Category: Christian Life

SALVIFIC BELIEFS: Salvation by Grace Alone through Faith Alone

© 2018, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction [N.B. READ THE FOOTNOTES, FOLKS. THEY ARE IMPORTANT!] The two most important questions everyone must answer, most important because their eternal destiny depends on them, are both found in the Bible.  One is in Matthew 16:15/Mark 8:29/Luke 9:20, where Jesus asks, “Who do you say that …

“WHAT SHALL I DO TO INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE?”: A Closer Look at the Parable of the Good Samaritan

© 2017, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. And behold, a certain lawyer stood up and tested Him, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” He said to him, “What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” So he answered and said, “‘You shall love the Lord your …

OLIVER AND HARDY AND HAHN: Debunking Greg Hahn’s Attempt to Salvage His Attack on Complementarianism

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Years ago I saw an interesting episode of the television game show “Jeopardy.”  In this game, answers to questions in different categories are posted according to dollar value, and three contestants vie to be first to “ring in” and give the correct answer (i.e. the correct …

WHICH EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES? A Response to Greg Hahn’s Attack on Complementarianism

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction … Male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27b) In the beginning, God could have created one generic type of human being, but instead He chose to make males and females.  Males and females are different in form, in appearance, and in psychology.  They are not …

IS IT UNJUST OF GOD TO SEND PEOPLE TO HELL?

© 2015, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Is it unjust of God to send people to hell simply because they don’t follow Him?  This charge is frequently made by atheists and other skeptics, but it is unsustainable. The first thing that people need to understand is that God made us and so we belong …

CAN CHRISTIANS DO YOGA? Do Not Be Bamboozled!

© 2014, by Diane Hong. All Rights Reserved. Yoga has certainly gone mainstream.  It has been a craze for decades.  We see yoga studios pop up everywhere; fitness centres offer “hot yoga” as part of their classes; doctors recommend that you do yoga to relax; and I even heard of “Christian yoga classes” offer in …

A GLIMPSE OF HEAVEN? An Assessment of “Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back”

© 2014, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction Heaven is for Real,[1] Pastor Todd Burpo’s story of his son Colton’s alleged “trip to heaven and back” has certainly caught the public imagination.  As of this writing, the book sits in top spot on The New York Times’ Print/Paperback Nonfiction Best Sellers list, a list on …

THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS AND THE TESTIMONY OF GOD IN OUR DAYS

© 2014, by Derek Casey. All Rights Reserved. Verification of Contemporary Facts and Proof for the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus “… because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained.  He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him …

CAN A CHRISTIAN VOTE FOR A MORMON?

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. With the U.S. Presidential election a few days away, the question of whether a Christian can and should vote for a Mormon has been raised by more than one person.  The latest is Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion professor and author of a number of books …

GOLIATH WAS THE BAD GUY, REMEMBER? An Assessment of Henri Nouwen’s Teachings

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction On October 8 of this year, the Toronto Star published an opinion piece called “The life of a spiritual Goliath.”[1]  It was a paean to Henri Nouwen, the late Roman Catholic priest and writer of many books on “spirituality.”  According to the author, Stephen Bede Scharper, …

SHOULD CHRISTIANS “EMPTY THEIR MINDS” THROUGH MEDITATION?

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. As I wrote in my previous article “SHOULD CHRISTIANS PRACTISE MEDITATION?“: There are different forms of meditation, but the commonality to them is to focus the mind, usually by intense concentration upon a word or phrase (mantra), which may be repeated continuously in the mind, or breathed, …

WOMEN AND CHURCH LEADERSHIP: An Inquiry and a Response to Pastor Keith A. Smith’s “Can Christian Women be Pastors and Preachers?”

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. For many centuries, the Christian church understood that God had allocated to men only the authority and authoritative teaching roles in the church.  In the last several decades in the Western world, however, the changing zeitgeist has led to this understanding being challenged.  Many churches and entire …

NOT SO FAST: Why Fasting Is Unnecessary and Inappropriate for Christians

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. The ancient practice of fasting seems to be growing rapidly in popularity in evangelical circles.  It is entering churches as an element of “spiritual formation,” and books on the topic are proliferating, making grandiose promises, books such as Fasting: Opening the Door to a Deeper, More Intimate, …

SHOULD CHRISTIANS PRACTISE MEDITATION?

© 2012, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. It seems not long ago that the greatest perceived spiritual threat in the minds of Evangelicals was the New Age Movement, an amorphous constellation of beliefs and practices focused on developing the divine potential of human beings.  In essence, it was the basic worldview and practices of …

BRETHREN AGAINST CHRIST: An Indictment of The Brethren in Christ of North America’s “The Biblical Basis for Women in Church Leadership and Pastoral Ministry”

© 2011, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. Introduction All Scripture is God-breathed, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) There is a slogan popular among Evangelical Christians that goes as follows: …

WHAT IS FAITH?

© 2010, by John Tors. All Rights Reserved. First, faith is defined as “complete trust or confidence” (Webster’s), “complete trust, unquestioning confidence” (Oxford), and as such it is something everyone practises, including your atheist friend, in ways both profound and mundane.  For example, which of us would approach a complete stranger and ask him to …