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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Should we go to church on Sunday?

Should we go to church on Sunday? What is the answer?
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The answer for most people is that everyone goes to church on Sundays, people throughout history have gone to church on Sundays (Catholic and Protestant), it is a Christian tradition to attend church on Sundays. Others might say, that we should worship the Lord every day and that we do not need to meet on Sundays. There are others who say that we should meet on Saturdays since that is when Jesus went to the synagog. There are yet others who believe that Sundays are the new Sabbath and that we ought to observe Sundays as the Jews observed Saturdays. What is the answer?
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The Nature of the Holy Spirit

The moment that someone is saved, when they receive Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour, the Bible tells us that they also receive the Holy Spirit.
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Ephesians 1:13  In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,

If they do not have the Holy Spirit, the Bible says that they are not saved.

Romans 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

In this article, we are going to look at three names that are given to the Holy Spirit. These names reveal the nature of the third part of the
trinity of God.
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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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Salvations in the Millennium

The Bible is filled with prophecies. Many of the prophecies have already
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been fulfilled, and some are yet to be fulfilled. When you study the Biblical prophecies that have already been fulfilled, one will find that they are unbelievably accurate, unlike astrologers and psychics. For example, the Bible details the life of Christ hundreds of years before He was born. From the town of His birth, to the virginity of His mother, to His crucifixion, it is all given in specific details. The Bible also gives us a prophecy that Jesus Christ will one day rule the world for 1000 years, which Bible-believing Christians refer to as the millennium.

I was recently asked if the Bible says anything about salvations during the millennium.
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My Sole Consolation

They tell me my Bible’s outdated, that its teachings are no longer true;
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God’s just an ethereal spirit who cares nothing for me or for you.

They tell me that all men are brothers, and they laugh at the need of rebirth,

They talk of a coming new kingdom that’s evolving right here on the earth.


They scoff at the Birth of my Saviour; He was only a man, so they say;
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Is Doctrinal Purity Important?

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In the last few years I have noticed what appears to be a trend among professing Christians. There seems to be a belief that the Bible, or Bible doctrines, are of little importance. It seems the only thing that matters is if someone claims Jesus as their Saviour. Is this true? My personal opinion will be biased, as will the opinion of others. What Christians ought to do is to look to the writings of the Apostles (the Bible) for their answers. Lets see at what the scripture says… Read More…

Sprinkle, pour, immerse, or all of the above?

"One Lord, one faith, one baptism,"
Ephesians 4:5

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In light of the Baptism service we are having this coming Sunday, I wanted to address this topic from a Biblical standpoint, a scriptural point of view. When we talk about baptism, different things come to mind for different people. The reason for is because some Christian groups sprinkle, some pour, yet others will immerse a person completely into the water. Some Christian groups will baptise infants, and others baptise adults. Some groups even baptise on behalf of the deceased. Others will say that baptism is not important and they do not baptise at all.

There are many different groups and many different ways and views on Baptism, but Ephesians 4:5 tells us that there are not many baptisms, but one…"one baptism".

Which baptism is the true baptism?
What did the Apostles say about baptism in their writings…the Holy Bible?

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