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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Practicing Biblical Hospitality

       The idea of welcoming people from neighboring households to sojourn in our own has been avoided by practically every member of society, as well as by professing Christians. In other words, we have allowed our consciences to become so calloused by our regular activities that we have unhealthily suppressed our inherent inclination to build relationships with other people. This isolationist mindset has sprung forth from the selfish belief that our home is merely our safe haven from worldly derision, place for pursuit of personal entertainment, and a resting fortress from daily toil. In fact, social dissociation has been further enhanced by the multiple social media distractions promulgated through the television, radio, and computer sets. But this essay intends on revealing what the Bible says concerning hospitality and how it can be used as a weapon for preaching the gospel.

       What needs to be understood is that the prevalent views of home that have been molded by the modern standards of civilization are utterly false. The philosophical structure of society has been crafted in such a way that it would be extremely difficult to show hospitality. Consider, for example, how commercials deceptively portray the acquisition of household furnishings as being owned upon purchase. It seems as though much of what we see, hear, or read pertains to the concept of ownership. And homes are far from being the exception to this principle! However, we as an entire populace need to come to the realization that life is not all about us. We need to care not only about ourselves, but also for the needs of the whole world. We need to care for the environment in which we thrive. Additionally, we need to recognize that we do not belong to ourselves. We are under the authority of God because He was the One who has brought us into existence. It is He who has created all the materials in which companies manufacture goods. He is the Divine Author of Life. Therefore, all things should be used in accordance to His divine will. We need to view things from the perspective of God, which in this particular case means that our homes were given to us for the purposes of combating spiritual darkness and being a shining light for the lost. Our homes can be a means by which the Lord Jesus Christ heals suffering. He satisfies all who hunger and thirst for righteousness. We worship God when we open our doors to outside people (James 1:27). We should be inviting other people into our lives, as God has allowed us to become His children.


        Why searching the Scriptures for truth ought to be considered a paramount task of discernment on our behalf is that the Bible is the God breathed textbook of the Christian religion. It is the standard by which we test all things. In the Old Testament, God commanded that His nation Israel share a portion of crops with the needy (Leviticus 23:22), and that His chosen people treat foreign residents with respect (Leviticus 19:33-34). In the same manner, we cannot allow ourselves to be confirmed to the image of this world (Romans 12:1-2). We must love our neighbors as ourselves (Leviticus 19:18; Romans 12:9-10). Christians have been called to exercise hospitality (Romans 12:13). We must show brotherly love (Hebrews 13:1-3). We must be hospitable to one another without grieving (1 Peter 4:9). This characteristic of holy conduct is even a requirement in order to be rightly ordained a bishop (1 Timothy 3:1-3). Furthermore, the Bible is the narrative of God offering us eternal hospitality in heaven out of His love for us (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:11-13). The truth of the matter is that our society is opposed to the spirit of the Great Commission. Rejecting opportunities to present the gospel by being hospitable is the equivalent of closing the door of salvation to possible converts, and can thereby depict the gospel as being for the self-righteous, narrow minded, and hypocritical. On the contrary, we must maintain the purity of the gospel by allowing people to be convinced through the examination of our godly character as they spend time with us.


        Using our homes as a means to reach other people with the gospel message should not be based on image management. We should not be afraid, hesitant, or embarrassed to share our personal lives with other people. We should not be concerned about factors such as having less than eye appealing furniture, the size of our houses, children, or even cooking quality. People have ordinary lives like we do, and can even take part in set up or cleaning sessions before or after group meetings. People do want to establish communication with us, but are unwilling to for the simple reason that they are discouraged by the current social trends of society. The goal behind inviting people over to stay in our dwelling places is bonding. This process of learning hospitality requires that we keep in remembrance the sovereignty of God, begin with people whom we know best (especially church brethren), and then focus on more distant acquaintances. But we must be the ones who are willing to initiate all this, for other people will not magically appear before our eyes. Weekly gatherings can comprise of a variety of activities such as game nights, watching sports, and movie nights. Even monthly or annual rhythms can be employed. Avoid bait-and-switch formulaic approaches to preaching the gospel to non-Christians. Know that the gospel is hope, not mere advice for living a lucrative life. We need to trust in the divine providence of God. We should listen carefully to our speakers. We should display interest. We should ask thought provoking questions, and speak when it is our turn to speak. Hospitality gives us the opportunity to make converts by sharing our testimonies. We can simply talk about trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ. Without a doubt, some people will reject the gospel message. Nevertheless, we must entrust to God our futile efforts to move the hardened hearts of other people to spiritual conversion.


        This essay has discussed how hospitality is a brilliant way of supporting the Cause of Christ, and is in fact a biblically sanctioned mandate. We must courageously take a public stand against the unhealthy, selfish trends promoted by society. We must step out of our comfort zones to fulfill our obligation of serving Jesus Christ. We cannot compromise the truths of the gospel. We must offer ourselves as spiritual sacrifices that are pleasing to God, just as Christ offered Himself up as an atonement sacrifice on a cross to save us from eternal condemnation in the literal flames of hell. We must welcome people into our homes, in the same manner that God has lovingly welcomed us into His heavenly kingdom. The notion of hospitality should not be perceived as a monotonous task. We should treat these times of gathering as opportunities to kindly share the good news of God's mercy. Converts can be made through observing Christian example (when shown love, kindness, mercy, etc.). Converts can be made through planting seeds of faith in the minds of those who doubt, but it is God who causes all the growth (1 Corinthians 3:6-7). All honor belongs to Him. And practicing biblical hospitality is certainly not undoable, as society has made it out to be.

