The word “cult” has many connotations and many definitions, from harmless fan clubs, to dangerous systems of religious beliefs and rituals. But, I think the best definition of a dangerous religious “cult” that should be avoided by Christians is… Exclusive. They may say, “We’re the only ones with the truth; everyone else is wrong; and if you leave our group your salvation is in danger.” Secretive. Certain teachings are not available to outsiders or they’re presented only to certain members, Continue reading Who is a cult?
The 400 year war about “appearance of evil” The King James translation of this verse using “appearance” has probably been responsible for more fighting among Christians during the last 400 years than any other verse in the Bible. When it is quoted in an argument about some activity, it is used to enforce one Christian’s belief, conscience, and opinion on another Christian. It is supposed to be the final slam of the door at the end of a contentious argument. Continue reading Abstain from all appearance of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
The Hebrew Scriptures teach endurance to live in complete harmony with each other Jesus Christ puts a strong emphasis on the importance of harmony in the church. Read A Modern-Day Parable of Romans 14 (How to avoid conflicts in the church) For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. (Romans 15:4 NIV) According to Merriam-Webster, endurance is defined to be the ability to withstand hardship Continue reading The teaching and example of the Hebrew Scriptures — live in complete harmony with one another
There are 3 different perspectives among Christianity. Part of each perspective is absolutely true. But, as always, the truth is more nuanced and more complicated than any one of these individual perspectives. We will try to present the perspectives and leave it between you and the Holy Spirit to lead your conscience to make choices for your situation. The history of Halloween is easily researched in any dictionary, encyclopedia, or simple web search… Halloween – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Halloween or Hallowe’en (/ˌhæləˈwiːn, Continue reading Should Christians celebrate Halloween?
Is demon oppression real? Are demons and evil spirits real? Yes, the Bible clearly speaks about demons and evil spirits. It gives many accounts of demon oppression. This is different than demon possession, which cannot happen to a Christian. But, demon oppression is very real and can happen to anyone at any time. Here are several Biblical accounts of satanic demon oppression than can happen to a Christian. Sometimes bad things happen to us as a result of our bad Continue reading What about demon oppression?
What is the trinity, the three-in-one, triune God? This is an important question, which has caused lots of division between Christians. Some describe the trinity like an egg with a shell, egg white, and yolk or an orange with a skin, juicy meat, and seeds. Although these metaphors help illustrate the concept of three-in-one, they fall far short of describing God. Therefore, let’s consider the Biblical pattern of the tabernacle in the wilderness, which God showed to Moses (Exodus 25-31) Continue reading The trinity of the tabernacle in the wilderness
I was sitting out on the porch with my wife not long ago watching the rain and enjoying the natural beauty of nature, much of which she had added by her gardening knowledge and special touch. Many times, we’ve enjoyed our mornings together this way, drinking coffee and sharing thoughts. Twelve years ago hundreds of our trees were majorly damaged by a downdraft tornado, completely destroying the beauty that God and my wife had given to our little backyard getaway. But over time, with Continue reading Imagine a place where fellowship grows
The Divorce Dilemma: God’s Last Word on Lasting Commitment by John MacArthur is used in many Bible counseling training programs. The subtitle “God’s Last Word on Lasting Commitment” is consistent with the message that God hates divorce and intends for marriage to be a permanent covenant. However, the book is marred by the false doctrine of extreme predestination, which permeates every page, with many outright attacks on contemporary evangelicalism. The book ignores God’s laws about multiple wives and God’s protections for Continue reading Review: The Divorce Dilemma by John MacArthur
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
Not for these only do I pray, but for those also who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me. (John 17:20-21) Jesus Prayed for you, but most Christians have not answered that prayer. They have splintered into thousands of groups, sects, divisions, schisms, churches, and denominations. They have Continue reading When Jesus prayed for you to be one; that the world will believe