The Truth About the Rapture

In many Christian circles, the teaching of the rapture is taken for granted. We hear it taught on Christian radio, and perhaps we’ve read books about it. Most evangelicals know about the rapture, assume it’s in scripture, and then go on their merry way.

When I was in high school, I read the entire Left Behind series. I didn’t think twice about whether it was scriptural or not.

There’s one problem. It’s actually not in scripture. It is a recent theological invention from the 19th century that has unfortunately gained quite a bit of popularity.

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Why Did Jesus Perform Miracles?

Jesus’ miracles showed that He was not just a normal man or even a prophet, but that He was and is the Son of God. Showing Himself to be God incarnate through these miraculous signs, Jesus also fulfilled many Old Testament prophecies regarding the coming Kingdom of God, revealing the heart of God towards those oppressed and…

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Meaning of 1 Corinthians 3: The Testing of God’s Church Builders

When discussing the last judgment and the consequences of good and bad works, I have heard it often incorrectly taught that your deeds don’t have any affect on your eternal security. If you are a Christian and have good works, congratulations, you’ll get some heavenly presents. However, if your life was defined by sinful living, don’t worry, you…

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Are Our Past, Present, and Future Sins Already Forgiven?

A falsehood spreading among the Christian church today is that at our conversion, Jesus forgives not only our past sins, but also our present and future sins—those we haven’t even committed yet. If you’re paying attention, you’ll hear something along these lines, “Jesus has already forgiven all our sins—past, present, and future.” This is patently false. Now…

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Christians Must Not Deny Jesus When Persecuted (Apostolic Constitutions)

The quotations below from the Apostolic Constitutions (375 AD) give historical perspective on the attitude of Christians regarding martyrdom and the eternal importance of never denying Jesus. As you can read below, it was taught that those Christians that were unfaithful to their confession risked losing their salvation. The memories of persecution were still relatively…

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Necessity of Continued Obedience for Salvation (Apostolic Constitutions)

I want to share a series of quotations from the so-named Apostolic Constitutions, compiled and written in the 4th century. The quotations below are based upon an earlier work, the Didascalia Apostolorum from sometime around 230 AD. (Read more at the Wikipedia page and at the Catholic Encyclopedia.) All of these excepts deal with the importance of continued…

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