Heaven Tourism

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Several weeks ago, at the end of a bible study, one of the ladies in my church recommended “90 Minutes in Heaven” to us. This isn’t the sort of book or movie that interests me, but I understand the fascination that the subject holds for many people. Fascination or not, I don’t think it’s a good thing. Read More

Social Media?

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The one or two people that actually read what I write here have probably also figured out that I recently deactivated my Facebook account. There are a few reasons for this, but my primary reason has to do with Facebook’s laughable enforcement of their terms, conditions, and alleged community standards. This wouldn’t however be much of a problem if the people on my friends list adhered to those terms, conditions, and community standards. Read More

The Bible and the Traditions of Men

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And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

“‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.'”

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Is “Faith” Enough?

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(This is a repost from my old blog. I’ll be reposting some of that content here over the next several days.)

Recently I was involved in a fairly acrimonious discussion with another blogger who professes to be a Christian. He is able to recite the fundamentals of the Lord’s plan of salvation and claims to believe them. However, he also believes and teaches some rather strange things for a person who professes the name of Christ.
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Coexist? No.

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(This is a repost from my old blog. I’ll be reposting some of that content here over the next several days.)
I frequently see a bumper sticker that says “Coexist”. It’s made up from a lot of symbols for various religions and clearly means that these religions ought to coexist.
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The Truth Matters

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The brothers immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived they went into the Jewish synagogue. Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed, with not a few Greek women of high standing as well as men.
— Acts 17:10-13 (ESV)

I’ve often seen this short passage of scripture used to admonish Christians to take care with the things they believe, and that’s a good thing. Jesus and the Apostles all warned us that false teachers would try to lead us astray. If you really want to know the truth about the gospel of Christ there’s only one  guaranteed  source and that’s the word of God. Test everything about doctrine or the gospel against scripture, whether it’s the message from your pastor, the words of your favorite spiritual leader, or especially something you read about spiritual matters on the Internet. Read More