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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 »

The President, Adultery, and “Baptist Rules”

Denominational doctrines that pervert New Testament teaching have devastating effects in a number of ways. First, they condemn those who teach them. Second, they harm those who believe them. Third, corrupt teaching, paraded under the guise of Christianity, brings the Lord's system into disrepute generally, because the secular world does not discern the difference between the genuine gospel and subtle ... read more »

Acts 11:21,24 – “A Great Number that Believed Turned unto the Lord”

It is rather well known that many within the community of "Christendom" (i.e., professed Christianity) allege that the sole condition for pardon in the divine plan of redemption is "faith." The Discipline of the Methodist Church states: "Wherefore, that we are justified by faith only is a most wholesome doctrine, and very full of comfort" (Art. IX).Article V of Hiscox's ... read more »

The Battle at Baylor University

Baylor University in Waco, Texas, with its more than thirteen thousand students, is the largest educational institution in the world affiliated with the Baptist Church. This major center of academic learning professes a commitment to "excellence in Christian higher education." The university promotes itself as an organism "dedicated to Christian principles." The school's motto is Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana (For ... read more »

Simply Outrageous

Have you ever heard or read a statement that made you wonder how it ever could have been conceived? For example Bill O'Reilly, Fox News guru, said on national television that "the Catholic Church invented marriage" (WorldNetDaily, 2/10/2010). How does anyone that obtuse deserve a national audience? But he is not alone. Consider a few more quotes that are "simply ... read more »

JUSTIFICATION: By Faith or Works?

Is justification from sin by faith or works? Does it result from neither, one as opposed to the other, or both? One would expect that such a fundamental question could be answered clearly and confidently, with a united declaration, by those who profess a devout regard for the testimony of the Scriptures. Sadly, such is not the case. The more ... read more »

The Curse of Religious Diversity

Jim Minter, a former editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, produced a brief essay (12/1999) that was published in The Atlanta Journal. It was titled, "Which Version Should We Teach?" Mr. Minter, an entertaining writer, commences with a grievance about all of the controversy over prayer in the school. He complained that it was beginning to get on his nerves. It ... read more »

How to Go to Heaven — Sincere, but Wrong

Two ladies walked up the driveway. They handed me a small, tri-folded brochure that contained the service times of their church group. It advertised the religious group as being "independent of any denomination, Bible-based in every part of ministry, soul-winning and missions minded, and distinctively Christian." The tract claimed that the religious body is "an old fashioned, independent, Baptist Church ... 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 »

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 »