POSTS BY: STEVE CHA


God To Legalists: ‘You don’t love me or each other as you did at first’

Sadly, there are evangelical Christian churches that have good doctrine and are passionate about evangelism, but fall into overbearing legalism. This results in a church culture that is rigid, strict, and lacking in grace, patience, and tolerance. The end result is that they become like the Ephesus church in Revelation 2:1-7. BY STEVE CHA PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Editor’s Note: This article is the last of a two-part series on “Is Your Church Guilty...

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Is Your Church Guilty of Legalism?

Throughout history, there have been churches that were licentious and loose, but there have also been churches run rampant with legalism. BY STEVE CHA PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Editor’s Note: This article is part one of two on “Is Your Church Guilty of Legalism?” Part two can be read here. It is true to this day, for legalism isn’t a practice that was restricted only to the confines of the 1st century Phariseeism that...

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The Art of Prayer: How Important Are Conversations With God?

Prayer is one of the most important practices of the Christian. It is the means by which a believer communicates with and fosters an active relationship with God. BY STEVE CHA PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE A life of weak prayer is usually indicative of a life of weak spirituality. This is why prayer must be a strong part of every Christian’s life. For the non-believer, it is essential as well. For it is the...

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Hell: Eternal, Temporary, or Never?

The doctrine of hell is one of the most indispensable aspects of the gospel. Yet, it has never been a popular topic to discuss, even in the church. BY STEVE CHA It is so unimaginable and frightening that it has caused many people to redefine its meaning, sometimes going so far as to deny its existence altogether. Everyone from atheists to liberal Protestants and cult groups (ex. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses) have...

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Top 5 Reasons We Can Trust Genesis 1 thru 11 as History Not Fiction

The historicity of Genesis 1-11 is often debated by secularists, which in turn has influenced the thinking of many evangelicals since the early 20th century. BY STEVE CHA There are two predominant views concerning evolution: Atheistic Evolution: An impersonal and unknowable force brought about life through a multi-billion year evolution process. This view is held by atheists, agnostics, and people who adhere to non-theistic philosophies. Theistic Evolution: A personal force (God) brought about life through...

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Reviving a Dead City: The Mission of Grace City LA

Grace City LA opened its doors as a new church in the Downtown Los Angeles area last September (2017). The church’s pastor, Steve Cha, has been a regular contributing columnist for TogetherLA since February early this year. Cha acknowledges that LA is a growing and exciting city, especially for “a younger, hipster generation.” “But sadly, there is not much revival in the spiritual realm,” he said. “Many people in the city...

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What Does The Bible Teach About Church and Politics?

The church’s involvement with politics and culture has always been a subject of debate. Some believe that the church should totally refrain from politics, practicing faith quietly and being a gospel influence in predominantly social circles. Others believe that the church should infiltrate politics and culture in an attempt to “Christianize” the society as much as possible. BY STEVE CHA ONE IN A SERIES: HOW WOULD JESUS VOTE? In an attempt to answer...

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Sinful or Permissible? A Deeper Look Into the Grey Areas of Life

The church is filled with people of all personalities. In it you’ll find Christians with different convictions concerning matters that the Bible does not teach explicitly as right or wrong. These practices are known as liberty issues. BY STEVE CHA The topic is thoroughly developed in passages like 1 Corinthians 9 and Romans 14, which talk about the proper exercise of liberty. Because they are not expressly forbidden in Scripture, these...

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Is the Bible ‘God-Breathed’ or Just Compelling Literature?

We’ve all heard that the Bible is the Word of God. It is God’s special revelation given to us to guide us in the way of salvation and godly living. 2 Timothy 3:16 states that “all Scripture is inspired and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and training in all righteousness.” BY STEVE CHA What does it mean that God’s Word is inspired? One thing for sure, it does not...

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Evangelicalism and Roman Catholicism: Do Both Roads Lead to Heaven?

Statisticians have grouped them into one category. Movie makers have portrayed them as one and the same faith. It’s easy to see why people think Christians (a.k.a. Evangelicals and Protestants) and Roman Catholics are alike. The impression is that the differences between the two faiths are simply a matter of worship style, music, dress, and church decor. It is often said that the two worship the same God and believe...

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