Commentaries


How Neo-paganism Deceives the World and the Church
Why Nature Religions Predominate
ISSUE 127 - Spring 2014

A pagan is someone with no authoritative revelation from God. As such, pagans must guess about God and the nature of the universe they live in. Pagan belief is diverse but centers on certain themes and ideas, mostly deifying the creation. Hebrews 1:1, 2 cited above, is our firewall against paganism: God has spoken! We need not grope about as pagans guessing about the nature of the world we live in...

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Dining with the King: Jesus Dines with Sinners
How Banquets in the Bible reveal Salvation or Judgment
ISSUE 126 - Fall 2013

"And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax collectors and other people who were reclining at the table with them. The Pharisees and their scribes began grumbling at His disciples, saying, ‘Why do you eat and drink with the tax collectors and sinners?' And Jesus answered and said to them, ‘It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.'" (Luke 5:29-32)


In 2Samuel 9 one finds the account of King David showing kindness to a lame descendant of Saul for the sake of his previous relationship to Jonathan, Saul's son. Both Saul and Jonathan were now dead and this lame man, Methphibosheth, was the only remaining descendant: "The king said, ‘Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?' And Ziba said to the king, ‘There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.'" (2Samuel 9:3) Since Saul had been David's mortal enemy, and a king would typically search out descendants of a rival king for the purpose of killing them to assure they would not make a claim to the throne, a call from David to find Methphibosheth would be considered alarming and likely life-threatening.

David's motive was not to kill the lame descendant of Saul but to show God's hesed (covenant love, much like the NT term "grace")....

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Toxic Devotion
A Review of Sarah Young's "Jesus Calling"
ISSUE 125 - Summer 2013

"And they were continually devoting themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer." (Acts 2:42)


In the Bible, the term "devotion" is used for the early church's attention to and time spent on the means of grace. This included the apostles' teaching, which is our New Testament. Devotional books today are often devoted to private mysticism. Sarah Young's book is a good example. Devotion, in this case, has become a devotion to metaphysical impressions, not God's Word.

Furthermore, Young's daily devotional is written in words as though they were spoken directly by Jesus Christ Himself. This genre of devotional is not new. When I was a new Christian, Francis Roberts published such a book entitled Come Away My Beloved, which was based on the allegorization of the Song of Solomon. The book and sequels were quite popular. The first was written as if God Himself were speaking to the reader (using King James English), thus constituting new words from God beyond Scripture. At the time I thought that to be wrong and refused to read the book, though I read enough to be aware of its contents.

Similarly, Jesus Calling promotes mystical devotion to God and is based on words from Jesus beyond Scripture...

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An Invasion of Error:
A Review of Bill Johnson's When Heaven Invades Earth
ISSUE 124 - January-February 2013

Bill Johnson of Redding, California has become a popular teacher in one of the latest iterations of the Signs and Wonders movement. His book, When Heaven Invades Earth, reveals his underlying theology. Johnson believes that there will be a great end-time revival that will be initiated by an "Elijah generation"1 (a concept from the heretical Latter Rain movement) that shall transcend all other generations of Christians in regard to their ability to do great works of power...

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Cursed by Works or Blessed by Faith
ISSUE 123 - October-December 2012

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree," in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13, 14)


The Bible is clear—blessing comes to us by faith, and not through any other means. Abraham believed God and was blessed. Today, those who believe God through the gospel of Jesus Christ are blessed, be they Jew or Gentile. The truth is rather simple. But the false applications that now abound have so confused this matter that even those who have believed the gospel are convinced that they must seek information from their own past, sinful lives to break curses and find the key to blessings...

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The Gospel as the True Armor of God
Deliverance from Demons as Transfer of Dominion
ISSUE 122 - July-September 2012

It is not where demons are in relationship to us; it is where we are in relationship to Christ - that is the worldview of the Biblical writers. Those who have believed the gospel are transferred from one spiritual domain to another. But while we physically reside in this world, we are surrounded by spiritual forces of darkness. My thesis is this - the gospel is the armor of God in which we must stand.

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Spiritual Gifts, Revelation and the Local Congregation
ISSUE 121 - April – June 2012

There are no new revelations. That is what we were taught in Bible College and our professors were correct. Then we encountered passages such as 1Corinthians 14:26 which taught that members of the assembled church could have a revelation and it caused some of us to question what we were taught. In this paper the conclusion we come to will depend on how we answer the apparent contradiction between our teachers' claims and how we define the range of meaning of the term "revelation" (apokalupsis). Understanding this range of meaning will help us clear up much of the church's confusion about spiritual gifts and provide support for our Bible College instructors...

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Romantic Panentheism
A Review of One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
ISSUE 120 - January-March 2012

If I were to write this review in the style Ann Voskamp used in writing her book, it would read like this:


Sunlight streams through window. Shadows on keyboard. I sit here. I want to separate substance from style and deal only with substance as I contemplate a book. Before me lies The Thousand Gifts, a book written by Ann Voskamp, farmer's wife, Canadian. Ann writes in person first, tense present, style poetic. Two hundred thirty-seven pages speak of angst personal and thankfulness God-given and quote Julian of Norwich, Annie Dillard, Brennan Manning, Henri Nouwen, Teilard de Chardin and others. The style I find difficult. Of that I will not speak. The substance is of concern. Of that I will speak.

Voskamp sees God in everything, and that concept has a name—panentheism...

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Monvee—The New Evangelicalism about Me
A Review of John Ortberg's The Me I Want to Be
ISSUE 119 - August/September 2010

Most CIC articles are prompted by reader request. And lately several have asked about the program Monvee, a new, technology-based approach to sanctification. People can subscribe on the Monvee Web site and take a personality test, and, based on the results of the test, receive a personalized plan for their sanctification. John Ortberg's book features the word ME on the cover in large text and is part of the plan.

