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Is speaking in tongues Biblical?

It has always seemed a bit odd to me that the Evangelical church has become so divided and contentious over something that the scripture speaks so clearly about. It could be that people think speaking in tongues sounds weird, or they were taught by somebody that it was of the devil, or they were so perplexed by it that they just assumed it was nonsense. Either way, I will begin this article by stating that speaking in tongues is certainly Biblical. Why? Because it's in the Bible, was clearly practiced by the early church including by the Apostle Paul, and we find no evidence in scripture that it's use in the local church body has ceased. Many questions surrounding the topic of speaking in tongues are often discussed: Is it still for today? What about pagan cultures that "speak in tongues" during their demonic rituals? What types of tongues are there? What does speaking in tongues do? When is it appropriate to speak in tongues? How is speaking in tongues related t

Is Calvinism Biblical?

Recently I have taken some study time to revisit the topic of scriptural interpretation. One of the major interpretation views in modern Christendom is called Calvinism which originated with a man named John Calvin in the 1500s. I am going to walk through what I think regarding each element of Calvinistic doctrine. Calvinism uses an acrostic "T-U-L-I-P" which stands for Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverance of the Saints. There are some elements of Calvinism that I agree with and other elements that I do not agree with, I will try my best to clearly define what the historic Calvinistic stance is regarding each point and show concisely from scripture why I agree or disagree. Total depravity (also called total inability or total corruption) is a biblical doctrine closely linked with the doctrine of original sin as formalized by Augustine and advocated in many Protestant confessions of faith and catechisms, espec

Does Romans 9 teach that God predestines people to go to hell?

In my previous post I went through a systematic overview of the theological viewpoint called "Calvinism" which was started by a man named John Calvin in the 1500's (click here to read it: Is Calvinism Biblical? ) . Since writing that blog I have engaged with numerous Calvinists on social media who wanted to express their disagreement with my article. I noticed a trend among Calvinists in which they appealed to Romans chapter 9 as their foundational reason for accepting Calvinism, I also noticed that they interpreted all of the "problem texts" for Calvinism in light of their misinterpretation of Romans 9. My question would be, "is it possible that this so-called proof text (Romans 9) for Calvinism is being misinterpreted by Calvinists and therefore causing them to err in their overall interpretation of God and His Word?" I think the answer to this question is yes and I intend on showing why in this post. Let's begin with the first 5 verses: