Veteran Reviewer: Barbara Scott's analysis (4 of 5 stars)
"A thought-provoking examination of major Christian tenets, Theologia by Stephen Pippin presents creative arguments for belief in Biblical truth.
The title means “the study of God,” and as author and evangelist Stephen Pippin reminds us numerous times, there was a time when he himself did not study God. He felt that heaven, for example, would not be “cool” because it disallowed sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But his life changed in the light of his understanding of the Bible and its teachings.
Two central points are presented in this treatise: only the story of Jesus has ever been historically established, unlike stories of other world religious leaders, and God must be real because God has given human beings the capacity to imagine God, even though, with our limited thinking, we cannot encompass all that God is. Pippin uses the image of light to represent God, inviting us to imagine how we would feel if trapped in total darkness.
Pippin proposes other ideas sometimes questioned even by studious, devout Christians: animals, he says, will go to heaven as people do, UFO phenomena are real (he declines to verify this point), and the Biblical apocalypse is coming soon, having been set in motion sometime between 1967 and the present day. He suggests that the United States is like an eagle that kills for sport rather than for food, is eventually struck down through its own transgressions and sees God, in the form of a lion, in the moment of its tragic death. The result is that the United States will soon meet its demise owing to its many selfish and lustful sins.
The presentation will have added credence for some readers because Pippin readily admits his own failings and former life of addiction. He clearly experienced a deep, life-changing conversion to the religion he now espouses. Sometimes, however, in his zeal to prove his points, he embraces odd, less credible theories – in pointing out the evils of television and its rapid spread, for example, he suggests that the title of the early TV series, “I Love Lucy,” was “a seeming play on Lucifer.”
At times his tendency to use long words when short ones would suffice becomes a bit tedious, and his grammar is occasionally burdened by lengthy, rambling sentences. To balance these weaknesses, he reveals some noteworthy ideas that will serve to stimulate the reader’s thinking. One is that our inability to imagine some of the scenarios that the Bible predicts is like the limitation of a baby in the womb, who would not believe, if told, that he or she would soon be entering a beautiful world of light, pleasant activity, and constant change. In offering such examples, Pippin demonstrates his well-honed intelligence and his sincere conviction as applied to these often disputed subjects.
Theologia makes worthwhile reading, both for those who agree in every detail with the author’s viewpoint regarding God, heaven, hell and the End Times, and those who might justifiably disagree with some of the stands he takes, as he is a provocative and compelling writer, whatever your beliefs."
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"Presents creative arguments for belief in Biblical truth." (Barbara Scott - 4/5 stars)
THEOLOGIA - released Sept 01, 2017
IMPORTANT NOTE: "Once Saved, Always Saved" was a book I released several years ago. Since its release, my beliefs have changed from that time. I am keeping it in publication, however, for the added content contained within (i.e. my autobiography, the chapter on faith, notes on repentance, etc). Enjoy!
Here is a short excerpt from
"Once Saved, Always Saved: Satan's Greatest Trick"
“…Once again, it is crucial that people realize that I am not hanging any emphasis on our works. Just as Isaiah 64:6 states, "But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags..." For it is not our works at all which we are doing after we are reborn, but Christ's work within and through us.
Also important to realize is that I am not implying that sin directly is the reason for one falling from grace. I believe that sin only contributes to the fall as Jesus won the victory over sin by the cross. It is the heart of a man that God looks upon; the soul of a man which He desires. We all sin. It is possible for a man to sin and his heart to remain with God and arrive in heaven afterwards. But if a man abides in sin for so long that his heart becomes hardened towards God and His conviction, then he no longer serves nor loves God and has become one of Satan's children of disobedience.
The original Greek word of "purgeth" in verse 2 is kathairo (kath-ah'-ee-ro) meaning "to cleanse." So God cleanses the saints in which show a willingness to do His will (bear fruit) in order so that He may work more fully through them and, thereby, more of His work may be accomplished. Remember He says in this same chapter, "...for without me ye can do nothing."