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Christian Dream Interpretation?
ISSUE 119 - August/September 2010

Author Barbie Breathitt, described as a "respected teacher of the supernatural manifestations of God," has just released a new book entitled "Dream Encounters," in which she claims Christians can have access to a secret dream language that God uses to reveal "hidden knowledge" to believers. In this book Breathitt tells believers they will be enabled to use the "revelation" obtained from God through their dreams in order to unlock their "destinies" and live lives in which they are "productive, responsible, successful, prosperous, loved and fulfilled" (p. 138).1 According to Breathitt, this is done by decoding information that God has "embedded" into our dreams and through which he continues to communicate with us in personal, ongoing revelation. But there are three significant problems with what Breathitt teaches, and I will attempt to develop why these issues are unsupported by Scripture. The three problems are as follows:


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Ideas Have Consequences:
A Partial Paraphrase and Review of Modern Fascism by Gene Edward Veith
ISSUE 118 - May/June 2010

This article will reveal similarities between the philosophies prevalent in Germany that characterized fascism and those of postmodern thinkers today. I am not suggesting that because these similarities exist postmoderns would be in favor of a new Hitler. I am suggesting that ideas have consequences and that history ought to teach us how serious they can be. The key issue is the rejection of a transcendent God who has revealed moral law. The result of such a rejection will most certainly be some form of lawlessness.

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How the Church Growth Movement Drives the Gospel out of Churches
ISSUE 117 - March/April 2010

One time, early in my ministry, a Christian preacher told me that I had to get a vision for the local church for which I was (and remain) a pastor. In his view I needed specific information from God regarding why we exist and what our future should be. I had no such vision, but, instead, concluded that God determined the definition and purpose of the church; we needed only to comply with what He revealed in the Bible. Why should our church exist for some unique purpose that does not apply to other churches?

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Why Theophostic Prayer Ministry is Neither Prayer Nor Christian Ministry
ISSUE 117 - March/April 2010

Though my article about the errors of Theophostic Ministry was published several years ago1 I still get e-mails from practitioners accusing me of falsely attacking a wonderful ministry that is helping many people. Even today many claim that this ministry, invented by Dr. Ed Smith, is the key to emotional healing. My response remains the same, "I never said that Theophostics doesn't work; I said that it is not Biblical."

The simple facts are these: the basic theories of Theophostic Ministry are not found in the Bible, and they have not been proven by careful, scientific research.

Recently I received a document called "The Essentials of Theophostic Prayer Ministry2" that was distributed by proponents of Theophostic Ministry at a large Evangelical church that has hosted their international convention. This document confirms what my research had previously uncovered about the basic principles of this ministry. In this article I will examine the basic premises of Theophostic Ministry as listed in their own literature and show that they are not Biblical.


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"Undefining" God's Mission
The Emerging Church "On a Mission from God"
ISSUE 116 - January / February 2010

Almost universally, people involved with the Emergent "conversation" espouse one theme: they consider themselves to be missional. Being "missional" is not what traditional Christians have known as "missions." We have believed that the Christian mission was to send people with the message of the gospel...

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Why the Human Will Cannot Overcome Sin
A Study of Paul’s Commentary on the 10th Commandment
ISSUE 115 - November/December 2009
During my first ten years in Christian ministry I was committed to the power of the human will, and it proved to be one of the greatest failures in my life in ministry. That commitment dominated my counseling and preaching. I assumed that the human will was the key to....
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Oprah Winfrey Promotes Pantheist Eckhart Tolle
How Biblically Illiterate America is Being Deceived
ISSUE 114 - September/October 2009
What sort of god needs to read a book or go to a seminar to discover his own identity? According to Oprah Winfrey and Eckhart Tolle, millions of such deities find it necessary to act on that need to awaken to their own godhood...
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Providence and Promise
How God Rules His Universe for the Good of His People
ISSUE 113 - July/August 2009
There was a time in American history where the term "providence" was commonly used. During the nineteenth century our citizens understood the term, and it was important to them. In 1865 Lincoln used the term "providence" in his second inaugural address, demonstrating not only that the term was important but that he understood the difference between God's moral will and God's providential will...
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Richard Foster—Celebration of Deception
ISSUE 112 - May/June 2009

In February 2008, Christianity Today ran a glowing cover story about Evangelicalism's recent embrace of medieval Roman Catholic mysticism entitled The Future lies in the Past.1 The article traced the beginning of the movement as follows: "The movement seems to have exploded in a 24-month period in 1977-1978, which saw the publication of Richard Foster's bestselling Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth and Robert Webber's Common Roots: A Call to Evangelical Maturity."2

In this article I will show that Foster's "journey inward" is unbiblical and dangerous. I will show that most of the spiritual disciplines that he calls "means of grace" are no means of grace at all—but a means of putting oneself under spiritual deception.


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Donald Whitney and Spiritual Disciplines
Spirituality Without Boundaries
ISSUE 111 - March/April 2009

Many people concerned about Donald Whitney's endorsement of Richard Foster and Dallas Willard (two popular evangelical mystics) have asked me to review his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. These people have wondered how someone who claims to be Reformed2 in theology and teaches at a seminary known for Reformed theology could endorse Foster and Willard. They also wondered if Whitney's own teaching contains Foster's and Willard's same errors. This article is my answer to these requests.

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False Spiritual Warfare Teachings
How the Church Becomes Pagan
ISSUE 109 - November/December 2008

A pagan is anyone who lacks special revelation from God. And had God not spoken in the manner described in Hebrews 1:1, 2, everyone in the world would be a pagan. This is to say that each of us would have to guess about the nature of the spiritual world we live in and develop techniques in order to contact or manipulate our world. We would wonder how we could manipulate the "gods" to better our situation. We would create a class of shamans with special abilities to contact and manipulate the spirits. That is what every pagan culture looks like.

Sadly, that is what the church looks like when...

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Hyperdispensationalism and the Authority of Christ
Is There Really More Than One Gospel?
ISSUE 108 - September/Ocotber 2008

Recently I spoke with a friend from another state who recounted to me how he had lost fellowship with a long-time Christian friend because of an eccentric doctrine the friend had gotten caught up in. The particular doctrine claims Jesus' teachings are not "for" the church, that the Great Commission is not binding on the church, that there are at least two different gospels, and that the gospel of grace was totally unknown until Paul received it. When my friend tried to correct his friend...

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Mike Bickle and International House of Prayer
The Latter Rain Redivivus
ISSUE 107 - July / August 2008
Earlier this year the International House of Prayer (IHOP) sponsored a conference in Kansas City entitled Passion for Jesus that was heavily promoted toward young people. The purpose of the conference was to “cultivate intimacy with Jesus.” In the conference’s second session, IHOP president and director Mike Bickle preached a message based on an allegorical interpretation of a Matthew 25 parable ...
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Global Warming, Blind Faith, and Global Delusion
A review of Taken by Storm – The Troubled Science, Policy, and Politics of Global Warming
ISSUE 106 - May/June2008

Some environmentalists with neo-pagan worldviews (e.g., Al Gore) have posited the “truth” of CO2-induced global warming, defined the production of CO2 as “sin” and thereby made all humans guilty of a holocaust-like assault on planet earth. Even if CO2 is doing what this group says it is, there is no way to repent of this “sin” because human beings cannot live without putting more of it into the atmosphere. Essex and McKitrick’s book (both are Canadian college professors) confirms my conclusion that the global warming scare is more religion than science. The book begins and ends with chapters about what the authors call “The Doctrine of Certainty.” We shall begin by examining this “Doctrine.”

