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Introduction

The blog section is where we will post the changes and plans that we have for Truediscipleship. The counter will not be permanently listed. However, we will periodically publish site statistics from Google Analytics.  This site will always be a work in progress. We are pleased to present the latest version of Truediscipleship.  This is a quantum leap from the previous version.

You can check for postings in this section periodically to know what is going on here at Truedicipleship. You can also feel free to leave comments.  All comments will be reviewed before they are published.  To leave a comment, simply enter your name and email address. A website must be entered, but you can simply make up something for that field if you like.

Thanks for your continued prayer and support. Enjoy the new site!

Additional Comment

We must share one challenge that has now come to our attention. As we transferred about 1,750 files or articles from the old site to the new site, this was done automatically rather than one by one. In the process of doing this massive transfer, most of the punctuation (e.g., quotation marks, commas, apostrophes) were deleted and words were brought together without the proper space between them! Now we are faced with the question of whether to go back to each article and read each one line by line and make the corrections, or go to the original Word documents, copy them, then delete the wrongfully altered articles, and paste the originals with new formatting.

Either alternative has problems and they both represent a massive amount of time and effort. Further, this would mean placing new articles in the hold position and failing to continue working on other important matters. In the meanwhile, we hope you will bear in mind that you will probably find many mistakes in the articles that require much work. Try to use the articles and derive as much benefit as possible in light of the punctuation distractions. Thank you so much! Richard

20 Comments

  1. Hi,
    I’d like to know much more about you.
    Somebody sent, to me,about baptism.
    But I’d like to know what it’s your beliefs.
    God bless you!

    • Hi Laurentiu,

      Greetings in Christ Jesus, the living Lord…

      I appreciate your writing and asking this. We do need to be open to truth, whatever it may be. As for baptism, I don’t know just what you saw that your friend sent to you.

      I would suggest that you go to my website and type in two words into the Search Engine–Baptize and Baptism. You will find this at http://www.Truediscipleship.com.

      I might have 20 different articles on these subjects, half of which I wrote.

      Basically, the Scriptures teach and the early Christians practiced a baptism somewhat different from what we see today in the religious world.

      Instead of baby baptism (in which an infent knows nothing about what is happening), the early Christians only would baptize those who repented of their sins, placed their faith in Christ and God, and buried their past life in the world.

      Obviously, it was an immersion in water–not a mere sprinkling or pouring of water (which would be an entirely different action).

      It wasn’t for a mere testimony of a past spiritual experience, but in the act of baptism, one does bury the past and is resurrected to new life–in Christ Jesus.

      And it was not merely an addition to Christian living, as practiced by some Protestants, but it was the line of division between the world and the kingdom of Christ.

      Please do look up the study articles on the website. Let me know what you learn there.

      May God bless you greatly!

      Richard

  2. I truly enjoy your article entitled, “Divorce and Remarriage–The Amazing Truth!”. Most of the professing church world seems to have abandoned the simple things that Jesus said on this matter and this is very sad because church members are celebrating, congratulating and encouraging adultery. I have taught the truth of what the Lord Jesus said on this matter for many years now and I am glad that you are doing the same.

    I do have one point that I would like to encourage you to look at. I am a believer of what the Bible literally says. The Lord Jesus or the apostles never denied that a couple who had remarried and thus committed adultery were actually married. The Lord testified to us that they had committed adultery in the process of the unlawful marriage. For example: Mark 10:11 So He said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and MARRIES another commits adultery against her. Mark 10:12 And if a woman divorces her husband and MARRIES another, she commits adultery.” Jesus did not deny that they are actually married. In fact, he stated the opposite. Jesus stated that these two people who had committed adultery are married. There are many things that should not have been done, yet the consequences remain what they are. Examples are children born out of wedlock. This is still the person’s child regardless of the sin involved. David did not divorce Bathsheba though adultery was involved in their coming together. A man, who in his first marriage, marries a woman who is divorced, is not free to divorce her and marry someone else because based on his first marriage not really being a marriage. No, the Lord and the apostles told us repeatedly that though adultery is committed, these people are married. Romans 7:3 So then if, while her husband lives, she MARRIES another man, she will be called an adulteress; but if her husband dies, she is free from that law, so that she is no adulteress, though she has married another man.
    How many husbands had the Samaritan woman had? Notice also how the Lord drew a difference between a husband and someone she was having a adulterous relationship with.

    John 4:18 for you have had five husbands, and the one whom you now have is not your husband; in that you spoke truly.”
    I hope you can take what the Lord Jesus said literally as I have learned to do. I did struggle with this matter at first, but I decided that I was obligated to accept what Jesus actually said, not that these couples were living in adultery (which he did not say), but that they had committed adultery.

