- Who Are Liars, Deceived, and in Darkness? - For the last couple of weeks I have been mediating on the first letter of John. I took some extra time this morning to read through the whole book and to meditate on the verses where John speaks of those who are liars, deceived, and in darkness.
The first letter of [...]
- Sinning and the Greek Present Tense - Some make a plea that sin is consistent in the life of a Christian by claiming that the words continuous, constantly, habitual, or practice must be added to Greek verbs or participles that are in the present tense.
For example, 1Joh 3:8 says “he that committeth sin is of the devil” [...]
- Victory over Anger - Anger is a response to something that a person considers negative that has happened around them or to them. It is an emotion which has various levels of intensity and different responses.
People undergo changes in their personality when they get angry. They often are no longer in control, become irrational, and [...]
- God Deserves Faithfulness - I see the experience of sin-free living and obedience to God as something that real Bible salvation gives us. Not something positionally that needs to be realized, so that we can have it experimentally through some kind of additional experience after we are converted.
I like the picture of a pure young [...]
- Sin-You-Must Teaching - Sin-You-Must — This teaching holds that a person will continue to commit sin after being saved and that as a believer you will sin in word, thought, and deed almost daily. Teachers of this doctrine say that we should try not to sin, but that sinning and repenting is [...]
- Except for Fornication Clause of Matthew 19:9 - Updated: 26th 4:01pm
Introduction to McFall’s Research Paper
Leslie McFall has written an interesting 43-page paper called The Biblical Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage. In his paper, he discusses an addition that Desiderius Erasmus added to his Greek-Latin New Testament (1516 1st ed) that [he claims] changed the way Matthew 19:9 has [...]
- Sin Is Not an Option for the Christian - Because of the Sin You Must teaching and the great compromise of Christianity, even those that feel like they are committed Christians have got the idea somewhere in the back of their minds that to commit sin is an option.
In part, this has happened due to confusion over what sin [...]
- Christian Mercy & Judgment - There is an interesting concept that I am getting a hold of in a deeper way. When we have mercy on others, we are having mercy on ourselves.
Here are a few scriptures to meditate on about mercy:
Pro 3:3 Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; [...]
- Divorce and Remarriage Excuses - I would hold that the Bible teaches that in all cases where there is a living lawful1 spouse, it is adultery to remarry.
If allowance for remarriage is given for unfaithfulness, based on the Mat 19:9 exception that is found in the Textus Receptus (TR) and in most translations, then all [...]
- How To Counsel Suicidal Persons - This article looks at what brings suicidal thoughts, shows that the Bible prohibits suicide, and shares how one can deal with a person who is suicidal.
In 2005, 32,637 suicides occurred in the United States. I wept when I read that statistic. Also, the picture to the right very much touched [...]
- Looking For a Different Congregation - The subject of whether to look for a different congregation or not is on the mind of many people. This is an issue that comes up as God leads people into a deeper Christian walk and they receive more light and understanding. They have to address the following question: “Do [...]
- How to Get a Greater Concern for Souls? - Having a burning hot concern for souls is very important, and a great help for your spiritual life. Part of our armor is having our feet shod with the preparation of the gospel (Eph 6:15). I received an email today from a reader, asking how to get a greater concern [...]
- Laborers Must First Have Partaken of the Fruit of Holiness - In the first letter to the Corinthian church, Paul had corrected the church over a number of things. Of the things he corrected them for, the worse was that they had allowed an immoral person to be part of the congregation (1Cor 5:1, 2), and had not put judgment on [...]
- Christian Discipleship - Lately I have been thinking a lot about accountability to the brethren, the discipleship of new converts, and church life. I have written a short article on Accountability to the Brethren, one on Discipleship of New Converts, and A Poem on taking heed to ourselves, to the brethren, and on [...]
- Tips for Plain-Life Christians to Become Debt-free - Christians should not be tying themselves down with unnecessary debt, but rather be working to free themselves of it so that they can have more time to spend with their children and work for the Lord. The idea of incurring debt for luxury items is the way of the world.
- God Promises Complete Victory Over All Sin - I added another scripture to this list, so I am republishing it. Plus, I want to encourage everyone to memorize these 11 scriptures. These will be very good to have around to meditate on when you are being tried and tempted.
1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such [...]
- Using Harsh Language - I have been reading a book by Peter Hoover called The Secret of the Strength (SOS). I have found it interesting and informative. It introduces the reader to many different Anabaptist leaders and writers, and shows what they taught on a number of different subjects.
I have to admit that, [...]
- Which Do You Esteem Higher? - Many people today are valuing self and their bodies higher than their soul. The body will soon die and it will be buried in the ground, but the soul will live forever. The following are a few questions to ask yourself – to show which you value higher:
1. Before you [...]
- The 7 Churches of Revelation - When we look the letters that John wrote to the messengers of the 7 churches of Asia Minor, we see that many of the churches were not in good shape, but they still had lampstands.
When a congregation has a lampstand, then they are a congregation of God and Jesus is [...]
- Questions for Religious Sinners - God can do anything! If he says he will “make a way of escape” for every temptation (1Cor 10:13), and that he gives us “all things that pertain unto life and godliness” (2Pet 1:3), then I believe that. If he says that the “abundance of grace” which he offers whereby [...]
- Sinning Christians? - If ye love me, keep my commandments. — Joh 14:15
I have posted on my blog a good number of articles concerning what the Bible has to say about sin and the believer. I hold to the teaching that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and [...]
- Biblical Definition of Sin - We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not — 1Jn 5:18
Faults, lacks in social deportment that may be offensive, and mistakes in opinion, judgment, and actions are not sins – unless they include a voluntary act of disobedience against a known commandment of God (1Joh 3:4; 5:17).
- Faith and Works - The Bible clearly teaches that salvation delivers us from sinning. In fact, this is what the word salvation means – deliverance. The Greek word σωτηια, which is translated as “salvation” 44 times in the KJV, and is defined by Thayer’s Lexicon as “deliverance”.
This deliverance is not only from the love [...]
- The Old Covenant & New Covenant Law Compared - Christians are not lawless or without law. We are alive not only the New Testament perfect law of liberty and its’ letter, but alive also to the Spirit of God that works that law in our heart.
Christians are dead to the Old Covenant law (the first 5 books of the [...]
- Discipleship of New Converts - The person that leads a new convert, deceived professor, or recovered backslider to the Lord is responsible to disciple that person. First, you want to lead the seeker into a true conversion. Here is what the Bible teaches on true conversion.
You should work to lead the convert into seeing the [...]
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