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[ Author: Laura Rupers ]
Before government land offices were established, many early American settlers were squatters who set up farms on land that they did not own. Later settlers, known as claim jumpers, tried to take the squatters’ land away through intimidation, double-dealing, and outright theft.
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[ Author: Sally Peterson ]
How is salvation found? By means of faith or by means of an organization? The Watchtower teaches that one must be a member of the organization to be saved from Armageddon. Where is this found in Scripture?
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Does Inspiration Necessitate Dictation?
Once upon a time, I was one of those Christians that looked at the Bible the way a Muslim does the Qur’an. What I mean by that, is that I believed the Bible, down to every last letter, was without error. Muslims are taught that all of the manuscripts are the same–without variation. This is how I approached the Bible too, I think that being a King James Onlyist had much to do with it. (Note)
We now have an apologetics study group on Facebook called: (CASA) Christian Apologetics Study Alliance. I’ve been meeting more people that would like to get into apologetics but just don’t know where to start. Additionally, a number of folks are flat out intimidated by some of the more complex arguments of scholars like William Lane Craig, Gary Habermas, N. T. Wright etc. So, with that, I created this group to help facilitate the beginners–I’m a layman myself but not quite a beginner–in getting their feet wet in this field of study. While we warmly welcome the more scholarly types (we definitely need these folks in our group too!), our primary focus is to cater to the newbies.
Robert M. Bowman Jr. is the director of research for the Institute for Religious Research and has taught apologetics, biblical studies, and new religious movements at Biola University and Cornerstone University. He will examine the Word of Faith movement by revealing the origins, teachers, and errors of this distortion of Christian doctrine. Robert maintains that this movement is “neither soundly orthodox nor thoroughly heretical.” Nevertheless, it has some teachings which are misguided that need to be addressed. We will be live Wednesday October 10th at 2 pm Pacific, 3 pm Mountain, 4 pm Central, 5 pm Eastern.
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