Doctrine

  • Biblical Logic - In Theory and Practice

    Biblical Logic - In Theory and Practice

    In the so-called marketplace of ideas, Christians face countless attacks on and challenges to their faith, many of which engage in subversive rhetoric and logic in order to undermine the whole counsel of God. Whether coming from skeptics, atheist, leftists, cults, or even other Christians, poor logic and dubious reasoning deserve exposure and correction. In his new book, Biblical Logic, Joel McDurmon returns to Gods Word to recover logic and critical thinking from the hands of the enemy, and to expose the fallacies of unbelief and unbiblical ideas.

    But is the Bible really the place to turn for logic? Is not logic the domain of scholars and philosophers? The British philosopher John Locke long ago answered this common misconception: God has not been so sparing to men to make them barely two-legged creatures, and left it to Aristotle to make them rational. In other words, logic existed and people reasoned and used the critical faculties of their minds long before any philosopher came along to teach about it. God created logic and reasoning as He created man, and He created it for man, and therefore we should find it reasonable that God's Word has something to say-- if not a lot to say-- about logic, rationality, and good judgment.

    Christ has made us priests and kings (Rev. 1:6). He has determined that His saints shall judge the world, and even judge angels (1 Cor. 6:23), and He has thoroughly equipped us to perform these tasks. God's Word sets the standard of reasoning and law by which we shall judge, and the Bible teaches us this standarda standard we must follow and to which we ourselves must give account. This new book, Biblical Logic, returns to God's word to find that standard, and to recover the God-given directives for faithful logic and critical thinking. By this standard, and by this example, God's saints, you can indeed discern and judge the world as God has commanded.

    About the Author

    Joel McDurmon, Ph.D. is a resident scholar for American Vision. He has authored several books including: Restoring America One County at a Time; The Bible & War in America; Biblical Logic in Theory and Practice; God versus Socialism; The Return of the Village Atheist; What Would Jesus Drink?: A Spirit-Filled Study ;and Jesus v. Jerusalem. He is also featured in several audio and video lectures on various topics of economics, apologetics, and church history, and he serves as a lecturer and regular contributor to AmericanVision.org since 2008. Joel is married and has four sons and one daughter.

    Specifications: hardcover, 404 pages

  • Birth Control DVD

    Birth Control - How Did We Get Here? DVD

    Now with French, Italian, and English subtitles, this fast-paced, award-winning documentary takes a historic look at the modern protestant church's public embrace and overwhelming acceptance of child prevention as the battle for privacy in marriage waged and the practice of limiting family size took hold. Raising godly children is no longer marriage's primary purpose as the global acceptance of birth control inevitably led to a tragic breakdown in the values of family and multigenerational family life. Children are no longer considered a blessing but rather a burden.

    Follow the film's chronological timeline from Creation to the late 20th-Century and learn how the reinterpretation of Scripture and rejection of Church history has allowed child prevention to become acceptable biblical theology.

    "In answering How Did We Get Here? we will be one step closer to a return to the Church's historic and Biblical view of marriage and a resurgence of desire for godly offspring."

    Featuring captivating interviews with authors, historians, theologians, radio talk show hosts and others, such as Dr. George Grant, Dr. Allan Carlson, Geoffrey Botkin, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr., Lila Rose, Kevin Swanson, and Julie Roys.

    BIRTH CONTROL: How Did We Get Here? from The Birth Control Movie on Vimeo.

  • Christians and the Law of God

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    Every Christian wrestles with the question, how does the Old Testament law relate to my life?

  • Early Church Fathers and Limited Atonement

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    Church history is not static and various doctrines have been developed over time as the church has matured. The early church fathers certainly were inconsistent with many things. Limited atonement was prsent in the early church but it was held inconsistently. Our forefathers in the faith did not get everything right all of the time. Some have argued that the doctrine of limited atonement was not present in early Christian writings. This could not be further from the truth.

  • Early Church Fathers versus Universalism

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    Maturation of Church doctrine through history is not linear. It winds, slows, trickles, rushes on and thunders over rapids like an ever-flowing river. There is always growth and directional flow towards the mouth. It meanders and cuts through resisting rock, stone and dirt. But is ever maturing as it moves toward the goal. As the church matures in history her doctrine matures with her. Christ progressively sanctifies and cleanses His bride in time and history. One means God has employed to accomplish such maturity is Church councils fine tuning orthodoxy through formulating creeds, confessions of faith and catechisms. As the kingdom of Christ matures and grows so do Her subjects. Continual reformation is inevitable for individuals and the body. You cannot unscramble an egg. Doctrinal reformation is always occurring. It is either consistent or inconsistent with the Law-Word of God. As soon as the Church thinks the battle is over and no more reformation is required, ground is lost.