The Power And Simplicity Of Gospel Preaching

“If we were left to ourselves with the task of taking the gospel to the world, we would immediately begin planning innovative strategies and plotting elaborate schemes. We would organize conventions, develop programs, and create foundations…But Jesus is so different from us. With the task of taking the gospel to the world, he wandered through the streets and byways…All he wanted was a few men who would think as he did, love as he did, see as he did, teach as he did, and serve as he did. All he needed was to revolutionize the hearts of a few, and they would impact the world.” [David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream (Colorado Springs: Multnomah Books, 2010), 87-88]

Monday, November 20, 2017

Speaking The Truth In Love

       God's call for Christians to engage in apologetics is not by any means limited to a small group of self-proclaimed intellectual scholars, but is for all who profess the name of His Son Jesus Christ. It is the responsibility of the Christian church to maintain the purity of the gospel because the Lord has entrusted to us this salvific task. We have been appointed by the Holy Spirit to function as His representatives on earth through the ministry of reconciliation. However, the great majority of Christians worldwide, including pastors, have consciously given apologetics a poor reputation because too many have advanced contemporary methods arrogantly. Furthermore, this significant abandonment of studying logical Christian defense has made our youth highly susceptible to the secularism being promoted in our educational institutions. If we do not take measures immediately to readjust how we conduct apologetics and reinstruct the ignorant members of our congregations concerning the importance of knowing the contents of our faith, then we will in essence be undermining the roots of Judeo-Christian tradition.

       To preface, it needs to be understood that we must take part in apologetics from a strictly biblical perspective. The most simplistic definition of the word "apologetics" means to give an answer, and we must provide biblically sound answers to questions concerning Christianity because we are serving as ambassadors for the Lord Jesus Christ. Apologetics is not merely about persuading the critic or winning a debate. It is not constrained to soul winning. Though these factors most certainly should be motivating intentions of being an apologist, the ultimate aim of apologetics is to glorify God in heaven by representing His kingdom on earth. It is not a means in itself (i.e. winning an argument for the sake of winning), but rather is a means to an end (i.e. Glorifying God by advancing His kingdom). Otherwise, there would be no point in being an apologist because refusing to listen to the other side of the story can only result in presenting an empty strawman rejoinder. The repercussions of being closed-minded can only give other people the impression that the gospel calls them to be cruel, pompous, and hypocritical. Of course, such a portrayal of the biblical gospel message could not be further from the truth. But we must treat our detractors with love and compassionately answer objections to the faith without compromising the teachings of God's Word.

       Furthermore, we need to preach the unchangeable gospel of salvation to the world in a humble manner because there exists a corresponding relationship between truth and love. Knowledge without love results in a puffed-up heart, whereas love unguided by truth produces empty sentimentality. Thus, partaking in Christian defense without adherence to this biblical principle would be futile. We must love our neighbor as ourselves (Romans 12:9-21). We must not grieve the Holy Spirit of God by disgraceful conduct (Ephesians 4:30-32). Our speech must be seasoned with salt (Colossians 3:8). We need to live out the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), as well as speak the truth in love (1 Peter 3:15). We must always keep a clear conscience, earnestly contending for the faith which was once delivered to the saints (Jude 3). In short, this is what it means to by a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. The notion of glorifying God in thought, word, and deed is not just reserved for apologetics. It is our way of life. Otherwise, society will believe that we who profess to be Christian are actually not serious about practicing our religion. People will neither be attracted nor take us seriously if we do not live in accordance to the morals, customs, and values that we claim to stand for. People will develop the terrible misconception that the biblical worldview is unlivable, and that it cannot provide a sense of hope, peace, and joy. If we are going to view walking the Christian walk as the top priority, then we must also make apologetics a top priority, since the Lord Jesus Christ clearly commissioned us to partake in both (Matthew 28:18-20).

       Perhaps the greatest way to refurbish the academic foundation of Christianity in our postmodern culture is to introduce to children being catechized the ancient trivium educational system that was originally employed by Greek and Roman societies. It works in three overlapping stages: 1.) what, 2.) why, and 3.) rhetoric. In other words, our youth need to be instructed concerning the essential articles of the faith, the underlying reasons for embracing Christian doctrine, and then transition to formulating logical responses in dialogue format. Methods for this avenue of religious inculcation may include but are by no means limited to reading Bible stories, gradually incorporating difficult excerpts from Christian literature into teaching, memorization of early church creeds, and even interview sessions with speakers from different ideological backgrounds. Questions should be encouraged, and people should learn how to reason out coherent answers to opposing arguments. Additionally, all of the aforementioned details on teaching apologetics to children can be applied equally to adults who do not have the training or experience of providing competent answers to arguments touted by critics or questions raised by honest inquirers in our congregations. Indeed, this proposed threefold approach to studying apologetics sounds as if it may very well be a solution to the lack of religious zeal in our degenerate churches. If we do not know the contents of our faith, then we are making ourselves vulnerable to spiritual deception. And if we are not capable of providing reasons for upholding our belief systems, then why should we continue to believe in them?

       We live in an age where contending for the gospel should be of utmost importance, but many who profess the name of the Lord Jesus Christ have recoiled from the task that He has ordained us for. The world today is more atheistic and intellectually devoid than it has ever been in history of mankind. Few people know how to think for themselves. Few know how to conduct independent research. Moral perversions such as homosexuality, transgenderism, abortion, and euthanasia are consuming the minds of the younger generations like wildfire. The liberals have propagated damnable heresies in our educational and governmental systems. The majority of people view the concept of truth as being relativistic in nature. The leftists are knowingly working for the destruction of society. All of this is an unspeakable series of misfortunes, and we Christians need to take the necessary steps to address these major predicaments, for ourselves and for the people of this world. We must give an answer to all who ask for the reason of the hope that is in us. We must do so in a peaceful, compassionate manner. We must not relinquish fighting the good fight. We are not fighting a physical war, but a spiritual one. Apologetics, if applied appropriately, can strengthen our spiritual fortress of faith in Christ Jesus, as well as plant seeds of faith in the hearts of people who doubt.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

The Untenable Nature Of Atheism

"If there is no God there's no meaning to life, no ultimate right or wrong and no hope just despair. God's existence should be greeted with joy, excitement, wonder and thanks...Perhaps test-tube experiments won't prove or disprove God's existence. 

