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The Sign of Jonah: Proving Jesus Died on the Cross

Muslims believe it is mockery to say that Jesus died at the hands of the Jews, or humans, for mans sins. They also believe that saying Jesus’ death propitiates God’s wrath for our sins is mockery as well. They are half right as propitiating God’s wrath or Penal Substitution–the idea …

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Matthew 5:18 – Heaven and Earth and the Destruction of the Temple

Muslims, Torah Observers (Hebrew Roots Movement), and some Zionist Christians (Dispensationalists) teach that the law of Moses still remains today. Of course, who is still under the Law, how it must be kept, and other minor details differ among the three groups. All three, however, typically use Matthew 5:18 as …

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Ephesians 2:8 and Understanding Grace and Works

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. (Ephesians 2:8-9) Having gone to Liberty University, and also being raised in the South with the hardcore Southern Baptists, I have had this …

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Are all Our Works Filthy Rags?

The other day my wife was telling me about some comments someone had posted in regards to the canonization of Mother Teresa. I’m not going to get into the canonization as that is irrelevant, but the comments being made are what I want to focus on. The person commenting, a …

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Did God Forsake Jesus on the Cross?

One of the most misleading teachings of Calvinism is that Jesus was forsaken by God while on the cross. While not all Protestant Christians believe this, those who do believe that God required sacrificial blood in order to forgive us for our sins. By this teaching, Jesus became a “propitiation” …

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Does Acts 21 Prove that Paul was Torah Observant?

The life and words of the Apostle Paul are twisted by the Hebrew Roots Movement (HRM) as well as Muslims, because of his clear opposition to the continued observance of the Law of Moses in the New Testament. Some teach that he was an apostate, or a false Apostle, whose …

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Jeremiah 29:11 is not about Personal Prosperity

Jeremiah 29:11 is an extremely popular Bible verse often quoted in an individualized fashion to show that God wants us to be prosperous financially, vocationally, materially, etc. This verse can be found imprinted on get well and graduation cards, on bookmarks, as well as other inspirational and motivational items. But …

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Penal Substitution and Isaiah 53:10

According to Calvinists, Christ took punishment and wrath from God in our place. This theory is known as the doctrine of Penal Substitution and stems from John Calvin. This seems to be the most popular of all false doctrines as it is taught in much of Christianity today. This doctrine, …

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1 John 3:4: The Meaning of Lawlessness

According to the Hebrew Roots Movement 1 John 3:4 shows that Christians are lawless sinners. The belief is that when John says “sin is lawlessness,” lawlessness is referring to “torahlessness.” And since we don’t follow the Torah, we are sinners. The thing is, the New Testament clearly teaches against this …

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Hebrews 4: The Rest that Remains is not the Weekly Sabbath

Every Friday evening Torah Observers greet one another with “Shabbat Shalom,” that is “rest and peace,” as the weekly Sabbath begins. You see, those in this movement believe that the weekly Sabbath of the Old Testament still stands, using verses in the New Testament such as Hebrews 4 which speaks …

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