Avoiding an “Us vs. Them” Mentality

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We all want to belong, to feel accepted, to fit in, to be part of the group; that’s natural. I even think that to a certain degree, that desire reflects a need that is not only natural, but essential: we are social beings created for community. Even if everyone else deserts us, we will still rely heavily upon fellowship with the Holy Spirit to sustain us. God made us this way because that’s the way He is: He has always existed as a communion of three members in the Trinity; He was never alone, and He never intended for us, who are made in His image, to be alone either.

The trouble starts when we develop an attitude of pride and arrogance in our belonging to a certain group, or in holding to a certain ideology. Continue reading

Do We Have to Obey the Old Testament?

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Some people may think that wearing skirts and dresses exclusively, or putting on a headcovering, falls under the category of “living under the law.” Not true at all! I choose to wear only skirts and dresses in an attempt to obey the NEW TESTAMENT command for women to dress modestly, and headcovering is discussed in a passage also from the NEW TESTAMENT. I don’t think that I have to do these things so that I will be good enough for God to save me–no way could I ever be good enough for that; only the shed blood of Christ, and the fact that He rose from the grave, can save us from hell.

However, I have sometimes referred to sections of the Old Testament to support certain beliefs that I hold to. Is this un-allowable? Is it illogical? How do we know which of the Bible’s commands we are required to obey, and which we are not? Continue reading

Can You be Saved Twice?

If you receive updates on new posts through email, you may not have gotten the You Tube link that I mentioned in the last post (Impossible to be Renewed Again to Repentance After Falling Away?); however, the video is available when you access my site directly. I presented this video because the explanation on Hebrews 6:4-6 made sense to me. Here, I want to summarize what was said in the video, and give you my own commentary on it. This is such an interesting topic. Continue reading

Impossible to be Renewed Again to Repentance After Falling Away?

I’m continuing to look into the issue of whether or not we can lose our salvation. My opinion has been that we can not, once we have come to  GENUINELY believe in Jesus Christ, repent of our sins, ask His forgiveness, and make the decision to receive Him as Lord and Savior of our lives. However, this seems to be contradicted by some Scriptures. My goal is to look honestly at all of the portions of Scripture relating to this topic, so that I can come to a biblical conclusion. Continue reading

Love and Truth: Quote from K.P. Yohannan

“The school program was starting to grow, but I confess that I struggled with how people might respond to our new initiative. You see, my mission has always been to preach the Gospel, establish local bodies and disciple those who come to know the Lord. Whereas others in the Body of Christ might be called to minister aid and comfort in this life, I knew that the eternal destiny of people was infinitely more important.

I don’t want to suggest that I am hard-hearted and have no concern for human suffering. Since its beginning, Gospel for Asia–supported missionaries have been agents of compassion and were among the first to help victims of catastrophes like the Orissa cyclone in 1999.

As Christians, I believe we must do all we can to alleviate pain and suffering in those around us. This sort of concern for others is a natural fruit of the Gospel. But we must never minister to someone’s physical needs at the expense of preaching Christ.

The Great Commission that Jesus gave literally means we share the Gospel of grace that the Lord Jesus Christ came, died and rose again to bring us salvation. This is fundamentally important…”

(from No Longer a Slumdog, by K.P. Yohannan, pages 88-89)

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