is made up of all those churches that confess the true faith. We can divide the true church into the visible church and the invisible. The former contains all those who have a … Continue reading

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Ask RC- What, if you could have only one word, would you want on your tombstone?

This “Ask RC” goes back twenty years. This question was asked of me by a friend with a preternatural gift of asking what he calls “diagnostic questions,” questions that slip into ordinary conversation that end up, before we know what … Continue reading

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Ask RC- Why are we so awful to each other on the internet?

The internet did not invent sin. We were plenty awful to each other long before Al Gore when into his lab and wound his web around the world. That said, the internet did bring some new features to the sin … Continue reading

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Ask RC- What’s the difference between a fundamentalist and an evangelical?

There’s a great deal of history and nuance to this question. One could argue that the terms are identical. Both groups trace their roots to a prior term, and the shift to the new term to the same source. That … Continue reading

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Ask RC- How does the ancient heresy of Gnosticism impact the church today?

There are at least two ways, one most of us are on guard against, the other we’re oblivious to. One of the defining qualities of the gnostic worldview is that it sees that which is material as bad, inherently inferior … Continue reading

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Ask RC-How can an infinite hell be just when our sins are finite?

The wisdom of this question, I would argue, is that it gets at the real horror of hell. A lake of fire is a frightening thought indeed. The greater dread, however, is the duration of hell, that it never ends. … Continue reading

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