No Degrees of Deadness

The key to a right understanding of God’s work in salvation is to start where the Bible starts regarding our condition outside of Christ. We are not healthy; and not just sick; very sick; or even mortally sick. No, we are dead. All of us were born that way when we came into this world […]

Christian, This Is Why You’re Already Rich

Are you rich? I am not asking unbelievers but Christians. I ask because some Christians have either forgotten or adopted an unbiblical measure of what makes a person rich. This outcome is a consequence of a popular theology that has penetrated the Western church known by two names: word of faith or prosperity gospel. The doctrine essentially teaches […]

Concerning Chapter and Verse Divisions in the Bible

Where did the chapter and verse divisions in our Bibles come from? When Scripture was originally written, there were no chapter and verse divisions. These man-made additions to our Bibles came much later. It was Stephen Langton, an Archbishop of Canterbury in England, who added chapter divisions into the Latin Vulgate around A.D. 1227. A […]

The Logos (Part I)

John 1:1 is paramount to understanding the person of Christ. John begins introducing Jesus as the Word (Logos): “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The English term “Word” is translated from the Greek term “Logos.” John knew the term “Logos” would be […]

The Call to Repentance

The first proclamation that Jesus made when beginning His ministry was, “repent, all of you, for the Kingdom of the Heavens is at hand” (Matthew 3:2; 4:17).  The call to repentance is to be given in all generations, because repentance serves as a means of grace to pull us away from a life devoted to […]

“Churchianity” Is not Christianity!

There’s a saying, “Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian anymore than standing in a garage makes you a car!” Growing up in a Christian family I learned that this is true, and that there is a world of difference between “churchianity” and Christianity. Distinguishing “Churchianity” from Christianity My parents were able to teach […]

Is Grace ‘Amazing’ To You?

The Bible does not merely show sinners to be undeserving, but as ill-deserving. So often we are inclined to think of ourselves, prior to our salvation, as in some sense “neutral” in the sight of God. We are willing to admit that we have done nothing to deserve His favor, but this is entirely insufficient […]

Peter’s Freely Determined Choice

The question of Peter’s freedom and responsibility (or lack thereof) in his denial of Christ is one example of many times in Scripture where the tension between God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility is demonstrated. As Christians, it’s important for us to sit as students under the counsel of God’s Word and accept the paradox we […]

What About Works?

That salvation is by God’s grace through faith and not by works is considered an axiom of protestant theology. We are not put into a right relationship with God through any work of our own, but only by faith in what Christ has done in our stead. If this is true, what place (if any) […]

Every Ought Implies an Is

Every ought implies an is. What does this mean and why does it matter? It means that for every ought statement (“you ought to eat your vegetables”), there is a rule, code or law behind it with authority that gives it weight—that makes it mean something. The reason it matters is because if there is […]

What Does The Bible Say About Sin?

Why do we live in a broken and sinful world? Is man born sinful or are we born good and become sinful? These anthropological questions have been in philosophical debate and discussion for centuries. Nevertheless, whether you subscribe to the notion of man being inherently good or sinful, one must face the fact that man’s […]

Accounting of the Soul

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? — unless indeed you are disqualified.”   2 Corinthians 13:5 “But the path of the just is like the shining sun, that shines ever brighter unto the perfect day.  The way of the […]

No One Does Good, No Not Even One

If there is a saying that offends and stirs the human heart more than anything else, it is to tell him or her “You are not good.” Whether it is towards someone’s ability, profession, expertise, or morality, the way in which one takes such a comment varies. The power of this saying often depends on […]

Does Sin Offend God?

Before reading the article, please listen to this short audio clip of Matt Stinton’s view of sin that he posted on Instagram: Although I am aware you can be theologically correct without quoting Scripture, as Christians, when we decide to “preach”, especially to the masses as evangelism, we should always point back to the Word […]

Why I Still Study The Historic Creeds and Confessions.

Having grown up in the Reformed Church in America, the historic creeds and confessions (especially the Apostles’ Creed and Heidelberg Catechism) were an integral part of worship and the catechizing I received in the church I grew up in. Though I did not appreciate the value of the creeds and confessions when I was younger, […]

If I Am a New Creation, Why Do I Still Sin?

In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul declares, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17 ESV). If this is true, that in Christ we are a “new creation,” why do I still struggle with sin? Shouldn’t […]

Raised with Christ

What does it mean to be raised with Christ?  Is this something that only happens when we pass from this life to the next through what is commonly called physical death?  The answer is a simple—no.  A revelatory notion in Scripture is that we can indeed be dead [to the life of God], when in […]

Reading The Bible: Don’ts and Dos

As I look at my life to date, reading has certainly been one of its most pleasant and rewarding discoveries. I say ‘discovery’ because reading was not something that readily interested me. It took me the best part of twenty years to learn that books could be such friends. I am thankful that Christian books […]

How Do I Read My Bible?

Regular Bible reading is important for Christians, for in blessing our reading the Holy Spirit deepens our knowledge of God and of ourselves. This twofold knowledge is, as John Calvin famously began his Institutes of the Christian Religion, our ‘true and substantial wisdom’. It is one thing, however, to heed God’s call to read His […]