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Q&A: Should Christians Celebrate Lent?

What Exactly Is Lent? Lent is the 40-day Catholic religious season of preparation before “Easter Sunday” (though many other denominations within Christendom also participate). The Lenten season begins on “Ash Wednesday,” with many solemnly marking their foreheads with ash in the shape of a cross, repenting, and “fasting” (or giving up certain foods or pleasures) […]

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Q&A: What Is The “Sin Leading To Death”?

We read about the “sin that leads to death” in 1 John 5:16. Note the context (i.e. 1 John 5:14-17): This passage is the source of much debate. Many mistakenly attribute the “sin that leads to death” to the “unpardonable sin” (cf. Mark 3:22-30; Matt. 12:22-32). Some say it refers to sins that resulted in […]

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Q&A: What Is The Principle of Silence?

The principle of silence (also called the principle of exclusion or the principle of specificity) is one of the most important principles for the Christian to understand. It determines what is permitted or prohibited in all aspects of faith and religion. Simply put, the principle of silence states that God’s silence on a particular issue […]

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Q&A: What Are “The Two Laws Of Pardon”?

Occasionally you will hear someone refer to God’s two laws of pardon. What exactly are these “laws of pardon?” Nowhere in the Bible will you find this term; it’s just a man-made phrase. Yet much like the word “Trinity” (which also isn’t found in the Bible), it adequately captures what the Bible teaches; in this […]

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Q&A: What Law Was Cornelius Under Before His Conversion In Acts 10?

One of the most exciting passages of Scripture is Acts 10:1-48, wherein the Kingdom is extended to the Gentiles, making the Gospel universal in scope. Additionally, one of the most interesting questions is often raised after reading this passage: Prior to Cornelius’ conversion, under what Divine law was he accountable? The answer is not immediately […]

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Q&A: Is Hell Real?

Question: “Is Hell real? Is it eternal? Will lost souls perish for eternity or will they simply be annihilated?” I’ve encountered many people who do not believe in hell, and it seems to me that this disbelief is becoming more popular. A 2007 Pew Forum poll found that only 59% of Americans believe in the […]

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Q&A: How Can A Loving God Also Be Just?

Most people have an unbalanced understanding of both God’s love and justice. They see these attributes as being contradictory. God is love (1 John 4:8), which some believe permits them to sin freely (cf. Rom. 6:1), or at least respond to personal sin with, “Oh well, God still loves me. It’s no big deal that […]

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