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Babylon

Babylon goes down in Biblical history as the great harlot of lust, pride, and vain glory (see Revelation 17:5).  A study of her rise to power, sin, and fall yields great lessons for the Christian of every generation.   Continue reading » Babylon

Teetotalers

Introduction

The word “teetotaler” means someone who abstains completely from alcoholic beverages.  The Bible calls on Christians to be teetotalers. Continue reading » Teetotalers

Walking Worthy: We, The Unprofitable Servants

We live in a world where merit means an awful lot. Sometimes there are prejudices and preferences that are based more in narrow-mindedness, but most often merit is what moves people forward toward their goals. Yet when we talk about the New Testament, we realize that our ultimate goal is not achievable by means of meriting it, since a single sin is enough to derail forever the possibility of deserving salvation. Instead, we are instructed to seek out salvation by grace through faith and to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, precisely because our sinfulness prevents a purely merit-based positive judgment.

Whether that understanding is clear or clouded, it remains that many of us are occasionally or often overwhelmed by the need to display our merit, fish for compliments and bask in our own glow rather than Christ’s. By doing so, we prove how little merit we possess and that we are unprofitable, arrogant servants.

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Evidences of Faith: Nero’s Scapegoats

We have all heard the tale that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. The Roman historian Tacitus, who was born ca. 56 AD and began his writing career shortly before 100 AD, tells us that Emperor Nero was a remarkably immoral man. In 64 AD, during Nero’s reign, a horrible fire – the worst in its history to that point – engulfed Rome. There were many who believed that Nero had commanded the fire to be set, because he wanted to build a new city bearing his own name. And, indeed, a rumor spread that while the city burned Nero took to the stage and sang about the fall of Troy.

Of course, the emperor needed to squelch these suspicions and rumors, or risk a revolt. So, he instituted great programs and projects to appease the people by providing for their needs. He also saw to it that the new city was in many respects grander than the one that had burned. And, of course, he offered conspicuous prayers and sacrifices to a number of prominent Roman “gods”. Continue reading » Evidences of Faith: Nero’s Scapegoats