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Why Evangelicals are Returning to Rome
The Abandonment of Sola Scriptura as a Formal Principle
ISSUE 105 - March/April 2008
The February 2008 edition of Christianity Today ran a cover story about evangelicals looking to the ancient Roman Catholic Church in order to find beliefs and practices.1 What was shocking about the article was that ...
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Rob Bell’s Abstract “Elvis”
A Critique of Velvet Elvis
ISSUE 104 - January/February 2008
The literal “Velvet Elvis” is a particular portrayal of velvet-crafted Elvis Presley that Bell owns. The artwork serves Bell’s book as an analogy to the Christian faith. Bell claims that all versions of Christianity are paintings or portrayals, just as his velvet Elvis is a portrayal of Elvis. Since that version of Elvis is not the only one ever created, it would be just as absurd to expect there to be only one “painting” of Christianity—it can be viewed and captured from many angles...
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Rob Bell “Undefines” Holiness
By Making Everything "Holy" Bell Makes Nothing Profane
ISSUE 104 - January/February 2008
Bell lists a number of transcendent experiences that he claims overwhelmed him to be in awe of God. The first one for Bell happened as a teenager at a concert performed by Irish rock group U2...
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The Roots and Fruits of the New Apostolic Reformation
Exposing the False Teachings of C. Peter Wagner and Bill Hamon
ISSUE 103 - November / December 2007

This article explores the idea of apostles in the church throughout church history. In it I will show that the restoration/Latter Rain idea that fuels the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is unbiblical and dangerous to the well-being of Christians who become part of it.

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True and False Binding and Loosing
How False Teachings Add to or Substract From What God Has Said
ISSUE 102 - September/October 2007

Fifteen years ago we published Issue # 1 of CIC on the topic of binding and loosing.1 That article was written to correct a false use of the term by those teaching spiritual warfare. We argued that the term binding and loosing concerns entrance into the kingdom, and what is or is not binding on Christians after they have been added to the church. We demonstrated that our interpretation is not unique and that every major scholarly exegesis of this passage also supports this meaning. We also showed how the apostles practiced binding and loosing in Acts 15 when they met to determine if the Law of Moses was binding on converted Gentiles (they determined that it was not). Now it is now time to bring out some important implications and applications of the true meaning of binding and loosing.

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Entering True Sabbath Rest
Understanding the Christian's Relationship to the Sabbath
ISSUE 102 - September/October 2007

A few years ago an area pastor took out advertisements in one of our local Christian periodicals. These ads issued both a proclamation and a challenge: “Christians are required to observe the Sabbath on Saturdays, and I invite anyone to debate me on this subject.” The challenge was eventually accepted and I proceeded to attend the public debate. At the time of this debate I was engaged in expository work on both Galatians and Hebrews. As I listened to these two men debate the issues, I compared their views to what I was learning through my studies. What struck me was this: the theological issues that the first century church struggled against are just as pressing 2,000 years later.

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How Pietism Deceives Christians
The Errors of Elitist Teachings in the Church
ISSUE 101 - July/August 2007

There are no extraordinary Christians; but being an ordinary Christian is an extraordinary thing. How I wish I would have understood that when I was a new Christian. But I didn’t. Soon after my conversion I began a quest to become the best possible Christian. In so doing I fell prey to teachings that promised me a Christian life superior to that of ordinary Christians. What I did not know was that I had embraced pietism. I didn’t become an extraordinary Christian and I did walk straight into error.

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Cracking "the Code" of Preterism
A Review of Hank Hanegraaff's "The Apocalypse Code" and a Refutation of Preterism
ISSUE 100 - May/June 2007

Hank Hanegraaff, radio’s “Bible Answer Man,” includes the following statement in the introduction to his new book, The Apocalypse Code: “Make no mistake: this is not the stuff of ivory-tower debates. The stakes for Christianity and the culture in the controversy surrounding eschatology are enormous!” With the stakes so high, he’s entered the fray—writing on the subject of the end times.

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"This Generation" and it's Preterist Exegetical Misuse
How Preterists Misinterpret Matthew 24:34
ISSUE 100 - May/June 2007

Several years ago I published an article about Matthew 24:34 where I claimed that “this generation” was a pejorative term about rebellious Jewish leadership. In today’s article I will support that claim by providing a range of meaning study of the term “generation” (Greek genea) as used in the New Testament.

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Unbiblical Teachings on Prayer and Experiencing God
How Mysticism Misleads Christians
ISSUE 99 - March/April 2007

To a Christian, praying to God is privilege, a blessing, and a Biblically defined responsibility. We are called to pray. But a genre of literature exists that I call “prayer secrets.” Practitioners claim to have discovered new avenues of prayer that can create power...

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Discerning Discernment
The Meaning and Significance of Hebrews 5:12-14
ISSUE 99 - March/April 2007

“What’s your spiritual gift?”  I have heard this question asked and answered many times. In my experience, the most common response to this inquiry is:  “I have the gift of ...

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The Problems with Personal Words From God
How People Become False Prophets to Themselves
ISSUE 98 - January / February 2007

The Bible tells us that God has spoken, infallibly, finally, and authoritatively through people He chose as mediators of His revelation. The Bible further tells us that Christ’s words to us were confirmed through eyewitnesses, the apostles. Can a believer receive special revelations that become God’s personal, revealed will for his or her life?

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God’s Revealed Will
Understanding God’s Boundaries
ISSUE 97 - November / December 2006

Many Christians labor under the notion that there is an unrevealed, perfect will of God for their life that must be discovered in order for them to truly please God. I know because I used to believe that myself...

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What Shall We Practice?
Wrestling with Brother Lawrence’s Concept of “Practicing the Presence of God”
ISSUE 97 - November / December 2006

I recall a conversation I had with an individual early in my Christian life regarding the high calling of living in light of the Gospel — the need for devotion to the Word, the need for prayer, the need for fellowship, and the task of evangelism. His response took me aback: “All those are fine for some,” he noted...

