Posts Categorized: Sin

NAR Purposes vs. Jesus’ Purposes

In February 2019 a huge event was held in Orlando that attracted 50,000 young people.  It was birthed by one of the so-called apostles and prophets of the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) and included many leaders of that movement.  There was high energy and determination; there were encouraging declarations; there were many prayers and expectations. …

Marijuana & This Present Darkness

For those of you who have read This Present Darkness, you may have seen what author Frank Peretti wrote about so vividly enter your own communities.  The novel depicts the town of Ashton that has been targeted by dark forces that intend total domination.  It portrays spiritual, geographical, territorial entities that control this community combatted…

Rapture Interest – A Contrarian Indicator

There’s no shortage of financial advice “out there” that is either freely accessible or available through a subscription service.  One of the sources that I’ve found useful in this economic realm is Stansberry Research.  They have a number of different newsletters covering the gamut of investments by many different writers, but the hallmark of Stansberry…

The Romans 1 – Genesis 6 Connection

Have you ever read Romans 1 and wondered why Paul wrote verses 18-32 in the past tense?  If you’re like me, you may have thought that he was simply describing our future—now current—condition in that manner simply as a literary convention.  But in thinking about this recently, I no longer think that’s the case.  I…

Whom Will God Rapture? – Guest Blogger

[Gary’s Note – 1: The initial post of this blog, that also appeared on Rapture Ready, generated quite a bit of controversy.  The follow-up entry that I wrote was rejected by Rapture Ready—the reason being that they prefer not to contend in this area.  In our respectful interchange, they informed me that my article goes…

Whom Will God Rapture? – Another Look

My previous article with a similar title elicited quite a bit of response and pushback.  In that piece I suggested that God would Rapture His true church, thus potentially leaving behind some number of Christians who didn’t fit that definition.  To be clear in what I previously said, I wasn’t redefining salvation and equating it…

God’s Grief

Have you ever encountered the question, “Why is the Bible filled with stories of rebellion and all-around bad behavior?”  Sure you have.  The standard answer is: “That’s what makes it real; one of the reasons why we know it’s true.”  This is a good response, but does it go deep enough?  I don’t think so….

Re-Examining the Third Commandment

Have you ever wondered why the Third Commandment has such a penalty enacted by God?  Doesn’t it seem a little extreme?  Let’s examine Exodus 20:7: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.” Think about that. …

Marijuana Legalization’s Demonic Advocates

In a recent article I wrote titled “Marijuana, Salt & Light” I chronicled my experience attending a local city council meeting in which the subject of approving marijuana sale and grow facilities in our community was front and center.  The majority of the council members were all for approval of these businesses, seeing nothing wrong…

Marijuana, Salt & Light

Although recreational marijuana remains illegal at a federal level, many states have chosen to no longer view it as a Schedule 1 drug, i.e. one with the potential for a high level of abuse.  This is the case in my state.  However, it is left up to the individual communities whether or not to allow…