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Rethinking the modern plan of salvation.
Rethinking the modern plan of salvation.
Who Told You Baptism is a Work?
Foundational Four Words Baptism is an act of faith. I can’t tell you how many times I have presented the Biblical Plan of Salvation to a friend or family member who, even though the take the time to patiently listen to me and even study the plan out… they reject it because they believe baptism is a work.” The argument always comes down to those four words, and those four words constitute the firm foundation on which the entire argument rests! “Baptism is a work.” But guess what, there is a...
A Credit of Righteousness
Abram Father of the Faithful Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash A curious phrase, appears ten times in the Bible, nine of which concern Abram. We discover it first in Genesis. It’s a small, subtle, one line blessing for the man of faith, which will go on to rock the centuries of the religious world! Genesis 15:6: “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” This important statement identifies a core ingredient of all religious faith, “belief.” We look to Abram as our...
Workin’ on Works
That's a Funny Sounding Word Nailing Down a Definition - Dana Haynes Works, that's a funny sounding word when you just say it out loud. Works! This little word can have a variety of meanings. A computer "works," meaning it operates. A municipality has public "works," the infrastructure, built to support the smooth operation of a community. A person "works," meaning they put forth labor to produce something. A religious person might perform good "works" or good "deeds," meaning they are...
John 1:12 – A Most Misused Scripture
A Most Misused Scripture John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God–children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. John 1:12 - Dana Haynes This passage of scripture is used by the evangelical church to demonstrate that a person becomes a Christian when they accept Christ for the first time. A popular metaphorical formula was developed, probably in the 60’s to help...
A Dead Religion
I recently converted the entire lesson series at A Faith that Obeys to audio. This is the first lesson from that series. Eventually, all eleven lessons will make it into the Podcast feed so be watching for them. In case you are not aware that there is an entire video series available, it all begins at afaiththatobeys.org. Enjoy! Dana Haynes Join the discussion here. Listen Now - Podcast 005 - A Dead Religion Audio from the video series - Lesson 1
An Awesome Gift
A Listening Ear - Dana Haynes Today’s lesson is something which has been on my heart for years. I have shared the Biblical Plan of Salvation with many religious leaders, pastors and elders over the years. They are pretty quick to reject it. The one common factor in each case was their lack of willingness to listen to me… to hear me out. Several years ago, I was amazed when I discovered that the Bible actually talks about this condition quite a bit so I thought I might share that lesson with...
A Serious Thing The garden where we have our chats. Everyone agrees; it is a serious thing to misquote scripture. Jer 14:14 and Deu 18:20 tells us about that! However, scripture is often misused and misquoted. There are a handful of favorites. How about, “Money is the root of all evil?” That’s a misquote. The Bible actually says, “The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” Money itself is not the problem, the problem is greed. (1 Timothy 6:10) Misusing or misquoting the Bible is...
Let’s Start an Argument
Let's start an argument! Pillow Fight by Allen Taylor on Unsplash I am not suggesting the kind of heart ripping, character trashing, irrational, sort of emotional argument like cranky lover's have. Let's start an argument like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle or Jesus might have had. Let's start one of those amazing arguments which ultimately leads us both down a path toward deeper, richer discoveries of truth, beauty and wisdom… a grand argument of enlightenment! Remember how Jesus did it? An...
“A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct.” With this statement, Frank Herbert launches his fantastic, now quintessential epic science fiction series, “Dune.” For me, no other tale paints such an on-target caricature of modern society, with all of it’s delicate and intricate interplays between, religion, politics, economics and the sinful heart of mankind. Herbert’s universe is boiling over with intrigue, plans within plans, amazing beauty, wild...