But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Monday, 17 February 2014 04:07

Essential Doctrines (Part 5): Justification through Faith - Bellator Christi

image     Various Christian groups develop the idea of “justification through faith” in various ways. Some may find that justification through faith comes through faith and the taking of sacraments while others see the act as simply placing one’s trust in the crucified...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 14 February 2014 12:30

What Camels Teach Us About the Necessity of Apologetics - Bellator Christi

image It seems that the modern media seeks to undermine the integrity of the Bible or at least create some form of controversy related to the claims of the Bible. This also goes for segments of scholarship. When it comes to biblical scholarship, there are two varieties: progressive or materialists...

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Monday, 10 February 2014 22:33

Essential Doctrines (Part 4): The Atonement Through Christ - Bellator Christi

image   Have you ever noticed the attention Christmas gets and the lack of attention that Easter receives? One of the reasons behind this is due to the confrontational essence found in the doctrine of the atonement. For this doctrine, forces the individual to face his/her sin.

As the list of...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 10 February 2014 14:20

NOBTS, SBTS, and SEBTS Confess Original Guilt

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I’ve included a brief argument for original guilt below. It’s a rough summary of a paper presented by Thomas Schreiner at the National ETS Conference in Milwaukee, WI in 2012 titled “Original Sin and Original Death: Romans 5:12-19,” which is also the title of a chapter by...

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Written by Jared Moore
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:28

Reflections on the Ham vs. Nye Debate - Bellator Christi

image     Tonight (February 4th, 2014) from the Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” debated Answers in Genesis founder Ken Ham in a debate over evolution. This event was touted as the second coming of the Scopes Monkey Trial. To be honest, the...

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Tuesday, 04 February 2014 01:28

The Danger in Emphasizing The Sinner's Prayer

An Example of “The Sinner’s Prayer”:

Dear God, I know I’m a sinner. I know my sin deserves to be punished. I believe Christ died for me and rose from you grave. I trust Jesus alone as my Savior. Thank you for the forgiveness and everlasting life I now...

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Written by Jared Moore
Monday, 03 February 2014 23:09

10 Reasons Why Ministry is Not For the Faint of Heart

The blessings of ministry far outweigh the realities below; however, ministry is definitely not easy. Don’t waste your time and money going to seminary or college for pastoral training if you are not prepared for the negative aspects of ministry mentioned below. Furthermore, always...

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Written by Jared Moore
Monday, 03 February 2014 05:42

Essential Doctrines (Part 3): The Incarnation of Jesus Christ - Bellator Christi

image     The incarnation of Jesus Christ is critical in understanding the person of Jesus Christ and in understanding the salvation that comes from Jesus. It is due to aberrations of the understanding of Jesus’ identity in the movements of Jehovah Witnesses and for many in the LDS...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014 02:27

Why I Follow SBC Leaders Uncritically First and Critically Second

I am thankful for Southern Baptist leaders at our entities. I am also thankful for our elected officers. I criticize leaders and entities occasionally; just as they criticize Southern Baptists occasionally. But, when I do, I try to interact with words, statements, etc. without using logical...

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Written by Jared Moore
Monday, 27 January 2014 04:27

Essential Doctrines (Part 2): The Doctrine of Human Sin - Bellator Christi

image  What makes a Christian a Christian? In other words, what are the core fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith? In this writer’s estimation, there are eight primary doctrines that constitute one under the umbrella of Christianity. In the article “Essential Doctrines: The...

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Saturday, 25 January 2014 00:48

5 Reasons Why Pastors Should Preach on Hell

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9 Marks gives us 5 reasons why pastors should preach on Hell:

1. It’s in the Bible.

2. It acts as ballast for their ministries.

3. It reminds Christians what’s truly at stake.

4. It reminds Christians of how much Christ did at the cross.

5. It points us to the glory of God in his love,...

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Written by Jared Moore
Monday, 20 January 2014 06:56

Essential Doctrines (Part 1): The Doctrine of God's Existence - Bellator Christi

 

image     The most basic and fundamentally essential belief in the Christian worldview is the acceptance of a theistic God. This article will examine the first essential doctrine to the Christian faith: the existence of God. The article will define what the doctrine entails, why a...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 13 January 2014 06:25

What Are the Essential Doctrines that Make a Christian a Christian? - Bellator Christi

image     In recent days, many have discussed what issues part fellowship between Christians and those deemed heretics, or those who have beliefs that contradict the core principles of Christianity. Some have been caught up in the John MacArthur vs. Michael Brown debate over...

