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

Tuesday, 28 January 2020 14:18

What Is The Bond Between Truth And Life?

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        Truth and life are intimately related things. Both realities are rooted in the existence of God. That is where truth and life find their fullness, purpose, and fulfillment. Truth and life are inextricably united. Jesus Christ affirmed regarding Himself, "I am the way and...

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         -"Adoptionism, either of two Christian heresies: one developed in the 2nd and 3rd centuries and is also known as Dynamic Monarchianism (see Monarchianism); the...

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Sunday, 26 January 2020 07:17

Commentary On Revelation 3:15

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The deeds of the Laodicean Christians manifested their heart attitude. They were neither cold nor hot in their love for God, just lukewarm. Beverages are better either cold or hot. Similarly the Lord would rather that His people be cold or hot in their love for Him, not apathetic. The Laodiceans...

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Friday, 24 January 2020 15:50

Should Churches Use Wine Or Grape Juice In Communion?

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        -Churches in New Testament times undoubtedly used wine for communion in observing the ordinance of the Lord's Supper (1 Corinthians 11:20-22).        -Either wine or grape juice is acceptable for use in communion, since both are derived from the same...

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Friday, 24 January 2020 15:48

A Baptismal Regeneration Proof Text Bites The Dust

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"Early in church history when the Greek New Testament was being translated into Latin, the Latin word renatus (“born again”) was incorrectly used to translate the Greek word gennēthē (“born”) in John 3:5, rather than the correct Latin word natus...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 15:26

Papal Proof Texts Bite The Dust

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"The earlier exegetical history of Matt. 16:18-19, Luke 22:32, and John 21:15-17 was largely out of step with the primatial (papal) interpretation of these passages...The mainstream of exegesis followed an agenda set forth by patristic precedent, especially Augustine, but also other Western...

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Monday, 20 January 2020 15:53

The Spurious Nature Of Mary's Bodily Assumption

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Thus, the Transitus literature is the real source of the teaching of the assumption of Mary and Roman Catholic authorities admit this.59 It was partially through these writings that teachers in the East and West began to embrace and promote the teaching. But it still took several centuries for...

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Sunday, 19 January 2020 13:13

Receiving The Holy Spirit By Faith

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        In Galatians 3:2, Paul is referring to the moment when the Christians at Galatia were first converted. They believed in their hearts as a result of hearing the gospel message that the apostle had delivered. Human efforts are not to be added to faith as a means of...

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Saturday, 18 January 2020 14:04

Moloch At The Colosseum

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If you visit the Colosseum in Rome, where thousands of Christians were martyred, you will pass at the entrance an enormous image of Moloch, the gruesome Canaanite deity that demanded the sacrifice of infants and small children.The idol, modeled after a depiction in the classic silent film Cabiria,...

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It's not unusual for Catholics who want to express disagreement with something I've written to play the Matthew 16:18 trump card.That's where -- unlike in the same story told in Mark and Luke -- Jesus says, "You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church." One Catholic reading is that Jesus...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 13:39

A Question For Pro-Choice Advocates

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        If abortion is permissible, then what is the purpose or reason for using contraceptives?

Authors: Jesse...

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Friday, 17 January 2020 13:24

Commentary On Isaiah 9:6-7

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[Isaiah 9] 6-7 The Gift-Child in this passage is certainly to be understood as the same person as the Immanuel who appeared earlier. The Child is certainly none other than the virgin's son. Contrasted with the Syrian-Ephraimitic coalition, this Child brings deliverance to the people of God. Again,...

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Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:59

Commentary On Romans 4:3-8

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[Romans 4:3] As a Hebrew, a rabbi, a Sanhedrinist and a Pharisee, Paul knew exactly how to settle a Jewish argument. He could have debated the point, but instead he says, For what saith the scripture? This is a lesson we all should learn well. Whenever we are asked for a moral, ethical, or eternal...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 14:51

Commentary On Exodus 6:3

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[Exodus] 6:3 By my name the Lord. The account of the patriarchs contains references to God as "God Almighty" as well as the Lord (Gn 17:1-2; 28:3; 35:11; 12:8; 49:18). This verse could suggest (especially as translated in the RSV) the Lord as an appellative designation for God was unknown prior to...

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020 08:28

Commentary On Exodus 3:14

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"[Exodus] 3:14 I am who I am. This sentence was to be Moses' reply when the Israelites would demand proof that he spoke by the authority of "the God of your fathers" and ask: "What is His name?" In one respect God did not answer the question. He has no name like Osiris, Marduk, or Apollo. No...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:24

Bad Catholic Apologetics On Ephesians 2:8-9

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          -Quite simply, the purpose of this article is to rebut assertions made by Catholic Nick on the meaning of boasting in Ephesians 2:8-9. Following are a handful of excerpts from the author alongside with a critique:
        "Protestants...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 15:04

Catholic Nick's Contorted Reading Of Philippians 3:8-9

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          -Quite simply, the purpose of this article is to rebut a number of claims that Catholic Nick has made regarding the text of Philippians 3:8-9 as it relates to imputation. Following are excerpts from the author alongside with a critique:
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Monday, 13 January 2020 14:51

A Biblical Dilemma For Catholic Eucharist Theology

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        "As sacrifice, the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God." (CCC # 1414)        Interestingly, Hebrews 9:8-9 tells us that sacrifices and gift...

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"The situation with New Testament textual criticism is entirely different: Virtually no conjectural emendation is required because of the great wealth, diversity, and age of the materials we have.5 Most New Testament scholars would say that there are absolutely no places where conjecture is...

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        "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth." (Philippians 2:10)
        One observation that should be made regarding this passage is how it clearly parallels Exodus...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 09:50

Commentary On 1 John 4:10

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Herein is love,.... The love of God, free love, love that cannot be matched: herein it is manifested, as before; this is a clear evidence of it, an undoubted proof, and puts it out of all question:not that we loved God: the love of God is antecedent to the love of his people; it was when theirs was...

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 09:34

Commentary On 1 John 2:2

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And he is the propitiation for our sins. Mark the ‘and’ which here once more introduces a new thought intended to obviate perversion. Though Christ is not said to be a ‘righteous Advocate,’ yet His advocacy must represent a righteous cause. He pleads His own atonement; that...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 14:01

A Few Thoughts On Gospel Genre And Why It Matters

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"If we are searching for a literary model readily available for our Gospel authors—three of whom were Jews—then we might ask why we would look to the broader Greco-Roman context when “much closer to hand is the Hebrew Bible” (Reading the Gospels Wisely, 26).Or, as Loveday...

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Saturday, 04 January 2020 12:44

Tim Staples On Mary Being Queen Of Heaven

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          -Catholic apologist Tim Staples wrote an article attempting to substantiate from Scripture the notion of Mary being queen of heaven, resorting to Old Testament typology. Quite simply, the purpose of this article is to show that his claims are vacuous....

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Friday, 03 January 2020 12:59

Jesus Christ Is The Bread Of Life

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"If you want eternal life, eating is necessary. You can’t just come and admire. You have to eat, which is to believe fully. But eating is in response to hunger. So, the people who eat are the people who are what? Hungry! What is hunger? It’s the aching of the heart of one who knows...

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