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The Truth about The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code theory (both the book and a subsequent movie of the same name), has generated significant publicity over the past several years. Of course the crackpot journalists, TV talk-show hosts, and liberal theologians are vigorously promoting these productions as the "truth" about Christianity. Even some naive folks, who ostensibly are associated with "Christendom," are encouraging their friends ... read more »

Was Paul’s Theology Consistent on “Conversion”?

J. Carl Laney is a Professor of Biblical Literature at Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Oregon. Laney is a respected scholar but in some serious particulars his theology is flawed. For example in his book, Answers to Tough Questions From Every Book in the Bible, he raises the issue of whether baptism is essential to salvation. In response to ... read more »

Corinth – A Troubled Church

The church in Corinth was afflicted with many spiritual ailments. One of these is discussed in 1 Corinthians 5. Let us consider this case. A Serious Problem (1-5) In addition to the division that plagued the Corinthian church, a moral cancer was eating away at its vitals. There was a "buzz" stirring the congregation because a brother was living in ... read more »

Praying for the Dead

Whenever someone we love dies - in old age or tragically before their prime - our hearts cannot but anguish with those who are suffering soul-tearing losses. Some children have lost one or both parents. Husbands and wives have been robbed of loving mates. Others will never see brother or sister again. To describe separations like these as painful is ... read more »

The Growing Defense of Sexual Child-Abuse

Since the dawn of time, humanity has been on a binge of perverting the divine gift of human sexuality. The Creator made the human family male and female. He then ordained an arrangement called marriage. Jehovah decreed that within this relationship men and women could enjoy the benefits of sexual intimacy. It was not long, however, before rebellious man decided ... read more »

Congregational Autonomy: Not a Shield for Error

In the first century, when churches operated under the ultimate oversight of inspired apostles, congregations were independent. There was no superstructure by which they were tied together. There was neither pope, bishop, nor council to regulate the affairs of local groups. It was an abandonment of this pattern that eventually gave rise to the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic system ... read more »

Can Man Forgive Sins?

"Does any man have the right to forgive sins? Some suggest that Jesus granted this authority to the apostles, and then, through them, to others (see John 20:23). Can you explain this passage?" Shortly before His ascension, Jesus said to his apostles: "Whose soever sins ye forgive, they are forgiven unto them; whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained" ... read more »

Solomon’s Reflections on Death

In spite of some claims to the contrary, the best evidence still supports the conclusion that Solomon, the son of David, king in Jerusalem, authored the book of Ecclesiastes (see 1:1,12).The basic proposition of this thrilling - though difficult - Old Testament narrative is the affirmation that earthly goals, pursued as ends, lead only to disappointment. A person cannot find ... read more »

Did Paul Pray for the Dead?

"Does Paul's prayer for Onesiphorus (2 Timothy 1:18) provide Bible authority for praying for the dead?" Some have sought to argue this position. Roman Catholic theologians frequently appeal to the text in an attempt to establish their case for praying on behalf of the dead. Regrettably, even some Protestants have yielded to this position, in spite of a total lack ... read more »

President Obama Calls for Debate on Abortion

On the day following his controversial appearance at Notre Dame University's commencement ceremonies (May 17, 2009), newspaper headlines touted his speech at the influential Catholic institution: "Obama calls for sensible abortion debate." This came after days of protesting, followed by a number of arrests and jail-time-including former presidential candidate, Alan Keyes, and a popular Catholic priest. Perhaps a "sensible abortion ... read more »