Christian Liberty: Christians and the Use of Recreational Marijuana


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by John Ellis

Does the recreational use of marijuana fall under Christian liberty?

That’s a question that’s being asked with increased frequency, and a question that will most likely cease to be abstract for churches in the near future. Jeff Sessions isn’t going to be Attorney General forever. Once he’s gone, the winds appear to be blowin’ strongly in the direction of the federal government’s legalization of the recreational use of marijuana. At that point, the above question will no longer be able to be placed under the interpretive authority of Romans 13:1.

So, what is the answer to the above question if and when the government’s prohibition of the recreational use of marijuana is lifted?

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Grow In Grace and the Knowledge of Jesus Christ

by John Ellis

This past year, I’ve had the privilege of preaching through 2 Peter. Below is a link to a recording of my final sermon in the series – 2 Peter 3:14-18.

https://www.arlingtonbaptist.com/sermons/sermon/2018-09-02/grow-in-grace-and-the-knowledge-of-jesus-christ

Vice President Mike Pence Finds Himself Publicly Shamed for Pursuing Holiness

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by John Ellis

“Sin will not only be striving, acting, rebelling, troubling, disquieting, but if let alone, if not continually mortified, it will bring forth great, cursed, scandalous, soul-destroying sins.” The Mortification of Sin by John Owen

Although I shouldn’t be surprise, I can’t help but reflexively raise my eyebrows whenever professing Christians take offense at the efforts of others to mortify their own sin. Vice President Mike Pence is the latest to find himself in the crosshairs of those who don’t seem to understand the perfidy of sin, especially sexual sin.

This past week, The Washington Post published a profile of Second-Lady Karen Pence. The piece is fairly boilerplate, highlighting the Second Lady’s social conservative stances, her passion for art therapy, and the behind the scenes yet highly influential role Karen Pence plays in her husband’s career. With nothing really new revealed, the article would’ve passed out of the public consciousness without creating much of a social ripple except for one seemingly throw-away sentence/paragraph.

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Relevant Magazine Doesn’t Want Husbands Texting Women Who Aren’t Their Spouse

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by John Ellis

Over at Relevant Magazine, Zack Carter wrote an article urging married Christians to consider not texting members of the opposite sex who are not their spouse.  In the article, he writes, “Text messaging provides an opportunity for wandering hearts, hearts not fully committed to their spouses, to seek pleasure from someone other than their spouses when their relationship grass may be losing its color.” And, man, is that brother taking a beating online for that article.

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