Category Christian Life

If we have repented of our sin before God, and come to Jesus Christ in faith, receiving His atonement for our sins, and the gift of eternal life from God, how should we then live? The Bible tells us that everyone who is in Christ is a new creation; old things are passed away, and all things have been made new. We are told that the Holy Spirit lives within each re-born child of God. If we are indeed new creatures born of the Spirit through faith in Jesus Christ, we can no longer live as though we are only bodies of flesh, subject to the fleshly desires that entice us to sin in the first place. Rather our lives should be a reflection of the power of God in us, making us look as the new creatures we have become, a glorious reflection of the Saviour Who bought us.

The Role of the Old Testament in the Life of a Christian

Christians believe the Old Testament, but do not follow it. What does this mean?

The Old Testament is history, prophecy, and commands to a specific people. Insofar as we read of first things (In the beginning…), early development of a region and of a people, and God’s declaration of what would come after, Christians believe the Old Testament. We recognize and accept that God Which created the universe was the sole presence before creation, and has provided us with information concerning that event that is incontrovertible because He caused it to happen...

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Spiritual Perversion in the Church of Jesus Christ

Jeremiah 7:8-10 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit.
Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not, and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, “We are delivered to do all these abominations?”‘”

The words were spoken to Israel, but there is a principle for Christ’s church as well: We were not delivered from the condemnation of sin so that we should continue to live in sin, doing those things which God has condemned, and despising God in favour of other, more appealing “gods” that serve our satisfaction instead of our deepest need.

God’s word to us is clear concerning what is right and wrong, what is wicked and what is good...

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What is the Gospel?

or “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”

Nothing is of greater importance than to know the true God and to know what is required for us to be on good terms with the true God. The only way to know God and to know what God has said concerning our condition and relationship with God, is to study from the Bible what God has revealed concerning our sin and His salvation.

As with every discussion of what we are to believe, the answer to what constitutes the message of the gospel of salvation must begin with what the Bible says about the gospel, so we will look first at those passages in which the Bible writers used the specific word “gospel”...

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Parents’ Responsibility to Righteousness

Every time a parent brings sin into their home, we become responsible for its influence on our children. Children are always learning; every observation they make, every experience they have, affects their ideas about God and eternity, their understanding of what it means to be human, of how to interact with community in general and other people in particular, their perception of what is right and wrong, and how to engage it. Whether we work deliberately to teach our children or not, the children continually develop their values and ideas as they observe our decisions and conduct.

Parents who speak of God and Christ and salvation while entertaining themselves on that which endorses what God has revealed to be wicked, belie the seriousness of evil before their children, and teach them to “c...

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Without God, Men Will Not be Good

The natural consequence of rejecting God is the degradation of the human character into wickedness. God being the sum of all goodness in every aspect is necessarily its only source; to reject God is to reject good, leaving men with only what is other than good. We cannot define goodness for ourselves; it already exists as an expression of the nature of God. We either know and acknowledge God and by extension all that is good, or we refuse God and by extension embrace wickedness.

God created man in God’s image: “And God said, “We shall make man in Our image and as Our likeness…'” (1)  He intended that we would live and reflect the goodness of God among all creation. When we live in communion with God, we are directed by His Spirit into the fullness of His goodness...

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What is a Christian?

A Christian is someone who, coming to know God, and recognizing themselves to have rebelled against God, either by a lack of faith in God or by choices that oppose His perfect righteousness, rejects sin for its opposition against God, and exercises faith in God.

God Who, in the person of Jesus Christ has paid the penalty of our sin by Christ’s death on the cross, brings the transaction to completion by applying that payment to our account. We who turn from sin to God will by faith in Jesus Christ and His death for our sins, receive the benefit of it – our sentence commuted so we may have eternal life.

Upon God’s application of Christ’s death to the payment of our sentence, He also restores us to fellowship with Himself by providing the Holy Spirit, so that by His continual presence w...

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Biblical Marriage

This was originally written as a response to specific questions, and is a bit ‘rough’. The questions asked were: what constitutes ‘marriage’ according to God. What is the difference between ‘marriage’ and ‘living together’, and why is the latter not acceptable to God? They are valid questions, which many folk have asked as they see the inconsistencies between what God said, what Scripture shows happened, and what the time & culture offer.

Learn to recognize your presuppositions, and learn how to weed out premises that have nothing to do with the conclusion (straw men) when trying to analyse an argument.

1. The Bible presents what God said in the past, how He interacted with His creation, and how His creation acted & interacted with Him...

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Strongholds

1Cor 10:13: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to man, and God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear, but when you are tempted He will provide a way out that you can bear up under it.” 

Or are you ‘only human’ and subject to fall? 

2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new” – or do you believe you are still in your ‘sin nature’ – a term, by the way, that does not exist in Scripture. 

John 8:31-2 “If you abide in my word you are my disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free….if the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.” Is the saint in bondage or are we free? 

2 Tim 1:7 “God does n...

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The Spiritual Consequences of Escaping to Imaginary Worlds

Schizophrenia => broken + mind

Def’n: divorced from reality
-not equipped / prepared to deal with real life personally
– not able to answer the real life concerns of others

“Love the Lord your God with all your….mind…” Matthew 12:30

Mind:

1271 dianoia – deep thought; mental faculties, imagination, understanding.
4993 sophroneo – sound mind
3563 nous – intellect (Rom 1:28)
5427 phronema – mental tendency; inclination, purpose
3675 homophron –  one mind
5424 phren (from phrao ) – midriff; by implication, feelings, mind

“Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Luke 6:45

We are to have the mind of Christ, allowing our mind to be renewed by Him in order to be transformed from this world. Rom 12:2

The possessions of the mind of a worldly person are futi...

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Saving the Church

We are not called to save the ‘church’. Brothers and sisters, the ‘church’ is going down. That edifice presenting itself as the representative of God on earth shall fall – it is falling now.

We are called to save men. We are to go into all nations preaching the gospel to individuals.[1]

The church is going to fall! We are to tell the truth everywhere we go, but know that many will refuse to hear. The Bible speaks clearly of the many who say to Christ, “Lord, Lord”, but whom He does not know.[2] We are told the falling away must come before the Lord’s return. [3] We are told that many false prophets and teachers will lead away many.[4] We are told the days will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but will heap to themselves teachers to tickle their itching ears, turning ...

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