As many Christians in America today loudly declare that they have been blessed with a “God-given right to bear arms”, here’s what Christians said about weapons, violence, and the military for the first 300 years of Church History – without exception: “The Lord, in disarming Peter, disarmed every soldier.” —Tertullian from “On Idolatry” “Christians could never slay their enemies. For the more that kings, rulers, and peoples have persecuted them everywhere, the more Christians have increased in number and grown… Read more

I recently received an advance copy of a scholarly paper written by my friend Dr. Scott Bartchy which deals with Paul’s statement in 1 Cor. 4:21 where he says: “What would you prefer? Am I to come to you with a stick, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?” The context of this statement is that Paul’s authority among the Corinthian Christians was being challenged, and Paul certainly felt that his grip on these people was slipping away as… Read more

  Honestly, I can’t believe I need to write an entire blog post to explain this one, but apparently, there are Christians who really do believe that Jesus taught one Gospel and that Paul taught another. [Hint: they did no such thing] So, in the interest of debunking this nonsense, let me explain a few things: First, both Jesus and Paul preached the same Gospel. This is the Gospel of the Kingdom. What’s the Gospel of the Kingdom, you ask?… Read more

Over the weekend I watched a live concert DVD from a band called “Rage Against the Machine”. Their message and their attitude – as one might expect – is not only rage, but more specifically “outrage” at the injustices of our society and the crimes of our government against the innocent people of this nation, and also against people in other nations. So, they crank up their guitars and they pound on their drums and they shout and scream against… Read more

America has a gun problem. But America doesn’t know it has a gun problem. The research confirms it. Every 60 hours Americans are victims of a mass shooting. We are 10 times more likely to die from gun violence than people in other nations. Other countries have successfully reversed gun violence, but we seem unable to do so. More “unwilling” than unable, to be honest. Our problem is rooted in our DNA. We have a “Right to bear arms”. This… Read more

Honestly, this is a very challenging topic for me. Not only to write about, but more so to walk out in a practical way. Here’s why: Because quite often people will mistake engaging the culture with being political. For example, systemic racism is a pervasive reality in America. For many, this is seen as a political issue and not a moral issue. Therefore, if I write about the evils of racism, or if I point out the injustices suffered by… Read more

There are no worms in the Body of Christ. Our favorite hymns might suggest otherwise, but once we come to Jesus we begin to become new creatures who are partakers of the Divine nature. Everyone who abides in Christ is a brand new creature. We are not “worms” or “wretches” who are in need of God’s constant pity or objects of disgust. Yes, before the cross perhaps we were most pitiful and dead in our sins. Before we knew Jesus… Read more

Our only first-hand account of the Roman assault on the Temple comes from the Jewish historian Josephus Flavius who was a former leader of the Jewish Revolt who had surrendered to the Romans and had won favor from Vespasian. In gratitude, Josephus took on Vespasian’s family name – Flavius – as his own. As an eyewitness to the destruction of Jerusalem, Josephus gives us a startling window into a series of seven signs which God sent to the people of… Read more

“Immediately after the distress of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.’” – Matt. 24:29 The apocalyptic language that Jesus uses to describe the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is often misunderstood as being about the end of the world and the second coming of Christ. But if we read the actual context of the conversation we’ll… Read more

Believe it or not, some Christians keep a list of people who can be righteously hated and even put to death, in spite of Jesus’ commands to love our enemies and bless those who hate us. Usually, those who fall into this exceptional category are criminals, terrorists, enemies of the state, homosexuals, and abortionists.Frankly, many Christians have their own private list of who can be/should be put to death. It might be an ex-spouse, a person who abused them in the… Read more

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