Monthly Archives: June 2010

The Gospel Truth (Vlog): The Wages of Sin

This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)

There is possibly no less popular message in modern culture than that one should expect to actually be held accountable for one’s actions. Teachers, doctors, politicians and most recently, pseudo-theologians are more than willing to create excuses, conditions and ailments to explain away the wrong doing of any and all that come to them for assistance. Among modern liberal theological minds, Jesus’ death on the cross was a universal saving act by which all are saved – regardless of one’s position in Christ – or even one’s belief in Christ. Former (reasonably) “good-guy” Christian teacher Tony Campolo goes so far as to say that Muslims will enter Heaven before Christians, because they “do” the right things; all-the-while not believing in Christ what-so-ever.

The crux of these theological laterals, it seems, stems from an all-out averseness to the doctrines of Hell. Eternal judgment, naturally, is not a crowd-pleaser doctrine.  But what exactly does the scripture teach that the wages of sin are?

This week’s Gospel Truth Vlog Series post seeks to answer that question biblically, with no sensibilities offered for the Oprah-friendly or scriptural deconstructionists.

The Gospel Truth: Pt. 3 – The Wages of Sin from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

The Spirit World: Ch. 20 (The Great White Throne)

This entry is part 22 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

The Great White Throne

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

With the fullness of the righteous dead accounted for, one remaining category of resurrection and judgment remains.  From the beginning of time there has been no resurrection or judgment appointed for the unrighteous.  They have been relegated to Abaddon, within Hades, awaiting a final judgment which will determine their stature in the eternal lake of fire.  This final assignment of the unrighteous is noted also in Revelation 20. Continue reading

Intrepreting The Bible Pt. 2 – Linguistic Principle

This entry is part 2 of 14 in the series Interpreting the Bible (Vlog)

Part two of our Interpreting the Bible course examines the linguistic principle in hermeneutics.  While all language is subject to misunderstanding, it is so much more important that words, phrases, structure and grammar be taken into consideration by the student of scripture.  The languages our modern Bibles are translated from are not only foreign, but ancient, yet they use many of the same literary devices familiar to us today which must be recognized in order to be properly understood.

This week’s vlog course focuses on the necessity of linguistic considerations in the interpretive process.

Bible Interpretation – Pt. 02 – Linguistic Principle from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

“The Resurrections and Judgments” Vlog Series Now Available

For twenty weeks has been releasing the author’s The Spirit World book one chapter at a time.  Very soon this book will be complete in its online free distribution.  The Spirit World systematically traces the abodes of the departed spirits of men and angels throughout scripture.  It examines the nature of Sheol/Hades, the Abyss, the Lake of Fire and numerous other spiritual “containers” which are referenced and described in scripture. 

The second half of the spirit world is concerned with the transference of people from one spiritual abode to another.  In short, it is primarily concerned with the resurrections and the judgments of all mankind as detailed in scripture.

The author recently completed a sermon series at his home church entitled The Resurrections and Judgments which is an oral presentation of the same general material as the second half of The Spirit World.

That series has since been uploaded (unedited) and is now available as a vlog series on our Video Courses page where this video teaching series and others are being regularly added to as a extension of our teaching ministries. 

The scripture teaches a fascinating journey, separate for the believer and the unbeliever, involving a very methodical and procedural resurrection and judgment for every human being throughout history.  The scriptures teach that all who have ever lived will one day reconstitute and rise from the dead; some to everlasting life, and some to shame and contempt.  The Resurrections and Judgments series details that process in six sermons which are designed to be heard in order.  We hope you will have an opportunity to listen.

Gospel Truth: The Wrath of God Toward Sin (Vlog Series)

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)

A popular message today attempts to discredit the notion that God has wrath toward sin.  The proponents of this message claim that because God is love, and everything God does is motivated by love, that God cannot have wrath. 

Today’s post in the Vlog series “Gospel Truth” will examine a host of scriptures which clearly and articulately demonstrate that God’s wrath not only exists toward sin, but that such wrath is the epitome of God’s justice and love.

