The following articles are related to the topic of CONVERSION

The Tongue: One of Man’s Most Dangerous Weapons

It is not without significance that two of the Ten Commandments deal with speech-taking the name of God in vain and bearing false witness against another person (Ex. 20:7, 16). Similarly, in the Sermon on the Mount Jesus warned against the abuse of the tongue in "swearing falsely" (Mt. 5:33-37). Elsewhere, Jesus Christ gave a stern warning regarding the unseemly ... read more »

Are We Resurrected from the Dead When We Obey the Gospel?

"Are we resurrected from the dead when obeying the gospel? If we are made alive in Christ, how can we be dead and resurrected again [at his second-coming]?" Before one obeys the gospel, he is dead in sin (Eph. 2:1). To which does this refer: the physical body or a spiritual condition? It refers, of course, to our spiritual condition. ... read more »

The Fragrance of Christian Influence

People have long been aware of the value of influence. Plutarch said that "a word or nod from a good person has more weight than the eloquent speeches of others." Just as plants yield fragrances, so people exert influence - for good or ill. What Is Influence? Influence sometimes is defined as the "ability to produce an effect without apparent ... read more »

God’s Providential Use of Nations

As informed Bible students have observed so many times in the past, the providential activity of God is beyond human analysis. I sometimes refer to it as a provable-nonprovable proposition. This is what I mean: the Lord's providential operations are certain; for, in principle, Bible examples demonstrating such are very clear. The experiences of Joseph are sufficient within themselves to ... read more »

Salvation Is from the Jews

No Christian can be anti-Semitic toward the Jews. Christ was a Jew, and that by divine intent. In a conversation with a Samaritan woman, Jesus declared: "[S]alvation is from the Jews" (John 4:22). The focus, of course, was upon his personal identity as the Messiah (vv. 25-26). All people are indebted to the Hebrew nation for the Savior. Christians are ... read more »

Are All People Children of God?

"Why are there some people who think they are the 'children of God,' but that others are not. Isn't it a fact that all human beings are children of God?" This is a concern that many express. Is there a legitimate biblical response? In the first place, it is not man's prerogative to arbitrarily determine who is or is not ... read more »

Is Your Worship Becoming Disney Church?

There was a time in most churches when the services were focused upon worship that glorified God, and the preaching consisted of reverent instruction from the Scriptures. In some places, it's still that way. On the other hand, drastic changes are underway in hundreds of churches across the land. An article appearing in World magazine addressed this phenomenon. Note this ... read more »

The San Francisco Atheist Convention

How would you like to throw a party and have nobody show up? Well, almost nobody-relatively speaking. That's what happened when the atheists had their recent West-Coast convention. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (with headquarters in Madison, WI) convened a "mini-convention"-and I do mean mini. The grand event took place on the weekend of July 30-31 in San Francisco. Atheists ... read more »

Hell Is a Hot Topic These Days

Some years ago the British philosopher, Bertrand Russell, produced an essay titled, "Why I Am Not A Christian." One of the reasons he cited was the fact that Jesus, the founder of Christianity, believed in hell. When I first read that observation, my inclination was this: "Well, at least Russell understood what Jesus believed about that matter"-which is considerably more ... read more »

Neale Walsch: A New Guru for the Gullible

Neale Donald Walsch lives in a hilltop mansion near Medford, Oregon. A few years ago, he was a "nobody." Now, he is a "somebody" who's attracting some attention. Having had a troubled childhood, Walsch has been through a series of unstable relationships and career difficulties. He has been in four marriages in which nine children were produced. He has passed ... read more »