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)
Everybody has suffered from foolish outbursts of rage. It has many names all over the world. It is so common on the road, that it is called road rage, and incidents are quite popular on youtube. It’s easy to see in others. It’s horrible to experience. And, it’s embarrassing to do it yourself. But, if you’re honest, you will admit you have been guilty of foolish outbursts of rage. So, why do we self-righteously pretend it’s righteous anger? What’s the Continue reading What about righteous anger (vs foolish outbursts of rage)?
Self-righteousness is the sin of justifying yourself. It comes in 2 different forms: Cain tried to hide his feelings of inadequacy and jealousy by being proud of his accomplishments, which didn’t work, and eventually caused him to murder his brother (Genesis 4) Nebuchadnezzar was so proud of his accomplishments that he believed he was greater than the power and glory of God, which cost him everything until he was humbled (Daniel 4) The first is a sad hypocritical attempt to Continue reading What about self-righteousness? (the damnable sin of justifying yourself)
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?)
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)
Solomon instructed his son not to turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the left He was the wisest man who ever lived, so he knew about life. He had explored it from the center and both sides (Ecclesiastes 1:2-2:26). He recognized that the right and the left were futility and vexation of spirit. At the end, he pled with anyone who would listen not to turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the Continue reading Do not turn aside from the Lord to the right or to the left
What is gnosticism? Gnosticism is literally, “the cult based on special, personal knowledge.” The apostle Paul specifically warned against this kind of division, which has spawned several very large Christian-like religions, dozens of very closed denominations, and hundreds or thousands of small sects. Each of these groups claims some “special personal knowledge,” which they have and you do not, which makes them more acceptable to God than you, and which keeps them separate from you. In the last month, I talked to Continue reading Gnosticism and the altar of special knowledge in the church today
If we consider the sum total of all possible knowledge in the entire universe, either God knows everything or he is not God. If God does not know everything, then sometimes he might be wrong. If God does not know everything, then there might be another god who knows more than him. And, that god would be God. If God is God, then he is always right. How about you? Could you be wrong?
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