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Is There a Future Kingdom?

As Paul concluded his first missionary journey, Luke informs us that he revisited some of the infant churches, exhorting those saints to continue in the faith. He also cautioned them that: "Through many tribulations we must enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). That is a curious statement in view of the fact that these Christians had entered the ... read more »

Is Church Attendance Required?

"Does the New Testament teach that Christians must be present at every meeting of the church?" This is not a question that can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no." There are several elements to the issue that must be taken into consideration. Perhaps the most controversial passage relating to this matter is Hebrews 10:24-25. Before we consider the ... read more »

Jude 1 – The Possibility of Apostasy

While yet within the bliss of Eden, Adam was warned of God that he should not eat of the produce of "the tree of the knowledge of good and evil" - lest he die. In a later conversation with the tempting serpent, Eve repeated this prohibition. Satan disputed the Lord's utterance, alleging that these first human beings would "not die" ... read more »

1 Corinthians 3:15 – Saved through Fire

Augustine - and after him John Calvin - taught the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints, i.e., the notion that a child of God can never so sin as to be finally lost. One of the passages that is supposed to support this notion is 1 Corinthians 3:15. There Paul says: "If any man's work shall be burned, he ... read more »

Ephesians 5:19 — Making Melody

The inspired apostle admonishes the saints: "And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody [psalontes] with your heart to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:18,19). Psalontes is from the Greek psallo. Advocates of the use of instrumental music in Christian ... read more »

Two “Stewards”—A Study in Contrast

The term "steward" derives from a compound Greek term, oikonomos, signifying "house arranger." Employed ten times by the New Testament writers, it basically has to do with one who has been entrusted with the responsibility of managing a household, i.e., the property belonging to another. It is used of church leaders, "elders" (Titus 1:7), of teachers of the word, e.g., ... read more »

The Growing Trend of Performance Worship

Acceptable worship is a God-centered phenomenon. It involves not only an attitude, but also a submission to certain prescribed acts. Through worship, Christian people, grateful for divine redemption, pour out their souls in adoration to deity. When men, in their worship, seek to direct attention to themselves, instead of God, they seriously err. This is a truth that some learn ... read more »

Jesus Christ: The First and the Last

The book of Revelation opens with John the apostle exiled to the island of Patmos. He "was in the Spirit on the Lord's day" when he heard a loud voice behind him. As he turned to see who had spoken, he beheld the Lord Jesus - upon whose blessed countenance his eyes had not rested in more than sixty years. ... read more »

The Mormons Seek a Face Lift

Our Mormon friends are opting for a "face lift." They are attempting to phase out the designation "Mormon Church" (which has a cultic connotation in the minds of many), and so popularize themselves with a more "Christian-like" designation. In a recent issue of U.S. News & World Report (March 19, 2001), there appeared an article titled, "Don't call it 'Mormon'" ... read more »

Have You Checked Those Numbers Lately?

Many people are "numbers-conscious" these days. We keep an eye on that blood pressure. It should be under 130/85. We watch our cholesterol; it ought be below 200. Some need to monitor their blood sugar. Between 80-120 is normal for early morning. When a child is sick, we get concerned when his temp goes much above 98.6. But what about ... read more »