If you want to know God test-tubes won't help. So do I have blind faith? No! It's easier to argue He exists than prove He doesn't. The evidence is obvious. All I need is eyes that can see and a brain that worksMy faith is based on what I KNOW, not on what I don't know. Insisting there's 'no God' is an absolute non-provable statement by one who must know everything. But no one has all knowledge and it's an unscientific assumption that everything's just some form of matter or energy....But here's a problem. If an atheist claims 'nothing is certain' then HOW can we be certain of that? Or if 'there is no truth', then HOW do we know that's true? No one can demonstrate anything to one unreasonable. If they argue definitions or act ignorant, none can help. Hence the problem between theists and atheists. Atheists should heed Hume's dictum "The wise man proportions his belief to the evidence". When common sense is abandoned no evidence is good enough. In fact any concept held by natural and materialistic atheism will struggle with rules of evidence. Yet in contradiction the main evidence for evolution is story telling. Stories explain everything so that all evidence fits evolution and none conflict. Even so without God, atheism has no reason to exist. The Bible declares, God is Spirit (Jn.4:24), transcending human thought (Isa.55:8-9), outside the created order (Ac.17:29 Heb.1:10-12). And without the Bible God can’t be comprehended, without His revelation how can we know One we can’t see or touch?...


(A) The existence of an effect indicates the existence of a cause.

The atheist or agnostic at best, can only say a first cause for the universe is uncertain or unknown. And before the Cosmic Egg is more uncertainty. This is a non-answer because we know from nothing, comes nothing. One who does not know what caused the universe is not an atheist but an agnostic. So atheists must believe nothing created everything "...space and time both started at the Big Bang and therefore there was nothing before it." http://curious.astro.cornell.edu (Scientists Cornel Univ.) (Many reject the big bang theory)


We know of nothing in this world without a cause behind its existence, so there must be a cause behind the world and universe. Even an atheist must admit there was a first cause, because there obviously was. Things everywhere are explained by a cause lying outside them. We are forever inquiring into causes. We can’t make sense of anything without a cause behind its existence. There is no reason to deny what we experience as true every day. There is no single case of a physical state or event observed or known to originate from nothing. If there was, our leading scientific societies would love to know about it. All science, history, and law enforcement would collapse if 'cause and effect' are denied. The fact the universe exists at all, is significant. Why is there 'nothing' instead?" 


-http://answers.net.nz/Other/atheis1.htm

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Old Testament Evidences For The Trinity

  • Introduction:
          -The Trinity is the Christian teaching that God exists in three separate, yet fully divine, persons, who are known scripturally to be the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. Each member does not constitute the entire Godhead. They are related to each other but distinct at the same time. Of course, we should never anticipate that our finite minds completely grasp this characteristic of God. Also, the unconverted Jewish people of today fail to recognize these particular divine attributes of the Creator because their hearts have been hardened against Him (2 Corinthians 3:15-16). While it is true that the doctrine of the Trinity was not explicitly defined in the Old Covenant due to prophecy needing to be fulfilled, it still contains many references that support the deity of Christ, personhood of the Holy Spirit, and the triune nature of God. Consider, for instance, that the Old Testament repeatedly alludes to the three persons of the Trinity. It literally mirrors the three persons of the triune God.
  • Ponder This Priestly Blessing From The Book Of Numbers:
          -"The LORD said to Moses, Speak to Aaron and his sons and tell them: This is how you shall bless the Israelites. Say to them: The Lord bless you, and keep you! The Lord let his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you! The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace! So shall they invoke my name upon the Israelites, and I will bless them." (Numbers 6:22-27)
  • The Great Sh'ma Prayer Of Judaism:
          -"Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord alone!" (Deuteronomy 6:4)
  • God's Call For Samuel To Be A Prophet:
          -"The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, Here I am. He ran to Eli and said, Here I am. You called me. I did not call you, Eli said. Go back to sleep. So he went back to sleep. Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli. Here I am, he said. You called me. But he answered, I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep. At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD, because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet. The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time. Getting up and going to Eli, he said, Here I am. You called me. Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth. So he said to Samuel, Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply, Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening." (1 Samuel 3:4-9)
  • An Excerpt From A Temple Sermon By The Prophet Jeremiah:
          -"Put not your trust in the deceitful words: This is the temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD! The temple of the LORD!" (Jeremiah 7:4)
  • The Call Of Isaiah:
          -"Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts! they cried one to the other. All the earth is filled with his glory!" (Isaiah 6:3-4)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Old Testament Evidence For The Trinity

  • Strong Biblical Evidence For The Pre-Existence Of Jesus Christ
         -“All ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was the Christ.” (1 Corinthians 10:3-4)
  • How The Text Of 1 Corinthians 10:3-4 Supports The Deity of Christ:
         -In context, the Apostle Paul briefly brought into recollection events from the Exodus time frame. He alluded to the Jews who were freed from the authoritarian grasp of the Egyptian pharaoh and made to temporarily wander in the wilderness under the divine providence of God. The manna (“spiritual food”) and water which sprang forth from a rock smote by the rod of Moses (“spiritual drink”) were all supplied through the supernatural intervention of the Lord. The inspired author resorted to a rabbinic legend that portrayed the literary imagery of a flowing rock that lingered in the presence of the Israelites with the intention of enforcing the point that God continually guides our experiences. The rock reference is a typology of our Lord Jesus Christ, namely of His bold character and propitiatory sacrifice for the salvation of the world. All things consist because of Him. He is the same Spiritual Rock and Lord who governed the nation of Israel (i.e. Deuteronomy 32:39; 1 Samuel 2:2; 2 Samuel 22:32), and overthrew the people who put Him to the test (i.e. Deuteronomy 6:16; 1 Corinthians 10:9). The text of 1 Corinthians 10:3-4 is supportive of the Trinity because it validates that the Lord Jesus Christ is co-eternal with the Father. Christ has always existed because He is God in the flesh. He possesses the fullness of His glory. Other passages of Scripture that compliment this exegetical commentary of 1 Corinthians 10:3-4 would include but are by no means limited to John 1:1-3, Hebrews 7:3, 1 Peter 1:17-21, and Revelation 3:14-15. Furthermore, there is no reason to not believe that the expressions “spiritual food” and “spiritual drink” are meant to mirror the elements (bread and wine) employed during the Lord’s Supper.

