The Lord Is the Spirit: Dealing with 2 Corinthians 3

One of the most confusing passages in the New Testament epistles has got to be 2 Corinthians 3. This is one of the chapters that seems to say that Yeshua changed the Torah, and it has recently gotten attention in Biblical Unitarian circles with the statement that “The Lord is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:17). Some BU scholars have argued from 1 Corinthians 15:45 that Yeshua is the Holy Spirit. The argument is that the old covenant, “carved in letters on stone”, is superseded by the ministry of the Spirit (that is, Yeshua)—to the effect that the Torah is no longer relevant to the lives of believers because we have a better covenant which is through the Messiah rather than obedience to the Law of God. I intend to express an alternate understanding of this perspective. As usual, my base translation is the ESV.

Are we beginning to commend ourselves again? Or do we need, as some do, letters of recommendation to you, or from you? You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on ou…

Response to Acts17Apologetics: The Trinity in Red Letters (A Reply to Yusha Evans)

This is an intriguing video because it is a Trinitarian Christian responding to a Muslim cleric who suggested that Muslims are in serious trouble if it can be shown from Jesus' words (the “red letters”, as they are often colored to set them apart) that he taught the Trinity to his disciples. I am unfamiliar with Yusha Evans, and only know a little about Anthony Rogers from Acts17Apologetics. I take issue with many things taught in Islam, including aspects of their Christology, but I also disagree with the doctrine of the Trinity. As I have no dog in this fight, it will be interesting to see whose beliefs align closer with Scripture.

Yusha: Read the Red Letter edition of the Bible, read only the red, leave everything out; if you can find Trinity in that, then we have a serious problem.

I agree, Yusha. If God the Son did not find it important to teach his disciples about his own Triune nature, then at the very least, there is no excuse for Christians to use the doctrine of the Trini…

Why I Left Answers in Genesis

For the past three years (since March 2016), I have been an employee of Answers in Genesis. For obvious reasons, I refrained from mentioning this in any prior blog posts. I've been waiting until I left to make that apparent. However, on February 1, 2019, I announced my decision to leave rather than re-sign the employee handbook, since there are some drastic theological differences that I could no longer ignore. I wrote the following letter to my family and close friends, but I thought it would be good to share here as well. I was not anyone important at the ministry. My departure didn't create a splash, and I'm not looking to make it a bigger issue than it needs be. But I do hope some who knew me there will read this and be inspired to look into the reasons I felt compelled to leave. Without further ado:

Dear Family and Friends,

For reasons I suspect many of you will privately agree with, I am no longer employable by Answers in Genesis. It is with a heavy heart that I writ…

Camels Through the Eyes of Needles

“And behold, a man came up to him, saying, ‘Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?’ And he said to him, ‘Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only One who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.’ He said to him, ‘Which ones?’ And Yeshua said, ‘You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ The young man said to him, ‘All these I have kept. What do I still lack?’ Yeshua said to him, ‘If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.’ When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.”
—Matthew 19:16-22
This story often gets misunderstood. I've heard of modern-day monastics who actually go and sell everything to live in squalor, thinking that will benefit them. There was a time in my life …

Crossing Waters

Yeshua asked his disciples, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter answered, “You are the Messiah of God.”
—Luke 9:20
Yeshua’s disciples were among the first to recognize Yeshua for the purpose he came—to be the anointed King of Israel. We know in hindsight that he didn’t step into this role during his time on earth as an itinerant rabbi, although his disciples maintained that expectation even to the point of his ascension (Acts 1:6). One of the most famous early Nazarenes was the Pharisee Shaul, whose letters advocate on behalf of the Greek converts who were aliens to the Hebrew faith. Even he apparently expected to be alive to see the return of Yeshua in glory (cf. 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). But with all this focus on Yeshua as the Anointed, the Son of God (a royal title; cf. Psalm 2:7), there is a tendency to overlook another early identification of Yeshua made by the same Peter who first declared him the Messiah.

Moses said, “Yehovah God will raise up for you a prophet like me from you…

I Will Bless Those Who Bless You

I haven't been active on this blog for a few months. I didn't know how much I would actually use it when I started, although there are several big areas of study that are on my mind that I plan to publish here when my research is complete. However, I came across a story today that is over a month old. I don't keep up with The Master's University and Seminary, so I only became aware of it through the infamous YouTuber Servus Christi.

As it turns out, TMUS are under academic probation and at risk of losing their accreditation for several reasons. A lack of board independence,Allegations of conflicts of interest regarding student financial aid,Institutional leaders being hired who lack qualifications for the higher education positions they hold, andWhat the WSCUC described as “a disturbing climate of fear, intimidation and bullying” at the university. The first thought that entered my head upon hearing this is the abhorrent way John MacArthur terminated and shamed Bill Sch…