Posts with the category “articles-2”

by Joseph Pittano on October 9th, 2010
Ambassadorship[Download here]“…God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation,”2 Corinthians 5:19.     I was driving through Virginia recently on business and was listening to a broadcast on a local radio station. There was a lady giving her opinion about how Christians should witness to non-Christians. ...  Read More
The 5 Points. Why I for One Believe in the Doctrines of Grace
by Joseph Pittano on June 17th, 2010
The Five Points[Download here]Why I for one believe in the doctrines of graceAnd as Isaiah said before: “Unless the LORD of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we would have become like Sodom, and we would have been made like Gomorrah,”Romans 9:29.The short version (including introduction):     The following five statements on the five points (which will be introduced in the introduction) are some up-fron...  Read More
The Freedom and the Fetter
by Joseph Pittano on February 20th, 2010
The Freedom and the Fetter[Download here]“God…through us…diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death,and to the other the aroma of life leading to life,”2 Corinthians 2:14-16.          Love is the highest and the greatest comm...  Read More
On Evangelism
by Joseph Pittano on June 20th, 2009
On Evangelism(2006)[Download here]Have no gods before MeDo not make any graven imageDo not take the name of the Lord yourGod in vainRemember the Sabbath to keep it holyHonor your father and your motherDo not murderDo not commit adulteryDo not stealDo not lieDo not covet     I hear far too many people saying that they make no normal effort to reach strangers with the Gospel but would prefer to simp...  Read More
The Holy Spirit Reveals All Things Well
by Joseph Pittano on June 13th, 2009
The Holy Spirit Reveals All Things Well(An example of Peter’s vision of the great sheet)[Download here]“However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; andHe will tell you things to come,”John 16:13.     The Holy Spirit has reserved Himself. He is always mentioned last in the Godhead...  Read More
Judaism and Christianity
by Joseph Pittano on February 10th, 2009
Judaism and Christianity(2009)[Download here]“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ,for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes,for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written,“The just shall live by faith,”Romans 1:16-17      The Gospel is the answer for the sin problem evident in us all. W...  Read More
Marriage, Divorce and Union with Christ
by Joseph Pittano on January 9th, 2009
Marriage, Divorce and Union with Christ[Download here]“…Do you not know, brethren (for I speak to those who know the law),that the law has dominion over a man as long as he lives?”Romans 7:1.     This letter is addressed to the saved, the unsaved and the not so sure. I’ve often heard the word “Personal” used in churches when salvation is discussed. Titles like “Personal Savior” are applied to Jesu...  Read More
Apostolic Foundations for Christian Presentations
by Joseph Pittano on November 16th, 2008
Apostolic Foundations for Christian PresentationsExamining the Source of Christian Education(2008)[Download here]     In the study of what makes a Bible message it is important for every Christian to remember that the Bible does not prepare sermons; it prepares preachers. A preacher of any generation “…Cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard,” Acts 4:20. This is the impetus behind...  Read More
The Mind of Christ's Disciple
by Joseph Pittano on November 7th, 2008
The Mind of Christ’s DiscipleDefinitions for Christian Life, Church and Education(2008)[Download Here]     Christians study to be approved before their God and inherit a confidence that they are filled with the wisdom that the Bible brings by many God ordained witnesses. 2 Timothy 2:15. They are educated by any means to which this term can rightly apply. A person cannot be converted to Jesus Chris...  Read More
The Holy Trinity
by Joseph Pittano on July 5th, 2008
Theology Proper in Proper TheologyProperly Mirrored in Tri-unityReflections on God and the Love of Creedal Affirmation∞ The Holy Trinity ∞(2008)[Download Here]“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen,”2 Corinthians 13:14.     No one in any type of scriptural dispute ever fails to add wording to their positions. I’ve never ...  Read More
Jesus Christ as the Seed in Luke’s Gospel
by Joseph Pittano on February 1st, 2008
The Seed of Promise(2008)[Download here]THESIS     Jesus Christ is the Seed and the fulfillment of all of the promises made by the God of creation to Abraham and to his descendants. These promises included the Gentile nations as well.INTRODUCTION     By all Biblical account Jesus of Nazareth is the Messiah. This Messiah’s incarnation in Israel is the reason the world was created. In this is the re...  Read More
God's Omniscience
by Joseph Pittano on September 7th, 2007
God’s Omniscience(2007)[Download here]“Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world,”Acts 15:18.     Do you truly perceive that? As I’ve spoken to believers I find that a great number of us have some trouble with the idea of omniscience because we don’t really believe it or know what it means. Is God omniscient? Omniscience – “The state of being omniscient; having infinite know...  Read More
The Word of Faith Religion. Part 3
by Joseph Pittano on December 31st, 2006
The Word of Faith ReligionPart 3(2006)[Download here]Asaph the Psalmist spoke for God saying,“Now consider this, you who forget God,lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver,”Psalm 50:22.      It breeds idolatry to exalt any single attribute of God to the exclusion of the others and call that attribute your God. If any of you have ever seen the Westboro Baptists in action you’ve seen...  Read More
The Word of Faith Religion. Part 2
by Joseph Pittano on November 4th, 2006
The Word of Faith ReligionPart 2(2006)[Download here]“For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness,who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of Godin the face of Jesus Christ.But we have this treasure in earthen vessels,that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us,”2 Corinthians 4:6-7.      In our last letter we defined the WFR as...  Read More
The Word of Faith Religion. Part 1
by Joseph Pittano on July 1st, 2006
The Word of Faith ReligionPart 1(2006)[Download here]“…Evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse,deceiving and being deceived,”2 Timothy 3:13.     I’ve not been forthcoming regarding my long-standing opinions of the word-of-faith religion that I was once a champion of. I’ll be referring to word faith as WF, or the word faith religion as WFR. This movement is also known as the “Blab-it-n-gra...  Read More
Not One Nation
by Joseph Pittano on April 1st, 2006
Not One NationA Sure Evidence of the God behind the New Birth.(2006)[Download here]“Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing,”Genesis 12:1-2.     And so began the nation the world would later call Isra...  Read More
Recommended Resources List
by Joseph Pittano on January 1st, 2006
Recommended Resources List(Updated in April 2023)Most recent additions are underlined[Download here]“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15I first created this list back in 2004. Please note that I cannot speak for all of the theology behind all of these resources. Reader, this isn’t just ...  Read More
The Promised and Prepared Heart
by Joseph Pittano on October 9th, 2005
The Promised and Prepared HeartIn Simeon a True Israelite.(2005)[Download here]“…It is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham;but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” Romans 9:6-7. Besides clearly opposing all that in our day would be called decision based salvation in this chapte...  Read More
On Free Will and Categories of Love
by Joseph Pittano on May 12th, 2005
On Free Will and Categories of Love(2005)[Download here]“Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin,”John 8:34. Sin doesn’t make men free in any sense of the word, it makes them slaves. That’s truly the whole premise of this letter. While this is simple and agreeable as a propositional truth statement, many believers in the whole scheme of existence s...  Read More
Statement of Faith
by Joseph Pittano on December 4th, 2004
Biblecia Statement of Faith(Updated in 2021) [Download] Christianity cannot be accurately reduced to just a few basic things. Nonetheless, it’s in no way devoid of propositional truths. The first eight of the truths below reflect doctrinal essentials as I believe they’ve been codified by Christ in his church in our history. They must therefore serve as division when division is necessary. They sta...  Read More