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I realized that Blogger did not have all the bells and whistles that wordpress does, and I decided to move back here. Shortly after signing in here at wordpress.com, I realized that I had multiple super-old posts where I basically just copied and pasted the writings of others. I deleted those posts, for obvious reasons of not citing them correctly, and I only left a few of my old posts. I moved all of my newer blogs onto this site as well, so if you see anything weird or off with the site, tell me and I will try to fix it.
Bear with me as I revive this old wordpress machine of mine.

 
Soli Deo Gloria

-Wesley T. Robinson

INTRODUCTION
I know that this may seem like a very unusual thing for a young, wanna-be Biblically faithful person, and some may think of this as a funny, but non-Scriptural way of expressing emotion because I do not yet know if I will have a spouse on this earth someday or not. Or to some of those from the opposite end, it may seem typical for a young evanjellyfish to write eloquent words in hopes of duping an unsuspected ‘christian’ woman into marrying him. I aim to smash the first presupposition, and warn those who hold to the second; I do not hope in the usual dreams of having a spouse simply to fulfill my own needs, I do not worship the idea of being married in this world because in the next one I will joyfully see the beauty of the Bridegroom that is Christ, and shadows in this world (temporary marriage) will fade away from the Light that is the Wedding Feast with Christ. So, bear with me and my amateur writing, as I attempt to honestly put my thoughts into words on this most seemingly odd but truthfully common topic.

Let me start by what I think marriage is not;

1. An endlessly romantic relationship.

Every Godly couple I have talked to will be quick to declare this is not true. Fuzzy subjective feelings only last so long and if your marriage is based off of them, it will end very shortly. Culture has given many an idea that all people are actually really good, and nice, and marriage is about constantly acting sweet to each other by making use of cheesy music and poetry. All I can say is; the Godly couples I know will say otherwise. Romance is great and all, and I know of no man that is faithful to his wife that is not romantic. But nowhere in the Scriptures, or in the words of any Christ-exalting couples I know, will you find the idea that romance is the substance of a marriage. Romance is fleeting, it comes and goes; to trust and build a house on romance is to build a house on sand.

2. The more ‘fun’ version of ‘dating'(whatever that means…)

Because of our culture’s propensity towards the perversion of what courtship/dating truly is, many assume that dating is simply the act of going out to the movies, restaurants, and having fun. Many import this idea into marriage, assuming it will be like their misconception of dating but even better. The fact of the matter is, most mature Godly couples I have talked to will tell you that marriage is not always fun, and some have said that they would never categorize marriage as fun. A good question to ask oneself before getting married would be; what would a normal, non-special evening look like? The Lord is Lord over the special occasions, but also through everyday life, and if you cannot find out how to glorify and exalt Him in anything but the special occasions in your marriage then you will miss the beauty of Christ in everyday life. So here we discover another foundation of sand to build a marriage upon.

3. A way to fulfill sensual and perverted desires.

I am convinced that every little boy, whether he is 10 or 27 years old, thinks that by finding a wife he finds a good thing because he can have sex whenever he wants. This cannot be farther from the idea that a man is to lay his life down for his wife, like Christ laid His life down for the Church. It seems that not many want to admit that little boys do this, so forgive me for my honesty…. actually, I do not care if some are offended by this one. Our society is so influenced by the depravity that is pornography and other forms of sexual immorality that it has been considered ‘normal’ to bring that into a marriage, even marriages of those who trust in the Gospel. Sex is a good thing within the covenant of marriage, but we must seek to eradicate all areas of our thought that would make sex the definition of marriage due to our hardened hearts and desires. There are several Godly couples that will tell you this is one of the most dangerous things one could do, and a couple of friends of mine will tell you that it almost ruined their marriage.

4. Someone to do everything for me.

This idea that a wife is some kind of glorified kitchen-slave is not as explicitly popular anymore, but by looking at many marriages one begins to realize that in the sub-conscious of many, this is true. It is proven by the very fact that many husbands seriously treat their wife as if children, food and household are all his wife’s responsibilities. Due to the explicitness of our culture’s radical feminism it is assumed as if we do not have these problems anymore, but I submit to you that because of radical feminism the sin of male-chauvinism has simply moved away from the public sphere and into the private household for many. To clarify, however, it is pertinent to realize that differing roles do not subtract from the value of man or woman and ironically this cultural feminism has let men slide into not being willing to take on the responsibility that the Lord has called them to. This is something I long to see smashed into bits in modern society, and firstly in my own heart.

