Hypocrisy

The biblical use of the word “hypocrite” by Jesus is richer than the modern definition—someone who says one thing and does another, two-faced, phony. The root word in the Greek means “stage actors.” The actor, under an assumed character, acts to gain recognition, approval, and the applause of men. When no one is looking, and the audience is gone, the actor reverts to his true self which is usually quite different than his previous role.

Nontrinitarian Denominations

Various Christian denominations are nontrinitarian and reject the doctrine of the Trinity. While in the minority, the two largest nontrinitarian denominations are The Church of Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Jehovah’s Witnesses consider Jesus to have had a beginning and to be a direct creation of God. They do not believe that the Holy Spirit is a person but God’s active force. Mormonism teaches that God created Christ and that the Godhead is a divine council of the three individual gods. This is a form of tritheism rather than the Biblical monotheistic teaching.

Harps in Heaven

And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. —Revelation 5:8

The book of Revelation is symbolic in nature and paints a beautiful picture of the saints gathered around the throne with harps in their hands, singing the song of redemption. These harps in heaven are not literal but symbolic of the praise being given to God. They typify the unity and oneness that come from being in harmony with the Spirit.

Quotes From Second Century Christians

The new law requires you to keep a perpetual Sabbath. However, you, because you are idle for one day, suppose you are godly…. —Justin Martyr, 160 AD

All those righteous men already mentioned [Adam, Abel, Enoch, Lot, Melchizedek], though they kept no Sabbaths, were pleasing to God.
—Justin Martyr, 160 AD

Just as the abolition of the fleshly circumcision and of the old Law is demonstrated as having been consummated at its specific times, so also the observance of the Sabbath is demonstrated to have been temporary. —Tertullian, 197 AD

The Tithing Rod

“The Lord established the principle of tithing among the Israelites by referring to the method by which shepherds counted the sheep [Leviticus 27:32].

When sheep were herded into a sheepfold at night, the shepherd stood by with a rod saturated with dye. He marked every tenth sheep with this dye as they entered the pen. This enabled him to do a quick count to determine if any were missing.”

(Knight, George W. 2007. Bible Customs & Curiosities, p. 56).