Where Do the Gospels Belong?

The question of the application of the gospels is one that constantly faces us. What Jesus taught during His earthly ministry was both confirming to the Law of Moses (“go, show yourself to the priest …”) and preparatory/ anticipatory of the Law of Christ (“tell it to the church …” in Matthew 18:17; “gospel of […]

Following Authority

We all are very familiar with authority. We use it every day of our lives. If we have jobs, then we have bosses and managers that we submit to; when we were young, we always submitted to what our parents said. So we are very in tune with how authority works and see in our […]

The Doctrines of Men

The word “doctrines” in our title means “teaching.” In other words, some people attribute certain teachings to the New Testament that aren’t there. This isn’t a new problem. Jesus told the Pharisees that they worshiped God in vain because they taught the “commandments of men” (Matthew 15:8-9). They weren’t teaching God’s will but said it […]

Five Witnesses to the Claims of Jesus #3

John 5:39-40 says, “Ye search the scriptures because ye think that in them ye have eternal life; and these are they that bear witness of me, and ye will not come to me that ye may have life”. Jesus presented Himself to His nation as the Messiah for whom they looked — the Son of […]

Is God a Liberal?

Several years ago, a letter to the editor ran in our newspaper entitled “God is a Liberal.” At the end of the letter, the writer proclaimed that not only is God a liberal, but Jesus and the apostles were liberal and that he was a liberal. His point was that God encourages being liberal or […]

The Open-Ended Gospel

Although this nation that we live in is considered by most of the public as a Christian nation, the actual numbers and facts to those who really believe in the Bible and its teachings would prove otherwise. Our nation would reflect a vast number of people who make the claim that they believe in the […]

The Joys of Muslim Women

Islamic law is now the most widely used religious law, and one of the three most common legal systems of the world alongside common law and civil law (Roman law). The way in which Islamic law addresses women is particularly troubling. In Islamic (Sharia) law, a Muslim man can marry a child as young as […]

What Is the “Five-Fold Ministry”?

The “Five-Fold Ministry” is charismatic teaching which says that God has restored, or is restoring, the offices of apostle and prophet in the church, along with the work of evangelists, pastors, and teachers (Ephesians 4:11). They say that “the five ministry giftings will precede the greatest outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Holiness and power […]

Modern Religiosity

This semester I have the pleasure of taking a “History of Christianity” class in college, and I overheard a conversation in class which was representative of how many people in the United States view religion. The discussion was in part about baptism, and they were discussing what each religious group taught about it. The discussion […]

Vatican Seeks Signs of Alien Life

In November 2009, the Vatican called in experts to study the possibility of extraterrestrial alien life and its implication for the Catholic Church. “The questions of life’s origins and of whether life exists elsewhere in the universe are very suitable and deserve serious consideration,” said the Rev. Jose Gabriel Funes, an astronomer, and director of […]