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Baptism Debates: Worthwhile Questions to Consider – Part 2

Water baptism has been consistently practiced by the Church throughout the entire history of the Christian faith. It is practiced by the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians—whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox. However, the method, subject, formulas, agent, effect and meaning of baptism have been issues of debate throughout Christian history, […]

Sin and Salvation: This We Believe Part 2

Continuing through our statements of faith, the following excerpts are taken from This We Believe: Teachings of the Church of God (Seventh Day).

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Baptism Debates: Worthwhile Questions to Consider – Part 1

Water baptism has been consistently practiced by the Church throughout the entire history of the Christian faith. It is practiced by the vast majority of those who call themselves Christians—whether Protestant, Roman Catholic, or Eastern Orthodox. However, the method, subject, formulas, agent, effect and meaning of baptism have been issues of debate throughout Christian history, […]

Is it enough to confess our sins to God privately, or is the church needed for confession?

Is it enough to confess our sins to God privately, or is the church needed for confession?   We’ve all heard the saying “Confession is good for the soul.” But for many, confession is an abstract idea that isn’t part of their daily lives. Many associate confession exclusively with a person speaking to a priest […]

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Why Jesus Tells Us to Forgive Without Limit

I’m going to let you in on a secret: being a Christian leader is hard. You’re called to influence those around you for the sake of Christ? This is a tall order. Know what else is hard to do? Forgive. It’s hard because sometimes forgiveness is attached to confrontation. These situations are especially hard for […]

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What Christians Need to Understand About Shame

Shame on you! is something we say to someone who behaves poorly. It’s our response to a person caught red handed and unapologetic. In effect, we’re telling them: “What you’ve done is wrong and you should feel guilt, regret, and humiliation.” In these types of situations, we want the offender to claim guilt so that […]

Should I question my salvation because I can’t break a bad habit?

I am not sure of my salvation. I tried to repent of cigarette smoking, but it won’t go away. I came as I was, asking Jesus to save me, but nothing makes any difference. Now it seems no hope is left. Will this sin keep me out of heaven? Sin is often experienced in the […]