Posts Tagged: sin

Why Calvin’s Total Depravity is Wrong

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Calvin’s total depravity as follows: Definition of total depravity: a state of corruption due to original sin held in Calvinism to infect every part of man’s nature and to make the natural man unable to know or obey God. In one sense this definition is correct.  Total depravity comes from original…

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…

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…

Satan’s Jealousy of Man

Just think of the magnificence of the Garden.  Everything in the earth was new and glorious, fresh from the Creator’s mind and hand.  How amazing that must have been!  To top that off, God made man, the epitome of all that He had conceived. Observing everything that God had done, His divine sons cheered.  They…

Doors

There are two kinds of doors mentioned in the Bible.  One is bad, the other is good.  We need to know which door to enter in order for us to live life as God wills for us. Proverbs 5:8 continues the thoughts of Solomon as he instructs his son.  He gives much advice to avoid…

Corrupting Influence of Sin

Today, I’ll start with an analogy.  It’s rather gross, but at the same time, I think, quite effective. Consider a brand-new toilet bowl.  It’s clean, white, no hint of anything that might mar its pristine surface.  It gets installed in your home and it isn’t long before it’s not quite so pretty. A little bit…