The following articles are related to the topic of GIVING

Will Christ Reign Forever?

In his letter to the church in Corinth, Paul affirmed that Christ must reign "till he has put all his enemies under his feet," the last of which will be death (1 Cor. 15:25, 26). When this time of "the end" arrives, the Lord will deliver up the "kingdom" to the Father (1 Cor. 15:24), and the Son Himself will ... read more »

John 6:27-29 – The “Work” of Faith

In his epistle to the Romans, Paul thrillingly declares: "For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord" (6:23). The expression "free gift" translates the single Greek word, charisma.This term is related to the original word that is frequently rendered "grace" charis).It thus denotes a gift that is ... read more »

2 Chronicles 4:5 – The Capacity of the Laver

Unbelievers think they have discovered a discrepancy between the capacity of Solomon's laver, as recorded in 2 Chronicles 4:5, and that of an earlier account in 1 Kings 7:26. The former account states that the basin contained 2,000 baths (c. 11,500 gallons), while the later record gives the figure at 3,000 baths (c. 17,500 gallons). Several solutions have been postulated ... read more »

Ecclesiastes 3:19-21 — Man, Animals, and Death

Religious materialists contend that man does not possess an incorruptible spirit. Rather, it is alleged, humanity is wholly mortal. It is argued that in this respect man does not differ from an animal. The Jehovah's Witnesses claim, based upon their misunderstanding of Ecclesiastes 3:19-21, that "there is nothing that humans have as a result of birth that gives them superiority ... read more »

Deuteronomy 18:15-19 — A Prophet Like Moses

Moses prophesied that the day would come when Jehovah would raise up, from within the nation of Israel, a prophet who would be like him in many respects. This coming prophet would speak divine words, and those who refused to hear his words would give account for such rebellion (Deuteronomy 18:15-19). One does not have to speculate on the fulfillment ... read more »

Advice to Aspiring Writers

I have never taught a course in journalism. I've never even taken a class in journalism. In spite of this obvious lack of formal training (from which I certainly could have benefited), I have enjoyed more success than has been deserved in the field of religious journalism. I have authored more than 1,600 hundred articles that have been published in ... read more »

Must We Do Something To Receive the Free Gift of Salvation?

"Paul says that we are 'freely' justified (Rom. 3:24), and later he describes salvation as a 'free gift' (Rom. 6:23). Why do some claim that one must 'do' something, such as be baptized, in order to be saved?" There are several factors to be considered in responding to this excellent question. Reflect upon the following: Salvation is wonderfully described in ... read more »

Will Wicked People Be Annihilated in Hell?

Why do you believe that those who die lost will be consciously punished eternally, when the Bible says they will be "destroyed" (Matthew 10:28)? The question clearly indicates that the author is a conditionalist. A conditionalist is one who believes that at some point following death, those who die estranged from God will be annihilated, i.e., cease to exist. This ... read more »

Please Explain 1 Peter 3:21

Please explain 1 Peter 3:21, especially the phrase which says that "baptism" is the "answer of a good conscience." Would not this teach that a person has a good conscience before he is baptized? Would not this indicate then that salvation precedes baptism? 1 Peter 3:21 says: . . . which also after a true likeness doth now save you, ... read more »

What Was the Nature of Cain’s Sin?

We were discussing Cain's sacrifice in Genesis 4 in class recently, and some suggested that Cain's "vegetable" offering was what God wanted, but Cain just did not give his "best." My answer was that he and Abel should have offered the same thing (i.e., an animal sacrifice); however, I cannot prove that to be so. Though there is no explicit ... read more »