Because we act on what we believe, any affront to our belief system will alter our choices and behavior, placing us on a destructive trajectory.
In a secular sense, apostasy is abandoning one's political party, principles, or cause. Biblically, apostasy is rebellion against God or the abandonment of faith.
Constant, earnest prayer keeps faith alive and makes certain the receiving of the qualities that make us in the image of God. God's purpose comes first.
Sometimes God's sense of justice seems unusual or strange to us, giving us many questions to ponder about fairness. Justice and fairness are not identical.
How are we different from those who have fallen away from the truth? How do we know that we will not also follow a path of deception and eventual apostasy?
Bob Dylan's lyrics in 'The Times They Are A-changin' seem prescient; within a few years of Herbert Armstrong's death, heresies were imported into the church.
John Ritenbaugh shares the significance of Herbert W. Armstrong's role in the church. Increasingly, some fail to realize Herbert Armstrong's stabilizing role in God's church. The scattering we have experienced since his death has been a blessing from God, . . .
David Grabbe, cuing in on II Peter 3, asserts that there are good reasons why Christ has not yet returned, reminding us that scoffers and false teachers will test the faith of those who once accepted the truth. Some will yield to their natural desires, fin. . .
John Reid, reflecting on a story of a well-meaning individual who 'rescued' a butterfly from its chrysalis only to discover it could not fly, draws a parallel to our own spiritual development, suggesting if we are 'rescued' from our spiritual tests and tri. . .
John Ritenbaugh suggests that whether we do or do not make it to the Feast of Tabernacles next year depends on our faithfulness at stirring up the gift of God's spirit within us through consistent prayer, Bible study, and hearing God's word. Distractions b. . .
Charles Whitaker expresses alarm about liberal education's drive to destroy the faith once delivered by introducing a mode of questioning they sometimes refer to as 'critical thinking,' an obsessive drive to bring every value and assumption held by society. . .
How often have we heard—or cried ourselves—'How long, O Lord?' Our great hope is in Christ's return, but it seems as if that time is delayed.
Gnosticism is very much in vogue today in books and movies, and perhaps surprisingly, in the belief systems of many people who profess to be Christian.
John Ritenbaugh, suggests that, although humanism as a philosophy came onto American campuses approximately 50 years ago, it has been a part of the world's culture since 1600, when technology enabled secular universities to counter-attack the explosion of . . .
Outcome-based religion holds large membership as its measure of success, believing that the ends justify the means. It avoids doctrine that might divide.
Martin Collins, acknowledging that people universally are curious about the future, asserts that prophecy is difficult and perplexing. Regardless of when Christ will return, we must be ready. False teachers, apostasy, and wars, as well as rumors of wars, w. . .
Living faith has its roots in fervently, diligently seeking God and His righteousness with intense desire (like a passionate lover) through habitual prayer.
In this Feast of Trumpets message, John Reid, reflecting on the occasions we hear a trumpet sounded, such as a horse race, a cavalry charge, taps, or reveille, affirms that for God's called out ones the trumpet blast, heralding Christ's return will be the . . .