Why Porn Is Addicting: The Science of Pornography Addiction

AsapSCIENCE has put together another video explaining the hard science behind the ‘porn epidemic’ – the internet’s drug of choice.

The video identifies that we all know it’s the number one topic for internet searches, and it questions if we ever consider how pornography can have lasting neuroplastic effects?

But how do we escape the trap of pornography!?

Be reminded that for the sake of your joy you say no to pornography. And it’s important that you are active inkilling the sin before it kills you. Therefore, continually remind yourself of the positive reasons to avoid pornography when you feel tempted to sin.

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A Warped Worldview: Another Moral Effect of Pornography, by Albert Mohler

The imbroglio over Louie Giglio is the clearest evidence of the new Moral McCarthyism of our sexually “tolerant” age. During the infamous McCarthy hearings, witnesses would be asked, “Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Communist Party?”

In the version now to be employed by the Presidential Inaugural Committee, the question will be: “Are you now or have you ever been one who believes that homosexuality (or bisexuality, or transsexualism, etc.) is anything less than morally acceptable and worthy of celebration?”

Albert Mohler

The Giglio Imbroglio — The Public Inauguration of a New Moral McCarthyism


read his original article or listen to him talk about this.

Article summary:

"…So, in the waning days of Newsweek as a print magazine, the editors decided to take on the New Testament. Readers should note carefully that it is Newsweek, and not the New Testament, that is going out of print.

BLAM!

(Source: albertmohler.com)

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    11-07-12

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    The Briefing

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    Dr. Albert Mohler

The Briefing, Wednesday, November 7, 2012

History has been made and the issues are becoming clear. The 2012 U.S. election is over, and President Barack Obama has won a second term in office. Massive political and cultural changes are now evident, and American Christians wake up this morning to a witness a seismic alteration in the nation’s moral landscape. At least three states have taken steps toward same-sex marriage and other great challenges come into view. Keep Reading

What is Morality Other Than Harm?

What Is Morality Other than Harm? from The Gospel Coalitionon Vimeo.

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Is morality limited to questions of direct harm? That question is not just a matter of moral theory — it also informs our most urgent political and cultural debates. Back in May, columnist Eric Zorn of The Chicago Tribune asserted: “To me, immoral conduct is that which harms others, period.”

That seems to be a straightforward statement, especially in light of its context. Zorn was writing a column in which he dismissed common arguments against same-sex marriage. I his concluding section he argued, “I will not debate the morality of various forms of private sexual conduct between consenting adults and neither should our lawmakers.” Since no one is harmed, Zorn argues, there is no real moral issue with respect to the sexual activities of consenting adults.

In truth, a good many people agree with him. His logic is encapsulated in the 2003 U S. Supreme Court decision in Lawrence v. Texas that invalidated all laws against homosexuality. I am fairly confident that the vast majority of Americans would be tempted to accept Zorn’s argument, and younger Americans especially. My guess is that this would include many Christians, especially younger Christians.

Is Zorn right? There is certainly wisdom in his acknowledgment that harm to others, and particularly any intentional harm, is immoral. The problem is the restriction of his definition to others as understood in a radically individualist scheme. If we restrict morality to that which directly causes harm only to specific persons, we will eliminate an absolutely essential moral horizon — the community of which individuals are a part.

Christianity offers a moral vision that embraces both the individual and the community. Collin Hansen of The Gospel Coalition invited me to address this question along with Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Church in New York City. I am thankful to Collin for making this conversation happen. I think you will find it interesting.

(Source: thegospelcoalition.org)

In trying to make over generous claims about the Christianity of some of the key Founding Fathers we’re not only doing damage to history but to Christianity. We are defining the gospel down…

Dr. Albert Mohler

from his podcast "Thinking In Public: What Did America’s Founders Really Believe? A Conversation with Historian Gregg Frazer"

He is a historian who has been studying this issue for 30 years,… it is a fascinating conversation.

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Al Mohler interviews Frank Page at Southern Bapitst Theological Seminary

50 minutes long and worth every minute!

The SBC only exist two days out of the year,… only 6 cents of every SBC dollar goes to missions, and lots of other things I never knew about the SBC. Very edifying.

