Tag Archives: Religion & Spirituality

We Are More Than Ourselves

For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they were born, the city apartment or farm in which they learned to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives’ tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poems […]

September 26

One Way to Destroy A Local Church

Suppose there is a doctrinal controversy brewing in a local church. Suppose again that the doctrine in question is one of paramount importance; a doctrine so fundamental to the Christian faith, that to reject it is to reject Biblical Christianity. Now, imagine two opposing camps within that fellowship, with the remainder of the church members […]

Franklin Sanders: How Modern Society Isolates Individuals, Prevents Sense of Fulfillment

Pastor, author, speaker, and farmer Franklin Sanders discusses how modern life has isolated individuals by removing them from the protective institutions that helped them in the past – the family, church, and community. The sense of belonging and fulfillment can only come within a right context and understanding of relationship to family, place, and community.

Dear Visible Church

Dear Visible Church of Jesus Christ, When the Gospel of our Lord is being assaulted by those within the visible church itself; when the precious simplicity of the Gospel is being undermined – and that by America’s most popular preachers and evangelists – then you need to wake up and stop not caring about God’s […]

The Gospel and Its Implications

1. Christ died. Implication 1.1: Christ was (and is) a Godman who could die. Implication 1.2: Christ did not swoon or faint or merely appear to die. Implication 1.3: Christ laid down his life; he was not killed against his will. 2. Christ died for our sins. Implication 2.1: Christ died for a purpose, not […]

Jehovah’s True Witnesses

Jay Adams: When God wrote the words, “So you are My witnesses” (Isaiah 43:12, CSB) He was speaking to the people of the Old Testament era.  In this section of Isaiah, He challenges the false gods to stand trial.  They fail to meet the test.  When He calls forth His own witnesses they are able […]

Tickling Ears

Today, Thabiti Anyabwile tweeted this interesting quote by C. S. Lewis, which was in turn retweeted by Paul Washer: Brethren, what is wrong, that is, unbiblical, with this quote by Lewis? Here’s a couple of hints: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God – Romans 3:23 and the exhortation to […]

Why “Kingdom Circles” Teaching is Blasphemous

There are some in the mission field who use the “Kingdom Circles” illustration to explain how Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, etc., can enter the Kingdom of God without actually converting to Christianity. A former Muslim and now born-again Christian explains why this is flawed, and illustrates a much better (and biblical!) way to explain the Kingdom […]

Lessons on the Ordinances of God

Q: To whom are the ordinances of God made effectual? A: To all of God’s elect they are effectual to salvation and to them only. When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying the word of the Lord; and as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed. – Acts 13:48; But […]

Roman Catholicism’s Most Heinous Theological Heresy

Of all that is wrong with the cult of Roman Catholicism, perhaps it may be said that the greatest heresy birthed in darkness and propagated throughout the centuries by it, is the deification of the ‘church.’ Rome claims the Church is of divine origin, and indeed, the true Church is. Yet Roman Catholicism goes much […]

August 03

Exceptional Piety or Mysticism?

Throughout much of church history there have, time and time again, arisen movements and behaviors within the Church, which many view as exceptionally pious. Our own day is no exception. Within camps of the new Calvinism movement, the popularity of this type of behavior seems to be on the increase, with no signs of letting […]

July 23

SEALFIT: A Beginning

But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. – I Corinthians 9:27 The apostle Paul in this passage puts forth himself as an example to his readers of all that he has been preaching, lest he himself is shown as unqualified. Part of […]

July 19

Angry Blacks, Civil Rights & the Zimmerman Verdict

George Zimmerman was found not guilty by a jury of his peers in the death of Trayvon Martin. Regardless of one’s opinion, that should be the end of it as a case both before the court and before the American people. But it isn’t. Our justice system worked, not because Zimmerman was found not guilty, […]

July 15

Vain Thoughts

Wash your heart from evil, O Jerusalem, that you may be saved. How long will your wicked thoughts lodge within you? – Jeremiah 4:14 – NASB O Jerusalem, cleanse your heart from evil so that you may be saved. Until when will your vain thoughts lodge within you? – LITV Christianity purifies a person from […]

July 08

Backward Movements within the Church

Jay Miklovic of Dead Pastor’s Society has written a cognitive article on the backward movements currently popular within the visible church these days. The post is entitled The Ideal Time in History? and it’s a really good read which I recommend. In the article, Jay points out several groups that either claim for their movement […]

July 08

The Compromised John Piper

‘Desiring God is not really a book about having joy in God, it is a call for all Christians to become hedonists. In so much as the book has only secular philosophy, edited creeds, and misinterpreted scripture supporting it, the philosophy of “Christian Hedonism” is truly unworthy of further attention by the church and is […]

The Only Way to Peace and Unity

Unfortunately, the Church has not always taken the pains nor effort to distinguish between the true and the false church. We live in an age of evangelical pacifism, of comfort and lethargy, and a time when this very need to act accordingly, and distinguish between the two, is of the utmost importance. In this day […]

A Foreshadow of Progressive Sanctification

I will send my terror before you and will throw into confusion all the people against whom you shall come, and I will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. And I will send hornets before you, which shall drive out the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites from before you. I will […]

Tap It: The NSA Slow Jam

Government surveillance never sounded so smooth. LYRICS You see me rolling around in a black Mercedes cruising around town and it’s packed with ladies Gotta keep it going yeah I’m roaming the map No I never stop until I find something to tap Awww yeah… [CHORUS] Nokia, iPhone, Galaxy 3 Facebook and your search history […]

Just A Few Will Be Saved

Most people believe it is an easy thing to get to heaven. Look at how most people live their lives. Watch how they react to God’s man, the preacher, who is truly proclaiming God’s Word. Look how many say ‘Amen!’ to Sola Scriptura, yet deny it with their lives as a rule of life. Contrary […]

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