Apostasy, the Unpardonable Sin, and the Sovereinty of God

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  Apostasy: To fall away (He 6:4-6). To know and accept (intellectually) the doctrines of Christianity, but to renounce and abandon them later on for a different belief system—whether it’s a variation (distortion) of Christianity (Mormonism, Jehovah’s Witnesses, etc.) or a completely different religion (Islam, Buddism, Hinduism, etc.). What apostasy is not is losing one’s Read More …

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Did the Church Exist in the Old Testament?

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  Did the Church exist in the Old Testament, under the Old Covenant (OC)? Yes, it surely did. The Church existed in the Old Testament (OT), but not in the fullness that it exists today since the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came to indwell believers and baptize them into the Body of Read More …

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By His Stripes We Are Healed

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  I want to talk about the verses in Isaiah 53 and 1 Peter 2, where it says “by His stripes we are healed.” Many Christians believe that physical healing is part of the atonement that we experience in this life. They claim it in their prayers for the healing of others. However, it’s a Read More …

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Why Regeneration Must Precede Faith

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  Arminian theology teaches that faith precedes regeneration, that regeneration is the result of placing faith in Christ. Calvinist theology teaches that regeneration must precede faith, that one must be regenerated first in order to believe. Which is it? I believe the Apostle Paul reveals the answer in the following brief study.   Romans 8:4-9 Read More …

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Genesis 1-3 is the Key to Interpreting the Roles of Men and Women

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  Introduction Most Christians who follow social media are probably aware of the ongoing debate between complementarianism and egalitarianism, which refer to the roles of men and women in the church and home. This debate is perhaps at an all time high, as there’s a good case to be made for both positions. Plus, social Read More …

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Systems of Theology — My Position

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  Note: My general statement of faith can be found here.   Introduction There are three primary systems of theology by which Christians understand and explain the Scriptures, especially in regard to how the Old and New Testaments relate to each other. Central to this study is how God carried out His redemptive plan for His Read More …

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Passages Like Jeremiah 3:14-18 Are Already Fulfilled in Christ

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    (Jeremiah 3:14-18) – 14 Return, O faithless children, says the Lord, for I am your master; I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. 15 I will give you shepherds after my own heart, who will feed you with knowledge and Read More …

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Who Is the “Israel of God” in Galatians 6:16?

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  (Galatians 6:15-16) – 15 For neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything; the only thing that matters is a new creation! 16 And all who will behave in accordance with this rule, peace and mercy be on them, and on the Israel of God.  (NET) (Galatians 6:15-16) – 15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means Read More …

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John 14:3 Leaves no Room for a Millennial Kingdom

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  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 Read More …

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Asceticism and False Christianity

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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 …

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Does God Bless America Because It Blesses Israel?

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  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 Read More …

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