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The Principle of Progressive Light

Lake Sunrise Dark and Light

There is much talk these days among Christian leaders regarding the “wideness of God’s mercy”.

This thinking flows from a trend in teaching and preaching that muddies the waters of the gospel by changing God’s requirements for salvation.

According to this thinking, one is able to worship and believe just about anything and still have a pretty good chance to make it to the “pearly gates”. As if God doesn’t really care what you believe doctrinally or what you think spiritually; but only what the condition of your heart is.

Which is a very slippery slope — a silicon-coated slide covered with grease.

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The Natural Man – Conclusion: The Clear Distinction

Snow Clarity

The main idea behind this Natural Man series is that Christians must convey the gospel message in clarity.

Because, from every quarter, the world seeks to obscure the truth of God’s word.

This is about clarity in our words. Clarity in our doctrine. Clarity in our associations. Clarity in our works.

We are not just working in a simple, neutral environment when we proclaim the message of Christ. We are not declaring the gospel within an easy, friendly world. We are in a savage battle against forces that war in both open and very subtle ways.

With Satan’s most popular strategy being, to seduce the world by mixing truth and error.
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The Natural Man – Part 2 : Approving Dead Works

Cemetery Old Mist

One of the main reasons for writing about the Natural Man is the increasing tendency among Bible believers to openly accept religious unbelievers as brothers in Christ.

The problem with this practice is the confusion it creates in the minds of both Christians and unbelievers about the gospel. By erasing the line of separation between truth and error.

Some have said that this is about “changing the rules” or muddying the living waters of the gospel.

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The Natural Man

Stone Face

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2:14)

The Bible makes a clear distinction between the “natural man” and the “spiritual man”. These are not terms used to distinguish between an outwardly good person and an outwardly bad person. This is about people from two different worlds.

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Annihilationism – Part 1

flame of fire

A false doctrine called, Annihilationism, is growing in popularity within Christian circles.

It is the belief that those who are spiritually lost will not face eternal punishment.

This doctrine claims that a lost person might face God at the last judgment but will not suffer for all eternity. Instead, that person will be destroyed once and forever with no further consciousness.

No everlasting fire, pain, regret, torment, hell, nor Lake of Fire. Just lights out and good night.

Although sometimes known by other names, this has long been a popular belief held by the Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Seventh-Day Adventists and others.

The doctrine of eternal punishment has always been a big problem for Christian apologists. It is one of the most common excuses that people use for rejecting the gospel.

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Choose Your Reality

Canal Reflections

“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” (Job 2:8)

That seems pretty straight forward. We choose the mercy of God or we choose His wrath.

In the current cultural and political firestorm, it is becoming very apparent to me that each person chooses how he views the world.

Each person chooses what he listens to. Each chooses what he views. Each chooses what he reads.

But even more specifically, it is the narrative that he chooses. The overall idea or slant.

The bias.

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The Lord of Division

BarnSunset

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled , neither let it be afraid. (John 14: 27)

The peace that Christ speaks of is not of this world.

It is a peace that this world does not understand.

Quite literally, the Lord Himself is our Peace. He is even called, the Prince of Peace, in Isaiah. And He has made peace for us through the blood of His cross.

And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)

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Are We Sheep or Shepherds?

Grayson Highlands Vista

In listening to many sermons by Christian men and women, I am struck by how contradictory their thoughts are. How deeply men differ in their positions.

And how even basically solid men can say things that are not biblical. And can go off on tangents that undercut otherwise good teaching and preaching. Or engage in ministry practices that destroy the clarity of the gospel they proclaim.

This is why I believe a Christian must do his own homework. He must study diligently to know he is on the right path.

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Good Thursday

Greenwich Storm

Oh, how complicated Christian “scholars” can make the scriptures. As Charles Spurgeon once said, “It is amazing how much light the Bible can shed upon the commentaries.”

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