Why Is the Resurrection so Important?

In the late 1990s, a group of scholars assembled to evaluate whether Jesus actually said the things attributed to him by the Gospel writers. Although they employed remarkably subjective criteria in their evaluation of Scripture, members of the self-appointed “Jesus Seminar” were widely quoted by the media as authorities on the Christian faith.Marcus Borg, a Jesus Seminar leader, said this of Christ’s resurrection: “As a child, I took it for granted that Easter meant that Jesus literally rose from the dead. I now see Easter very differently. For me, it…

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Are the Blood Moons indicating the end of the world?

The short answer appears to be “No.” While there are many signs that we are in the last days, this does not appear to be one of them. Several evangelical ministries teach that four upcoming lunar eclipses in 2014-2015 that coincide with biblical festivals—along with two solar eclipses—could signify that important prophetic events are imminent. The idea emerged from thinking that the prophecy in Joel:2:31 of the sun being darkened and the moon turning to blood before the end-time Day of the Lord perhaps denoted solar and lunar eclipses.A lunar…

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What is Biblical Christianity?

What is Biblical Christianity?Purpose in LifePurpose, meaning, a reason for living—these are all things we desire and search for in life. Despite steps each one of us takes to find purpose and meaning, we still feel empty, unfulfilled. That is because there is a spiritual emptiness in each of our lives. We each have a hole in our heart, a spiritual vacuum deep within our soul. Possessions won’t fill this hole, nor will success. Relationships alone cannot satisfy this emptiness, and morality, in and of itself, falls miserably short of…

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The Biblical Teaching of Justification

One of the great truths of salvation is that of justification. But what is justification? The heart of the Reformation controversy was over the meaning of this word and despite the impression given by ECT, the Roman Catholic and Protestant Churches are still very much at odds with one another on this issue.The Reformers claimed that the Roman Catholic Church had perverted the true biblical meaning of the term by insisting on the necessity of works and sacraments as the basis for justification. And the Roman Church charged that the…

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The Biblical Meaning of Submission for Wives

Submission has a bad rap in today’s  world.  When society hears “wives submit to your husband,” they raise up their hands with the belief that submission to a man is demeaning.  I wish to shed some light on the true biblical meaning of submission and change that perception.The key text concerning submission of wives to their husbands is taken from the Apostle Paul’s letter to the church at Ephesus, found in Ephesians 5:22-33″Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head…

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Biblical Purposes for Money: 3 Concepts and Principles

As a mom, I want my children to have a firm grasp on money as they grow. Of course I’m not speaking in the literal sense, with their fists clenching wads of bills; but rather the concepts and principles of the use of money, saving, spending, and good stewardship. As a Christian, what better place to get that guidance than the scripture? In a search through the Bible, I’ve found three basic purposes for money to teach to them—and share with you here.

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The 6 “R’s” of Christian Personal Finance: Important Biblical Principles

We want to honor God in all that we do. Honoring Him is, of course, commanded. The more we come to love God, though, the more it should be our desire to honor Him in all we do. That needs to be true in our financial lives as much as it is true in any other area of our lives.Jesus, when asked what the greatest commandment was, responded that we are to love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. Money can harm each of those if we…

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The Biblical Money Code!

Recently I wrote about Godonomics, pastor Chad Hovind’s ludicrous book on “the biblical principles of finance” which says, in essence, that the poor are lazy and that God prefers supply-side economics. Godonomics is also a money-making system—and for the low, low price of $75.51, the Godonomics Platinum Package will teach you how to experience “the joys of both prosperity and wisdom.”Now we find an investment advisor named Sean Hyman pushing “The Biblical Money Code,” which claims that advice “woven” into Scripture has helped him go from earning $15,000 to giving…

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The sloppy Biblical scholarship of the Pearls

When I began reading To Train Up A Child, I was looking for the supposed Biblical basis of the principles taught in the book. And the very first substantive use of an example from the Bible showed that the Pearls play fast and loose with the Bible text. In fact, they’re just plain sloppy in their reading of the Bible.Here’s what they write to justify the “training” sessions described above:When God wanted to “train” his first two children not to touch, He did not place the forbidden object out of…

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Biblical Guidelines for Managing your Money

.  Your money is not your own.  It all belongs to God. Haggai 2:8 All silver and gold belong to me, [says the Lord God]Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.1 Corinthians 10:26 For the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.Even the kings and kingdoms of the earth belong to the Lord, The Lord God owns it all!  2 Chronicles 36:23  Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God…

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‘Yes, church wedding is not biblical’

After reading comments from Pastor Solomon Male and Bishop Paul Luzinda, among others, I found it necessary to write this.The early Church split because of practices which became law/custom yet they were not stated/or acceptable in the Bible, for example, bowing to images, baptising children and praying for the dead. In Matthew 15:6-9, Jesus warned on adopting laws of men and imposing them on God’s people.This is emphasised in Titus 1:14.Pertaining marrying in church, I have not yet found it anywhere in the Bible that the Church shall conduct marriage.…

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When was Jesus born?

