Challenging the false beliefs of a lost and dying world and a church that has, for the most part, wandered so far from the truth to be rendered not only ineffectual, but equally lost.
Sections: Although not mutually exclusive, the site is roughly divided into 2 parts, the first being less confusing to New or Non-Christians. The short Introduction may be useful to anyone who hasn’t been here before. THIS PAGE lists all the additions made to the site over the last ten years or so.
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Appreciation and Disclaimer: I am very grateful to the large number of Christian authors whose work I have used. However, this does not mean I necessarily agree with everything or even anything else that person believes. And, in all fairness, it works the other way around as well... the inclusion of someone's work does not mean they agree with everything (or even anything) on this site.
A Message to Christians - It is totally pointless to embark on a investigation unless one is prepared to set aside one's preconceived ideas, denominational presuppositions, experiences etc. and rely strictly on what the Word says. Unless we are willing to go back to square one and ask what the Bible really says, we are never going to affirm God's truth on the matter. Gullibility is not synonymous with spirituality.
Finally - InPlainSite.org is not and never will be ‘finished’. I constantly add articles, update or completely rewrite older ones - either because they are out of date or because they are not as clear as I would like. Writing skills do improve over time.
Section 1 - Choose Life That You May Live
It is tragically true that few of those who believe 'all spiritual beliefs are valid paths to God" seem to have made an in depth study of various religions to see if their claims are based on fact or fairy dust. Most non-Christians assume that Christians believe contrary to all evidence and facts. Much to the contrary, the Christian faith is based on evidence that includes scientific, historical, and archaeological corroboration, to say nothing of the many fulfilled prophecies. HERE
Chapter 13 - The Message of The Bible: Simply because all too many people, picking out a random phrase or two, think 'love' was Jesus' core message. Unfortunately, they are terribly wrong -the Kingdom of God, a phrase used over 50 times in the four Gospels alone, was at the heart of Jesus' ministry. The Bible's description of this kingdom of God, also called heaven matches the world most men and women would choose to live in, one of peace and safety, where there is no crime, hunger and disease, war and above all no death. In other words, Christianity, which appears to be outdated, out of touch, and largely irrelevant to modern society, promises exactly the utopian world that mankind can only dream of. Now, you have to decide if you want to be there. HERE
Section 3A - Barriers to Faith
World Peace and Natural Disasters: The absence of world peace and the sheer scale of many natural calamities cause many others to question God's goodness or even His very existence. Joshua's Conquest: How could a good God commission Israel to destroy women and children? The Dark Side Of Church History. The Real Murderers - Atheism or Christianity? Hypocrisy in the church. Slavery and Polygamy. HERE
Section 3B - Questions Skeptics Ask
Alleged Biblical Contradictions, Errors and Discrepancies, Did Christianity evolve from pagan religions? Noah's Ark, Methuselah, The Flood and more. HERE
Section 2 - God, Jesus, and The Bible
Prophecy: Consistently and precisely predicting the future in detail is the sole purview of the Supreme Being. The Bible predicts literally hundreds of future events, some so specific that they gave places and dates. Typology: -the study of types - prefigurative symbols in Scripture. The Seven Feasts of Israel: The historic and prophetic significance of these feasts is one of the most fascinating of all Biblical studies - laying out as they do God's plan of salvation for mankind in chronological order.
God: Does God exist? Is the God of the Bible really God and has anyone ever seen Him? Is God male or female? God's foreknowledge and 'jealousy'. Can God change his mind or be influenced by humans? Is God 'different' in the Old & New Testaments? Does God love everyone? The wrath of God. The Trinity: Although most people cannot wrap their heads around the concept of the trinity, the vast majority of Christians believe it to be an unassailable and inviolable doctrine that comes straight from the pages of Scripture itself. But does it?
