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What Is a “Necessary Inference”?

"I frequently hear ministers talk about a 'necessary inference' in connection with the issue of Bible authority.What is a 'necessary inference,' and is this a legitimate method of establishing scriptural authority?" The word "inference" derives from Latin roots that signify "to gather in."In logic (the science of critical thinking), it suggests the idea of gathering in data from various sources, ... read more »

What About Mechanical Instruments of Music in Christian Worship?

"Why don't we use instruments of music in our worship?" Tragically, so many members of the Lord's church these days appear to be untaught as to exactly why churches of Christ refrain from instrumental accompaniment in their worship. The simplest, most concise answer is this: It is a matter of authority. There is no authority for the use of a ... read more »

Resurrection: Literal or Merely Symbolic?

All four of the Gospel accounts affirm that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead (Mt. 28:6; Mk. 16:6; Lk. 24:6; Jn. 20:9). Later, the apostle Paul argues that the resurrection of Christ is the very foundation of the Christian's faith. "But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither hath Christ been raised: and if Christ hath not ... 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 »

Questions About Missions

Many congregations annually designate one Sunday as "Missions Sunday." We have been doing so where I labor for a number of years. This is one expedient way to draw attention to those works outside the local congregation - prayerfully those works that are out-of-sight, but not out-of-mind. It is true, however, that every Sunday is "Missions Sunday" for the people ... read more »

Denomination Claims Biblical Worship

A denominational church publication makes the following claim: "Our worship is based upon the Bible's pattern of worship unto the Lord." [It further contains the following.] "We hope this pamphlet will explain to you why we worship as we do." In consideration of the pamphlet, there are both positive and negative things upon which we must reflect. The positive aspects ... read more »

Do the Ages of the Earth and Mankind Really Matter?

The impact of Charles Darwin's theory of organic evolution has made tremendous inroads into the thinking of many people who ostensibly identify themselves as Christians. What is true of the community of "Christendom" is no less true of the churches of Christ. One area of considerable compromise is in the realm of evolutionary chronology. Evolutionary scholars are adamant about the ... read more »

What Is A Cappella Music?

One of our readers recently wrote asking that we explain what is meant when it is stated that churches of Christ use only a cappella music. This is an excellent question and we are happy to respond. The phrase a cappella derives from a Latin expression which, by way of Italian, means "in the style of the church," or "as ... read more »

The Tomb Was Found Empty

Did the disciples steal the body, or was it the enemies who stole it? Maybe the women went to the wrong tomb. Or did Jesus pass out on the cross and revive in the tomb, having merely "swooned" on the cross? Did he roll the stone away from the inside and sneak off? The ramblings of skeptics have one thing ... read more »

The Pope Ignites a Controversy

A furor was reignited recently when news outlets reported that "Pope Benedict XVI" made the claim that the Catholic Church is the only true path to salvation. Various "pastors" of non-Catholic persuasions denounced the assertion, while some Catholic officials since have contended that the "pontiff's" message had been "misconstrued." Several observations regarding this confusion are appropriate. If the Roman Catholic ... read more »