A Powerful Proof-Text For The Trinity

  • Acts 20:28 Provides A Great Case Against Unitarianism:
          -"Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood." (Acts 20:28)
          -The text of Acts 20:28 not only provides important overtones concerning biblical soteriology, but it also reveals to us the divine character of Jesus Christ. It offers a case for the Trinity in the sense that it lends support to the notion that Jesus is God, and thereby proves Him to be co-eternal with the Father. It demonstrates the inseparable unity among the three divine persons of the Holy Trinity. This passage of Scripture substantiates the doctrine that Jesus Christ is God is the flesh, which also means that He has both a fully human and divine will. Quite simply, the trinitarian argument that can be derived from Acts 20:28 is that because the Son shed His blood by crucifixion for the remission of our sins, and that the text identifies His blood as belonging to the Father, it therefore follows that God offered Himself as an atonement sacrifice for our sins. According to the logic of this statement which was originally uttered by the Apostle Paul during his farewell speech at Miletus, Jesus Christ must be God because His blood is referred to as being one in the same with that of the Father who is a spirit. Only trinitarianism can correctly interpret texts such as Acts 20:28 because only God has the power to pay an infinite debt, which is in this case our problem of sin. This means that the power of our Lord Jesus Christ is unlimited. He could not even have resurrected from the grave in bodily form, if He was just a good moral teacher or ordinary man. From that perspective, we can readily see that unitarian theology is at best incompatible with the teachings of the gospel.

Monday, November 13, 2017

God Has Redeemed Us With A Price

       "Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock of which the holy Spirit has appointed you overseers, in which you tend the church of God that he acquired with his own blood." (Acts 20:28)

       Prior to the Apostle Paul's departure from Miletus to Jerusalem, he summoned a farewell conference of bishops from the city of Ephesus. This meeting consisted of the apostle discussing how he had opened the door of salvation for his audience by proclaiming the entirety of God's salvation plan, the upcoming persecution that he must face as a result of his steadfast commitment to the gospel, gave an exhortation to the overseers to guard the faith against destructive heresies which could even arise from within the Christian congregations, and concluded with an inspired saying of the Lord Jesus Christ in condemnation of selfishness. Paul was for the last time reinforcing the necessity of self-dedication by attesting himself as an example of supporting the cause of Christ. He was consigning the task of preaching the gospel to the members of that community. We also learn from the text of Acts 20:28 the means by which God has enabled us to become His people.

       The theological insight that this text of Scripture gives us is that only God has the power to save us from sin and spiritual death. In other words, we would always remain in an absolutely helpless state of eternal peril without His divine assistance. Nothing is possible without the Lord. Full dependency on God is thereby the pillar upon which the gospel rests. What needs to be understood in order to properly make sense of Acts 20:28 is that Jesus Christ is God is the flesh. In view of that, we should immediately recognize that it cost God His own blood to redeem us from permanent spiritual condemnation in the literal flames of hell. The Lord was crucified, buried, and resurrected for our transgressions. He gave Himself up as a sacrifice for our sins because our imperfect righteousness could never atone for sin. We do not belong to ourselves because He bought us with an infinite price. We are now able to rightly be deemed His children. The gospel is, "that gracious word of his that can build you up and give you the inheritance among all who are consecrated" (Acts 20:32).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Questionable History Of Roman Catholic Apostolic Succession

"As for Peter's alleged successors, the New Testament says nothing. From other historical sources, little is known about them through the first two centuries. Church historian Philip Schaff writes, 'The oldest links in the chain of Roman bishops are veiled in impenetrable darkness.' Consequently, it is impossible for the Roman Catholic Church to substantiate its claims of papal succession from Peter to the present Pope. 

Furthermore, through published lists of popes down through the centuries look impressive, one should be aware that a comparison of the present list with those of earlier years reveals continuing revision, the last being made in 1947 by A. Mercati. Since then no other changes have been found necessary. It is not even clear how some of the men listed have any claim at all to being Peter's successor as the Bishop of Rome, in that from 1305 to 1378 seven consecutive popes chose as their residence and seat of government not Rome, but Avignon, France! Disputes involving the lineage of the popes further obscure the picture. Roman Catholic scholars identify over 30 men as antipopes, or false claimants. Most notable among the antipopes are those involved in a 39-period called the Great Schism. In 1378 the cardinals elected Urban VI as pope. Soon after that they had announced that they had made a terrible mistake. Urban, in their opinion, was an apostate, and so they elected a new Pope, Clement VII. Urban countered by appointing a new college of cardinals. After years of dispute, further successors, and great confusion, cardinals from both sides met and elected yet another man as Pope, Alexander V. When even this did not settle the controversy, Emperor Sigismund called the Council of Constance (1418-1418) to address the problem. When the smoke finally cleared, yet another man, Martin V, was found sitting on the papal throne. Official lists of the lineage of the popes today identify Martin V as the 206th successor in the 'unbroken' lineage of the popes.


In a very real sense, it is misleading for the Roman Catholic Church even to list popes during the first five centuries of church history. Church historian Michael Walsh observes:


               'Papal authority as it is now exercised, with its accompanying doctrine of papal infallibility, cannot be found in theories about the papal role expressed by early Popes and other Christians during the first 500 years of Christianity.'

                      -An Illustrated History of the Popes

The papacy as it is known today took centuries to develop. Its origin can be found in the emergence of the bishops in the second century and events which took place during the forth and fifth centuries. Its origin can be found in the emergence of bishops in the second century and events which took place in the political structure of the Roman Empire during the forth and fifth centuries."


James G. McCarthy, The Gospel According to Rome, pgs 254-255

TIM STAPLES –MISSING THE FOREST FOR THE TREES

Friday, November 10, 2017

Explaining God's Plan Of Redemption For Mankind

       "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life." (John 3:16)
       
       The Father has victoriously conquered the inherent malediction of spiritual death over mankind through the once for all propitiatory sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. He voluntarily took on flesh, blood, and bones with the intention of removing the iniquities of the world. Christ gave up His life for our sins because He knew that it would be impossible for us to atone for our sins with our own imperfect righteousness. Salvation through the keeping of God's Law demands untarnished faithfulness, and we have all fallen short of His standard of perfection. So everybody is spiritually bankrupt. Consequently, the people who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior are in grave danger of experiencing eternal separation from God in the literal flames of hell. 