The Bible: Academia's asinine assault on the Bible - Was the New Testament influenced by pagan religions or philosophy? Why claiming there are lost books of the Bible makes absolutely NO sense. Also before you laugh at stupid Christians remember that the Scriptures demonstrate scientific knowledge that predate corresponding discoveries made by the modern scientific world.
Jesus: Unlike many religions that depend on ideas rather than events, Christianity does not exist without Christ. Therefore one has to ask whether He ever actually lived and, if so, who He was - great moral teacher, deluded mad man, or Son of God? Was the Resurrection fact or fiction? And more HERE
Section 4 - The Heart Of The Matter
Sin: An almost universal 'Santa Claus' mentality holds to the idea of rewards for those who's good deeds outweigh the bad, and punishment for those for whom the opposite is true. The subjects of sin and salvation are the warp and weft of the Bible yet, even when many Christians think of sin, they simply think of a violation of the Ten Commandments. But how does the Bible define sin?
Repentance - The Missing Message: What you believe about Biblical repentance is, quite literally, a matter of life or death. Do not be fooled by the watered down 'believe and be saved' Gospel message heard in so many churches today.
Salvation: When all is said and done, virtually all humans have two things in common. 1) Almost everyone is searching for a 'better life', 2) No one wants to die - However, if your defenses are well honed and you claim to be satisfied with the short life given to you then don't bother with this article, written for those who do not wish to arrive at death's door without being certain of where it leads. Incidentally, often hears that salvation is a 'free' gift from God except the word free isn’t in the original Greek and gift may not mean exactly what we have been led to believe.
Also: Is The 'Sinner's Prayer' Effective? Why Not To Ask Jesus Into Your Heart. HERE
Section 5 - Other Beliefs
Other Religions: In spite of the vacuous political declarations to the contrary, one has to ask whether Islam actually promotes peace. Are an uncountable number of Muslims peaceful because of or in spite of the Quran?
World Views: People have failed to see that permissiveness, pornography, the breakdown of the family etc. has come about due to a shift in people's world view - a fundamental change in the overall way people think and view the world and life.
Atheism: To claim you know there is no God is to claim you have exhaustively searched every part of every universe and dimension with an infallibly accurate method of detecting every non-physical entity that could possibly exist.
Evolution: Many believe in evolution for the simple reason that they think science has proven it to be a 'fact' and, therefore, it must be accepted. Much to the contrary, a gigantic tower called "evolution" was patched together (with spit and chewing gum) out of the tiny fragments of so-called evidence. This done in order to exclude the possibility of intelligent design. Why? Probably because another name for intelligent design is "God". Numerous articles. HERE
Section 7 - Living The Faith
Holiness: There is little or no emphasis on sin in the modern church. It lies breathing its last, buried below mega star preachers, flamboyant preaching, worship teams that could find work in many Broadway productions, large crusades, exciting revivals, and glitz and glamour that Hollywood could be proud of. Yet the Bible says "Without Holiness, No Man Shall See God!" (Hebrews 12:14)
The Myth of Faith Alone: Perhaps one of the all time greatest delusions in the Christian world, is the innumerable number of people who are under the impression that in order to be forgiven their sins and inherit eternal life, all they have to do is believe Jesus died for their sins on the cross. But does the Bible substantiate this?
The Christian and Knowledge: In part, because the two words are widely misunderstood, all too many Christians seem to be under the impression that "theology" and "doctrine" are five dollar words best left to those who have a string of letters after their names. Or perhaps they want no challenges to their shallow 'easy Christianity', that requires no intellectual effort, and allows people to coast along. The fact is that both theology and doctrine are crucial to authentic Christian faith.
Why The Fire Hasn't Fallen: We are apparently blind to the fact that because we are comfortable, complacent and lack passion (Jesus called it lukewarm) God has withdrawn His presence from us. We want to pack our pews, double our offerings, hear sermons on encouragement, love, leadership, and being the best you can be. We have fund-raisers to build bigger buildings and more 'youth centers', but through it all we never seem to realize that the glory and power of the Lord are conspicuous by their absence. Too many churches have substituted an endless cycle of activity for the Holy Spirit that very effectively covers up the fact that they are spiritually dead as dodos - social clubs with God sprinkled in to legitimize the word 'church'. So what would it take to pray down revival?