Announcing RefNet: 24-hour Christian Internet Radio

We live in a time where there is a proliferation of edifying media available on the web for the Christian, but there isn’t a clear way to aggregate this media into a produced, filtered format. Simply putting everything on the web doesn’t mean everyone will find it. Yes, some people want an à la carte approach with choosing from a multiplicity of podcasts or searching through long lists and that works well for them. Yet others want an always-on streaming approach. As we see it, the Christian community has only just begun to tap the internet’s potential for spreading trustworthy biblical teaching to every nation, tribe, and language on this earth.

It’s for these reasons that we have created Ligonier’s newest outreach: we call it RefNet.

RefNet (Reformation Network) is 24-hour Christian internet radio featuring biblical preaching and teaching

While Christian terrestrial radio continues to be an effective outreach in the United States, we’re pushing to leverage the growth of internet-enabled mobile phones and tablets around the world. RefNet is freely available on your internet connected iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch; on your computer through the RefNet website; or on many other mobile browsers through RefNet’s lite mobile version.

You’ll hear Renewing Your Mind with Dr. R.C. Sproul, plus hundreds of teaching series, messages from our teaching fellows, and more than twenty-five years of conference messages. Ligonier has a digital library of many thousands of hours of solid Bible teaching and preaching, but up until this point we have been limited in ways to provide useful access to it. RefNet enables us to serve you better with unique daily teaching and preaching.

RefNet is pleased to also feature the ministries of other broadcast partners who echo the same great historic truths that have been well-framed by the creedal consensus coming out of the Reformation. RefNet includes broadcasts from Alistair Begg at Truth For Life, John MacArthur at Grace to You, John Piper at Desiring God, Albert Mohler with The Briefing and Thinking in Public, and many others. And you’ll hear daily news briefs from World Magazine and SRN News to help you stay current with that day’s headlines.

In the evening, families can enjoy biblically-based audio drama produced by Lamplighter Theater. We then move throughout the night into a blend of Bible reading, brought to you by our friends at Crossway Books, and pleasant music suitable to background listening.

Many people already connect their computers, smartphones, and tablets to their home audio systems, so this will be one additional way to serve Christians who want a Scripture-saturated home.

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Ligonier Ministries’ mission statement includes a phrase that takes my breath away: “reach as many people as possible.” You probably dream big like me, so the number of people we have to reach is staggering, almost 7 billion by last count. What this means is that in order to reach as many of those 7 billion souls as possible, we need to be wise stewards of the technology God, in His grace, has put in front of us. RefNet is another outreach to help us do just that.

We hope you enjoy using RefNet as much as we enjoyed creating it. We’re just getting started and there are more edifying broadcasts to come. Please share RefNet with your family, friends, and churches.

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Southern Baptists & God’s Plan of Salvation

Just this past week, Eric Hankins published a statement called, A Statement of Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation.” As Eric himself explains, the statement is compiled by a number of pastors, professors, and leaders in response to Calvinism in Southern Baptist life. Some of those who have signed the statement include: Jerry Vines, Paige Patterson, Morris Chapman, among others. As the introduction to the statement argues, those who have drafted and signed the statement believe the doctrine affirmed therein represents the majority of Southern Baptists yesterday and today.

However, many have observed that there are serious problems with the statement. For example, Classical Arminian theologian, Roger Olson, states that the statement goes beyond Classical Arminianism to Semi-Pelagianism. In his article he argues,

The problem with this Southern Baptist statement is its neglect of emphasis on the necessity of the prevenience of supernatural grace for the exercise of a good will toward God (including acceptance of the gospel by faith). If the authors believe in that cardinal biblical truth, they need to spell it out more clearly. And they need to delete the sentence that denies the incapacitation of free will due to Adam’s sin.

You can read Olson’s entire response here. But others who are Calvinists have responded as well, not only making the same point Olson does concerning the statement’s Semi-Pelagian theology, but also evaluating the statement on terms of biblical grounds and within the context of the Southern Baptist Convention.

One article I would like to recommend is Albert Mohler’s response entitled, “Southern Baptists and Salvation: It’s Time to Talk.” Mohler writes that when it comes to Southern Baptist Calvinism-Arminianism debates over salvation, the conversation should be welcomed, for what could be more important than God’s plan of salvation.

The document, identified as “A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation” was written and released by a group of Southern Baptists who clearly intend to make a theological argument. Their public action and serious intention should be welcomed. We should be glad that Southern Baptists are fully capable of engaging in a theological and biblical discussion over doctrine. Furthermore, we should be thankful that we are discussing God’s plan of salvation and the right way of understanding how God saved sinners. What could be more important?