One week ago a large portion of people, Christians and otherwise, celebrated a day set aside in recognition of the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem. When was Jesus born?Year of birth It is possible to get close to the year of Jesus’s birth more so than the day, though pinpointing the exact year has some problems. Two approaches from the Scriptures help us estimate when it took place.The birth narratives Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold,…

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What is the biblical evidence for original sin?

There are several lines of biblical evidence for the historic Christian doctrine that we are all born into the world with sinful natures, due to the sin of Adam.Scripture says that we are born sinners and that we are by nature sinners Psalm 51:5 states that we all come into the world as sinners: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” Ephesians 2:2 says that all people who are not in Christ are “sons of disobedience.” Ephesians 2:3 also establishes this, saying that…

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What is the biblical evidence for the imputation of Adam’s Sin?

The doctrine of the imputation of Adam’s sin means that when Adam first sinned, that sin (and its blame) was rightly regarded by God to be our sin as well. John Piper writes:The problem with the human race is not most deeply that everybody does various kinds of sins—those sins are real, they are huge and they are enough to condemn us. Paul is very concerned about them. But the deepest problem is that behind all our depravity and all our guilt and all our sinning, there is a deep…

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A Death of Biblical Preaching

I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus who is to judge the living and the dead, and by appearing and kingdom, preach the word (2 Timothy 4:1-2).Eschewing his privileged religious pedigree – having been circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is found in the Law, found blameless – Saul of Tarsus was wonderfully arrested…

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MARRIAGE and the WEDDING RING

The Scriptures teach us that the marriage Union and relationship was inspired by God, instituted by God, is preserved by God, and can rightly be dissolved only by God. So God created man in his own image . . . ; [one] male and [one] female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24). “What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder” (Mark 10:9). Any two persons entering into…

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Wine Or Grape Juice?

No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and frequent ailments. A vast number of Fundamentalist and Evangelical Protestants have an aversion to wine.  These Protestants say that the Lord Jesus Christ did not use wine at the last supper but grape juice.  In other words, they allege that the wine in Sacred Scripture is grape juice, non-fermented wine and did not contain alcohol.Let us look at the Biblical texts regarding this issue.  Wine is first mentioned in Sacred Scripture in the…

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Is Biblical Faith Blind?

Critics and skeptics like to mock Christians as having “blind faith.” Sadly, many Christians have fallen for the notion that our faith is blind, in the sense that we must take a leap of faith or a stab in the dark, and hope that our belief is correct. This view of faith is patently unbiblical.Hebrews 11 has been described as the “Faith Hall of Fame” because it highlights Old Testament examples of great faith in God: Abel, Enoch, Noah, Moses, and more. The chapter spends more time on Abraham than…

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Putting Biblical Marriage Asunder: Is It Possible?

Biblically, marriage either exists or it doesn’t. Men, religion, or culture do not prescribe the law that governs it, i.e., the origin and validity of its existence, when it has been violated, its elimination, etc. When marriage exists, it is either Biblical (legitimate, holy, God approved) or unbiblical (illegitimate, defiled, worthy of judgment). And most importantly, it is a lifelong unending attachment or defilement.It is in the context of this last marital premise (“lifelong unending attachment”) that I want to emphasize, which one must recognize in order to accurately describe…

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Love at First Sight: Five Biblical Examples

The more impetuous a relationship’s beginning, the more difficult it may be to stabilize it later. This is illustrated by the five primary examples of love at first sight described in the Bible.The first of these, that of Adam for Eve, is implied in the account of their creation. The following four — that of Rebecca for Isaac (Genesis 24:64-65), of Jacob for Rachel (ibid. 29), of David for Abigail (I Samuel 25), and of David for Bathsheba (II Samuel 12) — are described explicitly. These five, in their historical…

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Biblical Truth in High Definition

