Is It True That The Apostle Paul Was A Married Man?

As found in scripture it seems quite evident that Paul was a widower. As a member of the Sanhedrin (before his conversion), and as a requirement to vote in the prosecution of Christians he must have been married, as most theologians agree;

Acts 26: 9-11 (NASB)
“So then, I thought to myself that I had to do many things hostile to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. 10 And this is just what I did in Jerusalem; not only did I lock up many of the saints in prisons, having received authority from the chief priests, but also when they were being put to death I cast my vote against them. 11 And as I punished them often in all the synagogues, I tried to force them to blaspheme; and being furiously enraged at them, I kept pursuing them even to foreign cities.

His wife subsequently must have died as it is written in scripture;

1 Corinthians 7: 8 (NASB)
But I say to the unmarried and to widows that it is good for them if they remain even as I.

God Bless

Brian Mason

“Duck” Spin Doctoring

Where I lose it on the liberal media is the choice of words that they choose. Phil Robertson is a Christian, so pun intended he is a sitting duck!
I keep reading that Phil Robertson made derogatory “comments” in the GQ article that has liberals in a knot. Let me make this perfectly clear…he did NOT comment; he answered a QUESTION! Christians, please remain strong!

God Bless

Brian Mason

Are Christians Supposed To Keep The Sabbath?

We can reference Old Testament scripture that would support keeping the Sabbath, such as;

Exodus 31: 15: 15, For six days work, may be done, but on the seventh day there is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the Lord; whoever does any work on the Sabbath day shall surely be put to death.

Exodus 23: 12: 12, “Six days you are to do your work, but on the seventh day you shall cease from labor so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and the son of your female slave, as well as your stranger, may refresh themselves.
And, Leviticus 26: 2, 2 You shall keep My Sabbaths and reverence My sanctuary; I am the Lord.

The Old Testament Law of keeping the Sabbath was paramount, was the moral, ceremonial and legal system for the Jewish people to “stay in favor” with God. Since we have been justified by faith, by Jesus’ atonement we have not entrenched in the Law anymore. And since keeping the Sabbath was part of those laws we do not need to keep the Sabbath anymore.

New Testament Scripture supporting this is:

Colossians 2: 16-17, 16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day— 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

Romans 5: 1-2, 5 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 14: 5-6, 5 One person regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Each person must be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.

God Bless
Brian Mason

Terminology Tuesday: Equivocation

*To equivocate is to confuse the meaning of a single term by changing contexts. For example, an equivocation of the term evolution would be as follows: “Evolution states that one species can change into another. We see that cars have evolved into different styles. Therefore, since evolution is a fact in cars, it is true in species.” In this example, the first instance of “evolution” deals with the scientific theory. The second deals with engineered designs in cars.

False religious systems often use equivocation to twist scripture to make it say what they want it to say.

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Why Do Christians Believe In God?

To begin with, God discloses himself through his creation and his word! His word became flesh through Jesus Christ. I always wonder why everyone makes such a big deal about the “Red Letter” Jesus scriptures. I mean the words of Jesus are there from the beginning of Genesis to the end of Revelation. A Christian will say that that “God found them” through the word. Not that they “Found” God through the word! Through the word God totally and without mistake God reveals himself, otherwise how would a Christian ever be able to say they “know” him without the word?

Psalms 19: 1-6
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

Second, because the Universe continues, someone must be supporting it. Why does the Universe keep functioning? Why doesn’t everything just fade away and die? Evolutionists with Evolution and Natural Selection theories cannot explain it. Former Stanford Physicist Lambert Dolphin states, “The nucleus of the atom contains positively-charged and neutral particles – to use a simplistic model. Mutual electrostatic repulsion between the like-positive protons would drive the nucleus apart if it were not for the “strong force” which binds the nucleus together”. He concluded by stating that the only way to account for the “strong force” was that God was behind it.

Acts 17: 24-25

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

Third, are the Miracles that validate the transcendental. In the pages of the Holy Bible miracles are scattered all through it. They are presented in such a way that shows evidentially that God does indeed exist! Should we just accept the recorded miracles as a valid proof for God’s existence? Yes we can, and there are three good reasons to validate the proof; one it is the word of God. Two, Jesus is the Son of God, and three, there is eyewitness testimony! Over 500 people, believers and nonbelievers saw and touched our RISEN Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah!

Luke 24: 36-42

36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”
40 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” 42 They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and he took it and ate it in their presence.

God Bless!

Brian Mason