Mohler also insightfully explains why he is thankful that we are having this conversion rather than another one:

First, we should pause to reflect that, thanks to the Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention, we are not debating the inerrancy of the Bible. That matter is settled among us. We are privileged to be having a debate among those who affirm the total truthfulness and authority of the Bible. Otherwise, we would surely be debating the issues that have consumed the more liberal denominations, such as same-sex marriage, the ordination of practicing homosexuals to the ministry, and feminine God-language.

That said, Mohler does explain his problems with the statement:

I could not sign the document. Indeed, I have very serious reservations and concerns about some of its assertions and denials. I fully understand the intention of the drafters to oppose several Calvinist renderings of doctrine, but some of the language employed in the statement goes far beyond this intention. Some portions of the statement actually go beyond Arminianism and appear to affirm semi-Pelagian understandings of sin, human nature, and the human will — understandings that virtually all Southern Baptists have denied. Clearly, some Southern Baptists do not want to identify as either Calvinists, non-Calvinists, or Arminians. That is fine by me, but these theological issues have been debated by evangelicals for centuries now, and those labels stick for a reason.

Besides Mohler, Tom Ascol, Executive Editor of the Founders Ministry, is in the middle of a series of posts responding to the statement as well. Here are the first five articles in his series:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Could W.A. Criswell have signed this statement?

Part 4

Part 5

Ascol’s response is worth reading to see how one Calvinist responds to both the method and theology of such a statement. For example, Ascol writes in his second article:

This document helps position its framers and signatories on this spectrum for all to see. That will ultimately prove to be helpful as Southern Baptists come to terms with the increasingly inescapable decision of how we will live together in the SBC. Will we demand complete uniformity on each of the doctrines clustered around salvation? Will we only tolerate those who disagree with us at any point? Or will we choose to walk together as those who agree with the Baptist Faith and Message without crossing our fingers?

Ascol will continue his series this week and next, and you can follow along here.

Homosexuality… the secular media calls and ask me why [Christians] talk about this so much…I don’t call the media, they call me…

A reporter called me from a major national newspaper and the first question he asked me… was about homosexuality, the second was about homosexuality and the third was, “Why is it that we’re talking about homosexuality?”

"It is because you called me and asked the questions."

And that is just the way it is, that is why the church, right now, finds itself talking so much about homosexuality. It is not because that is what we would choose to talk about but because that is what the world is talking about, that’s what people are asking about and we have a responsibility to respond in truth.

Dr. Albert Mohler

(Source: albertmohler.com)

Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching - 99 cents! [Kindle]

Feed My Sheep

Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching
Author(s): John MacArthur R. Albert Mohler Jr. James Montgomery BoiceDerek W. H. Thomas Joel R. Beeke R. C. SproulR. C. Sproul Jr. Sinclair B. Ferguson Don KistlerEric J. Alexander John Piper  
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Is Biblical Preaching Doomed to Extinction?

In the Old Testament, God decried the fact that His people were perishing for lack of knowledge about Him. The same seems to be occurring today. There is sharing, suggesting, plenty of storytelling, and lots of preaching to felt needs in modern pulpits. But the authoritative, expositional opening of the Word of God is becoming scarcer all the time.

Jesus told Peter, Feed my sheep (John 21:17). Such is the mission for all Christ’s shepherds. But when preaching is neglected, those who have been called to feed the sheep do little more than pet them.

In this book, eleven pastors and scholars issue a fervent plea for preachers to preach the Word. Here is encouragement for pastors to persevere in their calling and wisdom to guide congregations in holding their shepherds to the biblical standards.

(Source: gospelebooks.net)

…The only future for Evangelicalism is a confessional Evangelicalism…

- Al Mohler talking about the decline of institutional churches in America in the past half-century, after a fascinating discussion with Ross Douthat on his new book "Bad Religion: How We [America] Became a Nation of Heretics". (And he means “heretics” in the strict sense.) 

Al Mohler on Time's "Rethinking Heaven" & Newsweek's "Forget the Church, Follow Jesus" [audio - 13 min.]

Al Mohler deals with these two articles in the first 13 minutes of his daily “The Briefing” podcast.

These articles were influenced by N.T. Wright and Thomas Jefferson and the Jesus Seminar…

I love this podcast that every weekday deals with “enabl[ing] Christians to think biblically by providing daily worldview analysis about the leading news headlines and cultural conversations." Daily news analyzed from a Christian wordlview.

Listen to today’s “The Briefing”

(Source: albertmohler.com)

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