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Law Or Grace.. The Old Covenant or The New
Jesus and The Law The Bible contains both Old and New Testaments each with seemingly different teachings and commands. This has led  to more than a little confusion for Christians who often struggle with the tension between the Old Testament emphasis on regulations, and the New Testament emphasis on grace. Because they have not grasped the seamless relationship between the two parts of the Scriptures, they are far from clear as to what our relationship to the Old Testament should be, especially when it comes to the many laws including the Ten Commandments, the Sabbath etc.

The Law: The Misunderstood Covenant What is meant by law? Who was the Law given to? How long was the Law intended to remain in effect? What is the nature of the Law? What was its purpose? These and many other questions will be addressed in this introductory article.

Creeds
The Problem With Creeds .. The word creed is from the Latin credo, meaning, "I believe." Of course, there is nothing wrong in itself with stating a belief. This is, in fact, necessary if we will take a stand for truth. One might even agree generally with the teaching of the material in a creed; but a "creed" goes beyond stating a belief. It is essentially an authoritative statement of a particular position (or positions) to which others are expected to assent.


Judging
Judge Not?
People often believe the politically correct, liberal view that we, as Christians, are not to judge anything or any one. It is the one Bible verse that most people love to quote. They are not sure where it is found, but they do know that those are the words of Jesus. It is, in reality, a false commandment and a common cliché among liberals whose theology comes from socialists instead of Scripture. Contrary to popular beliefs.. the Bible makes some very straight forward statements about ‘judging’


Baptism
Baptism The questions we need answered from Scripture are, 1) How - Under normal circumstances, are any of the various modes of baptism acceptable? Did the New Testament baptizers used immersion and how much, if at all, do the methods used matter? 2) Why - What does baptism symbolize? Is it a requirement for salvation? and 3) When - Various denominations have their own practices that their members adhere to. Some baptize infants or very young children putting forth various reasons for the practice. Some even claim that infants can have faith at that age, or  the faith of the parents speaks for the child. Though the exact purpose of it differs from group to group, it almost always implies that the child thereby receives salvation in some sense.


The Lord’s Supper
Feast Or Famine The Lord's Supper, sometimes called communion, the Table of the Lord, the agape or the Eucharist, is limited in most churches to a sip of wine and a piece of bread. Why then is it called a "supper" in the NT?
 

Gifts Of The Spirit
Cessationism is the belief, held by many orthodox Christians, that the "miraculous" gifts such as tongues, miracles, word of knowledge, healing and prophecy were given as affirmation of God's revelation, but were withdrawn once the church was established, either with the completion of the New Testament canon, or the death of John the last apostle.


Women
Women in The Church Several articles on the role of women in the church... Women in the Bible, women in the heart of God, should women teach in church, women’s lib, head covering and modesty.


Tithing
Tithing The Apostle Paul never once appealed to tithing even though he obviously often suffered financial difficulties. However, he wrote rather a lot about FREELY giving financial support where one is able. (In-depth Article)

Should The Church Teach Tithing? contrast the false teachings used to support tithing with what God’s Word actually says. (16 Facts From Scripture)
 

Celebrating Christmas, Easter Etc.
Christmas Is it necessary? Should we celebrate it? Does The Christmas Story Matter? Theology of Christmas Carols, Why Are Churches Closed For Christmas This Year? Includes..

003white  Santa Claus.. Pretender To The Throne   For the most part, the world will tolerate stars, angels, Christmas trees, or a baby sleeping in a manger. But there’s still "no room at the inn" for the King who invites us to walk His lowly path. Worse.. Jesus’ place has been usurped by a pleasant fat fellow boasting a red hat and team of reindeer. So how do we understand the Santa Claus phenomenon? What do we REALLY know about Santa? Is he just a harmless, friendly fellow? Or is there something or someone else hiding behind the façade?

Should Christians Celebrate Easter? Of course, we must celebrate our Lord’s triumph over sin and the grave. However, let us call it by a biblical designation.. Resurrection Sunday, instead of a derivative of the idolatrous goddess of spring. Let us also  avoid the worldly and commercial baggage associated with these holidays

Should Christians Celebrate the Jewish Feasts? Are Christians who do not observe the Sabbath and Festivals of the Old Covenant "lawless."?

Halloween is much more than a harvest festival. Its origins are deeply rooted in the occult.


Alcohol, Tobacco and Tattoos

The Bible and Alcohol, Smoking and Tattoos: Make no mistake there are specific prohibitions in the Bible against a number of things. However Christians seem to have an incredible ability to invent rules and regulations. It’s endemic to human nature, but it’s also a modern, unvarnished form of Pharisaism.


Pictures of Christ
Pictures of Christ It is futile to deny the influence exerted upon mind and heart by a picture of Christ therefore the question of the propriety of pictorial representations of the Saviour is one that merits examination.

The Bible
Bible Controversies Several Articles dealing with Bible Codes, The Apocrypha, The King James Version, and modern paraphrases like The Living Bible, The Message and Good News Bible.


Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual Warfare... 
Section Includes Can A Christian Be Demonized?, How Deliverance Ministries Lead People to Bondage, Binding and Loosing, Territorial Spirits and Spiritual Warfare and Generational Curses


Salvation
A Question of Salvation Original Sin, Predestination, Eternal Security, Inclusivism etc


Miscellaneous Issues
Martin Luther ... There is no question that Martin Luther's refusal to bow down to the dictates of the Catholic Church let the genie out of the bottle. His reforms helped empower peasants, gave rise to Protestantism as we know it and even, in the long run, contributed to democracy and changed the course of Western civilization. On the other hand, not many Martin Luther devotees seem to be aware that his idea of Grace and Faith alone differed from ours, and that several Catholic doctrines remained firmly entrenched in his belief system. And that is not all. All too many Christians tend to gloss over the fact that Luther slandered everyone he disagreed with. He made strident and offensive verbal attacks against both the papacy and the Anabaptists, while his violent polemics against the Jews are appalling examples of extreme anti-Semitism.

Ashes To Ashes Economic ease and apparent absence of theological conflicts, has enabled cremation to become established in Christian churches as an alternative to burial. The question must still be asked, however, Is it right for Christians to practice cremation?


War
Can Christians Serve in the Armed Forces? We seem to pay little or no heed to the legitimacy of military service - a moral concern that that troubled early Christians.

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