Verse of the Day

1 John 4:11-12Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.

Are We Born Sinners?

John Calvin is known for developing the doctrine of "Calvinism." Calvinism is defined by the acronym TULIP. The "T" stands for total hereditary depravity. Some believe that this is what David was teaching at Psalm 51:5 when he said, "5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." David was not teaching that all men are born in sin. David is saying, contextually, that we are all born into a world where sin rules the minds of the majority. The "wicked" are not born into this world as sinners but rather begin early on in life to pursuing the paths of sin and lies. Another passage of interest is found at Psalm 58:3. The psalmist writes, "3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies." Bible students cannot afford to rip passages of scripture out of their...
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Wild Tongues and Defiled Bodies

James 3:5-12 James writes, "So the tongue also is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how much wood is kindled by how small a fire!" (James 3:5). The "tongue" is likened unto a bridle in the horse's mouth and the rudder that guides a great ship. A tongue not governed by the word of God can grow out of control like a horse that rejects the bridle and a ship whose rudder is broken. A tongue that boasts or brags of self accomplishments, in the areas of teaching, has not achieved its desired results of saving souls. Words that cause man to err can have far reaching results. A small fire from one match can turn into a devastating thousand acre forest fire. Even so, words of error can adversely affect the souls of thousands of people. "And the tongue is a fire: the world of iniquity among...
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The Word of God is Here to Stay

The word of God is the standard for man's eternal existence. Divine revelation is identified as the truth or the gospel (Eph. 1:17). The prophet Amos viewed it as a plumb-line that establishes acceptable and unacceptable behavior (Amos 7:78). The prophet Hosea compared the word of God to a immovable landmark that establishes right from wrong (Hosea 5:10-11). Jesus said that God's word was the divinely established truth that makes a division between the identity of the righteous and wicked (Matthew 7:22ff). Divine revelation may be viewed as black and white with no shades of gray (l 1 Corinthians 14:33). The design of divine revelation is eternal, non-yielding to man's opinions, and set in stone (Il 1 Corinthians 1:12; 2:17; etc). Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). The prophet Zechariah said that men's fathers and the prophets of the land would...
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Acts 15, Established Patterns, and God's Authorized Silence

Studying the book of Acts chapter by chapter leads one to understand that salvation is attained by hearing the gospel, believing it, repenting of sins, confessing that Jesus is the Christ, and being baptized for the forgiveness of sins. The Apostle Peter establishes this pattern for salvation early in the pages of Acts (see Acts 2:22-44). Each time the church grew it was because the same gospel message was preached (see Acts 2:41; 4:4; 6: 1, 7 etc.). Philip preached the same message to the Samaritans (Acts 8:1213) and the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-39). Peter preached baptism for the remission of sins to Cornelius and his household (Acts 10:48). Paul preached the same message to those of Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:38-39) and everywhere he preached (see 1 Corinthians 4:17). By the time one arrives at Acts 15 the pattern of salvation has been firmly established. When the Apostle Paul...
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"The Son of Perdition"

The church that Paul had established in Thessalonica had some who set out to "beguile" the faithful Christians in regards to the immediate return of Jesus (cf. I l Thess. 2:3). Paul explains to the Thessalonians that they are not to trouble themselves over this faulty information. He then gives them an idea as to when the Lord would come again. Before Jesus comes again, there will be a "falling away/' on the part of many Christians and the "son of perdition" will be exposed (Il Thess. 2:3). Note the connection between the 'falling away' and the "son of perdition" being exposed. The two events coincide even to the point to their being synonymous. Other synonymous terms for the "son of perdition" in the chapter are "man of sin" (Il Thess. 2:3) and "lawless one" (Il Thess. 2:8). The "falling awaV' is associated with "the mystery of lawlessness" (Il Thess....
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