Christian Living — [Sexual Immorality] – Part 1 of 2

  (Taken from my commentary on Ephesians, with editing) Ephesians 5:3 3 But among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the saints. (NET) Up to this point in the book of Ephesians, Paul has been instructing us on living the Christian life, Read More …

Christian Living — [Sexual Immorality] – Part 2 of 2

  (Taken from my commentary on Ephesians, with editing)   Ephesians 5:3 3 But among you there must not be either sexual immorality, impurity of any kind, or greed, as these are not fitting for the saints. (NET) “Immorality” “sexual immorality”  (ESV, CSB, NIV, NLT) This continues our discussion from part one about the sin Read More …

Brett McCracken, “Heresy Often Begins With Boredom”

  Here’s an excellent article by Brett McCracken, senior editor at The Gospel Coalition (TGC). Here’s the link, and some brief quotes: “Heresy Often Begins With Boredom” Quotes: “Sadly, when boredom leads Christians to stop going to church—even if they say they still believe in Jesus—it almost always leads them to theological heterodoxy (unorthodox, not Read More …

A Gospel With an Empty Tomb, But an Empty Throne

  False Gospel (Galatians 1:6-9) — 6 I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 Read More …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Deception of Contemplative Prayer, and the Biblical Way of Hearing God’s Voice

All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   I want to address the subject of contemplative prayer (CP) — the dangerous and unbiblical nature of it. I especially want to address what I consider to be forms of contemplative “prayer.” This article is merely an introduction to CP, and Read More …