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Saturday, 11 January 2014 05:07

Speak of the Trinity Often: 4 Reasons Why

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When we speak of God in the pulpit, we should speak of the Trinity. When we speak of the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, we should speak of God. We have a responsibility to teach the whole counsel of God, and to leave out the Trinity from our pulpit ministries is to leave out the New...

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Written by Jared Moore
Friday, 10 January 2014 12:39

Testimony, Trials, and Triumph: The Demand for Apologetic Pastors - Bellator Christi

image  Today, I had the great privilege of being included in J. Warner Wallace’s list of apologetic pastors,or pastors who engage and employ apologetics in their ministry. The article can be found at http://coldcasechristianity.com/2014/why-pastors-ought-to-be-apologists/.&nbsp...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 10 January 2014 05:26

Scripture Integrity Vs. Money Security: Learning From Dr. Gordon Clark

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In 1943, Gordon H. Clark resigned from teaching at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, after serving as a professor of philosophy for six years. The Presbyterian Guardian–the official newspaper of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC)–covered the controversy. Dr. Clark wrote in his...

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Written by Jared Moore
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:57

Are You a Flesh-Pleaser?

imageRichard Baxter, a17th Century Puritan, wrote these “10 marks of a flesh-pleaser” (Source). I found them helpful. Do we use the world for the glory of God or do we use God so we can glory in the world?:

1. When a man in his desire to please his appetite, does not do it with a view...

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Written by Jared Moore
Monday, 06 January 2014 05:18

Abortion: The American Holocaust - Bellator Christi

image  Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a “holocaust” as either “a thorough destruction of life especially with the use of fire” and/or as “a mass slaughter of people” (Merriam-Webster, www.m-w.com). The term holocausthaunts me greatly. It does so because...

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Monday, 30 December 2013 04:09

Ten Great Challenges Facing the Church in 2014 - Bellator Christi

image    While many are thinking about what resolutions they wish to make for the New Year, Christians find themselves facing many difficult challenges as they face the upcoming year. Many challenges exist for the Christian church. However, one will find that the following challenges rank...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 26 December 2013 06:34

Anti-Calvinist No More: I Repented

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I grew up attending a Church of God of Prophecy in Sparta, TN with my parents and three sisters. My parents still attend Shiloh Church of God of Prophecy today. My dad is a deacon, and my mom has taught Sunday school and Children’s Church. It’s a small family church, made up of my...

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Written by Jared Moore
Thursday, 19 December 2013 04:21

The Case for the Pre-Existence of Christ: The Birthday that was Not the Beginning - Bellator Christi

Thursday, 19 December 2013 02:12

The Case for the Pre-Existence of Christ: The Birthday that was Not the Beginning - Bellator Christi

image      Recently, we celebrated my wife’s birthday. As we reach a certain age, we remember the date, but the year begins to become foggy (intentionally, of course). When one celebrates a person’s birthday, the person’s life is being celebrated. The birthday...

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Tuesday, 17 December 2013 14:27

Issues in the SBC

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I was recently interviewed by Scott Oakland at Reformed Cast about my book 10 Sacred Cows in Christianity That Need to Be Tipped. I ended up discussing several issues that I see in the SBC:

1. “Entertaining Sermons”: Some preachers pursue entertaining their hearers while preaching since...

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Written by Jared Moore
Friday, 13 December 2013 01:13

10 Truths to Help Poor Funeral Theology

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More times than not, funerals are filled with unbiblical poems, songs, and statements. We’ve all been at funerals where untrue statements were made in the name of comfort. It puzzles me that in our weakest moments, in our greatest times of need, Christians often find comfort in...

