Almost every Christian can quote the first part of Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death…”. But what do we think when we quote Paul? Do we think that the wages of sin is death no matter what! Or is the wages of sin death only for the unbeliever, but Christians get a pass from Jesus when we sin.
There is a doctrine in the church which teaches that Christians can sin for an undetermined amount of time doing an undetermined amount of sinning and the wages of sin is not death. This doctrine, to be more specific, says this sinning believer will not ever be in the danger of going to hell and certainly not result in spiritual death.
So to repeat the question, is the wages of sin still death, or not?
Does Romans chapter 7 teach that a Christian will always struggle with sin? Is Paul confessing he has a nagging problem with sin? My graphic shows a Paul who can not say no to sin. He is a drunk, abuses prescription drugs, gambles and is a chain smoker all because he does those things which he doesn’t want to do. That is, according to theologians. What is Romans chapter 7 teaching anyway? Continue reading
I was flipping through a local paper the other day and I happened upon an advertisement concerning Teen Challenge participating with a youth group in the area. Many of us are aware of Teen Challenge and probably know of someone who has gone through this ministry. Not to long ago my family and I watched The Cross and the Switchblade, which is the story of David Wilkerson in his younger days, who birthed the Teen Challenge ministry.
David Wilkerson has gone on to be with the Lord, but before he finally found his true rest, he made many efforts to warn the church about leaving the gospel. His book, Set The Trumpet to thy Mouth, was David being a watchman for the church, which resulted in much criticism for him.
I found this advertisement, which had the Teen Challenge ministry as the focal point, shocking because it reflects those things which I believe embodies what David Wilkerson was warning the church about. Let me explain what I mean.
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A 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
For 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.
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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