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Why Christians should no longer believe in “the Rapture”

If there is a single doctrine that both excites and divides Christians, it’s the ‘rapture.’ The doctrine of the ‘rapture’ deals with a future event where the church is said to be taken off the earth in one of five different times related to a seven-year period described as the Great Tribulation: before (pre-trib), at […]

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Something Else You Never Learned in School

In less than one week, no one will be publicly celebrating the sesquicentennial of one of the oddest events in American history: General Grant’s expulsion of the Jews from his military district on December 17, 1862. Jonathan D. Sarna, who teaches history at Brandeis University, has written a book on this event, one which gets […]

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Answering a “Replacement Theology” Critic

“My primary problem with the Preterist view,” Robert Heidler, a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary writes, “is that it is a blatant example of replacement theology.” If you want to end a debate over eschatology when you can’t make a cogent biblical case for your position, just charge your opponent with holding to replacement theology. What is “replacement theology,” sometimes called “supersessionism”? Here’s a typical dispensational definition:

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Alleged Muslim Terrorists Presumed Guilty

One of the arguments being used to justify bringing the 9/11 terrorists to New York City to be tried is to show the Muslim world how just our courts are. The Muslim world will see how we treat people accused of crimes and thereby Muslim radicals won’t want to kill us anymore. In a rational […]

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Author and Authority of Faith

Immediately following Hebrews 11, which is often referred to as the great "Hall of Fame of the Faith" chapter, we read this in Hebrews 12:1-2: "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." The teaching found in these two verses is far more profound than we usually give it credit. As always with the Bible, there are many layers of meaning found here, but for today I want to concentrate on the first part of verse.

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They Have Rejected Me…

In the following passage from the Gospel of Matthew, we begin to see a very familiar scene unfold. The trials and crucifixion of Jesus should not be read in isolation from the rest of Scripture. Although the events of the crucifixion are unique, they are actually fulfillments of many prior events from Israel’s long history contained in the Old Testament. Theologians refer to events and people that foreshadow – or point to – other events and people as “types.” The fulfillment – or reality – of the type is referred to as the “antitype.” The Bible is loaded with these types and antitypes, and almost every type finds its fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ. The events of the crucifixion are especially filled with antitypes, as we shall see in this passage.

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The Design of the Constitution

Although some compromises were necessary to complete the framing of our Constitution – and to ensure that we had a constitution at all – our Constitution was not a mere bundle of pragmatic compromises. Our Constitution was designed: it was the product of a carefully crafted deliberative process in which history’s lessons concerning the effects of different forms of civil government for liberty and justice were carefully weighed and the proposed means of giving us the best form of republican government that the people of the various states would accept were both considered and reconsidered.

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Scapegoating Christians: The New Nazism

John Sack’s An Eye for an Eye is a disheartening book. It tells the story of Jewish revenge against their German oppressors in 1945. The book describes how the Russian liberators of the death camps in Poland recruited holocaust survivors to carry out a policy of de-Nazification of the war-torn area. What began as a desire to find, incarcerate, and try their Nazi antagonists, the Jewish survivors became like their tormentors in that they went after noncombatants.

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What About Theocracy?: Part 2

Plenty of evidence from daily news sources plus personal experience has persuaded many that our culture is coming unglued. But agreement ends on the question of the cause of the coarsening values and the definition of the moral yardstick being violated.

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John MacArthur, Israel, Calvinism, and Postmillennialism — Part 3

The place of Israel in Bible prophecy has a long history among non-dispensational theologians going back at least to John Calvin. By virtue of this, [Paul] teaches, the Jews are the first and natural heirs of the gospel, except to the extent that by their ungratefulness they were forsaken as unworthy

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John MacArthur, Israel, Calvinism, and Postmillennialism — Part 1

A number of people have asked me to respond to a talk that John MacArthur delivered at the 2007 Shepherds’ Conference. It seemed a little out of character for MacArthur because it had a mean-spirited tone to it.

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Zechariah 14 in History and Prophecy: Part 3

After using Rome as His rod to smite Jerusalem, God later turns on Rome in judgment. Once again, Assyria is the model: “I send it against a godless nation and commission it against the people of My fury to capture booty and to seize plunder, and to trample them down like mud in the streets . . . . So it will be that when the Lord has completed all His work on Mount Zion and on Jerusalem, He will say, ‘I will punish the fruit of the arrogant heart of the king of Assyria and the pomp of his haughtiness'” (Isa. 10:5-6, 12-13). The fall of Assyria did not immediately follow its plunder of Israel.

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