Salvation and the Lordship of Christ

  Introduction In regard to soteriology (doctrine of salvation), it’s necessary to consider the role of the Lordship of Christ in saving faith. Many Christians believe that the Bible teaches that we need only accept Christ as Savior, and that it’s not necessary to accept Him as Lord. As if Christ can be divided like Read More …

A Life of Selfless Giving – [Philippians 2:2-4]

  (Philippians 2:2-4) — 2 complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. 3 Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. 4 Read More …

The Gospel is Hidden to Everyone Who is Perishing

  Introduction In regard to the doctrine of election unto salvation, there’s two different views of understanding: Election based on faith (Arminian): God chooses to save anyone who decides to receive Christ as Lord and Savior. Christ died for every individual who comes into the world, and that salvation is available to everyone who hears Read More …

The “Replacement Theology” of Dispensationalism

  Fulfillment Theology views the covenant promises and prophecies relating to Israel as being fulfilled in Christ and His Church. Christ fulfilled what Israel could not. He alone has the right to be called “Israel.” He is thus, a nation of One. His Church is New Israel of the New Covenant in Him. That Israel Read More …

Examples of Unconditional Sovereign Election

  Introduction How are we to understand the doctrine of election? Does God look down the corridor of time to see who will receive Christ as Lord and Savior, and then choose those individuals for salvation (as many Christians believe)? Or does God know and predestine certain individuals before they’re born? In the first case, Read More …

Understanding the “All” Verses Regarding the Atonement

  Introduction Is the atonement of Christ limited or unlimited in its scope? In other words, did Christ die for all people, as in every individual who comes into the world, or did He die for particular individuals, referred to in the Bible as “the elect?” There are several verses in the Bible that use Read More …

Asceticism and False Christianity

  Dictionary.com: Asceticism: 1. the manner of life, practices, or principles of an ascetic. 2. the doctrine that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification, and the like. 3. rigorous self-denial; extreme abstinence; austerity. Ascetic: 1. a person who dedicates his or her life to a pursuit of Read More …

Earthly Kingdom or Heavenly Kingdom? [Philippians 3]

  All Scripture Quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction I think it’s safe to say that most Christians are taught that we all have an earthly kingdom to look forward to, where upon His return, Christ will reign over this present earth as its Ruler, sitting upon the Read More …

Normative Cessationism

  The purpose of this brief article is to clarify my position on the miracle gifts (miracles, healings, prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues; also visions and dreams). I talk about this elsewhere, but I thought it good to discuss this in a separate post in case someone misses it and misunderstands. In regard to the Read More …

Foundational Spiritual Gifts

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Building the Foundation of the Church (Ephesians 2:19-22) 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the Read More …