Simplifying Gospel Terminology

As the 2020 Presidential elections quickly approach, the US political war is intensifying. Sometimes, I consider my wife lucky that she's not a US citizen and can't vote. But then again, she's got her own political hands full with UK politics bringing an election even faster as Brexit hangs in the balance. These political issues give everyone something to debate, complain about, and place hope in. While terminology like healthcare, taxes, economy, military, and morality take center stage for many people, these are small things compared to the political unrest that is going on in many other parts of the world. These issues are truly important. All of your worldly problems at some point probably come down to politics! Why can't the other side just stop being so selfish?! Well, I have good news... I have the solution! And not just your problems, but the problems of the whole world. Yes, I am literally talking about world peace. The solution I'm talking about is the G…

The Error of Faith Alone

At the cornerstone of modern Christian teaching is frequently the doctrine that salvation is by faith alone. However, many of the scriptures I gave in my last post assert that there are requirements for salvation beyond simply having faith, such as baptism, performing miracles, and righteousness. That’s flying dangerously close to what some would consider heretical -- preaching that salvation is obtained through works. The scriptures in support of salvation by faith and not by works seem to be plentiful. So is the there an error in the faith alone doctrine, or are all the scriptures I presented last time somehow wrong? Let's take a look at the faith alone argument in detail and see if we can get all this sorted out.
Are we justified by faith alone? One of the classic Bible passages upholding the importance of faith is Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may …

Are you actually saved?

In my last post, we discussed the righteous and loving judgement of God. Many church goers suppose that this judgement doesn’t apply to them because they are saved by grace through faith. This idea is reinforced by one of the most beloved and quoted verses in the Bible:
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Salvation sounds easy enough, right? It’s no wonder this is one of the most famous Bible verses. But this is not the only thing the Bible has to say about your salvation! Is entering eternity with the Father actually that easy?
Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (Matthew 7:13) Jesus didn’t sound too optimistic, did he? Perhaps it’s worthwhile to take our time to evaluate our …

How could a loving God condemn people to the lake of fire?

The question of how a loving God could condemn people to the lake of fire is one of those questions that Christians have a hard time understanding and unbelievers have a hard time accepting. There seems to be a paradox in the ways we describe God: God is on one hand, the loving, merciful Father who forgives sin and wants everyone to be saved; and on the other hand, an angry, wrathful Judge, hell bent on punishing anyone who doesn’t perfectly uphold his impossible standards. There’s the God who is like your selfless high school teacher who would sacrifice anything to see you succeed, and the God who is like your angry boss who finds fault in everything you do. So, how do we reconcile these two extremes? How could a loving God condemn people to the lake of fire?
Justice for Gerald Gerald was an older gentleman who lived alone. He was beyond his working years and had outlived his wife and relatives. But he wasn’t unhappy or lonely; he got along great with his neighbors. He lived in a po…

Is it Wrong to Celebrate Christmas?

It's been a long time since my last post. But in my defense, wow, a lot has been happening in my life! In the past few months, I moved to a new country, got married to my fiancée, done some travelling, and got my wife's immigration clearance to move back home completed. Meanwhile, I've been studying and praying about my next blog series which I've learned a lot from and can't wait to share it soon. It's going to be good!!! But before that, here we are with the Christmas season already upon us. It got me wondering, is it wrong to celebrate Christmas? For what it's worth, I thought I would share my personal view on this increasingly controversial topic.

My Facebook feed is filled with Christmas messages -- some rejoicing in Jesus' birth; others saying it's wrong because Satan is celebrating its pagan origins. I fall somewhere in the middle of these two views. Or, to be more accurate, I disagree with both sides. Let me tell you why.

Pagan influence is…

How Do I Overcome My Spiritual Enemy?

In my last post, we discussed the strategies of our spiritual enemy against us. Now you might be asking, "how do I overcome my spiritual enemy?" First, you have to understand that even believers can have demons. Don't believe me? 
Paul wrote about the thorn in his flesh in several letters, and many believers have speculated what it could be. But there’s really no mystery here. He told us very clearly that the thorn in his flesh was an evil spirit:
“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me—to keep me from exalting myself! Concerning this I implored the Lord three times that it might leave me. And He has said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weakness…

Spiritual Warfare 101

I’ve been thinking a lot about spiritual warfare. Five minutes on the internet will reveal so many possible opinions on what spiritual warfare actually is, from prayer to God to fighting off demons. You’ll find people who are adamant demons can’t touch followers of Jesus, to Christians who blame demons for every little hardship, and even people who say demons aren’t real and never existed. Most of these opinions are based on speculation and personal experience, influenced by tradition, and sometimes have a bit of obscure scripture references mixed in. So that I’m not just adding my voice to the choir of disagreement, I'd like to share some thoughts on this by ignoring what we think we know and getting back to the basics of spiritual warfare 101, basing everything on scripture alone.

The whole idea of spiritual warfare come from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. That’s where we’ll begin. He wrote:
"Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of…
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