The Gospel Truth: Pt. 2 – God’s Wrath Towards Sin from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

The Spirit World: Ch. 19 (The Judgment of Believers)

This entry is part 21 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

The Judgment of Believers

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

It was noted earlier that the process of resurrection is always followed by a judgment for the group which has been raised.  Judgments are of two general categories in scripture.  There is a type of judgment for the righteous and a type of judgment for the unrighteous, each having different criteria and characteristics.  Continue reading

Interpreting the Bible Vlog Course Begins Today

This entry is part 1 of 14 in the series Interpreting the Bible (Vlog)

Today we begin a new Vlog series which will correspond to the weekly teaching series at First Baptist Church Needville on the topic of Biblical Hermeneutics, or the science of interpreting the scriptures.  This course will unfold in three general phases:

The Principles:  The first several weeks will unveil the truths which must be understood and considered when studying and interpreting scripture (such as historical, contextual, linguistic principles and others).

The Process:  The second major section will involve a deeper foray into the application of these principles, including study of several interpretive laws (the law of recurrence, the law of double reference, the golden rule of interpretation & others).

The Practice:  The last section will engage a time of extended application in which we will break apart and study the scriptures together, applying what we have learned (finding the central truth of a paragraph, applying the principles and laws to ensure that the correct meaning, as understood by the original audience, is acquired).

Today’s video is the course overview and introduction.  We invite you to join us weekly for class updates.  As new videos are added, the entire coulse will be posted on the Video Courses page.  While open ended, it is expected that this course will run for 15-20 weeks.

As the course unfolds, you may watch the full series on our Video Courses page.  Today’s session may be watched below.

Course Notes (PDF)

Bible Interpretation – Pt. 01 from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

The Gospel Truth: Man is Sinful (Vlog Series)

This entry is part 1 of 12 in the series The Gospel Truth (Vlog)

New Vlog Series, Updating Weekly:  The Gospel Truth

See the entire series as it is added at our Video Teaching Series page.

The gospel message is a unique one in scripture.  Never is it open to individual interpretation or denominational packaging.  The message of the gospel is so important and well defined, in fact, that Paul noted 

Galatians 1:8 (ESV)
8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

Ironically, we live in a day when the “gospel-lite” message frequently preached is one which is devoid of its substance.  In particular, sin is now off the menu. 

The liberal emergent types do not discuss sin.  The gospel to them is about what we are going to do – not what we’ve done.  Many Word of Faith types eliminate sin from their estranged gospel as well.  Joel Osteen proudly exclaims “we don’t talk about sin at our church” while Robert Schuller notes that one of “the biggest mistakes” churches make today is insisting on pointing out everyone’s sin.

So, today the question is asked – and answered: is there a gospel message at all without the mention of sin?  Or is the fact that man is sinful the very issue of the gospel message?

The Gospel Truth: Pt. 1 – Man is Sinful from Jeff Kluttz on Vimeo.

The Spirit World: Ch. 18 (Resurrection of Believers)

This entry is part 20 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

The Resurrection of Believers

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

The First Resurrection

The resurrection of the dead is to be a future universal reality, for believers and non-believers alike.  All who ever lived will one day rise physically, each in their proper order.  The resurrections are categorized generally in scripture as a “first” resurrection and a second resurrection.  The first resurrection, categorically, includes the raising of all believers from the whole of history.  It is not, however a resurrection which happens simultaneously for all of the righteous dead, but rather is a process extending over a significant period of history.    Continue reading

The Spirit World: Ch. 17 (The Glorified Body)

This entry is part 19 of 23 in the series The Spirit World

The Glorified Body

(This is a continuation of The Spirit World book series. This post assumes the prerequisite reading of earlier posts in the series.)

Inextricably tied to a believer’s entry into Heaven and his resurrection, which is the subject of the next chapter, is the proper understanding of the nature of the eternal body.  Upon man’s resurrection he is equipped with substantially altered and eternal body with which to enter the eternal abode of Heaven.  This body, which the righteous will be later equipped with, is substantially different from his present earthly body.  Paul offers a detailed examination of the distinctions between the two bodies along with the reasons for such changes in 1 Corinthians 15.  In this text, Paul writes to the church, and focuses his description uniquely on the bodies which the righteous will receive upon their resurrection.  The unrighteous also have a unique eternal body which will be examined in chapter twenty.  Concerning the righteous body, Paul describes a reconstruction of radical extremes.  The present “earthly” body is made for life on the earth.  Prior to entering Heaven, however, man is to be regenerated and given a body suitable for eternal life in God’s presence.  Continue reading

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