Category: Topical Studies


Matthew Vine giving his lecture in a United Methodist Church

I was looking for a video on YouTube when I stumbled upon this video titled “The Gay Debate”, I was curious as to the content of this video for I know that this issue is not debatable. The Bible’s position regarding this matter has never change. Homosexuality is condemned in the Word of God.

I just want to listen to the introduction because I was curious where he was coming from. I was surprised as to how he twisted all the Bible verses that condemns homosexuality. He uses a lot of playing with the emotional heart strings. Basically, he need to change the meaning of Scripture so that he could have his version of christianity that embraces homosexuality.

I was really reminded of the serpent in the Garden of Eden that said, “… did God really say … no … you will not surely die … your eyes will be opened and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” – Genesis 3.

He needs to give his lecture because “Adams” and “Eves” have eyes that are not yet open to the truth that homosexuality is really a good and acceptable thing. These schemes are not new. This is not a theological debate. What kind of joke is this? Is there such a thing as a “gay” Christian? God will vindicate His Word. Let him who has ears hear the warnings of Scripture. “Do not be deceived, no homosexual will ever enter the Kingdom of God.” – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Is Hell really eternal? How could an infinitely Holy God send people to Hell, a place of torment He created, for all eternity? Let us say that a wicked man lived on earth for eighty years, would it be just to torture a man who lived a wicked life, for eighty years, in the Lake of Fire for all eternity—an unending duration of time? If God is so loving, can’t God just let that man be consumed by the flames and vanish from existence? After all, God isn’t sadistic is He?

Universalism is the idea that after some torment of people in Hell, or even without a need for suffering in Hell because of all the sins committed against God, God would eventually have mercy on them and grant them fellowship with Him. That God is too loving to allow the sufferings of people without end. Universalism is far more heretical than annihilationism—the idea that sinners would suffer in Hell, but would eventually stop from existence once they have been consumed by the flames, since sinners are not raised with glorified bodies the way Christians are.

Here are some universalists refuted by Christians using the truths of the Bible:

The False Teachings of Dallas Willard.

Greg Boyd’s Bad Theology

It is really hard to think of a loved one spending his/her eternity in Hell. But in the end, we would realize that in reality the people we loved and have been with us while here on earth have been covered by the grace of God; and so, all the good things about them that we loved are actually the grace and goodness of God upon their lives.

After God’s judgement for the unbelievers, no one in Hell would really desire forgiveness of sin and reconciliation to God. Have you not read that people who will be cast outside God’s loving presence will be in a place where “…there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth”?  (Mat 8:12)

So great is human depravity, that apart from the grace of God, nothing but evil is left to man.

People don’t gnash their teeth because they are sorry. If you would look at all the appearances of the gnashing in the Bible, you would find no place where people gnash their teeth because of an intense desire to repent and change. No. People gnash their teeth in indignation against the God Who is torturing them for all their evil. Aside from that, people who would go to Hell will never stop sinning. In fact, people in Hell are worst sinners than they are here on earth; because here, they are restrained by God according to His will. In Hell, sinners are unrestrained in their sinful nature. In Hell, what will sinners do is curse the God to whom they have no ability to fight against. The nature of unrepentant sinners in Hell are fixed, and they have no chance of salvation; they don’t have any possibility of desiring to repent and ask for forgiveness either. I remember a dear pastor who said, “If there would be a soul who would repent in Hell, that soul would be saved, but there is none who would ever do that.”

The latest universalist heretic is no other than…

Okay, Rob Bell is clearly not a Christian. What about Billy Graham? You might ask, “Is Billy Graham a universalist too?” For some, Billy Graham is no doubt a Christian, but I don’t know about his new position on the matter. Well, just listen to pastor John MacArthur on the issue of inclusivism and Billy Graham:

Please, don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Christians don’t like to have a lot of people in Heaven. Far from it, it is our desire to see people converted and saved. However, we as Christians, do not say that a person can be saved apart from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to Heaven.

Is This All?

(John MacDuff, “THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS” 1856)


“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ — set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above — not on earthly things!” — Colossians 3:1-2

The history of six thousand years has given indisputable evidence of the insufficiency of all earthly objects to yield true and satisfying enjoyment. Man has needs — which no earthly riches can supply; he has soul diseases — which no human skill can cure; he has fears — which no mortal courage can quell; he has debts — which no finite resources can discharge; and he has miseries — which no earth-born sagacity can console.
In earthly things, to whatever extent they may be possessed, there is a lack of adaptation to yield real happiness. It is recorded of Caesar that he exclaimed when in possession of universal empire,Is this all?His expectations of happiness were not answered by the attainment of worldly things.

