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January 26, 2020

About 25 years ago the pastor of the congregation I attended preached a sermon telling Bible believers why they should not celebrate Halloween. Afterwards I told the pastor that it was an excellent sermon, and I commended him for taking a bold stand. Then, as respectfully and as lovingly as I could, I told him that all the good reasons he gave to urge Christians to shun Halloween were the very same reasons I shun Christmas. If the pagan origin of Halloween traditions makes Halloween un-kosher for Christians, then should not the pagan origin of Christmas traditions make Christmas just as un-kosher as Halloween? Why is it that so many conservative Christians are willing to shun Halloween because of its connection to pagan superstitions and idolatry, but are not willing to shun Christmas?

September 22, 2019

The word apostasy does not appear in the 1611 KJV, but according to Webster's it has been in the English language since at least the 14th century. The English word apostasy is a transliteration of the Greek word apostasia. The Gingrich Shorter Lexicon defines it as "rebellion, abandonment, apostasy." Strong's defines it as "defection from truth." According to Strong's, the word apostasia is formed by attaching the apo- prefix to stao, a word related to stemi ("stand"). Regardless of how those ancient Greek speakers formed the word apostasia, it means defection from truth; rebellion, abandonment, apostasy. These lexicon definitions leave a couple of questions unanswered, namely: From which elements of truth do apostates defect? What specifically is it that apostates rebel against and abandon?

May 12, 2019

As I write this, Passover, the festival of freedom, has passed. Now we are counting the seven Sabbaths to Shavuot (Pentecost), the anniversary of the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. The rabbis say that Passover isn't completely over until Pentecost. Why? Because freedom without law is anarchy. After God redeemed the children of Israel by the blood of the Passover lambs and freed them from Egypt, He did not tell them they were now free to do whatever they pleased. No, He brought them to Mount Sinai and told them "I am Yahweh thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage" (Ex. 20:2). Then He gave commandments, starting with the "Top Ten," to instruct His redeemed people how to live in freedom. Deuteronomy 6:23 says that Yahweh brought them out from Egypt so that He might bring them into the Promised Land. God's call to leave one place is always followed by God's call to go to another place. God

January 6, 2019

About 25 years ago the pastor of the congregation I attended preached a sermon telling Bible believers why they should not celebrate Halloween. Afterwards I told the pastor that it was an excellent sermon, and I commended him for taking a bold stand. Then, as respectfully and as lovingly as I could, I told him that all the good reasons he gave to urge Christians to shun Halloween were the very same reasons I shun Christmas. If the pagan origin of Halloween traditions makes Halloween un-kosher for Christians, then should not the pagan origin of Christmas traditions make Christmas just as un-kosher as Halloween?

September 2, 2018

The word apostasy does not appear in the 1611 KJV, but according to Webster's it has been in the English language since at least the 14th century. The English word apostasy is a transliteration of the Greek word apostasia. The Gingrich Shorter Lexicon defines it as "rebellion, abandonment, apostasy." Strong's defines it as "defection from truth." According to Strong's, the word apostasia is formed by attaching the apo- prefix to stao, a word related to stemi ("stand"). Regardless of how those ancient Greek speakers formed the word apostasia, it means defection from truth; rebellion, abandonment, apostasy. These lexicon definitions leave a couple of questions unanswered, namely: From which elements of truth do apostates defect? What specifically is it that apostates rebel against and abandon? If we look at how the word apostasis is used in the New Testament, it will help answer these questions, and will give us a clearer understanding of w...

April 15, 2018

As I write this, Passover, the festival of freedom, has passed. Now we are counting the seven Sabbaths to Shavuot (Pentecost), the anniversary of the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai. The rabbis say that Passover isn't completely over until Pentecost. Why? Because freedom without law is anarchy. After God redeemed the children of Israel by the blood of the Passover lambs and freed them from Egypt, He did not tell them they were now free to do whatever they pleased. No, He brought them to Mount Sinai and told them "I am Yahweh thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage" (Ex. 20:2). Then He gave commandments, starting with the "Top Ten," to instruct His redeemed people how to live in freedom.

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