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"If it's not controversial, it's not important" (generally speaking, of course)
This website has been established to deal with modern Christian controversies of which there are no lack.
Specifically, it is for the purpose of addressing commonly held misconceptions and "new" doctrinal fads
that crop up in the church as often as weeds do in one's lawn. Thorough, often exhaustive research has
been done here in order to address several of these issues, being conducted in a Biblically-oriented manner
with heavy reliance on Greek and Hebrew lexicons, theological dictionaries, commentaries, etc. This research is being
presented here in two forms: (1) studies, which are free PDF downloads; and (2) whole books, which are reasonably priced.
Links to Amazon.com have been provided. Please note that these works are not characterized as being "theology-light"
and are not designed for easy reading.
The following is a list of subjects presented here along with a short synopsis of each. The studies or "papers" are listed first; the list of books follows. This is all copyrighted material.
Yoga stretching and exercise classes have become very popular and have spread across the Western world.
These classes have been embraced by many Christians, and some churches have even included them in the services
they offer. Christian participants seem to be oblivious to the real origin, meaning, and possible spiritual
affects of this practice. Are there dangers that lurk therein and is there such a thing as "Christian Yoga?"
Click on the link above for a free 15 page download.
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If you would like to make a comment about this document on Yoga (after having read it), click here: Comments
Bill Johnson is the pastor of Bethel Church in Redding, California, a very large and sucessful church, even a "mega
church." However, he, and it, are very controversial. This is because there are some very good things happening there,
such as a lot of healings being performed; but, at the same time, there is a lot of bad theology being produced. This
book provides an understanding of what to be wary of, and what to be open to. The book has just been published and it
is available on Amazon.com. It is about 400 pages long (when it was in word-processor format), so there is a lot of
detail in it. Just click on the link provided above to view it on Amazon.
Can a Christian Have an Unclean Spirit? (Link to a descriptive page on this website)
One of the centuries-old controversies is the question of whether or not a Christian could have a demonic spirit. The author has spent twelve years researching and writing about this issue. The result is a book of three volumes that goes into great detail about this subject. Click on the book title itself to be taken to the page that gives a description of each volume along with links to where these book can be obtained.
Loren Cunningham has co-authored a book with David Hamilton on the issue of woman leadership in the church. They insist
that Paul's prohibitions against women teaching men, and his opposition to women being in leadership positions in the
church (and even to his teaching that the man is the head of the wive in marriage), is just a big misunderstanding. They
use history, logic, Biblical interpretation, and definitions of key Greek words in order to "prove" their points, going
into considerable detail. But they have used questionable tactics in their drive to equate men and women in all ways
(including in the church): in handling Scripture, they have used misinterpretation, proof-texting, twisting, exaggeration,
and confusion, and have used these tactics throughout their book. One of their points has even lead them into a heresy.
Indeed, almost every paragraph contains one or more theological errors. So the present author found it necessary to go
into even greater detail in order to demonstrate that there are real "problems" in their theology. Thus, while their book
is around 250 pages long, it was necessary to make this response over 400 pages long.
Nevertheless, this book does include the recognition that some women really are called to the ministry, and some are even called to be pastors of churches. So, Paul's ban on female leadership in the church is not total: the Bible makes it clear that there can be some exceptions. Neither is Paul's ban on women teaching men to be taken in totality. Generally speaking, there is a difference between being a minister and being an elder. Nearly all elders should be men, but there is allowance for some women to be ministers, and even for some women to teach men if certain conditions are met. This is a complicated issue and it requires a whole book to ferret out the Biblical answers to these important questions.
This book is intended to be a companion work to the smaller book listed below, Women Elders in a Church: Is This Biblical? Both are available on Amazon.com.
Price: $2.99 (Kindle version only)
Comments? If you would like to make a comment about this book by Cunningham & Hamilton (after having read it), click here: Comments
There is a strange thing happening in conservative churches: some are beginning to ordain women as elders.
They think that if a man is an elder, then his wife may be considered as being an elder as well. Liberal churches
have been been doing this for decades, except that they go beyond this: they ordain women to the eldership
outright, regardless of the status of their husbands. But where is the Biblical evidence for doing any of this? Such a
thing is clearly against the teachings of the apostle Paul. Did he know what he was talking about? Are his teachings
on this matter mere expressions of culturally bound, antiquated beliefs of ancient times? These are questions that need
to be addressed.
This small book is meant to be a companion work to the book listed just above entitled, Response to Loren Cunningham's Book, "Why Not Women?" The book of about 95 pages long.
Price: $.99 (Kindle version only)
Comments? If you would like to make a comment about this book on women elders (after having read it), click here: Comments
John Hagee's Four Blood Moons
(Link to another page on this website)
Click on the above link to get a brief description of this future study (or, more probably, book).
Besides this study, there are others which will be posted in the future. It is just a matter of finding the time to convert these studies into presentable forms; unfortunately, this is a slow process.
The Rapture: Pre-Trib, Mid-Trib, or Post-Trib?
This, of course, is another great controversy of modern times. When is the rapture supposed to happen: before, during, or after the tribulation period of the Book of Revelation? Is there any way to figure out exactly which of these views is correct? Yes, there is, if we go deep enough into Biblical theology and history. This book goes into more detail than most other books on the subject. When complete, it will have taken about seven years to write (over six years to this point).
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