The journey through Hebrews continues as Mike and Don walk us through the bloody redemptive work of the cross. This episode is a powerful review of the redemption of the world.
You will also find out why Don called the Son of God, Pomegranate Jesus! Get ready to have your soul cleansed and renewed.
There is SO much more to say about Universal Redemption, but, for so long as invincible ignorance holds that Redemption and Salvation are roughly identical, what purpose is there in discussion? Of all the mental straightjackets to which “Christian orthodoxy” ever brain-chained it’s sheeple, this is perhaps as good as it gets. Logic is lost on lemmings. And just as Protestant Christianity... see more >>
Open letter to all criminals, rapists, thieves, pedophiles, murderers, adulterers, slanderers, pimps, drug dealers, haters, psychopaths, sociopaths, narcissists, abusers, liars, fornicators and the such. You are righteous, holy, perfect, blameless and without sin in Christ. Those tags above are not you. They are choices you made. P.S. To those who’s pharisaic mind cannot... see more >>
Matt 11:28-30 (MSG) . “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest.Walk with me and work with me–watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.Keep company with me and you’ll... see more >>
Have you ever had an AHA! Moment when the lights went on for you? When you realized that there was a higher truth to absorb? That is exactly what happened to me when I critically examined this concept.
The Apostle Paul, who was especially commissioned by both God (Romans 1:1-5) AND Peter, James & John (Gal 2:7-8) to preach the gospel to the NON JEWS, claims at the end of his life, that he had declared the ENTIRE COUNSEL OF GOD (Acts 20:27).
The options presented here are limited to either (a) ALL of the counsel of God is contained in Paul’s teaching, OR (b) Paul was somehow delusional.
It seems apparent in any logical exploration of the New Testament, that Paul stood at odds with the other writers.
JAMES ~ It is easy to forget that James was never an apostle, and was never a follower of Jesus during His lifetime, in fact, James belittled and derided Jesus (John 7:5). At one time he, and others, even presumed Jesus to be insane (Mk 3:21). Then later, James, without any recorded... see more >>
My mother died soon after I was born in Ecuador while my parents were SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) missionaries there. The incident was due to doctor error. My mother died after I was born became a monkey on my back.
The ape was the continual implication that my mother died so I could be born. My birth mother’s death was touted as my the supreme sacrifice so I could be born and become a great... see more >>
Often the very different (and strongly disagreeing) answers to the same question, are all correct and all wrong at the same time depending on your starting premise. In other words, our starting point inevitably determines our conclusions. We see this in politics all around us, every single day. If we understand a SuperSet of principles governing any discipline, then we will far better comprehend... see more >>
July 11th – 30th SummerPledge Drive For this pledge drive, the goal is $1,000 in new monthly pledges. Any new pledges of $10-$49 per month will receive a certificate from the Gospel Revolution as an “Official Sponsor”. One-time donors of $100 or more will also receive “Official Sponsor” certificates. New pledges of $50 per month or more will receive... see more >>
Mike is back in the Great White North in September! He will be speaking on the topic of the New Testament Book of James. The conference will be held at The Carriage House Inn. To make reservations, please contact the Carriage House at 1-800-661-9566 and ask for the Grace Conferences special room rate.... see more >>
“Predestined to Life” is Mike Williams’ new series from a recent Gospel Revolution Conference in Canada. In this series, Mike exposes the theology of predestination in the light of the gospel as opposed to traditional Christian theology. He studies out all references to predestination in the original Greek texts, as well as in the English translations. Find out... see more >>
Eternal security is the name given to the concept proposed by Calvinism and some forms of Arminianism who believe that once you are saved you will remain in that happy condition.
The logical comparison, is that one’s salvation may not be secure, or, if you prefer eternal insecurity, resulting in spiritual and mental insecurity in the here and now, nevermind eternity. In the group in... see more >>
A friend, who is a very open-minded Episcopalian priest, asked me, as an open-minded evolution biologist, for suggestions in regard to his efforts at redefining God in our profoundly changing times. Now, that is a subject I actually think about a great deal, and one that I love, so I sent him my thoughts as follow:
In my dialog with Willis Harman, published... see more >>
Before we look at this carefully, let me ask you a question. It is a very honest question and should be quite simple to answer. Your failure to answer it honestly pretty much voids any purpose in reading on.
The question is this; can you name me one Bible translation either modern or ancient, that was not translated through the filters of someone’s pre-existing theology? I... see more >>
Just read an article on John Piper answering a parent who was concerned about what he should tell his child, who has “extreme anxiety” about death, about the topic of hell. Piper took the time to list “5 Great Realities” on why the fear of hell “is a golden opportunity for treating God as big and glorious and utterly real”... see more >>
In Christianity we were taught that our will affected out eternal destiny, but that God’s will, (and our purity of heart) saw to it that we got the right parking space, were killed or not killed by a tornado, and generally determined the course of events in our life. In the Gospel, we coined a phrase for this and called it “Parking Space Spirituality”.
