In I John 3:10-15, the Apostle identifies murderers in the Church of Jesus Christ. In this sermon, we consider how the very thing that Christians love in each other is the thing which others hate in us, even as Cain hated his more righteous brother Abel.
In this sermon from I John 5:4-10, we review four principles of spiritual discernment, explain the quasi-Christian movement known as Gnosticism, and walk with the Apostle John as he applies the principles of spiritual discernment to the Gnosticism of his day. The sermon concludes with an exhortation to exercise the same discernment toward the Progressive Christianity of our own day.
How has Gnosticism plagued theological and philosophical thinkers throughout history?
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