Jesus: “Stop Sinning Or Else”

Remember the story where Jesus healed the man by the pool of Bethesda? John 5:14 says:

Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”

Notice what Jesus did not say:

  • Do whatever makes you happy.
  • Live your best life now.
  • Think more positive thoughts.

Nope. Jesus essentially told the man to repent of his sins or experience divine judgment. Jesus did not ignore the man’s sins. He confronted them. It was the most loving thing Jesus could have done and we should do likewise.

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Don’t Sell Short the Gospel

Here is a passage of Scripture that we’ve no doubt heard:

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

The list is interesting. Thieves and adulterers. Greedy people and idolaters. Drunkards and homosexuals. I don’t think Paul is trying to equate any of these sins with each other– other than the fact that they are sins and they prevent access into God’s kingdom. And since homosexuality seems to be the popular topic these days, let me clarify. When looking at the issue of homosexuality being a sin, Paul is not just talking about underage male prostitutes as some liberals attempt to portray. The Greek term used here refers explicitly to the “active” and “passive” roles in the homosexual relationship. Men having sex with men is definitely sinful.

But if that’s all we preach, we are selling short the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (more…)

Who Would Hire A Creationist, Anyways?

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Bill Nye (left) and Ken Ham debate the origins of life.

One of the main purposes of Bill Nye’s appearance in the Creation Debate with Ken Ham was to make an appeal to Americans. He is uber concerned that Christian parents are filling their children’s impressionable minds with literal, six-day creation nonsense. Mr. Nye presupposes that God doesn’t exist; therefore, it should surprise no one that he would vehemently oppose any attempt at indoctrinating children with a biblical worldview concerning origins. While this line of thinking is predictable for someone who denies God,  the idea that Christian parents teaching their kids the biblical, six-day creation account in Genesis is harmful to this nation’s scientific endeavors is ridiculous on its face.

Let’s be clear. Bill Nye and his evolutionist followers are claiming that teaching kids creationism will hinder their ability to become great scientists.

So here are three questions for Mr. Nye: (more…)

A Biblical Response to “Should We Be So Opinionated?”

While attempting to answer the difficult question, “Should We Be So Opinionated?“, the author asserted that Christians aren’t asked to defend the faith. Here’s the quote:

…making disciples isn’t about defending our faith (something were never asked to do)…

Scriptures most definitely affirm the Christian’s responsibility to defend our faith. Consider these passages: (more…)

The Five Solae of the Reformation

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

Martin Luther nails his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church of Wittenberg on Oct. 31, 1517.

In honor of Reformation Day, I have provided a brief summary of what is commonly referred to as the five solae of the reformation.

Sola Scriptura

Latin for “Scripture alone.” It was one of the core tenets that distinguished the reformers from the Roman Catholic church. Sola Scriptura means that the Bible is the ultimate authority for matters of faith and Christian living. It also encompasses the belief that any believer is able to read and understand Scripture. These beliefs were in stark contrast with Catholicism which erroneously held that Scripture and church tradition had equal authority on the believer. The Roman Catholic church also held the view that only the clergy within the Catholic church could reliably interpret Scriptures. (more…)

Four Passages on the Deity of Jesus

I listened to Dr. James White speak about Jehovah’s Witnesses (part 1, part 2). He talked about four great verses that undeniably speak to the divinity of Jesus Christ and how the New World Translation mangles these verses to conform to the Watchtower’s heretical views. I’ll list the verses below and let you follow the link above if you’re interested in Dr. White’s explanation. (more…)

Scripture and Abortion

Christian philosopher Scott Rae suggests the following argument concerning abortion:

  1. God attributes the same characteristics to the unborn as to an adult person.
  2. Therefore God considers the unborn a person.
  3. Abortion is killing an innocent person.
  4. Killing innocent persons violates the fifth commandment (Exodus 20:13).

Some characteristics God attributes to the unborn: (more…)

Old Testament Titles of Jehovah Appropriated by Christ

In a comprehensive article about the deity of Christ, noted scholars F.F. Bruce and W.J. Martin pointed out some of the many titles that Jesus Christ uniquely shares with YHWH:

  • “First and Last”
  • The “I AM”
  • Author of Eternal Words
  • Light
  • Rock
  • Bridegroom
  • Shepherd
  • Forgiver of Sins
  • Redeemer
  • Savior/Author of Salvation
  • Co-Partner of Divine Glory
  • Judge

The PDF article can be found here.

How Do We Know What Books Should Be in the Bible?

The early church recognized the “stamp of divine inspiration” early on. The main attributes that caused these early church leaders to recognize the writings to be divine and, therefore, necessary for inclusion into the canon were apostolicity, orthodoxy, antiquity, and ecclesiastical usage. (more…)

The Importance of the Revelation of God

Transcendence and revelation are two of the most important themes found in the Bible. According to Merriam-Webster, “transcend” means “to be prior to, beyond, and above (the universe or material existence).”1 When theologians say that God is transcendent, they refer to the fact that God exists outside and independent of the universe that he created. John Oswalt describes the Bible as saying “God is not the cosmos, and the cosmos is not God.”2 The understanding of the concept of transcendence is important when studying the revelation of God. If God does not exist outside of the creation, what insight could God possibly offer to humanity that could not be ascertained by someone, given enough time and effort?

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