My last post on whether or not you could lose your salvation was a bit of a mess. Well, that was mainly because I didn’t know exactly where I was going with it. Since then, I’ve gone through a bit of a paradigm shift. So now I want to approach it differently. My contention: it … Continue reading "Secure Because Jesus (Can You Lose Your Salvation? Part 2)"
I am wrong. On what? Many things, I imagine. And so are you. Your neighbors, as well. We all get things wrong, being finite and sin-impaired people. Fortunately, the Triune God revealed in Jesus Christ has provided a path to true knowledge, which sometimes must correct our mistakes. Most of what He has to say to us is … Continue reading "5 Lies, Christians, and Fries"
In case you missed it, here’s something Victoria Osteen said recently that got everyone into a tizzy: I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God we’re not doing it for God — I mean that’s one way to look at it. We’re doing it for yourself, because God … Continue reading "Our Joy, God’s Joy, and Victoria Osteen"
Off the top of my head I know my family has killed at least half a dozen dogs. Well, I say “killed,” but it’s really just that our land is cursed with the ability to drastically shorten any animal’s lifespan. Time would be too short to tell of the demise of Jax, Johnny Reb, Sadie, Rascal, and … Continue reading "Can Animals Go to Heaven? Fido’s Destiny"
We are Christians. “Christ” is part of our very name. We are different from Jews because we believe Jesus is the Christ; we are different from Muslims because we believe Christ is God’s Son. So everything must go back to Jesus Christ. This sounds obvious, but is it? Does all of our theology, all of our … Continue reading "It All Goes Back to Jesus Christ"
I do not believe that there is any way to lose (or give up) salvation. Or at least I do not think there is. Yet some verses in Scripture are pretty difficult to interpret this way. To get right to it, there are two major problem passages which come up often. I usually don’t spend … Continue reading "Can You Actually Lose Your Salvation? Part 1"
“That’s just your interpretation.” How many times have you heard those infamous words? Any time you disagree with certain people over what the Bible teaches, you will hear this. And while your initial reaction may be frustration or condescension, it does raise a legitimate question. When different people disagree on the meaning of Scripture, at … Continue reading "Bible Interpretation: Don’t Wander Alone"
Sophie and Lacy Meet Sophie. She’s wearing a floor-length dress to school every day. Her bathing suit of choice is a burkini. She never goes out with her friends, but instead stays home to sew, clean, cook, and tend to her father and brothers. She also doesn’t date; she is arranged to marry a hardworking lumberjack … Continue reading "Trying to Figure Out Modesty"
Yes, my title is unnecessarily controversial (and overstated), but that means more people will read what I think is a somewhat important issue. So let’s get onto the meat of things. “It’s a Not-Sin” “It’s not necessarily a sin to drink, but it’s really unwise and dangerous and nobody should actually do it.” You probably haven’t … Continue reading "Christians Shouldn’t Oppose Drinking Alcohol"
Something that sometimes confuses people is what role tradition should play in our faith. Michael Patton has done an excellent job in this blog post of explaining the different views. I hold to sola Scriptura, but sometimes lean towards regula fidei.