  • Left Behind

    Left Behind - Separating Fact from Fiction

    This is a brand new version of End Times Fiction featuring a new chapter on '"The Remnant," updated statistics, and a larger easy-to-read format.

    Will Any Actually Be Left Behind?

    You might think so, if you've read Tim LaHaye's Left Behind series (written with Jerry Jenkins). You can be convinced that the Bible specifically teaches that in the end times Christians will be rescued from a terrible seven-year tribulation period while unbelievers will remain on earth to be subjected to countless horrors at the hands of the antichrist.

    In Left Behind: Separating Fact From Fiction, Gary DeMar takes a critical look at the theology behind this popular fiction series and challenges readers to consider a different interpretation.

    With confidence based on years of biblical study, DeMar carefully examines eleven major components of the pre-tribulation rapture theology and offers clear, convincing alternatives to the interpretations of Bible prophecy presented in Left Behind.

    What difference does it make what we believe about the end times anyway? DeMar addresses that question as well, showing how our point-of-view regarding end-times prophecies affects the way we live each day. In addition, DeMar answers skeptics who use failed end-times predictions to disprove the Bible.

    Giving us a different perspective on the end times, this approach to the Bible could revolutionize the life of the church.

    ENDORSEMENT

    It started with The Late Great Planet Earth and continues with the Left Behind series, books on prophecy and the end-times that seem to hold the public in thrall. Never mind that none of the things predicted in these books will ever take place - except the Second Coming of Christ - because they are based on faulty interpretations of Scripture. In Left Behind: Separating Fact From Fiction, Gary DeMar brilliantly skewers all the current pretentious prophecy claims, showing how they have no biblical support, and returns sanity to Christian hopes for the future.
    ~Paul Maier, Professor of Ancient History, WMU, bestselling author of the novel Skeleton in God's Closet

    About the Author: Gary DeMar is the President of American Vision. Gary is a graduate of Western Michigan University (1973) and earned his M.Div. at Reformed Theological Seminary in 1979. In 2007, he earned his Ph.D. in Christian Intellectual History from Whitefield Theological Seminary. Author of countless essays, news articles, and more than 27 book titles.

    Specifications: softcover 245 pages

    © 2009 The American Vision, Inc.

  • Matthew 24 Fulfilled

    Matthew 24 Fulfilled

    Rev. Bray says "Present-day students of eschatology seem woefully ignorant of the writings of past theologians on these subjects. There was a time (prior to the mid-1800s) when the most prominent interpretation of Matthew 24 was from the preterite standpoint, and the dating of the book of Revelation was believed to be at an earlier date than is now believed." Representing a lifetime of Biblical research and years of garnering rare Bible commentaries from the greatest libraries around the world, Matthew 24 Fulfilled restores a Biblical interpretation of prophecy and gives a careful verse-by-verse exposition of the pivotal Chapter 24 of Matthew's Gospel. Presenting the historical context and Biblical background to Christ's prophecy, Rev. Bray gives a compelling case that Matthew 24 was indeed fulfilled in A.D. 70.

    Paperback: 336 pages
    Publisher: American Vision; 5th Edition edition (December 31, 2009)

  • Postmillennialism Made Easy

    Postmillennialism Made Easy

    The Made Easy Series books are designed to "provide substantial studies on significant issues in a succinct and accessible format from an evangelical and Reformed perspective." Our new book Postmillennialism Made Easy does just that. It is an excellent resource for personal Bible study, Sunday school classes, neighborhood Bible studies, or simply to hand out to friends who are interested in eschatology.

    The average Bible-believing Christian today believes that we are living in the shadow of the Second Coming. Consequently, they hold no long-range view of the future because they expect the Rapture to snatch them out of the world at any minute.

    Postmillennialism, however, offers Christians an exciting hope-filled view of the future that encourages long-term planning and diligent labor for the glory of God. Postmillennialists believes that "the gospel is the power of God unto salvation" (Rom 1:16) and that "the earth is the Lord's and the fulness thereof" (Psa 24:1).

    Thus, postmillennialists are committed to the world-conquering task that the Lord Jesus Christ gave his Church just before ascending to the right of God in heaven: "Go, make disciples of all the nations" (Matt 28:19). They are confident in Christ's promise: "If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to Myself" (John 12:32).

    On the basis of these and many other Scripture passages, postmillennialism offers an optimistic outlook on the future, urging Christians to believe that "your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Cor 15:58).