Reader, have you not often felt something similar to this? You may have set your heart upon some distant object; and oh! what sacrifices you made for its attainment! What self-denial did you undergo! At length, perhaps, the desire of your heart was granted you. But was it what you expected? Were you not, on the contrary, led to exclaim, in the language of the disappointed emperor, Is this all?

It is an absolute certainty, that the things of earth cannot satisfy the cravings of our immortal nature. Wealth, fame, learning, pleasure, domestic happiness — none of these things can do it. “Whoever drinks of these waters shall thirst again,” as the Savior declared to the Samaritan woman; “but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him, shall never thirst — but it shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life!”
But the things of earth, besides being unsatisfying in their nature — are, at best, transitory in their duration.

What are RICHES? Uncertain is the epithet which the pen of inspiration employs in describing them. “Will you set your eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven!” (Proverbs 23:5)
What is PLEASURE? Something that is only for a season.
What is WISDOM? More precious than rubies, if it is the wisdom which comes from above; but if it the wisdom of this world — it also is vanity, and will soon pass away.
What is FAME? Often a bubble, no sooner blown — than it bursts!
Yes, the earth itself is only temporary!

A Roman general, on one occasion, when elated by the splendors of a triumphal entrance into the imperial city, which had been awarded to him in honor of the victories he had won, exclaimed, “Ah, that it would continue!” But, alas! it did not continue. All the glittering pomp soon vanished! It floated away like a fleeting dream. And so with all earthly bliss — it will not, and cannot, continue. Had earthly things a character of abiding permanence belonging to them, men might with some semblance of reason, make them the fit objects of their desires and pursuits. Such a character, however, they do not possess. “The world with its lust is passing away!” “Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” But, O blessed heavenly world! This fullness of joy; this unclouded vision of God and the Lamb; this sweet fellowship with saints and angels; this day without a night; this sky without a cloud; this sea without a ruffle; these ravishing melodies; this seraphic transport and exulting joy — they will continue — and that forever! “We have a priceless inheritance — pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay!” (1 Peter 1:4)

“O what folly, O what madness! That my thoughts should go astray, After toys and empty pleasures — Pleasures only of a day! This vain world, with all its trifles, Soon, alas! will be no more; There’s no object worth admiring, But the God whom I adore!”

A Guide to Godly Disputation:

“23But refuse foolish and ignorant speculations, knowing that they produce quarrels. 24 And the Lord’s bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth, 26 and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:22-26 NAS) Continue reading

The real Jesus according to the Bible is God in human flesh. Chapters like John 1, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1, and Revelation 1 deal with the Divinity of Christ at length; though there are plenty of short verses that mentioned the Divinity of Christ like Romans 9:5, 2 Peter 1:1, etc.

The liberal scholars are not liberals because of the evidence from history and archaeology; it is rather because of their sins that they would pervert the truth and lead others astray.

No elect of God would ever be lost because of these pseudo scholars. However, we must honor God by proclaiming and defending the truth. We cannot simply ignore the blasphemies of these outright liars.  And we must proclaim and defend these truths for the glory of God, and for the sake of the elect; that those who are not yet saved would be saved by the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that those who are already believers would have a boost of confidence in their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. I know that faith and trust are made possible by the Holy Spirit through the testimony of Scripture. Let us therefore hold fast to the written Word of God and not waver from its testimonies.

 

The New Apostolic Reformation is not new, not apostolic and it is not a reformation. It is like grapenuts–neither grapes nor nuts. Or take another example: Christ Science–it is not Christian and it is not science.

A true Christian will be known by its fruits. Mere profession is not enough for a person to become a true Christian. Being a Christian is a Sovereign work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a sinner. Though a true Christian will not yet be perfectly holy, in the moment of conversion, God’s grace will now start working on the life of the person until the Lord Jesus Christ returns or God calls Home the believer.

Believers in some heretical groups would experience some difficulties in leaving their friends, but their allegiance is with the Lord, and eventually they will come out from the midst of heresy.

Science came from the latin word scientia which means knowledge derived from observation and study. Can you imagine that the laws of nature can be grasped? Truly, our mind has been wired to understand these beauty and elegance in creation. However, these beauty and elegance must not make us worship the laws for they have no ontos. Beauty and elegance must always be attributed to the grand Designer. God is truly amazing!