The stunning clarity of HD television has revolutionized our way of viewing the world around us. Those of us old enough to have grown up with basic black-and-white TV know that the introduction of color to the screen—and now high-definition color—brings superior clarity to the people, landscapes, action, and much more in our new wide-screen experience. The story (i.e., the dialogue, character movements, etc.) is still the same as it was in the old black-and-white box, but our senses are immediately aware of the richer details that we now can…

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On Reestablishing Biblical “Belief” and “Faith”

Have you noticed how some Christians hold to Biblically untenable positions and, when questioned, defend them with an attitude something to the effect that: “You are entitled to your beliefs; I have mine,” or, “I’ve prayed about it and believe it is okay”? I have recently come across information that, while distressing, sheds light on how this can be. A survey by Christian pollster George Barna indicates that two thirds of those surveyed (who claim to be born-again), believe there is no such thing as absolute truth. The first thing…

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Biblical References to God as Father Son and Holy Spirit

Christians believe that the Bible is the word of God.  Sometimes what God has to say is very clear and direct and sometimes it is more obscure and needs thought or interpretation. The Trinity is one of the more obscure ideas. In fact, the word ‘Trinity’ does not appear anywhere in the Bible. So what is it and where did Christians get the idea of Trinity in reference to God?There are a number of English translations of the Bible which is a Latin translation of Hebrew and Greek documents. Depending…

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The Daniel Fast: is it biblical?

Our journey towards better health is equally as spiritual as it is physical. God’s word is an excellent tool to both encourage and strengthen our relationship with Him. There are specific diets throughout scripture that are used by God’s people because in following those diets, they are remaining obedient to Him (sounds familiar with why I’m on the primal diet right?!) Along with the Maker’s Diet I posted about last semester (click here,) the Daniel Fast is another biblical based diet where people have experienced excellent spiritual and health results.…

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Sin, temptation, and the primal diet part 1: a Biblical view on healthy eating

If you’ve read about the spiritual journey of my diet (click here,) you’ll know my acne experience was more spiritual than physical. Well the cool thing is, my spiritual journey towards better health hasn’t stopped! I’ve been on the paleo/primal diet for over a year now, and God continues to use my diet to become closer to Him. Since I became paleo/primal, God has spiritually taught me the most about sin and temptation. In this article I explain what exactly the Bible says about healthy eating, and if an unhealthy…

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The Biblical Norm for Marriage

A piece was recently posted claiming that the Bible does not establish normative marriage.  The author describes various marriages and customs mentioned in the Bible, like polygamy, endogamy, levirate marriage, arranged ones, and men who “delighted themselves with an occasional prostitute.”Thus, biblical marriage is an evolving social construct that does not offer clear instructions for us today as to what marriage is.The author concludes: “The sooner we move away from the myth of the so-called traditional biblical marriage, the better prepared we will be to discuss what constitutes a family…

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Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness

Brian Vickers’, Jesus’ Blood and Righteousness, is a work of careful exegesis and synthesis that attempts to establish a biblical basis for the doctrine of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness.  This doctrine, so vital to the Reformation, has come under attack in recent years from a variety of critics.  They deny that the Bible teaches the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, asserting that it has been imposed on the text by systematic theology.One day before his death, J. Gresham Machen wrote a note to John Murray saying, “I’m so thankful for…

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God’s Obedient Son

There are several defining moments in the life of our Lord Jesus Christ that deserve the deepest and most serious consideration. His baptism at the Jordan, His temptation in the wilderness, His transfiguration, His agony in Gethsemane and His sufferings on the cross are the most significant points in Jesus’ earthly ministry. The baptism and temptation are singular in their importance because of the representative character which they portray. In order to fully understand any subsequent act in the life of Christ the central importance of these two inaugural events…

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The Biblical Counseling Movement After Adams

It may surprise some that the brief history of biblical counseling is a complex one considering its fairly straightforward premise that the Bible is the sufficient foundation and guiding authority of counseling. But biblical counseling is itself, in fact, a complex practice shaped by diverse influences – hermeneutics, psychology, ecclesiology, apologetics, and even epistemology. The interplay of these various disciplines naturally leads to different emphases and practices by biblical counselors.

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Background in Biblical Interpretation: Part 1

I am sure all Bible readers are confronted at some stage with those enigmatic passages which either seem incomprehensible or so contradictory, either to other parts of Scripture or to common sense, that we feel we are missing something. That often leads to the suspicion: “I must be missing something. Perhaps if I knew the background which led to the writing of this passage, then all would be clear.” Many handbooks to the Bible foster that notion that the solution to understanding the Bible lies in a better knowledge of…

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