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2022

The Son of God in the Old Testament

Jesus Christ claimed to have been begotten of God, “his only begotten Son … the only begotten Son of God” (Jhn 3:16,18). And that He had “proceeded forth” and “came out from” God, “I proceeded forth and came from God” (Jhn 8:42), “I came out from God. I came forth from the Father, and am…

The Whole Armor of God

Earlier in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul laid the groundwork to later teach about the whole armor of God. He used the Greek epouranios for Christ seated in heaven with authority over all principalities and powers, “Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own…

Don’t Mistake Christ for Destroying the Law

Christ warned us to not mistake Him as destroying the law or the prophets, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets” (Mat 5:17). And that we must live to God’s moral righteous standard to enter the kingdom, “That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and…

What Would You Do?

“For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Rom 5:7-8). Because it’s very difficult for us to grasp the magnitude of God’s love, Paul…

Who is the Father? Who is the Son?

God’s Son never called Himself “God” and God never called His Son “God.” He called Himself the Son of God, and God called Him “My beloved Son” at His baptism and transfiguration. Furthermore, the Son called His Father “God” and “the only true God” (Jhn 17:3). He also called Him “My God” while on the…

Understanding Baptism

Romans chapter 6 gives the most detailed explanation of baptism in all of Scripture. Baptism is figurative of the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, “baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead…

Commit on the Name of the Son of God

“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we should believe [commit] on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.” (1Jo 3:22-23). To commit on…

The Lusts of Your Father

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do” (Jhn 8:44). I followed a certain minister on the internet for many years, “riding the coattails” of his journey in seeking the truth objectively. And as long as it was simply becoming more doctrinally correct, he always moved in…

The Doctrine of Christ

The apostle John wrote, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son” (2Jo 1:9). The Trinitarian view of God transgresses the doctrine of Christ—it’s not what He taught. And according to John, whoever transgresses…

Do Wolves Know They Are Wolves?

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Mat 7:15). Peter understood Christ as correlating false prophets that were among God’s people with false teachers among us now, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you”…

The Mindset of a Slave

Paul, James, Peter, and Jude all identified themselves as doulos, “a servant” or “a slave” of Jesus Christ: “Paul, a servant [doulos 1401] of Jesus Christ” (Rom 1:1); “James, a servant [doulos 1401] of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ” (Jas 1:1); “Simon Peter, a servant [doulos 1401] and an apostle of Jesus Christ”…

The Number of His Name

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy” (Rev 13:1). John stood on the shoreline of Judea looking westward across the Mediterranean Sea and…

Loving as God Loves

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (Jhn 3:16-17). God didn’t send His Son into…

The Word was God

The beginning statement of John’s Gospel is the favorite of Trinitarian ministers to teach that Jesus Christ is God Himself, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.” (Jhn 1:1-2). But twice John said He was “with God”…

How to Know We Know God

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (1Jo 2:3). “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him” (1Jo 3:24). John didn’t say that we know God when we’re believers but when we’re keeping His commandments. That we must keep His commandments to know…

What is the Gospel?

When Paul said, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them … For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts”…

The Just Shall Live by His Faithfulness

The Hebrew noun ‘ĕmûnȃ in Habakkuk’s famous statement “but the just shall live by his faith [‘ĕmûnȃ 530]” (2:4), means “faithfulness” as a few translations render it correctly, “live because of his faithfulness” (NET), “live by his faithfulness” (NIV). This word appears about 50 times in the Old Testament and consistently carries the meaning of…

Myths that Turn from the Truth

There are two main distinctions to recognize with the law of Moses: (1) the moral righteousness of the law; (2) the non-moral actions of the law. The righteousness of the law is expressed in the moral commandments, “Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false…

God’s Faithfulness, Not Abraham’s Faith

The Greek noun pistis translated as “faith” throughout the New Testament actually means “faithfulness.” Here in Romans, “For what if some did not believe [trust]? shall their unbelief [distrust] make the faith [pistis 4102] of God without effect?” (Rom 3:3), “the faithfulness of God” (ASV, NET, NKJV), “God’s faithfulness” (CSB, NIV), Paul was talking about…

Hedge Apple Trees, Known by Their Fruits

Hedge apple trees (Maclura pomifera), in contrast with apple trees, bear fruit that’s unpalatable and useless for food by either people or animals. But consistent with apple trees, the seeds from its fruit produce more of the same kind of trees, “the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself ……

2021

Blinded by the “Light”

Protestant Trinitarians—what I was for almost 30 years—are difficult to reach with the truth because they’ve been instilled with the fear of falling into error if they were to ever question the Trinity. But what they really should fear is the error in which they’ve already fallen. They’re already at, where they fear to be.…

Trust in God

Paul’s famous statement, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe [pisteuō 4100] in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom 10:9), is misunderstood to mean that we’re saved by simply believing that the resurrection of Jesus Christ happened as an…

Say Not in Your Heart

Paul quoted Moses’ words from Deuteronomy, “Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and…

Absent from the Body, Present with the Lord?

“Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home [endēmeō 1736] in the body, we are absent [ekdēmeō 1553] from the Lord: (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent [ekdēmeō 1553] from the body, and to be present [endēmeō 1736]…

Examining Sola Fide

Habakkuk’s famous statement “but the just shall live by his faith [‘ĕmûnȃ 530]” (Hab 2:4), isn’t about faith but faithfulness as rendered correctly in some versions, “but the person of integrity will live because of his faithfulness” (NET), “but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness” (NIV). The Hebrew noun ‘ĕmûnȃ appears about 50…

Known by Their Fruits

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot…

How to Know We Are God’s Child

“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of…

Change the Heart by Changing the Treasure

“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be…

The Tactics of Trinitarian Ministers

By the time of Christ and His apostles, most of God’s people had become religious to the point they wouldn’t listen but the common people would: “thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Mat 11:25); “the common people heard him gladly” (Mar 12:37); “all the people…

He that Hath an Ear, Let Him Hear

The Son of God was in complete unity with His Father as John recorded in his Gospel: “the Word was God” (1:1); “I and my Father are one” (10:30); “the Father is in me, and I in him” (10:38); “he that hath seen me hath seen the Father … I am in the Father, and…

Trinitarian Discipleship Programs

Christ’s great commission is to “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”…

The Fallacy of the Trinity

The Greek theos for “god” is simply a position of authority, not a kind or type of being. The Father is God, not because of what He is as a being but because of His status as the highest authority over all, including over His Son Jesus Christ. That theos is a position of authority…

The God and the Gospel of Jesus Christ

What God and gospel do Trinitarian ministers preach? Is it the God that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself preached? Is it the gospel that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself preached? If it’s not, then what does that say about them? Jesus preached the truth, and anyone preaching different is wrong. Since no subjects are more…

The Gospel of Christ

When Paul began his letter to the Romans, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ” (1:16), he didn’t mean the gospel about Christ but the gospel Christ Himself preached as evident by how he ended his letter, “the preaching of Jesus Christ” (16:25). The true gospel message, the message that saves, is…

How to Perform that which is Good

There has been an ongoing debate whether Romans 7:7-25 is Paul’s former life under the law, or his present struggle as a Christian. It’s actually neither, but his former life without God’s breath in his heart because in the next chapter he used pneuma for “breath” 22 times! In chapter 7, he quoted the Tenth…

Walk not after the Flesh, but after the Breath

In Romans chapter 8, Paul used “flesh” and “breath” for the two contrary ways of living, “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit [Breath]” (8:1), “walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit [Breath]” (8:4). These are simply expressions he defined earlier in his letter, “For he is not a Jew, which…

This Gospel of the Kingdom

When asked by His disciples, “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” (Mat 24:3), Christ’s first response was “Take heed that no man deceive you” (v. 4). His coming and the end of the world would be preceded by…

The Tri-Part Beast

“And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy” (Rev 13:1). In this vision, John stood on the shoreline in Judea looking toward the west…

The Least of These

Christ spoke of the sheep that will be on His right hand at the final judgment, “Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?  Or…

Trust and Obey

Salvation has always been by trusting and obeying God. The Greek noun pistis and verb pisteuo appear some 250 times each in the New Testament but have been mistranslated as “faith” and “believe” respectively rather than “faithfulness” and “trust.” We’re not saved by believing some facts are true but by trusting and obeying the one…

Blessed are They that Do His Commandments

The Lord Jesus Christ said that He will decide who enters the Kingdom, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven … And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity [458 anomia]” (Mat 7:21, 23). The Greek…

Faithfulness vs Actions (3 of 3)

The Roman Catholic Church imposed its false Trinitarian view of God upon the world by locking away the Scriptures and putting to death millions. With this false view of God and a false view of man as a spirit being that goes to heaven or hell after death, how could Martin Luther have attained the…

The Actions of the Law (2 of 3)

The writer of Hebrews stated “not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works [actions], and of faith [faithfulness] toward God, Of the doctrine of baptisms [washings], and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment” (Heb 6:1-2). The Greek ergon translated typically as “works” simply means…

Jesus Christ’s Faithfulness (1 of 3)

“Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus; Who was faithful to him that appointed him” (Heb 3:1-2). This “heavenly calling” in Hebrews refers to the Son of God calling to Abraham out of heaven, “And the angel [messenger] of the LORD called unto…

The Root Problem

Trinitarianism is a “Jesus” religion masquerading as Christianity by piggybacking on the Scriptures just like Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh-day Adventists. And by persistently renouncing all others as false, it bolsters the deception that it’s the one that’s actually true. But the God of Trinitarianism isn’t the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, “I ascend unto…