    In this Made Easy Series book you will find a clear and succinct presentation of postmillennialism. You may also find your Christian life changed as you study the case for postmillennialism from creation through redemption to consummation.

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    1. Introduction
    2. Moses and the Postmillennial Hope
    3. The Prophets and the Postmillennial Hope
    4. Christ and the Postmillennial Hope
    5. Paul and the Postmillennial Hope
    6. The Great Tribulation and the Postmillennial Hope
    7. Special Issues and the Postmillennial Hope
    8. Objections to the Postmillennial Hope
    9. Conclusion

    Select Scripture Index
    Subject Index

    Format: Paperback
    Number of Pages: 192

  • The Beast of Revelation

    The Beast of Revelation

    Here Is Wisdom. Let Him Who Has Understanding Calculate The Number Of The Beast.

    One of the greatest mysteries of all time is the identity of the dread Beast of the Book of Revelation. The Bible describes him as the ultimate villain in human history. He is the archetype of evil. He is the very incarnation of wickedness and perversion. It is not at all surprising then that many of the brightest minds throughout history have sought to identify and expose him.

    Unfortunately, a great majority of those diligent detectives missed one of the most important clues-if not the most important clue-to solving the mystery. That clue according to Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., is when and to whom the Apostle John actually wrote the Book of Revelation in the first place.

    Following that clue, he is able to blow away the dusts of time that have masked the evil culprit's identity for so very long. Like any good detective, Dr. Gentry lets the evidence speak for itself and he lets you weigh all the facts to decide for yourself. But be forewarned: He has constructed an iron-clad case. This book is thus likely to revolutionize your interpretation of the mystery of the Beast-and the rest of the Book of Revelation as well.

    Paperback: 246 pages
    Publisher: American Vision (March 1, 2002)
    Language: English

    You can download a free PDF copy of this book here.

  • The Book of Revelation Made Easy

    The Book of Revelation Made Easy

    With 22 chapters of symbolism, mysterious characters, and apocalyptic drama—all told in "picture language" unmatched in the rest of Scripture­—the book of Revelation is difficult enough on its own.

    But in ignoring the Apostle John's clear directives for interpreting his prophecies, contemporary theologians have wrested Revelation away from its first-century context and perverted its significance for the church—then and now­—often turning the book into a stumbling block.

    Now in its second edition, Kenneth Gentry's The Book of Revelation Made Easy seeks to pry John's narrative of the victory of Christ's bride out of the grip of speculative futurists, and put it back in the hands of everyday Christians.

    Revelation is the most Hebraic of all the New Testament books, and no student of the Word can afford to miss its clear connections with the figures, language, and imagery of Old Testament literature in bringing the story of God's covenant to a close.

    Relying heavily on Old Testament prophecy and first-century history, Gentry provides his reader with the essential keys for unlocking the text—the guideposts necessary for following its winding paths and discerning its key figures and their roles—and without indulging in tedious detail.

    The Book of Revelation Made Easy—a short, lively, and topical study that will help you understand Bible prophecy better.

    About the Author: Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. received an M.Div. from Reformed Theological Seminary and a Th.D. from Whitfield Theological Seminary, and has authored several books on prophecy including Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelationand The Beast of Revelation. Ken is a widely respected lecturer, author, and scholar. He is married, has three children and two grandchildren.

    Specifications: softcover 157 pages

  • The Early Church and the End of the World

    The Early Church and the End of the World

    The claim has been made by a number of prophecy writers that the early church was predominately premillennial on millennial issues and exclusively futuristic on almost everything else. This means that early Christian writers who commented on prophetic passages like the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) believed and wrote that the biblical authors were always referring to events in the distant future just before the return of Christ.

    While these claims have been made with certainty, there has always been a lack of clear historical documentation to back them up. Sometimes the historical record has been stretched and exaggerated to fit an already developed theory. But since the futurist perspective has been promoted as an early church reality by so many for so long, few people today actually question it. The Early Church and the "End of the World" is the first book to question the prevailing futurist view by a careful study of the historical record.

    The Early Church and the "End of the World" asks this fundamental question: What did the earliest of the early Christian writers actually believe about prophetic events? We can only answer this question by actually studying what they wrote. Unfortunately, we do not have a complete record of the period. To make our historical investigation even more difficult, there are translation issues. Many of the works of those who wrote soon after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 and beyond remain untranslated.

