Prominent Religious Subjects

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Some are surprised to learn that the Bible’s teachings differ from what they have always heard. What have you heard about these prominent doctrines?

Falling from grace? The Bible teaches such is possible (Galatians 5:4; Hebrews 6:1-6; 2 Peter 2:20-22).

Inherited total depravity? The Bible teaches that sin is of such a nature that it cannot be inherited (1 John 3:4). Furthermore, the offspring does not bear the iniquity of the parent (Ezekiel 18:20). Children are innocent and safe (Matthew 18:1-4).

Predestination? The Bible teaches that certain kinds of individuals (those who are holy and love God) have been predestined to be saved (Ephesians 1:4-5; Romans 8:28-38); however, it is left up to the individual to choose to become such (Revelation 22:17; Joshua 24:15; Matthew 16:24).

The nature of the soul (spirit)? The Bible teaches that man has a spirit, and that it is immortal (2 Corinthians 4:16-18; Luke 16:19-31; Matthew 25:46; Psalm 22:26).

The reality of hell? The Bible teaches that hell is as real as heaven (Matthew 25:46; John 5:28-29). If there is a heaven to gain then there is hell to shun! A comprehensive description and picture of hell is found in Revelation 14:10-11 and Luke 16:19-31.

Divorce and remarriage? The Bible teaches that marriage is for life (Romans 7:1-4). There is one exception: if one’s spouse becomes a fornicator, the innocent partner can divorce and remarry (Matthew 19:3-9).

Women preachers? The Bible teaches that women are not to teach in a way that usurps authority over the man (1 Timothy 2:11-15). See also First Corinthians 11:3.

Premillennialism? The Bible teaches that (a) no one knows when Jesus is coming, Mark 13:32; (b) there will be one general resurrection, John 5:28-29; (c) the kingdom is now in existence, Colossians 1:13; (d) Jesus is now reigning as king, Acts 17:7; 1 Corinthians 15:22-27; (e) there will be no earth to come back to after the so-called rapture, 2 Peter 3:10; (f) the land promises to Israel have already been fulfilled, Joshua 21:43-45; 2 Chronicles 9:25.

Wendell Winkler
from The Church Everybody is Talking About

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