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Works Alone

“I don’t have to get my healing from sin myself - Jesus got it for me.” This is a quote from Pastor David Crank. It seems harmless at first look, but after listening to Pastor Crank for a few minutes, I believe he meant that now and forevermore Jesus has “healed” him from all sin without him doing any more than saying a single prayer. This is the most common view of Christian salvation today. Too bad you cannot find…

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Reforming the Reformers

There are three works and then three persons, with only one known to history, who had a direct effect on the minds of the early reformers and on the beginning of the reformation of the Catholic religion. The first of these was Dutch, the second German, and the last English. The short title form of the first of these was Imitation of Christ by Thomas `a Kempis (1380–1471). This book was very well known and effected nearly all of the…

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Where Did All the Denominations come From – Seeds of Reformation

Then a dispute arose among them as to which of them would be the greatest. And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a little child and set him next to him, and said: “Whoever receives this little child in my name receives me; and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For the one who is the least among you all will be the greatest.” (Luke 9: 46 – 48). “I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes…

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Where Did All of the Denominations Come From? The Catholic Schism

It is really not an overstatement nor an understatement to say that Catholicism (the Eastern and Western versions) was on its way to overtaking all of true Christianity by 800. All of the remaining digressive churches from the Iberian Peninsula in the west out to Persia in the east, and up to what would become Germany had by the twelfth century ceded their authority either to Rome or in part to Constantinople. And the imperial popes of Rome were assuming…

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Logic and Analysis from Dead Scholars

 There is a well-accepted theory around today that the book of Revelation appeared right at the close of the first century. The theory is not as new as some folks may think because it actually dates back to the late second century. And as with many things, it seems to me that we would do well to recall what the writer of Ecclesiastes said, “There is nothing new under the sun.”  In general, rather than paying attention to the signs…

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He Has The Moves

The pastor’s name is Deitrick Haddon, and he is a preacher only in the loosest sense of the word. He is a “gospel” rock performer (what the press on the Left Coast calls a Christian R&B vocalist) and he and his staff put on rock concert “revivals” in and around Los Angeles. At the end of the concert they offer to the attending “pastors and reverends” some “altar time” and use that to send some audience members off onto a…

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Christ Fellowship

While I was recuperating from surgery in August and September, by chance I ended up watching Christ Fellowship’s program one Sunday. I had never seen this “show” previously, but I have seen similar ones. While pondering what I saw and heard, I remembered some of the plain fundamentals that are vitally important to anyone’s salvation. Some people would call this the gospel plan of salvation. That is okay by me as the scriptures state that it is the plan God…

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Who Will Go?

“We must not suppose that even if we succeeded in making everyone nice we should have saved their souls. A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world — and might even be more difficult to save. For mere improvement is no redemption, though redemption always improves people even here and now and will, in the end, improve them…

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Walking in the Light

We have taken to calling ourselves nondenominational Christians or churches. That is an oxymoron if ever one was heard. You are a Christian or not. And this is the one distinguishing factor between religious folks who call themselves Christians while not fully following the instructions, and against those who call themselves by other names. While it is our desire and prayer that all who call upon the name of Christ would come out of the sad state of affairs that…

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They Went to the Synagogue

One of the things I have pondered since I have been housebound is what happened on the last night of a meeting that was held in Ft. Pierce, Florida in 1986. In the audience of about forty were two Baptist preachers along with the local brethren, a few Christians from other congregations and various interested persons. The two Baptists had been there every night except Wednesday. On the last night, after things were concluded, the preacher told me that he…

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