The following articles are related to the topic of PLAN OF SALVATION

The Crucifixion of Christ: The Real Emphasis

Mel Gibson's extravaganza, "The Passion of the Christ," has made its public debut, and, contrary to the dire financial forecast of the liberal prognosticators, it is hundreds of millions of dollars. As expected, though, it has received mixed reviews. Some have charged that it is "anti-Semitic," that is, that it portrays a misleading view of the first-century Jews and, at ... read more »

The Corrupt “Incorruptible” Argument Against Baptism

In a moment characterized more by "heat" than "light," one of our readers has lashed out against an article on this web site. Our article contended for the necessity of water baptism as a condition for the remission of sins (see Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Pet. 3:21, etc.). Our critic writes: "Baptism is not necessary to salvation. According to 1 ... read more »

Ishmael or Isaac? The Koran or the Bible?

The Islamic holiday, Qurbani Id (or Id Al-Adha), is known as the "Sacrifice Festival." Muslims celebrate this "great feast of sacrifice" on the tenth day of the last month of the Muslim year. According to their doctrinal scheme, this day celebrates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son by Hagar, Ishmael. If you remember the Old Testament account, you ... 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 »

Seven Steps to Greater Bible Understanding

Some claim that the Bible is too old, too long, too boring, or too difficult. Yet amazingly, the United Bible Society distributed 23,200,000 Bibles in 2001 alone - an average of 44 Bibles per minute throughout the year. It is necessary to do more than just own a copy of the Bible, or engage in some superficial reading. We must ... read more »

A Message from an Angel

In the 14th chapter of the book of Revelation, the apostle John, while exiled on the island of Patmos, sees a vision of a Lamb on Mount Zion. Though the Lamb had been slain, he now is "standing" (cf. 5:6). This most certainly is a representation of the resurrection of God's slain Lamb, Jesus Christ (cf. John 1:29; 1 Peter ... read more »

The Pope Ignites a Controversy

A furor was reignited recently when news outlets reported that "Pope Benedict XVI" made the claim that the Catholic Church is the only true path to salvation. Various "pastors" of non-Catholic persuasions denounced the assertion, while some Catholic officials since have contended that the "pontiff's" message had been "misconstrued." Several observations regarding this confusion are appropriate. If the Roman Catholic ... read more »

Church Controversies

One of the saddest situations that a spiritual person can contemplate is a brotherhood engaged in a "non-civil war," particularly in a time when it ought to be united against the growing forces of evil that threaten the stability of society and the welfare of our families. The grim reality is, however, it always will be the case that "little ... read more »

The Paradox of Anxiety

A paradox is defined as a statement that appears to conflict with common sense or other credible sources of information, when, in fact, it may not conflict at all. For example, after reflecting upon on 1 Peter 5:6-"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time"-one might be inclined to say: "The ... read more »

Conversions in Acts

There are many disciplines of human learning that are governed by rules. For example, there are mathematics rules, rules that govern grammar, etc. It is not uncommon, though, that rules are structured in technical terms that, practically speaking, are of little value to some students. Hence, a wise teacher learns to illustrate. The "rule" is made more understandable by the ... read more »