Baptism: One would imagine that the simple act of dipping another human being into water would escape the controversies of weightier, or more complicated topics in Scripture. But no! Baptism is one of the most controversial subjects in all of Christendom.
Women in The Church: Several articles on the role of women in the church... Including, Should Women Teach in Church, Women's lib, head covering and modesty. Feminism and The Bible: Unfortunately both feminists and an numerous traditional church leaders have myopically focused on what they think is Scripture's attitude towards the sexes - Needless to say, this is done with complete disregard for what the Scriptures actually say. And much more. HERE
Section 6 - Reading and Understanding Your Bible
God gave His word to ALL people, not only to Hebrew or Greek scholars or those with a theological degree. Paying a professional to spoon-feed us one or more times a week is simply taking the easy way out and has had devastating consequences. However, we need to remember that obtaining Scriptural knowledge might seem like a daunting task, but it happens by degrees. Section includes Overviews of the Old and New Testament, A Brief History Of The Bible, Helpful Hints, What Not to Do...etc. HERE
Section 7A - Defending The Faith
Although Jude told us to contend earnestly for the faith, most Christians seem to prefer experiencing Christianity to thinking about or explaining it, Due at least in part in part to an unfortunate decision made by the translators of the King James version much of the Christian world seems to regard debating the Gospel as condemned by Scripture. HERE
Section 7B - Sharing The Faith
The Gospel is the greatest story ever told, about the greatest person who has ever lived, who is making to men and women the greatest offer that has ever been made.. So why is it often so difficult to tell others? Additionally, as Greg Koukl says "Christians have to be able to make coherent sense of our message, even before we demonstrate that our message is actually true". These articles may give you a nudge in the right direction, providing some help and guidelines. HERE
Section 8A - A Question Of Salvation
Original Sin... Fact or Fable: I have to wonder how many of those that profess to believe in "Original Sin" have given any thought to the fact that sin is not a substance with physical properties that, like a virus, can be transmitted from person to person.
Original Sin Or Epigenetics: There are innumerable passages of Scripture that unambiguously tell us that no person can bear the guilt (or innocence) of another. On the other hand, Paul does make a direct connection between the sin of Adam and the fallen condition of the entire race. This begs the question - What exactly did Adam pass down to his descendants?
Filthy Rags: Isaiah 64:6 has long been used as a 'proof-text' for two totally distinct yet equally unfounded beliefs.
None That Seeketh?: Romans 3:11-18 is often quoted to bolster the claim that no one ever seeks after God. However, if you were to examine the source of Paul's quotes often spoke of God's protection and favor towards the virtuous people of the day.
Doctrines of Grace or Calvinism: If, as claimed, Calvinism is a very "high view" of Scripture, it is no wonder that God first proclaimed his message of salvation to peasants tending their sheep. At least they did not turn the extremely uncomplicated message of salvation into complex bewildering ideas presented with a deluge of words, intricate arguments and endless repetition.
The Two Phase Atonement The New Testament sometimes says that salvation is an accomplished reality, and at other times says it is still in the future. This seeming contradiction is not limited to salvation alone but also occurs with confusing regularity in statements about other topics of crucial importance... justification, redemption, glorification, and adoption. Check it for yourself. For those who are actually interested in what the Bible says on the subject, the answer to all of those questions is .. BOTH.
Also: OSAS - The Doctrine of Eternal Security - If this doctrine is true, then one is forced to the conclusion that both Jesus and Paul were talking through their hats when they prophesied that people would abandon or fall away from the faith in the final days. A "Deposit" That "Guarantees" Our Inheritance?- truth or biased translations? The Assurance of Salvation: very different from unconditional eternal security - that is if we read it in context. The Carnal Christian. Universalism. HERE
Section 8B - Controversial or Confusing Issues
Jesus and The Law: Because they have not grasped the seamless relationship between the two parts of the Scriptures, many Christians are far from clear as to what our relationship to the Old Testament should be.
