The biblical view about denominations

"I am the Vine.  You are the branches," said the Lord Jesus Christ.  John 15:5. So why are people trying to join different branches of Christ's church into one branch?  Whoever thought that a vine or a tree should have only one branch? Yet this has been the unwieldy vision of the ecumenical movement, which …

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Ambiguity and exegesis: confusing English words

My last blogpost highlighted the mistake that early Christians made between 'soon' and 'suddenly'.  It continues to the present hour, even among academia, with serious practical consequences both to the early Christian church 2Th 3:11 and to current Christianity. There are other examples of ambiguity in English words leading to confusion in exegesis.  Such an …

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What do we do about confusion in congregational preaching?

Intelligent listeners will notice differences in teaching between preachers even in the same denomination, as well as between denominations. The right of private judgment is permitted to Christians, but the continuous and unchallenged preaching of different doctrines only leads to confusion in congregations - and God is not the author of confusion 1Cor 14:33. So …

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Discerning the Lord’s body

1Cor 11:29 v29: "not discerning the Lord's body": the usual Protestant interpretation applies this to failing to discern the Lord’s body in the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper, which is a spiritual activity. It is contrasted with the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation so that  the Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 96 What is …

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Vain worship of God and a mark of effective Christianity

Jesus teaches about worshipping God in vain: 'in vain do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men' Mk 7:7. Vain worship is empty worship, devoid of proper content, but this is not the emphasis of the Greek word used here, which points to the 'fruitless activity' of such worship.  It points to …

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