A Hermeneutic Test for Psalms 51

Many people teach that the Holy Spirit was “on” the OT saints, but post-Pentecost, is now “in” the NT saints. They gloss over the fact that the Bible never actually teaches this, and frequently mentions the opposite. I find this a little disconcerting: since it’s not actually stated in the Bible, where then did this […]

Master Deniers

There are some who would pause at the idea of people being able to deny the Master who bought them. What does that mean? Take a look: But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the […]

Are Imprecations Valid For Today?

Imprecations are prayers to God to pour out judgment, calamity, curses, wrath and/or destruction on His enemies. Wikipedia has a brief article on Imprecatory Psalms. and lists a few chapters in Psalms where we can find these odd prayers: Psalm 69 and Psalm 109 are major pieces, while Psalms 5, 6, 11, 12, 35, 37, […]

New Garden Parallels

When things are new, the Bible lays out a peculiar set of similarities:

First Time

Everything is new Adam and Eve tempted in a garden They ate forbidden fruit They were naked and ashamed A curse fell upon man and his offspring

Second Time

Everything was renewed Noah planted a garden […]

Twelve Tribes and Disciples

There are a number of parallels between the Twelve Tribes and the Twelve Disciples. Many of them are kinda/sorta obvious. Here’s a weird one that struck me the other day. It’s not so obvious.

In the Canaanite famine, the 12 sons of Jacob were sent by God to Egypt to live and eventually become the […]

Joshua vs ISIS

I’m waiting for someone to come out of the woodworks and say that Joshua’s conquest of Canaan was no different than the actions of ISIS today. And could you really blame them for being confused? Both groups seem to operate under a “kill all unbelievers!” mentality – a clear violation of the Geneva Convention. Yet […]

Christ in the Old Testament

In Gen 1:26, we see God saying “Let Us make man in Our own image.”

Who is the “Us”?

There are several options: A – God is referring to the angels B – God is One Person and occasionally despite speaking (or being recorded) as more than One Person C – There are multiple Persons […]

Why I Left the Pre-trib Rapture View Behind

The dominant end-times view of the Church in the West is that the rapture will take place at the beginning of the 7-year Great Tribulation. This view hasn’t always been the case. In fact, as Church history goes, it’s a pretty recent view, coming into prominence only in the mid 1800s. This view teaches that […]

Devine Deceit

Is it ever right to do wrong to do right?

Generally, the answer is no.

But is it ever right to lie?

Interestingly enough, the Bible shows us that the answer can be ‘yes’.

Here’s a brief list of people in the Bible that lied or deceived other people and (apparently) received blessings from God […]

. . . But I Say

Lots of people teach the idea that Jesus did away with the Old Testament and taught the New Testament audience a new code of conduct in Matthew 5:21-48. When I point out that the immediately preceding verses negate that thought (“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets… until […]