What Every Christian Must Know about People

Volume 29, Issue 7, September 2023 by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor/teacher Southern View Chapel There are very few issues that are more confusing than trying to understand people, including ourselves. Few have credible answers to the questions such as who we are, why are we here, and what is our destiny? This does not mean there are not many opinions about these questions. As a matter of fact, we are flooded with philosophical, scientific, and psychological theories, which keep us off-balanced and confused.  But very few people know and believe what God, our Creator, has to say about who we are, why we are here, and where we are headed. In the Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research, State of Theology survey for 2022,[1] statement #15 reads, “Everyone is born innocent in the eyes of God.” 71% of Americas agreed with this statement, but amazingly 65% of evangelicals did as well. That means that two-thirds of evangelical Christians do not have a biblical worldview regarding human beings, and that filters down to a muddled understanding of

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What Every Christian Must Know about the Holy Spirit

Volume 29, Issue 6, August 2023 by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor/teacher Southern View Chapel According to the 2022 Lifeway/Ligonier survey, fifty-nine percent of those who identify as evangelical Christians believe the Holy Spirit is a force but not a personal being. And this is in light of the fact that about ninety percent claim to believe in the Trinity composed of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. At the very least, we have to admit that

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What Every Christian Must Know about Jesus Christ

Volume 29, Issue 5, July 2023 by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor/teacher Southern View Chapel Returning to Ligonier and LifeWay Research 2022 survey of “The State of Theology,” we discover that to the question: “Is Jesus the first and greatest of beings created by God?”, amazingly, only 50% of evangelicals agree. This means that up to half of evangelicals believe Jesus is a created being. To the statement “Jesus was a great teacher but not God,”

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What Every Christian Must Know about God

Volume 29, Issue 4, June 2023 by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor/teacher Southern View Chapel Every two years, Ligonier Ministries and LifeWay Research partner to find out what Americans believe about God, salvation, ethics, and the Bible. The findings are always shocking, but more so are the results of evangelical Christians who take the survey. Before we advance, we must first define what it means to be an evangelical. A hundred years ago, “evangelical” would describe

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Christian Nationalism = Christendom

Volume 28, Issue 8, December 2022 The first paper in this series, “Christian Nationalism and the Great Hibernation,” demonstrated that Christian Nationalism is an often misunderstood term, defined in several ways. Andrew Whitehead and Samuel Perry, in their book, Taking America Back for God, offer several definitions including, “An ideology

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