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Written by Jared Moore
Thursday, 12 December 2013 04:35

Why I Still Believe in the Virgin Birth of Christ - Bellator Christi

Here is an article that was posted last December. It lists the reasons why this writer still believes in the Virgin Birth of Christ. God bless and remember that Jesus is the reason for the holiday season.

Authors: Brian Chilton...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 09 December 2013 11:36

The Physical Ailment Theory in Regard to Paul's "Thorn in the Flesh" - Bellator Christi

image     Note: This following is a paper that was submitted for coursework at Liberty University. The paper may NOT be reused and is posted only for informational and educational purposes. If anyone chooses to falsely submit this paper as his or her own work, that person may be subject...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 02 December 2013 13:10

Is God a Sexist? Evaluating the Importance the Bible Places on Women - Bellator Christi

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Monday, 02 December 2013 13:05

Is God a Sexist? Evaluating the Importance the Bible Places on Women - Bellator Christi

image     Famed atheist Richard Dawkins writes, “the God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all of fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic,...

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Friday, 29 November 2013 05:02

Great Article for Those Wanting Evidence for the Exodus - Bellator Christi

Some have asked for evidence concerning the Exodus. Archaeologist Ted Wright has posted some interesting information concerning data in support for the Exodus. Check out his article at http://crossexamined.org/was-there-an-exodus-conquest/. A lot of the problem surrounds the dating of the...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 25 November 2013 13:56

The Art of Thanksgiving: Biblical Ways to Express Your Thanks - Bellator Christi

image   It is nearing Thanksgiving Thursday. As most prepare turkeys and dressing, mashed potatoes, yams, and the like, it is the goal of this season to be grateful and thankful for the blessings that we have received. I have noticed on social media that many have partaken upon themselves to...

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Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:10

Thank You for Helping Us Break our Goal!!! - Bellator Christi

imageIf you are reading this post, then I want to say thank you. This website has broken a goal that I had set for it months ago. The first post was issued on the launch of the website on November 25, 2012. The goal was to reach 7,000 readers by the one-year anniversary. The site has surpassed that...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Wednesday, 20 November 2013 01:10

Thank You for Helping Us Break our Goal!!! - Bellator Christi

imageIf you are reading this post, then I want to say thank you. This website has broken a goal that I had set for it months ago. The first post was issued on the launch of the website on November 25, 2012. The goal was to reach 7,000 readers by the one-year anniversary. The site has surpassed that...

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Written by Bellator Christi
Monday, 18 November 2013 13:58

Six Views on Creation and Origins - Bellator Christi

image     How did we get here? Where are we going? These are among the major questions that every human must face eventually. In modern times, six theories exist to explain the origins of the universe and humanity. For all but one, God is part of the equation. The first five balance two...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 18 November 2013 13:58

Six Views on Creation and Origins - Bellator Christi

image     How did we get here? Where are we going? These are among the major questions that every human must face eventually. In modern times, six theories exist to explain the origins of the universe and humanity. For all but one, God is part of the equation. The first five balance two...

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Written by Bellator Christi
Sunday, 17 November 2013 06:22

The Faith of Scientists: Rebuttal to Jerry A. Coyne's Article in Slate Magazine - Bellator Christi

image     There is great confusion these days on particular terms especially when it comes into the realm of theology, philosophy, and science. The term faith is thrown around with a variety of different meanings. For some, faith means a blind acceptance of...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 11 November 2013 02:03

Loving God with the Mind: Evaluating Truth Claims with Simple Logic - Bellator Christi

image     When one thinks about loving God, emotional worship is probably the first thing to come to mind. Perhaps it is a view of people shimmying and shaking. Maybe it is a different view. Maybe it is a view of someone giving of themselves to God self-sacrificially. Have you ever...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 05 November 2013 08:35

Various Forms of God's Grace - Bellator Christi

image     Many terms in the church vernacular are taken for granted. Some terms are heard so many times that their impact is lost. The term “grace” is much that way. “Grace” and “mercy” are similar words, but with distinct differences. Mercy (elee&r...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 04 November 2013 12:00

Delay in Weekly Post - Bellator Christi

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Greetings to our readers,

Due to some extenuating circumstances, this Monday’s article will be slightly delayed. I anticipate having the article “Various Forms of God’s Grace” available sometime tomorrow afternoon. I am working on some exciting topics in the weeks ahead.

