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Practicing the Presence of God

Did you ever hear someone say, “I can glorify God by washing the dishes for him” or, “I can worship God by working on my car engine or while taking a walk in the woods”? People that speak this way often have been influenced by a teaching that is called “practicing the presence of God.” […]

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How Is It that We Obey?

There is an idea that has circulated among different Christian groups through different times and ages. It involves the question of how it is that we obey and also then how we do good works. The Christians who hold to this idea commendably exert great emphasis on the importance of grace and the importance of […]

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The Meaning of Necessary Good Works

You have always been taught that good works are necessary. What does “necessary good works” mean? Those who promote error give the word necessary just their one meaning that is often the first meaning listed in many dictionaries. We are called sometimes to explain the proper meaning of terms that have been corralled into one […]

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Christian Patriarchy Life

The Christian Patriarchy (CP) lifestyle was born in the home school movement during the 1980s as a reaction to the increasing worldliness of the church world that the people were a part of. Aside from promising to improve society so that it can be a fit place to rear up future Christian generations, their form […]

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Goodwill

“the good will of Him that dwelleth in the bush” -Moses “with good will doing service as to the Lord!” -Paul “on earth peace, in men good will” -The Heavenly Host Christian, recovering from the set-back caused him by following Mr. Worldly-Wiseman’s counsel, went on once more in The Way with haste, heeding no one. […]

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Christian Patriarchy

Christian Patriarchy is a philosophy on how one should live as a Christian. It is a moralism that leads to elitism. It is also a political force. Its political and theological ideas are grown from the teachings of the reconstructionist, postmillennialist Rousas Rushdooney. He desired to re-establish America as a “nation under God” by having […]

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Patriarchy From Athens to Today

It may be one’s lot in life to live in the midst of a patriarchal society. Many converts in the New Testament did. Does patriarchy exist today? The roots of Christian patriarchy follow out of the world’s patriarchy, so it is good to trace its path. Last time we saw that Aristotle’s ideas dominated society […]

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Patriarchy

Doug Phillips, Doug Wilson, R. C. Sproul Jr., Steven Wilkins, Bill Gothard, the late Rousas Rushdooney and others are involved with the promotion of the ideal of Christian patriarchy. They did not dream patriarchy up by themselves. To understand their Christian patriarchy we need to look at patriarchy as the world defines it because these […]

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God’s Controversy with Israel (7)

III. The Warning to Judah Against Apostasy and Judgment B. Avoid Profane Swearing 1. As swearing trivially, rashly, falsely, deceitfully            “Do not swear, ‘Yehovah hay’” i.e. Jehovah lives! Or Jehovah is living!  What is forbidden here is the not using God’s name as required, i.e., not exalting His good name alone.  One may not […]

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God’s Controversy with Israel

II. D. The worst judgment: divine abandonment (17) “Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.” The Lord does not intend to lead Israel to repentance. For His decree is, Conscience, let him alone; Ministers, let him alone; Spirit of God in the Word, let him alone. There comes a day, too, when godly parents […]

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God’s Controversy with Israel (5) Hosea 4

II.  B.  All the land ruined with pollution (3) “Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth in it shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the heavens; yea, the fish of the sea also shall be taken away.” Here read Joel 1:9-13: “Therefore”—because of all those […]

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God’s Controversy with Israel (4) Hosea 4:11

“Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.”  There is a definite connection between drunkenness and whoredom, both corporeally and spiritually.  See Prov. 23:20, 27-35.  Wine may lawfully be used as a medicine.  I Tim. 5:23.  But taken to excess (Eph. 5:18), wine acts upon the body as a poison.  Deut. 32:33; Prov. […]

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God’s Controversy with Israel (2): Hosea 4

“By swearing, and lying, and killing…” The world is full of it.  Daily killings continue in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Ireland, in Sri Lanka, in Honduras, and Nicaragua.  But in our own land the crime of murder is appalling!  “Four (4) times as many Americans will be killed by abortion as by cancer…; 10 […]

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“Paul…This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come” (II Tim. 1:1; 3:1). The former twenty-two articles of this series under this general heading were expounded according to the inspired perspective of Jude.  Now we propose to continue the theme from the perspective of Paul.  The name Paul means small, little. He […]

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God’s Controversy with Israel (1)

I.  The Charges Made in God’s Controversy with Israel A.  The vicious and the profane everywhere (1,2) B.  Ignorance and forgetfulness of God (6) C.  Priests wicked and avid in iniquity (8) D.  Drunkenness and whoredom (11,14,18) E.  Activity in the occult – divination and witchcraft (12) F.  Bribery of rulers (18) II.  The Consequences […]

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“And of some have compassion, making a difference; and others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”  Jude 22, 23             The text is difficult to translate, one reason being because of many manuscript readings at this point.  But we offer the following rendering of […]

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Back Home in Distelfink Country

The expression has reference to “Pennsylvania Dutch country.”  We once thought Deuteronomy 11:12 could apply to it: “A land which the Lord thy God careth for.  The eyes of the Lord thy God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year unto the end of the year.”  By the way, this would make […]

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“These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.” Jude 15. Jude continues to record the marks of apostates so that they may be recognized when they appear in the church.  The text may be translated, with paraphrase in parentheses, […]

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“To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude 15.   The text may be rendered, “to exercise judgment against all and to convict all their […]

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