Torturing Scripture to say Jesus only died for the elect

Tortured scriptureI grew up in the faith being told to read the Word of God for myself.  That by doing this I would grow in my faith and understanding of the truths of scripture.  But ironically what is plainly written isn’t enough for some in the Christian faith.  Now I am told by some individuals that I can not trust what I plainly see written in the scripture.  That somehow I have not grown up in the faith, unless I believe what is not written in the text I have come to put my faith in.   Continue reading

Is the wages of sin still death?

wages of sin is deathAlmost 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?

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What does Romans Chapter 7 teach anyway?

Paul the ApostleDoes 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

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.

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Power of an Endless Life

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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?

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The 21 Day Challenge

 

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How to cook THE BOOK!

Here at The Gospel According to the Gospel it is no secret that I contend for a gospel that some are surprised to find in scripture.  Which of course contradicts a lot of doctrine.  Hence the nice graphic I made.  It is also no secret that many don’t agree with me because of their indoctrination and many more are still trying to grasp what I am contending for in the gospel.

Sadly, short post here and there is not a very effective way to communicate the gospel I see clearly laid out in scripture.  But there is a way for those interested to get a really good feel and sense of what I am contending the gospel is.  I have 21 radio programs that are 25 minutes long uploaded to my blog.  They are located under the ‘Radio‘ tab.  I am challenging people to take 25 minutes a day to listen to what I am contending for in the gospel.

You may ask, why?  Simply put… many have not heard (because it is not covered from the pulpit) what scripture teaches about our faith.  Sadly the preaching of our gospel has become like the national media.  Nothing different on any of the channels.  No real news is covered anymore either.  The Gospel According to the Gospel is your chance to get involved in an alternative media (alternative discussion if you will) of the Bible. Continue reading