Theology Tuesday

Arguing The Pretribulation Rapture from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Alone

I am certainly an advocate of the Pretribulation rapture. However, in recent years I've become convinced that much of our argumentation for the pretribulational timing of the rapture is poor, at best. This includes some of the arguments I have personally used in times past. Recently I studied again the rapture passage, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. As I studied it, I became more and more convinced that the timing of the rapture can be argued from this passage alone. It cannot be proven from this [...]

By |2021-01-19T23:36:47-06:00January 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |2 Comments

Why The Church Is In Doctrinal Crisis

Few would disagree that the church (in the larger sense of the word) is in doctrinal crisis today. Anyone my age or older knows that denominational designations used to mean something. Baptist churches were Baptist in doctrine, Methodist churches were Methodist in their doctrine, and Presbyterian churches were Presbyterian in doctrine. About 40 years ago, when churches first started removing the denominational designation from their names, the "old codgers" warned that the name goes first, the doctrine later. The "agents of change" [...]

By |2020-12-08T21:53:16-06:00December 8th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |5 Comments

Delivered From the Wrath to Come: Which Wrath?

Paul wrote some encouraging words to the Thessalonians in 1 Thessalonians 1:10- And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. The believers that made the Thessalonian church were converts to Judaism long before meeting Paul, and became not only faithful Jews but also gloriously saved "Messianic Jews" after meeting Paul. Long before meeting Paul they "turned to God from idols to serve the living and true [...]

By |2020-11-30T22:29:14-06:00December 1st, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |2 Comments

Interpreting Parables: The Chief Subject of Parables

For an earlier post on common mistakes when interpreting parables, click here. The more I've studied New Testament parables, the more I am convinced of one thing: they are all about the same subject. That's right: parables in Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all about a singular subject. Every. Single. One. In fact, I'm so convinced of this that if I find a parable that is not about this subject, then I'm convinced I'm not reading a parable at all. Sadly, I spent many [...]

By |2020-11-17T23:14:08-06:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |1 Comment

Interpreting Parables: Common Mistakes

A parable is a story or that could be true but the truth of the story is not the point. A parable has a truth about the work of God that is hidden from view and requires interpretation. The Bible is filled with parables. When we think of them, we mostly think of the parables of Jesus. However, Ezekiel was instructed to tell or display parables many times, and they are also found throughout the Bible. Nathan's story of the pet lamb [...]

By |2020-11-15T07:16:10-06:00November 17th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |3 Comments

Is a Confessional Statement a necessity?

In most denominational circles a confessional statement or a creed (with their marginal differences) are sacred holy cows, not to be questioned. Their presence saves the denomination from doctrinal drift and error, or so the parrots tell us. But is this the case? A little Baptist History I have a Baptist background, so I know Baptist history better than other groups. However, I suspect that the Baptist dealings with confessional statements is true of most in the free-church movement (a free-church is [...]

By |2020-11-12T10:52:52-06:00November 12th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |0 Comments

The Source Determines the Application: Why the Old Testament Prophecies Are Not Ours

One of the most important rules of Biblical interpretation is that "scripture interprets itself." One of the greatest errors in interpreting the scripture is that the preacher, professor, or student of the Word allows self to interpret scripture. To avoid this error when we study the Word, we need to make sure that we consider the source of a truth when we make the application of that truth. Doing so will keep us from making a dispensational error, which is important because if we do not rightly [...]

By |2020-10-27T20:18:54-06:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Publisher's Perspective|Tags: |4 Comments
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