The following articles are related to the topic of CONVERSION

I’m Looking for a “Friendly Church”

Did you ever hear someone say: "I'm looking for a friendly church"? They hop from one congregation to another, looking for that illusive "friendly church." Why is it that some folks can visit a congregation, and go away praising it: "Those are the friendliest people," while others can visit the same group, and complain that just the opposite is true. ... read more »

Did Peter’s Weakness Negate His Inspiration?

"If the apostles of Christ were inspired of God, and therefore could not make mistakes, why did Paul 'resist' Peter to his face (Gal. 2:11)?" No responsible Bible student contends that the apostles were divinely restrained from making personal mistakes. Certainly Peter sinned when he denied the Lord. Moreover, the Galatian text, referenced above, indicates that Peter acted the part ... read more »

1 Peter 1:22 – “You Have Purified Your Souls”

In his first epistle, Peter wrote: ". . . [Y]ou have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth. . . " (1:22). There are several important points in this clause. First, it affirms that human beings possess a "soul." While the term "soul" may be employed simply for a person (cf. Exodus 1:5; 1 Peter 3:20), or to ... read more »

Is the Bible Historically Accurate?

"Critics have claimed that the Bible contains all kinds of factual errors. Is the Bible trustworthy when it speaks of historical matters?" The Bible contains two kinds of information. Some of it can be checked; some of it cannot. For example, it is not possible to "check" scientifically the accuracy of Genesis 1:1 - "In the beginning God created the ... read more »

Did Jesus Repudiate His Divine Nature?

"Did Jesus imply that he is not 'God,' in his statement to the young ruler in Mark 10:18?" Here is the disputed passage in full. "And as he [Christ] was going forth into the way, there ran one to him, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And ... read more »

Television and Your Children

The most precious possession that a youngster has is his mind. The mind (sometimes designated as the "heart" in biblical jargon) is that element of the human being out of which "choices" emanate, and thus that which controls the direction of one's life. Little wonder, then, that Solomon cautioned, "Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are ... read more »

Does the Marriage of an Unbeliever to a Believer Sanctify the Unbeliever?

"What did Paul mean in 1 Corinthians 7:14 when he said that an unbeliever is 'sanctified' by a Christian spouse?" First, the Bible student must understand the meaning of the term "sanctified," and the various uses of that term that are made by the sacred writers of the New Testament. The word appears in two grammatical forms in the New ... read more »

Ephesians 2:3 – By Nature Children of Wrath

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul describes unregenerate people as being "by nature children of wrath." Calvinists appeal to this passage for proof of the doctrine of hereditary total depravity. They feel the passage is affirming that humans are "by birth children of wrath." Baptist writer B.H. Carroll contended that this passage "knocks the bottom out of the thought ... read more »

Walking Through the Book of Ephesians

The Greek verb peripateo, rendered "walk" in the English Bible, is found 96 times in the New Testament. Eight of these are in Ephesians. The word is composed of two roots, peri (around), and pateo (walk). Literally, to "walk around." Figuratively, it denotes the sphere of one's existence-his manner of life. It can be used negatively (for evil), or positively ... read more »

The Hope of Our Salvation

In describing the metaphorical armor with which the Christian is to fortify himself, one of the items listed by Paul is the "helmet of salvation" (Ephesians 6:17). The term "helmet" is derived from a compound Greek term conveying the idea of "around the head." The imagery appears to be borrowed from Isaiah 59:17, where it is applied to Jehovah, a ... read more »