    Gary Thibodaux
    “greatfallingaway.com”

    • Hi Gary,

      Thanks so much for writing about such a sensitive and difficult subject. I appreciate this.

      If I understand what you are saying, if a man divorces his wife (for some reaaon, such as burning the toast), then joins himself to another woman, that is a marriage.

      Yes, Scripture seems to say this, Gary. So the man is “married” to another woman. Now, according to Jesus, this man committed adultery with this remarriage. Right? If I am reading you correctly, you might way that he committed adultery in this second marriage but he was not “living in adultery,” as I tend to say. Is this correct?

      Also, I am somewhat confused about your view of this remarried man. According to what you say (if I understand you correctly), the man committed adultery (a year or 10 years ago, when he remarried) but he is not “living in adultery” in a repeated experience of adultery. My point was that every time they are together in bed, these would be adulterous acts. Thus, virtually they are living in adultery. That is how I used the phrase.

      Question: how would this man escape his situation? Is it sinful? If it is sinful (whether adulterous or not), how would he repent of this? Would he not leave this woman with whom he has no right to live?

      Thanks again for your writing. May God bless us with a better understanding of this difficult subject–and all other subjects. May He be glorified.

  3. Hi Richard,
    In response to your query as to where I am currently at in my line of thinking (Why I Left the Lutheran Church), I am convinced more than ever of the simplicity of Christ alone in regards to salvation, and perhaps this poem I wrote entitled, ONCE AND FOR ALL can describe that best:

    The Ten Commandments or the Law as some say,
    Identifies sin so He leads us to pray,
    Forgive us our debts in concluding each day,
    For as surely as sheep we continue to stray.

    But what if we die in an unconfessed state?
    Just a thought, word, or deed could make us too late,
    The door of the ark forever to close,
    As in the days of Noah, still again, no repose.

    Then I heard of a Man, who’s forever High Priest,
    His life to redeem from the greatest to least,
    Where do we find Him, and when all seems a loss,
    We are drawn by God’s Will, to the foot of the Cross.

    It is there at the Cross, we meet God face to face,
    Where works are but rags, we are left with sheer grace,
    “It is finished”, now echoes that still, small voice,
    Eternal His rest, in Christ, as our choice.

    That is my statement of faith, pure and simple, in the sinless and spotless Lamb of God who yesterday, today, and forever is willing and able to take away the sin of the world!

    • Marvin, thank you so much for writing agein.

      I think that you have found a key and that is to believe in Jesus Christ as our own source of salvation, eternal life, and hope. If we forget about Him or minimize His, we are definitely wrong.

      However, I would as you to consider this. First, I don’t know of anywhere that says that we should look to the Ten Commandments. Probably 95% of those who do actually don’t obey one of the commands–the 4th one (or the 3rd one, according to Catholics and Lutherans). They don’t keep the Sabbath.

      Second, I see little or no reference to repenting of sin and living a holy and pure life for God. We can’t trust in Jesus for salvation if we cling to any sin in our life. Unless we walk in holiness, we can’t be saved (Hebrews 12:14).

      Of course, there is much more. Our faith in God through Jesus Christ is primary (Romans 5:1-2), but this faith must be coupled with a sincere turning from sin, a walk in holiness, and a devoted allegiance to God’s will found in the New Testament. We should turn away from all denominationalism (including Lutheranism) and false teachings, and apply ourselves completely to God’s Word and will (see John 14:15, 21-24).

  4. I have a question Mr. Hollarman (Richard).
    How can I make a real and true friend? I had made friends who are taking advantages of me [Using my disability, for example, Selective Mutism, I am muted in my childhood and still now], and a friends who are stabbing behind my back and tried to gather a piece of my personal information from me [More like talking sweet and nice when she around me and then leave my life and come back once more in my lives], or a friend who’s are playing on my mentality [Bringing my hopes up and back down again]. Even though, my faith had grow when I just 13 years old and Graduated from Confirmation [From Catholic Church] and got my first ‘New American Bible Version’ (NABV) and my faith starts to growing from there. But my sibling and my parents had lost faith in him though, they had stopped going to church.
    Can your please give me some guidance and advice if your can Mr. Hollarman?

    Because I will keep continuing to growth my faith and trust in him, and gathering Wisdom and Obedience and I am committed to it with all my heart and soul. “But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:7-10 ESV.