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Healing of Memories or Cleansing of the Conscience?
The Roots of False Healing of Memories Teachings
ISSUE 96 - September / October 2006

In the 1940’s, a missionary’s daughter disillusioned with traditional Christianity invented a new ministry called “inner healing.” Agnes Sanford claimed that during an out-of-body experience that supposedly brought her back to before her birth as a pre-existent soul, Jesus asked her to come into the world to...

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The Prophetic Calling of Every Believer
Understanding Prophecy in the Church Today
ISSUE 95 - July / August 2006

The restoration of prophecy for every believer was important to both Luther and Calvin. The alternative was that only the teaching magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church had the authority to prophesy. Luther often cited 1Corinthians 14:31 as proof of Rome's error in this regard...

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Discernment in an Age of Deception
Defining the Believer's Biblical Call to Judge
ISSUE 94 - May / June 2006

Many times, after publishing an article that disputes the claims of someone's published work, I am asked if I had talked to the person privately. There are those who claim that debating ideas in the public arena should not happen unless there was...

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Recovering Reformation Theology
Rejecting Synergism and Returning to Monergism
ISSUE 93 - March / April 2006

A key idea in the contemporary evangelical movement is that revival can be engineered. The Purpose Driven Web site says, “Peter Drucker called him [Warren] ‘the inventor of perpetual revival’ and Forbes magazine has written, ‘If...

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Free Will or the Bondage of the Will:
Definitions are Critical
ISSUE 92 - January / February 2006

Questions from readers prompt the writing of many CIC articles. The most frequently asked question that I have not addressed until now concerns free will. I thoroughly researched this topic nearly ten years ago. The reason for the delay...

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The Dangers of Spiritual Formation and Spiritual Disciplines
A Critique of Dallas Willard and The Spirit of the Disciplines
ISSUE 91 - November / December 2005

Practices called “spiritual disciplines” that are deemed necessary for “spiritual formation” have entered evangelicalism. Recent encounters with this teaching narrated to me by friends caused me to investigate these practices. The first experience...

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Calamities and God’s Judgment
What Can We Learn From Natural Disasters?
ISSUE 90 - September/October 2005

The Tsunami caught the world’s attention. Most recently major hurricanes have filled the news. These natural disasters have raised a question in the minds of many Christians—“Is this God’s judgment?”...

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Faulty Premises of the Church Growth Movement
Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Donald McGavran, and C. Peter Wagner Mislead the Church
ISSUE 89 - July/August 2005

If we compare what the Apostle John said with what a famous Church Growth advocate says, we encounter a problem. John says that the world will not listen to a true, unsullied Christian message. Rick Warren says that anybody...

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True and False Unity
How Gospel Preaching and Bible Teaching Produces True Unity
ISSUE 88 - May/June 2005

We are in the midst of a radical change in evangelicalism that has left countless Christians starving for God’s Word in their churches. Proponents of the change have labeled as “divisive” those who resist the movement away from gospel preaching...

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Emergent Delusion
A Critique of Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy
ISSUE 87 - March/April 2005

My favorite TV show as a teenager was Green Acres. On the show was a county agent by the name of Hank Kimball whose job was to answer technical questions for farmers. Mr. Douglas, a misplaced New York Lawyer and wannabe...

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“Church Health Award” From Rick Warren or Jesus Christ?
A Study of the Seven Churches in Revelation
ISSUE 86 - January/February 2005

We are awash in information about how to have healthy and successful churches. Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven church movement claims to have trained many thousands of pastors around the world. The website for this movement states the...

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Redefining the Church
The Church Growth Movement's Unbiblical Definition of the Church
ISSUE 85 - November/December 2004

Several months ago a friend of mine, who puts on seminars, publicly pointed out the errors of several well known teachers who promote mystical practices.  Shortly thereafter he invited me to attend a meeting with some leaders of his church to...

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Means of Grace
God's Provision for Our Salvation and Sanctification
ISSUE 84 - September/October 2004

This article focuses on the Biblical means God has provided for all Christians to grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord. These means may not be flashy, popular, or trendy, but they will always be effectual when practiced in faith. The following are NOT God’s means of changing lives: mystical practices, self-help groups, Purpose Driven Life study groups, contemplative prayer, twelve step groups, or going to meetings where people are “slain under the power.” These and other popular programs are sad, unbiblical substitutes that eventually lead to spiritual impoverishment.

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Contemporary Christian Divination
The False Claims and Practices of Christian Mystics
ISSUE 83 - July/August 2004

There was a king in Israel who decided that he could set up his own way of coming to God. This king’s story will provide a needed warning for those today that do likewise....

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The Dangers of Divination
A Biblical Explanation of Divination and Why It is Forbidden
ISSUE 82 - May/June 2004

Recently I was asked to speak at a seminary. Before the meeting I had lunch with a couple of the professors, one of whom had spent many years as a missionary in Taiwan. The former missionary recounted a story that illustrates the reality of the...

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The Discerning of Spirits
The Objective, Biblical Means to Discern Spirits
ISSUE 81 - March/April 2004

Twenty years ago I received a phone call from a woman who claimed to have a word from God for me. She began prophesying, “You are a great man of God, full of power, and God is going to use you in a powerful way. You are going to...

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The Gospel: A Method or a Message?
How the Purpose Driven Life Obscures the Gospel
ISSUE 80 - January/February 2004

A few months ago a friend phoned to ask if I had ever heard of Rick Warren. “Yes” I replied. “Why are you asking”? He said, “I just got kicked out of a Bible Study for bringing my Bible to it.” That is how the idea for this article came to me....

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Theophostics: Unbiblical Teaching Wedded to Mystical Experience (Theophostic Ministry)
A Warning Against the Unbiblical Teachings of Ed Smith
ISSUE 79 - November/December 2003

A few weeks ago my wife and I were driving to the house of some close friends, listening to a tape of Dr. Ed Smith, the founder of Theophostic counseling, who was preaching at a large evangelical church in our city. As we listened, my wife...

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How Deliverance Ministries Lead People to Bondage
A Warning Against the Warfare Worldview
ISSUE 78 - September/October 2003

In 1977 I was in a ministry that specialized in inner healing and deliverance. People came to us from all over the country seeking release from hearing voices, addictions, emotional trauma due to past hurts and abuses, and many other forms of...

