The following articles are related to the topic of ELDERS

Making Merchandise of the Gospel

The Scriptures clearly teach that one who labors extensively to study and teach the gospel, thus depriving himself of a regular income, has the right to be supported financially by those to whom the instruction is imparted. It is his "right" (1 Corinthians 9:4-6), and it is his students' "responsibility." Paul spends a considerable portion of the ninth chapter of ... read more »

Why Did the Resurrected Jesus Not Appear to His Enemies?

"When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, why did he not appear to the Jewish and Roman officers, instead of simply showing himself to the disciples? Would not the former have been more convincing?" There are several factors that must be considered in responding to this inquiry. Factual Evidence That there was ample evidence, even to the non-believing Roman and ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Corban”?

"In Mark 7:11-12 Christ condemns the Pharisees for rejecting the commandment of God by their tradition. What specifically were the Pharisees teaching in these two verses? What is Corban?" In order to understand the situation under consideration, the entire context must be viewed. It reads as follows. And there are gathered together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the ... read more »

Rehoboam Revisited

When King Solomon died, it was assumed by the Hebrews that Rehoboam, his son, would ascend to the throne to reign over the twelve tribes of Israel. But God had another plan (see 1 Kings 11:26ff). Due to the wickedness of his people, most of the kingdom (ten tribes of the twelve) would place their loyalty in a different direction-with ... read more »

Dignity Without Ostentation

"Dignity" is defined as a "state of quality, distinction, honor." "Ostentation" has to do with acts of "pretentiousness, outward display, to show off." There is a significant difference between the two. The first has to do with honor or reverence rendered to something that one deems worthy of such; the latter involves an act or state of display that has ... read more »

Dignity in Worship Leadership

Under the Mosaic dispensation a special class served as the leaders of worship for the nation of Israel-they were called "priests." Aaron and his offspring (via the tribe of Levi) officiated in the tabernacle worship ceremonies according to divine prescriptions. The priests were required to wear certain garments in the administration of their ceremonial duties as they led in worship. ... read more »

A Remedy for Troubled Hearts

In those gloomy hours preceding Calvary, Jesus reflected upon the dreaded appointment which, in the eternal scheme of things, he had with the cross-that instrument by which he would bear the penalty for human sin. However, as was often the case, in spite of his own ordeal his thoughts were riveted upon the welfare of others-particularly the disciples-who did not ... read more »

The Elephant in Evolution’s Living Room

Dr. John Morris is affiliated with the Institute for Creation Research in El Cajon, California. He produces a column each month in a publication called Back to Genesis. In a past issue, there appeared a fascinating piece regarding the startling admission of a molecular biologist who was interviewed earlier this year by a journalist in Virginia (Morris, 2000). I would ... read more »

Please Explain 1 Timothy 5:24-25

Could you help me to understand the following passage? "Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment: and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid" (1 Timothy 5:24-25). It will first be important to observe the larger context in which this puzzling ... 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 »