Monthly Archives: September 2019

Toning Down 1 John: the Docetist Proto-Gnostics

I generally avoid big words on my blog, but “proto-gnostic” is necessary to this post; so is docetist. 1 John is one of the harshest letters in the New Testament. “The one that says, ‘I know him,’ but does not … Continue reading

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The Origin of the Roman Catholic Church: A Brief History

Someone suggested the Roman Catholic Church began with the Edict of Thessalonica in 380 cherry-picked a quote to prove it. Here is a quick but much more accurate description of the origin of the Roman Catholic Church. The Theodosian Code … Continue reading

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Which Church Will the Gates of Hades Not Prevail Against?

Despite the importance the early churches put on the Eucharist (communion) meal, I stand by the following argument, which I sent in answer to an email question about which church the gates of Hades will not prevail against: I think … Continue reading

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Quick History of the Roman Catholic Church

Someone asked me how the Roman Catholic Church “took over” fromĀ  the early apostolic church. The following response gives you a brief (and, I think, very interesting) history of the rise of the Roman papacy. As for when the Roman … Continue reading

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Becoming a Christian

This is the Bible study on becoming a Christian that I sent to my (very small) mailing list at RebuildingTheFoundations.com. I think it is worth posting here as well. Becoming a Christian In previous Bible studies, we have talked about … Continue reading

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The Glory Which Shall Be Revealed in Us

The Apostle Paul said, “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us” (Rom. 8:18, WEB). Whether it is the glory that will be revealed for us, as … Continue reading

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Earning Heaven and Being Worthy

I think it would be good to voice (write) my agreement with the idea that we will never be good enough, in ourselves, to earn heaven. This does not negate the fact that God rewards eternal life to those who … Continue reading

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