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  • What Does “Do Not Go Beyond What is Written” Mean in 1 Corinthians 4:6?

    Let’s read the verse in question along with the surrounding text: This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or […]

  • Kingdom of God — What Does it Mean?

    The “kingdom of God” literally refers to the rule of the LORD or spiritual reign of God. The kingdom of God is essentially synonymous with the Church (Matthew 16:18-19), but only if “kingdom of God” is defined in a narrow sense, as in “a spiritual rule over the hearts and lives of those who willingly […]

  • Paul’s “Thorn” — What Was It?

    What was “Paul’s thorn”? Who gave it to him and why? Let’s read the passage: To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away […]

  • Is Name-Calling Ever Appropriate?

    What does the Bible say about name-calling, especially the New Testament? Is it ever appropriate? And, if so, what are the wise guidelines. While some believers think that name-calling is inherently mean-spirited and never appropriate, there are examples of righteous name-calling in the Scriptures. For instance, notice what John the Baptist called the corrupt religious […]

  • Does Matthew 16:19 Support the Idea of a Pope?

    Catholics often cite Mathew 16:19 to support their belief in the earthly supremacy of the Pope as the leader of the Church, as well as the idea of papal succession. Is this accurate? What do the God-breathed Scriptures say? What Did Jesus mean by “On this Rock I will Build My Church”? The Messiah made […]

  • What is “Backsliding”?

    Backsliding is explained by God in this reference to the Israelites after they were delivered from slavery in Egypt, but had problems going forward with the LORD: “But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:24 So “backsliding” […]

  • Roman Catholicism – Is it the “Original Church”? (No)

    If you’re familiar with the New Testament you know that it does not support the idea of sectarianism as far as the worldwide Church goes, i.e. the body of Christ. You see, you’re either a believer (a genuine Christian) or you’re not. The tag you choose to go by is irrelevant. What’s going on inside […]

  • The Fall of Man (Humanity) and Slavery to Satan

    Incredibly, the Bible teaches that unredeemed humanity is in slavery to Satan. In this article we’re going to look at what this means, how it happened, and what are its ramifications. The good news—the awesome news—is that God has ingeniously provided a way of escape for anyone who wants it, which you can read about […]

  • Why is this World so Messed Up?

    Everyone born into this world eventually discovers that we live in a really messed up reality, a world plagued by lies, pain, disease, aging, death, grief, immorality, perversion, confusion, corruption, injustice, abuse, hostility and war. I remember a song from the late 80s that honestly addressed the topic with the singer asking at the close: […]

  • The Salvation Equation: Faith = Salvation (+ Fruit + Works)

    While genuine believers’ works will be evaluated at the Judgment Seat of Christ they’re not saved by their works. This is made clear in the New Testament when Paul declared: at the present time there is a remnant chosen by grace. And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, […]

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