       All are in need of a divine Savior because an infinite debt, by definition, requires an infinite payment of redemption. Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ was punished for us by means of crucifixion on the cross at Calvary. He lovingly suffered punishment in our place. God can now save us because He has completed everything necessary for our spiritual restoration. Since the Lord cannot allow sin to enter His kingdom, we must have our transgressions pardoned and eliminated. They must be done away with through the washing of His blood. How we need to respond to this graceful, undeserved gift of the Lord is to humbly accept His proclamation of salvation, which is the gospel, by faith in the work of His Son Jesus Christ. That is how we inherit eternal life. 

       Moreover, Jesus established the Christian church during His earthly ministry so that when He departed into the supernatural realm, He had disciples to function as His representatives in proclaiming the glorious gospel to the world. We need to multiply heaven's glory across the globe by means of educating other people concerning the death, burial, resurrection, and appearance of the Lord Jesus Christ to five hundred witnesses (1 Corinthians 15:1-8). We must allow the Holy Spirit to move our hearts by conviction of sin. God does not desire that any perish, but that all be saved. He has enabled us to have fellowship with Him, and can save us without any consideration for who we are or what we have done.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Biblical Assurance Of Salvation

  • Introduction:
         -Many people in the church today are totally unaware of the biblical answer to the question of how we can know with certainty that we have been justified in the sight of God. In fact, Christians have felt relatively disheartened in their daily walk with the Lord for the simple reason of doubting the possession of eternal life. Irrespectively of whether the underlying cause to this major spiritual conundrum is heresy propagated by an unorthodox sect, willful ignorance of gospel teaching, or poorly trained ministers by incompetent theological universities, the truth of the matter is that we can know for sure that we have inherited God's gift of eternal salvation. It is accomplished by His grace through our faith in the sacrificial work of His Son Jesus Christ. Thus, justification is not a lengthy, ongoing process that is maintained through the performance of good works. In addition, sanctification is the process by which the Christian heart experiences gradual, supernatural transformation to conformity with God's character through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Glorification is the concluding process that occurs when we enter the eternal state and have received perfected bodies. The express purpose of this article is to present scriptural passages substantiating the notion that we can have assurance of salvation.
  • The Parable Of The Pharisee And Tax Collector Proves Justification To Be Instantaneous 
         -"He then addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. Two people went up to the temple area to pray; one was a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee took up his position and spoke this prayer to himself, O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity-greedy, dishonest, or adulterous-or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week, and I pay tithes on my whole income. But the tax collector stood off at a distance and would not even raise his eyes to heaven and beat his breast and prayed, O God, be merciful to me a sinner. I tell you, the latter went home justified, not the former; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted." (Luke 18:9-14)
  • The Thief On The Cross Should Give Us Courage:
         -"Then he said, Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom. He replied to him, Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise." (Luke 23:42-43)
  • God Gave Up His Son Jesus Christ As Atonement So That We Could Enter His Kingdom:
         -"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him." (John 3:16-17)
  • Those Who Have Believed On The Messiah Have Passed From Death To Life:
         -"Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life." (John 5:24)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ Has The Words Of Eternal Life:
         -"Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst...For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who sees the Son and believes on him may have eternal life, and I shall raise him on him [on] the last day...Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life...Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day...It is the Spirit that gives life, while the flesh is of no avail. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life." (John 6:35, 40, 47, 54, 63)
  • Jesus Assured His People Of Salvation:
         -"My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish. No one can take them out of my hand." (John 10:27-28)
  • Words From The Apostle Paul Preaching The Gospel In A Synagogue:
         -"You must know, my brothers, that through him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, [and] in regard to everything from which you could not be justified under the law of Moses, in him every believer is justified." (Acts 13:38-39)
  • Consider The Examples Of Abraham And King David:
         -"Indeed, if Abraham was justified on the basis of works, he has reason to boast; but this was not so in the sight of God. For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. A worker's wage is credited not as a gift, but as something due. But when one does not work, yet believes on the one who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness. So also David declares the blessedness of the person to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: blessed is the man whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not impute." (Romans 4:2-8)
  • We Can Rely Completely On God To Keep His Word:
         -"and was fully convinced that what he had promised he was also able to do." (Romans 4:21)
  • We Have Peace With God Through Faith Because Of His Son Jesus Christ:
         -"Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." (Romans 5:1)
  • Eternal Salvation Is Promised To Those Posses Genuine Faith:
         -"for, if you confess with you mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved." (Romans 10:9-10)
  • Even If A Christian's Life Is Not Perfect, They Can Still Escape The Wrath Of God:
         -"But if someone's work is burned up, that one will suffer loss; the person will be saved, but only as through fire." (1 Corinthians 3:15)
  • The Conversion Of A Sinful Heart Necessarily Denotes Eternal Salvation:
         -"That is what some of you used to be; but now you have had yourselves washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God." (1 Corinthians 6:11)
  • The Generosity Of God's Salvation Plan:
         -"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast." (Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • We Have Been Sealed By The Divine Power Of The Holy Spirit:
         -"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were sealed for the day of redemption." (Ephesians 4:30)
  • We Can Trust God To Always Protect What He Has Given To Us:
         -"...but I am not ashamed, for I know him in whom I have believed and am confident that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me until that day." (2 Timothy 1:12)
  • We Have Been Consecrated Once-For-All Through The Atonement Sacrifice Of Jesus Christ:
         -"By this will, we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ one for all...For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated." (Hebrews 10:10, 14)
  • The Apostle John Wrote His First Epistle To The Christian Church With The Intention Of Telling Us How We Can Know Whether We Truly Posses Eternal Life:
         -"I write these things to you so that you may know that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God." (1 John 5:13)
         
         The bottom line question that we need to ask ourselves on this particular matter is, "How could we possibly live a life of joy and peace if we were not able to have assurance of salvation?"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Why Should I Go To Church?

