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About Eddie

I am a Christian. I am married to my lovely wife, Kay, for over 40 years. I have enjoyed growing old with her, and look forward to a few more years, if our Lord permits. I am also a father of two daughters, both are married to two wonderful men. My eldest daughter has two children-a girl and a boy, so I am also a grandfather! God has been so kind to let me see both of my daughters fulfilling their dreams while they follow Jesus. I retired from a telecommunications company in 2002, and have never looked back. I have found retirement much more fulfilling than living by another man's schedule. I enjoy studying the scriptures, reading a good book, blogging, and discussing my faith with folks over the Internet who like to discuss matters concerning Jesus. I had been a Sunday school teacher for about 30 years (including about 12 years teaching junior and senior high youths), but recently I asked to be excused of this responsibility (January 2019).

Paul and Homosexuality

Paul and Homosexuality

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While Jesus ministered to a Jewish audience who lived under the Mosaic Law, Paul was called to be the Apostle to the gentiles. His ministry took him primarily into the Greco-Roman culture, the heart of the gentile community. One of the longest passages that addresses the subject of homosexuality is the first chapter of Paul’s epistle to the Romans. Some folks try to tell us that this chapter is all about idolatry. However, this isn’t true, but it is partially true. Paul addresses the degradation of mankind’s relationship with God, and the consequential degradation of human relationships that resulted from the ruin of mankind’s bond to the Lord. Once one destroys one’s connection to the Reality, one’s image of the Reality cannot stand for long. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 12, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Homosexuality and the Law of Moses

Love of God

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For some time it seems that homosexuality was considered the worst sin anyone could commit. I know from my own experience, brethren have held out this lifestyle as the chief of sinful behavior. Yet, these same folks seem to wink at adultery and divorce. Many of us have friends, perhaps even family members, who are divorced, once, twice perhaps even three times, but, while we associate with these sinners, we don’t associate with gay people (as a rule; there are exceptions). We befriend folks we know to be adulterers and at times eagerly listen to their bragging / confession about their sexual escapades, but who would want to listen to a gay’s night out? Gay bashing is also forgivable, because, after all, they deserve it—don’t they? God hates gays—doesn’t he (John 3:16). Jesus died for adulterers, murderers, thieves, idolaters, but not gays—right? Do we really get to choose whose sins are the greatest, or who is and who is not forgiven? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 9, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Creating Gender

Gender

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To understand what a marriage between two human beings is about, we need to begin at the beginning. We need to read and consider what the Lord tells us he did: “And God created man in his own image, he created him in the image of God; he created male and female” (Genesis 1:27). In other words neither the male nor the female is singularly in the image of God, but both, together, are the image of God. The male and female are the **only** image God ever created of himself. Wherever we go from this point, this idea needs to be our guide in interpreting what we find. Moreover, in the context of living out the image of God, Genesis 1:27 needs to be our guide in understanding what image society at large sees, when it looks at the Church of God. When we speak of gender, we are not speaking of what we as a people have created. We didn’t do this, and neither can we show that gender is a product of evolution. Gender is God’s idea, and he uses it to display a physical image of himself, as if to say: “all of what you see, indeed, all that is, is mine. I, the Lord God, have created it—behold my signature (my image), which tells you ‘it is very good!’” Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 7, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Gay Marriages – Defining the Terms

Gay Marriage

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The subject of homosexuality and / or gay marriages has become one of the most hotly debated issues of our time. However, as I claimed in an early study, this subject is not a social one, or a political one. By its very nature, it is a theological matter. Therefore, we need to ask: should the Church accept gay relationships as Christian, if the couples are committed to a monogamous relationship? What does the Bible say, and can we know, if the Law that condemned homosexuality has been done away? Some of our church denominations have come out publicly, not only to embrace gay marriages, but to actually ordain gay ministers to serve as pastors or assistant pastors for Christians in those denominations. So, are gay marriages Christian? To answer this question, I believe we must first define what we mean by the term Christian. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 5, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Would Jesus Eat with Gays?