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A Solution to the Problem of “This Generation” in Matthew 24:34
How Preterists Misinterpret Matthew 24:34
ISSUE 77 - July/August 2003

Matthew 24:34 is a difficult passage for Bible interpreters. The problem is that Jesus appears to be predicting that the generation of Jews alive when He made the prophetic predictions found in Matthew 24 would also be alive to witness the...

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Carried by the Comforter
An Exposition of Romans 8:14 that Shows What "Lead by the Spirit" Really Means.
ISSUE 76 - May/June 2003

Romans 8 offers profound, eternal comfort to Christians. In it Paul assures us that all true Christians shall ultimately be glorified and conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29, 30) and that nothing in the entire created universe can...

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God's Will and Christian Liberty
Explaining God's Revealed Will and God's Providential Will
ISSUE 75 - March/April 2003

The Bible is the revealed will of God. The Bible is inspired by God, inerrant and authoritative. It contains everything God has chosen to reveal to us. Through the Bible we know God’s plans, purposes and moral will. Only the teachings of Scripture...

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The Gospel and Roman Catholicism
What Roman Catholics Need to Hear About the Gospel of Jesus Christ
ISSUE 74 - January/February 2003

There are many hurting and disillusioned people who grew up under the teachings of the Roman Catholic church. They are disillusioned because the church that they were told is their only hope of getting to God has been found to be scandalous....

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The Demise of Gospel Preaching in the Modern Evangelical Church
A Call for Evangelicals to Return to Gospel Teaching According to the Terms Laid Out in the Bible
ISSUE 73 - November/December 2002

An alarming convergence of theological and cultural trends in contemporary evangelicalism is pushing gospel preaching out of many churches. Even in “Bible believing” churches, people are being asked to make a “decision for Jesus,” without being...

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The Prayer of Daniel
An Exposition of Daniel's Prayer in Daniel 9 with Applications
ISSUE 72 - September/October 2002

It is the nature of fallen man to gravitate to works righteousness and self help. Religious solutions that offer promises of success for those who know the secrets will always be popular. Quick, easy, and rote answers sell. The book by Bruce...

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Book Review
The Prayer of Jabez: Breaking Through to the Blessed Life by Dr. Bruce H. Wilkinson
ISSUE 72 - September/October 2002

Jabez is an obscure person mentioned in only two verses of scripture: 1 Chronicles 4:9-10. These verses offer no introduction, nor is there any reference from other scripture. From these...

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Colossian Heresy, Part 3
How Rick Joyner's Claimed Visit to Heaven is a Direct Example of the Colossian Heresy
ISSUE 71 - July/August 2002

There is a recent genre of Christian literature that goes far beyond the fiction of Dante. We can read privileged individuals expound their meetings with Jesus, visitations to heaven, conversations with departed souls, and other incredible, mystical...

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Colossian Heresy, Part 2
How Colossians Warns Against Spiritual Elitism and False Spiritual Warfare Teachings
ISSUE 70 - May/June 2002

The Colossians were being threatened by a "philosophy” that, if believed, would make them plunder of false teachers who denied the sufficiency of Christ. In the last issue we examined the key tenets of this teaching and explained the...

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Colossian Heresy, Part 1
Exegesis of Colossians 2 that Identifies the nature of the Colossian "Philosophy"
ISSUE 69 - March/April 2002

The danger of being “taken captive” by the same heresy that was threatening the Colossians is as real today as it was in first century Colossae. The Greek word for “taken captive” means “to carry off as spoil. The plunder of the battle turns out...

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Generational Curses
Biblical Answers to Questions Raised by the Phrase "visit the inquities to the third and fourth gene
ISSUE 68 - January/February 2002

Oftentimes when a passage is unclear it is used to support false teachings. Because when many Christians are unsure of the meaning of a passage, they are less able to discern erroneous teaching based on the verses in question. This is surely...

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John the Baptist and Prophets to Nations
Bibilcal evidence that between John the Baptist and the Two Prophets in Revelation, There are no Pro
ISSUE 67 - November/December 2001

Since the horrible events of September 11th, prophets are lining up to claim to either have predicted them or to have the key to God's purposes behind them. There are many who claim to be prophets to nations like the Old Testament prophets....

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The Pitfalls of False Prophets
Why the Predictions of Errant Prophets are Worthless
ISSUE 67 - November/December 2001

On December 31st, 1997 a modern prophet by the name of Bob Jones said this: I have been tellin people for a year to get out of Los Angeles. They tell me they are really brave out there. I am not that brave...

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Apostles and Prophets and the Foundation of the Church
Bibilical Exegesis that Proves that Only the New Testament Apostles are Authoritative
ISSUE 66 - September/October 2001

Today a popular movement is making brash claims about itself. The movement claims that God is raising up a huge wave of end times prophets and apostles who will be instrumental in subduing entire nations and eventually the whole world...

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The New Apostolic Reformation
A Warning About Later Day Apostles
ISSUE 66 - September/October 2001

In this paper we discuss New Testament Apostles today from the viewpoint that there is no biblical authority that supports the end time restoration of the office of apostle: therefore, there are no...

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Greater Works than These
Biblical Proof That John 14:12 Does Not Predict the Church Will Do Greater Miracles than Christ
ISSUE 65 - July / August 2001

A popular “revival movement” claims that latter day apostles and prophets will fulfill this promise in John by doing greater miracles than Jesus did, both in quantity and quality. Their claim is that a new wave of apostolic power will transform...

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Allusions of Grandeur
The Benefit of Reading the New Testament in Light of the Old
ISSUE 65 - July / August 2001

"The newer, the better." So goes much of our modern cultural mindset. Sadly, this type of thinking has crept into how many view the Old Testament Scriptures. Many believe the Old Testament has "passed on" (so to speak) and the New Testament has replaced...

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The Hebrew Lament and the Problem of Evil
How God Answered Biblical Characters who Asked about Evil and Human Suffering
ISSUE 64 - May/June 2001

The Hebrew people were not bashful about voicing their complaints to the Lord about the problem of evil and suffering. Their laments about evil make up make up a large body of literature in the Bible which includes Job (parts of it), Habakkuk, many...

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Antichrists and The Antichrist
Exposing False "Anointed" Ones
ISSUE 63 - March/April 2001

It might surprise many that John considered himself to be living in the last hour with contemporary "Antichrists” and that he saw the need to warn Christians about such individuals. Many consider an "Antichrist” to be a person who is "against”...

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Bereans and Traditions
A Warning Against Parochialism
ISSUE 62 - January/February 2001

It was Paul's practice to go first to the Jews when he entered a new city. This was his procedure: "And according to Paul's custom, he went to them, and for three Sabbaths reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and giving evidence ...

