Everyone’s a Genius

On the internet—and perhaps in meatspace too—everyone is a genius. Consider this non-Christian’s claim (with almost a million views): Had this one taken about 15 seconds to Google check his own claim, he might have found the “Five Suns” creation myth of the Aztecs: Bloodthirsty? Brutal? It turns out that …

Gunner Q and the Mark of the Beast, Part 2

BLOG NOTE: Due to the holiday and a vacation from the blog, I will not be available to moderate comments on this blog until next week. Existing commenters can continue to comment without restriction, but comments by any new commenters will not be released from moderation until next week. Having …

Justification By Faith, Part 7

Living vs Dead Consider this quotation: Does this contradict Galatians 2:16? Of course not. James 2:14-26 is summarized in the tautology: if you don’t live your faith, your faith is not living, but dead The difference between living and dead faith is the nature of that faith, not the deeds. …

Michael Foster

I’ve casually followed Michael Foster for some time on Twitter. Some of you may know of him from the “It’s Good To Be A Man” blog, which is shared with Dominic Bnonn Tennant. Readers here might have read Sharkly’s critical piece on the pair (from 2019) called “Bnonnas Foster: A …

Justification By Faith, Part 6

Perseverance and Salvation The word sōzesthe (σῴζεσθε) can be translated either as “you are saved” or “you are being saved.” Regardless of which one is chosen, Paul does not describe a works-based salvation, as if 1 Corinthians 15:2 said “you are saved as long as you live the gospel.” Paul doesn’t say “unless …

Patriarchy

There is a great—and revealing—discussion of patriarchy happening over at Sigma Frame. Let’s take a short break from the ongoing series on justification to discuss it. Over the last few months, I pointed out to Sharkly—time and time and again—that Christian patriarchy, by excusing male responsibility, doesn’t respect a man’s authority within his domain. If …

Justification By Faith, Part 5

In this discussion on justification by faith, we have talked a lot about faith, but not a lot about justification. In the Bible, the word translated as justification comes from the Greek word dikaioó (δικαιόω): I make righteous defend the cause of plead for the righteousness (innocence) of acquit justify; hence: …

Justification By Faith, Part 4

Faith and Works Are we saved by faith alone? Are there other prerequisites? Many verses explicitly state that salvation requires belief—faith. Some explicitly state that works do not save. Some are directly out of the mouth of Jesus. Let’s imagine that faith is required, but not sufficient, for salvation. Then, every scripture that …

Justification By Faith, Part 3

After we defined what faith was (and wasn’t) in Part 2, we then openly wondered about the interplay between living faith and bad (or no) works. Does the presence of bad works—disobedience—indicate that one did not have faith or salvation? Next, we noted that, while Jesus in the second gospel …

Justification By Faith, Part 2

In Part 1, we discussed how faith, belief, works, obedience, justification, and salvation are all dependent on love. The Greatest Commandment is to love God. Without a person first loving God, those other things are nothing. Love has primacy. It is only through love that our incorporeal sacrifices of our …