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What Does the Bible Actually Teach?  (Doctrinal Essays)

 

Was Jesus God the Son as well as the Son of God?  These essays below defend the Deity of Christ as a true doctrine of the Bible:

Is Jesus God?  .doc

Is Jesus God?  .htm

Is Jesus God? .pdf

Arianism of Gary Fakhoury Briefly Rebutted  .doc

Arianism of Gary Fakhoury Briefly Rebutted  .htm

Further Evidence That Jesus Is God  vs Fakhoury  .doc

Further Evidence That Jesus Is God  vs Fakhoury  .htm

Further Evidence That Jesus is God  vs Fakhoury  .pdf

Does the Bible Teach Speaking in Tongues?  ls speaking in tongues a gift of God?  Or is it a deception of Satan the devil?  Could someone speak in tongues without it being either?  Are "tongues" just other human languages, such as Chinese and Arabic, that a gifted person can now speak by miraculous power?  Or can "tongues" be angelic languages?  Must Christians speak in tongues before they can be considered saved?  Can people properly speak in tongues during church services when no interpreters are present?  Are there ways to scientifically investigate the claims of Charismatics and Pentecostalists that didn't exist in the past?  These questions and others are answered in the essay below:

Speaking in Tongues?  .doc

Speaking in Tongues?  .htm

Speaking in Tongues? .rtf

Speaking in Tongues?  .pdf

 

Should you tithe?  May Christians work on the seventh-day Sabbath?  These essays here deal with whether or not the Old Testament law should still help define what is right and wrong for Christian conduct.

Does the New Covenant Abolish the Letter of the Law?  .doc

Does the New Covenant Abolish the Letter of the Law?  .htm

Protestant Rhetoric Against the Sabbath Refuted  .doc

Protestant Rhetoric Against the Sabbath Refuted  .htm

Protestant Rhetoric Against the Sabbath Refuted.pdf

Were the Ten Commandments and the Old Covenant the Same?  .doc

Were the Ten Commandments and the Old Covenant the Same?  .htm

Which Old Testament Laws Should Christians Obey?  .doc

Which Old Testament Laws Should Christians Obey?  .htm

Which Old Testament Laws Should Christians Obey?  .pdf

Is Tithing Binding on Christians?  vs Collins  .txt

Is Tithing Binding on Christians?  vs. Collins  .htm

Is Tithing Binding on Christians?  vs Collins  .pdf

Does the Argument from Silence Abolish the Old Testament Law of Tithing? 0205 Mokarow rebuttal.rtf

Does the Argument from Silence Abolish the Old Testament Law of Tithing? 0205 Mokarow rebuttal.htm

Does the Argument from Silence Abolish the Old Testament Law of Tithing? 0205 Mokarow Rebuttal 08.pdf

Can someone who thinks he is a Christian but breaks one of the Ten Commandments without repentance be saved?  For example, if someone broke the commandment against adultery and refused to repent of it, saying it didn't apply to him, could he be saved?  Does that sound crazy?  But could there be millions of truly sincere Christians who are believe the same thing concerning the Fourth Commandment (which regards the Sabbath)?  Read this essay to find out more:

Do Christians Have to Obey the 4th Commandment to Be Saved? .doc

Do Christians Have to Obey the 4th Commmandment to Be Saved? .htm

Do Christians Have to Obey the 4th Commandment to Be Saved?  .pdf 

How are Christians saved from sin?  What do various terms of salvation theology, such as "justification," "grace," "repentance," "sanctification," "faith," "law," etc., mean?  How do they interrelate to each other?  This document deals briefly with this subject:

Grace vs. Works?  .doc

Grace vs. Works?  .htm

Are the dead alive?  Do you have an immortal soul?  Are the unrepentant wicked eternally tortured in hell? Or will those who ultimately reject Jesus have their souls/spirits totally annihilated?  This book, which was scanned but not written by this site's Webmaster, answers these questions:

Here and Hereafter  Uriah Smith  .rtf

Here and Hereafter  Uriah Smith  .htm

Here and Hereafter  Uriah Smith  .pdf

Do you have an immortal soul?  Will the unrepentant wicked be tortured forever?  Do saved souls go to heaven right at death?  Can people be saved after they die if they didn't repent before they passed away?  What does the Bible say?  Click on the links to essay below to find out!

