Psalm 12 And The King James Controversy (Part 1)

Introduction One of the passages that has been central to the discussion of the King James Only position has been Psalm 12:6.-7 This passage, in the KJV, reads, " The words of the   Lord   are   pure words: as   silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O   Lord , thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." The reason that this passage is central to the debate comes from the claim that stems from specific understandings of this passage. The KJV-Only advocate often sees in this passage a Doctrine of Preservation. There are different nuances taken by different individuals in the King James Only camp. There are some who see a Doctrine of Preservation whereby God divinely preserved the Greek and Hebrew texts in such a way that the King James Version that came from them was pure, like a piece of silver or gold that has been refined in fire. Others see in this passage an allusion to the King James Version itself. Some, such as Pete

Nazarene Caffeine's Top 10 Posts of 2023

As we enter 2024, it is a good time to review the top 10 posts of 2023. For each post on this list, I will provide a brief commentary on the post. The posts below are ordered based primarily on the number of views each one received over the course of the past 12 months. Enjoy! 10 .  I Read The Bible In 20 Days. This Is What I Learned Coming in at number 10 is one of the first blog posts that I ever wrote for Nazarene Caffeine. Shortly after I had my first major anxiety attack, I took some time off from work, during which I decided to read through the Bible as quickly as possible. The original goal was to complete the Bible in 40 days. After reading ahead as much as possible, I completed the Bible, cover to cover, in 20 days. The blog post that I wrote here shared my experience and how this experience helped me understand Scripture in a deeper way. I hope that, as you read this post, you will be encouraged in your own Bible reading journey! 9 . Which Bible Translation Is Best? In this p

The Biggest Way That People Misunderstand God's Omnipotence

  Introduction It is a well-established fact that we currently live in a post-Christian culture. While it is important to make a distinction between a post-Christian culture and an anti-Christian culture, that discussion will have to wait for another post. For now, it is important to note that one major aspect of a post-Christian culture is that the Church, as well as the theological understandings that they hold, no longer have a place on the radar of many, if not most, people in our culture. It should not surprise us, then, when people begin to misunderstand the theological stances that have been held by the Church for centuries. While various theological positions are misunderstood, some are more misunderstood than others. Perhaps one of the most misunderstood aspects of traditional theology that is misunderstood is the concept of God's omnipotence. It is to this topic that we turn in this post. The Common Conception When we talk about God's omnipotence with those who have n