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2CO 10:4-6 ESV

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.
5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
6 being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

“What are the satanic strongholds that spiritually imprison people, the strongholds that we seek to destroy? Arguments and opinions. Where is the battle raging? Where our thoughts are.

And arguments are not merely strongholds, they are weapons of mass destruction. Adam and Eve (and all of us with them) fell because of an argument. They believed the serpent’s argument and stopped believing God.

That is the deadly essence of sin: not believing God. To not believe God is to ally with Satan, whom Jesus said is “a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth… for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44).” – Jon Bloom, via


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“This is not the case with atheists. People don’t write books about things they don’t have any beliefs about. No one debates about non-beliefs. If they did there would be nothing to talk about.

This attempt to change the definition of atheism to a lack of belief is a tactic to try to shift the burden on proof. But it won’t work. The belief that there is no God is a belief. And if the atheist thinks it is a reasonable belief, he should have evidence to believe it.
– Tim Barnett, from the article “Is Atheism Simply a Lack of Belief in God?”


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“An atheist is one of the most daring beings in creation,—a contemner of God, who explodes His laws by denying His existence.”
-John Foster


simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams


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It’s not legalism or works-righteousness that drives the Christian to obey The Lord, but love and gratitude.

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

“The imputing of Christ’s righteousness to us in justification ensures that there is nothing we can do to attain or maintain our just standing before God. But that should not hinder us from a bold call to obedience as well. Those who obey, do so, not not in order to be saved or maintain that standing, but BECAUSE they are saved… because we are born again. And when we fail to obey, thanks be to God, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, who forgives us our sins. Those who have the Holy Spirit will mourn over their sin. If we do not judge ourselves God will discipline us so that we will not be condemned along with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:31)”

-John Hyndrex


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Finding trigger words to locate a person’s argument is not as easy as it seems. In a conversation, the logic of a person’s argument is not always presented in a logically coherent manner. Learning what to listen for, and how to accurately portray their argument, is a really good way of loving your neighbor. Asking the right questions, in a respectful manner also helps.

“Trigger words are simply words in English most people use to show reasoning. We do the same thing when we talk simple arithmetic problems, so I will use those as an example. Usually, you would see a problem presented this way: “If Johnny wants to take three apples in his right hand and four in his left, how many apples will he have?” The word “and” in the sentence above signals that this is an addition problem. If the sentence would have said “less than” it would have signaled a subtraction problem. The words help you understand the nature of the problem itself.

Similarly, there are trigger words that signal whether a person is making a conclusion or providing a premise for his belief. Here’s a short list of words that will frequently be used as triggers to signal a conclusion…”

— Lenny Esposito

via Come Reason’s Apologetics Notes: Identifying an Argument: Looking for Trigger Words.

simul iustus et peccator, 

Eric Adams 
Rossville, GA 

“The point here is not that Tegmark’s theories are broadly accepted, only that such theories are no longer considered absurd. Physics has seen the return of the unseen — parallel universes, infinitesimal strings, floating and colliding branes — that are reasonably inferred without being physically observed. I can think of other creative forces in that category. Not for centuries has physics been so open to metaphysics, or more amenable to an ancient attitude: a sense of wonder about things above and within.”

— Michael Gerson

via Michael Gerson: Physics is enjoying a golden age – The Washington Post.

For all of the bluster about science nailing the coffin shut on religion, it would seem physics is busy performing quantum displacement on the nails.

simul iustus et peccator, 

Eric Adams 
Rossville, GA 


“Perhaps I’m making too much of one minor aspect of Son of God. But the decision to leave Satan on the cutting-room floor is symptomatic of a much greater problem in modern Christianity. Downey’s view that Satan’s existence is a “distraction” from Jesus’ story instead of the entire reason for Jesus’ story is all too common in mainstream denominations, in practice if not necessarily in theology. Perhaps the most recent example was the Church of England’s flirtation with removing any mention of Satan and sin from its baptism rites. Evangelism is much easier when the only discussions are about love, forgiveness, and self-affirmation. Love your neighbor, God loves you no matter what; those parts of Jesus’ message poll pretty well among general audiences. Satan, sin, and an eternal Hell? Not so much. What results far too often is a kind of “feel-good Christianity,” with lots of loving the sinner, not too much hating the sin, and certainly no discussion of that guy with horns and a pitchfork you see in cartoons.”

— Alexander Griswold, from the Juicy Ecumenism blog


There is always the temptation to either elevate Satan to god-like status as a rival of God, or to banish his existence into myth. It was no myth nor rival that Jesus faced in the wilderness.

simul iustus et peccator,

Eric Adams