How am I supposed to understand this verse?

If you study the Bible for any length of time, you are going to come across verses that are difficult to understand, or that seem to contradict other Bible verses.
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"As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are
some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." - 2 Peter 3:16

Many Christians have been deceived into believing false doctrines, due to their own misinterpretation of verses. I am going to give you four simple principles to help you correctly interpret the Bible accurately.
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Three Reasons I Am Secure in Christ

There are some verses in the Bible that give the impression that I can lose my salvation. An example is 2 Peter 2:20-22
20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
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21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Reading these verses, it seems you can lose your salvation, but you need to read it in context and go back to verse…
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Legalism: What it is. What it is not.

A couple years ago, we had a couple who came to our meetings. They were saved Christians, but they took a strong stand not to celebrate Christmas, which is one of my families
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favourite holidays. These were not Jehovah's witnesses, they were Bible believing Christians. When I mentioned this situation to another believer, he immediately accused them of being legalists. "Legalism?!?" I thought. I was surprised to hear the word, because this is not one I normally use. Knowing the definition, I personally would not have applied it to this situation. Words and definitions are very important. So I wanted to take a moment to address this word which is so often misused. What is legalism? Read More…

A Letter to a Calvinist

The following is a seven-page letter I wrote in response to a Calvinist who came to our church and challenged our beliefs by email. The names have been removed out of respect for the recipients, and references to their previous email are in BLUE. I hope and pray you will read through and that you will find it helpful. You can also see a recent sermon post on this same subject. (http://links.acbc.ie/calvinismsermon)
(Below is a photo of a statue of John Calvin, which is located in Budapest.)
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Dear …………,

Thank you for your email, and sharing ……… decision and your concerns.

Let me borrow your words for a moment :
”I wanted to personally say to you that before branding us as believing in false doctrine and settling that in your reasoning, I would ask you to prayerfully consider the following:” I am not in the business of branding, labelling and criticising every person I disagree with.   I am, however, in the business of teaching and leading those who will be taught.

Let me take a moment to acknowledge the scriptures you quoted, and add that if those were the only scriptures in the Bible, than I would be a Calvinist in a heartbeat.  If Romans 9:13-23 was the only passage I had, I could be a Calvinist, but this is not the case. Allow me to explain…
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Why is the resurrection important?

I Corinthians 15:14 "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain."
What is the importance and significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Easter.
The resurrection was essential. It should not to be taken lightly, because that one event sets Jesus apart and proves that He is, and was, the Son of God. The resurrection separates Jesus Christ from all other religious leaders throughout history. The resurrection was God's seal of authenticity upon the life of Jesus Christ and it divides cults from true Bible believing worshippers. Why?

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