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An Analysis of the “Salvation Army”

Street corner bands, trucks collecting repairable items, red kettles, ringing bells at Christmas time, and soup lines are well-known marks of the internationally publicized Salvation Army. This is an organization that is hailed as a paragon of virtue by most religious people. The Salvation Army is widely acclaimed for its charitable thrust. It operates hostels for homeless men and women, ... read more »

Why Did Jesus “Curse” the Fig Tree?

"Can you explain the case where Jesus 'cursed' a fig tree? There are several things about this that are hard to understand. Did Christ have a right to 'curse' a tree? What is the meaning of 'curse'? Since the tree was apparently destroyed, did he destroy property that did not belong to him? Some people say that this shows that ... read more »

Matthew’s Account of the Virgin Birth

Just who was Jesus of Nazareth? Was he "the fruit of an adulterous union of Mary with a certain soldier whose name was Pantheras" as the pagan philosopher, Celsus charged? Was he the natural son of Joseph as German theologian, Adolf Harnack suggested? Or was he, in fact, precisely who he claimed to be, the divine Son of God? In ... read more »

Enemies of Christ

In his epistle to the Philippians, the apostle Paul warned: "For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ" (Phil. 3:18). The term "enemy" translates the Greek word echthros. It is a form kindred to echthos, "hate," hence denotes one whose disposition is hateful, hostile, ... read more »

Three Dimensions of Love

The week prior to Jesus' crucifixion, commonly known as the Passion Week, was an emotionally charged period for the Son of God. Tuesday of that week was particularly controversial. Several members of various Jewish sects mounted argumentative assaults against Christ-with no success whatsoever, of course (see Matthew 22:15ff). In one of these instances, a Pharisee lawyer framed a question which ... read more »

What Is Adultery?

Several years ago it would hardly have been necessary to discuss the meaning of "adultery." Virtually every educated person knew that adultery is a sexual relationship that somehow or another breaches a marriage relationship. In recent years though, a new view of adultery has been espoused by a minority element within the church. It is the notion that adultery is ... read more »

Paul’s Discourse to the Elders at Ephesus

Having concluded his third missionary journey, the apostle Paul hurriedly was making his way toward Jerusalem, hoping to arrive in that renowned city before the Jewish Pentecost (doubtless because of the great crowds that would be assembled). Sailing southward in the Aegean Sea (that arm of the Mediterranean between Greece and Asia Minor) the apostle came to Miletus. Miletus was ... read more »

Who Is a Christian?

The term "Christian" is found three times in the New Testament. It is employed initially in conjunction with the ministry of Barnabas and Saul in Antioch of Syria. [T]he disciples were called Christians first in Antioch (Acts 11:26). Later, when pressed with evidence for the validity of the Christian system, Herod Agrippa II said: Almost you persuade me to be ... read more »

A Study of Samson: Faith and Folly

The eleventh chapter of the book of Hebrews has often been called the biblical "Hall of Fame," or "Hall of Faith." The stories of those Old Testament heroes that adorn this section of scripture have thrilled our hearts since we were children. When one sees names such as Abraham, Joseph, and Moses, he does not wonder at their appearance. On ... read more »

A Study of the King of Tyre Prophecy in Ezekiel 28

Does the prophecy regarding the king of Tyre in Ezekiel 28:11-19 have reference to the "fall of Satan"? Is it a preview of the so-called Anti-Christ? If not, to what does it refer? In point of fact, Ezekiel's prophecy regarding the king of Tyre is not alluding to a "fall of Satan," nor to the alleged rise of a sinister ... read more »