Category Archives: Theology

What Today’s Jesus Followers Should Learn from the Early Martyrs

Did you know early believers were persecuted for being atheists?

They were.

Since the early Christians refused to believe or acknowledge the Roman gods, the primary charge against them was one of atheism, and in Roman culture that was a serious matter.

You see, the Romans were a very pious people who (unlike the Greeks) really believed in their gods. They believed one had to sacrifice to and worship them in order to avoid disaster, and if disaster came it was because the gods were not pleased.

The early Christians, by their refusal to bow knee to the false gods and goddesses of Rome, put themselves in position to be easy scapegoats anytime some sort of disaster struck. The Romans believed their refusal to worship put the entire community in danger, and this is why persecutions against the early Christians often followed a Roman loss in battle or a natural disaster like an earthquake. The gods were displeased, and it was the Christians’ fault – they had to be punished!
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Why ‘Accepting Jesus into Your Heart’ is Superstitious & Unbiblical, and How Believer’s Baptism Can Be Equally So

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Before you read further, please watch this video by prominent Baptist pastor David Platt (thanks to Eric Brown for the link):

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As David points out in the clip, the idea of “accepting Jesus” or praying a prayer unto salvation isn’t found in the Bible. While I agree with his sentiment, prudence mandates clarification.

First, the obvious – the sinner’s prayer and the idea of “accepting Jesus” simply isn’t found in scripture.
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Secrets

If you’ve ever kept a secret, you’ll probably find the PostSecret Blog fascinating.

You’ll also likely enjoy this TedTalk:

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All of us have secrets … at least we think we do, but do we really?
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