Christian Hedonism is a relatively new term for an old truth of the faith, John Piper the one who came up with the term describes it thus:

God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.

Both the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the Heidelberg Catechism draw out this idea in their opening questions and answers.

A brief summation of the Doctrines of Grace is that in His self-glorification God has saved for himself a specific people. So it logically follows that those specific people having been saved by God for His glorification find their satisfaction in Him and His glorification. God changes their hearts from ones that are in violent rebellion against Him to ones that seek Him. If we seek His glorification and are part of God’s people we are most definitely going to be satisfied in Him. On the other hand if we are not of His people and we grudgingly try to seek His glorification, He will not be glorified and there is nothing that can satisfy us in Him. Oh you people taste and see that He is good, does He not hold all things together, His glorification is satisfying deep to the depths of my soul.

The nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Lord God, when through you I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land. I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you. And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. ((Ezekiel 36:23-27))

One of the more profound places in which I find solace about the Doctrines of Grace is in the fact that God will judge rightly. I do not fear at this point in time that I will go into flames, to be honest I accept the fact that I deserve that. It is a stoic truth that I hold. Why be outraged that God has or will judge rightly and that those who are without Christ will go into flames, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth, or as I have put it cursing and blaspheming. (more…)

The first thing that I believe should be addressed is that of the nature of God. It is the thing that comes up the most and is the source of the oldest heresies that continue to attack the Church. Part of this I think comes from an assertion of the fact of the Trinity without much discussion on how we come to this doctrine from Scripture. This is one of the main problems about the Christian walk in general, we bring our prospective Christians to the point of speaking a few things, pat them on the back and say “you’re saved,” and this doesn’t really help nor ground the new believer thoroughly enough to defend their faith. Invariably it is like sowing the seed and not ensuring that it gets planted so that it can have deep roots. This is not to say that rationalism and reason should replace faith, far from it, to say that is to basically reject the idea of saving faith and turn the whole of the Christian life into some theological construct which we need to get our head around before we are saved. Scripture firmly attests that this is not the case and what we are discussing is purely deepening our faith and understanding how we boldly affirm the things we believe and discussing on what basis we believe what we believe. This is where I believe that rationalism and reason come in. If we leave our babes of proselytes alone they’re likely to (as with any child that grows without the structure and discipline of a home) turn feral, often unyieldingly stubborn and unwilling to consider and think about their belief and faith, they’ve been told that their faith is good and so they’re quite happy to drink milk. Meanwhile the meateaters without faith are likely to come along and shred their faith to pieces, milk has no substance it doesn’t help the faithful have fat on their bones in order to weather these often quite unfounded and baseless attacks, but if the believer does not know about the meat and cannot digest it properly then they will not be able to feed the meat eaters with anything but their own flesh.

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We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain

Hebrews 6:19

The Anchor

What shall we say of this anchor? That which is our link to the presence of God? (For that is what the Inner Place is) Why it is as sure as God himself and his unchangeable word! For this is what the writer has said; “by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us.” (v18) Our anchor is the surety that what God has proposed and planned to do have, does and will continue to come to pass. So what did he promise? Well he promised to multiply Abraham’s posterity and through his posterity bless all nations and this he has done, going further back we also find his promise to defeat the enemy through Eve’s posterity “He will crush your head.” (Gen 3:15) We have a surety that these promises are either in the process of being fulfilled or have already been fulfilled. But what does Scripture say on either of these and their fulfillment? (more…)