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Jun 2021 21 Jun 21, 2021

Last week was the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention in Nashville. Some 16,000 were present. I watched on-line most of the meeting, even though I am no longer affiliated with the SBC. My reason for writing this article is to respond to the accusation of heresy brought against Ed Litton, the new president of the SBC. I’ve never met Ed Litton. But he does not deserve the derogatory and derisive statements made about him by certain so-called “dis...Read More

Jun 2021 14 Jun 14, 2021

One of the more precious passages in all of Scripture to me is Psalm 16:11. Here David speaks of the presence of God and the inimitable pleasure and power that flood the soul of those who experience it. Knowing this ought to instill in us a ravenous hunger for intimacy with God. What surprises many is to discover the immense practical benefit of such desire. I first saw this in something said by the author of the epistle to the Hebrews. In the opening verses of chapter ...Read More

Jun 2021 9 Jun 9, 2021

I recently recorded a fairly long podcast with Craig Roters and his daughter Moriah, of Tucson, Arizona. Craig is the pastor of a Calvary Chapel local church. You can find the podcast here. I hope you enjoy it. Sam...Read More

Jun 2021 7 Jun 7, 2021
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Some people have drawn a false and unbiblical conclusion from something Paul says in Romans 5:18. There the apostle says that “as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.” Did you see that? “All men.” The conclusion some draw is that Paul is teaching universalism, the notion that when all is said and done, every single human being will be saved. Just as every single huma...Read More

Jun 2021 3 Jun 3, 2021

Few theological issues are as fraught with as much controversy and rancor as that of the security of the believer in Jesus Christ. I continue to marvel at how energetic people are on both sides of this issue when it comes to defending their cherished view. Without delving into the subject in exegetical detail, I would like to cite the words of Charles Spurgeon. His zeal for the truth of eternal security is deserving of our careful and prayerful consideration. “I...Read More

May 2021 31 May 31, 2021
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The existence and influence of religious cults is not something of by-gone days. They still exist today and continue to exert a nefarious influence on many. But what is a cult? Often we answer that question by pointing to virtually any religious body, group, or sect that differs from us on some point of doctrine. But that is profoundly unhelpful, and horribly divisive. Several definitions of a cult are available to us by those who’ve studied them far more deeply t...Read More

May 2021 24 May 24, 2021

Yesterday, May23rd, was Pentecost Sunday, the day on which the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh. The results and fruit of Pentecost are many: speaking in tongues, dreams, visions, prophecy, healing, and the salvation of 3,000 souls (Acts 2:41), among other glorious realities. But one more product of Pentecost and the coming of the Spirit is the exaltation of the supremacy of Jesus Christ. Jesus himself said that the Spirit will come to “glorify me” (J...Read More

May 2021 20 May 20, 2021
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Will there be a “Rapture,” a moment in time when all living saints are resurrected and “caught up” both physically and spatially to meet Christ in the air? Yes (1 Thess. 4:13-18), but as you will soon discover, I believe this event is simultaneous with and inseparable from the Parousia or the Second Coming of Christ itself. Before I go any further into this issue, I need to make it clear that, in my opinion, the so-called “Great Tribulation...Read More

May 2021 17 May 17, 2021
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As we seek to answer this question, I direct our attention to Galatians 3:1-5. Here the apostle Paul clearly describes both the initial reception of the Spirit at the moment of salvation (v. 2) and the on-going supply and provision of the Spirit throughout the course of the Christian life (v. 5). The initial gift of the Spirit to the Galatians (and to us as well) is described in v. 2 – “Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law ...Read More

May 2021 10 May 10, 2021
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There is a new slogan that I regularly see emblazoned on T-shirts and on the bumper stickers of cars, and on placards held high at certain rallies. “Love is Love!” My first reaction, as you might guess, is to ask a question of the person promoting this philosophy: “Please, define ‘love’.” The answer in return would likely be something along the lines of: “I just did. I said, ‘love is love.’” Aside from the absu...Read More