” . . . That He May Be With You Forever”

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Many people are concerned about the end of the world. Books are written, movies find new-creative ways to show us how it will all end, and there are seemingly a million or so options about how to interpret the “End Times” passages in the Bible. Interestingly, with all this attention focused upon the end, there is one area that gets missed that I believe is vital.

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Before I go any farther there are three things you must know:

(1)  If you disagree with my position on Eschatology, then you are free to go once you read #3 below, unless you want to learn a bit what another position believes.… Continue reading

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Back to the Basics: The Clarity of Scripture Pt.3

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clarityofscriptureToday I am concluding a three part series on the often overlooked but enormously important doctrine of the clarity of scripture. In part one I looked at the biblical evidence for the clarity of scripture, in part two I looked at the varying views of the clarity of scripture that have arisen over time, now as the series comes to a close I want to look at the greatest threat to the doctrine of clarity in this day and age, postmodern hermeneutics, and the most vocal proponents of the postmodern hermeneutics, the emergent church movement. While the emergent church is essentially dead as a movement, its influence remains in the damage done to the understanding of the doctrine of clarity, especially among Christian youth.… Continue reading

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Book Review; “What is the Gospel?”

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Lately, the topic of evangelism has been heavy on my mind and heart especially as I look at the state of the world around me. To that end I decided to go back through my personal library and notes to relearn some of the things I had already forgotten on the what-is-the-gospelsubject. What I found was both encouraging and dismaying. The encouragement came in the form of books I not only possess but have also read. The dismay in learning through an examination of my notes that I had also reviewed these books and have forgotten what they had to teach me on this important work which can only be pursued by the Church.… Continue reading

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Let Go, Let God? What Verse Is THAT?

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what“Let go, let God.”

Christianity is sprinkled with all kinds of cute little clichés, but the problem with this one, as with many, is that it’s simply not biblical. In fact, the “let go, let God” theology directly contradicts the clear teaching of Scripture regarding the Christian life. Actually, it comes from an entire theological system that has a faulty view of Christian sanctification, known as “Keswick” or “Higher Life” theology, which is largely based on a Wesleyan “second blessing” experience (it’s similar to Wesleyan theology, but not exactly the same).

The Keswick view of sanctification teaches that every believer can experience a unique post-salvation enlightenment, allowing the Christian to enter into a state of a consistent, victorious life of obedience.… Continue reading

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Getting Back Up: Assurance

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Picture 1The experience of taking a fall or tumble is a universal one.  We all can relate to the experience of falling out of a tree house, losing our balance while on a ladder, or tripping on an object in a dark room. If you have ever attempted to learn skating, snowboarding, skiing, or any other sport, you know what it feels like to lose your center of gravity and wipe out!

What we have all experienced physically is also a reality in the spiritual realm. The Bible emphatically testifies to this reality. Biblical examples come swiftly to mind, and church history is also replete with examples of spiritual failure.… Continue reading

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