March 1, 2018

If you are a Christian you need to know your rights. According to Jesus and the Apostles, as a follower of Jesus, you have the right to: *Give up everything for Christ: “In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.” – Jesus (Luke 14:33) *Lay down your life for others: “Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.”… Read more

February 26, 2018

A friend recently told me that Jesus would never contradict the Old Testament scriptures. In response to that statement, I’d like to offer this list of specific contradictions that Jesus made against teachings found in the Old Testament: 1) According to Deuteronomy, God commands His people to swear in His name: Old Testament: “You shall fear the Lord your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name.” – Deuteronomy 6:13 But Jesus says that to swear by anything… Read more

February 24, 2018

When we first meet Paul, he’s described as a zealous Pharisee who is “breathing out murderous threats against the disciples of Christ.” [Acts 9:1] Later on, Paul describes himself as someone who “persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it.” [Gal. 1:13] But somehow this formerly violent man who stood by and watched the mob stone Stephen to death, and held their coats while they did so, became an Apostle of Christ who boldly preached “the Gospel… Read more

February 23, 2018

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

February 22, 2018

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

February 21, 2018

  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

February 18, 2018

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

February 16, 2018

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

February 16, 2018

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

February 14, 2018

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

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