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Randy Alcorn's Blog: Doctrine and Theology

The Best Theological Label Is “Berean”

BiblesThe Berean Christians were commended for carefully examining, in light of the Scriptures, the teachings of the apostle Paul (see Acts 17:11). This is a man who eventually wrote thirteen inspired biblical books. How much more should we evaluate the teachings of everyone else we read or listen to!

 

The Poison of Prosperity Gospel

Poison BottleThe popular “name it and claim it” teaching—also called the health and wealth gospel—is not limited to certain congregations, but has worked its way into mainstream evangelical churches where it gets subtly woven into many Christians’ worldviews.

Is God happy?

Enter into the joy of your Master (Matthew 25:23) // God's happinessBefore creatures ever came into the equation, what was God like? His basic persona and His character, that’s who He is. And I believe, absolutely, God was happy from eternity past. Happiness is built into Him. The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have always enjoyed a happy relationship.

Did Jesus have a sin nature?

Did Jesus have a sin nature? // Jesus is “holy, innocent, unstained, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens” (Hebrews 7:26). First, we need to define sin nature. The “nature” of a person or object is commonly thought of as its essential qualities or attributes; that which makes it what it is. Therefore if something has a “sin nature” sin is a defining attribute of that thing.

Hebrews 4:15 tells us Jesus is “without sin.” Since He is without sin, sin cannot be one of His essential qualities or attributes. 

What is the doctrine of immutability?

God's Immutability / Light in GrassImmutability, referring to God, means He does not change. He never changes. This is clearly taught in Scripture. You see it in Malachi 3:6, where He says, “I the Lord do not change.” We also see it in James 1:17 where it says, “the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Proof of Heaven and the Dangerous Downward Spiral of My-Visit-to-Heaven Books

"Proof of Heaven" by Dr. Eben AlexanderDr. Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven has now been on the New York Times Bestseller List for 41 weeks and is estimated to have sold over two million copies. With a lot of discussion going on about the book, and after being asked several times what I thought of it, it seemed time to blog about it.

My first thought is that it appears Christians have become increasingly gullible and accepting of these personal accounts of near death experiences.

Is love God’s defining attribute?

Is God's love His defining attribute? // heart in sandCertainly love is a very important attribute of God. God is love, we’re told in 1 John 4:16, so in some senses it is a defining quality of God. However, this does not minimize His other qualities, and that’s the problem: when you start saying (as I’ve heard people say) we must interpret all of God’s attributes in light of His love.

Does being like Jesus mean not talking about Hell?

Christ says the unsaved “will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 8:12). These days you’ll often hear people say something like, “Instead of condemning people and threatening them with Hell, we should be like Jesus and love them.”

Christian Universalism

We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:20There’s a movement among Christians today towards what’s called Christian Universalism. It’s a belief that everybody ultimately will be saved—there will be no Hell, or at some point Hell will be depopulated and everyone will live forever with Christ in Heaven. It’s a wonderful thought. But does the Bible really teach it?

You Say "This Is History’s Darkest Hour"? G. Campbell Morgan Says, "Oh, Be Quiet!"

C. Campbell Morgan

My first pastor was Marden Wickman, at Powell Valley Covenant Church in Gresham, Oregon. I came to faith in Christ through that church, and Pastor Wickman baptized me. I loved Marden Wickman, who loved to preach God’s Word. There was one preacher he quoted more than any other—G. Campbell Morgan.

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