Do You Have An Immortal Soul? .htm

Do You Have An Immortal Soul? .doc

Do You Have An Immortal Soul? .pdf

Does the Bible teach blind faith?  Does the Gospel of John teach Christians that evidence isn't relevant to belief?  Furthermore, have you ever had trouble remembering what the Gospel of John teaches?  Is there a "handle" or general theme that makes this more ethereal Gospel more understanble?  Most surprisingly, the Gospel of John has a running subtheme that maintains Jesus did miracles to witness to others that the Father had sent Him, to show that  the Father gave Him the words He spoke, and to witness to humanity about His identity or who He was.  Click on the essay below if you want proof that the Bible DOESN'T teach blind faith:

The Gospel of John's Theory of Knowledge.htm

The Gospel of John's Theory of Knowledge.doc

The Gospel of John's Theory of Knowledge.pdf

What is the correct form of church government?  Is congregationalism, under which the laity vote in and out the minister, correct?  Must all authority come from the top-down, from an appointed board of elders?  Or may the ministers of a church as a whole vote in other ministers to administer the affairs of the church (a type of the Presbyterian form of church government)?  Is hierarchical church government always evil and abusive?  How does God work through people to administer the church's business and determine its teachings? The essays below deal with this general subject:

Do Elders Have the Power to Rule?  vs. Pifer  .doc

Do Elders Have the Power to Rule?  vs. Pifer  .htm

Do Elders Have Power to Rule?  vs Pifer  .pdf

Avoiding Extremes in Church Government  early UCG  .doc

Avoiding Extremes in Church Government  early UCG  .htm

Avoiding Extremes in Church Government  early UCG  .pdf

Hierarchical Church Govt. Briefly Defended  vs. Journal Critics  .doc

Hierarchy in Church Govt Briefly Defended  vs. Journal Critics  .htm

Is There an Ordained Ministry?  vs. Edwards  .doc

Is There an Ordained Ministry?  vs. Edwards  .html 

Lessons from Jamaica   1998 Feast Report  .doc

Lessons from Jamaica   1998 Feast Report  .htm

Moderate Church Hierarchy Defended  vs. Lisman  .doc

Moderate Church Hierarchy Defended  vs. Lisman  .htm

Moderate Church Hierarchy Defended  vs.Top-down Only  .doc

Moderate Church Hierarchy Defended  vs.Top-down Only  .htm

Should Arians Be Disfellowshipped?  .doc

Should Arians Be Disfellowshipped? .htm

Should Arians Be Disfellowshipped? .pdf

 Hierarchical Church Govt Defended  vs. Havir  .rtf

Hierarchical Church Govt Defended  vs. Havir  .htm

Hierarchical Church Govt Defended  vs Havir  .pdf

Anti-Hierarchical Church Govt Letter Replied to  vs. Edwards  .txt

Anti-Hierarchical Church Govt Letter Replied to  vs. Edwards  .htm

Anti Hierarchical Church Govt Letter Replied to  vs Edward  .pdf

Should Christians vote?  How should Christians dress?  How responsiblle are Christians for using their spiritual talents?  When are we "Born Again" or "Born from Above"?  Are divorce and remarriage ever Biblically permissible?  Various miscellaneous issues of Christian living and doctrine are dealt with in the brief essays and letters below:

Should Christians Vote?  .doc

Should Christians Vote?  .htm

Should Christians Vote?   Reply to Journal Critics  .doc

Should Christians Vote?   Reply to Journal Critics  .htm

When Are We Born Again?  .doc

When Are We Born Again?  .htm

Can You Be Both Balanced and Zealous?  .rtf

Can You Be Both Balanced and Zealous?  .htm

Can You Be Balanced and Zealous?  .pdf

The Chain of Being Concept, Slavery, and Racism  .doc

The Chain of Being Concept, Slavery, and Racism  .htm

The Chain of Being Concept, Slavery, and Racism  .pdf

Are Divorce and Remarriage Biblically Permissible?  vs. White  .doc

Are Divorce and Remarriage Biblically Permissible?  vs. White  .htm

Are Divorce and Remarriage Biblically Permissible?  vs White.pdf

Christian Environmentalism Overkill   vs. Winnail  .doc

Christian Environmentalism Overkill   vs. Winnail  .htm

Christian Environmentalism Overkill  vs. Winnail  .pdf

How Should We Use Our Spiritual Talents?  .rtf

How Should We Use Our Spiritual Talents?  .htm

How Should We Use Our Spiritual Talents? .pdf

The Value of Modesty  .doc

The Value of Modesty  .htm

Feast Report Jamaica CGI 2003  .doc

Feast Report Jamaica CGI 2003  .htm

Feast Report Ocho Rios Jamaica CGI 2004.doc

Feast Report Ocho Rios Jamaica CGI 2004.htm

Feast Report Ocho Rios Jamaica CGI 2005.rtf

Feast Report Ocho Rios Jamaica CGI 2005.htm

Feast Report Ocho Rios Jamaica 2006.doc

Feast Report Ocho Rios Jamaica 2006.htm

What is the correct date for Passover observance?  Should it be observed on Nisan 14th or Nisan 15th?  Have traditional Jews correctly interpreted the Old Testament (Tanakh) by saying it is on Nisan 15th?  This essay deals with the arguments made by one advocate of a "late 14th" view:

