Paul's Blog

A Word About Versions

Personally, I hold to the Authorized Version of 1611, commonly called the King James Version, nonetheless, I would not presume to tell anyone what they can or cannot read.

Amos 8:11-12 KJV Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

Paul -vs- James

The suppose contradictions of the Bible never go away. No matter how many times you prove that there is not contradiction it continues to be use to deceive the unstudied and unstable. The difference in Paul's preaching and James' is just one example. Is it by faith or faith and works? Or does the Bible contradict itself? 

2 Peter 3:16 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.

Motivational Speech

I am asked occasionally how to increase one's motivation to read the Bible. I council in this regard, it is necessary to think of the negative in order to achieve the positive.

First, you ought to feel guilty for not reading God’s word. The greatest indignity man can inflict upon his creator is not to listen when He speaks. The Bible is God speaking. God puts his word above his name which makes His word the most important of all things in creation. One should read it to the best of their ability. You will never understand any of it unless you know what it says.

Charity vs Love

The Authorized version of 1611, commonly called the King James Version, has been the standard Bible for hundreds of years. This statement in and off itself is not an argument for its perfection. Nonetheless, a standard is a standard. Everyone lauds its beauty, grace, stateliness, and power and it practically established modern English.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Rules to Study By

The word of God will stand a thousand readings; and he who has gone over it most frequently is the surest of finding new wonders there.

James Hamilton, English Clergy-1814-67

Nothing is more important to understanding the Bible than knowing what it says. The more you read it, the more you will understand. I recommend it be read through at least three times before what others have said about it is considered.

Do we contribute anything to our own salvation?

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV

Some will say that we must add faith, that would be incorrect. Believing something does not add nor does unbelieving take from anything; it is simply accepting or rejecting something as it stands.

Pastor vs Bishop

I get ask quite often what is the difference between pastor, bishop, deacon, etc. To start with, there is no office of pastor in the biblical Church assemblies organization. The two offices are Bishop and deacon. A pastor is any elder who feeds the flock, it is a simile, not a title: no different than teacher or evangelist.

The Gospel of the Rapture

The Rapture of the Church: Pre-Tribulation, Mid-Tribulation, Post-Tribulation? Do any one of these three choices pervert the gospel? The answer, in my opinion, is a resounding yes. If you hold to a mid or post Tribulation rapture you believe that those that have trusted in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ can lose their salvation by taking the mark which perverts the gospel to one of works. If you can lose your salvation, what do you have to do to not lose it? Work.

The Gift

Salvation is the free gift of God’s grace, secure and eternal. However, salvation is not the type of gift that is hung on the wall while we go about our merry way. Many times, a gift given has obligations attached. Such a gift certainly comes with grave responsibilities incumbent upon the child of God. 

The Death of Judas

Most perceived inconsistencies or contradictions that are hailed as proof the Bible is not divinely inspired are the product of anti-God fantasy and ignorance of the Bible. Such is the case of the death of Judas Iscariot, was he hung or did he fall off a clif and bust open?

In reading Matthew 27:5 and Acts 1:18 some find a contradiction in the way Judas died. A little study and reason will solve the problem.

Matthew 27:5 And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself.

Acts 1:18 Now this man purchased a field with the reward of iniquity; and falling headlong, he burst asunder in the midst, and all his bowels gushed out.