  • Following Is A Tract Explaining The Importance Of Attending A Biblically Sound Christian Congregation:
          "Why can't I just do devotions on my own? Good question! It's true that God values personal devotions. In fact, He even commands us to 'pray without ceasing' (1 Thess. 5:17). But 'going to church' is about more than personal devotion. For Christians, going to church is the gathering together of a family, or as the Apostle Paul described it, united the members of a body:

              'For as in one body we have many members, and the members all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.' (Rom. 12:4-5)

          Every Christian is a member of the body of Christ, and every member has unique talents and insights. Sharing these gifts with each other as a unified body strengthens us in our common task of glorifying God. In the joy of true community you will experience:

          1. Fellowship.
          
          Regular church attendance allows a Christian to become part of a church family-a community of brothers and sisters in Christ who share true concern for one another. Paul described this kind of fellowship in his letter to the Corinthians, "If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together" (1 Cor. 12:26). When we care for our fellow Christians in this way, not only do we enjoy the security of belonging to a spiritual family, but we glorify God by revealing His character to the world.

          2. Corporate Worship.
          
          When God rescued King David from his enemies, David couldn't keep his praise to himself. He cried out, "Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!" (Psa. 34:3). Even Christ, in the darkest hours of His life, asked three of His closest friends to "watch and pray" with Him (Matt. 26:41). While private devotion pleases God, at times nothing will do except to join with fellow Christians in praise of our great God. Jesus promised: "For where there are two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them" (Matt. 18:20). God is glorified when Christians speak of His greatness with each other, and He is pleased to be in our midst.

          3. Personal Growth.
          
         Just as individual Bible study and prayer are vital to a Christian's spiritual growth, so is consistent contact with other Christians. God commands us to "consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together..." (Heb. 10:24-25). Meeting regularly with other Christians is an opportunity to be encouraged in your daily walk with Christ, to receive godly advice in areas of difficulty in your life, and to be challenged by the example of more mature Christians.

          4. Ministry.

          Paul tells us that God gave "pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ" (Eph. 4:11-12). Attending church allows us to each receive the instruction of trained pastors and teachers, helping us minister both to the world and within the Church.
          Along with communicating the gospel to the unsaved through actions and words, Christians have a responsibility to minister to other members of the body of Christ: "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up..." (1 Thess. 5:11). Being in regular contact with other Christians in church gives you numerous opportunities to offer a word of encouragement, a listening ear, a helping hand, or to receive these things in your moment of need.

          How to Choose a Church

          Consider the following questions as you visit new churches:
          
          1. Does the church base its teachings on the Bible? Do they teach the fundamental of the gospel?
          2. Is there a sense of community? Are the people friendly? Would you like to get to know the people that you meet there?
          3. Does the church have programs that meet your family's needs? Are there classes for your children? Is there a group for your teenager to get involved in?
          4. Does the church support missions and encourage evangelism? Does it provide opportunities for outreach?

          Feel free to visit several different churches before making a decision. Meet some of the people and talk to the pastor. Ask questions. Don't forget to pick up a church brochure with a listing of services and programs, as well as a mission statement. Discuss the experience with your family and visit again if you need to. Pray that you may discern God's will for your family's spiritual growth."

More Book Of Mormon Absurdities!

  • 1 Nephi 4:9 has Laban with a steel sword.  Nephi himself claims to have had a steel bow (the word translated as steel in KJV Psalms 18:34 is more properly rendered as bronze).  How is this explained since steel did not exist until well over 1000 years after the Book of Mormon was completed?
  • 1 Nephi 8 Lehi has a dream wherein a river of water (8:13) and a fountain (8:20) are major symbolic factors.  In Chapter 11, the dream is interpreted for Nephi by an angel, and  he is told that the waters represent the love of God (11:25).  However, when the angel gives further counsel (12:16), we find the "love of God" has become "filthy water", and in chapter 15:26-29, the water is called "filthiness", because it represents the "awful hell" prepared for the wicked.  Isn’t there inconsistency in God's message?
  • 1 Nephi 18:25:  How did domestic animals, such as horses, pigs, sheep, cattle and donkeys, come to be found in about 590 BC when evidence confirms these animals did not exist in the New World until after the time of Columbus?  In addition to this error, the Nephites produce wheat and barley (Mosiah 9:9) rather than the indigenous maize and potatoes.  Ether 9:19 even has elephants in the New World! How are these things explained?
  • 2 Nephi 5:  How could Nephi and just a small handful of men, in less than 20 years, build a temple like Solomon's, when it took Solomon 7 1/2 years using 180,000 workers to complete his temple?
  • 2 Nephi 5:15, 16:  What is the difference between precious "ores" and "things"?  vs 15 says that precious "ores" were in great abundance, but in the next verse he says that "precious things" were not to found upon the land! Isn’t this contradictory?
  • Helaman 9:6 says, "Now, immediately when the judge had been murdered - he being stabbed by his brother by a garb of secrecy." "Garb" is a piece of clothing; how do you stab with clothing?
  • Ether 6:5,11  Tells us that a "furious" wind propelled the "vessels or barges" (which were they?) to the Promised Land.  It took the furious wind 344 days to blow the barges to the New World.  Even if the furious wind could only push the barges at 10 mph, the distance traveled would have been 82,560 miles - three times around the globe. Is this reasonable?
  • Ether 2:20:  In regards to the making of the barge for sailing to the New World:  “And the Lord said unto the brother of Jared: Behold, thou shalt make a hole in the top, and also in the bottom; and when thou shalt suffer for air thou shalt unstop the hole and receive air. And if it be so that the water come in upon thee, behold, ye shall stop the hole, that ye may not perish in the flood.” Didn’t God know which way would be up?

