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Numbers 14:11-12 – The Disinheritance of a Rebellious Child

There are some religionists, in the tradition of John Calvin, who argue for the doctrine of the impossibility of apostasy. What these folks believe - and their sincerity is not in question - is this. It is utterly impossible for a child of God to so sin as to fall from grace and thus finally be lost. They ask: "Is ... read more »

1 Thessalonians 1:4-5 – Election through the Gospel

The theology of John Calvin contends that before the foundation of the world, God elected certain ones (both angels and men) to be saved, and others to be lost. There is no biblical basis for this. In the opening remarks of his first letter to the brethren at Thessalonica, Paul makes an interesting comment which helps put this topic into ... read more »

What Is Rastafarianism? Who Was Bob Marley?

"What is the religion called Rastafarianism, and how is such related to the Jamaican entertainer, Bob Marley (1945-1981)?" Rastafarianism is a religious movement (especially popular in Jamaica - 5% to 10% of the population) that is less than a century old. It had its beginnings in a black, political movement that started in the 1920s/30s. One of the early influences ... read more »

Ezekiel 12:13 — The Blind Ruler

Even though he was a captive in Babylon, the prophet Ezekiel uttered oracles regarding his brethren who were as yet in the land of Canaan. One of his prophecies had to do with Zedekiah, who was serving as the "prince in Jerusalem" (Ezekiel 12:10). The prophet announced that the "rebellious house" of Israel, along with the haughty ruler, would be ... read more »

Habakkuk 1:2 – A Challenge to God

Many believers, from time to time, have felt the temptation to argue with God. Job did. He disputed the Lord's wisdom in governing the world. Later, though, he learned how ignorant he really was, and he repented of his rash allegations. Habakkuk too had a problem understanding what Jehovah was doing in the administration of human affairs. And so he ... read more »

Terminal Illness – Living Wills

The recent case in Florida involving Terri Schiavo has again thrown our nation into an ethical fire-storm of controversy regarding certain life-and-death issues. For some fifteen years Terri had been in what some called a "persistent vegetative state." She was able to breathe on her own, and evidenced some awareness, but she was unable to feed herself or communicate with ... read more »

Let Your Light Shine

Christ is the sole light that radiates divine truth and sustains life. He declared, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life" (John 8:12). True to Messianic prediction, the gospel message of Christ glows, shining forth into the world (Isaiah 49:6; Acts 13:47). He is the ... read more »

A Divine Platform for Christian Unity

The church of Jesus Christ in the city of Ephesus is first mentioned in the latter portion of Acts 18, when certain "brethren" wrote a letter commending the eloquent Apollos (v. 27). Paul visited that great metropolis during his third missionary campaign, probably in the spring of A.D. 54/55, and built upon that foundation (Acts 19:1-7). In this community, he ... read more »

ARCHAEORAPTOR UPDATE: “Piltdown Bird”

On October 15, 1999, the National Geographic Society, along with paleontologists Phillip Currie, Xu Xing, and scientific sculptor Stephen Czerkas, held a press conference in which three fossils were presented that allegedly "provide fresh evidence that feathers were widespread among meat-eating dinosaurs, maybe even Tyrannosaurus rex." One particular bird-like fossil sporting a tail was dubbed Archaeoraptor liaoningensis, and was hailed ... read more »

Must Terminally Ill Christians Artificially Prolong Life?

"Is a terininally ill Christian morally obligated to prolong his life artificially (by means of drugs or machinery)?" Life-and-death issues are some of the most difficult decisions that one may ever have to make, and this is a question many are confronting. Since the Bible does not provide specific answers to many questions of this nature, scriptural principles must be ... read more »