The following articles are related to the topic of APOSTASY

2 Corinthians 6:1 – The Grace of God

Perhaps no subject in the Bible is more misunderstood than that of "grace." And working together with him we entreat also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain (2 Cor. 6:1). Many entertain the notion that grace is some sort of divine blanket that is unconditionally thrown over the sinner to cancel the effect of his sin. ... read more »

Contend Earnestly for the Faith

Jude was in the process of planning a correspondence-or perhaps actually writing-to his fellow Christians concerning their common salvation when suddenly (obviously under the impulse of the Spirit) he was constrained to urge his brothers to "contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered unto the saints" (v. 3). It becomes obvious from the subsequent information in ... read more »

Mark 7:19 – Unclean Meats

Students of the Old Testament are aware of the fact that certain types of meat were considered "unclean" under the Mosaic economy. According to the regulations set forth in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, the Hebrews could eat: 1. animals that were cloven hoofed and chewed the cud (e.g., cattle, sheep); 2. fish with fins and scales; 3. fowl that ... read more »

Jeremiah 1:5 – Jeremiah’s Call

Jeremiah, known as the "weeping prophet" (cf. Jeremiah 9:1), was one of God's greatest spokesmen in the 7th century B.C. The main mission of this man of God was an attempt to turn rebellious Judah, the southern kingdom, from her course of apostasy and destruction. That failing, he would urge his people to submit to their deserved punishment, the Babylonian ... read more »

What About Catholicism’s Ideas About Mary?

"Why do some religions place such great attention upon Mary, the mother of Jesus?Is this justified?" Mary was a Hebrew maiden who was chosen to be the mother of Jesus Christ. Her miraculous conception of the Savior was prophesied in the Old Testament (Isaiah 7:14; cf. Matthew 1:22-23). Mary certainly was worthy of honor as a godly Jewish woman (see ... read more »

Lessons from the Catacombs of Rome

The term "catacomb" derives from a compound Greek term with the components kata (down) and kymbe (hollow). The word is used of that vast network of tombs beneath the city of Rome (and at other places as well) where ancient Christians buried their dead-and even met for worship during times of severe persecution. It has been estimated that this maze ... read more »

False Teachers; Destructive Heresies – 2 Peter 2:1

The Second Epistle of Peter was written by Simon Peter, an apostle of Christ, who also penned First Peter (see 2 Peter 3:1). The principal design of this letter was to "stir" Christian minds to a greater level of spirituality and to fortify them against the danger of certain false teachers who threatened their faith. A looming heresy involved a ... read more »

Terrorists in the Church

The 2nd Epistle of Peter was written by Simon Peter, an apostle of Christ, who also penned First Peter (see 2 Peter 3:1). The principal design of this letter was to "stir" Christian minds to a greater level of spirituality, and to fortify them against the danger of certain false teachers who threatened their faith. A looming heresy involved a ... read more »

The Day-Day View: A Criticism Answered

What is the "Day-Day" view? It is the view that considers the "days" of the creation week in Genesis 1 as exactly what the text implies - literal days of approximately twenty-four hours each. It is, therefore, the antithesis of the Day-Age Theory, which has enjoyed sustained popularity among some scholars. Generally, the Day-Age Theory is not defended by an ... read more »

Baby Dedication Ceremonies: Expediency or Innovation?

The "infant dedication" service is a new practice that has evolved within some churches of Christ in recent years. Apparently it is becoming increasingly popular, as a search-engine check of "Baby Dedication-Church of Christ" on the world wide web will reveal. Is this practice merely an innocent expediency? Many respectable brethren believe that this exercise reflects a very unhealthy trend ... read more »