Now that I think I have gone through (I think) the biggest misconceptions I have seen in the minds of my peers about marriage, let me see if I may simply show what I believe marriage to be;

1. The point of marriage is primarily a covenantal God-glorifying picture of Christ and His bride; the Church.

Per Eph. 5, marriage is a temporary picture of Christ Jesus and His bride, the Church that will pass away when we are face to face with Christ. The covenant is center to the picture of marriage; just as Christ is the Surety of the Covenant of Grace, in which He, in love, pursued us until death to redeem us and caused us to be in union with Him. O’ the depths of this wonder, that we would be given such a beautiful (but clearly messy) reminder and picture of Jesus’ pursuit of us until death! Marriage, by its nature, has a temporal purpose; therefore marriage is a picture of something greater and must be centered on the glorifying of Christ to last.

2. Marriage is an intense form of sanctification.

Those who are married are not better or holier than those single, and vice versa. However, it would seem that two sinners saved by grace being around one another constantly in such a relationship causes sanctification on such a deep level that it is on one hand terrifying, and on the other to be sought after. Everyone resists the idea of their sin being thrown out of the closet somewhat, but believers, though sometimes reluctant, glorify Christ immensely by continual repentance which marriage in many cases is a cause of.

3. Marriage is for men to worship Christ by pointing to Him in laying his life down for his bride.

Men are commanded to lay down their lives for their wives as Christ laid His life down for the Church. This means that the man is held accountable and responsible for everything. This may sound terrifying to any man, to be accountable for everything. It may also sound offensive to those proponents of evangelical feminism, but the truth is this; for any Christian man that truly desires marriage, there is a strong desire to love and serve a woman in every way, even until death. We desire this innately because of the imprint of Christ’s nature on our regenerate heart. Women are to worship Christ by respecting their husbands and helping them, but men need to be willing to give their last breath to provide for their wives.

4. Marriage is to show the beauty of God and His Fatherhood of us by the gift of children.

Marriage brings an opportunity to go through the interesting struggle of raising children. The struggle of disciplining, loving, and teaching children is an amazing way to demonstrate to one’s self and others the amazing beauty of God the Father’s love for us, in that we were orphans and He adopted us, we hated Him and disobeyed (and continue to) and He still loves us and disciplines us, and all of this points to the awesome truth that we are adopted Sons and Daughters by grace because of the person and work of God the Son, Christ.

5. Marriage is a struggle filled union that brings joy in Christ.

I know that singleness can bring joy in Christ as well, but marriage does it in a different way. I cannot explain this because I have not experienced it, and those who have tried to explain it to me have not done it in a way that I necessarily understand. But from what it seems to me is that the Godly couples I know seem to paint a picture of the idea that, though they are constantly assailed by sin and complications, they more fully rest in the truth that all will be made right.

Ending Thoughts…

I am sure that I missed many points that could be added to it, but I am sure this gets the point across. I tried many times to convince myself that I do not desire these things, and that I am called to singleness. But I cannot lie to myself; I desire to lay my life down for a Godly woman in this way to point to Jesus through a marriage, and through parenting. This may sound farfetched, but I understand how glorified marriage can be. I know that it is truly messy for two sinners to come together as one, but I still desire to marry a Godly woman, adopt children, preach the Gospel in other countries and worship Christ with her in all of this. This all may seem like I am assuming too much, but let me assure any reader that I am not; I have been given this desire, but if the Lord purposes me to die before I can marry or does not allow me to, I am content… This is also very possible because in order to get married I must somehow convince a Godly woman, not only to marry me, but go to another country with me. I do not know what will happen, but I know that through the Spirit, I aim to always ultimately find joy in Christ alone. If none of these things that I desire happen; glory be to God alone! These are simply a few of my thoughts on the subject, and they have been heavily on my mind as of recently.

