Christian Controversy


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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.


STUDIES

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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BOOKS

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 was published in December of 2018 and 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.

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Comments? If you would like to make a comment about this book about Johnson, Bethel, or the NAR (after having read it), click here: Comments


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), are just a big misunderstandings. 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 about 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: $4.00 (Kindle version only).

Comments? If you would like to make a comment about this book by Cunningham and 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


Many Spirit-filled churches think that speaking in tongues should not be allowed during its services unless it is interpreted. They base this idea on 1 Corinthians 14:28 where Paul says, "If there is no one to interpret, let each of them keep silence in church and speak to himself and to God." Does this mean that even praying in tongues is to be banned if it is not interpreted? There is a key word/phrase used in this verse which specifies that this is not the case. In fact, this interpretation rule only applies to the giving of messages in tongues. Thus, there is nothing wrong with praying or even singing in tongues in a church. This issue is important because if a church throws out praying in tongues, what usually happens is that all the other gifts of the Spirit seem to fade away in time. In the end, that church looks no different than a non-Spirit filled church.

Please note that this is a booklet of about 40 pages (not including front matter). Thus, it is priced as low as Amazon will allow, which is 99 cents.

FUTURE STUDIES


FUTURE BOOKS

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).

Update 4-16-21
After having started this book and having worked on it for about six years, I had to stop and deal with some "political" developments in my church and in modern Christianity. This resulted in three books being written as listed above: i.e., the book on Bill Johnson/Bethel Church, on Loren Cunningham, and on Women Elders. During this time, I also wrote the book about speaking in tongues. Since those projects have been completed, I have now returned to working on this book about the rapture. Right now, I am studying "The Morning Watch," a journal produced by Edward Irving and his group of the "Irvingites" who were, it turns out, the actual inventors of the mid-trib rapture theory (September 1829). The 1829 issue is a volume of over 700 pages and written in a style that is difficult to read. Right now, I am studying the 1830 issues of "The Morning Watch," a volume total of over 900 pages. After this, there are the 1831, 1832, and 1833 volumes to examine. Dave MacPherson, the foremost researcher and author on this controversy, claims that the Irvingites invented the pre-trib rapture theory and wrote about it in the 1830 issues, along with help from Margret Mcdonald's "vision." I am now searching those issues to confirm that fact. I have already studied Mcdonald's material and, right now, believe that her vision came after having read the 1829 and 1830 issues of "The Morning Watch." At any rate, all this makes for some very interesting studies, but this book cannot be a quick write---it must be carefully studied, organized, and written. So, the work goes on.

Update 9-28-21
I have now completed a study of all the issues of "The Morning Watch," i.e., the 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, and 1833 issues. I have discovered, and can now prove, that the Irvingites DID NOT invent the pre-trib rapture theory. When Dave MacPherson claims that they had invented it, he bases that idea on a single statement of the editor, John Tudor, that the rapture would happen just before the "great tribulation" began. But MacPherson failed to understand that the Irvingites differentiated between "the tribulation" and "the great tribulation" periods. In reality, the Irvingites' reference to "the great tribulation" refers to the part of the Book of Revelation that happens at the end of the out pouring of the 6th vial and just before the seventh is poured out. Thus, this is still a mid-trib rapture theory, not a pre-trib rapture theory.

Furthermore, an detailed and careful analytical study of Margret Macdonald's "vision" will show that neither was she the inverter of the pre-trib theory. There are elements of all three theories which can be found in her recording, but the bulk of her writing supports the mid-trib rapture theory, and I demonstrate this in my upcoming book. We note that her experience came shortly after the Irvingites produced their mid-trib theory, which Margret undoubtedly read.

My next task is to discover exactly who did invent the pre-trib theory. However, right now I have to take time off due to mental exhaustion, so I have to rest from writing for a month or two, and then will return to this work.


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