Friday, January 27, 2012

Limited Atonement - Pruning the TULIP

  Orthodoxy teaches that Christ provided "Limited Atonement". They say that it was limited to the "elect". That only the elect are the beneficiaries of His atonement. Those who teach and believe this are the ones who follow the teaching and doctrines of Calvin. As such, it is a Doctrine of man. Orthodoxy will say the doctrine is in the bible, the bible teaches it. I contend that much of what is taught is man-made and has no business being foisted upon believers who seek the truth.

  This limited atonement is the "L" in Calvin's TULIP doctrine. I want to take a closer look at this doctrine of "Limited Atonement". We will answer the following questions: 1. What does the word atonement mean and should it be in our English translation of the Greek Scriptures (New Testament)? 2. Did Christ Atone for our sins?  3. Was the action limited? As always let us turn to the scriptures for the answers!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

What is Satan's name?

  Orthodoxy has long thought Lucifer was Satan's proper name. They would not and will not accept the truth if it hit them between the eyes. Why? Well, myths and traditions are established easily but getting past them is almost impossible, even when the light of truth shines through to illuminate the false notion and bad translation.

  I suspect we will need to go beyond the early English translations and go straight to the source. Why are so many who are dispensing the word today hesitant if not absolutely resistant to drink from the fountain head? I suspect that they are used to the popish Latin traditions and interpretations. We might find in this case that the Septuagint (Greek Translation of the Hebrew Scriptures) is the root cause of this dilemma. As always, let's get into the Word!

Monday, January 16, 2012

The Sin Debt

  Orthodox Christianity teaches that Christ died for our sins. That He paid the penalty on the cross. They teach that God the Father forsook His son and sacrificed Him for us that terrible day. And this is true. The scriptures say that for our sakes, He was scourged, beaten and mocked. At the place of the skull, He was humiliated; had nails driven through Him and He hung on the cross until death. He gave up His spirit to the Father and a soldier thrust a spear into His side to make sure He was dead. He suffered unimaginable physical pain and mental anguish. God, in the form of a man; was made to be sin on our behalf.

  Does Orthodox Christianity really believe that Christ paid the price? No, they do not. Orthodoxy believes that someone who does not accept Christ as their personal savior will suffer everlasting torment in the lake of fire; burning forever and forever. With that logic, Christ did not pay the price. He has not suffered eternal damnation in the lake of fire burning forever and forever.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Does God Require Christian's to Tithe?

  As a lifelong Baptist, I have heard many sermons on tithing. As a young man I was a Southern Baptist. I later joined an Independent Fundamental Baptist church. Today, I am happy to say that I no longer belong to any denomination created by man. We should worship in spirit and in truth. (John 4:23) In this short blog I hope to provide you with facts, illustrations, and resources so that you can carry out your own study of the matter.

  First, let me say that I am not opposed to financially supporting a body of believers and I am all for giving to support the old and the poor. I also believe that we should support the glorious message of Christ's gospel. This does not mean that we should be subjected to the law! We must keep in mind that we are living during the administration of Grace! As gentiles, we have never been under the law. Therefore, I am opposed to requiring believers to give a tenth of their income, and so is the Word of God!

Monday, January 2, 2012

Make a Difference in 2012

  I suspect many people will head into 2012 with New Year resolutions. Some people will want to study more, save more money, eat healthier, some may even embark on a vigorous exercise program in order to lose some weight or to get more fit. Our resolutions are usually about us. We normally do things, start programs, and make plans to improve ourselves. I would like to encourage you to consider a resolution that will improve the lives of those less fortunate than you.

  There are thousands of worthwhile charitable organizations who work to feed, clothe and provide shelter for the poor. Some are operated by non-profit organizations and some are funded and operated by religious organizations. These organizations such as food banks or pantries can be found in the local communities. Perhaps this year your resolution will include providing food, clothing, and shelter to someone in need? The scriptures should always have a say in our thoughts, actions and plans. Let's take a look at the topic of charity and love.