    • Hello to you, Sally,
      It is so good that you have written and explained your heart and your difficult circumstances. I am also concerned about you and what you are going through. There are many different issues mentioned in your comments.
      First, it is good to know that God cares for all of us—regardless of our situation in life, and whether we are in Christ or not in Christ. He loves and we read that God is love—His very nature is love (1 John 4:8, 16).
      Second, you seem to be going through the trials that are part of living in this world and living in our present bodies. As you must know, after the original sin of Adam and Eve, our bodies have been affected and all kinds of disabilities come to us. (See Genesis 3 and Romans 8:19-27)
      Third, it is really terrible what others do to you. It is a great sin for someone to speak against and abuse another person. They are doing wrong to hurt you in this way. Although it will be hard, God wants you to love them in return, regardless of what they do or don’t do. (Luke 6:27-28; Matthew 42-48).
      Fourth, we find friends, but treating other people with love, with kindness, with patience, and with consideration. Further, we love other people and if they are reasonable people, they should respond to you with love and kindness. Not all people are like this, for some are so evil and selfish and proud, regardless of what we do, they may not respond. But we should do what we can, without retaliation or a bitter attitude (Romans 12:14-21). That last verse (Romans 12:21) is a key.)
      Fifth, you say that some are choosing not to follow God or His will. This is to be expected. Jesus said that even those who are closest to us may hate us and turn from us. They turned from Jesus, thus it is not surprising that they would turn away from us either (Matthew 10:34-37).
      Sixth, you did have an interest in the Lord and His Word years ago. This is good. We must love God’s word with all of our heart (Psalm 119:96-105) and value it more than food. “I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food” (Job 23:12; see also Matthew 4:4).
      Seventh, it is of greatest importance that you consider your own relationship with God. Most professing “Christians” are not true Christians! Although they may “go to church” and claim to be a “Christian,” still they have never truly been saved from sin. One must believe in Jesus as the one who carried our sins in His body—by shedding His blood for us and giving His body to die for us on the cross (Romans 5:6-11; 1 Peter 2:24; 3:18).
      Eighth, we must repent of our sins (have a different attitude toward our sins) (Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 20:21; Romans 2:4-5). We must believe in Jesus as the Son of God, our Savior, and our Lord (Romans 10:9-10; John 3:26, 36). We must be buried in water (true baptism), or lowered into water and raised from the water, which most people have not done (see Acts 2:37-39; 8:12; 22:16; Romans 6:3-5; Colossians 2:11-13; 1 Peter 3:21).
      And we must seek to obey the Lord with all of our heart! I refer to the very words and will of Jesus Christ (see Matthew 28:18-20 and Luke 6:46).
      I hope that you will search my website for further information on this important theme. In fact, there are many things on the website that will be helpful to you. Just go to http://www.Truediscipleship.com.
      May God bless you, Sally.

      • Thank you very much for your wisdom and obedience and an honest opinions that I’ve had looked for so long, even further, that you’ve had learned so much and so far in your life’s experience and your years that you had lived for him and he alone, and him alone only. Cause I will continue to live for him and he with all my life and with all my heart and with all my soul for him only–whether I am being put in culpability nor being labeled, nor being conjectured by the person. Thanks a lot for your understanding and your own knowledge Mister Hollarman (Richard). And I still had much to learn about life, wisdom and obedience like you have collected in the past Mister Hollarman (Richard), thanks very much for your own generous, for sharing your wisdom and obedience with us–I continue to live in reality where truth lay, not in science where is fiction and fantasy are, cause the opposite of science is ignorance, and it’s very difficult to ignore in our coming generation.

        • Hello Sally,
          Thank you so much for your kind and gracious words here. We definitely need to stand firm against the wickedness that prevails all around us. False science (not true science), sexual immorality (not “enlightened thinking”), false religion (not pluralism), and evil of all kinds must not sway us from a firm commitment to God’s own revealed Word, a commitment to Jesus Christ as God’s Son, and the morality that God demands. That is the only way!

          Thank you again, Sally, and I hope you will continue to check our website for further information.
          Sincerely, Richard

  5. Hello my name is Luis from NYC and I am moving to the Tampa Bay Area. I was wondering if you could recommend a good bible based church. I am 46 and know the word well enough but need help in my search for a good fundamental chruch (no Christian rap or Christian rock). Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    • Hello Luis! Thank you so much for writing. It is good and refreshing for me to learn of your interest in the Bible and your devotion to the Lord Jesus. I agree that it is better to avoid all forms of worldly music (including worldly religious music–rap, rock, etc.).
      Luis, I can see the importance of finding others who are devoted to the Lord and His Word, and you are also wise in trying to find consistent Christians with whom to have fellowship.
      Personally, I don’t know the Bay area well at all and couldn’t advise any fellowship there. I encourage people to go back to the Bible and seek to be only what the early followers of Christ were. One article on our website that deals with this is entitled, “Come Out, and Come Together!” Another one to check out would be, “What God Wants in the Community of Christ.” Both of these should help quite a bit. Just type in these words into the Search feature at the top right, and this should lead you to those articles.
      I hope that you find this helpful. Please let me know how you are doing in the coming months. May God bless you abundantly! –Richard

  6. Cynthia Schletzbaum Gee says:

    Hello, Richard… just wondering… do you belong to a particular denomination?

