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May 2021 31 May 31, 2021

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

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

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

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

May 2021 5 May 5, 2021

In the previous article we looked at the historical and theological origins of the classical Pentecostal movement and the many denominations it produced. But today we also hear of so-called Charismatics, as well as the Third Wave movement. How do these differ, or do they? The Beginnings of Neo-Pentecostalism or the Charismatic Movement Neo-Pentecostalism or as some prefer, the Charismatic movement, refers to the penetration of the Pentecostal experience into the mainli...Read More

May 2021 3 May 3, 2021

I recently read an article on-line that referred frequently to people who identify as Pentecostal. In the same article reference was made to Charismatics, as if to suggest these two are one and the same. Although not mentioned by name in this article, people also are often heard referring to the Third Wave. What do these labels mean? To whom do they refer? It’s important that we know the difference, assuming there is any, among these three related groups of Christ...Read More