Counter Arguments to Same Sex "Marriage"

Let’s consider some counter-arguments [to same-sex “marriage”]:

1. Homosexuals can’t fulfill the most basic purpose of marriage – procreation and childrearing. There are heterosexual couples that don’t want children and those that can’t have children. But same-sex couples, by their very nature, are incapable of having children. The couples who are doing society’s vital work – mothers and fathers joined by faith and tradition, raising the next generation in love – deserve the status reserved for them alone from time immemorial.

2. Children need a father and a mother – A woman who was raised from birth by two lesbians said that, even as an adult, “I have still felt an empty space in my life, the lack of a father, and no matter the love I have had from both of my ‘mothers’ … There is a balance that comes from a mother and a father that can create the most lasting and stable family. I would not keep the blessings a father can give from any child.”

3. With gay marriage in the United States, adoption agencies are being forced to place children with homosexual couples. In Massachusetts, the first state to legalize same-sex marriage, Catholic Charities stopped offering adoption services for that reason.

4. There is no comparison between this and natural marriage. Most homosexual liaisons are of short duration. Even those that are called “committed relationships” are rarely monogamous. According to the National Center for Health Research, in 2001, even in the age of no-fault divorce, 66% of first marriages in the U.S. lasted longer than 10 years; 50% lasted longer than 20 years. Another study described the average homosexual relationship as “transactional” – lasting less than 6 months.

5. In a study of gay men by the Journal of Sex Research, the average number of lifetime partners was 755, with some reporting more than 1,000. How can the term “marriage” be applied to what amounts to a revolving bedroom door?

6. Legalizing homosexual marriage inevitably leads to public school indoctrination and religious persecution. In the United States, photographers, florists and bakers have been fined huge sums (and, in some cases, ordered to undergo what amounts to therapy) for refusing to participate in same-sex ceremonies. Ultimately, sexual radicals would force churches to perform these ceremonies or lose their tax-exempt status.

7. On Father’s Day, the U.S. Department of Education had a fatherhood conference that included the heads of Family Research Council and Focus on the Family, two well-respected organizations doing vital work. “Outrageous” said LGBT groups. Because FRC and Focus oppose gay marriage, they are “hateful.” Thus the movement works tirelessly to stigmatize and marginalize conservative Christians.

8. In the Canadian province of Alberta, a local school board ordered a Christian school to stop reading or studying “any scripture that could be offensive to any individual.” Presumably, this includes those that condemn homosexuality, adultery, idolatry and witchcraft.

9. The sexual revolution is an insatiable beast. Nothing is ever enough. First there were anti-discrimination laws, then hate-crimes legislation, then marriage-deconstruction. Now, it’s on to what’s called “transgenderism” – which has absolutely no scientific basis. It demands that men who “feel” like women be treated like women – including using the bathrooms and showers/changing rooms of those who actually are women and girls – regardless of considerations of safety and modesty. If we don’t hold the line on marriage, who knows what will come next.

10. Same-sex marriage must be seen not in isolation, but as part of a continuum. In the United States, we went from no-fault divorce, to abortion on demand and sex education which amounts to indoctrination, to public schools distributing condoms to minors without parental knowledge or consent. Along with Bible-believers, the left has targeted the family as the chief obstacle to achieving its utopian agenda. It understands that anything which weakens the family strengthens its cause.

11. Almost 100 years ago, Georg Lukacs, a Hungarian intellectual considered one of the fathers of Cultural Marxism, wrote that traditional culture must be destroyed for the workers’ paradise to emerge. Lukacs observed: “I saw the revolutionary destruction of society as the one and only solution to the cultural contradictions of the epoch…Such a worldwide overturning of values cannot take place without the annihilation of the old values and the creation of new ones by the revolutionaries.” By the “old values,” he meant faith and family.

Without marriage, we will enter a brave new world of atomistic individualism – one where individuals live by and for themselves and social arrangements are transitory and utilitarian. Procreation will be increasingly rare.

We need to return to our roots – especially the Bible.

The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted in 1948, when most UN members were democracies) calls the family based on marriage, “the natural and fundamental group unit of society and (as such) entitled to protection by society and the state.”

To say the family is “the… fundamental group unit of society,” means it’s the foundation. Demolish the foundation, and the entire structure collapses. Survivors will buried in the rubble.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Overview Evaluation Of “Jesus Mythers”

“During the past twenty years or so, a number of books and articles have appeared in the Internet arguing that Jesus is a myth who never existed. Viewing the biographical information of their authors reveals that only a handful have any academic credentials. Unfortunately, most people reading the literature written by “mythers” (as they are commonly referred to) are not accustomed to critical thinking by comparing sources…Yet they are unaware that neither Doherty nor Murdock ever went beyond earning a bachelor’s degree while Meier and Wright earned doctorates in relevant fields and teach New Testament studies at prestigious universities…they often make egregious errors and silly proposals that sound credible only to the naive. Mythers are often guilty of twisting data, propagating false claims, appealing to sources who are also not scholars, requiring an unreasonable burden of proof before acknowledging the existence of Jesus while being unaware that the scenarios they have proposed in order to address the data border on unbridled fantasy…It is noteworthy that one could count on one hand all the scholars in the fields of history and biblical studies who have been persuaded by the arguments of mythers. It is not because the majority of historians and biblical scholars are Christians…It is also noteworthy that even some atheist and agnostic scholars have blasted mythers for their poor arguments and treatment of the data. Scholars simply refuse to give them much attention and regard them to be as absurd as holocaust deniers.”

