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

SCOTUS ruling on marriage and the attack on godly offspring

What have we done?

What have we done?

There are many reasons to be upset about the latest Supreme Court ruling concerning the definition of marriage.  It changes 6,000 years of human history.  It is not supported in the constitution.  What about religious objectors and their constitutional rights, what will happen to us?

But there is another attack being conducted now that the court has ruled.  It is an attack on our ability as a nation to have godly offspring.  In the book of Malachi, God is telling Israel that they have violated the covenant of marriage.  And in this part of scripture God spells out why He instituted marriage in the first place.  He instituted marriage so that He could find godly offspring. 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

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

Losing the Gospel Message

Out with the oldI 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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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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