As I’ve explained elsewhere on this site, it’s mortality (and death, for those who die prior to Christ’s return), as well as sinfulness because of that mortality, that Christ saves us from, not “hell” or the lake of fire. As I’ve also covered, salvation under Paul’s Gospel is 100% based upon the fact that Christ… Continue reading The only part you play in your own salvation
It’s rare, but sometimes people ask the right question. Recently, a few people have asked, “if Christ died for our sins, why do some people have to pay for their own sins by going to hell?” The answer to this question is something that even most Christian Universalists get wrong. I’ll begin by saying, this… Continue reading Do people pay for their own sins?
As I’ve discussed previously, most people who read the threatening messages Jesus gave while He walked the earth completely misunderstand what He was talking about, thinking He was referring to never-ending punishment in a place called “hell” if they don’t become Christians before they die. Of course, as you already know if you’ve read much… Continue reading What is the furnace of fire?
A couple weeks ago I wrote about some street preachers here in Toronto who were inadvertently preaching a distorted “gospel” (I recommend reading that post first, before finishing this one). Of course, they didn’t mean to do so. They seem like very nice people, for the most part, who mean well. Unfortunately, however, not knowing… Continue reading Preaching a distorted gospel, part 2
Yesterday, I watched some street preachers using speakers to proclaim their understanding of the Gospel. This post isn’t about the ear damage that many street preachers in Toronto are causing to both themselves and to random passersby with the excessive decibel level they have their speakers cranked up to, though, because these guys were among… Continue reading Preaching a distorted gospel
There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings that come up anytime someone begins discussing “the snatching away” (which is what those of us in the body of Christ call the event generally known as “the rapture,” although, for the sake of familiarity, I’ll refer to it as the rapture for the duration of this… Continue reading Myths and misunderstandings about the snatching away, aka the rapture
There’s an old saying: “A text without a context is a pretext for a proof text.” When discussing the topic of the final fate of individual humans, many Christians will share various texts from the Bible that they assume — based on presuppositions they’ve been taught to believe by their religious leaders — are proof… Continue reading Considering context, chronology, and consistency when reading passages about “hell”
There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings (and sometimes even outright lies) told about Universal Reconciliation and those who believe this doctrine that I’ve encountered whenever the topic comes up, both in person and online. Whether it’s due to simple lack of study or due to willful ignorance, I can’t say for sure, but… Continue reading Myths and misunderstandings about Universal Reconciliation
This post is a slightly edited version of chapter 7 and the Conclusion of my eBook about traditions taught in church that aren’t actually mentioned in Scripture. I wanted a blog post I could point people to in order to discuss the topic of what Scripture teaches about the ecclesia (another word for “church”), so I’ve created… Continue reading Should you go to church?
This post is an edited excerpt from chapter 5 of my eBook about traditions taught in church that aren’t actually mentioned in Scripture. I wanted a blog post I could point people to in order to discuss the topic of sexuality in morality specifically, so I’ve created this post for that reason. Please be sure… Continue reading What does Scripture really teach about sexuality?