The following articles are related to the topic of FALSE DOCTRINE

Ephesians 2:3 – By Nature Children of Wrath

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul describes unregenerate people as being "by nature children of wrath." Calvinists appeal to this passage for proof of the doctrine of hereditary total depravity. They feel the passage is affirming that humans are by birth children of wrath. Baptist writer B. H. Carroll contended that this passage "knocks the bottom out of the ... read more »

The Holy Spirit “Illumination” Theory: A Critical Review

There is a doctrine, quite common in the denominational community, that is making its presence increasingly felt among the people of God. It is the notion that the Christian has the promise of a direct "illumination of the Holy Spirit" in interpreting the text of the Bible. The theory suggests that the Scriptures, as they presently stand, are incapable of ... read more »

Is God “Schizoid”?

A confused writer poses this seeming problem for the Bible student. "I am one of those people who has questions about the God of the Old Testament.For instance; the God of the Old Testament told people to stone sinners to death, while Jesus in the New Testament said not to do this thing. This is not God being the same ... read more »

Calvinism and the Great Commission

John Calvin (1509-64) was a religious reformer and theologian. The basic premise of his theology was the absolute sovereignty (right to reign) of God, out of which evolved his misguided theory of "predestination." The Swiss reformer believed that human "free will" was destroyed by man's "original sin"; thus, the innate power to yield to the will of God was lost ... read more »

Is the Mormon Church the Restored Church?

The Mormon doctrine concerning the church is a maze of confusion and contradiction. According to Mormon teaching: "When Jesus Christ lived in mortality he established a Church" (Petersen 1974, 1). It is contended, however: [W]ith the passing of the so-called apostolic age the Church gradually drifted into a condition of apostasy, whereby succession in the priesthood was broken; and that ... read more »

Times That Try Our Souls

There may be many things upon which brethren in Christ are at variance, but there is one matter upon which most all agree: we are at a very critical point at this stage of our modern history as the New Testament church. We are on the brink of a major division, if, in fact, such has not occurred already to ... read more »

That Mysterious Disciple

In recent years, the following passage in the Gospel of Mark has become the center of a doctrinal storm: "John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him because he followed us not. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in ... read more »

Resurrection: Literal or Merely Symbolic?

All four of the Gospel accounts affirm that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead (Mt. 28:6; Mk. 16:6; Lk. 24:6; Jn. 20:9). Later, the apostle Paul argues that the resurrection of Christ is the very foundation of the Christian's faith. "But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither hath Christ been raised: and if Christ hath not ... read more »

Is the “Gospel of Judas” True?

Author's Note: This is a preliminary article to provide an immediate response to the recent publication and promotion of the Coptic Pseudo-Gospel of Judas. This article will be updated by a more comprehensive treatment of the topic in a few months when more material is available. In April 2006, the National Geographic Society of Washington D.C. held a press conference ... read more »

What Is Rastafarianism? Who Was Bob Marley?

"What is the religion called Rastafarianism, and how is such related to the Jamaican entertainer, Bob Marley (1945-1981)?" Rastafarianism is a religious movement (especially popular in Jamaica - 5% to 10% of the population) that is less than a century old. It had its beginnings in a black, political movement that started in the 1920s/30s. One of the early influences ... read more »