Afterlife

Afterlife, negates significance of death

26 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Is it not true that an afterlife in Heaven before the resurrection, would subtract from the significance of death? Psychopannychists or “soul sleep” advocates claim that the power of death is something that is entirely physical. If Believers live a life on Earth, and then in the process of dying go to Heaven to be with the Lord before the resurrection, it is claimed that “death” really has no significance. This is an incorrect assumption about the significance of death—because even if survivors of a deceased person might believe that a loved one is in the […]

Afterlife

To Be Absent From the Body

25 April, 2017 messianicapologetics 0

Without any doubt, one of the most uncomfortable subjects that any human being has to confront in life is death. You do not have to be that well versed in reading the Bible, to adequately understand that death is a part of living. With the possible exception of those who will actually be alive at the moment of the Second Coming, the biological life functions of each and every one of us will cease. A mainstay, of both Judaism and Christianity, is the firm belief in the future resurrection of the dead. A Scripture passage like Daniel 12:1 unambiguously tells […]

Afterlife

Afterlife, negates need for the resurrection

25 April, 2017 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Going to Heaven makes no sense in light of the doctrine of resurrection. What is the point of the future resurrection if Believers just go to Heaven when they die? One of the most frequent arguments against a conscious, intermediate afterlife in Heaven, is that going to be with the Lord is thought to negate the significance of the resurrection, making it a bit anticlimactic. It is very true that many of today’s Believers think that salvation is to be understood exclusively in terms of “going to Heaven when you die,” and the future resurrection of […]

Afterlife

Luke 16:19-31

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 What do those who believe in psychopannychy/soul sleep do about the parable of Lazarus and the rich man? Luke 16:19-31 is probably the third most consulted Bible passage as it concerns the discussion surrounding a disembodied afterlife prior to the resurrection. The reason this is the case is not terribly difficult to discern as it depicts what occurs to both the rich man and Lazarus after they die: “Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. In Hades he lifted […]

Afterlife

Philippians 1:23

27 November, 2016 J.K. McKee 2

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 What do those who believe in psychopannychy/soul sleep do about Philippians 1:23, and with Paul desiring to depart and be with the Messiah? Philippians 1:23 is the second most commonly quoted passage about the afterlife (after 2 Corinthians 5:8) that one will probably encounter. Many Believers throughout history, when presented with a likely death, have been able to identify with the same series of choices that the Apostle Paul had to make when he wrote his letter to the Philippians from prison in Rome. Paul asserts that death for him would be “gain” (Philippians 1:21), but […]

Afterlife

Death, as an unconscious sleep

18 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 29 MARCH, 2011 Death is described as a sleep in the Bible. Would this not imply complete unconsciousness until the resurrection? Those who advocate a conscious, disembodied, post-mortem state for the deceased between death and the resurrection, usually have to deal with proponents of psychopannychy, more commonly known as “soul sleep.” Psychopannychists believe that between death and the resurrection, the human person exists in a completely unconscious state. They often claim strong support for this from a variety of Biblical passages that describe the deceased as existing in a condition of “sleep.” These include, but are not limited to: […]

Afterlife

Death, for Believers

17 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 06 MAY, 2008 What do you believe happens when born again Believers die? We believe that the disembodied consciousnesses of Believers who die in the faith are transported to Heaven to be with the Lord. This is fully consistent with what the Apostles write to us in the Messianic Scriptures and the beliefs of First Century Pharisaical Judaism, which largely advocated an intermediate afterlife prior to the resurrection. As Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 5:8, “we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.” […]

2 Corinthians

2 Corinthians 5:8

7 October, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

UPDATED 08 MARCH, 2011 What do those who believe in psychopannychy/soul sleep do about 2 Corinthians 5:8, and in being absent from the body and present with the Lord after death? 2 Corinthians 5:8 is the first most commonly quoted passage about the afterlife that one will probably encounter. Addressing the subject of the Heavenly dwelling that born again Believers will one day possess (2 Corinthians 5:2), the Apostle Paul discusses the more probable likelihood of how rather than living long enough to be further clothed by it over our mortal bodies, we are more likely to die. Death, aside […]

Afterlife

To Those Who Have Gone Before Us

11 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

POSTED 01 SEPTEMBER, 2007 The month of August is never an easy time for people in ministry. Statistically speaking, this is the time when the least number of people attend church or synagogue. It’s hot outside, and you wonder when things are going to cool down. Tithing and donations are down, and finances can be tighter than usual. Sometimes, you wonder if the faithful have abandoned their support of your efforts and whether or not you are appreciated. On top of all of this, the month of August since 1992 has been a very hard time for the McKee family, […]

Afterlife

To Be Absent From the Body

10 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

originally posted 01 March, 2009 reproduced from To Be Absent From the Body Death is one of the most difficult topics that any human being ever has to deal with. None of us likes dealing with the death of a family member, a close friend, or even people we do not know but still admire. Many people regularly visit the gravesite of a loved one, whereas others have their remains cremated and scattered into the wind. Even if you do not regularly visit a cemetery where your loved one may be buried, thoughts and memories of the deceased will undoubtedly still […]

Afterlife

The Meaning of the Resurrection

5 August, 2016 J.K. McKee 0

by Kimball McKee sermon delivered 28 April, 1991 Sermon Delivered to CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH April 28, 1991 Order of Worship Call to Worship: Read Psalm 103:1-5 Scripture Readings: Job 19:23-26; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; John 11:25-26 Pastoral Prayer: Ephesians 1:18-34; 3:14-19 Sermon: The Meaning of the Resurrection Benediction: Jude 24-25 These last few weeks since Easter, Bill (Hughes) has been teaching you on the benefits of the New Covenant. We read as our Call to Worship this morning from Psalm 103—a Psalm of David—of some of the benefits of a relationship with God. Listing those, they are: He pardons all […]