Tag: tradition

  • Biblical Principle #263: Law’s Compensation for Virgin

    Biblical Principles List Principle The Law of Moses provided instruction for Israel in situations where an Israelite seduced a virgin. Explanation Under the Law of Moses, in situations where there wasn’t a preannounced wedding arrangement and an Israelite male had sex with a virgin female Israelite, fair compensation was to be given to the female’s…

  • Shocking Biblical Truths (That You Won’t Hear from Your Pastor)

    There are lots of truths in the Bible that are overlooked or misunderstood. While I don’t pretend to have all the answers, I have learned enough to realize that there is a gigantic need to share and teach the truths in this article because I don’t see them being taught elsewhere. In fact, I am…

  • Biblical Principle #81: Worship Means to Bow Down

    Biblical Principles List Principle Worship means to bow down. Explanation The first occurrence of the word “worship” in the Bible is Genesis 22:5. Genesis 22 is the account of Abraham offering Isaac on the altar to GOD (and GOD stopping Abraham from killing his son). Today, Christian culture defines worship as: None of these modern…

  • Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday?

    Why do Christians worship on Sunday? It’s a simple question and there are a few reasons. Here are three basic reasons why Christians assemble together to worship on Sunday. Reason #1: Christians celebrate their belief that Jesus was resurrected from the dead on the first day of the week. Scripture says: 1 On the first…

  • Must Women be Silent in Church Meetings?

    Does the Bible teach that women must be silent during church meetings? Few topics can stir up as much emotional response among Christians as that of gender roles within the church. In this article, we examine what the Scriptures teach regarding women’s participation in church assemblies.

  • You Have Heard #3 (How we often live out James 5:16)

    This is the 3rd passage in “You Have Heard.” See the first post for an explanation of the series. Therefore confess your sins to hide your sins from each other and pray generic, superficial requests for each other so that you may be healed keep your sins and shortcomings secret. The prayer of an outwardly-righteous person is sounds powerful…

  • You Have Heard #1 (How we often live out 1 Corinthians 16:1-2)

    “You Have Heard” is a new series that I am adding to chasingalion.com. In this series, I will take a passage that I think people (sometimes self included) often fail to follow correctly, and will “remix” that passage as it is commonly implemented today. My experience has been that this provides a great teaching tool,…

  • Are Pastors, Bishops, and Elders the Same or Different Roles?

    As I continue writing about the various roles Jesus has placed within the church, we turn our attention toward the role of elders. Before we discuss the purpose of elders, there is a very significant question we must answer up front: Are the terms elders, presbyters, bishops, overseers, shepherds and pastors interchangeable in Scripture, or…

  • The Origin of the Pulpit

    In the context of discussing the role of evangelists within the church, it is essential that we differentiate between biblical evangelism and other practices or traditions. This post is part of my ongoing attempts to separate what is from what should be. The term “pulpit” is frequently used today when discussing church meetings and church…

  • The Purpose of the Various Roles in the Church (And Why GOD Gave These Roles)

    What roles exist within Jesus’ church? Why did GOD create these specific roles? Before diving into these questions, let me provide some context… This post is a continuation of thoughts regarding the big picture of Christian life and Jesus’ church. If you’re joining in the middle of this journey, I’d encourage you to start here:…