Cessationism: is the belief, held by many orthodox Christians, that the "miraculous" gifts such as tongues, miracles, word of knowledge, healing and prophecy were given as affirmation of God's revelation, but were withdrawn once the church was established.
Tithing: Were one to ask most teachers of tithing to cite a passage of Scripture supporting the practice, a few verses--I like to call them "the usual suspects"--can be rounded up. Frequently, only parts of Scripture passages are cited, and usually rendered out of context. In fact, too many people have been manipulated into believing something that has no scriptural support.
Martin Luther: There is no question that Martin Luther's refusal to bow down to the dictates of the Catholic Church let the genie out of the bottle. However, not many Martin Luther devotees seem to be aware that his idea of Grace and Faith alone differed from ours, and that several Catholic doctrines remained firmly entrenched in his belief system. Also that Luther slandered everyone he disagreed with and his violent polemics against the Jews are appalling examples of extreme anti-Semitism.
The Role Of Women In The Church: What is rarely realized is that the Bible reveals a rather important level of influence of women on the historical unfolding of Israel, as well as indications of special care from the heart of God for His daughters. Andronicus and Junia were regarded as outstanding apostles - However, Junia was most likely a woman. I Corinthians 11:5 mentions women praying and prophesying in public assembly. What I fail to see is if women were to be "silent", how they were able to pray or prophecy. Also Salvation Through Childbirth? and The Issue Of Head Coverings - Paul's favoring of long hair for women had a very sinister reason. See Days of Noah in the next section.
Also: Is Baptism Necessary For Salvation? Celebrating Christmas, Easter, Santa Claus, Generational Curses. HERE
Section 9 -The Future
The Days Of Noah: In Luke 17:26 and Matthew 24:37, our Lord linked two epochs together - “the days of Noah” and “the days of the coming of the Son of Man". In other words, in the days immediately preceding the return of Jesus Christ, we shall see strikingly similar conditions to those that existed just prior to the Great Flood (the days of Noah). It is critical we understand what was so different about those days
The Wrath of God: Both Testaments equally emphasize God’s love and the reality and terror of His wrath yet, today's self-indulgent, pleasure-seeking Christianity has chosen to babble on and on about the former, but totally ignore the latter. It is almost as if there is a disconnect between the Bible stories well known to all Christians and the God they profess to serve. And that what we need to be saved from is the Father Himself.
End of Days: There is a day looming on the horizon when mankind's iniquity will exhaust God’s patience, at which point in time He will pour out His wrath, punishing transgressors, and ending all the injustice and suffering in this world. God's kingdom will be preceded by a devastating period of time when even the heavens and earth will tremble at His power and fury. Not only does the imagery and symbolism of Revelation describe the horrendous conditions of the last days, but tells us in what order they will occur.
What and Where is Hell? The belief that Hell is a place of unending torment has been so strongly held throughout the history of Christianity that few have dared to challenge it. However, the deeper one delves into the subject the less persuasive the argument in favor of the traditional view become. It is a tragic fact that various translations have rendered several Hebrew and Greek word according to their own preconceived ideas.
What And Where is Heaven? Christians who believe they will spend an eternity in "heaven", seem to have little or no idea where this heaven is, what it will look like, or what they will do there. Either they have vague, half formed ideas about some ethereal place 'out there' (that side of Pluto anyone?) or resort to pious phrases that amount to little more than spiritual gobbledy gook. If this is the best we can do then it is little wonder that non Christians are not in the slightest bit interested in our "heaven", and Christians themselves so rarely seem to look forward to the coming of the kingdom of God. Luckily the Bible isn't at all silent on where "heaven" is and, what it will be like. In fact, the Bible's description of the coming kingdom is far, far, less santimoniousl than that of our theologians. Includes No More Sea? Beside the Seven Feasts of Israel, this is one of the most fascinating studies in the Bible. Unfortunately, what most seem to have done is pick up on six words in Revelation, assume John is talking about the oceans and go from there.
