Role of Women in the Church — [Complementarianism vs. Egalitarianism]

Scripture quoted by permission. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2018 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved.”   Complementarianism: The belief that women are not allowed to teach the Bible to men, or have authority over men. Some believe this pertains only in the context of Read More …

“Some Standing Here Who Will Not Taste Death until….”

In the following passages, I believe Jesus was referring to the Day of Pentecost:   (Matthew 16:28) – 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.” (CSB) (Mark 9:1) – 1 Then he said to them, “Truly Read More …

John 14:3 Leaves no Room for a Millennial Kingdom

Premillennialism teaches that there will be an earthly, millennial kingdom, where, upon His return, Christ will rule as King over the world. However, Jesus Himself reveals that there cannot be such a kingdom:   (John 14:1-4) – 1 “Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 There Read More …

Asceticism and False Christianity

Dictionary.com: Asceticism: 1. the manner of life, practices, or principles of an ascetic. 2. the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification, and the like. 3. rigorous self-denial; extreme abstinence; austerity.   Ascetic: 1. a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of Read More …

Does God Bless America Because It Blesses Israel?

Whenever Israel comes under attack from one of their enemies (as is happening as I write this), you will see Christians on social media encouraging others to pray for Israel, or to pray for the peace of Israel. Why? Not that this isn’t a good thing. Of course it is. But why do they request Read More …

All Things Are Possible With God, But….

All things are possible with God, but He does not do all things that are possible. But He does do all things according to wisdom.   I got into a discussion with someone who has plans for a ministry that is completely out of the realm of reality. I think very few Christians would disagree Read More …

“Go and Make Disciples”

Introduction   (Matthew 28:18-20) — 18 Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 28:20 teaching them to obey Read More …

Gifts Series – [Commentary on 1 Corinthians 14]

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction 1 Corinthians 14 is one of the most challenging chapters in the Bible. In some respects it’s a chapter of mystery. However, I believe we can come to some confident conclusions about it that will settle some important questions for Read More …

Gifts Series – [Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13]

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   This chapter provides further support for the transitory and transitional purpose of the miracle gifts. It’s in total harmony with what we’ve already learned.   1 Corinthians 13 (1 Cor 13:1) – 1 If I speak with the tongues of men Read More …

Gifts Series – [Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12]

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Please read the following as an important introduction to commentaries on 1 Corinthians 12-14: Gifts Series – Introduction – [Different Times, Different Ways] Gifts Series – [Foundational Truths]   1 Corinthians 12-14 is the most lengthy and detailed passage in the Read More …

Gifts Series – Introduction – [Different Times, Different Ways]

One of the most confusing and hotly debated subjects among Christians/churches today is in regard to the gifts of the Spirit, namely, the miracle gifts. In association, this would include dreams, visions and prophecies. Cessationists believe that the miracle gifts ceased with the completion of the New Testament and the full establishment of the Church Read More …

Gifts Series – [Foundational Truths]

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Note: That God still works miracles today is not the issue. Of course He does. The subject of this study pertains to the gifts, specifically to all the miracle gifts and those who use them.    Spiritual gifts passages: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Read More …

Gifts Series – [Dreams – Visions – Prophecies]

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Note: As an introduction to this study, I recommend that you read the following article first:  Awareness of the Times.   Introduction There are Christians who see how God worked in someone’s life in the Bible – whether it be OT Read More …

Gifts Series – [Awareness of the Times]

In order to interpret and understand how God deals with His people during the Church era, we must be aware of the times, particularly times of transition in God’s program for His people. There has always been a lot of confusion regarding the way God speaks and makes His will known to us. We see Read More …

How to Interpret the OT in Light of the NT — [Isaiah Chapter 2]

A reader wrote to me wanting to know the “true events of the last days,” and asked for my interpretation of Isaiah 2. What follows is the substance of my reply. I’ll sum it up this way: To start with, I don’t agree with the idea that the return of Christ is “imminent.” I don’t Read More …