[NOTE: The following is an excerpt from the soon-to-be-published book Jesus Unforsaken: Substituting Wrath With Divine Love To Satisfy God’s Atoning […]
If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you already know by now that a title like this one is probably answered by a resounding “No”, but […]
On the cross, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?”From this single sentence, many bible teachers and pastors have theorized that it was in this moment that the Father looked away from Jesus – because of all of our sins being laid upon Jesus – and it was in this moment that Jesus experienced separation from the Father for the only time in all of eternity.As dramatic and poetically compelling that might be, the truth is simply this: The Bible nowhere supports this theory.
It’s a very common misconception that nearly every Christian embraces without question: God works all things together for our good. Now, it’s easy to […]
So much of religion is aimed at getting us to fight for and work for and strive after something we already have: God’s Love.The truth is, there is nothing – not one single thing – you and I need to do to be loved by God.
Here’s why I think nationalism blinds us: If in your mind Jesus and your nation are going in the same direction—meaning Jesus is headed a certain direction, He has a certain goal and purpose for the world and the way He’s going to accomplish it and then your nation has the exact same goal and the exact same plan for accomplishing it—well then of course you can follow Jesus, because He’s headed a certain direction and your nation is headed the exact same direction and has the exact same plan to get there, well then of course, absolutely, you can do that. But see, I think that when you read Jesus what you see if, and if you read the apostles and you read the early church documents, what you see is the idea that Jesus is going one way and everyone else is going the opposite way.Jesus is headed true north and everything else—every nation—on this earth is headed south. You cannot go north and south at the same time, because the nations of the world are not going where Jesus is going, and their plan for transforming the world and changing the world and making the world a better place is not His plan.