The following articles are related to the topic of CHURCH DISCIPLINE

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 »

The Power of Speech, for Good or Evil

On the first day of Earth's initial week, at some point following a primary creation, the inspired Genesis record declares: "And God said. . . " (Gen. 1:3). This expression is found no fewer than ten times in Genesis 1. The reader is thus introduced to the power of speech. Later the psalmist would write: "He spoke, and it was ... read more »

Tradition Versus Scripture

When the report of the Savior's miracles spread abroad, Pharisees and scribes from Jerusalem made their way north to Gennesaret to confront Jesus. They charged that the Lord's disciples neglected to keep the "traditions" of the elders, because they did not ceremonially wash their hands (to purify themselves from Gentile contamination) before they ate. But Christ focused on them, asking ... read more »

Who Is a Christian?

The term "Christian" is found three times in the New Testament. It is employed initially in conjunction with the ministry of Barnabas and Saul in Antioch of Syria. [T]he disciples were called Christians first in Antioch (Acts 11:26). Later, when pressed with evidence for the validity of the Christian system, Herod Agrippa II said: Almost you persuade me to be ... read more »

Denominationalism – Permissible or Reprehensible?

Denominationalism The word "denominate" means "to give a name to, to designate."It is a perfectly respectable term.If one cashes a two hundred dollar bank draft, he may request currency in "denominations" of tens and twenties.In this sense the word merely signifies a separation into various divisions by name.And so the term itself is not "tainted." "Denomination" takes on a less-than-ideal ... read more »

A Study of Romans 14

To eat meat or not eat meat. That was the question many Christians struggled with in the first century. It was such a controversy that Paul spent a whole chapter in the book of Romans addressing what may seem to us a trivial question. Romans chapter 14 is a complex segment of scripture that frequently has been both misunderstood and ... read more »

An Analysis of Romans 14

The fourteenth chapter of the book of Romans is an intriguing piece of literature. Often misunderstood, frequently abused, it offers much instruction for the spiritually minded student. It confronts a variety of issues. The text arises out of a transitional era in religious history when many converts to Christ were passing from one great divine system (the Mosaic regime) to ... read more »