When is a Believer Saved by Grace and Raised with Christ?

When is a believer saved by grace and made alive being raised with Christ? 

Ephesians 2:4-6, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with ChristRaisedby grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” (ESV).

Must a believer die with Christ to be made alive with Him? Continue reading

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Thirteen Reasons Why Atheistic “Science” is Unreliable

Atheistic Science

There are at least thirteen reasons that atheistic “science” is unreliable and incompetent.

  1. Morality – Secular science is limitless in moral boundaries.
  2. Motives – Atheistic science is free from a corrective for pure motives.
  3. Rights – Secular science excludes the conviction that the Creator endowed humanity with equality and unalienable rights. Continue reading
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Two Bible Verses that Answer: “What Did Jesus Say about Same-sex Marriage?”

Verse about Same-sex Marriage

What did Jesus say about same-sex marriage?

But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother, and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate. (Mark 10:6-9 NASB; cf. Matt 19:4-6)

What did Jesus say about sex outside of marriage, which is called fornication?

That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, Continue reading

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How the New Testament Came Together

Secrets remain hidden in plain sight within the Biblical texts. How the New Testament came together is one such mystery. In the name of “scholarship”, the formation of the New Testament scriptures is conjectured to have originated by councils of professing Christians in the fourth century. Yet, the truth has been covered up by false assumptions. By giving attention directly to the scriptures, the New Testament itself will refute the myths that its formation originated by councils of an orthodox catholic hierarchy in the 4th century, rather the collection of the New Testament originated under the guidance of
Jesus’ Apostles and prophets in the 1st century.

The Apostles oversaw the collection of the New Testament scriptures. Distributing doctrinal letters between Christians was an early practice (Acts 15:22-25, 30). Paul’s missionary journeys covered large areas across the known world, so that the spreading of these writings covered a vast area. The message of Jesus had been spread throughout the world in the 1st century even before the epistle was written to the Colossians in AD 61-63 (Col. 1:5-6, 23) and before the letter to the Romans in AD 57-58 (Rom. 1:8, 10:18-20, 16:25-26). All of those addressed by Paul’s epistles show that his letters were sent to numerous places throughout the nations.

Paul did not intend for his writings to only be to those explicitly addressed. According to the Apostle Peter, all of Paul’s letters were written to Continue reading

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Turning the Tables Over on Skepticism

Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Cl 4.5-6, cf. 1 Pe 3.15).

A) Moral Skepticism

  • “People should decide for themselves right from wrong.”

Response:

  • “Is the only moral standard yours & those you agree with?”
  • “Is that an objective moral standard or can others decide that standard is wrong?”
  • “What is it called when one’s righteousness comes from oneself?”

B) Scientific Skepticism

  • “The natural world is all that there is.”

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How to Establish the Canonicity of the Scriptures Using ONLY the Scriptures

Between 65-180 A.D., early church writers cited and extensively refer to only the 27 books of the New Testament (cf. Clement, Polycarp, Irenaeus). As ancient commentaries and witnesses of Christ’s witnesses, these early writers delivered the Christian scriptures with named authors without any opponents rejecting their authorship. Not to exclude the historical evidence of early church writers and beyond, the canonicity of the New Testament scriptures can be established internally by the scriptures. The scriptures reveal that the scriptures were collected under the oversight of Christ’s Apostles in the 1st century.

Look attentively that the Apostle John wrote “And these things we write to you”. John said “we write” in the present tense in reference to the Apostles, who were writing. John said “we” within the context of stating, “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, the formation of the New Testamentconcerning the Word of life — the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness” (1 Jn 1.1-4). Apparently, John noted that the Apostles were writing their accounts of the Word, Jesus Christ, for which John recorded that Jesus said they would be guided unto all Truth by the Spirit (Jn 14.26, 15.26, 16.12-13).

Next, Peter said that “all” of Paul’s writings are scripture being a part of “the other scriptures” (2 Pe 3.15-16). In the same epistle, Peter also spoke of “the prophecy of scripture” guided by the Holy Spirit, which must include Paul’s writings (2 Pe 3.15-16). Look carefully at Peter’s words. Peter is not simply speaking of Paul’s writings and all other prophetic writings of the Old Testament (cf. 1 Pe 1.10-11). Peter was speaking of Continue reading

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Does Research Prove that Christian Children Struggle to Distinguish Fact from Fiction?

Are Christian children delusional? The author of the Huffington Post article, “Children Exposed To Religion Have Difficulty Distinguishing Fact From Fiction, Study Finds”, would have you think that Christian children unlike secular children cannot identify fictional stories including talking animals. Although, the referenced study did not include telling children stories of talking animals. Furthermore, this post exposes such prejudice by examining that study. Secular prejudice is exposed by such examples of twisting research. In fact, the research showed that nonreligious children had to be taught to be anti-religious and anti-God to not believe in God. The fact that so many secularists are jumping on to this story shows their gullible bias against God and Christians. Continue reading

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Bible Verses and More Against Abortion

The living human fetus has a beating heart, active brainwaves, and a personal genetic code. When this human life is aborted, the child is cruelly killed by shredding tissue, crushing bone, and dismemberment. Adoption is another way. Save a life. God help us to repent. This article provides numerous scriptures against abortion.

How can church hierarchies support this “choice”? What do you think of such cruel slaughter? In the U.S., most mainline “Christian” denominations support the choice of abortion. Many denominations and some with deviant bodies within have even formed another ecumenical sect called the “Religious Coalition for Reproduction Choice”. The churches of Christ stand against the cruel slaughter of unborn human life.

Search “how to cause” online and find an automatic completion saying “how to cause a miscarriage”. In other words, how to have abuse the life within the womb, so that the child dies. Any society murdering their children is certainly selfish, corrupt, and morally pretentious. The nation of Continue reading

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Why Reconsider that Repentance is Necessary for Salvation?

God calls all people everywhere to repent (Ac 17.30). Peter wrote in 2 Peter 3.9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Furthermore, Jesus said in Luke 24.46-47, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’” This is the Gospel to the Nations that is described, “Then God has also granted to the Nations repentance to life” (Ac 11.18). Jesus said, “I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance” (Lk 5.32). Were you called to repent?

Many of us may have a misconception of what repentance is. Sorrow is not repentance (2 Co 7.9-10). Changing behavior without changing the mind is not repentance. Changing the mind without Continue reading

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How Can the Church Do More to Spread the Gospel?

What does the world need to know about Christ? Are we as Christians ready to spread the Gospel? Do we have tracts at hand and verses in mind? Are we prepared at all times to present the Truth?

Jesus did say, “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad” (Mt 12.30). When should gather via evangelism – at work, in the park, or only in the church building? These are certainly matters that we should consider. Are we gathering with Christ or are we against Him? The purpose of the church is to “proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Pe 2.9).

Here were some points to consider increase our evangelism: Continue reading

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A Wake Up Call from Jesus

“Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation”, said Jesus as He returned from prayer in the garden (Lk 22.46). Jesus told His disciples to pray that they not enter into temptation, but now, an armed crowd came to arrest Jesus. When is an inopportune to time to listen to Jesus?

Many people do not listen to Jesus, and they think they are heaven bound. They reason that good people go to Heaven. If good people go to Heaven, then who needs Jesus and who needs God? Regarding being good, Jesus said, “No one is good but One, that is, God” (Mk 10.18). He also said,… Read more.

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