When did grace start, with Jesus?

Jesus on the CrossA reader by the avatar Las Artes left me a comment on my post The Church of the Living Dead.  Please go there and view the entire comment.

I agreed with the comment concerning everything written by Las Artes except at one central point, which needs clarification, since it is central to The Gospel According to the Gospel.  Even though my response is directed to Las Artes, it is meant for everyone.  We all need to have a correct understanding of when God started to impute men righteousness and the manner in which He does so.  Hint, it is not as we are taught in church,  “the crucifixion of Jesus brought forth a new gift: the gift of grace”. Continue reading

Fruit Basket Upset

Church Circus PosterFor far tooooooo long the Christian faith has been putting all of its fruit in one basket.  We have been mixing fruit that does no good for the soul with fruit that can see a man unto eternal life.  We have been mixing rotten fruit with good fruit.

Unfortunately, pastors are taught in seminary that all fruit mentioned in the Bible is the same kind of fruit and they mistakenly use them synonymously.  Pastors lead their congregations into accepting both the bad fruit and the good fruit as evidence of a faith in a believer’s life.  They then preach about both kinds of fruit and tell their congregation to live by them both.  But this is not what scripture tells us to do.

Let me explain. Continue reading

Power of an Endless Life

the ten commandments

Once people leave the Wide Path that leads to destruction and choose to follow Christ, putting themselves on the Narrow Path, what is the standard that believers should live their lives by?  Are we as Christians supposed to become followers of the Torah?  Is the Old Testament Law now a requirement for the believer to obey?

Many Christians today have a biblical basis from scripture to say the ordinances found in the Old Testament are no longer required of God’s people.  We do not sacrifice animals, nor do we observe many other ordinances in the Torah.  Some will argue that even though we do not have to obey the ‘Sacrificial Law’ we have to obey the ‘Moral Law’ or the moral code of the Old Testament.  But is this true?

Many will argue that we need to continue to follow the ‘Moral Law’ found in the Torah, after all God doesn’t want us to murder… does He?  Of course the correct answer is no, God does not want us to comment murder.  In fact God doesn’t want us to violate any of the ‘Moral Law’ found in the Old Testament.  But if God doesn’t want us to violate this law, are we then bound to live under the influence of the Ten Commandments?

What if scripture actually teaches that those who preach this understanding of the gospel have actually left the gospel?  What if keeping the Ten Commandments is exactly the opposite of what the hope is for the new believer?

Impossible you say? Continue reading