For more thoughts from a much smarter man than I;

http://www.desiringgod.org/resource-library/sermons/staying-married-is-not-about-staying-in-love-part-1

Soli Deo Gloria

-Wesley T. Robinson

PRECURSOR:
While thinking about my life, and analyzing my thought patterns I happened to remember Jonathan Edward’s poignant ‘Resolutions’ that he wrote at a young age. They were a simple collection of things he resolved to do, things he desired, things he could not always do but resolved to remember to actively fight for, even when he failed. Thinking on all of these things, I found it to be most beneficial and helpful to write a similar list of personal reminders to myself, seeing as I wander so easily. I may sound redundant in this writing, but remember that these are to make it easier for me to remember things that I am so prone to quickly forget. As it turns out, sometimes dead Puritans have much more beneficial and simpler ways of doing things. Anyways, I post this in hopes that someone else may possibly benefit from such thoughts as well as myself.

1. Resolved, to endeavor in all things to take joy in the Gospel that God the Father so loved me that He sent God the Son to life a perfect life in my place, and pay the penalty for my sin at the Cross and resurrect so that I may also be resurrected, so that God the Holy Spirit could regenerate and indwell me and sanctify me.

2. Resolved, in this life to fight indwelling sin and all of its partners to the death, even to the point of bloodshed, for the glory of the God who has ransomed me from it.

3. Resolved, to endeavor by the power of the Holy Spirit to glorify God in all that I say and do.

4. Resolved, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to tame my tongue and repent daily of all wickedness that proceeds from within the heart.

5. Resolved, to endeavor to preach the Gospel in any given situation, regardless of loss of pride, health, mental stability, or material objects.

6. Resolved, to think of my life as ‘a vapor’ and live it as such to the glory of the risen Christ.

7. Resolved, to not fear any man, power, or threat when, but instead to treat such threats as an incentive to preach the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus, not fearing those who can kill the body only, but He who can destroy both body and soul in Hell.

8. Resolved, even though I may never see the threat of temporary death for the Gospel, to be prepared for it and remember those who do.

9. Resolved, when I see the beauty of the nature to remember the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the second person of the Trinity, through whom all such things subsist.

10. Resolved, when I see the sunshine and the beauty of nature, to also remember my brothers and sisters imprisoned for preaching the Gospel of our Lord, whom will likely not see such beauty again until they die.

11. Resolved, to endeavor to preach the whole counsel of God, regardless of what personal, financial, or health risks are at stake.

12. Resolved, to love the Lord even when those I love may hate Him.

13. Resolved, to endeavor to consistently meditate on and enjoy communion with the One Triune God through persistent prayer, and laborious study of His Scriptures.

14. Resolved, to take joy in the display of God’s glory through those who have gone before me and have been killed, remembering that ‘the blood of the martyr’s is the seed of the church.’

15. Resolved, to call out all societal darkness and wickedness, and to not forget that only the Gospel is the solution to such cultural ills.

16. Resolved, to fight for Gospel centered community, remembering that the Lord works through it, no matter how much sin drags me away from it.

17. Resolved, to endeavor to show those that I love, the reason I love them; because Christ has first loved me.

18. Resolved, to call out any blatant heretics who claim to represent or preach the Gospel and instead preach a message that leads to damnation.

19. Resolved, to endeavor to speak the truth always in love, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

20. Resolved, to endeavor to never think of myself as more than I am; a blasphemous, sickening, vile worm of a human, redeemed by Christ alone, through grace alone, justified by faith alone, according to the Scriptures, and to the glory of God alone.

21. Resolved, to think of all sin that I commit as so evil that it required the death of the only Righteous One to atone for it.

22. Resolved, to endeavor to work joyfully in all things that I do, even though I may not want to do them necessarily.

23. Resolved, to endeavor to joyfully take rest in the Lord, through consistent sabbath-rest and meditation on the Scriptures.

24. Resolved, to worship the Lord regardless of what any man may think of it.

25. Resolved, to worship joyfully, sacrificially, and in humility.

26. Resolved, to learn humility.

27. Resolved, to endeavor to enjoy my brothers and sisters in Christ more often.

28. Resolved, to never think that I have exhaustively comprehended the Lord and all His attributes, but to remember that He is the potter, and I, the clay.

