Have you ever been defeated in life? You commit the same sins over and over, fall for the same deceptions and are guilty of the same faults today as yesterday. There seems to be no progress. You make the same promises over and over, “Tomorrow will be better. I won’t do that again!” But then tomorrow comes and you are no better. You feel trapped or insane, doing the same things over and over with no change. Continue reading Life Is Too Short for Sin
Here are 17 ways that you can glorify God in your life. I put this together following Thomas Watson’s thoughts in his chapter on “Man’s Chief End” in his must read, A Body of Divinity Continue reading 17 Ways You Can Glorify God: A Summary of Thomas Watson’s Thoughts
I admit I enjoy his writing style because of its clarity and common sense way of explaining things. However, it is at the expense of the plain reading of the text. Within you will find such statements as death not meaning eternal hell, distinguishing between having eternal life and having eternal life in you, and that Jesus’ preaching of repentance was meant for the Jews of that period only. It seems that Hodges will do anything to a passage to make it say what he wants. To cover this up, he often shames his readers away from the Lordship interpretation by statements like (again paraphrasing), “The author could not have put it any plainer,” or “To ignore this is to ignore all common sense.” These statements are empty, however, if not backed up with clear, faithful exegesis.
In this post we shall cover the first three chapters. Continue reading Accusations, Assurance, and James 2: A Critique of Zane Hodges’ “The Gospel Under Siege”, pt. 1
A Key Theme in Acts
The book of Acts is one-hundred percent dependent on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus died on the cross, but did not rise from the dead, there would be no “Acts of the Apostles.” In fact, there would be no Christianity.
Acts begins with the resurrected Lord giving his disciples final instructions and explaining to them their responsibility to be witnesses to the world of what they had seen (Acts 1:6-8). What was the chief thing concerning which they were called to be witnesses? Peter answers that question as the disciples began the process of finding a replacement for Judas, when he says that the new apostle “must become with us a witness to [Christ’s] resurrection” (Acts 1:22). The message the apostles were to proclaim was the message of the resurrected Christ, and every major sermon given by the apostles in Acts contains that message. Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ in Acts and Its Pastoral Implications
In our Church culture we tend to delay baptism for far too long. I personally was baptized 5 months after my conversion. I have seen as long as a few years after one getting saved that they are finally baptized. Churches have a tendency to hold “Baptism Classes” for believers new and seasoned. Those classes, spanning a few week period, go over the doctrine of baptism in order to assure the baptizees know why they are going through with it. After completing this long course, the believers then set a baptism date a few Sundays away. I have seen discipleship material, which is otherwise excellent, with weekly lessons about the basics of the faith, and the last chapter is on baptism. At the end of the chapter is a section to set a date for your baptism. I remember regarding one Bible College (a Baptist one!) that, within their Statement of Faith, under “Baptism” it stated that one should wait until they show fruit, just to make sure their conversion is genuine.
May I say boldly that this is not the way it is supposed to be. In the New Testament baptism was performed immediately after one was saved. There was no probation period. There was no “Bi-Monthly Baptism Service”. The natural bend was not to doubt one’s conversion until they show enough fruit to prove they are genuinely saved. Rather, it is a mandate that all who are saved be baptized. Let us survey the book of Acts and see what the practice of the apostles was. Let us glean all we can from these accounts, and revolutionize the way our churches go about obeying this command. Continue reading When Should a New Christian Be Baptized?
Having shown in the previous post that Doctrine Matters, I now wish to show you that correct theology will lead to godly living with specific examples. The table will be turned on them and their inconsistency revealed. And so, below is a collection of various doctrines and how a correct understanding of each will lead to a more God-honoring life. Continue reading Right Doctrine and Right Living: The Ridiculousness of “Deeds Not Creeds” Part 2