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Does Ephesians 2:8-9 Exclude Baptism?

For by grace have you been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not of works, that no man should glory. So wrote Paul in his letter to the church at Ephesus (2:8-9). The passage is one of great beauty and power. How tragic that this text has been so abused by sincere ... read more »

Is God Exclusive?

Mike Rappaport is a journalist who writes a regular column for the Ontario, California Daily Bulletin. A recent piece (11/12/98) was titled, "If God isn't exclusive, why are some believers convinced they're the only ones who are right?" In this essay, the columnist makes several statements worthy of examination. Rappaport tells of a conversation he had with a four-year-old girl, ... read more »

Why Racists Hate Christianity

On the Fourth of July weekend in 1999, a young man named Benjamin Nathaniel Smith went on a murderous rampage. He wounded nine people and killed two, before turning the gun upon himself. He was a hate-filled, unhappy person. Prior to his death, Smith was interviewed for a documentary by a student filmmaker. In that interview, he revealed a bitter ... read more »

Preaching to the Spirits in Prison

Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, that aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while ... read more »

King and Company Go Transdenominational

In a previous aricle, The Menace Of Radical Preterism , we discussed some of the identifying traits of a heretical movement that subscribes to the notion that (in the words of one of the dogma's advocates) "God accomplished the fulfillment of all [Bible] prophecy culminating in the destruction of the Jewish Temple in A.D. 70." This theory is variously known ... read more »

JUSTIFICATION: By Faith or Works?

Is justification from sin by faith or works? Does it result from neither, one as opposed to the other, or both? One would expect that such a fundamental question could be answered clearly and confidently, with a united declaration, by those who profess a devout regard for the testimony of the Scriptures. Sadly, such is not the case. The more ... read more »

Is It Wrong to Be Cruel to Animals?

Do you know of anything in the Bible that suggests cruelty to animals is a sin, or at least unfavorable in the eyes of God? There are biblical principles that surely speak to this question. Let us consider several factors that may contribute to our understanding of this concern. God, the Creator God is the Creator of all living organisms. ... read more »

Praying for the Dead

Whenever someone we love dies - in old age or tragically before their prime - our hearts cannot but anguish with those who are suffering soul-tearing losses. Some children have lost one or both parents. Husbands and wives have been robbed of loving mates. Others will never see brother or sister again. To describe separations like these as painful is ... read more »

A Philosophy for Christian Living

Of all Paul's epistles, the letter to the church at Philippi is the most personal. It reveals more of the apostle's philosophy of life than any other. Within that treatise is this most enlightening affirmation. "Brethren, I count not myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to ... read more »

Congregational Autonomy: Not a Shield for Error

In the first century, when churches operated under the ultimate oversight of inspired apostles, congregations were independent. There was no superstructure by which they were tied together. There was neither pope, bishop, nor council to regulate the affairs of local groups. It was an abandonment of this pattern that eventually gave rise to the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic system ... read more »