I was talking with a long-time friend on the phone the other day. He lives in Massachusetts; I am in Virginia. Emails and phone calls are our friendship vehicles. Thank the Lord for technology. It was good to hear his voice, to catch up on news, to reminisce from events from 35+ years ago. In our conversation he mentioned that he is friends with some Oneness Pentecostals. (This is a unitarian cult.) He commented that even though they do not believe in the orthodox faith of the Bible, they still experience many healings and miracles. There is definitely a supernatural element in their churches. This got me to thinking. Continue reading
Have you heard about what is happening in Malawi? Well, first of all, you may be asking yourself—who or what is a Malawi? Malawi is a rather small country in southeastern Africa. It is bordered by Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania. So what is happening? Malawi is like many other countries in Africa. Belief in witchcraft and the supernatural is common. In recent weeks much of Malawi has been in a panic because of rumors of vampirism.
It is believed that there are blood-suckers on the prowl, looking for victims whose blood they can drink. The purpose of this particular vampiric activity is to use the blood in witchcraft rituals. In addition to the vampirism, the people of Malawi believe these vampire witches can also shape-shift, or skin walk—that is, they can change their form from human into the shape of dog, cat or some other animal.
The situation has become very serious. People are so frightened that they have formed vigilante groups who are hunting vampires. There are accounts of people being dragged from their cars at roadblocks set up to catch vampires. As of this writing (Friday, October 13, 2017), there have been seven people killed by these vigilante mobs. Things have deteriorated to the point where U.N. workers have been pulled out of their posts. The President of Malawi has declared a 5:00 p.m. curfew in hopes that this will curb the activity of the vigilantes and restore some order. (Here is a U.N. report on this situation.) Continue reading
Q: The Bible does not use the expression “the eternal Son of God.” Does this mean that Jesus was not the “Son” before he came to earth? Is he eternally the Son of God? Or is this a role he assumed in the plan of salvation?
A: This is an interesting question. There are two schools of thought regarding this matter. There are some who believe that the preexistent Christ existed only as the Logos, or Word of God. As a member of the Trinity, he was a distinct Person himself. However, he was not the “Son” of God. The Father/Son relationship within the Godhead only came about through an act of God in time, most likely at the Incarnation. The other position is that two of the three divine Persons in the Trinity exist in an eternal relationship of Father and Son within the Godhead. For all eternity the Father has been the Father, and the Son has been the Son. The real issue is what do the Scriptures say? I believe that the Bible is clear that the Logos has always been the Son of God. Let me explain why I say this. Continue reading