Also: The Signs Of The Times, Dating and Overview of Revelation, The Antichrist, The Intermediate State, The Millennium, The Two Witnesses, The 144,000 etc. HERE
Section 10 A - The Contemporary Church, The Devil's Playground
Today's fad driven church not only pushes the tacky, the trashy, and the trivial, but has deviated so far from what the Scriptures say to be unworthy to bear the name Christian. May God, in His mercy send us a Nathan to accuse, a Jonah to warn, and an Elijah to threaten before it is too late.
Doctrines of Demons: The church that should have been a bulwark against evil has, with apostate leaders and a Biblically illiterate population, latched on to the coat tails of the world and adopted practices that are DIRECTLY derived from the Occult. Very many modern believers are being re-introduced to ancient practices as ways to get closer to and communicate with God. However, few have taken the time to find out what is behind these practices and the people that endorse and teach them. We cheerfully walk labyrinths, waste countless hours emptying out minds in the pursuit of mystical encounters with the Father. We think nothing of babbling in languages unknown to us, laughing hysterically, or simply fall over on the church floor often having what looks suspiciously like convulsions. As Einstein once said “Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.
The Church... Then and Now: The church has drifted so far from the original blueprint, that there is little resemblance between what takes place now, and what took place when James headed up the church in Jerusalem. In fact, after studying the New Testament, one can only come to the conclusion that much of the modern church has little or no idea why it exists at all, or what it is meant to do - much less how the meetings are supposed to be structured and who they are supposed to be led by.
The Four Most Dangerous Mistakes Any Christian Can Make: are (not necessarily in any particular order) 1) Believe that we, or our pastor/denomination/spiritual leader cannot be fooled, 2) Attribute every personal testimony and 'sign' as being of or from God, 3) Take Bible verses out of context and 4) believe that we, as Christians, are not to judge anything or any one. (Most people love to quote the phrase "Judge Not". They are not sure where it is found, but they do know that those were Jesus' words. However, few realize that this is not a stand alone statement that the Messiah pulled out of thin air, then went off to try his hand at fishing for his lunch on the Sea of Tiberias, saying no more on the matter. In fact it has been terribly wrested from it's context)
Also Fraternizing With The Enemy, True and False Unity, The Problem With Creeds, Seeker Friendly Church Growth Failures in The Bible , The Emerging Church, The Fad Driven Church, Shepherds or Wolves, The Anointing, The Deification of Man, Self Esteem, False Prophets, and more. HERE
Section 10 - Ecumenism
Christians seem to totally forget that they are followers of the Man who called the Pharisees white-washed tombs and drove the money- changers out of the temple. And that Paul called down God's curse on anyone who preached a different gospel. Please note that several articles in this section are scheduled for an overhaul. HERE
Section 10D - Losing The Fight For Our Country and Children
Losing The Fight For Our Country.
The chilling thing about our behavior as a nation is that the Bible teaches that when a nation refuses to repent, it will ultimately reach a point when God will turn His back on it. Also: Where did the expression Separation of Church & State originate and what exactly was meant by it? One hint -It isn't and never was in the constitution.
Losing The Fight For Our Children... From Harry Potter and The Golden Compass to Veggie Tales, Santa Claus, Dungeons and Dragons ... What Are We Doing To Protect Our Children? Are we, as parents, following the instructions of Deuteronomy 6:6,7? Our dangerous college campuses. HERE
Section 11- Cults
The difference between the cult and true Christianity lies in belief. Though the average cult member will confess a belief in Jesus Christ, a reliance on the Bible as his authority etc., in reality all of the terms have been redefined. What appears on the surface to be Christian deviates greatly from what the Scriptures actually teach. The best known cults that fill all or most of the above criteria are Catholicism, Mormonism, Jehovah's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventism, United Pentecostal, Unity School of Christianity, etc. HERE
Section 12 - New Age/New Thought.
