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The Faith OF Christ

For the vast majority of my Christian life, I attended a devout southern baptist church that taught strictly from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. Although I never heard anyone say that it was the only preserved translation of the Scriptures, I can now see that, although that was not stated and likely […]

ALL I Have Is Yours!

Among Christians, this phrase is pretty well-known because it is one of the key phrases in the parable of the prodigal son. Although the larger portion of this parable has to do with the prodigal son, this phrase was actually spoken to the older brother; the one who remained at home with his father.  As […]

In Response to “The Case for Annihilation” from Renew.org

See the article to which I am responding here. Annihilationism is the view that whoever and whatever cannot be redeemed by God is ultimately put out of existence. In the very first sentence of this article, there are already philosophical issues. This statement presupposes that certain individuals cannot be redeemed by God. Many Christians will not […]

Return. You are forgiven!

“I have swept away your sins like a cloud. I have scattered your offenses like the morning mist. Oh, return to me, for I have paid the price to set you free.” —‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭44:22‬ ‭NLT‬‬ This verse sounds unbelievable, doesn’t it? It sounds so good that, when spoken in terms of universal forgiveness, a “good […]

The Final Prison Of All

I think I have seen from afar something of the final prison of all, the innermost cell of the debtor of the universe; I will endeavour to convey what I think it may be. —George MacDonald The following has been adapted by Charles Watson Sr. from George MacDonald’s Unspoken Sermons Series Two, The Last Farthing: […]

Is Christian Universalism a Slippery Slope?

When Christians are first introduced to the doctrine of Universal Reconciliation (UR), they are usually caught off guard. Since it challenges part of the foundation of the Atonement, as they know it, many are defensive of the Christianity that they have come to know. Since Scripture states that the wages of sin is death and […]

Divine Sovereignty and Holiness in Light of ECT

Many who adhere to the doctrine of Endless Conscious Torment (ECT) often critique the doctrine of Universal Reconciliation (UR) by saying that it compromises the sovereign holiness of God by subjecting it to human whim and affection. In a future blog post, I would like to look in greater depth at this contention; but for now, […]

Upcoming Book: Hell in a Nutshell- The Mystery of His Will (Excerpt)

Pond Scum Theology “Pond-scum theology makes even less sense in the context of  the Gospels. To believe that people are inherently worthless to God strips the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of all their meaning and power. It makes Jesus look like a fool for dying for us, and it leaves behind his followers with little incentive to seek […]

Where is Your Faith

When I ask Christians if they believe Endless Conscious Torment (ECT) is an essential doctrine, most often they say that it is. Some understand that it is not a doctrine over which we should divide, but the vast majority of Christians feel rather strongly about this doctrine. They genuinely believe that the doctrine of ECT […]

Jesus’ Deception

What if I told you . . . that Jesus was deceived? How would that be make you feel? Surprised? Aghast? Maybe confused or even outraged? Inquisitive? How would you respond? Would you tell me that I’m the one that’s deceived? Would you call me a false teacher or maybe a heretic. Quite frankly, I […]

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