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
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? We almost always do not see our filters – we mostly only see THROUGH our filters. THAT is exactly what happened to me when I critically examined this concept.
This is perhaps one of the most common assertions made in Christian doctrine, regardless, almost, of the
𝘾𝙝𝙧𝙞𝙨 𝙃𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙨𝙤𝙣 𝙨𝙖𝙮𝙨;
𝙋𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙨𝙢? 𝘽𝙖𝙥𝙩𝙞𝙨𝙩? 𝘾𝙖𝙡𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙢? 𝘾𝙖𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙞𝙨𝙢? 𝘼𝙧𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙚𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙧 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙤𝙬 𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙞𝙧
I don't know one Christian, who does not have unanswered questions about their religion.
In John chapter 6 verse 28-29, Jesus is asked the question what do we have to do to work the works of God.
When some people observe the Gospel Revolution Or Mike Williams Ministries beimg critical of Christianity, they automatically presume that the Gospel Revolution is hostile to Christians.
As a biblical scholar, after I have uncovered a particularly unsavory truth about the biblical text, I am inevitably asked, “So are you saying you don’t believe the BIBLE?”
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
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
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
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“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
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
by Elisabet Sahtouris, Ph.D. – 1999
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
A Vital Question.
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
From Jacob M. Wright: via Cecil Cockerham
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”
No one has ever opposed this article calmly, clearly and logically. Emotionally? Yes, but never intelligently. Perhaps they can’t?
Read slowly……..Believers of Hell……..
Hint #1. There is no mention in Genesis,of hell ever being created. I’m supposed to believe God cares more about me being informed of when and how He created birds and bugs, etc.,
Source ~ The Church of God Article linked to at the bottom of this article.
Why did I copy someone else’s article? Because truth is truth, wherever you find it.
In today’s world, many do not recognize the plain prophetic statements foretelling the coming of Jesus
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”.
The Christian religion teaches
I’d rather see a sermon than hear one any day,
I’d rather that you walk with me than merely show the way.
The eye’s a better teacher and more willing than the ear,
And counsel is confusing but example’s always clear.
The best of all the teachers are the ones who live the creed.
To see good put in action is what everybody needs.
I soon can learn to do it if you let me see it
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
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
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
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.
James quotes this Scripture
Been pondering today how you make “Jesus Lord” when He is ALREADY Lord of both the living and the dead ?? Rom 14:9…. If you can make Him Lord then doesn’t that really make you the lord?
Hebrews 7:7 makes an interesting statement, the corollary of which is that blessings or favors ALWAYS flow from the greater to the lesser and
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,
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
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?
First, we know that He (may
There is much speculation and debate about what actually took place at the Cross.
To the best of my understanding, here are four vital and distinct things that happened at Calvary.
1) Redemption from the transgressions that were under the first testament.
The NT book of Hebrews (probably penned by Paul) was written to Jews, and it contains this little nugget; Heb 9:15 … Christ is the mediator
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
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
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
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
By Jim Marjoram – Reprinted from Jim’s Awesome Blog. http://jmarjoram.blogspot.co.nz/2016/06/the-danger-of-grace-movement.html
If you are a christian you have probably heard of the Grace Movement.
Of course, as with all doctrines, there are different versions, but we’ll stick with the basic concept – that Jesus died for our sins once and for all. This might not sound like a
There were at least 5 things that were terminated at the cross. Mind you, they were all distinctly Jewish in application, so if you are not a Jew, then they never DID apply to you anyway.
(1) Sacrifices; Jesus became our sacrifice.
(2) Circumcision; Jesus became our circumcision.
(3) Offerings; Jesus became our offering, and
(4) Tithing; Jesus became our tithe. In ALL of these matters, sanctification
MARCH 8, 2016 by Chris Kratzer
Reproduced with permission.
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”
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
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?
(3) How do I feel when I believe this thought?
(4) Who / What / How would
The Prevailing Doctrine
Of The Christian Church During Its First Five Hundred Years
(and showing the influence of Greek Mythology and pagan philisophy on Christian Doctrine)
With Authorities and Extracts
By J.W. HANSON, D. D.
–I Corinthians xv. 28
Boston and Chicago
Universalist Publishing House
Put into electronic format by Glade Swope in 1999 for the benefit of all mankind.