Perhaps you have heard of the term Replacement Theology. However, if you look it up in a dictionary of Church history, you will not find it listed as a systematic study. Rather, it is a doctrinal teaching that originated in the early Church. It became the fertile soil from which Christian anti-Semitism grew and has infected … Continue reading The Error of Replacement Theology
Resurrection is obviously required in order for the saints to live again and obtain “eternal life.” A common misnomer that Christians have with regard to the resurrection is that our bodies will become inherently immortal. This is largely due to the influence that Platonism has had on Christianity. Platonism’s “immortality of the soul” teaches the existence of a non-corporeal “soul” that is itself inherently immortal. The Bible claims God alone possesses this quality. Man is dust, will return to the dust and only resurrection will provide him again with conscious life. After resurrection life will still be dependent on God. This is why Paul uses language concerning the Resurrection that indicates we will not possess immortality inherent to ourselves. The language he uses for our bodies after the Resurrection describes immortality as if it’s a garment to be worn over our flesh.
The Divine Union Genesis 2:18,21-24 18 And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." … 21 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed … Continue reading Christian Intimacy & Sexuality
This concept may seem strange to modern “westernized” Christians. But, our pop culture’s thinking regarding gender roles, equality, a 50-50 partnership, etc., is an anomaly in world history. The role of the man as head and priest of his wife and family has been unquestioned tradition in Jewish and Christian societies from the creation until recent times.
The timing of the “rapture” is a divisive and contentious subject in the world of Evangelical Christianity. Churches typically do not like controversy, and will do much to avoid it altogether. Evangelical churches in the United States seem to fall largely into two camps, being either staunchly pretribulational, or avoiding the subject altogether. The former … Continue reading The Debate About the Timing of the Rapture
By Joel Richardson In modern times, many teachers of Bible prophecy have claimed that, “Gog,” spoken of in Ezekiel 38 and 39, cannot be the same as the Antichrist spoken of in the New Testament. A careful examination of the text however, establishes that Gog is simply another biblical term used to describe the Antichrist, … Continue reading Six Reasons Why Gog is the Antichrist
Physical vs. Spiritual Dichotomy — Dualism One of the concepts of Greek mysticism that invaded Christianity, and continues to grip Christian thinking to some extent today, is the idea of a sharp dichotomy between the "spiritual" and the "physical." "Spirit" is seen as good, and "matter" is seen as inherently corrupt. This concept is typically … Continue reading Faith & Works – The Misconceptions Regarding Baptism
Introduction Nearly one third of the verses in the book of Revelation contain a prediction. Between them, some fifty-six separate events are foretold. Exactly half of these are in plain language and the other half are in symbolic picture form. Most of them occur after Chapter 4, which opens with a marked change in perspective … Continue reading Preterist, Historicist, Idealist and Futurist Views of Bible Prophecy
Many Christians believe the subject of the end-times to be an insurmountable mountain far too high and complicated to climb. As a result, many simply entrust their beliefs regarding the end-times to their pastor or various “prophecy experts”. Certainly, the Lord has given some to function as teachers within the Body of Christ to help … Continue reading Rules on How Understand the Subject of End-Times
Some have tried to malign premillennialism (Christ’s second coming will occur prior to His millennial kingdom) by suggesting that it is a relatively novel development of recent times. That it is not a view which finds support among the early Church. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, in the earliest church, prior to … Continue reading How Did the Early Church View the Millennial (1000) Kingdom?