Differences: The Old and New Testament

The Old and New Testament

The Bible is a Book that has two main divisions in – the Old Testament and the New Testament. Even though there are these distinct parts of the Bible – it still has only one theme – redemption. This is necessary to understand because the whole Bible revolves around this theme, and some have said that there is a scarlet thread (of blood) that runs form cover to cover. Continue reading

Call no man Father

Our Father in Heaven is our Father

Call no man Father . A look at deception and Consequences. The institution of the Christian religion was and is still based on the words of Jesus and the Holy Spirit directing men to put forth laws and statutes that are pleasing to the Father. Many have taken this law of Our Father in Heaven and made it to none effect upon this earth to millions. Some times men will say, “Its all in the interpretation.” But where in the Bible is it stated that, the Scripture is only open to private interpretation? This is a deception and misleading statement. In Matthew 23:5 we see Jesus rebuking the leadership of the Church for Vanity, lets read; Matthew 23:5-10 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. Continue reading

The Date of Christmas

Commentary On The Date of Christmas

Nearly 2,000 years ago, shepherds in a field near Bethlehem were startled awake by a spectacle never before seen or heard. Wintry clouds were thrust asunder as a heavenly choir burst into majestic song. An angel proclaimed, “We are here to announce the first annual Christmas, which hereafter shall be celebrated throughout the world on December 25.” Fact? Certainly not!  Luke records that angels did announce the birth of “a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” And it is true that shepherds received this news. But was the declaration made for December 25? Continue reading

The Unrighteous Steward

Commentary On The Unrighteous Steward

Luke 16:1 – 8

Many years ago I was sitting in a bible study listening to the preacher teach. He turned to Luke 16:1 and began to preach a lessen which had no basis in reality. According to him, it’s alright according to God to steal if your intentions are reasonable. Knowing this was complete garbage, I prayed for understanding in this matter and here is what my Lord gave me.

To understand this story we must look at the scene laid out before us. Jesus had evidently just left the house of one of the leaders of the Pharisees which he had entered in chapter 14:1 to teach and eat. We see him in chapter 14:25 leaving with multitudes following him which included the Pharisees who were looking for any excuse to accuse him of breaking the law. In chapter 15:1 he is accused of receiving and eating with sinners, and Jesus again begins to teach. Continue reading

The Rich Man And Lazarus

A commentary on The Rich Main And Lazarus Luke 16:19 – 31

The rich man was probably a man of royal lineage, a king or perhaps a prince, for the color of his clothes was purple which is the color of royalty and it seems that Jesus wouldn’t mention this fact unless it had great significance. Also the fine linen he wore indicates how very rich he was and gives us a yardstick to show the vast chasm that exists between the very rich and very poor and the indifference the one has for the other. This rich man fared sumptuously which is to say all that was set before him was of the very best that money could buy. We can look at the word “sumptuously” according to the Greek and find its meaning is “Shining & Bright.” Can you imagine sitting down to a table spread with the finest and most expensive food prepared by the very best chefs in the world. The table is covered with a silken table cloth and the glasses are of the most expensive crystal. The plates are of pure gold and the serving bowls are silver. Shining and Bright is a very good description of the splendor in which this man lived. Continue reading

Traditions of Men – The Alter Call

Learn how the church has corrupted God’s Word through traditions.

Traditions of Men are traditions found in churches today that have no foundation in the Holy Bible. Many times they are contrary to good teachings. They are traditions of men because they were founded by men and not God. Not all traditions are bad, in fact the Bible instructs us to: “stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle” 2Th 2:15. These traditions were taught by the apostles with their grounding in the gospel of Christ. If they are not grounded in Christ, then they are a danger to Christians, young and old.

This article looks at the Alter Call. Continue reading

Traditions of Men – Series Opener

When traditions of men replaces sound doctrine

The question is often asked “What would Jesus do?” when faced with a problem in life. But how often do we ask that question when faced with non-biblical teachings in Church? Just as there are numerous denominations one can attend, each denomination it seems, comes with it’s own list of traditions created entirely by men, and not found in God’s word. So, do we stand up and confront the pastor concerning these non-biblical traditions as we know Jesus would do? Probably not, as we either trust the pastor that what is tradition is also ordained by God (since we never search out the truth ourselves) or we timidly look the other way, not wanting to be seen as a trouble maker. Continue reading