I wish above all things…3 John 1:2

It is safe to say that for many Christians, 3 John 1:2 is one of those “favorite” verses in the Bible. But the reason this is case, as this short study will attempt to demonstrate, is that it is often misinterpreted. 3 John 1:2 – Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper…

Does Every Sin Lead to Death?

Dear brothers and sisters, The question of whether every sin leads to death (not simply physical death, but instead, eternal separation from God) is one which has very serious implications. Chief among them is the inevitable question of whether a true Christian (someone who is born again) can end up losing the promise of eternal…

Tithing: When we misquote our Lord Jesus-Christ (Part 2 of 2)

Interestingly, the structure and meaning presented in Part 1 are found in all the occurrences of the word kakeinos, except in Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42. As we saw, kakeinos is used to refer to the object or subject “just spoken about”. It is a form of emphasis…that one…that “same one” I just spoke about. But now let us…

Tithing: When we misquote our Lord Jesus-Christ (Part 1 of 2)

Anyone who loves to teach that the principle of tithing is a commandment of God still in full force in the New Testament has been confronted mercilessly with at least three facts from the scriptures themselves: First, occurrences of the word “tithing” are notoriously rare in the NT as shown previously. Second, our Lord Jesus-Christ…

Five facts about “tithing”…and Jesus!

Ever wondered if Jesus ever spoke about the practice of tithing? Now tithing is – for better or for worse – a “very” sensitive topic (although it really should not be). So here, we will focus on some facts, just plain simple facts. For a subject claimed to be of such importance, some of these…

How Do I Seek “First” the Kingdom of God? (Part 2 of 2)

What does “first” mean in Matthew 6:33? So how do we explain the word “first” in Matthew 6, if there is no “second” as we argued in part 1? I am not a Greek scholar, and therefore I do not master the order of words in Greek sentences. Nevertheless, in light of the evidences already…

How Do I Seek “First” the Kingdom of God? (Part 1 of 2)

Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. If we are honest with ourselves, most of us have wrestled at least at some point with the question: How do I seek God first? Or How do I put God first…

Are You Plugged?

You have heard of the parable of the sower before. It is recorded in Mark 4 and in Matthew 13. We will not copy it here because of its length. But essentially, you have a sower who went out to sow (Mark 4:3). Some seeds fall by the way side (verse 4) and the fowls…

A Very Inconvenient Truth (Part 5)

The “Quantity” argument. Click here for part 4.  It is very interesting to observe that virtually all of the newer bible translations clearly side with the quantity argument in verse 6. One may verify this by visiting a site such as BibleGateway.com. Does this reflect a greater understanding of the original Word of God…or a greater distortion of…