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A Perversion of Biblical Faith

One of the great tragedies of ecclesiastical history is the fact that so many have failed to find a balanced view of human redemption as this concept is set forth in the biblical record. On the one hand there is Roman Catholicism, arrogantly contending that salvation is conferred upon the basis of meritorious acts. The Council of Trent declared that ... read more »

What Is Faith in Christ?

One of the most elemental aspects of the Christian system is that of "faith." The writer of Hebrews classifies faith as one of those "first principles" that ought to be understood by the most immature student. And yet, many seem not to grasp the significance of this magnificent quality. The Necessity of Faith It is difficult to fathom how one ... read more »

The Influence of Evolution upon Religion

When Charles Darwin's Origin of Species issued from the presses (November 24, 1859), it marked a history-changing event. The world has not been the same since-unfortunately. The theory of evolution has wielded its malevolent influence over the past century-and-a-half in a host of ways. There is not a single field of scientific and academic study which has not been greatly ... read more »

He Forsook the Treasures of Egypt

The name of Moses adorns many pages of the sacred Scriptures. The great prophet of God is mentioned more than 750 times in the Old Testament, and approximately eighty times in the New Testament; he is the predominate figure in the history of the nation of Israel. As both Testaments indicate, Moses grew up in the courts of Egyptian royalty ... read more »

Is It Wrong to Be Cruel to Animals?

Do you know of anything in the Bible that suggests cruelty to animals is a sin, or at least unfavorable in the eyes of God? There are biblical principles that surely speak to this question. Let us consider several factors that may contribute to our understanding of this concern. God, the Creator God is the Creator of all living organisms. ... read more »

The Covering of Sin

In a refreshing declaration, an Old Testament writer affirms: "Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered" (Psa. 32:1). In stark relief, another biblical writer says: "He who covers his transgressions shall not prosper..." (Prov. 28:13). The former passage commends the covering of sin; the latter one condemns such. How are these two inspired oracles to be ... read more »

Is Accountability “Hereditary”?

"Could you explain passages such as Exodus 20:5; 34:7, and 1 Samuel 3:13? They seem to suggest that a later generation is punished for the sins of a former one. Does God hold one generation accountable for the sins of another?" Let us look as these texts individually, and then draw such conclusions as are warranted by the evidence. Exodus ... read more »

Did Christ Die as a “Sinner” upon the Cross?

"Some say that when Jesus died he bore our 'actual' sins in his body on the cross.Others believe that Christ only bore the 'penalty' for sin.Which view represents the truth of the matter?" Some prominent theologians contend that when the Lord languished upon the cross, he literally bore our sins in his body, so that in reality, Jesus actually died ... read more »

The Last Supper

One of the most universally recognized paintings is Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper. Amazingly, this masterpiece is more than 500 years old. Though artistic styles change, this artistic wonder still intrigues the mind's eye. Da Vinci's talent is undisputed, but his brilliance certainly was enhanced by the depiction of a great moment in human history - when Jesus instituted ... read more »

The New Testament Pattern of “Giving”

It is a strange phenomenon in today's church. It is recognized widely that there are rules regulating worship. This is acknowledged in virtually every area of church activity-except in one's "giving." Many know how the music portion of the worship is to be conducted (with a cappella singing). Not a few understand the proper communion elements (bread and fruit of ... read more »