Did Jesus Preexist as “the Angel of the LORD”?

The most mysterious and enigmatic figure in the Old Testament (OT) is “the angel of the LORD.” This expression occurs 56 times in the OT, and “the angel of God” occurs 10 times therein. This angel of the LORD appeared to Abraham, Hagar, Isaac, Jacob, Manoah and his wife, Moses, Joshua, and many others.There has never been any consensus in Judaism about the identity of "the angel of the LORD/God" in the OT. The three eminent rabbinic Bible commentators in medieval times interpreted it as the “ … [Read more...]

Should There Be Church Membership?

Warren Throckmorton posted on December 13 on his Patheos.com blog that Mark Driscoll is involved in establishing a "Bible based church" in North Phoenix, which is the general area where I live. Warren says The Articles of Incorporation say it will be named The Trinity Church and have no official membership. I disagree with that name for a church, but I agree with not having traditional church membership.How should a church be named? Well, anyone who reads this blog knows that I was a … [Read more...]

Can Genuine Christians Be Trinitarian or Non-Trinitarian?

Yes. I was a Trinitarian for twenty-two years until God enlightened me through scripture that being a Christian has nothing to do with being Trinitarian. Contrary to church dogma, you don’t have to be a Trinitarian to be a Christian. And being a Trinitarian doesn't disqualify you from being a Christian. I can prove these things from the Bible.I was born and reared in Seattle, Washington, where I attended church Sunday school in my youth. When I was thirteen years old, one day after class I a … [Read more...]