29. Resolved, to always be willing to defend the truth of the Scriptures.

30. Resolved, to endeavor by the power of the Holy Spirit to kill all idols that my sinful heart may produce.

31. Resolved, to not be careless about the hearts and souls of others, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

32. Resolved, to remember the poor, orphans, and widows, knowing that the Lord will save many from every culture, tribe, tongue, nation, class, and that He has said ‘he who ignores the cries of the poor and oppressed will one day call out and not be answered.’

33. Resolved, to quickly repent.

34. Resolved, to REMEMBER to quickly repent, that I may more quickly be filled with and reminded of the joy in Christ that sin causes me to doubt.

35. Resolved, to never be lazy, but always laboring for the Kingdom of Christ.

36. Resolved, to never deny or renounce the One True God.

37. Resolved, when I suffer, to remember how Christ suffered, and that those who suffer with Him will be ‘glorified with Him.’

38. Resolved, when I suffer, to remember that all things I go through have first passed through the hands of God the Father, and they are for my ultimate good and His ultimate glory.

39. Resolved, to endeavor to not to be anxious, knowing that ‘tomorrow will worry about itself.’

40. Resolved, to lead people only to the Gospel of Christ when given any chance to, remembering He is the radiance of the glory of God, and the only One worthy of leading someone to.

41. Resolved, to listen carefully to others, not in pretention, but in love.

42. Resolved, to be willing to forsake any leisure or tradition that is a boundary to preaching the Gospel to whatever culture I find myself in.

43. Resolved, to never forget the sweetness of truth that is He loves me, even though I hated Him.

44. Resolved, to remember to mourn when mourning is due.

45. Resolved, to remember that mourning lasts for a season, but it must turn into rejoicing in Christ.

46. Resolved, to learn better how to be ‘all things to all men.’

47. Resolved, to fight licentiousness and legalism with all that is in my being.

48. Resolved, on every occasion it comes to mind, to stop and think on the Lord in pleasureful worship, even for a moment.

49. Resolved, when I have good food and drink to never take it for granted, but to enjoy the Lord whom through such things came in to being, and were even given to me for enjoyment.

50. Resolved, to never forget the simple beauty and sweetness of these words from the Cross; ‘It is finished!’

Soli Deo Gloria
Wesley Tyler Robinson

(NOTE: These kind of outlines that I write are simple and basic thoughts and comments I have on the text as I go over it. These are basic commentary for the use of aiding study and me remembering my thoughts.)

“[1:1] Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus,
To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the overseers and deacons:
[2] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

[3] I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, [4] always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, [5] because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. [6] And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. [7] It is right for me to feel this way about you all, because I hold you in my heart, for you are all partakers with me of grace, both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel. [8] For God is my witness, how I yearn for you all with the affection of Christ Jesus. [9] And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, [10] so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, [11] filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

[12] I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, [13] so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. [14] And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

[15] Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. [16] The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. [17] The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. [18] What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.

Yes, and I will rejoice, [19] for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance, [20] as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. [21] For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. [22] If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me. Yet which I shall choose I cannot tell. [23] I am hard pressed between the two. My desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better. [24] But to remain in the flesh is more necessary on your account. [25] Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all, for your progress and joy in the faith, [26] so that in me you may have ample cause to glory in Christ Jesus, because of my coming to you again.

[27] Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, [28] and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. [29] For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, [30] engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.”

(Philippians 1 ESV)

1-2: Usual Pauline intro. Paul mentions himself and Timothy being bond-servants in Christ Jesus which is interesting and to be noted, for it indicates that Paul believes himself and Timothy to be greatful servants to the only true King, Christ Jesus. This emphasizes an ‘other-world’ mindset where even in Paul’s passing words his mind is shown to be on the Kingdom of Christ and it’s furthering through the only true Gospel of Jesus’ incarnation, life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.

3-5: Paul declares his thanks to God for the Philippians in all he does, because of the Philippian church’s trust in the true Gospel from the very beginning of the ministry of the Gospel that came to them and even until the current day in Paul’s writing of the letter to them.

6: Paul gives true and beautiful assurance to the church that the God who saved them will completely and utterly preserve them until the end, yea, even forever. Note how Paul admonishes them by not only thanking God for their faith and growth, which was given through the Spirit, but Paul also admonishes the Philippians directly by giving them Holy assurance of their own salvation from the Gospel of Christ.

