Category: Bible Study

Church Standards vs. Law – Are they really the same thing?

If you church teaches dress and behavior standards that you must abide by in your own personal life, while not at church, they have made new Laws of salvation. This is legalism at its purest and darkest form.

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Obey them that have the Rule over you?

Does the Bible teach unquestioned loyalty to a man? Or is our Loyalty supposed to be to Jesus Christ? Some groups think it is to the Pastor.

My Response to an Apostoloc Pentecostal on John 3:8

Have you ever been told ‘You must Speak in Tongues in order to be saved’? Have you had the same Scriptures shot-gunned at you about the topic, like John 3:8 where Jesus told Nicodemus, “Everyone that is born of the spirit will speak in tongues!” Only problem – that isn’t what Jesus told Nicodemus…

Baptism: Does how you are Baptized Matter?

Some say the method of how you are baptized, and the words spoke at your baptism determines whether or not God honors it. Is Baptism like a magic spell that must be incanted perfectly or it will be rejected? Or is it a matter of faith and dependence on Christ? Let’s discover the truth!

Pastoral Authority: What are the limits?

Does a Pastor have Apostolic Authority? Does he have the right to demand your obedience to his commands, or is the role of a pastor to command obedience to Christ? The real test is this: Is your loyalty to Christ alone, or are you Loyal to Christ through your Pastor?

Video: Charismatic Speaking in Tongues or Gibberish?

Is speaking in tongues, as we saw in Acts 2 fulfilled again by modern Charismatic and other Pentecostal churches, or is it just gibberish?

The Traumatic Damage of Bad Religion, Pentecostalism (Oneness) and Cults, and Healing

Over the weekend I went looking for more books to read. Last week I found the History of Early Christianity and have been enjoying reading through that. This weekend I found the book Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome. This is not a mockery of PTSD, or other trauma-related issues, but seemingly a mirror […]

Did Jesus tell you to be Right, or to be like Him?

Is your Christian Walk all about being right, and proving it to other people? Is your mission to connect with people and develop friendships that could turn to witnessing about Christ, or is your purpose to bash enough people with Jesus until one submits and then, and only then, they can be your friend? Do you have to ‘perform’ to gain approval of your elders and leaders? If so, it might not be Christ’ mission you are following.

When you worship and pray, are you being judged on your performance? If so, you also must perform to

Do you know an Aggressive, Militant Christian who is unlike Christ?

Westboro Baptists, Oneness Pentecostals, and many other Christian sects often do not reflect the man they claim to follow, Jesus. In the words of Ghandi, Christians are often unlike Christ. One popular video is called, ‘Lord, save us from your followers’. Why is this? Should Christians feel justified in being judgmental and rude for the sake of their ‘Gospel’?

Sacrifice or Sacrament? When Grace isn’t Enough. Introduction to Galatians

Are you trusting in the sacrifice of Jesus upon the cross for your redemption, or the self work of sacraments, ordinances, laws, formulas and rituals to get and stay saved? Does your pastor demand obedience to His Commandments, or only Christ’ commandments? Paul tells us exactly what we should trust in in the Book of Galatians.