I Will Be Their God

The question is sometimes asked about how people were saved before Christ came into this world and died on the cross. After all, if salvation is by faith in Christ or believing in Him, then how could anyone have had faith or believed? This dilemma is actually a big red flag that something is seriously…

The Sower, the Seed, and the Soils

Christ’s very first parable was that of the Sower: “Behold, a sower went forth to sow” (Mat 13:3), “Behold, there went out a sower to sow” (Mar 4:3), “A sower went out to sow his seed” (Luk 8:5). He is the Sower in this parable and the seed is the message He preached: “Jesus began…

Harden Not Your Hearts

When Jude wrote “ye should earnestly contend for the faith [faithfulness] which was once delivered unto the saints” (v. 3), he was referring to God’s people in the Exodus, “the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed [trusted] not” (v. 5). God commanded faithfulness to Him,…

By Their Fruits You Shall Know Them

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot…

The Testing of Our Faithfulness

God proved, tested, or tried Abraham’s faithfulness, “And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt [nacah 5254] Abraham” (Gen 22:1). And He tested His people many times: “there he proved [nacah 5254] them” (Exo 15:25); “that I may prove [nacah 5254] them, whether they will walk in my law, or no”…

The True Gospel Message

Paul spoke of a mystery hidden since the beginning: “the revelation of the mystery [mysterion 3466], which was kept secret since the world began” (Rom 16:25); “a mystery [mysterion 3466], even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world” (1Co 2:7); “the mystery [mysterion 3466], which from the beginning of the world hath been…

The Stone Laid in Zion

“For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people … But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and…

Salvation is of the Jews

Jesus told a Samaritan woman, “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews” (Jhn 4:22). The Jewish people know the God they worship because He revealed Himself to them and only to them. Therefore, only they had been given the hope of salvation and eternal life…

Except We Become as Little Children

“Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Mat 18:3-4), “Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein”…

As the Serpent Beguiled Eve

“But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit [breath], which ye have not received, or another…

How to Know We Belong to God

In John chapters 14-16, Jesus taught about His coming advocacy at the Father’s right hand as the Holy Breath of God, and three times called God’s Breath “the Spirit [Breath] of truth” (Jhn 14:17,15:26,16:13). The only other time in the New Testament this phrase is ever repeated is in John’s first letter: “Ye are of…

Listen to Jesus!

We’re now living in the time Paul said would come, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables [mythos 3454]” (2Ti…

Eternal Life is in the Name of the Son

John stated his purpose for writing his Gospel, “But these are written, that ye might believe [trust] that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing [trusting] ye might have life through his name” (Jhn 20:31). To have eternal life we must trust in the name of Jesus—that He is the Messiah,…

The Truth is in the Scriptures

Paul penned his last words to Timothy, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2Ti 3:15). Of course, Timothy only had the Old Testament growing up but Paul’s words apply to it all, including the…

Faithful unto Death

Baptism in the name of Jesus Christ is committing ourselves to be faithful to Him unto death and possibly die for His name as He died for our sins: “And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me” (Mat 10:38); “Know ye not, that so many of us…

Equal or Coequal with God?

Trinitarianism asserts that the Son of God is coequal with His Father God and use these two statements as support: “making himself equal [isos 2470] with God” (Jhn 5:18); “thought it not robbery to be equal [isos 2470] with God” (Phl 2:6). The Greek adjective isos is where our English isosceles—a triangle with two equal…

Close Enough Isn’t Good Enough

God sent His only begotten Son into this world to teach us about Him and to sacrifice Himself for our sins. Christ’s teaching about God and about Himself isn’t just close enough to the truth but is the truth. He pledged His name, His glory, and His life upon the truth He taught. And since…

What about those who never heard?

One of the most difficult questions for Christians to answer is the destiny of those who die without having heard the gospel. This is a big problem because we recognize that it’s beyond unjust for anyone having never had the opportunity for salvation to be tortured alive in fire eternally. How can a loving God…

Why the King James Version?

People often ask “Which Bible version is the best?” But a better question is “Which Bible version has the fewest problems?” All English Bible versions have problems but, in my humble opinion, the King James Version (KJV) has the fewest. Of course, the KJV has the unique and glaring issue of the Johannine Comma—a Trinitarian…

Love Our Neighbor as Ourselves

“For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself” (Rom 13:9). “If ye fulfil the royal law…

On Which Side of the Jordan Will We Die?

The apostle Peter, the first to preach to the Gentiles penned his second letter to them, “to them that have obtained like precious faith [faithfulness] with us” (2Pe 1:1). And Jude, whose letter was patterned after Peter’s reminded them, “earnestly contend for the faith [faithfulness] which was once delivered unto the saints [separated] … I…