 ...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 04 November 2013 12:00

Delay in Weekly Post - Bellator Christi

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Greetings to our readers,

Due to some extenuating circumstances, this Monday’s article will be slightly delayed. I anticipate having the article “Various Forms of God’s Grace” available sometime tomorrow afternoon. I am working on some exciting topics in the weeks ahead.

 ...

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Written by Bellator Christi
Monday, 28 October 2013 10:26

Living in the Age of the Laodicean Church - Bellator Christi

image     In the book of Revelation, there are seven churches that are addressed. Ephesus was the faithful church. Smyrna was the persecuted church. Pergamum was the indulgent church. Thyatira was the compromised church. Sardis was the dead church. Philadelphia was the mission-minded...

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Monday, 21 October 2013 06:19

30 Abbreviated Arguments for the Existence of God - Bellator Christi

image  Many apologists focus on a few arguments. But did you realize there are multiple arguments for the existence of God? Understand that it would be impossible for one to post an in-depth article on each of these arguments without having written a book. It is not the purpose of this article...

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Friday, 18 October 2013 14:01

THE TENEABILITY OF DIVINE PRESCIENCE IN ROMANS 8:28-30 BASED AROUND THE TERM "PROGINWSKW" - Bellator Christi

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NOTE: The following is an academic paper written by Pastor Brian Chilton. The contents of this paper are for educational purposes only. The contents of this paper have been scanned into programs that would flag any attempts for one to use the paper as their own intellectual property. Any person who...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Tuesday, 15 October 2013 04:09

If We are Here and God is God, Then Why Worry: Removing Christian Fear about Scientific Discoveries - Bellator Christi

image  In the view of many, science and religion are irreconcilable enemies. Some scientists feel this way and many religious individuals feel this way, too. This is fueled by discoveries  used by secularists to supposedly damage the faith of the faithful. One will read the...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Friday, 11 October 2013 12:11

Not So Covert Problems Concerning "The Covert Messiah" - Bellator Christi

imageThose of you who are part of Christian communities on Facebook have probably heard of a conference presented by Joseph Atwill (a self-professed Bible scholar) to be held October 19th, 2013 in London, England. Atwill claims to have discovered some Roman documents that claim that Jesus Christ was a...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 10 October 2013 04:07

The Importance of Apologetics for Pastors: Reflections on Joel Osteen's Huffington Post Interview - Bellator Christi

image There has been a lot of talk concerning Joel Osteen’s interview on the Huffington Post. Many have discussed and posted concerns over some of the comments that Osteen made. However, as I watched the video, I was struck by another reality. It did not seem that Osteen was prepared for the...

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Monday, 07 October 2013 03:17

Delay in This Week's Posts and Upcoming Articles - Bellator Christi

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Greetings to our readers!!!

This week’s posts will be delayed. I am in the process of writing a major paper for a Systematic Theology class. Also, I am preaching a revival this week and will be preparing for the messages, as well. Therefore, this week’s posts will be published towards...

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Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 30 September 2013 04:22

Signs that the New Atheist Movement May be Collapsing - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Monday, 30 September 2013 04:13

Signs that the New Atheist Movement May be Collapsing - Bellator Christi

image    Dr. William Lane Craig recently completed a tour of Australia. Within this tour, Dr. Craig debated Dr. Lawrence Krauss in a series of three debates. However, there was not much debate on the side of Krauss. Instead, there were relentless attacks upon Craig’s character. In...

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Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:41

The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout - Bellator Christi

Written by Brian Chilton
Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:37

The Kalaam Cosmological Argument: Short, Sweet, and Stout - Bellator Christi

image  Many philosophical and apologetic arguments are difficult to commit to memory. Some arguments consist of five thorough points. Sometimes these arguments are difficult to bring out especially when you are speaking to someone about the faith. However, there is one such argument that is...

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