The following articles are related to the topic of APOSTASY

Is the Mormon Church the Restored Church?

The Mormon doctrine concerning the church is a maze of confusion and contradiction. According to Mormon teaching: "When Jesus Christ lived in mortality he established a Church" (Petersen 1974, 1). It is contended, however: [W]ith the passing of the so-called apostolic age the Church gradually drifted into a condition of apostasy, whereby succession in the priesthood was broken; and that ... read more »

Hank Hanegraaff and the “Christian Research Institute”

Hank Hanegraaff is president of the Christian Research Institute, an organization located in southern California that specializes in reviewing the major doctrines of various "cults" that profess an identity with "Christianity." Hanegraaff is the host of a radio program, called The Bible Answer Man. The program is broadcast daily throughout the United States and Canada. Currently, however, the "Answer Man" ... read more »

What Role Does Child-bearing Play in Woman’s Salvation?

"Please explain the meaning of the phrase that suggests woman 'shall be saved through child-bearing,' as that language is found in 1 Timothy 2:15." Paul wrote to Timothy: But I permit not a woman to teach, nor to have dominion over a man, but to be in quietness. For Adam was first formed, then Eve; and Adam was not beguiled, ... read more »

Does God Send Delusions? Can a Person Harden Himself Beyond Hope?

I have two questions. What is meant by the expression, "God sends them a strong delusion," as found in Paul's letter to the Thessalonian Christians (2 Thess. 2:11)? How does this harmonize with the concept of God's goodness? Also, is it possible for a person to become so hardened in sin that he is beyond hope? With reference to your ... read more »

Nero Caesar and the Christian Faith

One of the most despicable manifestations of human flesh ever to disgrace this planet was Nero Claudius Caesar. Born in A.D. 37, Nero was educated at the feet of the philosopher Seneca (whom he eventually forced to commit suicide). Nero murdered his way to the imperial throne, which he occupied from A.D. 54-68. His life was characterized by debauchery, violence ... read more »

Is the Abolition of the Ten Commandments Ridiculous?

"In one of your previously published articles ("Should Christians Keep the Sabbath?" - Archives, January 17, 2001), you stated that the Ten Commandments are not binding upon Christians today. This is a ridiculous position. If the Ten Commandments have been abolished, then a person could worship false gods, kill, steal, bear false witness, etc. The Ten Commandments have not been ... read more »

The Value of the Old Testament for Today

In our writings we repeatedly emphasize the divine ideal that men and women exalt the New Testament as the only creed for the people of God in this dispensation of time. The New Testament constitutes the pattern for the establishment of Christianity in any nation upon the planet. These twenty-seven sacred documents embody Heaven's final revelation to humanity. Because of ... read more »

Reckless Suppositions — Reflections upon Radicalism

After Paul concluded his third missionary campaign, he finally arrived at Jerusalem. When certain Jews saw the apostle in the temple, they stirred up the crowds and seized him. Paul was accused of being a false teacher and of desecrating the temple; allegedly, he brought Greeks into the sacred precincts. The basis of the charge was this. Earlier, Paul had ... read more »

A Poignant Invitation to a Wayward People

One of David's burning ambitions was to build a "house" for his God. He was not permitted to engage in that enterprise, however, because he had "shed much blood" (1 Chronicles 22:8). It therefore fell to Solomon, a less-aggressive ruler, to build the temple on behalf of Jehovah (1 Kings 5:3-5). The temple must have been magnificent beyond description. The ... read more »

The Marks of Jesus

On his first missionary journey (ca. A.D. 46-48), Paul and his friend, Barnabas, established several churches in the Roman province of Galatia. Largely due to the archaeological work of Sir William Ramsay, this region is believed to have been situated in southern Asia Minor. It likely involved the churches in Antioch (Pisidia), Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe (Acts 13:14-14:26). Perhaps a ... read more »