Why is there evil in the universe? Is it because there is no God? Is it because God created evil? Is it because God is not powerful enough to eradicate evil? Or, is there another explanation? Philosophers and religious apologists have struggled and argued these questions for thousands of years, and I would be a fool to think I can solve the issue with a simple blog post, but since you have found your way here, please consider these Bible Continue reading The controversy of evil (If God is good, why does he allow evil?)
Predestination means foreordain, predetermine, decide beforehand, and appoint beforehand. This is different than foreknowledge (pre-knowing or prior knowledge). Almost all Christians agree with these 2 statements, but the biggest disagreement is what is predestined. It is a shame that Christianity has been so divided over the meaning of these words when used in 2 passages in the New Testament. Good, honest, God-fearing brethren in Christ have fought each other for centuries over these meanings. I do not pretend to be Continue reading What is predestination? (Is it foreknowledge?)
Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp is required reading in many Christian courses and is a very popular book with high ratings on Amazon. But, it is based on a flawed doctrine from a flawed paradigm that leads to a flawed conclusion. Therefore, I fear it could destroy your family and drive your children away from you and away from God. Shepherding a Child’s Heart is a dogma for predestinated parents to act as agents of God to deliver Continue reading Critical Review of Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp (eating the meat and spitting out the bones)
The struggle of mankind’s plans versus God’s plans has affected history for thousands of years and it is affecting us today. The church is God’s creation and workmanship. It is eternal in nature and too big to become the exclusive province of one group of partisans. Why not be big and wise enough to see this? Rehoboam and Jeroboam divided the Kingdom of Israel The division has lasted about 3,000 years. But, God is not impressed! It hasn’t changed his plans. Continue reading Mankind has divided and conquered! God is not impressed.
“Knocking on the door” is a nearly universal request for entrance. The verb “to knock” is an active action, not a passive position, like waiting around for you to come outside. The verb “to knock” is a respectful request, not a fearful force, like breaking down the door and barging in. This request for entrance into the center of your life is part of the universal call of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The controversy of sin is not that we are sinners That’s obvious! The controversy of sin is how badly we are sinners. The controversy of sin is not that God hates sin, that’s obvious. The controversy of sin is what God has done about sin. Remember, God has already revealed himself from heaven to the whole world… For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may Continue reading The controversy of sin
The gospel was proclaimed by the prophets, lived by Jesus Christ, preached by the apostles, and spread through all the world. But, what is it? The word “gospel” means “good news”. The good news is Jesus Christ has already finished all the perfect work for you, Jesus Christ has already paid the full penalty of all your sins to make you perfectly acceptable to God, there is nothing you can do to deserve any of this because there is no Continue reading What is the gospel?
Last week, a dear Christian friend asked me, “Do you believe in the total depravity of man?” When I responded positively, he added, “Good, you are a Calvinist!” No, I do not believe in the Calvinist doctrine of extreme predestination. Yes, man in his unregenerate natural sinful nature is totally depraved and cannot do anything good… The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only Continue reading Do You Believe in the Total Depravity of Man?