Wisdom and my innocence require brevity in this statement of clarification.
- True love is the essence of biblical righteousness.
- “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Matt 7.12).
- Pastors and husbands ought to love and lead like Jesus without lording it over their charge (1 Pet 5.3).
- Male chauvinism and egalitarian feminism alike pervert the plain sense of Scripture; we must not conform to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind (Rom 12.2).
- The abuse of truth is no excuse for rejecting it.
- Beware of twisting another’s words and then cursing your pretzel.
- “We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God” (Acts 14.22).
- God hates oppression; He will expose and punish the finally impenitent on Judgment Day.
- “Grace and mercy are never deserved” (R. C. Sproul).
- My pastoral messages are fallible and should be received only insofar as they are consistent with Scripture. My errors should be rejected with a clear conscience, while biblical truth ought to be received gratefully, however poorly it is presented.
- Providence ordains that I should hear criticism, and even when it is unjustified, God uses it for my good and I should consider His purpose in it. I thank Him for all the comments He has sent me through you.
- The divorce question is both complex and controversial, even among very discerning Christians, and no one needs me to make a pronouncement about it.
- Online discourse should be loving, respectful, magnanimous, and rational.
- May God deliver all His oppressed people from their abusers and preserve them while they suffer.
- Let all churches firmly commit to a compassionate ministry of caring and to biblical church discipline in cases of domestic abuse.
- I subscribe to the ecumenical creeds (Apostles, Nicene, Athanasian) and to the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith.
- Rather than sustaining online debate, I ought to give priority to loving and leading my beloved wife and my precious congregation at Exeter, New Hampshire.
To my fellow Christians: “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen” (2 Cor 13.14).D. Scott Meadows, Pastor Calvary Baptist Church (Reformed) Exeter, New Hampshire USA http://cbcexeter.sermonaudio.com
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