The following articles are related to the topic of JOHN THE BAPTIST

An Attack upon the Trinity

No spiritual person enjoys taking issue with a brother in Christ. And far too often, such conflicts are unnecessary. Sometimes, however, they cannot be avoided - at least they ought not to be avoided. This brief introduction expresses my dismay - in considerably subdued fashion - with a recently-published book by an elderly kinsmen in the Lord. The title of ... read more »

What Is the Fruit of Repentance?

"When John the Baptist told the Jews that they must bring forth 'fruit' worthy of repentance, what did he mean by 'fruit' (Matthew 3:8)?" There are three things to be taken into consideration in answering this question. - Exactly what is "repentance"? - What is the significance of the expression, "worthy of"? - What is implied by the phrase, "bring ... read more »

Christian Priorities

One of the most demanding and frequently ignored admonitions from Jesus Christ is found in his renowned Sermon on the Mount: "You are to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all of these things [basic needs] will be added to you" (Matthew 6:33). This is one of the most challenging, and yet neglected, mandates of Christ-even ... read more »

What About the Thief on the Cross?

"Why do you insist that baptism is essential for salvation? While hanging on the cross, Jesus pardoned the thief who was crucified with him. And that forgiveness was granted without baptism (Luke 23:43). Surely this is a clear example of salvation by faith, not by baptism." To argue that the example of the thief on the cross is a pattern ... read more »

Force-Feeding Obscenity to Our Youth

Right-thinking people respect that venerable document known as The Constitution of the United States and rejoice in the good that, for the most part, has resulted in its wake. In recent years, however, there has been considerable interpretative diversity relative to the meaning of the Amendments attached thereto. The First Amendment reads as follows: "Congress shall make no law respecting ... read more »

Do Romans 6:3-4 and Galatians 3:26-27 Refer to Spirit Baptism?

It is a tragedy of heart-breaking proportion that some otherwise credible scholars will go to such outlandish lengths to defend cherished theological theories. They hurl exegetical caution to the wind and adopt absurd views that are wholly without substance. No better example can be mentioned than the desperate attempts that some make in attempting to avoid the connection between the ... read more »

Were John’s Disciples Required To Be Reimmersed?

"Were those who were immersed by John the Baptizer required to be re-immersed on or after the day of Pentecost?" This question has generated much discussion. Some contend that John's disciples were obligated to submit to the baptism of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). This assumption is based almost entirely on Luke's narrative in Acts 19:1-7. ... read more »

Jesus: The Master Teacher

Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, conceded that Jesus of Nazareth was "a teacher" from God, as documented by the "signs" which he did (John 3:2). A wealthy young ruler approached the Lord asking, "Teacher, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?" (Matthew 19:16). Even Jesus' enemies addressed him as "Teacher" (Matthew 22:16, 24), though ... read more »

Church Growth: By the Gospel or By Gimmicks?

On the first Pentecost following the resurrection of the Lord, the church of Christ exploded in to existence. Under the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit, the apostles, for the very first time, proclaimed the full facts of the gospel message-namely, that Jesus of Nazareth had been crucified and buried, but that he had been raised from the dead and ... read more »

Is the Apocrypha Inspired of God?

In the ever urgent work of winning souls for Christ, the Christian occasionally will encounter members of the Roman Catholic Church who note, with perhaps some degree of pride, that their version of the Bible contains more books than standard translations used by non-Catholics. More often than not, the average Christian is at a loss to explain why there are ... read more »