The following articles are related to the topic of ELDERS

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 »

Is Church Attendance Required?

"Does the New Testament teach that Christians must be present at every meeting of the church?" This is not a question that can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no." There are several elements to the issue that must be taken into consideration. Perhaps the most controversial passage relating to this matter is Hebrews 10:24-25. Before we consider the ... read more »

The Alleged Perpetual Virginity of Mary

A few months ago, the world was stunned by the report of a limestone ossuary (bone box), discovered in Jerusalem, bearing the inscription, "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus."A number of prominent scholars believe this box once contained the bones of James, half-brother of Jesus, who is so prominently mentioned in the New Testament (cf. Mt. 13:55-56; Acts 15:13ff; ... read more »

The Christian Priesthood

Several terms are employed in the New Testament to express various relationships that Christians sustain to God and to one another. They are designated as "children" in view of the new birth process that is required for a spiritual union with their Creator (John 3:3-5; 2 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 3:26-27). As a result of his incarnation (John 1:14), Jesus entered ... read more »

The Jesus Seminar Strikes Again

Elsewhere, we have dealt with the so-called Jesus Seminar (see part one ). The seminar is a panel of liberal theologians who have commissioned themselves for a cut-and-paste job on the text of the New Testament. With an arrogance that is exceeded only by their ignorance (or vice versa), they purport to present a "new Jesus" to the world of ... read more »

Should “Weak” Christians Be Disfellowshipped?

"Referencing your article, 'Church Discipline - A Tragic Neglect' (6/8/00), please send scriptures to support shunning or disfellowship of a weak brother/sister whose attendance is slipping, or who has completely fallen away." The article, "Church Discipline - A Tragic Neglect" was published in our "Archives". We have chosen this question to feature, because it contains a number of diverse facets ... 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 »

An Instructive Episode in the Ministry of Paul

Early in the ministry of Paul (at least three years after his conversion, Gal. 1:15-18), the apostle returned to his native Tarsus (Acts 9:30), where it is estimated he labored six or seven years. In the meantime, Barnabas, the great exhorter in the early church (Acts 4:36-37), was working with the expanding congregation in Antioch of Syria (Acts 11:23), just ... read more »

A Letter from a Mormon

In response to our teaching efforts by means of this electronic medium, we receive a tremendous amount of mail. Most of it is very encouraging. Devout people write to us stating how much they have learned, or have been helped, by reading from the more-than 1500 articles that we now have available. These notes warm our hearts. Others are sharply ... read more »

Are Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit “God” in Nature?

"We have an elder in our congregation who teaches that long, long ago, God the Father created both Christ and the Holy Spirit.He further teaches that neither Jesus nor the Spirit is 'God.'What can you advise concerning this matter?" As a general rule, we refrain from commenting on specific problems congregations or individuals may be having. Regardless, I must say ... read more »