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    The Appearance of Evil

    1 Thessalonians 5:22 tells us as Christians to abstain from even the appearance of evil. That is good advice for several reasons. The first is that it keeps us out of trouble. I heard an account back in the late 1960s of a pastor who went into an adult club to retrieve a member of his congregation. The man had backslid and was frequenting such clubs. As luck would have it, when the two men exited the club another member of the congregation was driving by and spotted them. The word quickly spread through the church members, and it wasn’t long before the pastor’s wife heard the story. She was…

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    Staying Connected

    A friend of mine’s great grandson threw a tantrum because he couldn’t log on to the fireplace. At least that’s what it looked like, because he was standing in front of it screaming, and he often has a smart phone in hand. He doesn’t talk much yet, but he can navigate a phone better than I can. This brings up the subject of this week’s blog, is staying connected a good or bad thing? Kids are learning how to use smart phones and the Internet to play games sometimes before they can talk. And, studies have shown that excessive Internet and social media leads to loss of sleep, anxiety, depression…

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    Eternal Security, Part Two

    Last week’s blog gave an overview of what it means to be saved, and those that are truly saved cannot lose their salvation. This week I’m going to talk further about the most prominent objection to eternal security, and why it isn’t biblical. The objection to the doctrine of eternal security, once saved always saved, is that many self-proclaimed Christians act one way in church or around other Christians, and act entirely differently in their day to day lives. Those who say salvation can be lost say that a Christian cannot live in the world and still be a Christian, so those who do have lost their salvation. And, there…

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    Eternal Security:Once saved always saved?

    The debate about whether or not a Christian can lose his or her salvation has gone on for centuries. Some denominations hold that once you’re saved, it’s forever. Others claim that you must keep up your Christian life, and if you backslide you’ve lost your salvation. The main claim against the doctrine of eternal security is that if you claim Christ as your Savior you can’t go on living a worldly life without losing your salvation. I’ve heard pastors state that the doctrine of eternal security is the work of the devil to cause people to fall out of grace. The supporters of eternal security say that the Bible says…