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Okay, I lied... gonna post here some more   16 y  
Sometimes you just have to speak out, even if nobody listens.
 
I guess I don’t care anymore about being ostracised by most of the Christian community. Got to get the truth out.   visit the page



 
Notice   17 y  
last blog entry
 
I will not be posting any more to my blogs here at Curezone, and will no longer check back for any comments or messages. Please visit my website at http://theology.fether.net and click on the Blog links at the side. I will be rebuilding much of what was posted here. Thank you.   visit the page



 
Life As We Know It   17 y  
It isn't just the US that's going down
 
Jesus said, Luke 17:22 ...“The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 17:23 Then people will say to you, ‘Look, there he is!’ or ‘Look, here he is!’ Do not go out or chase after them. 17:24 For just like the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 17:25 BUT FIRST he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation. 17:26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so too it will be in the days of the Son of Man. 17:27 People were eating, t ...   read more



 
Can Faith Be Lost?   17 y  
Salvation is obtained by faith, but is it sustained by faith? And can believers stop believing?
 
This is an important issue regarding previous blog entries on ES/OSAS, since if it can be shown that faith can be lost, then either there is NOSAS or FG (Free Grace) is the correct view (see earlier articles). Conversely, if faith cannot be lost, then both FG and NOSAS are wrong. Let’s look at some passages and use the correct priniciples of exegesis to answer this question. The Bible tells of a ”weak faith” (Rom. 14), a ”vain faith” (1 Cor. 15:1-19), a ”shipwrecked faith” (1 Tim. 1:18-20) and even a ”dead (or useless, empty) faith” (James 2). The ”vain faith” was misplaced faith, i.e. ...   read more



 
Apologetics: Lesson Five (Where and When) -- conclusion   17 y  
This is a spiritual war, so where's the battle?
 
So you’ve read the Word, learned how to interpret it, and studied it. Now what? Not to sit on the sidelines, that’s for sure! Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came up and said to them,“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 28:20 teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his pow ...   read more



 
Apologetics: Lesson Four (How)   17 y  
You must know how to read and understand the Bible before you try to defend it!
 
Exegesis, determining the intended message of the author (also referred to as ”author hermeneutic”), is something you need to have a good handle on before actually giving a defense for your beliefs, which is what ”apologetics” is all about. Let’s go back to the salvation/ES issue for an example. 1 Corinthians 15 15:1 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand, 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you— unless you believed in vain. 15:3 Fo ...   read more



 
Apologetics: Lesson Three (Who)   17 y  
Blind guides and personal responsibility
 
Jesus said, ”Woe to you, blind guides...” to the religious leaders of his day, the Pharisees (Matthew 23:16). He described them as wolves in sheep’s clothing (Mt. 7:15), a problem that quickly arose in the early church (Acts 20:29). How is it that the Pharisees did not recognize their own Messiah, the people were confused about him (John 7), the disciples misunderstood him (Acts 1:6), and even his own cousin was unsure about him (Luke 7:20)? Jesus gave the answer in Luke 24:27: ”And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures conce ...   read more



 
Apologetics: Lesson Two (Why)   17 y  
Believe it or not, there is a practical use for this
 
Referring to the chart in lesson one, don’t get the idea that these categories are etched in stone and cannot overlap. You can see that some author names appear in two columns. I am mostly in the Evidentialism category but also make use of the Presuppositionalism category at times. In fact, I don’t think anyone is exempt from borrowing arguments from other categories than the primary one (s)he uses. Everyone has presuppositions, but some lean more heavily on them than others. But I want to make sure we understand the difference between deductive and inductive reasoning. Deductive reason ...   read more



 
We interrupt this lesson...   17 y  
... to bring you a view of recent events from the perspective of Bible prophecy
 
In light of all the recent speculation that the US is being deliberately betrayed by her own leaders, I thought this webpage I came across today would be of interest: http://www.thepropheticyears.com/Imminent%20Danger%20to%20the%20United%20Stat... I have only scanned it quickly and not yet read the other links, but it looks interesting.   visit the page



