Is it God’s Will to Heal Everyone? A Problem with the Question

Is it God’s Will to Heal Everyone? A Problem with the Question

This question, common as it is, has a serious problem. Continue reading “Is it God’s Will to Heal Everyone? A Problem with the Question”

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2 Hermeneutical Errors of the Prosperity Gospel

2 Hermeneutical Errors of the Prosperity Gospel

The prosperity “gospel” is perhaps the largest heresy of the church today. It is ubiquitous in, and growing on, every continent. There has been much written about the errors of the prosperity “gospel”, for they are legion. A whole volume could be filled with examples of how they rip Scripture out of context, downplay the promise of suffering in the New Testament, absolutize one Scripture at the expense of others, read physical prosperity into texts where it has no place, elevate the gift above the giver, distort the warnings about wealth etc. However, beneath all this there are two fundamental hermeneutical problems that I have encountered again and again in its adherents. They are a backwards reading of redemptive history and an over-realized eschatology. Continue reading “2 Hermeneutical Errors of the Prosperity Gospel”

Who is the Thief in John 10:10?

So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” – John 10:7-10

These few verses appear in the midst of Jesus’ good shepherd teaching. This section is very rich and touches on topics that could fill entire books, so I will limit my comments on these few verses and try to answer just one question: who is the thief in verse 10? Continue reading “Who is the Thief in John 10:10?”

Baptism in the Spirit

T. G. Drummond

From the beginning I want to give credit where credit is due, the majority of what I say in this essay comes from John Stott’s wonderful little book, Baptism and Fullness (InterVarsity Press, 2006), with additional material from Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 1994).

Pentecostal claim: baptism in the Spirit is most often a second experience of the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer, subsequent to conversion, which is necessary for the Christian to grow in sanctification.

Use in the New Testament

The phrase “baptize/will baptize/baptized in the Spirit” occurs only seven times in the New Testament, four times in the gospels (Mark 1:8, Matthew 3:11, Luke 3:16, John 1:33), twice in Acts (Acts 1:5; 11:16), and once in Paul (1 Corinthians 12:13). Continue reading “Baptism in the Spirit”