Adjusted 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 …

Beware of Positional Contentment

  The longer I live, the more I study the Word of God, the more I observe what goes on in the Christian community, the more convinced I become that one of the primary reasons for misinterpretation of Scripture is positional bias or positional contentment. We believe what we want to believe. We want what Read More …

Can a Person Be a Christian and Not Live the Life of a Christian?

  Scripture quoted by permission. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the NET Bible® copyright ©1996-2016 by Biblical Studies Press, L.L.C. All rights reserved.   Introduction A true born-again Christian who doesn’t live the Christian life, would provide the perfect definition of an oxymoron. A Christian is not someone who merely says Read More …

Christian Living – [Spiritual Enlightenment]

  Ephesians 1:17-20 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, will give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him, 18 – since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened – so that you can know what is the hope of his calling, what Read More …

Christian Living – [Christ, the Authority of All]

  Ephesians 1:22-23 22 And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and gave him to the church as head over all things. 23 Now the church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. (NET) “God put all things under Christ’s feet,” As creator, God and King, all things are Read More …

Gifts Series: Introduction to the Gifts of the Spirit

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Spiritual gifts passages: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Peter 4:9-11. In regard to the Holy Spirit and His work in the Church today, God has given each believer at least one spiritual gift that is to be Read More …

Gifts Series: Different Times Call for Different Ways

  Introduction One of the most confusing and hotly debated subjects among Christians/churches today is in regard to the gifts of the Spirit, namely, the miracle gifts. In association, this would include dreams, visions, and prophecies. Cessationists believe that the miracle gifts ceased with the completion of the New Testament and the full establishment of Read More …

Gifts Series: Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   Introduction 1 Corinthians 12-14 is the most lengthy and detailed passage in the Bible regarding the gifts of the Spirit. Properly understood, it’s a major key to settling the gifts issue. We must keep in mind that this was a Read More …

Gifts Series: Commentary on 1 Corinthians 13

  All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted.   This chapter provides further support for the transitory and transitional purpose of the miracle gifts. It’s in total harmony with what we’ve already learned.   1 Corinthians 13 1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, Read More …