This is a web site devoted to exploring
the Holy Scriptures from various Christian points of view. I have studied the Holy Scriptures for many years. My
to encourage study concerning many aspects of Holy Scripture, some
of which are perplexing to the believer.
raised in a fine Catholic family who were diligent
the precepts of the catholic church. I began reading the bible
as a teenager. Initially, I read it more out of curiously than
anything else. In my late teens I began doubting some of the
Catholic dogma such as the worship of the virgin Mary, Papal
infallibility, confessing your sins to a priest and other
I began listening to some preachers on the radio
and liked what I heard from people like Theodore Epp and
Herbert W Armstrong. They gave me deeper knowledge of the bible. I
began studying different translations for further enlightenment.
I became a member of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG) in 1972.
The church's emphasis was on prophecy, tithing and the keeping of
the Holy days of God. However because of power struggles for
leadership roles in that church, I began to wonder if God was
involved or was it the work of men. I did learn much in that
organization because it encouraged me to study the bible
The church emphasized observance
to many laws of the Old Covenant. I finally got fed up with their
competetive nature and the extensive changes to church doctrines. In the
mid-90s, the WCG fractured and many left that organization. I left in
1995. Self appointed leaders emerged, forming their own groups and
enticing people to join them. Most of these splinter groups held on
the original doctrines of WCG.
never any true harmony and unity among them, even though each group
claimed to be of the body of Christ. I began attending with some of
the off shoots. However I became disillusioned because of internal
squabbles and lack of brotherly love as I perceived it. The final
straw came was when I gave a sermon in the summer of 2014 titled
"Jesus Christ, The Saviour of the World". The church leadership
advised me in no uncertain terms that I was not preaching according
to their doctrinal "statement of beliefs".
After a great deal
of thought and study, I decided to put together this web site, hoping it would be of
spiritual benefit to some. I am well aware that some of what is
written here is controversial and, in some cases contrary to
mainstream Christian teaching. So be it. I
believe in Jesus Christ as Savior. I believe He is the Savior of
all the world, not just some of the world. And I also believe
that the Holy Scriptures are God's inspired and infallible true
word to humankind.
Respectfully Joe Kotylak
We live to die - we die
to live ©JTK
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