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How to Identify a Cult

In November of 1978, nine hundred people in Guyana, South America drank a deadly grape drink at the behest of cult figure Jim Jones. Our nation was mortified. In 1993, David Koresh led seventy-six souls to their deaths in the Waco, Texas compound of the Branch Davidians. Again, a cultist mentality was evident. Our own brotherhood of the churches of ... read more »

The Shocking New “Christian” Generation

Perhaps the title of this article needs some definition. By "generation" I am speaking of that group of people from the mid-teens, to those who are around thirty years of age. The term "Christian" is used both relatively and specifically; by that I mean it is employed generically of some who are denominationalists, but who nominally identify with "Christianity." Specifically, ... 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 »

Pass Over “The Passover Plot”

Many of the world's religions revolve around a person, and such persons are now entombed. These shrines are visited by interested followers to this day. Only Christianity claims the resurrection of its founder, and only Christ claimed to be the Son of God in the flesh. Therein, Christianity stands distinct from all other religions. Either Christ was raised from the ... read more »

The Skeptics’ Bogus Bounty

The skeptics have placed a "bounty" on my head. Well, in a manner of speaking. They've offered me a bounty of $2,000 if I will accept their challenge. But let me give you a bit of background. Some years ago a former preacher and missionary associated with the churches of Christ "soured," and, so far as anyone knows, abandoned any ... read more »

Anointing with Oil – James 5:14

In the book of James, the inspired writer exhorts: "Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up" (Jas. 5:14, 15). ... read more »

Growing Doubts about the Resurrection of the Dead

In his defense before Agrippa, Paul asked his Jewish audience: "Why is it judged incredible with you, if God doth raise the dead?" (Acts 26:8). There have always been those who found the concept of the bodily resurrection incredible, i.e., unbelievable, and their modern counterparts are appearing increasingly-even in today's church. False Ideas The ancient Greeks disdained the notion that ... read more »

The Mormons Seek a Face Lift

Our Mormon friends are opting for a "face lift." They are attempting to phase out the designation "Mormon Church" (which has a cultic connotation in the minds of many), and so popularize themselves with a more "Christian-like" designation. In a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report (March 19, 2001), there appeared an article titled, "Don't call it 'Mormon'" ... read more »

Larry King Hosts Pat Boone, Max Lucado, and Others

There may be no greater devastation for a parent, or even a grandparent, than to see one of their offspring fatally injured - or nearly so. Our hearts are deeply touched when we observe such anxiety. It is even a greater sadness when loved ones expect a "miracle" in such an instance - only to wait, heart-broken, in vain. From ... read more »

That Mysterious Disciple

In recent years, the following passage in the Gospel of Mark has become the center of a doctrinal storm: "John said unto him, Teacher, we saw one casting out demons in your name; and we forbade him because he followed us not. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man who shall do a mighty work in ... read more »