The following articles are related to the topic of APOSTASY

Preparing to Preach

There are two senses in which every man who desires to preach the gospel of Christ in a public capacity should prepare for this noble vocation. First there is the advanced preparation; then there is the immediate readiness. Advanced Preparation The old Calvinistic idea that a man is "called" to preach by a supernatural force and receives a sacred "illumination" ... read more »

Paul’s Condemnation of Will-Worship

The church at Colossae was troubled by a heretical movement that seriously compromised the integrity of the Christian gospel. It was a conglomerate mixture of Judaism, asceticism (radical self-abuse), and proto-Gnosticism. For an extended discussion, see Lightfoot (1892, 71-111). One aspect of the heresy depicted by Paul was this: Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship, and ... read more »

Making Sense of the Bible

Some books you can take or leave-one way or the other, and it won't make much difference-if any. The Bible is not in that category. If you "leave" it, you've lost the most important body of information in the world-and the key to your access to heaven. If you "take" it (to be the word of God), you labor under ... read more »

O Absalom — My Son, My Son!

One of the compelling evidences for the inspiration of the Bible is the impartial manner in which the lives of its characters are portrayed. The weaknesses and mistakes of its heroes, as well as its villains, are uncompromisingly revealed. This point is dramatically illustrated in the life of David, Israel's greatest king. The High Cost of Sin In spite of ... read more »

Does Mapping the Human Genome Prove Evolution?

The headlines virtually shouted the news: "Human Genome Mapped!" The news media had a field day as scientists in early February, 2001, announced they had "cracked the code of the human genome." Media reports boasted that the mysteries of life were revealed and the end of disease may be just around the corner. While geneticists are discovering some remarkable things ... read more »

The Baptist Church: An Historical Perspective

I grew up among kindly people of the Baptist affiliation. My father's family was of this persuasion. A more gracious, benevolent group of folks could scarcely have been found. It was heartbreaking, therefore, to eventually discover that the church of my ancestry was unknown to the New Testament. An Historical Overview The Baptist movement was started with the best of ... read more »

Are There Degrees of Blessedness and Punishment in Eternity?

"Will there be differing degrees of rewards in heaven and different levels of punishment in hell?" Before we address the question directly, recognizing some preliminary observations and principles would be helpful. God is good The Bible is very clear in affirming that God is a being of absolute goodness. The Psalmist declared: "Good and upright is Jehovah?" (25:8; cf. 100:5). ... read more »

Why Did Jesus “Curse” the Fig Tree?

"Can you explain the case where Jesus 'cursed' a fig tree? There are several things about this that are hard to understand. Did Christ have a right to 'curse' a tree? What is the meaning of 'curse'? Since the tree was apparently destroyed, did he destroy property that did not belong to him? Some people say that this shows that ... read more »

A Historian’s Assessment of Ancient Christianity

Edward Gibbon is considered to be the premier historian of the 18th century. Born in 1737 in Putney, England, he was of delicate health in his youth (only one of seven siblings to survive childhood). This circumstance, combined with his great love for learning, made him a natural student. He was especially fond of history. At the age of sixteen ... read more »

What Is the Eternal Sin?

"What is the 'eternal sin,' mentioned in Mark 3:29? Can it be committed today?" Here is the text that is the focus of this question. "Verily I say unto you, All their sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they shall have blasphemed: but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is ... read more »