"How can I know I am born again?" That was the excellent question a Mormon missionary asked me recently after a lengthy discussion about biblical theology. And it indicated that he was giving the "born again" message some significant consideration.
E.M. Forster said, "I am sure if the mothers of various nations could meet, there would be no more wars." I suppose only mothers could pull off such a feat. After all, who has more sensitivity and understanding than a mother?
Natural man doesn't think scientific evidence is mere foolishness. And he doesn't consider medical facts or mathematical equations to be foolishness either.
The thesis of Bryan Ready's article, "What Richard Mouw Gets Right, and Dan Delzell Gets Wrong, About Mormonism," is an important theme to consider and discuss. It was posted a couple hours ago, and it's definitely worth exploring.
The book of Romans has been called "the cathedral of the Christian faith," and "the chief book of the New Testament." Martin Luther described Paul's epistle to the Romans as "a light and way" to all of Scripture. Luther said it "deserves not only to be known word for word by every Christian, but to be the subject of his meditation day by day, the daily bread of his soul."
Even if some Mormon leaders stop believing that God was once a man, they still would need to accept the fact that God exists eternally in the three Persons of the Trinity. And there is not a shred of evidence that the Mormon hierarchy is willing to repudiate the first article of their faith, and replace it with orthodox Christian Trinitarian doctrine.
Have you ever felt completely at a loss spiritually, only to be renewed and lifted up by a time of fellowship with the Lord? It is difficult for us to fully appreciate the discouragement the disciples felt after the crucifixion of Christ.
The apostle Paul had a remarkable handle on the relationship between faith and works. He fully understood "the obedience that comes from faith." (Romans 1:5) The Holy Spirit inspired Paul to write letters clearly explaining justification and sanctification.
Tracy Smith is a correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning. In a recent interview with Joel Osteen, Tracy made no attempt to be politically correct. Instead, she came right out and asked Joel about hell. That's right, the place of eternal punishment.
Political commentator and radio host Glenn Beck stated recently that "no real Christian" should support Donald Trump. He went on to define a "real Christian" as somebody who is "living their faith." Unfortunately, Beck's admonition produces more questions than answers.
Death must precede resurrection. After all, Jesus did it, and the rest is history. And in the case of man, this calls for death to certain things. Perhaps you are ready to die to self and rise with Jesus on Easter. If so, you will need to die to these 10 things
A recent article from the Daily Express in the United Kingdom was titled, "Scientists Take a Step Closer to Eternal Life as They Preserve and Revive Brain." It explained how researchers from 21st Century Medicine (21CM) managed to freeze the brain of a rabbit, and then revive it. The fact that they used a rabbit is ironic given some of the cultural themes associated with Easter.
The New Testament presents a stark contrast between "walking in the Spirit" and "walking in the flesh." The first approach flows in the power of the Holy Spirit. The second approach is dominated by sinful desires. One way of living satisfies your soul and pleases God. The other way of living makes a person restless and is offensive to God.
The season of Lent is once again in full swing. It's a tradition that leads up to Holy Week and Easter. Some find Lent more meaningful than others. But what if I told you that "doing Lent" could actually hurt your soul? It's true.
If you are chasing happiness in life, you are not alone. It is a common pursuit. And yet, it seems to elude many people.
Have you ever noticed the difference in the New Testament between "peace with God," and the "peace of God"? One is like stone, and the other is like the ocean. One deals with justification, while the other deals with sanctification.
Jesus knew just how to address the needs of everyone, from the rebel on the run, to the person dripping with self-righteousness. And whenever the Lord told a parable, it spoke to a variety of situations and a wide spectrum of people. Jesus wanted everyone to know how much we all have to learn about the kingdom of God.
Imagine a robot gaining self-awareness and actually grasping the fact that it was created by someone. Only in the movies, right? Actually, yes. It's pure fiction. Robots will never have such awareness because robots do not have a soul. You can program a robot to say, "I know I was created," but you cannot actually create self-awareness for a robot. Such a feat is impossible.
"Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." (Heb. 11:1) Most people recognize this text of Scripture. Christianity, however, isn't the only worldview which requires faith.
Americans love their celebrities. It's ingrained in us it seems from very early on. Actors, athletes, and musicians are continually lifted up to an almost godlike status in our culture. This is especially true for those celebrities who are at the pinnacle of their profession.
Man is on a quest, and it goes far beyond the fictional fantasy of "Star Wars." I am talking about something real and eternal. And everybody wants it.
You may think that not correctly labelling the San Bernardino massacre as "Islamic terrorism" is simply wrong-headed in the name of political correctness. Something far worse is going on here. A fog has set in, and we live in a day of spiritual psychosis.
It's almost Christmas and millions of Christians are preparing to celebrate what took place in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. Unfortunately, Brad Pitt isn't one of them.
The season of Advent promotes spiritual preparation and a holy focus upon things that have eternal relevance. At the other end of the spectrum, Mardi Gras promotes living for the moment by diving into any carnal desires which seem appealing. Two different ways to approach life, and two different ways to die.
Why did the editors of The New York Daily News develop a sudden interest pointing blame at God? After the massacre in San Bernardino, their front page loudly and unashamedly proclaimed: "God Isn't Fixing This."