The following articles are related to the topic of JUSTIFICATION

Changing Attitudes Concerning Abortion

According to a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report (March 1, 1999), Faye Wattleton, former head of Planned Parenthood, was "crushed" when she learned that America's views on abortion are shifting, apparently toward a more conservative posture. In an article titled, "The Joy of Sexual Values," senior writer John Leo says that Wattleton's new group, the Center for ... read more »

Dealing Treacherously with One’s Spouse

The book of Malachi, the final document of the Old Testament, contains a series of scathing rebukes against the Hebrew people in the post-captivity period (c. 457-432 B.C.) of the nation's history. The Israelites had drifted into a state of spiritual lethargy and were involved in numerous manifestations of sin, not the least of which involved flouting the vows of ... read more »

History of Instrumental Music

William Woodson (Th.D) is an accomplished Bible scholar whose labors have blessed thousands for more than forty years. He has served as the head of the Bible department at one university, and the director of graduate studies in another. He has written scores of articles and authored or co-authored several books, including a volume on the theme of instrumental music ... read more »

Paul’s Instruction to the Saints of Crete

Crete is a large island in the Mediterranean near the southern entrance to the Agean Sea. It is a rugged mountainous region, once inhabited by a people whose reputation was less than ideal. A Greek philosopher, Epimenides (c. 600 B.C.), characterized the Cretans as perpetual liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons (Titus 1:12). Jews from this region were present in ... read more »

The Meaning of Romans 3:31

Please explain Romans 3:31. "Do we then make the law of none effect through faith? Indeed not, we establish the law." The correct interpretation of this passage depends upon four things - the meaning of "law," the significance of "faith," and a consideration of these terms in both the immediate and remote contexts of scripture. We must note at the ... read more »

Is a “Loveless Marriage” Scriptural Grounds for Divorce?

"There is no spiritual law that demands you stay in your loveless marriage," wrote "Reverend" Norman L. Conaway. He prefaced his remarks by saying, "I am a spiritual advisor." Mr. Conaway was responding to a woman whose depressing circumstance was shared with "Dear Abby," and published in newspapers nationwide ("Dear Abby," The Record, Stockton, Ca. November 12, 2002). This lady, ... read more »

Did the Law of Moses Continue until A.D. 70?

A man argues that the law of Moses was binding until Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in A.D. 70. One of the passages used to support his position is 2 Corinthians 3:11, which states that the law "is passing away" (NKJB). Therefore, it had not yet been removed. What are we to make of this? The gentleman is a ... read more »

Responding to Critics on the “Instrumental Music” Issue

In several previously-published articles, we have discussed the issue of whether or not the use of mechanical instruments of music is divinely sanctioned for Christian worship. A foundational point that we have sought to emphasize is this: There is no New Testament authority for the use of instrumental accompaniment in Christian worship. We are not at liberty, therefore, to improvise ... read more »

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

The expression, "The just [righteous] shall live by faith," is a wonderful affirmation from the Holy Spirit of sacred revelation, brimming with truth and comfort. It occurs four times in Scripture-once in the book of Habakkuk, twice in Paul's epistles, and finally in the epistle to the Hebrews. Habakkuk The book of Habakkuk was probably composed near the end of ... read more »

A Dispute About the Purpose of Baptism

We receive a great number of questions dealing with a variety of biblical issues. It simply is not possible to deal with all of them. Some are impertinent, trivial, seemingly bereft of any semblance of sincerity and, therefore, in our judgment, warrant no response. We give very little, if any, attention to unsigned correspondence. Some questions, however, though reflecting erroneous ... read more »