Category Archives: Practical

The NT Use of the OT

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The following article is taken from my personal notes on Isaiah. As I came to the prophecies of chapter 2, I had to determine what my standard approach was going to be for interpreting them. The influence of Reformed theology has popularized and even glorified the ignorance of end-times prophecy. Much of that is based on the New Testament use […]

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The Sufficiency of Scripture (1) – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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            One of the believer’s greatest losses comes when he forgets the resource he possesses in God’s Word, and we are severely losing in modern Christendom. One has well said that there has never been so great a spiritual lethargy toward understanding Scripture despite our unique access to much Scriptural teaching. Though we are privileged with deluxe bound copies of […]

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The False Logic of Inclusivism

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            Inclusivism claims that while the provision of Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation, explicit faith or knowledge in him is unnecessary for salvation. In other words those who have never heard the gospel are not exempt from God’s mercy, providing they respond to natural revelation. The position finds its attractiveness from the logic it uses: the wideness […]

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Infallibility (4): The Foundation of Our Faith

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          As we look at the summation of this topic, it will be helpful for us to leave with practical wisdom from Scripture. How does infallibility affect my life? How does it change my Christianity? A look at a few Scriptures will bring unmistakable clarity to those questions.             Firstly, infallibility means Scripture cannot be broken, […]

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Inerrancy (3) – Dealing with Bible Difficulties

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If one is to claim, as above, that the Bible is fully without error, he must be ready to defend his claim on a practical level. To be conservative is not equivalent to being naive or ignorant. Thus, one who stands for inerrancy should be competent when addressing Bible difficulties. Before entering into this field, the Christian must be sure […]

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The Character of Scripture (3) – The Bible and Practical Life

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Scripture’s Metaphors/Comparisons of Itself – The Bible and Practical Life             The Bible is full of many types of illustrations, meant to convey spiritual truth in a way that physical beings can relate to. Several metaphors are used of Scripture, and most of them relate to things in life that are utterly essential. These metaphors touch areas of life such […]

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Formation of Biblical Doctrine – Part 3

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The Principles We Apply             Every professional knows the boundaries of his field and dares not violate those boundaries. Scriptural principles act like boundaries for those who are willing to listen. In our field of study, we must exercise certain disciplines to keep us from surpassing what is appropriate for our field.             We Employ Spiritual Intelligence and Discernment. Whereas […]

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The Narrow-Minded God

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Believers are facing a tremendous battle in Western culture, namely over tolerance, relativism, and subjectivity. The media, Hollywood, mainstream “Christianity,” education, and any other outlet of information all bombard us with the message that respect toward every belief is the highest virtue. We know in our minds that this doesn’t align with reality, but with such a massive force of […]

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Our Only Hope: A Sufficient Scripture and Supreme Saviour

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We are faced with two options for a wake up call from God: revival or persecution. Both cause God’s people to take their Christianity more seriously. Though they take different forms, the resolve necessary is basically the same when facing either: to hold Scripture as sufficient and Christ as supreme. It is a high view of God and a radical […]

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Requirements for Surviving Persecution

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The quality of a person’s Christianity has always determined the extent of his endurance. When persecution hits and we are called to endure it, we will not have time for flippant or weak Christianity. We will need backbone. We will need conviction. We will need maturity. We will need people who know what they believe and why they believe it, […]

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