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The "W.W.J.D.?" Phenomenon
Evangelism or Liberal Ethical System?
ISSUE 62 - January/February 2001

We've all seen 'em. They have been the "fashion fad" of many in and outside the church over the last few years. They began to appear on wrists in the mid-90's, and the "W.W.J.D.?" craze is still going strong...

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Chasing Subjective Religious Experience
A Critique Tommy Tenney's The God Chasers
ISSUE 61 - November/December 2000

A current best selling Christian book, The God Chasers by Tommy Tenney, addresses a theme that is similar to Paul's concern in Philippians 3 to die to everything else, and through faith be found in Christ. It is Tenney's similarities to Paul's...

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From Wretchedness to Glory
Sanctification Explained from Romans 7 and 8
ISSUE 60 - September / October 2000

How could the apostle Paul, after describing the glorious truths of justification by faith and our position in Christ (dead to sin and alive to God Romans 3-6), then characterize himself as being "wretched?" This seems so shocking that some...

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Walking By the Spirit
The Means by Which Christians Grow in Grace
ISSUE 60 - September/October 2000

Ever since the fall, humanity has been engaged in an age-old struggle against the power of sin. Sin, being defined as "both fallen humanity's state of separation from God and as a person's purposeful disobedience to God's will as evidenced in concrete thought...

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Common Errors in Biblical Interpretation Exposed
Ways the Scriptures are Often Misinterpreted
ISSUE 59 - July/August 2000

The Bible, history's most published, studied, translated and quoted book, is also its most misused and misinterpreted book. Cults and false religions use it to their own ends and others simply misinterpret it. That this occurs so often leads...

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Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm
A Lesson in Historical Context
ISSUE 59 - July/August 2000

QUESTION: What does Jesus mean in Revelation 3:15-16, where He states, "I wish you were cold or hot. So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot or cold, I will spit you out of My mouth"? Is he saying that it is better to not believe (i.e. be cold) than to be indifferent (i.e. lukewarm)?

ANSWER: This passage is one of the most misunderstood and misapplied in all of Scripture...

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The Foreknowledge of God
A Critique of Greg Boyd's Open Theism
ISSUE 58 - May/June 2000

In recent years, some evangelicals have rekindled an old controversy by asserting that God does not have exhaustive foreknowledge. That is to say that He does not know everything that is going to happen. This is an old controversy. For...

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The Whole Counsel of God
We Must Teach What Christ Commanded to be Taught; Not What People Consider "Relevant"
ISSUE 57 - March/April 2000

The apostle Paul, after years of ministry in Ephesus and the surrounding areas, called the elders of the Ephesian church together for a final word before his departure. In this touching scene, Paul bared his...

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Robert Schuller and The Seeker Sensitive Church
The Roots and Fruits of Robert Schuller's Verstion of Theological Liberalism
ISSUE 56 - January/February 2000

Two men met another man as they were walking down a road. They were having a private discussion when the third man began questioning them. The third man soon dominated the conversation. Throughout the rest of their journey, the man began with the books of Moses and proceeded to explain to them, verse by...

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God's Vessels of Salvation
Trusting the "Foolishness" of God
ISSUE 56 - January/February 2000

Through the world’s eyes, surely Noah looked to be quite the fool. For 100 years he constructed a gigantic ark on dry land. While he did this he called people to repentance, for the Scriptures proclaim he was a "preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). I imagine Noah was...

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Job’s Comforters Revisited
How Health and Wealth Teachers Harm the Flock
ISSUE 55 - November/December 1999

If Christians experience suffering, tragedy or sorrow, they are likely to receive unrequested counsel from comforters like those who advised Job. “What did you do to get yourself into this situation?” is...

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Visiting Heaven and Hell
Why the Claims of Afterlife Experiences are not Reliable
ISSUE 54 - September/October 1999

In recent years, a couple of individuals have written hot selling books in which they claim to relate their experiences of visiting heaven and/or hell. When Paul mentioned ...

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Charles Finney’s Influence on American Evangelicalism
Exposing Charles Finney's Heretical Teachings
ISSUE 53 - July/August 1999

Nineteenth Century evangelist Charles Finney is often credited with being a major force in the so-called "second great awakening” in America. The converted lawyer is well known for making shocking ...

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Honoring God
A Systematic Explaination of Christian Doctrines
ISSUE 52 - May/June 1999

God's purpose for Christians is that we might bring honor to His holy name as we enjoy our relationship with Him for all eternity. Since the nature of fallen humanity is such that our primary motivation is to...

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May it Never Be!
Ideas that Paul Abhors
ISSUE 51 - March/April 1999

What would be an appropriate Christian response to the following objections: "Israel's unbelief nullifies God's faithfulness, God is unrighteous in inflicting wrath, faith nullifies the Law, our continued sin would...

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The Tyranny of False Causes
Explaining the Complexity of Cause and Effect and Relating it to God's Sovereignty
ISSUE 50 - January/February 1999

How often we find our beliefs about causes to be wrong. We encounter a problem, invest time and effort to solve the problem -- only to find that the object of our efforts was not the cause of the problem at all....

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Hebrews 6:4-8 on Apostasy
Can True Christians Commit Apostasy?
ISSUE 49 - November/December 1998

This passage raises several important questions. Is it possible for true Christians to fall away from the faith and not only become apostate, but irredeemably so? If so, is the Biblical doctrine of the...

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The Dishonoring of God in Popular Spiritual Warfare Teaching
Refuting the Bad Theology Espoused by Spiritual Warfare Teachers
ISSUE 48 - September/October 98

Many popular teachers question God's sovereign rule over His own creation. Their unbiblical scenario goes like this: God made Adam the ruler of the world; Adam committed "treason" and turned the rightful...

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The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Showing That Spiritual Gifts are Not for New Revelations and Have not Ceased
ISSUE 47 - July/August 1998

Have the gifts ceased? Many have argued "yes." They reason that the completion of the canon of the New Testament (the written form of the apostles' teaching) makes spiritual gifts superfluous. Since the...

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The Baptism in the Holy Spirit
A Careful Study of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit as Found in Acts
ISSUE 46 - May/June 1998

All evangelical Christians believe in being baptized in the Holy Spirit; but how and when one is baptized in the Holy Spirit is disputed. Since the advent of the Pentecostal movement in the early twentieth...

