The following articles are related to the topic of FORGIVENESS

Identifying the Church of the New Testament

The following material is the transcription of a lecture presented to a group of interested Bible students. The style is, therefore, more spoken than written. It is not burdened with technical argument or documentation. Several months ago, the nation's news programs were dominated by the story concerning the young woman from California who worked as a congressional aide, and who ... read more »

A History of the Baptism Apostasy

The theme of baptism is one of the simplest and easiest to understand of most any theological subject in the New Testament. How tragic it is, therefore, that there should be so much confusion-indeed such uncommon error-in the community of "Christendom" regarding this important New Testament doctrine. According to The Exhaustive Concordance to the Greek New Testament (Kohlenberger et al. ... read more »

The Last Will and Testament of Jesus Christ

The word diatheke appears thirty-three times in the Greek New Testament. In the King James Version it is rendered by "covenant" twenty times, and by "testament" thirteen times. The word can convey a twofold sense - depending on the context in which it is found. First, it may signify a covenant, or, as we might express it more commonly, a ... read more »

The Land Where God Is Not

They meant it as a hateful insult. It turns out to be a thrilling truth. During the personal ministry of Jesus, as the leaders of the Jewish community (e.g., the Pharisees and the scribes) became increasingly perceptive as to the nature of the Lord's teaching, they concocted various malicious rumors in their attempts to negate his gracious influence. Some charged ... read more »

The Truth on Baptism Should Not Be “Watered Down”

We recently received the following letter from a very sincere person. "I was baptized as an infant (Methodist Church) by the sprinkling of water. I was confirmed of my own will at the age of 13. I am currently attending a church that says that my baptism doesn't count because I was not immersed, even though I have been a ... read more »

Messianic Previews in the Book of Zechariah

The kingdom of Judah continued to dredge itself into apostasy until a day of calamity was inevitable. In a series of three invasions by the Babylonians (606 B.C., 597 B.C., and 586 B.C.) the nation was devastated. The land was ravaged, Jerusalem was destroyed, and some seventy thousand Hebrews were taken into captivity. Jeremiah had prophetically proclaimed that the captivity ... 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 »

God Made No Distinction

One of the first doctrinal problems encountered by the early church involved an attempt by certain Jewish Christians to graft the Mosaic law onto the gospel system as a means of divine justification. When Paul and Barnabas were at Antioch, certain Judaizers came from Jerusalem, contending: "Unless you are circumcised after the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved" (Acts ... read more »

Why Was Jesus Baptized?

The baptism of Jesus Christ is one of the truly epochal events within the Gospel records. It is chronicled by the synoptic writers in a total of only ten verses (five in Matthew, three in Mark, and two in Luke), and yet it is pivotal in that it signals the commencement of the Lord's preaching ministry. Why was Jesus immersed ... read more »

Living in Terror

A sincere woman has written asking for help.This week's Penpoints article addresses her inquiry. "Can you possibly help me?No matter what I do I cannot shake the feeling that I am lost.I cannot convince myself that God loves me, and that I can be forgiven of my sins.I live in depression almost constantly.Sometimes I don't want to live, but I ... read more »