The following articles are related to the topic of GOODNESS

Galatians 5:4 – Fallen from Grace

Those who have been influenced by the dogma of John Calvin believe that a child of God can never apostatize to the point of being lost. Dr. Charles Stanley, in his book Eternal Security-Can You Be Sure?, devotes an entire chapter to Galatians 5:4. He desperately wants to negate its impact on the once-saved, always-saved doctrine. Stanley suggests that all ... read more »

Genesis 1:1-2 – The Gap Theory

One of the theories which attempts to harmonize the Bible with evolutionary chronology (i.e., the concept that the earth is billions of years old) is known as the Gap Theory. This view, which is barely more than 150 years old, argues that there exists a gap between Genesis 1:1 and 1:2, during which there lived successive generations of plants, animals, ... read more »

Joel 1:3 – Parental Responsibility

"Tell your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation" (Joel 1:3). The prophecies of Joel were occasioned by a devastating plague of locust that recently had come upon the land of Canaan. Joel, a Judean prophet under the guidance of God's Spirit, interpreted the locust plague as a vivid picture of the ... read more »

Belly-button Rings and Low-rider Jeans

It was once the case that the only time "love-handles" were exposed in public was when an overweight plumber was struggling to repair the faucet (no offense to plumbers intended). These days, every other teen-age girl at the mall is wearing her favorite pair of "I wear a size 8, but the 6's fit so tight, I went ahead and ... read more »

Preparing to Preach

There are two senses in which every man who desires to preach the gospel of Christ in a public capacity should prepare for this noble vocation. First there is the advanced preparation; then there is the immediate readiness. Advanced Preparation The old Calvinistic idea that a man is "called" to preach by a supernatural force and receives a sacred "illumination" ... read more »

The Power of Example

The Greek New Testament contains several terms that are rendered by the English word "example." The word deigma denotes that which is shown, hence, a specimen. Jude declares that the permanent destruction of wicked Sodom and Gomorrah serves as an "example" of the eternal punishment of hell (Jude 7). The term hupodeigma (literally, "to show under") suggests a model, either ... read more »

Logic and Stem Cell Research

In his epistle to the Roman saints, Paul rhetorically asked: "Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?" The apostle then answered his own query. In the English versions it is variously translated: "God forbid" (KJV; ASV), "By no means!" (RSV); "Certainly not!" (NKJV). The Greek Testament reads: me genoito, an expression, used 15 times in the New Testament. ... read more »

Does Free Agency Nullify Personal Responsibility?

"According to Christian teaching, we are supposed to have 'free agency' here on earth. But the God in the Old Testament destroyed people who did not keep His laws. It is not free agency when you are killed for living the way you want." So wrote one of our critics recently.The very manner in which the comment was framed, however, ... read more »

Are You Homophobic?

"We need to be tolerant of other people, especially those of a different sexual orientation," so goes the common saying. The homosexual agenda is everywhere. Those who preach "tolerance" are not tolerant of you, if you disagree with them. That's what Elliot Chambers learned when he wore a sweatshirt to Woodbury High with the words, "Straight Pride." The next day, ... read more »

Does God Change?

A reader comments on our article: Demons: Ancient Superstition or Historical Reality? . "The overall article was good, but to say that God does not work miraculously is a little too far. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When did He stop working miracles?" Yes, it is true that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The ... read more »