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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.


Law Or Grace.. The Old Covenant or The New

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.

Jesus and The Law The Bible contains both Old and New Testaments each with seemingly different teachings and commands, which has led to more than a little confusion for those that have not grasped the seamless relationship between the Old and New Testaments, and struggle with the tension between the Old Testament emphasis on regulations and the New Testament emphasis on grace. Certainly many Christians are not clear what our relationship to the Old Testament should be, especially when it comes to the Old Testament Laws in general and the Ten Commandments in particular, also the keeping of the Sabbath and/or other Feasts of the Old Covenant.


Baptism

Baptism Is it necessary for salvation, or is it the act of an already present faith? If baptismal regeneration is right, then we should see people baptized first, then saved later, or saved and baptized simultaneously. We never see this. We do see many times people being saved first, then being baptized. What about the issue of “re-baptism”? Some say that “re-baptism” should never be practiced – no matter what the circumstances of one’s original baptism were.  Infant baptism is the sprinkling or immersion of infants for the purpose of imparting to them spiritual blessing of some sort. Though the exact purpose of it differs from group to group, it almost always implies that the child thereby receives salvation in some sense.
 

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as tongues, miracles, word of knowledge, healing and prophecy were given as affirmation of God's revelation, but were withdrawn once the church was established, either with the completion of the New Testament canon, or the death of John the last apostle.


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’


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)
 

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?
 

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. However, the commandment to be separate, perfect and complete were unchanging and consistently repeated from one end of the Bible to the other. Holiness, or separation from the world and it's standards is NOT a virtue, it is the commandment of God, and anyone who professes Christianity without holiness is as phony as the proverbial three dollar bill. All of which brings up the million dollar question of how we as 21st century believers define holiness, then applies the principles of separation and perfection to our, often very complicated, lives in the modern world. Your effectiveness as a Christian hangs on your concept of what separation means. Can Christians own a nice home, or drive a good car and yet remain "holy"? What about clothes, make up and jewelry?  To say nothing of more controversial subjects like alcohol, tobacco and dancing. The list of topics are never ending.


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.
 

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.


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


The Masonic Lodge

Freemasonry The Masonic Lodge in America is a highly influential organization claiming some four million members. Masonic leaders argue the lodge is not a religion but merely a fraternal body that seeks to better society The relationship of Masonry to Christian faith has been controversial for at least 200 years, and over that period the different sides have attempted to defend their positions to the best of their abilities with a considerable amount of rhetoric on both sides.. Admittedly this is a highly charged, complicated issue.
 

Miscellaneous Issues

Martin Luther ... An Ill Earned Reputation Based Upon Total Ignorance of the Facts?

Is It Ever Right To Lie? We find ourselves living in a society that actually conditions us to lie. Our employers ask us to lie for them on many occasions. For instance, the secretary who "covers" for the boss when he doesn't want to be disturbed and the salesman who makes claims for his product which are not true are both lying. Many times our "embellishments" on job recommendations for friends and acquaintances are nothing but lies. I suppose it is possible that the Christian might try to convince himself that these little lies are not really important enough to worry about. But God makes it clear that "all liars shall have their part in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death" (Revelation 21:8).

Is Physical Healing Included In The Atonement?   Too many good Christians striving to “believe” their sickness away, and finally collapsing into self-condemnation and utter discouragement over their “lack of faith” or the “sin” in their lives. Also See Does God Want Us To Be Rich? (Both in the Word Faith Section)

Dispensationalism is a system of theology whose adherents strive for a consistently literal interpretation of the Bible. It makes careful distinctions between different periods of God's progressive dealings with mankind, and between His plans for national Israel and for the New Testament Church. Dispensationalism is currently the most common interpretive framework for lay-level evangelicals in the United States.  

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?

The Prayer of Jabez In Gethsemane the holiest of all petitioners prayed three times that a certain cup might pass from Him. It did not. After that the idea that prayer is recommended to us as a sort of infallible gimmick may be dismissed." - C.S. Lewis.

Beyond Mere Christianity: An Assessment of C. S. Lewis A full consideration of Lewis needs to include his strengths and his weaknesses. A discerning reader can recognize that many of his writings and strategies are helpful and are a valuable contribution to apologetics and theology while also recognizing that some of his teachings go beyond the scope of mere Christianity.


Television and Books
These Articles Are In The New Age Section

Oprah Winfrey ... High Priestess of the New Age.  Every aspect of Winfrey’s empire has the noble aim of helping women become inspired and improve themselves. Unfortunately, this mission has taken her — and by default, the nation — on a spiritual trek through the questionable theology of the New Age. Endorsing various nefarious New Age ideas, Oprah has promoted Touched by an Angel, The Secret, A New Earth, A Course in Miracles with devastating consequences.

 Chicken Soup for the Soul So why are some Christians critical of these books? If there is something so un-Christian about them, why are so many Christians reading and enjoying them? These are good questions that deserve answers. As is the case with many books dealing with infusing spirituality into the workplace, the books of Jack Canfield contain a great deal of common-sense. Nonetheless, Christians should be aware that the books also are steeped in a spirituality that is opposed to biblical Christianity.
 

War

Terrorism And ‘Just War’ Four different authors present their perspectives.

Can Christians Serve in the Armed Forces? There is a notable lack of attention to the moral concern most typical of early Christians: the legitimacy of military service.

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