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"For Thy Name’s Sake"
The Promise of Holiness
ISSUE 45 - March/April 1998

Many Christians view holiness as a threat rather than a promise. They assume that calls to holiness involve legalism or some manner of inappropriate demands being made upon them. What they do not...

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Sanctification and Discipleship: Christian Options?
The Lordship Salvation Debate
ISSUE 44 - January/February 1998

One of our readers submitted an interesting question which can be summarized this way: "Is there not a difference between salvation and discipleship; and is not any equating of the two a subtle inclusion of...

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Saul, the Choice of the Carnal Minded
Why Carnal Minded People Choose Bad Leaders
ISSUE 43 - November/December 1997

A great irony of redemption history is that God consistently chooses to work through the unexpected. Whenever there is an apparently good candidate to be a leader, God passes him up for someone with...

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Revival, The Cross and The Narrow Gate
Warning about False Revivals That Lack the Message of the Cross
ISSUE 42 - September/October 1997

Rarely does a week go by that I do not hear or read of the latest "great move of God that is going to win the world for Christ and usher in the great revival that will happen before the return of Christ."...

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King James Only?
Refuting the False Conspiracy Theories of King James Only Teachers
ISSUE 41 - July/August 1997

In recent years, an old debate has rekindled: Is the King James Bible the only valid translation of the Scriptures for English speaking people? G. A. Riplinger has published a book that...

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Are Christians Cursed?
Exposing Marilyn Hickey's False Teaching on Curses
ISSUE 40 - June/July 1997

Popular television faith teacher Marilyn Hickey has published a book entitled Break the Generation Curse that claims to help Christians break curses that are coming upon...

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Heresy and the Doctrine of Christ
One's Relationship to the Person of Christ Revealed in the Bible is Essential
ISSUE 39 - March/April, 1997

These passages show that for the apostles, the key truth that must be affirmed by orthodox believers but is denied by heretics is the teaching of Christ. Accepting Christ and His teaching is essential to authentic...

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Heresy and Choice
How Pluralism and Choice Take us Away From God's Revealed Truth
ISSUE 38 - January/February, 1997

The New Testament presents the body of teaching to which the apostles expected Christians to adhere. It is heresy "airesis" in the Greek, meaning "to choose" to depart from the truth that was once for all...

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Why Ecumenism Cannot Produce the Unity of the Faith
The Biblical Definition of the Church Shows Ecumenism to be Futile
ISSUE 37 - November/December 1996

In Ephesians 4, Paul calls us to preserve unity while we seek a perfect unity that does not yet exist. How we are to go about this is very confusing to many Christians. Do we seek to unify all organizations calling...

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Why Technology Cannot Save Us
The Human Problem is Sin; Not a Lack of Knowledge
ISSUE 36 - September/October 1996

The contrast between technological progress and social regress is an enigma. Technology has made much of life easier and accomplishments in health, transportation, communication, and information...

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". . . and They did not Repent"
The Biblical Doctrine of Human Depravity
ISSUE 35 - July/August 1996

Last year my wife and I participated in a home Bible study that studied the book of Revelation. We had just contemplated the portion of end time judgement that will involve the horrors of the plague of...

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The Lure of Paganism, part 3
The Promise of God's Presence
ISSUE 34 - May/June 1996

Can we trust our destiny to a God we cannot see? Biblical faith says we must. Paganism can be attractive because humans find it difficult to trust and hope while faith has not yet become sight...

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The Lure of Paganism, part 2
The Earth Goddess
ISSUE 33 - March/April 1996

In the last issue I discussed the age-old tendency of God's people to be lured into the beliefs and practices of the pagans. I will now address the particular mode that pagan religion has taken in our day...

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The Lure of Paganism, Part 1
The Danger Christians face in a Pagan World
ISSUE 32 - January/February 1996

God warns His people not to allow the pagan world to lure them into its beliefs and practices. From Genesis (e.g. Sodom and Gomorrah) to Revelation (e.g. the great harlot Babylon) we read such warnings. God has...

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Why the Church Lacks Discernment, part 2
Pragmatism
ISSUE 31 - November/December 1995

Any observer of contemporary American ways of thinking and acting can readily see that so-called "common sense" has deteriorated into common non-sense. Commonly accepted standards of proper...

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Why the Church Lacks Discernment, part 1
Why Discernment is not Subjective
ISSUE 30 - September/October 1995

Paul's concern for first century Christians was that they would have the discernment to distinguish good from evil. Our need now is as critical as theirs. Because of the information revolution we are bombarded...

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The Necessity of Regeneration
Understanding the Biblical Doctrine of Regeneration
ISSUE 29 - July/August 1995

Biblical Christianity is not merely one of many competing religious philosophies, nor is it merely a system of belief and practice that will hopefully make one a better person. Biblical Christianity is an intimate...

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Lawlessness, Legalism and Sanctification
Explaining What the Bible Means by Lawlessness
ISSUE 28 - May/June 1995

The hope this passage refers to is that we might be like Jesus when we see Him (1John 3:1,2). The problem to which it refers is sin. Sin mars the image of God in us and sin keeps us from being more like...

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The Millennial Hope and the Church
Pre-Millennialism Defended In Church History
ISSUE 27 - March/April 1995

Because the doctrine of the end times (eschatology) has caused so much dispute in the church, many have determined to sit on the sidelines. Over twenty years ago I first heard someone say, "some are...

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God's Truth in an Age of Lies, part 3
Spiritual Warfare: The Truth vs The Lie
ISSUE 26 - January/February 1995

The New Testament shows that the battle for the minds and souls of human beings concerns "the truth," the message of Jesus Christ and "the lie," the message of the evil one. We either become disciples of...

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God's Truth in an Age of Lies, part 2
The Challenge of Pluralism
ISSUE 25 - November/December 1994

Nothing puts Biblical Christianity at odds with modern culture more dramatically than its claim to have the exclusive way to God. Somehow it seems arrogant, intolerant, and naive to think that only through a...

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God's Truth in an Age of Lies, part 1
What The Bible Means by "The Truth"
ISSUE 24 - August/September/October

We live in a day in which commonly believed lies have colored the beliefs of most of society. Ironically, the one lie that may be doing the most damage is the one that says that it is impossible for anyone to...

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New Age Miracle
How New Age Thinking Negates The Biblical Definition of Miracles
ISSUE 23 - May/June 1994

The pagans rejected the Creator and chose to worship the creature. We now live in days of revived paganism and its confusion of the Creator - created distinction. This distinction means that the triune God...