    • Hello Synthia, thank you for writing and asking.

      Actually, we can find no trace of a denomination in the Scriptures. The closest thing would be the various factions that Paul warned against in the city of Corinth (see 1 Corinthians 1:10-17). Here, he condemns the attitudes that would create and sustain a sect or denomination.

      He says that every Christian in Corinth (and hence every believer in New York, Houston, London, Paris, and every other city) should “speak the same thing” and not accept any “divisions” among them.

      We are to be one body, based on the Lord Jesus (1 Corinthians 3:11), guided by the Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17), indwelt by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:4-17), and willing to promote the good news (gospel) of Christ (see Ephesians 4:4-6; 1 Corinthians 12:1-27).

      How do you see this important topic, Cynthia?

  7. Dear brother in Christ, I read a topic that is ” pleasing God in personal appearence”. It was very useful. Thank u and let God use u more better way for his glory…

    • Raja,

      Thank you so much for writing. I suppose that you have a heart for God and want to please Him in all you do. Tell me why you were blessed with this particular article.

  8. Hello Richard,

    God is still working on me! I recently purchased a new King James Study Bible and I read your article on Acts 2:38 which I agree with. This particular version however claims baptism is a outward expression of an inward faith and a public declaration. It also states it is not for the Forgiveness of sins. The study Bible also states that you are saved by faith alone in that same verses which again I disagree with. Your comments would be greatly appreciated thank you.

    • Jeffery, thank you so much for writing and letting us know about your thinking and what you are reading and studying. As God said to Solomon, “I have given you a wise and discerning heart” (1 Kings 3:12). We always need to have spiritual discernment so that we can distinguish between the right and wrong, that which pleases God and that which displeases Him.

      Although I don’t use a KJV study Bible, I do have other ones. The one I am using now (NASB) also states what you have mentioned. It seems to reflect the common “Evangelical” view since there are other views that would differ from our study Bibles. To be honest, it would be good for them to say, “some people don’t think that baptism is for the forgiveness of sins.” On the contrary, many do believe this. In fact, they are so strong on baptismal salvation that they think that babies should be “baptized”! Sadly, they err in this way too.

      Keep your eyes and mind open, examine all things and hold fast to what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Be like the Bereans who examined the Scriptures daily to determine God’s will (Acts 17:11).

      You will find many other articles on this website that should be of help to you. Simply type in “baptize” or “baptism” into the Search feature and you should find many choices.

      May God bless you, Jeffery. Write again sometime. Richard

  9. Hello again Jeffrey… I have transferred to this Blog from the Guest Book. I hope that you have found this location.

    Jeffrey, you have an interesting story since you have had virtually no spiritual/religious interest or contact during all of your 60 years. As I understand it, you now are earnest in your desire to be saved and to receive eternal life from our gracious God. I can see that He has been working in your heart and is drawing you to Him. You can rejoice in this for many go through life with no interest in God or His gift of eternal life–then they die without hope! How utterly sad and futile such a life is. But there is hope for you–and this is why the Lord Jesus came to this earth to give His life as a ransom, to rescue us from sin and death.

    Yesterday, I suggested 3 or 4 major articles for you to read. I thought that they would help to give you a basic background in where everyone begins (in a state of spiritual death and under God’s just wrath), and where God wants to take us (a reconciliation to Him through His Son, Jesus Christ, who suffered and died on the cross to bear our sin and guilt and to “open the door” to a saving relationship with the God of heaven and earth)!

    Before I continue to discuss these important matters, I do recommend that you read those articles I mentioned yesterday and made reference to above. That is where you should begin.

    Let’s begin at the beginning! In the United States (you say that you are from the Cleveland area of Ohio), most people claim to believe in God. However, often this belief is much less than what the Bible calls “belief” or “faith.” A person may say that they “believe” in Abraham Lincoln because they think that this President lived. But they don’t have a deep personal relationship with Lincoln. Their faith is merely an “historical” faith.

    But you may say that you have “faith” in a close friend. You believe in him, you trust in Him, and you would lay down your life for him. Similarly, we need to believe in God in a sense beyond a faith in God’s existence. We also need to trust in Him, commit ourselves to Him, and obey Him. Jesus declared, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes in Him who sent Me [God], has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life” (John 5:24). We must believe in God and in His Words!

    Jeffrey, I’ll leave this with you. Think about all of this and determine where you are. Do you believe in God? Do you believe in His words? Do you have a genuine faith in Him and all He stands for?

    Go back and read the articles I suggested yesterday and we’ll continue this very, very important discussion again!

    May God bless you in every way! –Richard

  10. Can you recommend a good church?

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