Eat with Gays

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I am engaged in this present study in the spring of 2020. Donald Trump is President of the United States, and months ago I had made it known to my Christian brethren that I don’t think he is qualified to be our president. However I was told that I shouldn’t judge him, because Christians aren’t supposed to judge. Nevertheless, when I brought up the subject of Obama being our president, well, that was a different story. He was a terrible president. Why? President Obama was a family man. He loved his wife and children—the husband of one wife, by the way. President Trump, on the other hand, divorced his first wife and married another. He is a self-confessed womanizer, and even made the claim that, if Ivanka wasn’t his daughter, he’d be on her like flies on …whatever! And, my Christian brethren love this man! Go figure! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Why Has God Made Me Gay?

God Made Me Gay

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Many people, who make the claim to be gay, tell us they were always gay; they were born gay; i.e. God made them gay. I have trouble embracing this idea as true, because homosexuality is defined as a sin in the word of God, and Scripture never lays the blame for sin at the Lord’s feet. He takes responsibility for our sins upon himself, because he loves us, but he is sinless and doesn’t tempt us to sin. I don’t mean to say gay folks are liars for saying they’re born gay, because I believe they are being as honest as anyone can be expected to be. The fact remains, however, that babies aren’t sexual beings. What I mean by that is: they have no idea what sexual behavior means. They’ll play together, as friends, boy babies and girl babies, without even thinking about sex or gender. The matter of being gay is, in reality, a mystery, as far as how it all begins is concerned. Sociologists don’t know why people are gay. Oh, perhaps some have strong opinions and think or say they know, but by and large no one knows why so many of us are gay. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2020 in Controversial

 

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Come, Lord Jesus!

Come Lord Jesus

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Presumably, the angel, whom the Lord had sent, is the speaker in Revelation 22:17, and he quotes the Spirit and the Bride saying to the Lord, “Come!” That is, they bid the Lord Jesus to come quickly, as he promises to do in the Apocalypse. Then the angel, probably speaking to the churches (Revelation 22:16) and by implication to all who hear the Gospel through their preaching, invites them to also bid the Lord to “Come!” Finally, he tells all who are thirsty to “come” and drink freely of the water of life (viz. the River of Life that flows out of the throne of God – Revelation 22:1).[1] Just after the imprisonment of John the Baptist, Jesus told the woman of Samaria that the water he offered her was like “a well of water springing up to eternal life” (John 4:14). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Coming Messiah, the Morning Star

Bright Morning star

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The speaker in Revelation 22:16 is Jesus. The text says so, but the angel, whom Jesus sent to John, may be quoting Jesus as opposed to John actually hearing Jesus speak these words. However, no matter how one sees this, Jesus says he is the root and the offspring of David and the bright morning star. But, what does Jesus mean? First of all, Jesus claimed to be the offspring of David, which, taken at face value, means he is **the** descendant of David, or the one the nation had been seeking, since the time when David was the king. Jesus is claiming to be the Messiah (cp. Luke 2:25, 38; 23:51; Mark 15:43). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The New Creation In Christ

New Creation

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The angel told John: if a man was unjust, let him, henceforth do wickedly, and, if he was filthy, let him become so. On the other hand, if a man was righteous, let him do righteousness, and he that is holy, let him become so (Revelation 22:11). What did the angel mean? Did the angel actually forbid repentance in this text? I don’t believe we should understand this verse to mean one has no choice, and his fate is sealed. Rather, I believe the angel declared that a tree would be known by its fruits. If a man is unrighteous, let him bear that fruit and be known as a tree of unrighteousness. If he has defiled himself, let him bear the mark of defilement. So, too, the righteous, if a man is righteous, let him do the works of righteousness, and if he hasn’t defiled himself by embracing worldliness, let that also be known. So, rather than preaching fatalism, the angel was simply identifying the trees and telling us what sort of fruit to expect. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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John’s Intended Worship

Mailman

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With the Apocalypse finished, and John having seen and heard all of what the Lord wanted to convey to the churches, he immediately fell down before the angel’s feet whom the Lord had sent to bring the message of the Apocalypse to him (Revelation 22:8; cp. 1:1-4, 11). The sense seems to be, at least according to most Biblical scholars, that after seeing all the visions recorded in this prophecy, and hearing all of what the Lord wanted John and the elect to know, John placed himself in position to ‘worship’ the angel who had delivered the Lord’s message to him? And, this wasn’t even the first time John tried to do such a thing (Revelation 19:10)![1] Is this an accurate understanding of what John had tried to do? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Behold, I Come Quickly!

