Biblical Trinitarian: Is Critical Race Theory Anti-Christian? Yes.

The underlying philosophical beliefs of critical race theory and social justice are antichristian. Read my most recent article at Biblical Trinitarian.com to find out more.

http://www.biblicaltrinitarian.com/2018/11/is-critical-race-theory-anti-christian.html?m=1

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Forensic Justification in Psalm 19

The Heavens Declare/Declare Me Innocent [v.1]/[v.12]

We often point to this psalm to underscore the truth that God has revealed Himself to all men in a manner sufficient to reveal their animosity toward Him and their condemnation for making the Invisible and All Powerful Creator into something like the creature, worshiping the creature instead of the Creator.[1] We often neglect, however, to consider the running theme throughout this psalm: Declaration. The heavens declare the glory of God, but David, although part of creation, nonetheless prays that his own words would be acceptable in the sight of God. Why? All of Adam’s descendents are born in sin and are guilty of “not honoring Him as God or giving Him thanks” although they know Him.[2] The sky above “proclaims His handiwork,” but we all “suppress the truth in unrighteousness.”[3] Night to night reveals knowledge, but professing ourselves to be wise, we have become fools.

Hence, David’s prayer is an implicit declaration of the true condition of man. “The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master’s crib, but [men do not] know, [they] do not understand.”[4] That is to say: The wind and the waves obey the Creator, but man does not. The donkey is wiser than man is in this sense, therefore, in his obedience to God’s commands. David’s prayer for God’s Word to cleanse him, to make him what he ought to be – viz. a morally upright image of God bearer – underscores at once the dissimilarity between creation and redeemed man as well as their similarity as being caused to be by the Word of God. The Lord made the heavens and the earth by His Word just as He makes us new creatures by His Word.[5] This is why the apostle Paul tells us that “God, who said ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ…Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”[6]

And this is why our Lord Jesus tells His disciples: “Already you are clean because of the Word that I have spoken to you.[7] The Word of God at the cross says: “It is finished!” And to our hearts, the Word of God now says: “There is, therefore, now no condemnation for those that are in Christ Jesus.” There is nothing else upon which we may cast our hopes. There is no other source of mercy and grace and help in our time of need than the Word of God which tells us that God justifies the wicked. God declares them to be just on the basis of the absolutely pure and perfect merits of Jesus Christ His Son. The antichrists who oppose the doctrine of the imputed righteousness of Christ our Lord should at this point stop to think of the ramifications of David’s prayer, for there is no crying out for covenantal obedience. Rather, David prays first for the declaration of innocence (which is the forensic act of justification by grace alone through faith alone), and then prays for continued obedience and, in the end, blamelessness. And such should be our prayer as well, knowing that only God can declare us righteous by the Word of Truth and sanctify us by the same means.

Amen.

-h.


[1] Cf. Romans 1:18-23

[2] Cf. Ro 1:21

[3] Cf. Ro 1:18-20; The theory of evolution is a very good example of this kind of suppression of the truth. Men work day in and day out on trying to forget what they know with absolute certainty: God is the Creator of all men and He demands their perfect obedience to His Laws, promising life on the completion thereof or death on the neglect thereof.

[4] Cf. Isa 1:3

[5] Cf. James 1:18; The false antithetical opposition of Paul to James, concocted by liberal “Christians” along with Muslims and Atheists, is here completely undermined as we see James using the same terminology with respect to (a.)the means of God’s agency in making men new creatures (i.e. “the Word of Truth”), (b.)the language of a new creature/creation, and (c.)the principal end for which the new creature/new creation is made (viz., fruitfulness in Christlikeness, also cf. Col 1:5-6).

[6] 2 Cor 4:6; 5:17

[7] John 15:3