Two extremes of Bible Study, random reading and rightly dividing Random Reading Randomly fan the pages of an open Bible and stick a pin in a random verse on a random page and sing this little ditty as you try to apply that verse for you today… This can’t be correct because the Bible contains the true and accurate accounts of many historical situations. The Bible contains quotations from God, angels, godly men and women, ungodly men and women, Satan, Continue reading A balanced look at “Rightly Dividing”
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)
There are lots of stories of Christmas and The First Noel. Instead of worrying about which of these are myths, fables, and traditions, let’s read the actual inspired account. This is just a few short pages and it only takes a few minutes, but it’s more thrilling and more uplifting than any mere myth, fable, or tradition could possibly be. Starting with the prophecy of Isaiah written more than 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ… For unto us a Continue reading The real story of Christmas: Unto us a child is born
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.
There are many fringe Christian groups who use a misapplication of this verse to justify their own circular reasoning of the scriptures… Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; (1 Corinthians 2:13 KJV) These groups use this verse to teach a strange form of study and teaching that only uses other verses to explain verses. Most of them mistranslate the verse to be “comparing scripture with scripture.” This Continue reading Bible scripture study comparing spiritual things with spiritual
The 2016 remake of Ben-Hur disappoints in almost every way. The story line had too many heroes vying for attention without enough development to make us care about any of them. The CGI graphics were way overdone for a movie that was supposed to be about real life. We can suspend disbelief for live action super-heroes, but not for mere men. The resolution denied the experience of any reasonable person who has ever dealt with longstanding anger issues. The only redeeming thematic feature of Ben-Hur Continue reading A critical review of a disappointing Ben-Hur remake
God never intended for Christians to become weird introspective hermits living in a ghostly religious bunker separated from the world. If this is where you have ended up, please prayerfully consider the following… Adam’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 3) Mankind’s disobedience brings curse on the entire world (Genesis 6) Abraham’s obedience brings promise of blessing to the entire world (Genesis 12; Romans 4) The Jews to be an example to the entire world (Isaiah 43) Jesus Christ Continue reading Christian vs. the bunker mentality
Divorce is serious. It permanently severs the most intimate marriage relationship. It almost always causes emotional, financial, and practical hardships for children and families. What does the Bible say about divorce? What does God think about divorce? As with many things, it’s a good idea to go to the Old Testament Ten Commandment Law to see what God thinks about something. God’s righteous law demanded that some heinous sins received the death penalty. This solved the problem of divorce in those situations because death freed the spouse from Continue reading What about divorce?
Ironically, this little verse about unity has caused more fighting, more division, and more heartache than almost any other verse… Endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Ephesians 4:3) There are Christian groups teaching it is your responsibility, it is your work, and it is your endeavor that makes the unity in this verse. These groups teach unity is the result of correct doctrine, the result of correct walk, and the result of correct practices. Therefore, they Continue reading What about keeping unity?