As a young man I was passionate about four areas of study – theology, history, human nature and computers. My day job working in IT lets me exercise my love of technology and this site allows me to serve God by teaching others what I have learned from his Word, from history books and from human nature.
Many have asked what my educational background is. I attended and graduated from a Protestant Christian high school. I also have some college training as well as certifications in various technical arenas. I have taught Sunday school classes and during my first marriage filled my church’s pulpit when my Pastor was not available to preach.
While I do not have a degree in theology I have studied the Scriptures in high school and for most of my adult life(so about 25 years). I have read through the entire Bible several times and I have memorized many portions of the Scripture. While I was in college I studied the Greek and Hebrew languages but I do not claim to be a scholar in these areas.
Charles Spurgeon was one of the great preachers in modern history and wrote some of the greatest commentaries on Scripture ever written. He was a hero of mine growing up, despite some differences in doctrine that I have with him. Many tried to get him to attend seminary and college and he saw no need for it – yet he maintained a very extensive personal library and was an avid reader of Church history and theology.
My point is you don’t have to have a degree in theology or be a Hebrew or Greek scholar to teach the Word of God – you only need to have a love for studying God’s Word and the gift of teaching. Some of my friends from Church have masters degrees in theology(and one has a masters in Hebrew) and we have great discussions. I find things they did not know, and they find things I did not know. We are always learning from each other.
The pen name I write under is Larry Solomon. The reason I do not use my real name is the same reason that Christ hid himself from Jews:
“Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.” – John 8:59 (KJV)
It was not Christ’s time to die and it’s not my time to go public. And no – I don’t have a Messiah complex! But the Scriptures tell us:
“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.” – I John 2:6
I am not the Savior, but rather I want to walk as my Savior walked as he grants me the grace to do so. I am not a prophet nor a preacher. I am simply a man saved by the sacrifice of his savior, a sinner saved by grace. A forgiven man with a Bible in his hands teaching his children and whomever wants to listen – the Word of God.
But just as in China Christians must hide themselves from the authorities, and Christians who go as missionaries hide as English teachers or other occupations – so to I must remain anonymous. One day God may lead me to reveal myself, but that day is not today.
So for these reasons for the time being, I will remain anonymous.
With all that being said – I will let you in on this general information about me.
I am a early forties,white male. I live in the United States.
I was divorced from my first wife after she committed adultery. I have five children from that first marriage. I have since remarried and my wife and I our raising my five children together(I share joint custody with my ex). My second wife and I with our children are members of and attend a Baptist Church.
What I believe about Jesus Christ and the Gospel
I believe that Jesus Christ was the Son of God and God in the flesh. He was the perfect and sinless lamb of God that took away the sins of the world. He was prophet, priest and king. His death on the cross paid for the sins of the world and he arose victoriously on the third day. He sits now at the right hand of God and one day he will return for his own.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” – John 1:1 & 14 (KJV)
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6 (KJV)
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;” – I Timothy 2:5 (KJV)
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” – Romans 10:9-10 (KJV)
My philosophy of Bible interpretation
I believe the Bible is the perfect, inerrant and inspired Word of God from Genesis to Revelation.
I believe that we must take the Scriptures literally unless the context is specifically speaking symbolically(like in prophecy) which means the vast majority of Scripture is to be taken literally.
But in taking the Scriptures literally we must accept the progressive revelation of God. By progressive revelation I don’t mean what it means today “liberal”. I mean that God revealed his Word in stages and there were different dispensations or covenants at different points in time.
Each progressive stage of Scripture reveals new information about God’s will and also many times God will sometimes interpret commands and prophecies in ways that the original recipients may not have understood. With that being said, while the New Testament is built upon the foundation of the Old the New Testament interprets the Old Testament and it is the final revelation of God.
I love the Old Testament and it is just as much the Word of God as the New Testament. But we must be careful to realize that the Old Covenant has been replaced with the New Covenant.
“In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.” – Hebrews 8:13 (KJV)
“For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.” – Galatians 5:6 (KJV)
“Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.” – Colossians 2:16-17 (KJV)
The New Testament is clear that we are no longer under the civil laws, sacrificial laws, ceremonial cleanliness laws or priestly laws that God gave to Israel as a theocracy. We can certainly learn principles from those things, but we don’t have to do things like stoning our kids when they rebel, stoning women for adultery or keep the festivals and dietary laws that were given to Israel as a nation.
While I may fail to live up to the Bible perfectly(for none of us does) – I do aspire to do my best to follow God’s design for my life and for my marriage and family – in my own imperfect way.
Do I have the right to teach the Word of God?
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.” – Galatians 15-17(KJV)
Many who do not like the Biblical passages I expound upon here usually come at me with two attacks:
“You don’t have any degrees in theology or counseling so you have no right to speak on these subjects.”
“You don’t have any right to speak on these subjects because you are divorced.”
My response to the first attack is – If anyone can show me in the Scriptures where it says you have to have a degree or ordination to preach the Word of God please show it to me. I have not found it yet.
My response to the second attack is – while I agree that divorced men are forbidden from being Pastors and Deacons there is no such prohibitions on simply teaching the Word of God. These restrictions only apply to these local Church offices, not to all believers who would teach.
There are many important doctrines in the Scripture. Some of these include the doctrine of the Trinity, the Gospel, the Inspiration of the Scriptures and the doctrine of the Church. But we also have the doctrines of gender roles regarding the roles that God gave to men and women in society, in the church and in the home and these are important as well.
My mission on this site is to draw attention to these doctrines that while not being politically correct in our modern culture, are crucial to building strong families, strong churches and a stronger society.