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Somewhere at this very moment on Planet Earth, the Antichrist is almost certainly alive—biding his time, awaiting his cue. Banal sensationalism? Far from it! That likelihood is based upon a sober evaluation of current events in relation to Bible prophecy. Already a mature man, the Antichrist... Read more
Apostasy is the desertion of one's faith or religion. It is the forsaking of the belief to which one had previously adhered. In Acts:21:21 the Apostle Paul is falsely accused of encouraging the Jews to "forsake" the teachings of Moses. The Greek term that is translated... Read more
Anyone who sets out with an honest heart, an inquiring mind, and a sincere desire to find answers to the most important questions one can face in life will recognize a significant few that must be given priority. Does God exist? What is the origin of the universe and of the life found in such... Read more

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There is a simple shortcut to truth: start with the Bible first and investigate it thoroughly. Why start there? Not just because the Bible claims to be the only inspired Word of the one true God who created us. It also claims that all of the world's religions and their scriptures are false and... Read more

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Many sincere, Bible-believing Christian are "Calvinists" only by default. Thinking that the only choice is between Calvinism (with its presumed doctrine of eternal security) and Arminianism (with its teaching that salvation can be lost), and confident of Christ's promise to keep... Read more
The theological differences between Catholics and Protestants were once considered to be so great that millions died as martyrs rather than compromise with them, and the Catholic executioners were equally convinced of the importance of such differences. How have these differences been dissolved?... Read more
The Rapture of the church involves all believers being caught up to heaven—those just resurrected, together with those alive at the time (1 Thes 4:13-18). If it occurs at the beginning of the tribulation period, then clearly Christ’s Second Coming at the end of the Tribulation to rescue... Read more
Most people, including many Christians, do not take the Bible seriously when it declares that God—who created everything out of nothing—formed the human body "of the dust of the ground."  Our bodies indeed have the same chemicals as the soil, and it is the soil from which comes the food that... Read more

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All of us, from time to time, have had thoughts about God that did not square exactly with what He himself has declared in the Scriptures, but that generation of misinformation has reached appalling levels among evangelical Christians today. This development has been stimulated primarily by the... Read more
"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that... Read more
Hollywood has a long history of making Bible-based movies, including epics by Cecil B. DeMille and John Huston; Italian directors Pasolini, Rossellini, and Zeffirelli; American Martin Scorsese, and Australian Mel Gibson. Broadway musicals have also been made into “biblical” movies and videos such... Read more
Paul declares, "...if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace, otherwise work is no more work" (Rom:11:6). Salvation cannot be partly by works and partly by grace....Works have nothing to do with salvation. Period. The... Read more
We see from God's Word that lost sinners are offered forgiveness of all sins (past, present, and future) and eternal life as a free gift of God's grace by virtue of Christ's fully accomplished redemptive work upon the cross and His bodily resurrection. To receive these priceless gifts, one... Read more

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The Hebrew Roots Movement (HRM) is, in general, an attempt by its adherents to draw closer to God by gleaning things from Judaism that are perceived to be biblically significant and valuable. Though the movement includes Jews who have professed faith in Jesus Christ as their Messiah, for the most... Read more

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That Islam is “peace and tolerance” is the most popular lie in the world today. Intellectuals in the West who defame Christ parrot the most fatuous praise of Muhammad, in spite of his legacy of murder, pillage, and rape. A Sesame Street-type Arabic TV program features children training to be... Read more
Indisputably, Israel is the major topic of biblical prophecy, just as it is of the daily news. The word "Israel" is found 2,565 times in 2,293 verses in the King James translation of the Bible, while "Jerusalem" is found 811 time in 764 verses....The conflict between tiny Israel and the vast... Read more

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"Hear, O Israel:...thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might."(Deuteronomy:6:4,5) "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John:14:23)... Read more

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There is no question that the hierarchical dogmatism and authoritarianism of the Mormon Church is comparable to that of Roman Catholicism....As the “Ward Teachers’ Message” for June 1945 said, “When our leaders speak, the thinking has been done. When they propose a plan, it is God’s plan....... Read more
Undermining sound doctrine is Satan’s primary goal in his attempt to shipwreck the faith and fruitfulness of believers. The strategy involves corrupting the Word of God by adding to it or subtracting from it. Thus the Scriptures are distorted through the input of fallen, finite man and the... Read more

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Biblical prophets and Jesus Christ himself warned of a great spiritual delusion and occult seduction in a period of time called the "last days" just prior to Christ's return. The warning concerned "false prophets" who would perform "great signs and wonders" that would be so convincing that "if it... Read more

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We believe that the judgment referred to in 1 Peter:4:17 is a judgment of persecution that God allows His church to go through for the purpose of purifying and strengthening it. As the process takes place, believers are supported by His grace and mercy. It has value for them, and it glorifies Him—... Read more
No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. The pulpit can be a shopwindow to display one's talents; the prayer closet allows no showing off. Poverty-stricken as the Church is today in many things, she is most... Read more
The major proof that God offers of His own existence and that the Bible is His Word is prophecy. It foretells events centuries and even thousands of years in advance. Biblical prophecy is always fulfilled right on time in every detail. Prophecy is absolutely unique to the Bible, being found in... Read more
Psychology, with its psychotherapeutic counseling, has been embraced by evangelicals more than almost any other unbiblical endeavor that has entered the church in the last half-century. “Christian psychologists” are generally more popular and influential than preachers and teachers of the Word.... Read more

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In desperation, the Philippian jailor cried, “What must I do to be saved?” Paul’s reply was simple: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). The great apostle said nothing about baptism or sacraments, candles, incense, church attendance, reforming one’s life, or... Read more
There is an important difference between science as it was then, in the days of Newton, Boyle, and the other theist founders, when ongoing physical observation led to theories, which, after careful verification, became established laws—and science now, since Darwin, when wild tales are... Read more
The “seeker-friendly,” or “seeker-sensitive,” movement currently taking a host of evangelical churches by storm is an approach to evangelizing through application of the latest marketing techniques. Typically, it begins with a survey of the lost . This survey questions the unchurched about the... Read more
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth...." On the sixth day, "God created man in his own image" (Gen 1:1-27). That statement has nothing to do with man's physical body, male or female, for "God is a Spirit" (Jn 4:24). We can only conclude that man was made in the spiritual image of... Read more

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The one true "gospel of God's grace," which God offers as our only salvation, has three basic elements: 1) who Christ is—fully God and perfect, sinless man in one Person (were He less, He could not be our Savior); 2) who we are—hopeless sinners already condemned to eternal death (or we... Read more
The amazing popularity of the book The Shack(TBC Q&A, 8/08 ) among evangelicals is just a recent example of someone depicting a Jesus who is foreign to the Bible and worse. What does the author think about Jesus? He characterizes Him in a way that may make some people feel more comfortable with... Read more

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There’s little doubt that many of the proponents of Christian yoga are sincere people who just want to make Christianity and yoga compatible. It seems obvious that this would be inexcusable, but given the present state of Christianity—which seems to welcome, with arms wide open (despite glaring... Read more