The Church of the New Testament, the Church Jesus Christ founded, the Church of Paul the Apostle, and the original twelve Apostles, kept the Passover. Is it not logical that those who want to practice the true Christianity of the Bible will want to be keeping the same tradition, based not on the commandments of men, but on the commandments of God (Mark 7: 6-7, 9; 1 Corinthians 11:1-2; Revelation 12:17; 14:12)? Continue reading
For millennia cultures have superstitiously regarded eclipses as omens of good or evil. These and other astrological “signs” have been used to mislead people into false beliefs concerning their conduct, as well as future events.
We are told in Scripture, “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; Do not be dismayed at the signs of heaven, For the Gentiles are dismayed at them. For the customs of the peoples are futile” (Jeremiah 10:2-3). Yet, even among those who claim to be Christians, such superstitions are common.
In recent years, a minister of popular Christianity has gained notoriety suggesting that Christ would return on the Day of Atonement in 2015 based on eclipses occurring in 2014 and 2015 (www.wnd.com). In pointing out that a solar eclipse will occur on March 20, 2015, a day before the beginning of the new sacred year of the Hebrew calendar, and also the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere, he is quoted as saying, “A total solar eclipse speaks of judgment coming on the nations” (breakingisraelnews.com). Another prognosticator says of the event, “This is likely a message from God to the entire world” (wnd.com). Continue reading
Some have alleged that the word “amen,” customarily used in affirmation, including affirmation of a prayer in Christian and Biblical usage (e.g., Matthew 6:13), is “pagan.” Is this true? Continue reading
The Bible speaks of a rest for the people of God. What is that rest? Have Christians already entered into the rest? Continue reading
When God tested Abraham by commanding him to sacrifice to him his only son, Isaac, Abraham obeyed in faith. “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called,’ concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense” (Hebrews 11:17-19).
It was not God’s intent that Abraham actually slay his son, but God sought to test the extent of Abraham’s faith and see if he indeed had in him the fear of the Eternal (Genesis 22:10-12). Abraham proved that his fear of God was genuine, because he obeyed (Genesis 22:15-18; 26:4-5).
To fear God means to regard him with awe and deep respect, to see him as exalted and holy, just and righteous, to love him without reservation. Such fear comes from the heart. Because God is righteous and just, the fear of God is to hate evil (Proverbs 8:13). As Christians, we must overcome sin and put it out of our lives. Having a genuine fear of God, as we’ve described, enables us with God’s help to do that. If you truly hate evil you will abhor it and want to put it away from you (Proverbs 16:6).
Do you have the fear of God? We will discuss how that can be determined. One way to test yourself is ask yourself, do I hate what God hates? Do I hate evil? Continue reading