Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?

“Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing. Without the Life, there is no living.”

~ Thomas à Kempis

In some recent progressive Christian blogs, the authors often argue that the Bible contradicts itself a great deal.

Some of these authors even go as far as to say that the Bible isn’t terribly reliable, and that certain things that God told Israel, for example, were . . . well . . . little fibs. “God really didn’t tell those people that. They had their fingers crossed behind their backs as they penned those claims.” Or so the thinking goes.

I find these sorts of explanations to be unconvincing at best. And they reflect modernistic Enlightenment rationalism (which governs the frontal lobes of those who flat-footedly reject Scripture) at worst.

While I don’t believe the Bible has a journalistic type of accuracy that most fundamentalists ascribe to it, nor do I believe that the Bible is some sort of magic book that will yield an answer to every conceivable question posed to it, I am convinced of the following:[Continue Reading…]

Origin of “Personal Savior” & The Idea of Having a “Personal Relationship” with Christ

What’s to Come:

On Monday, I plan to publish a controversial post called “Does the Bible Really Contradict Itself?”

On Thursday, we plan to publish on the podcast a conference message I delivered called “The Ultimate Issue.”

You don’t want to miss those.

Today, I want to talk about this business of having a “personal Savior” and a “personal relationship” with the Lord. Actually, I’ve already spoken on this subject. Here it is.[Continue Reading…]

What’s Wrong With LEFT BEHIND?

So what’s wrong with Left Behind, the movie?

For starters, it’s based on a doctrine that was invented in the mid-1800s and which is built on an incredibly brittle interpretation of Scripture.

We can trace the doctrine back to John Nelson Darby, D.L. Moody, and C.I. Scofield. I told the story elsewhere:

For D.L. Moody, “the church was a voluntary association of the saved.” So staggering was his influence that by 1874 the church was not seen as a grand corporate body but as a gathering of individuals. This emphasis was picked up by every revivalist who followed him. And it eventually entered into the marrow and bones of evangelical Christianity. It is also worth noting that Moody was heavily influenced by the Plymouth Brethren teaching on the end times. This was the teaching that Christ may return at any second before the great Tribulation. (This teaching is also called “pretribulational dispensationalism.”)[Continue Reading…]

A Word to the Hardcore & An Invitation to Two Special Events

The 104th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast is live.

It’s a word to the “hardcore” – those dead serious about The Deeper Journey – plus a personal invitation to two events we plan to hold in 2015.

Listen the following ways.

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PODCAST ARCHIVES – click here to see the complete list of episodes on one page.[Continue Reading…]

Help Me Write a Book Presenting the Gospel to Unbelievers

Only 2 days left to get The Buzz Master Course which teaches anyone who can write (1) how to write and publish a book, (2) how to hit a best-seller list, (3) how start a blog that people actually read, and (4) how to monetize your blog. Unless you hate writing or you don’t desire to increase your income, this course is for you and I expect it to change your life.

Update: This is from the Blog Manager:

We received hundreds of responses to this blog post and so we had to shut down comments as neither Frank nor I could keep up with them. Given the enormous response to this post, if you know of an author who you think might be a good fit for this, an actual evangelist with results of leading people to the Lord, then send them the link to this post and have them write to PTMIN @ aol.com telling Frank they are interested in this idea. Note that Frank won’t be able to write such a book for another 3 years until his other writing contracts are completed. But he’s thinking about it now.

A few weeks ago, I was leaving a restaurant and someone handed me a Gospel tract.

Today, I finally got around to reading it.

It was . . . horrible.

The entire tract used religious jargon, assumed that the reader had an understanding of the Bible and Christianity, and used verses that I would never use in sharing the gospel with a lost person.[Continue Reading…]

A Jesus Response to Suicide

Recently, I wrote about the issue of suicide from a Christian perspective and made some comments about Robin Williams’ death. The article is called A Jesus Response to Suicide.

You can read it here

Also, I re-recorded the 99th episode of the “Christ is All” podcast. The original recording was poor and the update at the beginning was far too long.

The new recording is far superior and there’s no lengthy update at the beginning.

I regard this episode to be immensely important. If you feel it’s valuable, please share it.

Just go to 7 Ways to Destroy a Friendship[Continue Reading…]

Should Christians Sell, Market, and Promote Products & Services?

The following article is written by my friend Jeff Goins.

Here’s my introduction to it.

If you’ve been a subscriber to this blog and you follow my work, you know that virtually all of my ministry is free of charge. You also know that I don’t profit personally from my book sales.

This is abnormal in a day when most pastors and teachers make big money from their ministries.

For example:[Continue Reading…]

What Christian Authors & Speakers Can Learn from the Music World of the 1960s

The 1960s was a remarkable time for music.

The British invasion brought to the United States enduring bands like The Beatles, The Animals, The Rolling Stones, and The Who.

Then the California sound emerged with The Beach Boys, The Doors, Janis Joplin, and a host of other bands.

Other artists emerged quickly, namely, Cream (Eric Clapton), Led Zeppelin, and the inimitable Jimi Hendrix.

Then you had Bob Dylan who inspired many of these artists and vice versa.

What’s incredible to me about this time period is that virtually all of the above named musicians met each other, hung out together from time to time, listened to one another with adoration, and respected each other.

They would also play informally with one another at certain times. And even more encouraging, they inspired one another.

I’ve watched so many interviews with so many of these artists and marveled at how each of them would praise the others. Not just from afar, but because they took the time to get to know one another.

Each time, I’ve had two reactions.[Continue Reading…]

The Problem With Christianity

In Paul’s day, there were two enemies of the gospel that he constantly battled.

1. The gospel of legalism – this is essentially the message that says, “God is holy, you’re not, try harder.”

Paul took dead aim at this “gospel” in Galatians and other letters.

2. The gospel of libertinism – this essentially says that because we are under grace, any word of exhortation, admonishment, or challenge to be sold out to Jesus Christ and deal with issues in one’s life is “religious,” “legalistic,” and “wrong.”

James shredded this “gospel” in the letter of James, and Jude mentioned it when he said “they turn the grace of God into license to sin.”

Some Christians who have read my book From Eternity to Here and many of the articles on this blog have called me a “grace teacher.”

Others who have heard my message, The Gospel of the Kingdom, say I’m legalistic, even though there’s not one word of legalism in that message . . . not one rule . . . and absolutely no appeal to live for Jesus through our human will power.

That message actually tells us what the grace of God does in our lives.

The grace of God teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.

~ Paul in Titus 2:12[Continue Reading…]