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It is unfortunate that the book of Revelation, perhaps the Bible’s greatest portrait of Jesus Christ, is plagued by conflicting interpretations that too often conceal rather than reveal Him. The preterist view ("pre" meaning "before") says that most of the book represents the fulfillment of events that occurred in the time of the early church (most say in 70 A.D. as God’s final judgment on the ancient Jews). According to the historical view it is a survey of history between the two comings of Christ forming a single time line, with each detail representing a specific event, character or idea in church history. The futurist view sees it primarily as a prophecy of the end times leading up to Christ’s Second Coming.
The problem with these three interpretations is that they all require us to look to evidence outside of Scripture for their meaning, which has not only left us feeling that only "the scholars" can understand it, but it has led to broadly divergent opinions and therefore great confusion.... The spiritual view, sometimes called idealism, sees The Revelation as a presentation of common spiritual themes which are repeated and developed throughout the whole Bible. Read more.
A Word to Our Community and Our Readers
Most would agree we are living in uncertain times. Our nation and our world face many problems, and look to politicians, scientists, economists, and spiritual leaders for guidance. Yet the "experts" often find themselves at odds with each other: some say government should be more involved, some say less; some say "Put more money in," some say, "Get the money out"; some say more religion, others say less. Still others say let's just find the middle ground and compromise to get along, but are we to build on a shifting foundation of compromise, or are we to hold to the truth, whether it is popular or not? For those of us who believe that the Bible is God's revealed truth to a troubled and sinful world, there is only one sure foundation.
The bottom line is that the issues we face – the problems of greed and corruption, of lust and all its vices, of theft, drugs and violence – are not primarily deficiencies in our knowledge or of our minds, but of our hearts, as Jesus told us so long ago: "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within and defile a man." Though we pass laws to deal with all of the above, society's greatest problem is not the violation of human laws, but the rejection of God and His moral Law as given to us in the Holy Bible. This fact has never changed despite all the sophistication and intellectualism of the modern age.
What does all of this mean for the Christian church today? It means that in times like these, the church of God is more relevant and important than ever. God's truth is eternal, not something that is redefined in each succeeding age, and the true church, as God established it, is to be the witness for that truth in a spiritually dark world. Though we may do it imperfectly, never measuring up to the perfection of the Christ we preach, we believe it is our duty not to compromise to gain the approval of the world, but to stand strong on the Scriptures, which are the Word of Truth (2 Cor. 6:7, Eph. 1:13, 2 Timothy 2:15, James 1:18) – and which, regardless of man's response to them, will forever remain unbroken (John 10:35), as the foundation of the true Christian faith:
The articles in these pages were written or chosen to challenge the skeptic, to guide the seeker to a compassionate Christ, and to call our local churches to a more careful biblical doctrine, a more genuine Christian love, and greater holiness of life. In all of this, our desire is to provoke, but not to offend, and we are always open to your questions and comments.
Amazing Grace! Many have heard John Newton's famous hymn "Amazing Grace" and perhaps a few others such as "Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken," or "How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds." But few have read any of the other writings of this former slave-trader gloriously converted to Christ at age 23. We recommend two companion sermons by Newton, Rest for the Weary, and Messiah's Easy Yoke, from Matthew 11:28-30, which feature Newton's tender, welcoming invitation to Jesus Christ, along with his sound, Reformed biblical doctrine. Slightly modernized and abridged.
What is Fundamentalism, and what is wrong with it? As modern social media can now so quickly bring the flaws of Christian fundamentalist pastors and churches into the public eye, there must be a willingness within the ranks to assess biblically the entire historical movement, and make necessary corrections.
What is a Christian? We believe the modern church, in its eagerness to bring in the masses during a time of increasing godlessness and secularism (certainly a worthy motive), has weakened its influence in the world by not giving a careful, scriptural answer to the most basic question of all: "What is a true Christian"? Challenge your heart by considering, in thumbnail excerpts from many of the writings on our site, how the Bible and the greatest Christian writers and Confessions answer this important question.
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