How Can Our Righteousness Exceed That Of The Pharisees?

Jesus told His followers that their righteousness must exceed that of the Pharisees, but is this humanly possible?The Pharisees The Pharisees were the most affluent and powerful group in the Jewish culture, at least at the time of Jesus Christ’s earthly ministry. Even their name drips with self-righteousness, as they are the “separated ones,” which is from the Aramaic (Semitic) and comes from “perishayya,” meaning “separated, separatist,” and closely corresponds to the Hebrew word “parush,” … [Read more...]

What Was Paul’s “Thorn In The Flesh?”

Many have speculated about what Paul’s “thorn in the flesh” was so what do most believe it was?Why the Thorn? The Bible says that the Apostle Paul prayed three times to have his “thorn in the flesh,” and wrote, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me” (2nd Cor 12:8), but God did not remove it, so the first question that comes to mind is, why did God allow the Apostle Paul to suffer from a “thorn in the flesh?” The Apostle Paul tells us that God allowed this t … [Read more...]

How The Shack Distorts Our View Of God

Does the movie and the book, The Shack, give us a distorted view of God?The Shack The Shack, by William P. Young (2008) has been called heretical and unbiblical, as far as what God is like and the attributes of the Three Persons of the Trinity, even though the book is primarily about how to deal with suffering, however, those who defend the book say it’s not intended as a theological study of the triune nature of God, rather it’s a look at how we deal with suffering and process our thoughts … [Read more...]

Who Goes To Heaven? Do Only Good People Go To Heaven?

Who exactly goes to heaven? Do only good people go to heaven and only bad people to hell?Who is Good? Another member of our church and I once talked to a young man about the gospel and so we asked him, “Do you think you’re a good person?” to which he replied, “I’m not good person…I’m great!” That’s when I told him, “Wow, you’re the very first person we’ve ever met that is good because the Bible says only God is good” (Mark 10:18), and not even one of us is good. In fact, none of us even seek … [Read more...]

What Does Paul Mean By Writing He Is Not Ashamed Of The Gospel?

Why does Paul say that he was not ashamed of the gospel? Does that mean some are and will be?Ashamed of the Gospel? There are sins of commission but there are also sins of omission, like if we see a brother or sister in need and do nothing, for us, that is sin (James 2:16). For example, “if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him” (1st John 3:17)? Good question, isn’t it? Of course, all sin is forgivable fo … [Read more...]

What Is The Word Of Faith Movement?

What is the “word of faith” movement? Is it biblical?Miracles in our Mouths? I remember hearing a pastor of a large megachurch say, “You’ve got a miracle in your mouth. You can speak things into being that are not yet.” When I heard it, it actually reminded me of a Bible verse where it says, “For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm” (Psalm 33:9), but the “he” wasn’t a man, it was God. It’s similar to when “God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light” (Gen 1:3 … [Read more...]