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What is the True Significance of the Virgin Birth?

September 29, 2022 // 6 Comments

One of the central tenets of the Christian faith is the miracle of the virgin birth. Jesus had no earthly father but was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born from the Virgin Mary (Matt. 1:23, Luke 1:30–35). What is the significance of the virgin birth? The traditional explanation is that a virgin birth meant [...]

The Gospel in Ten Words – Tenth Anniversary

September 15, 2022 // 23 Comments

Ten years ago this week, my book The Gospel in Ten Words was released. To mark the anniversary, I thought I’d answer a few questions nobody ever asked, such as… Why did you write The Gospel in Ten Words? I blame readers. When I began writing Escape to Reality, readers would ask me, “When are you going to [...]

Is a Silent Wife a Gift from the Lord?

September 8, 2022 // 11 Comments

Recently in New Zealand, there was a job advertisement calling for a couple to manage a holiday camp. According to the ad, the ideal wife would have knowledge of Microsoft Office, know how to work the telephone, and be “of a quiet disposition.” The implication was that vocal or outspoken wives would not be [...]

How to Get Paul’s New Book Before It Goes on Sale

September 2, 2022 // 1 Comment

“You’re being selective with scripture.” Ever heard that one? Tell people about the unconditional love of God and you’ll hear things like: “You’re cherry-picking verses. You’re forgetting (insert tough scripture here).” There is a perception that we who love grace ignore inconvenient scriptures. [...]

Judged for Our Work and Living in Fear

August 25, 2022 // 19 Comments

A reader asked me how to read the following verse through a new covenant lens: If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth. (1 Peter 1:17) Hmm, sounds scary. Didn’t Jesus say something about having to [...]

New Testament Scriptures Used to Support Original Sin

August 18, 2022 // 27 Comments

The doctrine of original sin says you were born bad to the bone and hostile to God. You inherited Adam’s rebellious and sinful nature and your kids are going to hell. Contrary to what you may have heard, original sin is not Biblical. This manmade teaching comes straight out of Judaism and was introduced into [...]

Old Testament Scriptures Used to Support Original Sin

August 16, 2022 // 24 Comments

Since publishing my article attacking the doctrine of original sin, several readers have asked “What about this scripture?” Some people seem to think original sin is biblical. It isn’t. Original sin is an old Jewish teaching wrapped up in Christian jargon. Augustine taught it, not Paul, and we would do well [...]

The Religious Origins of Original Sin

August 11, 2022 // 44 Comments

For 2000 years the doctrine of original sin has taught that you were a natural born sinner, stained with Adam’s sin. From the moment you drew your first breath, you were hostile to the things of God and hardwired to sin. My strong view is that original sin is unbiblical. Original sin is a manmade doctrine that [...]

Original Sin is Unbiblical

August 3, 2022 // 144 Comments

The doctrine of original sin is one of the most damaging lies ever inflicted on the human race. Developed by Tertullian and popularized by Augustine, original sin says we all inherited Adam’s fallen nature. You were born spiritually dead and rebellious at heart. From the moment you drew your first breath, you [...]

Why Does Jesus Hate Divorce?

July 21, 2022 // 15 Comments

In the modern church we think we treat women well. We tell ourselves that we are enlightened, educated and respectful. But in the very next breath we tell women they can’t preach or teach and it would best if they remain silent in our services. What’s wrong with that picture?! God made Eve a queen, yet we [...]

What to do When You’re Facing Death

July 7, 2022 // 9 Comments

If you are facing a sentence of death – a bad report, a scary diagnosis, the loss of a business – you would do well to read Christ’s letter to the church at Smyrna. It’s the shortest of the seven Revelation letters, yet death is mentioned three times in four verses. (Bonus fact: the name [...]

Introducing The Grace Bible

June 28, 2022 // 11 Comments

For years, people have been asking me, “Paul, what’s your favorite Bible?” That’s a tough question, like asking me to pick my favorite child. What people really want to know is, “Which Bible is free from mixture and will help me grow in grace?” There hasn’t been a good answer to that question… [...]