Massachusetts City Legalizes Polyamory: J. I. Packer and the Privilege of Standing for Biblical Truth

Like Titus, you and I are called to “declare [biblical truth]; exhort and rebuke with all authority” (Titus 2:15a). All three verbs are present tense imperatives, ongoing commands from the Lord of the universe to us. To “declare” is to speak; to “exhort” is to encourage or implore people to obey what they hear; to “rebuke” is to correct and call to repentance those who do not. We are to do this “with all authority,” regardless of the response.

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Sometimes we pour out our hearts to God and our prayers are answered immediately. However, more often than not, we don’t get instant results. And when we don’t, it’s easy to give up after praying for the same thing over and over again. Our efforts may seem futile. But the powerful lesson that we learn from Isaac and Rebekah is that we must press on and press forward with our prayers. The very next prayer may be the one that opens the door.