Sean McDowell, A New Kind of Apologist, pgs. 179-180

Our Actions Have Lasting Consequences

“Still, there will be a connection with the long past-a reference to forgotten events and personages, and to manners, feelings, and opinions, almost or wholly obsolete-which, if adequately translated to the reader, would serve to illustrate how much of old materials goes up to make the freshest novelty of human life. Hence, to, might be drawn a weighty lesson from the little regarded truth, that the act of the passing generation is the germ which may and must bear good or evil fruit in a far-distant time; that, with the seed of the merely temporary crop, which morals term expediency, they inevitably sow the acorns of a more enduring growth, which may darkly overshadow their posterity.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables, pg. 2

Biblical Sexuality

“In fact, Paul’s teachings on sexual purity and marriage were adopted as liberating in the pornographic, sexually exploitive Greco-Roman culture of the time-exploitive especially of slaves and women, whose value to pagan males lay chiefly in their ability to produce children and provide sexual pleasure. Christianity, as articulated by Paul, worked a cultural revolution, restraining and channeling male eros, elevating the status of both women and of the human body, and infusing marriage-and marital sexuality-with love.”[Rod Dreher, “Sex After Christianity,” Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time (Colorado Springs: Image, 2010)]

Secular Organization Rejects The “Born Gay” Argument

“There is no consensus among scientists about the exact reasons that an individual develops a heterosexual, bisexual, gay or lesbian orientation. Although much research has examined the possible genetic, hormonal, developmental, social, and cultural influences on sexual orientation, no findings have emerged that permit scientists to conclude that sexual orientation is determined by any particular factor or factors.” [American Psychological Association, “Sexual Orientation and Homosexuality: Answers to Your Questions for a Better Understanding,” (Washington, DC: APA, 2008)]

Monday, October 30, 2017

Debunking A Roman Catholic "Proof-Text" For Purgatory

  • The Bible Verse Being Examined:
          -"In it he also went to preach to the spirits in prison." (1 Peter 3:19)
  • How This Particular Passage Of Scripture Is Used To Defend Purgatory:
          -Quite simply, Roman Catholics have interpreted the text of 1 Peter 3:19 to mean that Jesus Christ descended into Purgatory for admonition purposes. In other words, a number of Catholic apologists have identified the "spirits in prison" to be professing Christians suffering in the purifying flames of Purgatory.
  • Catholics Have Misused the Text of 1 Peter 3:19 To Substantiate Their Belief in Purgatory:
          -This text is not referring to human beings suffering in Purgatory, but rather concerns Christ descending into Hades for the purpose of proclaiming to the fallen angels. It means that the same Holy Spirit of God who resurrected His incarnate Son Jesus Christ from the grave also enabled Him to use Noah as an instrument to preach repentance to other men during his earthly lifespan (i.e. during the construction of the ark which took place prior to the global Genesis flood). Jesus preached the message of His triumph over sin and death to the fallen angels who have been imprisoned since the time of the flood.
  • The Footnotes Of The Roman Catholic New American Bible Should Settle The Matter:
          -"3, 19: The spirits in prison: It is not clear just who these spirits are. They may be the spirits of the sinners who died in the flood, or angelic powers, hostile to God, who have been overcome by Christ (ch 22; Gn 6, 4; Enoch 6-36, especially 21, 6; 2 Enoch 7, 1-5)."

Refuting The Roman Catholic Doctrine Of Purgatory

  • The Catechism Of The Catholic Church Defines Purgatory In The Following Way:
          -"The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned. The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent. The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire: As for certain lesser faults, we must believe that, before the Final Judgment, there is a purifying fire...From this sentence we understand that certain offences can be forgiven in this age, but certain others in the age to come." (CCC #1031)
  • It Would Make No Sense To Believe That We Need To Pass From Death To Purgatory, When Jesus Christ Himself Said That We Would Pass From Death To Life:
          -"Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not come to condemnation, but has passed from death to life." (John 5:24)
  • Rome's Doctrine That We Must Have Venial Sins Atoned By The Cleansing Flames Of Purgatory Is Proven Wrong By The Absolute Sufficiency Of Christ's Expiatory Work:
          -"You must know, my brothers, that through him the forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you, [and] in regard to everything from which you could not be justified under the law of Moses, in him every believer is justified." (Acts 13:38-39)
  • God Purifies The Human Heart By His Grace Through Faith, Not Through Purgatorial Flames:
          -"He made no distinction between us and them, for by faith he purified their hearts...On the contrary, we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they." (Acts 15:9,11)
  • The Lord Does Not Count Trespasses Against The People Whom He Has Declared To Be Righteous Through Faith:
          -"Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven and sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord does not record." (Romans 4:7-8)
  • The Catechism Of The Roman Catholic Church Flatly Contradicts The Bible's Message Concerning Atonement, Forgiveness, Salvation, And Grace When It Teaches That Christians Must Undergo Condemnation After Death:
          -"Hence, now there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:1)
  • We Know From Scripture That Purgatory Is A False Doctrine Because Once Christians Pass Spiritually From This Life Into The Next, The Set Norm Is That They Immediately Enter God's Presence:
  • -"So we are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord...Yet we are courageous, and we would rather leave the body and go home to the Lord." (2 Corinthians 5:6,8)
  • No Sins Need To Be Expiated In Purgatory Because They Were All Nailed To The Cross Of Christ:
          -"And even when you were dead [in] transgressions and uncircumcision of your flesh, he brought you to life along with him, having forgiven us all our transgressions; obliterating the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was opposed to us, he also removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross." (Colossians 2:13-14)
  • Our Lord Jesus Christ Accomplished The Removal Of Our Sins During His Crucifixion:
          -"who is the refulgence of his glory, the very imprint of his being, and who sustains all things by his mighty word. When he had accomplished purification from sins, he took his seat at the right hand of the Majesty on high." (Hebrews 1:3)
  • The Roman Catholic Claim That Transgression Needs To Be Expiated In Purgatory Has Been Demonstrated To Be False Through The Lord Jesus Christ's Vicarious Atonement Cancelling Out the Effects Of Our Sin:
          -"if that were so, he would have had to suffer repeatedly from the foundation of the world. But now once for all he has appeared at the end of the ages to take away sin by his sacrifice." (Hebrews 9:26)
  • After Death Is The Judgment, Not Purgatory:
          -"Just as it is appointed that human beings die once, and after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27)
  • We Are Perfect In The Eyes of God Because Of The Atoning Sacrifice of Christ:
          -"By this will, we have been consecrated through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins. But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool. For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated." (Hebrews 10:10-14)
  • There Is No Room For Purgatory In The Christian Walk Because Christ's Sacrificial Work Cleanses Us From All Sin:
          -"But if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin...If we acknowledge our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and cleanse us from every wrongdoing." (1 John 1:7,9)