The following articles are related to the topic of SPIRITUAL GIFTS

The Lord Is My Rock

The word “rock” is a common biblical metaphor. It illustrates many great truths about God. This article briefly surveys this topic.

The Christian and Bribery

Biblical ethics would never allow the faithful Christians to engage in practices commonly known as bribery.

Sincere but Wrong—Dead Wrong

John Wayne “Punkin” Brown Jr. was a preacher for a Pentecostal-type church. He’s now dead. He still would be alive but for the fact that he believed false doctrine.

If “Tongues” Have Ceased, Why Hasn’t “Knowledge”?

A critic, who believes that “speaking in tongues” is a gift available in this age, believes he has detected a flaw in our position that the gift of tongues was restricted to the first century. Based upon his view of 1 Corinthians 13:8ff, he argues that if “tongues” are obsolete, then “knowledge” should be as well. Since we still have knowledge, it is claimed, tongues remain as well. Here is our response to the gentleman’s objection.

A Tribute to a Nameless Widow

Jesus once observed a poor widow contributing into the treasury of the Jewish temple. This incident is twice recorded in the Gospel records. Of what significance is this narrative? Study this fascinating account in this week’s Penpoints.

Were the Pharisees Able to Exorcise Demons?

Christ and his apostles were able to “cast out demons” to demonstrate the power of God. Were the Pharisees able to accomplish the same feat? Study this question with us.

Should Women Function as Translators in the Assembly?

A controversial question is whether women should be used as translators in the public worship assembly. Some, who would object to the modern practice of women leading public worship, have no problem in using a female translator. Others object to the practice. Carefully study this question with an open mind. Let God’s word be our guide during this study.

The English Standard Version Study Bible – A Review

Since its release in 2001, the English Standard Version of the Bible has gained popularity. We reviewed the ESV several years back and gave it commendation. Last year the ESV Study Bible appeared. While the study tools frequently are helpful, there are numerous danger spots characterized by doctrinal error. Those using this edition should be informed.

What Are the “Tongues of Angels” in 1 Corinthians 13:1?

Does the Bible sanction a speaking in “tongues” that involves the utterance of “ecstatic” sounds that are understood only by the speaker and God? Sincere Pentecostal folks answer in the affirmative. They contend that these indiscernible sounds are the “tongues of angels” (1 Cor. 13:1). This article demonstrates that there is no support for such a view in the Corinthian text.

Giving as an Expression of Worship

If the New Testament places upon the Christian the obligation to “give” of his means unto God, and he neglects that responsibility, he has refused to worship his Maker, at least in that respect.

That Mysterious Disciple

Does the case of a mysterious disciple in Mark 9 provide precedent for Christian fellowship with sectarian religious institutions?

Why Was Cain’s Sacrifice Rejected?

“Did God reject Cain’s sacrifice simply because he did not ‘give his best’ or was it because it was not a blood sacrifice like Abel’s? Did God require an animal sacrifice (blood sacrifice) on this occasion?”