Most Christians have a visceral reaction to the word, “liberal,” believing all connotations of the word are negative. It’s not hard to see why. In a moral or doctrinal sense, “liberalism” usually means letting go of, and moving away from, a biblical standard. However, there is an extremely important way in which we MUST be “liberal” if we want to follow Christ and be pleasing to God.

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Have you heard an argument like this, “We should change the way we worship so this extremely talented person has the opportunity to use their God-given talent in worship”? In our culture, this argument sounds like it has merit, but when examined in light of Scripture, it quickly falls apart. Here are some things we need to understand about the “talent argument” and why we need to stop turning worship into a talent show.

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“Blessed are the married,” are four words Jesus never said. But do we preach that idea? Do we perpetuate the idea that in order to be happy, fulfilled, and satisfied, you need to be married? I believe we do and I believe we need to stop. This idea is not only false, it is dangerous and it has many unintended consequences.

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Many churches, such as the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, and Eastern Orthodox Churches ordain priests. These priests are seen as holy men (and sometimes women) who are given the right to act as intermediaries between God and man, especially in worship (source). I have no doubt, these priests are sincere and well-meaning. I also have no doubt that those who worship at their feet are just as sincere and well-meaning, but I believe if we compare this practice to the New Testament, we will quickly see this practice is highly unbiblical.

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Occasionally I hear Christians say things like, “Well, he wasn’t a Christian, but he sure was a good guy and I think surely people like that will go to heaven too.” When we hold out this kind of hope that our non-Christian friends and family will make it to heaven, we actually reveal a huge and fundamental flaw in our understanding of the gospel. Here’s why these “good people” will not be going to heaven if they are not Christians.

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Can I be totally honest with you? There have been times in my adult life when I have found reading the Bible…boring. At times I’ve watched Netflix or scrolled mindlessly through social media because I found these things more enjoyable than Bible study. I probably would have never admitted out loud that I was bored with the Bible, but my actions spoke louder than my words. This is something about which I’m incredibly ashamed, because the problem was not with the Bible, it was with me.

Here is one thing I’ve discovered about why people are bored with the Bible and how to fix the problem.

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1 Corinthians 11:27 warns Christians not to take the Lord’s Supper “unworthily.” And I’ve known many sincere and well-meaning Christians who have kept themselves from partaking of the Lord’s Supper on a Sunday because they felt particularly “unworthy” that week. But does that passage really mean if you’ve sinned this week you have disqualified yourself from taking the Lord’s Supper on Sunday? What exactly does it mean to eat and drink “unworthily”?

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As most people already know, I take the presently unpopular position that mechanical instruments have no place in Christian worship. However, every time I write on this subject someone inevitably asks, “What about the instruments in the Old Testament?” That is a great question. As the argument goes: If God authorized instruments under the Old Law, then without some kind of New Testament prohibition against them, why would anyone teach they are not allowed today? I believe if the average person understood the context in which instruments were authorized in the Old Testament, they would understand why they have no place in the church.

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I hear people say things like, “I could feel God’s presence at that church.” Or, “I could really feel God’s presence while we were singing that song.” There is certainly no doubt a person can have a fantastic emotional response to a song or to the friendliness of a church, but I don’t believe God Himself is experienced in this way. Furthermore, trying to discern the will of God based on whether or not you “feel His presence” seems a very dangerous way to live your life. Here are some things I hope you will consider:

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There are several denominations that practice “infant baptism.” While there are several reasons I can appreciate the motivation behind this practice, it certainly finds no justification in Scripture. It is simply not biblical to baptize an infant.

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