Jesus works through us upon the new birth. It is therefore His works that are being done, not ours. For we are crucified to the world, and the world to us (Galatians 6:14). It is no longer us that live, but Christ living within us and working through us (Philippians 1:21).
What happens to the branches (those whom are in the Body of Christ) that do not bear fruit (do His will)? They are thrown out, wither, men gather them up, cast them into the fire and they are burned (verse 6). In referring to verses 7-10: How do we become His disciples? By bearing fruit. What is He demanding? For us to continue in His love. How do we continue (or abide) in His love? By keeping His commandments.
The importance of fruit bearing is also illustrated in the parable of the wicked tenants in Matthew 21. Jesus states in verse 43, “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.” He says this referencing the kingdom being taken from the Jews and given unto the Gentiles, this due to their disobedience to God, not for their lack of profession and/or ritual keeping, but disobedience, as they were quick to profess God and attempt to live for Him, but only in the sight of men so that they could be elevated and praised. For it is written, “This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.” The fruit is proof of the heart.
My good friend and Pastor once told me that Jesus Christ is like our boss or employer. If we are under the lordship of someone on this earth, we obey them. The penalty for not obeying the boss is termination of employment. Why should it be any different for our relationship with God? If He gives us a job to do, like a normal boss would do, why do we think it alright to disobey the Lord of lords and King of kings and remain within His good graces? The answer is obvious and pointed out in Luke 6:46 by Jesus Himself.”
"I Love It! Could not put it down, matter of fact!!! My child had ordered a hardback copy, while awaiting her to pick it up at my address, I read it. I must say this is a read in which is filled with knowledge; is half-autobiographical, half-doctrinal based. A writing which completely leans on hundreds of King James Version Holy Bible verses in order to support the content. Filled with stories, illustrations, sprinkled throughout with Hebrew and Greek translations (resorting back to the original meaning of certain pointed verses). An exhaustive and well-researched, in-depth study of one (if not 'the') most important matters concerning human kind's existence in this life, and the next. I do not know the author, but have asked him to sign this copy as it is an UNFORGETTABLE work in which I will forever feel blessed to have read."(J. Clemmons / Amazon.com)5 of 5 stars
"I wasnt sure how I would feel about this book, however, I was pleasantly surprised. Once Saved, Always Saved: Satans Greatest Trick, by Stephen Pippin, is a well written, enjoyable read that I just couldnt seem to put down for the life of me. I must admit that Im not the most religious person in the world, but I do enjoy reading different aspects pertaining to Jesus and religion. This one poses a lot of serious questions, such as, is it okay to live in sin after one has been reborn? Do works of different kind save us? Things that I didnt have the answers to before, I have them now after reading this book." (Veronica / Amazon.com)5 of 5 stars
"The book is written by Stephen Pippen. He shares his times through darkness drugs and depression. I could relate to his personal stories and truly surprized when God told him You will be a minister.
Stephen Pippen of course would be good resource as he lived with trials and challenges in his own life. Using the King James Version of the Bible he be able answers mankind important question
Who is saved?
The book has an important message especially for our time in history. I hope GOD is merciful.
4 out of 5 stars" (review from Bookplex.com book reviewer!)
"An exhaustive and well-researched, in-depth study of one (if not 'the') most important matters concerning human kind's existence in this life, and the next."(J. Clemmons / Amazon.com) 5 of 5 stars
The Ministry of Apologist, Artist, and Author Stephen Daniel Pippin
"If you are looking to challenge the prevailing “Once Saved, Always Saved” there is a lot of thought provoking content in this book, relying heavily on Scripture and context." (Ebienic / Amazon.com) 4 of 5 stars
"...[an] enjoyable read that I just couldnt seem to put down for the life of me... Things that I didnt have the answers to before, I have them now after reading this book."(Veronica / Amazon.com)5 of 5 stars