The following articles are related to the topic of UNITY

Didn’t Paul Command, “Forbid not to speak in tongues”?

In a former article , we responded to an inquiry dealing with the nature of the gift of "speaking in tongues," as such is set forth in Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 12-14; etc.In rejoinders to our article, several courteous readers wrote to us, essentially asking this question: "Why do you forbid to speak in tongues, when the Bible says, 'Forbid ... read more »

May Christians Observe Holidays?

Is it wrong for Christians to celebrate some of the holidays popular in our society-like giving gifts at Christmas time, allowing children to go trick-or-treating at Halloween, or hunting eggs at Easter? In considering this issue, several things should be kept in view. A practice may have originated under certain circumstances but, eventually, have lost that significance-either in whole or ... read more »

Did Jesus Contradict Himself as He Approached Death?

"Does John 12:27 conflict with Matthew 26:39 - the former suggesting that Jesus approached his impending death without hesitation, while the latter suggests just the opposite?" Here are the texts under consideration: "Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour. But for this cause came I unto this hour" (Jn. 12:27). "And ... read more »

Did Jesus Confess that His Claims Were Untrue?

"Jesus once said: 'If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true' (Jn. 5:31). If that statement is true, how can we believe that Jesus told the truth when he claimed to be the Son of God?" This question exhibits a classic example of extracting a passage from its biblical context and attaching a meaning to it that ... read more »

Acts 4:32 – The Jerusalem Church of Christ

One of the most thrilling passages in the book of Acts is recorded as follows: "And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul..." (4:32). Several important points from this passage must be noted. The Church, a MultitudeThe church had come to consist of a "multitude."It started on Pentecost with at least 3,000. "They then that ... read more »

Walking Through the Book of Ephesians

The Greek verb peripateo, rendered "walk" in the English Bible, is found 96 times in the New Testament. Eight of these are in Ephesians. The word is composed of two roots, peri (around), and pateo (walk). Literally, to "walk around." Figuratively, it denotes the sphere of one's existence-his manner of life. It can be used negatively (for evil), or positively ... read more »

What’s Wrong with the Promise Keepers Movement?

Stockton, California has been one of the roughest cities on the West Coast. It's had a significant crime rate-one of the highest in the nation. And it's been a major "drug hub" for the West. One can imagine, therefore, that a great sigh of relief went up from Stockton's religious community last weekend when thirty-five thousand weeping, praying, hand-holding men ... read more »

Lipscomb University and the Christian Scholars Conference

The Christian Scholars Conference (CSC) convened in June, 2008 on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee (formerly known as David Lipscomb University). With support from several sister schools, e.g., Pepperdine University, Abilene Christian University, Oklahoma Christian University, and Harding University, it was the twenty-eighth annual gathering of some of the most radically liberal, self-designated "scholars" on the planet. ... read more »

The Establishment of the Church of Christ

The precious organism known in the common versions of the New Testament as the church of Jesus Christ is a unique entity. Its pristine integrity must ever be preserved, and its beauty valued by every genuine Christian of the modern world. Similarities Between the Kingdom of Christ and the Kingdom of Israel The church is a body of baptized believers ... read more »

Times That Try Our Souls

There may be many things upon which brethren in Christ are at variance, but there is one matter upon which most all agree: we are at a very critical point at this stage of our modern history as the New Testament church. We are on the brink of a major division, if, in fact, such has not occurred already to ... read more »