This is one of the most important questions for a Christian or anyone to understand. About 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ addressed the crowds on this very topic because even then it was a problem between the Pharisees and other Jews. The Pharisees taught that eating with unwashed (or unbaptized) hands defiles a person, by making them “unclean, polluted, and desecrated.” Jesus said their religion couldn’t purify the real problem. Then Jesus called to the crowd to come and hear. “Listen,” Continue reading What defiles a person? (What makes unclean, polluted, and desecrated?)
For two or three years I have been contemplating the question of why so many of God’s Children struggle to have peaceful fellowship among themselves. What are the strongholds that keep the Lord’s family from functioning in loving harmony and accepting one another as Christ has accepted each of his children? Rom. 15:7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. What is it that causes the hard-line adherence to the minor issues Continue reading Satanic Strongholds through False Concepts versus Walking by Faith
Don’t speak evil against one another Never before in the history of the world have Christians needed these exhortations as much as they need them right now. Never before has it been so easy to speak evil against each other on Twitter, Facebook, and Whatsapp. Never before has it been so easy to speak evil against each other by phone, SMS, or IM. Never before has the world been so polarized and politicized and religiouscized to speak evil against each other. As Continue reading Do not speak evil against one another
The Bible teaches there are only 2 religions, which are grace and debt (Romans 4). Grace is the undeserved goodness of God offered to everyone who believes, it cannot be of works. Debt is owed by God because of good works, it cannot be of faith. These 2 religions are in stark contrast to each other. Grace teaches there is nothing you can do to earn salvation. Debt teaches you have to do everything to earn salvation. They cannot be Continue reading The 2 religions of the world as illustrated by Invictus versus My Captain
The teaching of Hebrews 12:15 is much broader than just the emotion of bitterness… Hebrews 12:1 “…let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Hebrews 12:14-17 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root4491 of bitterness4088 springing5453 up causes trouble, Continue reading What is a root of bitterness?
Jesus warned against hypocritical groups who try to have godliness through their own rules and regulations above the commandments of God and setting their own rulers above the Holy Spirit in the lives of their congregation… Jesus told them, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites in Scripture: ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is pointless, because their teachings are rules made by humans.’ “You abandon the commandments of God Continue reading A form of godliness (show of religion, piety, holiness, outward righteousness)
The Apostle Paul did not advocate condemning people That’s not the subject of the letter to the Galatians. It is inconceivable that the Apostle Paul would throw in a verse that justifies hatefully condemning anyone in the final paragraph of a letter arguing against the false law-keeping doctrine of the Judaizers. Consider this brief outline of the Letter to the Galatians…
The Bible describes 2 different religious rituals of circumcisions. The first is the physical circumcision as a visible sign of the Old Testament covenant between God and Abraham (and all of Abraham’s descendants), which is not required for salvation. The second is a spiritual circumcision, which was preached, prophesied, and practiced in the Hebrew scriptures. Spiritual circumcision is required for salvation. If you are surprised or offended, I hope you will be like the noble Berean’s, who “received the word with all readiness of Continue reading Is circumcision required for salvation?