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Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Christians exalt God—we understand that. That means we should exalt each member of the Godhead—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The charismatic movement, however, tends to focus attention on the Holy Spirit to an inappropriate degree. In the following video, Steve Lawson explains why that is a problem...
Monday, July 29, 2013
Satan delights in wreaking havoc on the church. He twists the truth on every issue, creating doctrinal confusion wherever he can...
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Popular theologian and apologist Dr. Michael Brown has written two articles for Charismanews critical of John MacArthur and the upcoming Strange Fire conference...
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Many explanations have been given for the explosion of the Charismatic movement in Africa. Many have seen this as a powerful visitation of the Holy Spirit. Whereas there is probably more than one reason, I want to add my own observation to this for what it is worth. In this blog post, I do not refer to the old conservative form of Pentecostalism once represented by the Assemblies of God churches. I have in mind the current extreme form that is mushrooming literally under every shrub and tree in Africa. How can one explain this phenomenon?
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Identifying and confronting false teachers is extremely unpopular today. But Scripture calls Christians to discern truth from error...
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
“God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth” (John 4:24).
That frequently quoted verse has become a popular proof text for charismatic doctrine. In fact, a recent article in Charisma magazine used it as biblical support for speaking in tongues as a form of “spirit-to-Spirit communication with God.”...
Monday, July 15, 2013
Without question, the most marvelous thing about heaven—heaven’s supreme delight—will be unbroken fellowship with God Himself...
Thursday, July 11, 2013
“Will we really know each other?” is a frequently heard question about heaven. And the answer is yes. We will forever be who we are now—only without any of our faults or infirmities. Scripture repeatedly affirms this...
Tuesday, July 09, 2013
The charismatic movement claims that it is the movement of the Holy Spirit, but there’s a serious problem with that assertion according to John MacArthur. In the following video, John explains what that problem is and how to address it...
Monday, July 08, 2013
The question of relationships in heaven is one of the major issues Christians wonder about. Will we recognize our loved ones? Will we remember our earthly relationships? What kind of relationships will we have? Will we have family love and fellowship in heaven? Will our relationships in heaven be anything like they are here?
Wednesday, July 03, 2013
As we saw in our post on Monday, bodily resurrection is an essential element of our future in heaven. Believers will enjoy eternity in the presence of God in glorified, perfected bodies. But what do we know about those bodies? How will they function, and what will they be like? The apostle Paul gives us some insight in 1 Corinthians 15:35-49...
Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Most Christians have heard of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformers. But there is good reason why you have probably never heard of their contemporaries, the Zwickau prophets. In the following two videos, R.C. Sproul and Steve Lawson explain who they were and why they left no lasting legacy...
Monday, July 01, 2013
First Corinthians 15 is the definitive chapter on the subject of resurrection. There Paul severely rebukes anyone who would doubt or question it: “But someone will ask, ‘How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?’” To which Paul responds, “You foolish person!” (1 Corinthians 15:35–36). That is one of the most caustic retorts in all the Pauline writings. But in Paul’s estimation, this doctrine is fundamental. To deny an actual, physical resurrection is to embrace something other than genuine Christianity: “For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins” (1 Corinthians 15:16–17).