Fathers must not be put to death for what their children do, nor children for what their fathers do; each must be put to death for his own sin. Deuteronomy 24.16.
Moses said it by inspiration to the people of Israel, before they entered the land of Canaan. Centuries later, the prophet Ezekiel developed it further, speaking again to the Israelites. (See chapters 18 and 33.) Go to the New Testament and see that condemnation and salvation are determined on an individual basis.
The one who believes and is baptized will be saved, but the one who does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16.16.
Some Bible versions published in recent years throw statements into the plural in order to avoid the singular masculine pronoun. All fine and good, but it sometimes misses a point, like individual responsibility. Continue reading
In common have the rich and poor
That God gives life to both;
To hate one’s neighbor saints abhor —
God blesses love and truth.
Called in a special way, through a vision by Jesus himself, as he traveled to Damascus, Saul still needed to hear the gospel and obey the Lord by being immersed in water in order to be saved:
And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be immersed, and have your sins washed away, calling on his name.
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The world does not know how to rightly honor women. It oppresses them, markets them in the sex trade, or else rips them violently from marriage and the home to thrust them above man. The world makes the woman a competitor of man, exalting her at his cost and to her detriment.
One of the symbols of the German women’s movement in the 1970s was the raised, closed fist within the symbol for the woman. It well captures the defiance inherent in the movement. Feminism is against the biblical truth as much as it opposes violence and inequality against women. Continue reading
Where I grew up there were no black families. When I was, oh, 12 or so, a Mexican family rented my uncle’s farm, across from my grandpa’s place. Continue reading