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Corinth – A Troubled Church

The church in Corinth was afflicted with many spiritual ailments. One of these is discussed in 1 Corinthians 5. Let us consider this case. A Serious Problem (1-5) In addition to the division that plagued the Corinthian church, a moral cancer was eating away at its vitals. There was a "buzz" stirring the congregation because a brother was living in ... read more »

Three Views of Self

In one of his compositions, poet John Donne had this phrase: "No man is an island." Whatever the expression meant to him, it contains a general truth. None of us lives an isolated existence. While we see ourselves in a certain light, others may view us quite differently. Our Creator assesses us with absolute accuracy! How We See Ourselves One's ... read more »

Immanuel — God Is With Us

Names are of great importance in the Bible. Some names have historical significance. "Adam," for example, may derive from the Hebrew adama, "the red soil"-thus suggesting something of his physical origin (Gen. 2:7). And "Eve" ("living," "life") was so designated because "she was the mother of all living" humans (Gen. 3:20). Sometimes names were symbolically descriptive of character. During his ... read more »

The Great Mystery of Godliness

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul declared that one of his reasons for writing the epistle was that men might know how to behave themselves in the house (family) of God, which is the church of the living God (3:15). Further, he affirms that it is the responsibility of those in the church to be the pillar and support ... read more »

A Perversion of Biblical Faith

One of the great tragedies of ecclesiastical history is the fact that so many have failed to find a balanced view of human redemption as this concept is set forth in the biblical record. On the one hand there is Roman Catholicism, arrogantly contending that salvation is conferred upon the basis of meritorious acts. The Council of Trent declared that ... read more »

What Is Faith in Christ?

One of the most elemental aspects of the Christian system is that of "faith." The writer of Hebrews classifies faith as one of those "first principles" that ought to be understood by the most immature student. And yet, many seem not to grasp the significance of this magnificent quality. The Necessity of Faith It is difficult to fathom how one ... read more »

I Was Sentenced to Death in the Electric Chair – A True Story

There are two motivating factors in a person's life. One brings him to God; another is love for God. Fear brings a man to realize the consequences of his sin and turns him to God, and love for God will cause one to grow in God's favor. He loves God when he sees the love that was manifested in the ... read more »

Reductio Ad Absurdum – The Consequences of an Argument

Jesus Christ was the master Teacher, and he employed a wide variety of didactic skills.One format the Lord occasionally used is known as ad hominem, a Latin expression meaning, "to the man."This line of argument is not designed to establish positive truth; rather, it is a form of refutation whereby the inconsistency of error is exposed.Sometimes the inconsistency is so ... read more »

Adam Clarke & Albert Barnes: Scholars from the Past

Occasionally in these weekly articles I like to depart from the "heavier" subjects and take one of those inviting side-trails that explore interesting facts of history. This week we have a "human interest" piece concerning two renowned Bible commentators. Adam Clarke (1762-1832) Adam Clarke was the most famous commentator the Methodist Church ever produced. As a child he was judged ... read more »

Does God Send Delusions? Can a Person Harden Himself Beyond Hope?

"Ihave two questions.What is meant by the expression, 'God sends them a strong delusion,' as found in Paul's letter to the Thessalonian Christians (2 Thes. 2:11)?How does this harmonize with the concept of God's goodness?Also, is it possible for a person to become so hardened in sin that he is beyond hope?" With reference to your first question, let us ... read more »