Reformed theologian and best-selling author John Piper said he believes "only those who are born again have free will," but two Bible scholars who identify as Arminian disagree with this perspective.
In an article posted Tuesday on Desiring God, titled "A Beginners Guide to Free Will," Piper, who's a five-point Calvinist, asserts that prior to salvation, such a choice of free will is impossible because human desire is enslaved by the power of sin.
Both Jesus and the Apostle Paul saw freedom this way, Piper said, noting that in John 8:32 Christ said: "You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." And in Romans 6, Paul writes: "Thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness." more >>
An alleged discovery of freshwater pools along the shores of the Dead Sea – which borders Jordan, Israel and the West Bank – has some people claiming the fulfillment of biblical end times prophecy, while others – including Messianic Jews and Christian scholars – dispute the claim.
Breaking Israel News highlighted Samantha Siegel, a Jewish artisan baker from Jerusalem who frequently takes trips to the Dead Sea region, reportedly discovering freshwater pools. Although no official sources are linked in the article, the report asserts that the Dead Sea has been receding by 1 meter every year and that sinkholes around it have been filling up with fresh water and are teeming with fish, calling it "a prophecy appearing before her eyes that seemed to contradict the laws of nature."
The Dead Sea is more than 400 meters below sea level and is the lowest point on the planet. Because of its hyper-saline environment, it is a harsh place where life is not known to grow, hence its name. more >>
Jesus Culture members Bryan & Katie Torwalt released their new album Champion over the weekend and the popular worship leaders opened up about the rewards and challenges they face being married and working in ministry together.
Champion is the first new album since the Torwalts' last studio release Kingdom Come in 2013. The young couple have been working together in ministry for years. Their debut album Here On Earth produced this year's Grammy-winning song "Holy Spirit" recorded by Francesca Battistelli, which hit No. 1 on the National Audience Chart and is currently a Top 5 CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International) song.
"When we wrote that song, it was one of the first worship songs we wrote many many years ago and we had no idea how God would use that song. We had no clue that it would go outside of our little world or even that other people would record it. We had no clue or could even have anticipated it, or replicated it or anything," Katie told The Christian Post. "I don't think that there is a formula. I think that God used it and that's what we needed to declare and sing right now." more >>
Non-church-attending Americans are generally open to talking about faith but few wonder about life after death – which is the tactic many Christians are taught to begin conversations, a new LifeWay Research study commissioned by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College finds.
Nashville-based LifeWay Research published a study Thursday that examines the types of church activities that "unchurched" Americans are interested in as well as how open they are to talking about faith. By "unchurched" the researchers mean "those who have not attended a worship service in the last six months, outside of a holiday or special occasion like a wedding." Surprisingly, the survey found that more than half of Americans who don't go to church self-identify as Christians.
The online survey of 2,000 unchurched Americans finds that: more >>
Singer Matthew West took to social media to reflect on Heaven and honor the life of his uncle, Doug, who died this week from cancer.
West posted the announcement about his family's loss on Facebook Wednesday, saying:
"Heavy hearted today for my family. My uncle, Doug, went home to be with the Lord last night. He taught me how to play the first chords I ever learned on guitar. Appreciate your prayers everyone. He was blind from early childhood and I keep thinking that today he's got 20/20 vision. His faith is now his sight. Heaven is the hope we can hold onto. I believe that with all my heart." more >>
Why do some people believe the Bible teaches that their race is superior if Jesus Christ died for everyone? What does the Bible say about race?
"I grew up believing that my race was superior to every other race, and the reason (I was taught) was because that's what the Bible teaches. Does it? If so, then I don't want anything to do with your faith," the person stated in the "My Answers" section of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association's website.
Addressing the question about racial supremacy and the Bible, the Rev. Billy Graham explained to the inquiring person that what they were taught during their upbringing "is not what the Bible teaches." Jesus Christ died for all people regardless of their racial or ethnic background. more >>