Holy Ghost vs. Tradition

“And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.” (Eph. 4:30) In the mid-1980’s, we attended a particularly anointed worship service. Perceiving the drawing of God’s Spirit, Dr. Finn interrupted the music to give an altar call. Several people came forward to receive salvation. (This was clearly a […]

Tradition of Communion

Tradition says don’t take communion if there’s sin in your life. But that’s not what the passage is about. Obviously, we all have sin in our lives! But it’s not about sin; it’s about faith. Paul reminds us to consider what we’re doing, and “discern” the Lord’s body. (1Cor.11:26-29) Jesus said, “Take, eat: this is my body, […]

Our Defeated Foe

WARNING YOUNG CHRISTIAN, THE DEVIL DOESN’T WANT YOU TO READ THIS! 1. Heaven was polluted with sin. Before the resurrection of Jesus, those who died in faith went to a place of comfort known as Abraham’s Bosom (Luke 16:22). This place was adjacent to, but isolated from hell, the place of torment (verse 23). (Hell […]

Nehushtan

In John chapter 3, Jesus had reminded the folks that the brazen serpent had been a powerful type of the Messiah. “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:” (John 3:14) He referred to the twenty-first chapter of Numbers, where the people of […]

Witness of God’s Forbearance

Denver, CO, c.1982.  The pressroom roar had begun to subside into a modest rumble.  A few four-color jobs had a little ink still on the rollers.  The platen presses were already silent, and the prep area was darkened.  The shippers were cleaning up the loading dock for the weekend. I decided to seize the moment […]