Does God want Christians to leave their denominations?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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What is the church? When we say church today, we often think of a triangular shaped building with a cross on top of it, but that doesn’t appear to be what the church is according to Scripture. Let’s observe the following scriptures. Colossians 1:18 “He (Jesus) is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.” Ephesians 1:22-23 “And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, which is His (Jesus) body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 4:4 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;” So what can be the conclusions that seem apparent in these verses on the church? The church is the body of Christ, and there is one body of Christ which people become a part of upon salvation. So in the middle of us being a part of one Body of Christ, where did all these denominations come from? (more…)

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Are Christians once saved always saved?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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I’ve found myself somewhat curious about this throughout my journey of discovering scriptural truth. I know some people say yes and some people say no, but fortunately since we have scripture, it’s my conclusion it can give us all the answers we need to know on major theological concerns without too much speculation. As I say often, it’s important for a Christian to always go by all of the scripture on everything as much as possible, and align themselves in agreement with it, because the scripture should always have the final say on one’s understanding of things (2 Tim 3:16). With that said, let’s start from the beginning of how one first of all gain’s salvation to even potentially lose it in the first place. (more…)

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What is God’s plan for my life?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

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What is God’s plan for my life? Such a common question asked by many of professed Christians, but yet many fail to find that answer staring right back at them in Scripture. It’s somewhat of a pet peeve of mine that some expect God to have a specific designated special plan for their life as if they’re destined to achieve some kind of grand self-fulfilling purpose especially made for them. Students of the Word, I challenge you to recognize that your purpose in life is not specific, but in actuality quite general. We’ve all been given a general purpose as followers of Christ to fulfill God’s will (which is to say his desire that we commit ourselves to obeying His instructions of us in Scripture) and to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (more…)

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Interpretation of Romans 7

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Romans 7:4 “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.” Hello again fellow Scripture students. Well, Romans 7 has easily been the most complicated chapter to understand thus far in studying this letter. It’s quite a fascinating piece of text. I’ll tell you that the way that I always try to approach understanding difficult material, is I try to come to a conclusion of whatever the main point that appears to be being stated, as well as follow context to maintain as close to an accurate understanding as possible. (more…)

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Lessons from Romans 6

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Romans 6:3-4 “Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.” Hello fellow Scripture students. Let’s dive into some Romans 6, shall we? When we last left off in Romans 5, Paul discussed how we have eternal life through Jesus Christ, and as we continue following along in this next chapter, he details part of the process of how we’ve obtained that. He begins off by stating that in spite of grace, we should not continue in sin. Romans 6:1-2 states, “What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?” (more…)

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Is the church required to tithe?

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

I thought I’d switch things up today and figured this might be an interesting topic to discuss. We’ll continue with Romans in my next post discussing chapter 6. I’ve kind of had my own curiosities about tithing growing up, so I thought it would be good to address this and share my conclusions based on the Scripture. Growing up, I was always made to believe from probably watching most televangelists that tithing was something that every follower of Christ had to do. I didn’t necessarily understand why, but I thought when I became an adult, that was something I was going to have to be finanically prepared to do as well. So it was just something I was going to be set on doing as I think my parents did as well, though I never actually asked if the exact amount they were giving in the collection plate was a tenth. (more…)

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Lessons from Romans 5

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Some very true words indeed. As I’ve written on each of these chapters, I’ve found that I’ve really had to think about this material in order that I can relay it back to you all as I write these posts. One really does learn more when they take it upon themselves to teach what they’ve come to understand. Some verses in these chapters have been pretty simple to explain; while other verses have taken me a few hours to read through a few times in order to carefully understand what’s being stated. I think in taking time with the text, particularly with parts that you don’t immediately understand, you’re less likely to come to a conclusion based off of your own biases or assumptions, and more likely to come to a conclusion based off of what the text is telling you. (more…)

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Observations on Romans 3 and 4

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Romans 3:9 “What then? Are we any better off? No not at all; for we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under the power of sin,” In the next chapters of Romans, we see Paul continuing to assert that all will be held equally accountable to God, regardless if they are Jewish or not. As we can see in verse 9, Paul tells the Jews they are no better off, and are under the power of sin just as the Greeks. He emphasizes this point by quoting from Psalms 14:1 in verse 10 stating, “as it is written There is no one who is righteous, not even one;” As Paul will detail later in this chapter, all need the grace that can only be obtained through Jesus Christ. (more…)

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Thoughts on Romans 1

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Hello my fellow students of the Word. Forgive me for being less consistent in my writing the last couple of days. I was surprised I was able to keep up about 17 consecutive days of posting thoughtful Scriptural content. Though due to other things I’ve had to manage in life, my consistency has waned a little. I’m also in the midst of engaging in some Scriptural studies at the moment over different topics such as the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, as well as just trying to absorb everything I read in Paul’s letters. I hope I can share all the information I learn and develop a conclusion on when I feel confident that I’ve reviewed and pondered most of everything on these topics. It’s all really fascinating stuff that it’s a shame some of the predominant influences of cultural Christianity today won’t preach on this like they’re supposed to (2 Tim 4:2). Instead they brainwash people to view reading the Word as merely secondary, and super spiritual experiences as primary. (more…)

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The Necessity of Baptism for Salvation (Part 2)

Last updated on October 10th, 2019

Today I thought I’d go through some more common arguments used against baptism being a necessity for salvation. I’ve already went over a few of the most common ones, which you’re welcome to read in my post titled “The Necessity of Baptism for Salvation” on my home page. It’s a very important issue given that if those who’ve deceived people into believing it’s not necessary are wrong, millions of souls hang in the balance. So in doing my part to continue to advance the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, I’m prepared to debunk any and all arguments that have no Scriptural validity. (more…)

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