Recently I was asked about the Trinity, and this was my response. While I have written other articles on the subject, this discussion may add further detail.
“I agree that, ‘There is one God who exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are all equally God and are somehow one yet can exist distinctly.’
They are of one essence and one substance. They are one in relationship, one in will, one in every aspect yet they have distinctness as three persons. A perfect example of this is when Yahuwah (God) appeared to Abraham in Genesis 18.
I don’t necessarily agree with everything that is said, but this is a good study for those who are interested.
One point, the rapture is mentioned in the Old Testament in Isaiah 26:19-21. Of course the New Testament definitely illuminates this passage to help our understanding. I think it is very clear with the addition of NT revelation. So many connections from this passage into the New Testament. See this article.
It was with sadness that I read Ron Glass passed away recently. He was a great actor, and he played Shepherd Book on one of my favorite science fiction shows, Firefly. Firefly is one of the greatest science fiction shows ever. Ron Glass made a great addition to the show as an actor, and he did a great job portraying the character. But, this article is not about the actor. It is about the character Shepherd Book and his teachings.
Very sad. I’m not surprised for three reasons.
1) The Calvary Chapel organization under Chuck Smith purged numerous pastors from their ranks over the years. I’m mainly referring to pastors who were Calvinists, but I’m sure there are others for numerous reasons… theological differences etc. So splits are nothing new. Even if they do not want to acknowledge it is division.
2) The Calvary Chapel organization was always run by one man, and Calvary Chapel churches are run by one man. That is the leadership structure and the teaching, so it is not surprising that someone at the main Calvary Chapel (Costa Mesa) would attempt to step into Chuck Smith’s role. Leaders within CC like George Bryson already set the mood for a split.
3) Humans are flawed. We Christians know this very well. And even though Yahushua told us to love one another like He loves us, we often fail miserably.
Read the letter below that went out on Monday, November 28.
As the word says… Be strong, be of good courage, and do not fear. Trust in your Creator and walk with Him doing what is good and right in His eyes. Love Him with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. And for those who call on the name of Yeshua (Jesus), love our brothers and sisters in Christ like He loves us.