 
Apologetics: Lesson One (What)   17 y  
It's technical but enlighening! (no that's not an oxymoron)
 
Apologetics: A Summary of Positions   Written by Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Inc Classical Apologetics Evidentialism Presuppositionalism Reformed Epistemology Starting Point Reason, especially the classical theistic proofs: deduction  Empirical data, especially the Resurrection: induction Negatively, the inconsistency of alternatives; positively, t ...   read more



 
The Sword of the Spirit   17 y  
What the Bible says about itself
 
Ephesians 6 10 Finally, be strengthened in the Lord and in the strength of his power. 6:11 Clothe yourselves with the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. 6:13 For this reason, take up the full armor of God so that you may be able to stand your ground on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand. 6:14 Stand firm therefore, by fa ...   read more



 
John 3:16   17 y  
It's more than just a hand-written sign in a football stadium
 
Most people see those signs and just shrug their shoulders, but there’s a good reason Christians hold this verse up to the public. Let’s take a look. ”For this is the way God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” Now let’s break it down: 1- God This is YHWH we’re talking about, the God of Israel, not anyone or anything else. 2- loved God reveals his character with an attribute few other ”gods” even pretend to share, and to an extent none do... 3- the world Some people claim God only love ...   read more



 
Just a Hunch   17 y  
Prophecy, global disaster, and timing
 
I have read reports of impending global disaster for decades, and taken many with a grain of salt. But I always keep an eye on current events in light of Bible prophecy. One thing I’ve learned is that God always prepares his people for what is about to happen, sometimes decades in advance. Well, it’s been decades. Before WWII, anyone who believe Israel would ever again be a nation (as many Bible scholars did) was viewed with contempt, yet arise they did, as of 1948. That was a major prophetic sign. Since then we’ve seen efforts at a working global government accelerated, along with a ...   read more



 
Minority Report   17 y  
The danger of following the crowd
 
In accordance with Bible prophecy, today’s churches are filled with more heresy than truth. We have ”word of faith” (or ”name it and claim it”), spiritual warfare, Manifest Sons, ”slain in the spirit”, ”signs and wonders”, prayer walking, the Labyrinth, promises, purposes, and programs of all kinds. Where’s the beef? False teachers are no longer content with their own flocks, they’ve gotten into marketing. If anyone tries to expose their unBiblical nonsense they are called ”heresy hunters” or worse. But God has never been in the business of counting beans, but cultivating character. ...   read more



 
ES Q and A   17 y  
Got questions about eternal security? Here's a few to start; more to be added as they come in.
 
Q: Jesus’ sacrifice only pays for sins you committed before you got saved; every sin after that time must be confessed and repented of or you will be lost. What if you die before you repent? • A: This turns salvation by faith into salvation by works. It is nonsense to think you only get saved by faith the first time but must maintain it by works (see Galatians 3). And if every sin means a loss of salvation, then Jesus’ sacrifice was a complete waste of time, because we all sin, even after placing faith in Jesus. Jesus didn’t just make a down payment on sin, he paid it in full! (”It is fi ...   read more



 
Eternal Security   17 y  
Can salvation ever be lost?
 
Few issues in Christianity are more hotly debated than the concept of Eternal Security (ES), also known as Once Saved Always Saved (OSAS, the opposite being called Conditional Security [CS] or NOSAS). Drawing on the Biblical phrase of a "shipwrecked faith" (1 Timothy 1:19), here is an analogy illustrating several views of the issue of whether people who are truly saved can fail to reach heaven. Sailors are given a free ship and told it will take them to an island paradise. They are promised to reach their destination, but if they do so with the ship intact, they will be ...   read more



 
The Gift   17 y  
We say that salvation cannot be earned because it is a gift, but let's take a look at all the Bible says about this Gift.
 
Acts 11:17 Therefore if God gave them the same gift as he also gave us after believing in the Lord Jesus Christ , who was I to hinder God?” 11:18 When they heard this, they ceased their objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted the repentance that leads to life even to the Gentiles.” Romans 5:11 Not only this, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received this reconciliation. 5:15 But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if the many died through the transgression of the one man, how much m ...   read more



 
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