I Come Quickly

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The angel who spoke with John told him that everything he saw and heard was faithful and true (Revelation 22:6), and the summation of it all was that the Lord was making all things new (Revelation 21:5), which he who sat upon the throne declared was true and faithful.[1] This angel who spoke with John was the very angel whom the Lord had sent to bring John the message of the Apocalypse at the beginning of the book (Revelation 1:1), the whole of which John had now both seen and heard. He may have had a difficult time putting it all into words that men could understand (2Corinthians 12:2-4), but the Apocalypse was now finished and the angel told John all these things would shortly come to pass (Revelation 22:6). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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No Night and Beholding the Face of God

No Night

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In New Jerusalem believers will see the face of God, Jesus, who is seated upon the throne (Revelation 22:3-4), but not so the wicked. Those who were judged to be criminals were not permitted to look at the face of the king (Esther 7:8), and such a custom permeated the worldview of the ancients (cp. Exodus 33:20; Judges 6:22-23; 13:22; Isaiah 6:5) Therefore, the wicked are afraid and want to hide from the Lord, who sits upon the throne (Revelation 6:16; cp Genesis 3:8). As was done at the inauguration of the Old Covenant (Exodus 20:18-19), so it was done at the inauguration of the New Covenant (Revelation 20:11). Nevertheless, the elect do see the Lord (Matthew 5:8). We behold him with our unveiled faces and are changed into his image (2Corinthians 3:18; cp. 1John 3:1-2), which, after all, has been the purpose of the Lord from the very beginning (Genesis 1:26-27). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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No More Curse!

No More Curse

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The angel told John that there would be no accursed thing (G2652) in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:3), because the Throne of God and the Lamb will be in the city. How should we understand this? First of all, the Greek word is found only here in the Bible. It doesn’t even appear in the Septuagint. It is a noun; its verb form (G2653) appears in Matthew 26:27 where Peter swears he doesn’t know Jesus and calls down a curse upon himself (i.e. destruction), if he wasn’t telling the truth. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The River of Life

River of Life

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Many Christians think the River of Life that flows from the Throne of God in New Jerusalem is a literal river. Yet, how could this be, if there were no literal sea into which all rivers flow (cp. Revelation 21:1)[1]. Moreover, if there were also no literal sun and moon (Revelation 21:23; 22:5) to cause the hydraulic cycle that produces springs, which in turn become streams, which come together to produce rivers, how could a literal, physical River of Life even exist in that context. Oh, but God is able to do anything! Well, yes and no. God cannot contradict terms. He cannot make a lie the truth or the truth a lie; neither could he make a square circle etc. That would be chaos! God created order in the universe, not chaos. In other words, God can do all things that are possible to be done by a Being of his Almighty power. Therefore, if there is no literal sea in the new heaven and the new earth, there can be no literal River of Life. Yet, even if there are oceans in the new heaven and the new earth, this still doesn’t mean the River of Life is physical. There is more evidence that the river should be interpreted spiritually. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 11, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Temple of New Jerusalem

IN Christ

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John tells us there is no temple in New Jerusalem, because the Lord God, Almighty, even the Lamb is the Temple of the city (Revelation 21:22). The Greek verb is singular. Therefore, the phrase “the Lord God, Almighty, even the Lamb” describe the glorified Jesus. He is the Temple of New Jerusalem or put another way, we, the New Jerusalem, dwell **in** Christ, our Temple (cp. John 17:21). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 9, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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