The following articles are related to the topic of CALVINISM

Some Final Words from Paul

Second Timothy was the final epistle Paul penned before his "appointment" with death was realized (cf. Hebrews 9:27). As he set to parchment his concluding instructions to Timothy, his faithful friend, he could almost hear the executioner sharpening his sword. He wrote: "For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure is come" (4:6). The Bible student, ... read more »

The Truth on Baptism Should Not Be “Watered Down”

We recently received the following letter from a very sincere person. "I was baptized as an infant (Methodist Church) by the sprinkling of water. I was confirmed of my own will at the age of 13. I am currently attending a church that says that my baptism doesn't count because I was not immersed, even though I have been a ... read more »

When Love Grows Cold: A Profile of the Ephesian Church

Near the end of his second missionary campaign (ca. A.D. 52), Paul, in company with his working companions, Aquila and Priscilla, came to the city of Ephesus. This magnificent metropolis of some two hundred to three hundred thousand souls was the capital of provincial Asia, located in west Asia Minor, just off the eastern shore of the Aegean Sea. Here ... read more »

The English Standard Version Study Bible – A Review

Shortly after its initial appearance, we published an article reviewing The English Standard Version (2001, Crossway Bibles). In that composition we cataloged what we perceived to be some of the strengths and weaknesses of this translation of the Bible. Generally, I commended the ESV, though I remain of the persuasion that the American Standard Version (1901) is still the best ... read more »

Crossing the Rubicon

Julius Caesar was one of the most brilliant military strategists of the ancient world. This, in concert with his political ambitions, made him one of history's most colorful characters. About 60 years before the birth of Jesus, he was appointed governor of Gaul (north of Italy). His military skills thrust him into considerable prominence, so much so that he became ... read more »

Why Do People Refuse to Come to Jesus?

Jesus was in Jerusalem attending one of the annual Jewish feasts-probably the Passover. On this occasion, he encountered a disabled man who had been in his affliction some thirty-eight years. The Lord asked the poor gentleman if he would like to be made whole. After a brief exchange, Christ instructed the man to "Arise, take up thy bed, and walk." ... read more »

The Influence of Modern Trends on the Church

Influence is a powerful thing. Every person both influences and is influenced by others in varying degrees. Jesus stressed the importance of godly influence when he compared his disciples to "salt" (Matt. 5:13), and Paul warned of the power of bad influences when he noted that "evil companionships corrupt good morals" (1 Cor. 15:33 ASV). The Greek word for "companionships" ... read more »

A Divine Platform for Christian Unity

The church of Jesus Christ in the city of Ephesus is first mentioned in the latter portion of Acts 18, when certain "brethren" wrote a letter commending the eloquent Apollos (v. 27). Paul visited that great metropolis during his third missionary campaign, probably in the spring of A.D. 54/55, and built upon that foundation (Acts 19:1-7). In this community, he ... read more »

Take Heed Lest You Fall

Many sincere religious people have been mistakenly led to believe that it is utterly impossible for a child of God to fall from the grace of God. The Swiss reformer, John Calvin, popularized this notion, and it has found its way into numerous theological creeds of today's world. The Bible, however, does not teach this dangerous doctrine; in fact, Holy ... read more »

The Heart of the Matter

Buried securely within the cavity of the human chest is an amazing muscle about the size of one's fist. Charged by a tiny electrical impulse, approximately every 8/10ths of a second it "beats" - about 100,000 times a day, pumping some 1,800 gallons of blood, rich with food and oxygen, to all parts of your body. Its name is "the ... read more »