The following articles are related to the topic of SLAVERY

How Is a Civil Ruler a “Minister of God”?

"Could you comment on Paul's teaching in Romans 13:4-5? How is the civil ruler a 'minister of God'? What is the meaning of 'he bears not the sword in vain'?" The general context of Romans 13:1-7 has to do with the Christian's responsibility to the government under which he lives. And this embraces any government - ancient or modern. The ... read more »

A Study of Divine Providence

The religious world is an environment of extremism. Some allege, for example, that if God does exist, he has no contact at all with humanity. He is a disinterested, distant deity. This philosophy is known as deism. Others, by way of contrast, assert that virtually every activity of Deity is a miracle. Miracles, they allege, are occurring in abundance everyday. ... read more »

Blasphemy — What Is this Great Sin?

For many people, one of the most fearful terms to be found in the New Testament is the word "blasphemy." Blasphemy is represented as a horrible sin, but what is it? Have I been guilty of it? Can one obtain pardon for it? These are serious questions that engage the attention of the devout person. Blasphemy is an anglicized form ... read more »

What About the Iraq “War” Controversy?

"What is the Christian viewpoint concerning the impending war against Iraq? Is this God's wrath being unleashed against them for their ungodliness? If the answer is yes, does God choose a nation far more ungodly to do this? Should Christians see the war as being justified because the people of Iraq are not Christians?" Thank you for this thoughtful question. ... read more »

The Enigmatic William Barclay

William Barclay (1907-1978), the famous Scottish scholar, was, in some respects, a brilliant writer. But he was an enigma. Barclay taught at the University of Glasgow for 28 years. Though a man of humble background, he became a theological celebrity. He was widely known in Great Britain for his radio and television broadcasts, but his most significant legacy - whether ... read more »

What Is the Meaning of “Not under Bondage” (1 Cor. 7:15)?

Would you address 1 Corinthians 7:15? Does desertion by a non-believing mate grant the abandoned Christian the right of remarriage? In First Corinthians, chapter 7, the apostle Paul responds to a number of questions that had been submitted to him by various members of the church at Corinth (cf. 1 Cor. 7:1). Some of these queries had to do with ... read more »

Some Questions about Divorce and Remarriage

The following questions deal with the general theme of marriage and divorce. Recently the view has been advanced that when two single people commit fornication, by that act they become married and must remain together for life. Would you respond to this? This idea is so absurd that one can only wonder how it ever saw the light of day. ... read more »

Is Sexual Self-stimulation Wrong?

Over the past decade, since the Christian Courier website has been operative, many times I have received mail from obviously sincere people professing devout faith in the Christian religion and the conviction that the Scriptures are God's revelation to man. But they are perplexed and troubled by their own problems-deep problems. I would even characterize some as tormented, and especially ... read more »

A Survey of Interbiblical History

The apostle Paul wrote: "[B]ut when the fulness of time came, God sent forth his Son" (Galatians 4:4). The phrase "fulness of time" is extraordinary. It reflected the most ideal time in world history for the birth of Christ and the inauguration of Christianity. The commencement of the Christian religion was a turning point in world history (note the common ... read more »

Addicted to Me

Unalienable rights! We hold these truths to be self-evident! God created us equal! The Creator endowed us with rights-as in life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness! The Declaration of Independence's motivating expressions stirred colonists to demand their God-given freedom and their entitlement to "dissolve the political bands," while at the same time justification was provided to the world for ... read more »