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  • Does the Bible support a “Justifiable Lie”?

    Is it ever right to lie for just reasons? In other words, is lying ever justifiable? Is it the right thing to do in certain situations? The answer is, yes, the Bible does support a “justifiable lie” on rare occasions. I’ve come across occupational ministers that graduated from formidable seminaries who furiously object to this, […]

  • Official Prophets (Ministers) and Independent Prophets (Ministers)

    A prophet is someone who proposes to speak for the LORD and therefore represents God. In the Old Testament we observe two kinds of prophets: Official prophets who served on the king’s court wherein they advised the kings of Israel or Judah, such as Nathan during David’s reign (2 Samuel 7:1-17, 12:1-14 & 1 Kings […]

  • The NIV Bible — Answering the Critics

    The New International Version of the Bible — aka the NIV — is the default version used in the articles, videos and books here at Fountain of Life, although other translations are quoted fairly often. The reason this ministry uses the NIV is simply because 1. it’s written in easy-to-read modern English and 2. it’s […]

  • The Problem with Identity Politics—Including “Gender Identity”

    Someone wrote me: What’s wrong with identity politics? Why do you care? If people have the rights of a free citizen they are entitled to think they are whatever gender they want. You are actively suppressing others’ freedoms with your delicate sensibilities! It is true that individuals have the freedom to create their own realities, […]

  • What Does “Do Not Go Beyond What is Written” Mean in 1 Corinthians 4:6?

    Let’s read the verse in question along with the surrounding text: This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or […]

  • Kingdom of God — What Does it Mean?

    The “kingdom of God” literally refers to the rule of the LORD or spiritual reign of God. The kingdom of God is essentially synonymous with the Church (Matthew 16:18-19), but only if “kingdom of God” is defined in a narrow sense, as in “a spiritual rule over the hearts and lives of those who willingly […]

  • Paul’s “Thorn” — What Was It?

    What was “Paul’s thorn”? Who gave it to him and why? Let’s read the passage: To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. 8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away […]

  • Is Name-Calling Ever Appropriate?

    What does the Bible say about name-calling, especially the New Testament? Is it ever appropriate? And, if so, what are the wise guidelines. While some believers think that name-calling is inherently mean-spirited and never appropriate, there are examples of righteous name-calling in the Scriptures. For instance, notice what John the Baptist called the corrupt religious […]

  • Does Matthew 16:19 Support the Idea of a Pope?

    Catholics often cite Mathew 16:19 to support their belief in the earthly supremacy of the Pope as the leader of the Church, as well as the idea of papal succession. Is this accurate? What do the God-breathed Scriptures say? What Did Jesus mean by “On this Rock I will Build My Church”? The Messiah made […]

  • What is “Backsliding”?

    Backsliding is explained by God in this reference to the Israelites after they were delivered from slavery in Egypt, but had problems going forward with the LORD: “But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward.” Jeremiah 7:24 So “backsliding” […]

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