Passover Date Controversy   vs. Edwards  .doc

Passover Date Controversy   vs. Edwards  .htm

Passover Date Controversy   vs. Edwards  .pdf

Does God have to be called "Yahweh"?  Does Jesus have to be called "Yeshua"?  Must God be referred to by Hebrew words for someone to be saved?  Various arguments made by the "Sacred Names" groups are considered briefly in the document below:

Must God Be Called Yahweh?  Reply vs. Sacred Name Doctrine  .doc

Must God Be Called Yahweh?  Reply vs. Sacred Name Doctrine  .htm

Must God Be Called Yahweh?  Reply vs. Sacred Name Doctrine.pdf

Will there be three general resurrections, or just two?  Some in the Church of God have argued that only two resurrections will happen.  This brief essay makes the case for the traditional Church of God teaching that there will be three resurrections, including one just for those who knew the truth during their first lifetime but who never responded to their calling or who later rejected it.

Will There Be a Third Resurrection? .doc

Will There Be a Third Resurrection? .htm

Will There Be a Third Resurrection? .rtf

Will There Be a Third Resurrection? .pdf

Is the Philadelphia Church of God the only true church? Are Gerald Flurry's claims to prophethood credible?  This organization is perhaps best known by the general public for being sued by the Worldwide Church of God for copyright infringement for republishing the works of Herbert W. Armstrong, especially "Mystery of the Ages.  It recently bought the copyrights for a number of books and booklets by this man from its legal adversary, the WCG.  This organization sponsors the Key of David television program and publishes the Philadelphia Trumpet magazine.  These two brief essays deal with some of this organization's claims:

Philadelphia Church of God/Flurry Critique  .doc

Philadelphia Church of God/Flurry Critique  .rtf

Philadelphia Church of God/Flurry Critique  .htm

Philadelphia Church of God/Flurry Critique  .pdf

Malachi's Message of PCG Analyzed  .doc

Malachi's Message of PCG Analyzed  .htm

Malachi's Message of PCG Analyzed  .pdf

Are we the Beast?  That is, are the English-speaking nations initially primarily settled by people from the British Isles going to be allied with the King of the North (i.e., the European Union turned dictatorial) when attacking the King of the South?  Will God protect us at the last minute against a Russian-led attack by Asiatic hordes?  Or will God punish this nation (i.e, the USA) and some others in the British Commonwealth for their sins by using the German-led European Union?  These essays analyze "The New Look at Prophecy" of Steven Collins:

Are We the Beast?  vs. Collins  .doc

Are We the Beast?  vs. Collins  .htm

Are We the Beast?  vs. Collins  .pdf

Russia or Germany vs. USA and Britain   vs. Collins 042002  .doc

Russia or Germany vs. USA and Britain   vs. Collins 042002  .htm

What should we think of the ministry of Herbert W. Armstrong and the old (pre-1986) Worldwide Church of God?  This organization, often called a "cult" in those years, is known for having sponsored "The World Tomorrow" on radio and TV and for publishing "The Plain Truth" magazine.  It had the late Garner Ted Armstrong (Herbert Armstrong's youngest son) as its leading spokeman for many years before 1978.  What should we think of the critics of this organization and of the Armstrongs?  These documents deal with the controversial history of the WCG, its critics, and how those theologically influenced by this organization should regard its legacy.  Should its (often embarrassing) history be ignored or discounted when dealing with new people learning Herbert Armstrong's doctrines?  Or should credit be given where credit is due even when we like to think we could have learned many of the same truths from other churches or from the Bible on our own?

Should Christians Read Ambassador Report?  .rtf

Should Christians Read Ambassador Report?  .htm

Should Christians Read Ambassador Report?  .pdf

Herbert W. Armstrong Defended  vs. Edwards  .doc

Herbert W Armstrong Defended vs. Edwards  .htm

Herbert W Armstrong Defended vs. Edwards  .pdf

Should Christians stay in apostate churches?  Does God command us to remain?  Or does He command us to leave?  Should Christians have left the Worldwide Church of God after it became apostate for abandoning all or most of the distinctive teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong?  Were we called into a specific church organization, and then can't leave it, regardless of the beliefs and behavior of those leading it?  Read this essay, which draws upon the insights of Charles Pickering's Biblical Separation:  The Struggle for a Pure Church.

When Is It Spiritual to Split a Church? WCG.rtf

When Is It Spiritual to Split a Church?  WCG.htm 

When Is It Spiritual to Split a Church?  WCG.pdf

Does the Book of Revelation confuse you?  Do you find its descriptions of beasts, angels, seals, and trumpets hard to follow?  What does the last book of the Bible really mean?  Read this brief overview of perhaps the Bible's most mysterious book in order to understand it better:

Revelation overview.doc

Revelation overview.htm

Revelation overview.pdf

 

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