7: Paul expresses his love and thanks for the churches he is writing to once again, this time focusing on both the church’s struggles and Paul’s own struggles in fighting for the spread of the Gospel, including his imprisonment.

8-11: Paul comments on his desire for the Phillippians to grow even more in true, Godly love, knowledge, and discernment. He desires them to grow in love because it is the very perfect love of Christ that has saved them, and so they should desire to imitate Him. Paul desires them to grow in knowledge, namely Biblical knowledge, so that they may be able to judge all things by the Holy written Word of God when any controversies come up. Paul then admonishes them to grow in discernment so that with Godly love and Biblical truth they may discern in their time what is good and excellent and Godly from what is godless, evil, and wordly in order that they may continue to love what is Holy, good and just and take joy in Christ through it and remember that these good works or fruits that come from them are only from the righteousness of Christ that is imputed to them apart from their works.

12-14: In this section, Paul claims that his imprisonment is not a barrier to the Gospel, but his imprisonment is instead advancing it! The guards were all hearing of Christ because of Paul’s imprisonment, and it also served to strengthen other believers and make them fearless of preaching the Gospel! This has been a Godly phenomenon that has reoccured throughout history; where there are Godly men that are fearless of physical suffering for the sake of the Gospel, even their suffering spreads the truth of Christ farther than would be otherwise possible. This proves that the Lord is God over all, and spreads the Gospel through the suffering of the saints and the martyrdom of fearless preachers.

15-17: Paul says that some were preaching the truth of the Gospel out of goodwill and true love and hope, but some were preaching it out of envy and rivalry with Paul’s ministry in order to hurt him.

18: Both groups, however preach the true Gospel. So then Paul rejoices that, regardless of the stupidity of some, the Gospel still reigns because the Lord alone saves. This passage proves the futility of ‘ministry-competition.’ If two different ministries are truly preaching the same Gospel and the same Biblical truth, why would they compete over numerical growth and such? The only answer is that they have sinful pride in their hearts and need to look at their lives and question from whence come their sinful desires of competition, so that they may find the root of their sin and be reminded that their only joy is in Christ, the true Shephard.

19-20: Paul declares his hope in deliverance by the Lord, and goes on to remind the Phillippians of his only true hope that, in full boldness of Christ Jesus, he will not be fully put to shame because his God is the God of all things. Because of this he declares his utmost desire to exalt Christ alone in life or in death. This idea of exalting Christ, our King, in life or in death gives us means of focusing more on the heavenliness and holiness of God, noting that we are but grateful servants to the Only King. So that anything we go through, we may have perfect boldness through the Spirit of Christ that empowers us.

21-26: Paul reiterates his former point by putting it more simply; to live is Christ, to die is gain. He then more thoroughly exposits this thought by elaborating; our ultimate hope is to be with Jesus, because He is our only treasure, only Hope, our only true Joy, our only Saviour, so then we are content with death for through it we get to be with our Treasure. However, as long as He has work for us to do on this earth in spreading His Gospel, we will continually rejoice in Him through His Spirit regardless of any struggles.

27: Paul then exhorts the Phillippians to remember to honor Christ by always trying to stand in unity for the preaching and spreading of the Gospel.

28-30: They are not to be alarmed or scared by their opponents, yea, the opponents of the Gospel; for their opposition, he says, is a sign of destruction for them. But Paul also says that the opposition against the Phillippians is also a sign of salvation, or deliverance for them from God. The point of this part of the passage is this; if someone preaches truth, godless men will oppose them. So this opposition is a proof that the truth is being preached. Paul then encourages them to suffer well, saying it was granted to them by God to believe in Christ Jesus and also to suffer for His sake. This suffering for Christ’s sake is surely a gift to believers, and Paul uses himself as an example of such; that all may know that Godly suffering is good and spreads the Gospel.

Soli Deo Gloria

-Wesley

John Piper has consistently released a plethora of materials for years, and though I have been critical of a few minor things that he has released, his writings have been an amazing source of Biblical wisdom, help, and knowledge to me since I first discovered some of his writings four years ago. So then, one can see my personal excitement when I happened to notice that he was writing a book on race, the cross, and the Christian.

