Raleigh Bagley Reformed Theology
"I rejoiced when they said unto me: 'Let us go unto the house of the LORD."
שָׂמַחְתִּי, בְּאֹמְרִים לִי-- בֵּית יְהוָה נֵלֵךְ.
Psalms 122: 1
In search of the “ideal Christian family,” one would have to start at the very core of the biblical definition of family. At center stage is man’s relationship with God and his wife. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” (Colossians 3:1). There is salvific equality in Christ. However, this unity in Christ does not remove gender roles. Thus the responsibility of both husband and wife have been established by God.
The union of husband and wife is sacred. Therefore children born into the family are God’s gift. “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him” (Psalms 127:3). The ideal Christian family is one that is well-grounded in God’s word and whose love for Jesus Christ allows each member to accept his God-given role and responsibilities.
Regretfully, a generation has emerged who does not share the biblical values of its parents and grandparents. Sexual devotion, dedicated marriage, and parental responsibility are no longer held as meaningful personal goals. To a great extent, the culture of America has forsaken the Bible as the authoritative standard of behavior. It is no longer considered to be the unquestionable control of daily living. However, true believers in Christ stand on Scripture as the only truth and standard of holy living.
Solus Christus, Sola Scriptura, Sola Fide, Sola Gratia, Soli Deo Gloria
“The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.” Malcolm Muggeridge
This website is a compilation of over five years of in-depth study of God's word. With a promise to the Lord of "paying forward" the debt owed for such a privilege, I share a well-spring of knowledge through biblical scholarship and research with the Spirit's guidance to those who are searching for a deeper and more loving relationship with God and a longing for more of his word. Here, one will not find a compromise between God's word, his standards, or the suggestion. However, one will find solace and confidence in the Scriptural gospel of the Messiah's kingdom. "Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet. 1: 10-11).