While driving from Ruidoso to Las Cruces on Highway 70 in New Mexico, I saw a sign in front of a church, which said “Just keep the ten commandments.” I didn’t take a picture as I drove past, and I have regretted it ever since. If anyone can send me a picture, I would appreciate it. The sentiment is admirable. Why make millions of pages of laws, regulations, and statutes? Just keep the ten commandments. Why make thousands of religious rules Continue reading
Based on a famous phrase that was popularized by Mark Twain about the persuasive power of numbers, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and religion.” Religion is man’s attempt to make himself acceptable to God. It is all lies, and since the end result of man’s attempt is damnation, they are damn lies. The Bible truth is you are utterly helpless, you cannot bridge the gulf between man and God, only Jesus Christ, the Son of God, could do that, and Continue reading
RULES AND REGULATIONS ACCURATE THEOLOGY RIGHTEOUSNESS AUTHORITY AND POWER STRONG RHETORIC HOLY PURITY ORGANIZATIONS AND MINISTRIES LOVE Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:35) We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. (1 John 3:14) Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their Continue reading
There are some Christians who feel they can only have “limited fellowship” with other Christians outside their group. They cannot have unconditional fellowship with Christians who do not agree with them on their fundamental doctrines. Let’s look at the facts… Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? Who is able to Continue reading
Your journey describes your past, it got you to your present, but it does not control your future. Instead of picking up rocks to throw at your past, use them to build a bridge to your future. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For Continue reading
There really is only one reason you can’t forgive, when you have been hurt so much worse than you deserved by someone who doesn’t deserve to be forgiven, it’s because you’ve forgotten how bad you really are and how much you’ve already been forgiven… Who can say, “I have kept my heart pure; I am clean and without sin”? (Proverbs 20:9) For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of Continue reading
A lot of confusion has been caused with this verse. I pray that you will be able to put aside prior biases and let the word of God speak to you… Can two walk together, except they be agreed? (Amos 3:3 KJV) Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? (Amos 3:3 NIV) Can two people walk together without agreeing on the direction? (Amos 3:3 NLT) “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet? (Amos 3:3 ESV) Do two men Continue reading
Whoever has earthly possessions and notices a brother in need and yet withholds his compassion4698 from him, how can the love of God be present in him? (1 John 3:17) 4698 splágxnon the inward parts; the heart, affections, seat of the feelings, properly, the internal organs (“viscera”); (figuratively) “gut-level compassion” (visceral feelings); the capacity to feel deep emotions (sympathy, empathy, etc.).