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The Biblical Toolman: Three Biblical Doctrines in One Handy Passage

© Copyright 2003 by Bob Passantino Next time you’re frustrated trying to share with your Jehovah’s Witness friend about how he’s been taught false doctrine by the Watchtower, don’t give up in frustration because there are too many issues to cover at one time. Instead, do what I do and ask your friend a simple […]

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What Does the Bible Mean by Temptation?

Copyright 1990 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino. God cannot be tempted (James 1:13). God can be tempted (or there would be no reason for us to be warned against tempting God — Deuteronomy 6:16). If God cannot be tempted (see 1 above), and Jesus is God, then does that mean he cannot be tempted? (James […]

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Revelation, Inspiration, and Illumination

A summary of information from Norm. F. Geisler and William E. Nix’s A General Introduction to the Bible. © 2003 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino Revelation:  From God to man (man hears what God wants written) Inspiration:  From man to paper (man writes that which God wants written) Illumination:  From paper to heart (man receives that which God has […]

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I Believe: Creedal Christianity

© 2003 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino Did you ever find yourself in the dark about what someone believed when they told you, “I just believe the Bible”? For some this means denying the doctrine of the Trinity, the deity of Christ, and salvation by grace through faith. For others This means rejecting “organized religion,” […]

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Free Will/Determinism Glossary

by Bob and Gretchen Passantino, © 1998 antinomy — The mutual contradiction of two principles or inferences founded on equally valid premises. apostasy — In Christian theology, the personal, knowledgeable, willful total rejection of one’s Christian faith, after which repentance is impossible. Arminianism — In Christian theology, the label attached to proponents of the view of salvation that […]

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Did the Father Leave the Son on the Cross?

By Bob Passantino, © 1991 On the cross Jesus said, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46). Many Christians believe this signifies the one and only time that there was a split between the first two persons of the Trinity, that is, between the Father and the Son. The argument asserts […]

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Does Salvation result from Works or from Faith?

An analytical answer by Don W. Stoner We are told by Paul in his letter to the Ephesians: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” -Ephesians 2:8,9 (all quotations will be taken from the KJV) But […]

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Faith in the Face of Evil

© 2005 by Gretchen Passantino Be self-controlled & alert, your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are going through the same kind of sufferings – 1 Peter 5:8-9. Disadvantaged, ignorant, oppressed, immature, […]

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The Dangers of the Eschatological Gospel

By Michael Martin, AIA Research Associate, © 1995 Eschatology is an important part of Christian history and doctrine (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Titus 2:13). The resurrection of the just and the unjust and the Second Coming of Christ are held by all Christians and are confirmed by the scriptures (John 11:25; John 5; Daniel 12) and […]

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Dispensationalism Defined

I was asked by email to defined what I meant by dispensationalism when I used the term in an earlier post. Here was the answer I sent: Dispensationalism is a system of prophetic theology. In short dispensationalists are those who believe in the pre-tribulational rapture of the church. Dispensationalists emphasis the teaching of prophecy and […]

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