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If a man hates his wife he should set her free from the marriage. That’s what Malachi 2:16 says.

Many Christians believe that God hates divorce. This mistaken idea comes from mis-translations of Malachi 2:16. I have been rebutting the idea that ‘God hates divorce’ since 2008. I wrote about it in my book Not Under Bondage. I am in the process of revising my book and the chapter on Malachi will be entirely …

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Psychopathic reasoning and Malachi’s rebuke of the priests

The arrogant start with the false premise that service to God has to bring them worldly rewards. Once you accept that false premise, there is a certain logic to their reasoning. Psychopaths are incapable of doing good. They are driven to cause harm – evil. They believe that whatever they do is good, therefore they …

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For sheep who are stepping forward as shepherds

Here are tips and encouragement for sheep who are stepping forward as shepherds. God’s word urges us to grow into maturity in Christ: ….until we every one (in the unity of faith and the knowledge of the Son of God) grow up to be perfect in the maturity of the fullness of Christ;  so that …

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Martin Luther on divorce and remarriage

Whether the Bible allows divorce and remarriage has been debated for centuries. If you are battling authorities who say that divorce is not allowed and remarriage is always sinful, then you are not alone! Martin Luther fought that battle against the Roman Catholic Church. In his day, the Roman Catholic Church imposed rules (canon law) …

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What does ‘pray continually’ really mean?

Like a man in prison ever desires to be delivered, whether he be eating or drinking or sleeping, and like someone who is sick desires always to be whole, so every true Christian prays continually – yea, even when he seems not to pray. For prayer consists not in much babbling (Matthew 6:7) but in …

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Jesus on Violence

Many are puzzled by Jesus’ different approaches to the subject of violence. ‘turn the other cheek’ ‘the meek shall inherit the earth’ whipping the bankers and merchants out of the Temple telling the apostles to get swords for themselves before going into the Garden of Gethsemane rebuking Peter for slicing off the ear of a …

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