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Affliction, Discipline and Sanctification
God Will Sanctify All Whom He Saves
ISSUE 22 - May/June 1994

God's will for our lives as Christians is sanctification. Sanctification does not happen through good intentions, but through the sovereign intervention of our Heavenly Father. Our responsibility is to agree...

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A Christian Identity Crisis?
Neil Anderson's False Teachings Exposed
ISSUE 21 - March/April 1994

Some suggest that many Christians are suffering from an identity crisis and prescribe mega-doses of self-affirmation as the cure. A Christian friend recently handed me a bulletin insert that was distributed in a...

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Forgiveness - God's Remedy for Human Failure
The Need to Receive and Give Forgiveness
ISSUE 20 - February 1994

Last month I asserted that human actions have significance and that we are accountable to God for "deeds in the body" (2Corinthians 5:10b). We have all failed, leaving us with a guilt problem. This...

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"Performance Orientation"
Do Our Actions Matter?
ISSUE 19 - December 1993/January 199

The last two months we have examined the issue of Self-esteem. A related matter that bears directly upon this question is that of behavior or performance. Because many teach that high self-esteem is an important prerequisite for personal and...

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Self-esteem, the New Christian "Virtue" Part 2
Robert Schullers New Reformation
ISSUE 18 - November 1993

Last month's commentary ended with a quotation of this verse: "Because you say, `I am rich, and have become wealthy, and have need of nothing,' and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked, I...

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Self-esteem, the New Christian "Virtue"
Why Self-esteem Teachings are False
ISSUE 17 - October 1993

How one ought to feel about himself has become a significant issue for Christians. This topic did not receive much debate in previous generations since most Christians agreed that we are prone to pride and ought to have more humility. They...

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Perpetual Infancy Part 2
The Errors of Postmodernism
ISSUE 16 - September 1993

Will Bible Study Kill You? "If you study Scripture too much you will become spiritually dead because, `The letter kills and the Spirit gives life.'" Most of use have heard this argument against Biblical scholarship. Whether based upon experience in...

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The Danger of Perpetual Infancy
The Need To Study Scripture
ISSUE 15 - July/August, 1993

Babies are wonderful, so are baby Christians if one means those who have recently come to the faith. The author of Hebrews, however, is speaking of babes of a different variety. These "babes" are in a state of perpetual infancy. They lack...

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Physical Healing and the Atonement
Is it Always God's Will to Heal Now?
ISSUE 14 - May/June 1993

A teaching that has been popular since the nineteenth century says that Jesus died for our sicknesses as well as our sins. Matthew 8:16,17 & 1 Peter 2:24 are the passages cited as proof. The doctrine is called "physical healing in the...

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The Gospel of Jesus Christ
The Power of the Gospel
ISSUE 13 - April 1993

The word "gospel" is familiar to most people in America, but its meaning is confused or obscure for many. Some equate "gospel" with television hucksters whose ulterior motives are quite transparent, causing many to disregard the message....

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Liberal Christianity
The Danger of Man Centered Theology
ISSUE 12 - March 1993

During the last century, many Protestant denominations have embraced religious liberalism as their guiding theology. There are numerous theological issues that separate liberals from conservatives such as belief in the inerrancy of Scripture...

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Inner Healing
How God Heals the Soul
ISSUE 11 - February 1993

The focus of the last several issues of CIC has been Biblical counseling, specifically as it concerns sin as the basic root problem of all human beings. There is another important related issue: things that have happened to a person over which he...

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Biblical Counseling, Part 3
Applying Biblical Solutions to Biblically Defined Problems
ISSUE 10 - January 1993

In the last two issues we examined some of the deficiencies of secular counseling and secular theories about human attitudes and behaviors and we proposed that God's word contains the necessary...

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Biblical Counseling, Part 2
Getting to the Root of the Problem
ISSUE 9 - December 1992

Last month we explored some shortcomings of modern psychology's approach to healing of the soul. I suggested that Biblical counseling, based on the prescription of 2Timothy 3:16,17 was a better alternative for Christian people. This month...

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Biblical Counseling, part 1
Why Psychology Cannot Heal the Soul The Dangers of Integrating the Bible and Psychology
ISSUE 8 - November 1992

Is the person who is trained in Scripture, anointed by the Holy Spirit, and called by God to minister to the lost and hurting adequately equipped to counsel? For centuries of church history, the answer was an unequivocal "yes." Modern...

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Evolution and Man
Creation The Fall and Redemption
ISSUE 7 - October 1992

As we approach another presidential election in America, it seems the chasm that separates the beliefs and attitudes between groups of people is deeper and wider than ever. The emotions and convictions are just as fervent on both sides of...

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"God Has Spoken"
The Authority of the Bible
ISSUE 6 - September 1992

The New Testament claims to be Jesus Christ's teachings, will, and purpose for the church in written form. God has spoken to us in Jesus Christ and His word is full of meaning, power and authority. God cannot lie, so His word is...

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The Anointing and the Christian
Beware of False "Anointed Ones"
ISSUE 5 - August 1992

The idea of God anointing someone, as with many other important truths, has its roots in the Old Testament. The Theological Dictionary of The New Testament states: "Anointing that is meant to restore or to enhance physical well-being...

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The Balaam Syndrome
False Teachers in the Church
ISSUE 4 - July 1992

Balaam, the mad prophet, serves as a prototype for false teachers who will arise in the last days and trouble the Christian church. The stern warnings of 2Peter 2 are for those who would follow in his path. The false teachers to whom Peter refers...

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Little "gods"?
Correcting Word of Faith Heresy
ISSUE 3 - June 1992

A few weeks ago as I was driving to the church in the morning I turned on one of our local Christian radio stations. A popular faith teacher was proclaiming that God created Adam to be the "god of this world." He said that when Adam...

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Binding And Loosing, Part 2
False Spiritual Warfare Teachings
ISSUE 2 - May 1992

Last month we discussed the Biblical meaning of "binding and loosing" as used in the gospels. To bind is to forbid by doctrinal decision, to loose is to permit. Examination of the teachings and practice of the New Testament apostles reveals...

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Binding and Loosing, Part 1
False Spiritual Warfare Teachings
ISSUE 1 - April 1992

I bind you, Satan!" is uttered in thousands of prayers every day in America. "Spiritual warfare" books that teach Christian how to "bind Satan" are hot sellers. Not only is Satan himself subject to continual verbal "binding," but a whole host of...

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