The New Age Movement - Roots, Expansion & Diversification, Goals, and Dangers
The New Age is a multi-cultural, multi-religious spiritual and consciousness-raising movement with its roots in Eastern religions and the occult. Over the last several decades New Age beliefs have gradually gathered momentum all over the face of the earth - it’s meteoric growth in popularity helped in no small part by celebrities - Oprah Winfrey in particular. Numerous popular books have helped spread the rot.
Terrifyingly, most of the movement is based on information and instructions transmitted from supposedly highly evolved spirit non-physical entities who have spouted great torrents of gobbledygook that passed itself off as "ancient wisdom" - all of which have been duly written down by their compliant minions, and then presented to the world as New Revelation. This without one ounce of evidence that the spirit guide was who he claimed to be, or that his message could, in any way be trusted. They speak and human beings fall over like ninepins.
And they call Christians fools? Seems to me the boot is on the other foot.
The end game of the elaborate plot is, as a large section of the New Ager movement contends, that the utopian age will only come about under the leadership and guidance of a world leader/teacher who will soon emerge on the world's stage and save the world from sliding into chaos by teaching us to live at peace and unity with each other - thus ushering in the "new Age". Except, of course that the Bible is very clear that this world teacher (who is undoubtedly already on this earth, but has not yet risen to prominence) is not a savior or Messiah, but the antichrist. HERE
Section 12 A - The Occult
The number of Christians involved in paranormal practices is very alarming. Section includes Visualization, Yoga, Channeling, Reiki, Kundalini, Gaia, Goddess Worship, Transcendental Meditation, Astrology, Reincarnation, Apparitions of the Virgin Mary, What Eastern Gurus Say About Occult Practices, and more
Yoga: For many in the West, yoga is simply a system of physical exercise, a means of strengthening the body, improving flexibility, and even healing or preventing a variety of bodily ailments. But if we inquire into the history and philosophy of yoga we discover that, much more than a system of physical exercise for health, Yoga is an ancient path to spiritual growth.
Halloween: Most people see Halloween as nothing more than a harmless harvest festival that allows kids to collect candy. However, Halloween's roots are deeply rooted in the occult, and witches, wiccans etc. identify this day as a significant event in the pagan calendar. Yet, Christians blatantly and unapologetically disobey the Lord's very explicit command to not imitate the detestable things of the nations around us. Can God's people participate in celebrations that trivializes evil side and celebrates pagan gods/spirits. HERE
Section 12 B - Alternative Medicine
Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Hypnotism, Yoga, Martial Arts, Muscle Testing & more. HERE
Section 12 C - Secular & 'Christian' Rock Music
Today, at almost any "heavy-metal'' rock concert violence, sex, suicide, rebellion, and drugs are not only promoted, but acted out on stage. Rock music has evolved into Satan's single most powerful tool against our youth. Worse.. 'Christian' Rock has linked worship to the demonic, sexual, rebellious style of rock and roll, destroying any remaining fragments of Biblical walls of Christian separation. HERE
Section 13 A - Political/Spiritual Alliance.
The New Interfaith Agenda, The Earth Charter's Unholy Ark, Men Who Run The World, The European Union.. Fulfillment of Ancient Prophecy? One World Religion, etc. HERE
Section 13 B - Social Issues
Premarital Sex, Abortion, Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage, Birth Control, The Pill, Homosexuality, Pornography, Stem Cell Research, Euthanasia, Suicide, Cloning, Transexuality, Capital Punishment etc. HERE
Section 14 A - Focus On The Emotions.
Worry and Anxiety, Handling Guilt, Depression... And More. HERE
Statement of Faith
The Final Message
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