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What Do You Know About Demons?

The study of "demons" is a fascinating yet challenging topic in biblical literature. There is much to be learned from a survey of this theme. Admittedly, however, there is some mystery as well. It is not that the sacred text cannot be understood; that is plain enough. The puzzlement lies in the fact that we are not witnesses to the ... read more »

What Is Baptismal Regeneration?

Is the doctrine of "baptismal regeneration" scriptural? In order to answer such a question, one first must define precisely what he means by that designation. Exactly what is "baptismal regeneration"? The phrase connotes different things to different people. For some, the expression is merely a bit of inflammatory rhetoric designed to intimidate those who affirm that baptism is a part ... read more »

Exploring the Concept of Priesthood

The theme of priests and priesthood is prominent within the Scriptures. One is first introduced to the concept of a priest in the book of Genesis, and the role lingers until the sacred canon closes. The office of the priest is mentioned some 700 times in the Old Testament, and approximately 80 times in the New Testament. It is obvious ... read more »

Baby Dedication Ceremonies: Expediency or Innovation?

The "infant dedication" service is a new practice that has evolved within some churches of Christ in recent years. Apparently it is becoming increasingly popular, as a search-engine check of "Baby Dedication-Church of Christ" on the world wide web will reveal. Is this practice merely an innocent expediency? Many respectable brethren believe that this exercise reflects a very unhealthy trend ... 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 »

Baptism for the Dead: Revisited

We received a letter from a distinguished professor at Stanford University, disputing the position we argued relative to the "Latter-day saints" dogma of "baptism for the dead" in another article published on this web site (See Mormon Doctrine: Baptism for the Dead .) Joseph Smith, Jr., the founder of Mormonism, claimed to have received a "revelation" from God on January ... read more »

The Righteousness of God Revealed

The book of Romans is magnificent in that it reveals so many aspects of the "righteousness of God" (1:16-17). In this discussion, four of these will be considered. The Wrath of God While the concept of the love of God should never be minimized, it is also true that there is another element to the nature of our Creator: he ... read more »

A Study of Matthew 24

In this era of change, from one millennium to another, there may be no context that has become the focus of more controversy than the twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew's Gospel record. This marvelous depository of prophetic literature has been victimized by considerable theological speculation. Several theories, spawned by a misunderstanding of this chapter, have generated confusion in the religious community. ... read more »

The Biblical Concept of “Time”

Human beings are creatures of "time," and we are preoccupied with that theme. We wear watches so that we can keep account of "time." We ask regarding the criminal: "How much 'time' did he get?" And we ourselves muse: "How much 'time' do I have left?" Our music contemplates this theme. We sing that "time goes on," and at the ... read more »

Is the Genesis Creation Account Poetry?

Liberal theologians have long sought to recast the Genesis record of origins by a variety of exegetical manipulations. One of these is the theory that the Mosaic narrative in Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 is not a document of prose-oriented history. Instead, it is alleged to be poetry. It is contended that history narrative as a discipline did not exist ... read more »