Category Archives: State of the Church

The Unthinkable Christian Exercise

You can tell a lot about people by observing the patterns of their behavior. You can figure out what they think about things, and even how they do that thinking. What is surprising is to discover what things people don’t … Continue reading

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The Bible Is Not For Everyone

In the hands of a skilled surgeon, a scalpel is a life-saving tool, but in the hands of a fool or a violent man, it’s a deadly weapon. Similarly, in the hands of a trained and sober captain, a cruise … Continue reading

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Puzzling Over Solved Puzzles

I ran across a piece by R.C. Sproul, Jr. today and found a paragraph that expresses his surprise that certain things are missing from the Bible.  I’m examining it below because I think it is typical of the sort of … Continue reading

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Blaming Satan for Human Choices

One very popular error today in churches is the promotion of “Satan”—along with whatever modifications on the original are necessary to keep the myth of his continued presence alive.  He who once was said, quite literally, to be “masquerading as … Continue reading

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Where Is It Written?

One doesn’t have to think long about the “big picture” of Christianity before realizing what a large role is played by the Bible.  Regardless of what one may believe about the active role of the Holy Spirit in the life … Continue reading

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Changes Worksheet

Here’s a useful tool, which I will improve as time allows. Take this survey, which deals with various facets of Jesus’ original ekklesia.  For each of the facets listed, indicate whether: It is still occurring today. It is still supposed … Continue reading

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Comparative Probabilities of the Temporary and Perpetual Ekklesia Theories

Two questions: How probable is it that Jesus’ ekklesia was only meant to be temporary, and that it only lasted about 40 years? How probable is it that Jesus’ ekklesia was meant to remain perpetually on the earth, and that … Continue reading

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The Myth of “The Church (Today)”

Many endeavor to speak of “The Church”, by which they mean Jesus’ church on the earth today.  But what, exactly, are they talking about when they say “the church”? Consider these possible meanings of “The Church (today)” They are speaking … Continue reading

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Refusing to Answer on Doctrine

One constant frustration I have with Christians is getting them to face the issues responsibly.  I believe this is most likely because they simply cannot find a model by which all the issues can be addressed consistently—at least, not a … Continue reading

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Facing the Obvious: “Relationship With God”

I believe it to be fairly clear from the Bible that the spirit of each human originates from God and that it returns to God upon the death of the physical body.  I suppose it is possible that this is … Continue reading

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Missing Information About The Ekklesia

There is a powerful impulse in modern Christianity to assume that “the Bible tells us everything we need to know”, but the adamancy of those who believe this does not make it so.  The error is easy to understand, as … Continue reading

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Commentator William Barclay on Matthew 24:34

In his lengthy dialog on Jesus’ prophecy of his own return, commentator William Barclay makes several troubling statements, revealing that he had, or was willing to have: A low view of Jesus’ knowledge A low view of the authenticity of … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis: On Matthew 24:34 and Jesus’ “embarrassing…delusion”

First, let’s take a brief look at the question:  “Who was C.S. Lewis?”  Then we’ll get to what a surprisingly-low view he had of Jesus’ and his apostles’ knowledge. Here are a few of the things said about him:

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Commentator Matthew Henry on Matthew 24:34

In answer to the disciples’ question regarding the timing of Jesus’ second coming and the end of the age, Jesus employed included this statement: Matthew 24:34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all … Continue reading

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Two Kinds of Hypocrisy

Many attempt to explain the failures of today’s “church” by appealing to human weakness—and especially to hypocrisy.  The reason, they will argue, that the church doesn’t do as well as Jesus’ original ekklesia, is that today’s churchers just aren’t “doing … Continue reading

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How “Christianity” is a Trap for the Cognitive Miser

I am fairly convinced that Jesus did not come to earth to “start a religion”.  Perhaps the reader is already aware that the word “Christianity” is not used in the Bible at all.  And even the word “Christian”, which is … Continue reading

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Christian Market Nears $5 Billion in US

Here’s an excerpt from a 2009 story showing $4.6 billion in Christian products sold annually in the United States—and some of that coming from illegal sales.  Please read the entire story linked to below and ask yourself why God, who … Continue reading

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Divisions in Christianity: List of Denominations

Several denominations of Christianity point to the endemic divisions in the faith as proof positive that everybody but their own group has it wrong.  I, however, point to the division as proof that God and Jesus are no longer overseeing … Continue reading

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$35 Billion in Church Financial Fraud in 2011

Here’s an excerpt from a troubling story at christianheadlines.com.  Please read the entire article.  Then ask yourself why there are no reports of such endemic fraud about the original ekklesia in the Bible. ————————- An Overview of Religious Financial Fraud … Continue reading

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Who Is Responsible for the Church Today?

One question that tends to reveal the problems of the ever-popular perpetual ekklesia theory (that Jesus’ ekklesia continues on the earth today) is that of just who is responsible for it.  Whether one views “the church” today as one multi-denominationed … Continue reading

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Ekklesia: The Broken Chain of Custody

Certainly the most popular belief about the intended longevity of the ekklesia is that Jesus initiated it to be a perpetual institution on the earth from that time forward.   This notion, however, gets tricky when one tries to zoom in … Continue reading

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What’s Missing from Church Today?

Many, many points could be made when comparing the original ekklesia to the churches today, but the goal of this brief article is to point out just a few and then to ask “why?”. Consider these three items: Communal living. … Continue reading

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If the Ekklesia Exists Today, Where Is It?

If we wanted to go on a search for the true ekklesia that Jesus started nearly 2,000 years ago, what would we be looking for?  Well, the original ekklesia had many features for which we might search today, and we … Continue reading

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What Now?

What follows is a placeholder until I have time to write a more proper article to address this important question.  It is a re-post from my answer to the same question posed by a friend on a discussion forum. ————————–

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Does God Still Answer Prayer?

This is a re-post from a discussion forum on which a friend asked for anecdotes that would suggest that God still answers prayer today.  The following is my response. ———— Not to dodge your question, but simply add to the … Continue reading

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