    This book seeks to remedy some of these problems. Thomas Ice, in his chapter on the history of preterism in The End Times Controversy, makes some bold historical claims that cannot be supported when the historical record is actually analyzed. The early church was not monolithic in its views of Bible prophecy. There was no unanimous acceptance of either premillennialism or a distant futurism.

    The Early Church and the "End of the World" will show that some of the earliest writers, most likely writing before the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70, were referring to the judgment coming of Jesus, an event that the gospel writers tell us was to take place before that first-century generation passed away (Matt. 24:34). Adding to the confirmation of this view are the writings of the church's first historian, Eusebius Pampilus of Caesarea, whose Ecclesiastical History is a window on the first few centuries of the church.

    In addition, Francis Gumerlock has undertaken the task of translating a number of ancient and medieval commentators who have written on Matthew 24. He shows that many early and medieval writers believed that these prophecies had already been fulfilled before the end of Jerusalem, that is, before its destruction by the Romans in A.D. 70.

  • The Late Great Planet Church DVD

    The Late Great Planet Church DVD

    "It is my conviction that many who are presently disposed toward Dispensationalism would not be victims of the system if they were better acquainted and informed about the system and its history - its theological roots and the doctrinal errors it has spawned." -- The Late Ernest Reisinger, Pastor Emeritus, Grace Baptist Church, Coral Springs, FL

    Many Christians today read their Bibles through the lens of pop-prophecy books like The Late Great Planet Earth and the Left Behind series. They naively believe the prophetic schemes and theological presuppositions expressed in these and other fictional writings represent the doctrinal positions that Christians down through the centuries have embraced. However, that is far from the truth.

    Volume One of The Late Great Planet Church: The Rise of Dispensationalism is the first documentary of its kind. It exposes this erroneous system of thought as breaking continuity with history --- and even the very Word of God. In this first volume we will examine the beginnings, beliefs, and motivations of this innovative movement by focusing on its relatively recent development, stormy history and its most influential proponents.

    Hosted by Jerry Johnson, President of The Nicene Council and The Apologetics Group, this documentary features pastors, theologians, and historians, who at one time were strongly committed dispensationalists. Several of these men even trained at dispensational academic institutions before abandoning the system. They have since rejected this system as thoroughly unbiblical, viewing it as a stumbling block to the Church and a distraction from the Great Commission.

    Featuring

    Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., Th.D.
    Gary DeMar, Ph.D.
    George Joseph Gatis, Ph.D., Th.D., J.D.
    Tom Ascol, Ph.D.
    Kenneth G. Talbot, Ph.D., Th.D.
    Tom Nettles, Ph.D.
    R. Fowler White, Ph.D.
    E. Calvin Beisner, Ph.D.
    Rev. Michael Leach, M.Div.
    David Lutzweiler, B.A. Theo.

    Specifications: all regions DVD, 120 minutes

  • The Marks of a Cult DVD

    The Marks of a Cult A Biblical Analysis DVD

    You can download the entire Study Guide for free here.

    In today's religiously diverse and relativistic culture, labeling a group a cult may seem extreme to many people, not to mention rude. Even people who believe in absolute Truth and further believe that Jesus is the only way to eternal life can get confused about just what constitutes real Christianity. Just why are Baptists properly considered Christians, but Mormons are not? Or why is the Jehova's Witness religion classified as an anti-Christian cult while Presbyterians or Wesleyan or Pentecostals are simply seen as denominations within the Christian faith? With the explosion of different sects that claim to honor and follow Jesus, how does one differentiate between true Biblical Christianity and an aberrant religious movement? Just what are 'the marks of a cult?'

    Join us for a journey inot the heart of Biblical revelation and the constant struggle of truth against lies, the apostalic faith against the 'doctrines of demons.' This new documentry does more than simply point fingers. It explains in great detail the absolute essentials of the Faith and just how and why Christians can properly and necessarily refer to certain sects as 'cults.' Not only a tool for recognizing and understanding false teaching - and for reraching people held captive to it - 'The Marks Of A Cults' is also a powerful apologetic on the need for Christians to become more rooted in the Biblical historic faith, with its creeds and confessions, and to be better prepared to give 'a defense to any one who calls you to an account for the hope that is in you.' (1 Peter 3:15)

    Featuring

    Dr. James R. White, Alpha & Omega Ministries – Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, Knox Theological Seminary – Dr. R. Fowler White, Knox Theological Seminary – James Walker, Watchman Fellowship – David Henke, Watchman Fellowship – Dr. Steve Cowan, Apologetics Resource Center – Craig Branch, Apologetics Resource Center – Clete Hux, Apologetics Resource Center – Jerry Johnson, The Apologetics Group

    Watch free here

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