The following articles are related to the topic of BAPTISM

What About the Thief on the Cross?

"Why do you insist that baptism is essential for salvation? While hanging on the cross, Jesus pardoned the thief who was crucified with him. And that forgiveness was granted without baptism (Luke 23:43). Surely this is a clear example of salvation by faith, not by baptism." To argue that the example of the thief on the cross is a pattern ... read more »

The Biblical Doctrine of the Godhead

Since the late second century A.D., controversy has existed concerning the nature of the Godhead. Is God a solitary person-simply manifested in three forms? Or do three separate personalities exist, each of whom possesses the nature of deity? Is the popular doctrine of the Trinity true or false? Though the word "Trinity" is not explicitly found in the Bible, the ... read more »

What About the “Sacraments”?

"Do you know the actual history of 'Seven Sacraments'? Were all of these brought about at the same time?" The term "sacrament" derives from the Latin sacramentum, the meaning of which is "a thing set apart as holy." The New Testament never isolates certain acts of obedience from others by designating them as "sacraments." However, as the early church (late ... read more »

Are Logic and Scripture Compatible?

Some religionists are opposed to "using logic" or "reason" concerning spiritual things. We are informed, by these guardians of rational thought, that the use of logic is the reason for much of the division in the church today. This position is perplexing, for those who reject the use of "reason," reason that binding "our conclusions" produces much of the religious ... read more »

The Role of “Works” in God’s Plan of Redemption

Most Protestants, reacting adversely to the "works system" of Roman Catholicism, have adopted the extreme (and unscriptural) view that works play no role whatever in human salvation. Some allege that salvation is on the basis of "faith alone," while others (e.g., radical Calvinists) argue that God chose the redeemed before the world began, and that redemption, therefore, is entirely unconditional. ... read more »

False Charges Against Christ

Occasionally it is claimed that while Jesus stood above most people in terms of moral goodness, nevertheless at times he revealed that he was not perfect. He had spiritual lapses, he yielded to weaknesses; hence, the honest Christian would do well to concede this. To say that such charges are false is to understate the matter. Allegations of this nature ... read more »

Alexander Campbell and Christ’s Church

It is a tiresome thing to have to respond, again and again, to the same misguided (and frequently dishonest) charges. But one is compelled, from time to time, to do so. A recent article in Calvary Contender (June 15, 1999), a Baptist publication, chastises the magazine, Christianity Today, for accepting an ad from Harding University (Searcy, AR). The piece charges ... read more »

Is Religion Going to the Dogs?

David Pharr is a respected minister and writer who lives in South Carolina.He edits an excellent monthly journal, Carolina Messenger. In the April '04 issue, David had a fascinating article based upon a recent piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.Among other things, the Journal article stated: "With pews hard to fill, a small number of otherwise-traditional clergy are ... 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 »

Identifying the Church of the New Testament

The following material is the transcription of a lecture presented to a group of interested Bible students. The style is, therefore, more spoken than written. It is not burdened with technical argument or documentation. Several months ago, the nation's news programs were dominated by the story concerning the young woman from California who worked as a congressional aide, and who ... read more »