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

Did Jesus say that He lost none that believe on Him?

Is the reprobate Christian still in God's grip-_00000In my circles I know a lady that is aware I do not believe that scripture teaches the Calvinist doctrine.  To be honest I don’t think she is a full Calvinist either, but this person puts her faith in the once saved, always saved doctrine.  She said something along the lines, I just put my hope in what Jesus said in the book of John, He lost none that were given Him. So when Jesus says in John …those that thou gavest me I have kept , and none of them is lost… was He speaking of those person who have and will put their trust in Him as savior?  Or was Jesus speaking about something else? Continue reading

Calvinism and 20 Years of Incest

unhappy faceRecently a pillar of one of the local churches where I live was arrested for incest involving his two daughters.  A year before this came out of the closet, I along with two other men had a conversation with this man about salvation. The explosion that took place during this conversation was witnessed by everyone, since I was in a local place (not church) of believers. 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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