Piper does a great help to the readers on page 17 where he talks about the problems of defining race, ethnicity, racism, etc. This is a great way to get readers to understand some of the nuances of the language of ‘racial’ struggles today. In the introduction of part one Piper of course starts with writing about Martin Luther King Jr. and the civil rights movement, the problems and struggles that came along with it. He then moves on in section one to his personal story of struggles with the sin of racism, his salvation, ethical questions, the application of the Gospel in the socio-political world. I feel that this section is very confessional for pastor John, as it reveals much of his personal life and dealings with this topic, which are not always pretty. However, sin is never pretty and Piper does an amazing job in this book of showing how the sin of racism is nailed to the cross, and how the Gospel saves from all sins of people from every tribe, tongue and nation.

In section two of part one, Piper systematically goes through the problems and questions of black-white relationships, where the blame of racism and the onus of a cure for it lies (whether on personal responsibility or systemic Intervention), and goes on to declare the power of the Gospel over racial tension and fighting.

In the introduction to part two, Piper gives us an example of believing true, Biblical doctrine and applying it to our worldview through the life and fight of William Wilberforce who fought for the abolishment of slavery. In the first section of part two, Piper argues for the mission of Jesus in redeeming people from every ethnicity through the Gospel; thus the end of any and ALL forms of ethnocentrism on any sides. He goes on to write about the creation of a ‘New Humanity’ aka, the Church universal, through the blood of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. Thus he nails down the truth fully that God ransoms people from every tribe, and saves them all in the exact same way; on the basis of Christ’s own perfect merits.

In section two of part two Piper exhorts all to Christ-exalting diversity and to apply the truth of Gospel-freedom to all parts of our lives, even when it comes to racial struggles. He goes on to show how beautiful this liberty really is and how futile prejudice and partiality are.

In section three of part two, Piper only deals with one question; Why is it worth the death of His Son? This small section is particularly beautiful and encouraging to me because of the Christo-centric attitude it encourages to all of those dealing with these practical and ethical manners, putting Christ at the forefront of our minds.

Piper, in section four of part two, finalizes the book with two important topics. First, the question of interracial marriage, which he deals with wonderfully by exhausting all possible answers that people give and object with when it comes to this question. He then give us a solid, Biblical answer to it. Secondly, Piper writes about prejudice and Christ. He does a great job of pointing out prejudice as coming from nothing but subtle self-justification, and shows it thus to be condemned by the truth of Christ who is the justification for all who believe, whether Jew or Gentile, Caucasian or African, Mexican or Asian, Native American or German.

Summary; This book is a great, Biblical resource for all who have questions about race and the Gospel, or for those who have questions of how we treat struggles for civil rights, racial relations, political forces that try to give answers to these things, etc. Piper does a great job of showing how the Gospel reforms our minds, kills the sin of racism, and gives us a Christ-exalting command to lay down our lives for the world, regardless of race or ethnicity.

NOTE: I was only 17 years old and going to Rose State College when I wrote this, but I found it in my notebook the other day and found it quite interesting. I still agree with it.

The degeneration of society should come of no surprise to believers, but in just looking around every day I still become shocked anew at the blatant evils being committed so consistently by the people who are a walking blasphemy of the Lord’s Name. So dark and venomous, they’re deceitful hearts passionately remind me every day of the wretched corpse of a soul that I was ransomed from. Praise the Lord for saving souls to call His own! I am eternally thankful.

But even though I am thankful to the utmost for my salvation, I still cannot help but be amazed by the audacity of those men that are left up to their sin. They trample on the Gospel and prove Scripture to be even more accurate in portraying the complete and utter depravity of man and how the carnal mind hates the Lord.

It is for these very reasons however, that I pray for the salvation of as many as the Lord wills, because I know in my heart that I was just like them, but worse. So then, let us continually pray that the Spirit would regenerate these men, and bring them out of this society filled with devils and show them the cross of salvation.

Let us preach the full, unadulterated, offensive, and beautiful Gospel of our God with the Spirit of God that is in us. Let us go to them in love, for the glory of God, and tell them of the only Name of grace that saves us from our infinitely evil trespasses. Let us shout from the rooftops that grace which we have received, because without that grace the sins of men are leveled before them and there is no hope.

“Woe to me, if I do not preach the Gospel!”

Soli Deo Gloria

-Wesley