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False Teaching Regarding Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, has been given an exceptional amount of coverage of late by the news media. A recent feature article in the Birmingham Post-Herald contains this headline: "More Catholics turning to Mary" (March 24, 2001, p. D7). The following statement is made subsequently: "Through the centuries, the role of Mary in the Catholic Church has continued ... read more »

Why Did Paul Say, “Let God Be True...”?

"What does the passage mean, 'let God be found true, but every man a liar' (Romans 3:4)?" In the first two chapters of his letter to the Roman saints, Paul has discussed the spiritual plight of both the Gentiles (chapter 1), and the Jews (chapter 2). Both segments of humanity, he argued, had serious spiritual problems, and were accountable to ... read more »

Is There No Plan of Salvation for Angels?

"What is the meaning of Hebrews 2:16, 'For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham'?" In order to appreciate the passage (as much as is possible from the limited information available), one has to have a grasp of the argument that the inspired writer has made thus far ... read more »

The Corinthian Church – Confidence or Coercion?

Paul "boasted" about the Corinthian church. He lived there for a year and a half, "teaching the word of God among them" (Acts 18:11, ESV). He was confident in their agape (dedicated) love for the Lord's work. A large cooperative effort was underway. Paul encouraged support for impoverished Christians in Jerusalem. The Corinthians' interest was known by Paul, but a ... read more »

Languages of the Bible

The original languages of the Bible are three: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. If one wishes to be a careful student of the Scriptures, he will want to do some research concerning the biblical languages, always keeping in mind that Jehovah chose words as the medium of his special revelation to mankind. Hebrew The Hebrew of the Old Testament is a ... read more »

Will Everyone Go to Heaven?

A letter from a courteous reader asserted his belief that all people will be saved ultimately. He feels there is Bible support for this position, though he introduced not a solitary passage in defense of the theory. Perhaps there is some value in discussing this theme. It is becoming more popular in this day of widely diversified religious views, and ... read more »

But Were They Really Saved?

The issue of whether a child of God can ever lose his salvation is one of the truly controversial topics within the community of "Christendom." Frequently when the subject is broached, tempers flare and emotional reactions abound. But the issue is serious, and it calls for calm, serious study. The idea that the believer in Christ is "eternally secure," is ... read more »

DISgrace Institute: A Religious Disconnect

When it comes to religion, some folks have a real "disconnect." By that I mean they are strong in arguing for a particular doctrinal platform, but they see no relationship between their theological peculiarities and their conduct of life. The ancient Pharisees were of this sort. They adhered to the "strict manner of the law" (Acts 22:3). In fact, they ... read more »

Is Your Worship Becoming Disney Church?

There was a time in most churches when the services were focused upon worship that glorified God, and the preaching consisted of reverent instruction from the Scriptures. In some places, it's still that way. On the other hand, drastic changes are underway in hundreds of churches across the land. An article appearing in World magazine addressed this phenomenon. Note this ... read more »

The Plague of Profanity

Are you as sick of hearing it as I am? We are exposed to it at the supermarket, over the back fence, and at ball games. It fills our novels, movies, and is profuse on television. What is this mysterious influence? Profanity! We hear it-not just from sailors ("cuss like a sailor"), or from the French ("pardon my 'French'")-but from ... read more »