A letter to my friends who value personal experience over Scripture:

Dear Friends,

I’m writing this because I’ve noticed that some of you are involved with what I’ll call “new and unusual” faith groups. When others ask you about unscriptural beliefs and practices, I’ve heard you say (often in a condescending tone)

“It’s not your theology or doctrine that matters, it’s your heart. You need Jesus in your heart, not your head. True believers are known by their fruit not their doctrine.”

Um, . . . well, . . . of course!  No one’s arguing against loving Jesus and having a deep personal relationship with Him!  No one is saying that the true followers of Jesus are not known by their fruit! My friends, those are basic doctrines. People who value the Bible already agree with these statements because, well, they’re in the Bible!

What you’re missing here is that the reason loving believers are questioning what you are teaching, believing, and doing is precisely because we do have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ! It is because of that relationship and because we love you that we are trying to tell you that many of your beliefs and actions directly contradict the Bible!     

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Cults and false teachers frequently condemn “doctrine,” and far too many people fall for this.  It is often used as an insult, as in “They follow doctrine, but we love Jesus.” 

That idea is nonsense!  What do these people think doctrine is? 

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The Dignity of Women

I am participating in a Live Streaming course offered by God’s Word to Women College. The course is called Paul, Women and the Church and is taught by Dr. Susan Hyatt and Dr. Eddie Hyatt.  During the fourth lesson, Paul and the Mighty Women of Macedonia, Dr. Eddie Hyatt mentioned someone who called the Christian Gospel “The Gospel that gives dignity to women.”  This is a wonderfully accurate description of the New Testament message regarding women.  In New Testament times, as now, there were wives, mothers, business women, leaders, and women of ill repute.  No matter how high or low their status was in society, they were considered, by most people at that time, of less importance than a man of similar social rank.  But when they committed their lives to Jesus Christ, God’s own Holy Spirit began to live in them!

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End Times Theology (Eschatology)

Recently, a friend asked me what I thought about various views of the end times.  After reviewing relevant scripture, commentaries, books, and articles, I’ve come to some definite conclusions.  Before I discuss my conclusions, I want to make it clear that I respect the time and effort that so many people have put into their study and analysis of eschatological issues.  There is value in the study of prophecy and eschatology, and each of the end times perspectives I mention below have scriptural support and provide valuable insight for believers.  However, as a review of relevant web sites will show, disagreement regarding these issues sometimes leads to harshness toward those with different interpretations.  That’s why I am addressing the controversy.  more ...

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