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Ephesians 2:3 – By Nature Children of Wrath

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul describes unregenerate people as being "by nature children of wrath." Calvinists appeal to this passage for proof of the doctrine of hereditary total depravity. They feel the passage is affirming that humans are "by birth children of wrath." Baptist writer B.H. Carroll contended that this passage "knocks the bottom out of the thought ... read more »

May I Divorce My Wife and Remain Unmarried?

"A Christian couple recently separated. The husband claims (to use his expression) that he has 'fallen out of love' with his wife. He says he has no interest in another companion, he simply wants to live the solitary life that he enjoyed before his marriage. Accordingly, he has decided to obtain a divorce. Since he has no intention of remarrying, ... read more »

1 John 1:7 – The Cleansing Fountain

In the Old Testament, Zechariah foretold a time when a fountain would be opened to the house of David for sin and for uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1). The reference, of course, was to the shedding of the blood of Christ and the redemptive effect of that divine offering under the New Testament economy. While many Bible students are aware of the ... read more »

Micah 1:1 – The Doom of Samaria and Jerusalem

Micah was a prophet of the Lord who lived in the city of Moresheth (about 25 miles southwest of Jerusalem). He proclaimed Jehovah's revelation in the reigns of Judah's kings, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. He was, therefore, a contemporary of Isaiah (cf. Isaiah 1:1). Some characterize him as the "country" preacher, while Isaiah was the "city" preacher. The thrust of ... read more »

Are Infants “by Nature” Children of Wrath?

During a speech some time back before the American Humanist Association, television mogul Ted Turner leveled a blast at Christianity for its alleged doctrine that infants are born in sin. The fact is, though this teaching is popular with certain denominational groups, it is unknown to the Bible. However, a few biblical passages are perverted in a futile attempt to ... read more »

Solomon’s Temple Dedication Prayer and “Repentance”

The temple that Solomon constructed in Jerusalem was a magnificent structure, and the day of its dedication was one of solemnity and reverence. Though the king of Israel was flawed in a number of particulars, his prayer of dedication on this occasion was a model of spirituality. It is particularly significant as a "lexicon" definition of sorts of what is ... read more »

The Preposition “Eis” in Acts 2:38

For several generations God's people have conducted debates with our denominational neighbors as to the meaning of the word "for" (Greek, eis) in Acts 2:38. Peter commanded on that occasion: "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for [unto ASV] the remission of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of ... read more »

Amos 1:1-2:3 — Judgment upon the Nations

Amos was principally a prophet to the nation of Israel during the administrations of Jeroboam II and Joash, rulers of the northern kingdom (1:1). Before addressing Israel, however, he turned his attention to other transgressors nearby. Mark each of these names and note the besetting sin. Damascus (in Syria) had been cruel to Gilead (vv. 3-5), Gaza (in Philistia) had ... read more »

What About Divorce?

"Consider the following case: John and Mary are married, but John has grown tired of the relationship. He has, to use his expression, 'fallen out of love' with Mary. He is not interested in another woman, he just wants to live the single life again. " John's attitude is like that of so many self-centered people in today's world. He ... read more »

Genesis 6:6 – Did God Repent?

How does one explain this puzzling verse? And it repented Jehovah that he had made man upon the earth, and it grieved him at his heart (Gen. 6:6). First, let us demonstrate what the passage cannot mean. It does not mean that God created the human family, expecting that it would remain loyal to him, but that, eventually, humanity strayed. ... read more »