The following articles are related to the topic of PUNISHMENT

Lessons from Lamentations

One of the little-known portions of the Bible is the book of Lamentations. Although frequently neglected by some students, this narrative truly contains some rich deposits of truth which will abundantly reward those who examine its contents. In the Hebrew Old Testament the book is entitled ekah, meaning "how" or "alas," taken from the first verse. The Septuagint calls it ... 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 »

Is There No Plan of Salvation for Angels?

"What is the meaning of Hebrews 2:16, 'For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham'?" In order to appreciate the passage (as much as is possible from the limited information available), one has to have a grasp of the argument that the inspired writer has made thus far ... read more »

Did God Reward Midwives for Lying?

When there arose a Pharaoh who "knew not Joseph," the Hebrew people were enslaved by the Egyptians. Fearing the slaves might aid an enemy in any attempted overthrow of the Egyptian regime, Pharaoh devised a plan to contain the population of the Israelites. He commanded the midwives to commit murder. All male children were to be killed (Exodus 1:15-16). The ... read more »

What About Potlucks and Church Discipline?

A Christian couple in a nearby congregation divorced with no scriptural basis. She later remarried but was never disciplined by her home congregation. Recently she and her current husband visited our congregation and stayed for a potluck meal. One family left, quite agitated, and accused the rest of sinning by eating with the woman. Were they wrong in leaving? Were ... read more »

But Were They Really Saved?

The issue of whether a child of God can ever lose his salvation is one of the truly controversial topics within the community of "Christendom." Frequently when the subject is broached, tempers flare and emotional reactions abound. But the issue is serious, and it calls for calm, serious study. The idea that the believer in Christ is "eternally secure," is ... read more »

Tiny Clues – Dramatic Results

Sometimes things on the surface appear so insignificant, yet they turn out to be dramatically important. Let me cite a couple of examples that speak to the issue of the credibility of the New Testament. The authors of the four Gospel narratives testify in unison that the first people to discover that Joseph of Arimathaea's tomb was empty (in which ... read more »

Joshua’s Farewell Address

Joshua, the great commander of Israel, was "old and stricken in years" when he gave a presentation to his people near the end of his illustrious career (Joshua 23:1ff). It is likely that this was not long before his death at the age of 110 years (24:29). As he stood before the leaders of his spiritual kinsmen, he gave a ... read more »

What About Polygamy?

"Polygamy is very prevalent in our country, Papua New Guinea. What is the Bible position on this practice?" Polygamy is the practice of being married to more than one spouse at the same time. The first case of polygamy recorded in the Scriptures had to do with a descendant of the infamous Cain, Lamech, who "took unto him two wives" ... read more »

Parents, Obey Your Father

Children are the most vulnerable creatures on earth. In the Encyclopedia of Biblical and Christian Ethics, the following astute observation is found: "The human infant is by far the most helpless of all young mammalian life and consequently requires an inordinate amount of care if it is to be nurtured successfully" (Harrison 1992, 302). Sadly, many are not nurtured successfully. ... read more »