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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. 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.


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. 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.
 

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.
 

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 ... 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.

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)

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?

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
The First Two 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.

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.

Touched By An Angel ‘Touched by an Angel‘ was an American supernatural drama television series that ran for nine seasons from 1994–2003 (211 episodes). The series was about an angel named Monica tasked with bringing guidance and messages from God to various people who are at a crossroads in their lives. Although it is an older series it enjoyed, and continues to enjoy, immense popularity. Some episodes can be watched online and the entire series is available on DVD through Amazon where the latest reviews are as recent as this year. In fact, one of the newer ones said the theology was “beyond reproach” - which is why, this article remains on the site.

 

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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