Monthly Archives: October 2016

21 October

Convince people, don’t insult them

By |2019-04-11T06:32:47-06:00October 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|8 Comments

My interest in the traffic to this blog is not about numbers of visitors, or how many people comment, or how to inflict the most damage on the institution of the Stanton sect of the Church of Christ. No, it's always and only been about one thing: uncovering the historical roots of the sect, and encouraging and motivating people impacted by its unbiblical doctrines to learn more about our loving God and forsake the teachings of men for the Bible alone. It's about spurring one another on toward love and good works. John 8:32 - Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. Hebrews 10:24 - And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and [...]

9 October

Do you believe in love?

By |2019-04-11T06:33:29-06:00October 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|10 Comments

Do you believe in love? Before you dismiss this as a trite 80's song, think about it from a Biblical perspective. One of the really interesting things about God's love is that we have to believe it: 1 John 4:16 - So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. This makes so much sense, when you think about it. Consider a father who loves his child deeply, and wants only the best for her. He raises her in love, corrects her when she's wrong, and teaches her how to be a good adult. But during those teen years, isn't it true that a parent's love is sometimes not felt? It's there. It's being displayed. But it's not [...]

6 October

Does evil exist?

By |2019-04-30T09:43:58-06:00October 6th, 2016|Uncategorized|5 Comments

This is a little poem I wrote awhile back based on the moral argument for God. I know there are readers of this blog who struggle to believe that God exists due to their experiences with the Stanton sect. I just want to encourage you to dig further. We should all be able to agree that evil exists. This poem makes the case that the existence of what we call evil is not evidence that there is no God, but evidence that there is a God without whom we would not have any frame of reference to decide what is evil and what isn't.I hope this poem makes the case persuasively. In any case, I can assure you that God is alive and well, and [...]

3 October

How to read the Bible—and how not to.

By |2019-04-11T06:34:57-06:00October 3rd, 2016|Uncategorized|20 Comments

The Bible is feared reading for some. If you were raised in the Stanton sect, it may seem to you like a mass of confusing cross references, chain references, commands, and vague inferences. Remember the trusty Thompson Chain Reference Bible? Yeah, I thought so. Understanding how to read the Bible is critical to developing a love for the Word. It's not as confusing as Stanton would make it seem. It's actually exciting, if you take the clean Bible challenge. But it's important not to read it like a novel. It's not one. And it's also not a law book to be dissected and argued like in the Pharisaic courtroom of May Week deliberations, either. Here's the simple truth: The Bible is basically a collection of [...]