Category: Bible Study

Is Malachi 3 after the New Testament Church? Are we misusing it?

To me, it has become abundantly clear, that the use of Malachi 3 to teach and propel a message of Tithing into the New Testament church is a misappropriation of Scripture. While Paul taught clearly in II Corinthians 9:6-7 that God loves a cheerful giver, and that our reaping will be commensurate with our sowing, he equally taught that our giving was no longer obligatory (tax, tithe) and that we were to give as we felt led to in our heart.

Review of “Broken Trust” by F. Remy Diederich

Originally posted on Faith after Deception:
It is unusual for pastors to speak out with compassion on the subject of spiritual abuse.¬† More often than not, church leaders and members prefer to defend their own denomination fiercely, unable to hear the cries of those who have been wounded by it.¬†…

Does ‘Long Hair’ Mean ‘Uncut’ Hair? Nope.

Does Paul’s teaching on Women having Long Hair and Men having Short Hair teach that men are supposed to crop their hair short and women are to NEVER cut their hair as some teach?

Is the Pastor taking your Spouse?

Should I follow the pastor instead of my husband? Does the pastor take precedence over the husband in family matters and decisions? Should I follow my husband if he decides to leave the church to attend another church?

Out of Context: Touch Not My Anointed Ones

Context is everything. Systematic studies in theologies and doctrines, proper hermeneutics and correct understanding of Biblical or any other ancient/historical writings require it. Context is a way for us to determine a few important purposes that surround writings. Who was it written by, who was it written to, and what […]

What is Holiness?

To some, Holiness is a person, or a position, the Pope. To others, Holiness is a dress standard and a laundry list of abstinence to certain things and behavior. To others, it is penance, ritual and practice. But what if Holiness is none of that?

How do you define a ‘Cult’?

How do you define a cult? How do you accurately determine if a group is just different, strange, or its actually a religious cult? This defines my criterion.

The Juxtaposition of Christ and Christianity Part #3

Kings & Kingdoms
It is by no means a modern phenomenon within Christendom to have puppet leaders in bully pulpits. Indeed, looking back in history, this was a normal modus operandi of Christian leaders, turning ‘oversight’ into ‘control’.

The Juxtaposition of Christ and Christianity Part #2

There are churches that have split over carpet color, there are churches where people are excluded who don’t dress right, and churches were people who should never be included (sexually criminal behavior) because they dress right. Irony is a never-ending problem when it comes to humans and religion.

The Juxtaposition of Christ and Christianity Part #1

The longer I have been removed from organized religion the starker the contrast between the message of Christianity and the visible church (application) of Christianity has become to me. As I study the history of¬†fundamentalism, evangelicalism and the later rise of the charismatic movement (more on that to come in […]