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Those Bogus “Bible Codes”

The idea that certain pieces of literature are characterized by numerical codes that smuggle important messages to those who are able to decipher them, has roots that reach far back into antiquity.Within the past few years, interest in this issue has emerged again - with considerable sensationalism. Ancient TheoriesAt ancient Khorsabad, a wall was supposed to have been constructed according ... read more »

Israel’s Exodus from Egypt

As long as Joseph exercised regal authority in the land of Egypt, the Hebrew people flourished. But when a new king arose, who "knew not Joseph," the lives of the Israelites became "bitter and hard" (Ex. 1:8,14). Eventually, Jehovah commissioned Moses to confront Pharaoh, the Egyptian king: "Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, Let my people go" (Ex. 5:1). ... read more »

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

The baptism of Jesus Christ is one of the truly epochal events within the Gospel records. It is chronicled by the synoptic writers in a total of only ten verses (five in Matthew, three in Mark, and two in Luke), and yet it is pivotal in that it signals the commencement of the Lord's preaching ministry. Why was Jesus immersed ... read more »

The Holy Spirit “Illumination” Theory: A Critical Review

There is a doctrine, quite common in the denominational community, that is making its presence increasingly felt among the people of God. It is the notion that the Christian has the promise of a direct "illumination of the Holy Spirit" in interpreting the text of the Bible. The theory suggests that the Scriptures, as they presently stand, are incapable of ... read more »

Who Is the “Natural” Man in 1 Corinthians 2:14?

"Please explain this passage from First Corinthians.'Now the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; and he cannot know them, because they are spiritually judged' (2:14)." The passage is a difficult one due to the complexity of the phraseology.Moreover, its obscurity has been further shrouded by considerable theological baggage that ... read more »

But Were They Really Saved?

The issue of whether a child of God can ever lose his salvation is one of the truly controversial topics within the community of "Christendom." Frequently when the subject is broached, tempers flare and emotional reactions abound. But the issue is serious, and it calls for calm, serious study. The idea that the believer in Christ is "eternally secure," is ... 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 »

Did Balaam Prophesy Concerning the Messiah?

As the Israelites made their way up the Transjordan region en route to their entrance into Canaan, they defeated the Amorite kings, Sihon and Og (Num. 21:21–35). The Hebrews moved farther north and camped in the plains of Moab on the eastern side of Jordan across from Jericho. Balak, a Moabite king, was exceedingly fearful of this great body of ... 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 »

A Perversion of Biblical Faith

One of the great tragedies of ecclesiastical history is the fact that so many have failed to find a balanced view of human redemption as this concept is set forth in the biblical record. On the one hand there is Roman Catholicism, arrogantly contending that salvation is conferred upon the basis of meritorious acts. The Council of Trent declared that ... read more »