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The Apostle John and the End Times

Antichrist

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The apostles spoke of the last time or the last days as though they would occur in their expected lifetime. Were they wrong? If they were wrong about this, how can we conclude anything that they have told us is true? James wrote of the last days as days of judgment upon those who defrauded others of what belonged to them, and refused to share what they had with the poor (James 5:1-5). Peter also spoke of our eternal inheritance, that is, our salvation or eternal life, which was reserved for us in heaven and was ready to be unveiled in the last time (1Peter 1:4-5, 20). Just before his death, Peter also spoke of the scoffers who would deny Christ, and they would come in the last days (2Peter 3:1-5). Just after James’ death Jude , the brother of the apostle James the Less,  wrote of ungodly men who had crept into the church pretending to be brethren, but they loved this world and sought to take advantage of and separate the brethren for their own gain, and Jude claimed this was prophesied for the last time (Jude 1:3-4, 15-19). What happened? It seemed that all of a sudden things began to fall apart. Did this all this occur at once simply by chance or was there an unseen hand behind everything? Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on April 6, 2016 in Gospel

 

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Be Not Many Teachers

Mystery of Iniquity

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In the third chapter of his epistle, James gets down to the nitty-gritty. The empire-wide trial that had come upon the churches of God had to do with false doctrine spread by false teachers. This was an organized conspiracy begun by Annas, the high priest of Jerusalem, the very same who had Jesus crucified. It was a secret plan whereby he had planted false brethren throughout the Christian assemblies in Asia, Galatia and Greece (cf. Acts 5 and the Ananias and Sapphira incident). Paul knew about the plan, but, of course, was not privy to the identity of the false brethren. He told the churches in Greece that the conspiracy was already at work (2Thessalonians 2:7), but Paul’s presence among the churches in the area was enough to keep secret evil plan from gaining a strong foothold among them. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 14, 2016 in Gospel, New Testament History, persecution

 

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Favoritism and the Prosperity Gospel

Saving Faith

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James warns believers that God will show no mercy toward those who do not practice mercy when judging others (James 2:13). But, what does James mean when he speaks of believers judging other believers? Well, he explains in verse-1 that we are not to express our faith by judging with partiality. In my opinion the translators have erred in the phrase “Lord of glory” or “glorious Lord” (depending upon the translation). First of all, the word Lord is added by the translators; it is not in the Greek, so to whom does the Greek word doxa (G1391) refer, to Jesus or to those to whom James wrote his epistle? Secondly, when James refers to having respect of persons, he seems to be referring to the Scriptures in the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:15; Deuteronomy 1:17; 16:19; 2Chronicles 19:7; Proverbs 24:23; 28:21), and in each case it refers to “having respect of persons” concerning judgment. The Greek word translated glory, which the translators used to describe “the Lord,” can also be translated opinion or judgment[1] and used with “respect of persons.” Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Endurance is the Key to Victory!

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Thus far in James’ epistle we have seen that he had pointed to a great trial that had come upon the churches in the Diaspora sometime after Paul’s imprisonment. Paul had warned the brethren when he was with them that the man of sin would be restrained, until he (Paul) was taken out of the way (2Thessalonians 2:7). The “mystery of iniquity” or the secret (plan) of wickedness was already working, but Paul was able to keep it at bay while he was free. Now, however, he was in prison, and no man had the clout Paul had with the churches in Greece and Asia. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2016 in Gospel

 

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James–No Epistle of Straw!

Epistle of Straw

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Was James the author of an epistle of straw? Martin Luther thought so, but I have to say that James was misunderstood. I don’t mean to put Luther down, but I do believe he was wrong about James. As I hope to show, James lost his life, probably due to his writing this “epistle of straw” as Luther terms it. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in spiritual warfare

 

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