Today a friend mistook “Gay conversion Therapy” for what Christians call “conversion”. Following is part of the conversation.
OK so many things I don’t know. So I read about conversion therapy. I understand both sides of the fence. From your standpoint since Christ saved us all…sinful behavior does not exist. And yes we all sin. And yes we all a little... see more >>
There are several levels on which this may be challenged; that is to say, the claim that the early apostles actually believed that their writings, in any way, rose to the same level of the Old Testament Scriptures.
(a) The earliest church fathers and in particular, the first acknowledged church historisan, Eusebius, holds this epistle, 2 peter, to be a forgery.
(b) When paul asked Timothy... see more >>
Since the inception of Christianity, every half millennium, we have seen a reformation.
About 500 years after the death of the Apostles, we saw the completion of the evolution of the Church from a charismatic, vibrant, alive, Greek influenced organism, to an institutionalized, dead, Latin thinking organization.
500 years later we saw the Great Schism where the eastern and western wings of Institutionalized... see more >>
I know that to say that grace is NOT unmerited favour, flies in the face of popular Christian doctrine, but let’s examine this for a moment. The Scriptures state (Ps 138:6 NKJ) that, Though the Lord is on high, Yet He regards the lowly; But the proud He knows from afar. And again, (Prov 3:34 NKJ) Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble.
Here is a seeming spiritual law. Not that it itself is so much a spiritual thing as a human thing. Let’s call it a law of human behaviour which excels in a religious atmosphere. Here it is. “The old will ALWAYS persecute the new.” That is NOT a maybe. That should always be a given. Judaism persecuted those they could not reconvert; the same may be said of Roman Catholicism, Protestantism,... see more >>
I was recently asked by someone about my understanding about free will, and here is a copy of my response. I have long sat on the fence about this one
I have long sat on the fence about this one Mark, because I am well aware of the dichotomy of logic that exists between say, Calvinism and Arminianism regarding this one. Without wishing to split hairs, I think we have limited free choice without... see more >>
We have been subjected to so many ideas about the Holy Spirit, which frankly, should not be surprising, given the multiple thousands of sects and denominations all claiming the same Holy Spirit led them all to so many divergent and even at times, opposing positions.
But what do we actually know about the Holy Spirit, for certain, if we are to accept the Biblical records?
I was struck by someone else’s claim that the reference in John 12:31, that Jesus is claimed to have said, “I will draw all men / people to myself.”, indicates that John was a universalist; What follows is my response.
The first 3 chapters of Revelation make it really difficult for me to see that John was a Universalist. Not saying for sure now, but I am persuaded that while Paul... see more >>
One of the staples of my religious past, was putting on the whole armour of God. Some of you know what I mean ~ part of our daily prayer preparation. This armour in Ephesians 6, was often taught, was a direct reference, to the armour of a Roman centurian.
But while it could be argued that this might be so, I now understand this in a whole different light. What we missed, it seems, in our desire... see more >>
There are two standard terms in religion to describe either “truth”, or a deviation of “truth”. They are ‘heresy’ and ‘orthodoxy’. Am I the only person who wonders that if ‘orthodoxy’ is so darned right, then why are there SO MANY competing versions of it, all claiming that their particular Holy Spirit quite certainly led them to where... see more >>
There are two diametrically opposing views as to the “relationship” of God and man after the cross. Having a foot in each camp is logically impossible, spiritually emasculating, and mentally disruptive. Unity declares that God and Man are ONE. Heb 2:11 KJV For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: Not united in thought, not unified in relationship, not... see more >>
It’s not a new revelation that modern Christianity is on the decline, especially the American brand. There are growing numbers of good, thinking people who are vomiting out the spiritual elitism, arrogance, and religiosity that oozes out of the pores of countless Christians and their church culture. Yet sadly, as many that yell “fire”... see more >>
What are shadows and types? If you look for christ hidden in the scriptures you will have fun reading the word because old and new…………..it all points to christ. I hope you enjoy this read…………..pretty cool….
A “Type” then is some “person,” or “event,” or “ceremony” that is recorded... see more >>
I found this several years ago. It is from the pen of Dr. Daniel Amen, and has helped me in my quest for distinguishing truth from untruth. When I apply these questions to something I am contemplating, it becomes much simpler to sort out my thoughts.
(1) Is this thought true?
(2) Can I absolutely KNOW that this thought is true?