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  • Christianity — Does it Weaken People or Empower?

    I was talking to a man a couple years ago who argued that Christianity weakens people and instills fear. He likened God and the devil to forest monsters in fairy tales that Christian leaders use to control and limit people through fear. While such a view may reflect some religious groups who propose to be […]

  • Suicide – Can Someone who Commits Suicide still have Eternal Life?

    The question we want to address is this: Can a person go to heaven or have eternal life if they commit suicide? It depends on if the person is in Christ or not; that is, if he or she is saved. Those who are in covenant with the LORD via the gospel have been born of the […]

  • Death — Does it Mean “Separation” as Religionists Claim? (No)

    There are doctrinal “sacred cows” in Christendom that aren’t actually biblical. One of these is the curious theory that death doesn’t really mean death, but rather “separation.” Consider Paul’s unmistakable statement in this passage: For the wages of sin is death (thanatos), but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23 […]

  • Created in the Image of God — What Does it Mean?

    The Bible says that human beings are “created in the likeness of God” or “created in God’s image.” What exactly does it mean to be created in the LORD’s likeness or image? While people are the only physical beings created in God’s image, is it possible that angels — decidedly spiritual beings — were also created […]

  • Law (Torah) — New Testament Believers are NOT Under the Law

      The Judaizers who infiltrated the Galatian assemblies wanted to put the believers back under the Old Testament Law, along with other religious traditions. A good modern example of this would be the legalists of the Hebrew Roots movement, who have infiltrated many churches and seminaries. Yet notice how clear the New Testament is about […]

  • Miracle or Divine Providence — What’s the Difference?

    Believers throw around the word ‘miracle’ a lot when what they really mean is divine providence. There’s a difference: With divine providence God is clearly involved with the event because what happens is just too coincidental (or whatever) and therefore it could be categorized as supernatural provision of some sort. The difference between this and […]

  • Key of Knowledge — What is It?

    Christ noted the “key of knowledge” when addressing the legalistic Teachers of the Law: 46“And you experts in the law, woe to you because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them… 52 Woe to you experts in the law because you […]

  • Deny Yourself or Love Yourself — Which is It? (Both)

    Christians are not  under the Mosaic Law (Galatians 5:18 & Romans 7:6), but under Christ’s law (1 Corinthians 9:19-21 & Galatians 6:2), which is the law of love: Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And […]

  • Two Kinds of Pacifism: Absolute Pacifism (Unbiblical) and Limited Pacifism (Biblical)

    Should true believers never  resort to violence under any circumstances whatsoever, as hardcore pacifists advocate? Did Jesus Christ support this position as these people claim? What’s the Bible say, particularly the New Testament? Two Kinds of Pacifism  First, consider the two forms of pacifism: Absolute Pacifism, which is a peaceable attitude that refuses to ever turn to violence in response […]

  • Military Service — Is it Okay for Believers to Serve in the Armed Forces?

      Some hardcore pacifists are so unbalanced they argue that a true Christian should never participate in the military, even in cases where the God-ordained authorities require it. Just yesterday I ran into a couple of believers who adamantly advocated this position. The implication, of course, is that it’s inherently sinful to serve in the […]

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