Jesus Heals but don’t advertise it!

Not long ago, some MPs got embroiled in an attempt to allow Christians to make the statement that Jesus heals.  These adverts were disallowed, and it is shameful that this happened.  However, it seems to me that we the Christians (or at least most of us) are to blame.  Let me explain: would there have been any grounds for even Jesus’ most hardened opponents to claim that Jesus could not heal?  This link to Biblegateway gives an idea of the number of times “Jesus” and “heal” are mentioned, and yes, not all of the 59 results are actual healing references but some of them are multiple, and some of them like Matthew 12:15, show Jesus healing everyone in an area (0 failures, 0 rejections mentioned).  So where does that leave us? Continue reading

Cover-up!

The passage in 1 Corinthians 11:1-16, which covers covering, has been the subject of a long-standing confusion, even apparently for the translators, and also for my fellowship, my wife and myself.  I think it is still relevant to think on this topic as Paul writes: “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.I praise you for remembering me in everything and for holding to the traditions just as I passed them on to you.”  In other words, Paul is concerned that this tradition (action) as well as teaching is continued without alteration, in his absence. Continue reading

Galatians and the Law

The Problem

Galatians is a great book: read it!  There are also no “o”s in the name, which caused me no end of difficulty writing this.  It is a letter to a part of the church, people who know the Truth but are turning away from it:  “I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you by the grace (unmerited favor) of Christ (the Messiah) [and that you are transferring your allegiance] to a different [even an opposition] gospel” (Amplified Bible: Galatians 1:6).  These are Christians then, but Christians who are being tempted to cease their obedience to God and to be “burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (NIV: Galations 5:1).  Reading the rest of the book, it is fairly obvious that this refers to the Law, and trying very hard to be justified before God by their own efforts (see Galatians 5:2-4 for example). Continue reading