If God is the ultimate cause of all that comes to pass, including evil and sinful things, can he be rightly charged with unrighteousness? This article considers the discussion on how to reconcile the problem of evil with a good God. It explains with some biblical illustrations that though God is the ultimate cause of all things, he is never the efficient cause of evil, and thus is not blameworthy for it.
This article considers the theology of Roman Catholicism. It explains the notion that Rome alone is able to understand and interpret the Scriptures. It also discusses papal infallibility, the priesthood, baptism, mass, Mariology, as well as the doctrines of forgiveness and assurance. It offers some practical guidelines on how to show Christ to the Roman Catholic.
This article discusses Neo-Pentecostalism. It considers its history, traced all the way back to the second century and the appearance of Gnosticism and Montanism, yet becoming more official on account of John Wesley. The author explains its teachings and where they deviate from the full gospel revealed in Scripture.
This article considers the history and theology of Mormonism. It offers an account of the life of Joseph Smith, then an outline of the Book of Mormon, followed by some further history of the movement, the story of Brigham Young, and then a discussion of some of the important doctrines. It offers a separate section on the matter of polygamy in Mormonism, and concludes with a suggestion on how to approach Mormons.
This article considers the history and theology of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Regarding its history, it considers individuals such as Charles Russell, J.F. Rutherford, and H.N. Knorr. Regarding its theology, it outlines their doctrine of Scripture, and of the person and work of Jesus Christ. It then offers some considerations as to how to engage with a Jehovah's Witness at your door.
What is a sect? This article offers a definition, and explains that the word also appears in Scripture with reference to all religious groups that follow a master other than Christ. It suggests that the main traits of a sect are religious individualism, anti-church religiosity, religious subjectivism, and fellowship for reaching a higher level.