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“What Is Your Reading of It?” #3

“What Is Your Reading of It?” #3

Again, we observe the Lord's reply to a religious question, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" (Lk. 10:26). The alike answer is proper today. On the question of salvation outside of Christ, "What is written in the law?" "Jesus said to him, 'I am...

“What Is Your Reading of It?” #2

“What Is Your Reading of It?” #2

As we pointed out in the last article, on one occasion when the Lord was asked a religious question, His reply was, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" (Lk. 10:26). Many in our society, and even some who claim to follow Christ, ponder whether or...

“What Is Your Reading of It?” #1

“What Is Your Reading of It?” #1

Frequently, the Lord engaged the Jews in a discussion of truth and right. On one occasion, the Bible tells us He was asked, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Lk. 10:25). Jesus responded, "What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?" (Lk....

When Jesus Comes Again #3

When Jesus Comes Again #3

Many doctrines of men are put forth to tell us about the return of Christ. When Jesus comes again, we are told, He will quietly "rapture" the saints. They will go to paradise for seven years and return with Christ for a 1,000-year reign on earth. A favorite passage...

When Jesus Comes Again #2

When Jesus Comes Again #2

Man, in his "wisdom," invents many theories about the return of Christ. When Jesus comes again, some say He will establish His kingdom and reign for 1,000 years. Something they say He intended to do the first time but was stopped by the Jews. The Holy Spirit said, "…...

When Jesus Comes Again #1

When Jesus Comes Again #1

There is much speculation among men about what will happen when Jesus comes again. Some say the righteous dead will be raised, while the wicked remain in the grave for another 1,000 years. However, Jesus said, "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which...

“And He Called His Name Jesus”

“And He Called His Name Jesus”

As any student of the Bible knows, Jesus was the Divinely appointed name for the One born of Mary (Matt. 1:21, 25). The name Jesus, says Vine, "is a transliteration of the Heb. 'Joshua,' meaning 'Jehovah is salvation,' i.e., 'is the Savior'" (Vine's Complete...

“Heart-Felt Religion” is Opposed to Truth

“Heart-Felt Religion” is Opposed to Truth

There are many people who believe religion should be "heartfelt," not a matter of the mind. What they mean is, there must be some mysterious inner feeling, some experience to tell you of your salvation. They may say, "I had a wonderful feeling that overwhelmed me,...

“If Anyone Suffer as a Baptist?”

“If Anyone Suffer as a Baptist?”

Is there anywhere in the Bible it says, "If anyone suffers as a Baptist, let him not be ashamed?" No. Does it say, "The disciples were first called Methodists at Antioch?" Nope. Or, have you ever read where it says, "You almost persuade me to become a Pentecostal?"...

“Upon the First Day of the Week”

“Upon the First Day of the Week”

As the Sabbath was important in the Old Testament, so the first day of the week is an important day in the New Testament. Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday (Mk. 16:9). The Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles on Sunday (Acts 2:1-4). The Bible reveals other...

Joy in Christ: Maintain a Clean Conscience

Joy in Christ: Maintain a Clean Conscience

It is a certainty that a guilty conscience will cause a person to be unhappy. There are a couple of instances of guilty consciences in the Bible that are worth considering in this short space. The brothers of Joseph had a guilty conscience over the years as a result...

The First Assembly of Games

The First Assembly of Games

Recently a local television station ran a story about the new game room at the First Assembly of God. Evidently, they are proud to have such things, but they should be ashamed (cp. Phil. 3:18-19). Jesus shed His blood to purchase the church (Acts 20:28). Therefore,...

“Do Not Be Children”

“Do Not Be Children”

Paul wrote, “Brethren, do not be children in understanding; however, in malice be babes, but in understanding be mature” (1 Corinthians 14:20). In the section of vv. 20-25, Paul calls on the Corinthians to think maturely, as “adults” in Christ, rather than be...

Churches or Individuals?

Churches or Individuals?

Through the years, brethren caught up in institutional liberalism have claimed that church support of orphan homes is authorized by Galatians 6:10 and James 1:27. However, when these texts are examined, it is apparent both apply to individuals, not churches. Read...

A God of the Hills but Not of the Valleys?

A God of the Hills but Not of the Valleys?

The Syrians, the enemy of Israel, arrogantly thought they would defeat Israel. They believed God to be a God of the hills but not of the valleys (1 Kings 20:23-30). This referred to an expression of the pagan idea that a deity’s power extended only over the limited...

“Preaching the Things of the Kingdom”

“Preaching the Things of the Kingdom”

At the beginning and end of the book of Acts, it is stated first that Jesus spoke with His disciples “concerning the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3), and then that Paul, in Roman imprisonment, preached the kingdom of God to all who came into his quarters (Acts 28:31). Paul...

Malachi: Do We Truly See Ourselves?

Malachi: Do We Truly See Ourselves?

Malachi lived and prophesied in Judah and Jerusalem about one hundred years or so after the first group of Jewish captives returned to their homeland from Babylonian captivity. In point of time, this corresponds roughly with the events of the book of Nehemiah and the...

“At the Beginning”

“At the Beginning”

Peter was in trouble with his brethren. He had gone to Caesarea, spoken and eaten with Gentiles, taboo for all Jews in his day and when he returned to Jerusalem from there “they who were of the circumcision contended with him, saying, Thou wentest in to men...

Are There Any False Teachers?

Are There Any False Teachers?

The Bible warns of false prophets, ones who pretend to be preachers of righteousness but are actually agents of the devil. "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan, himself transforms...

Safety in Numbers?

Safety in Numbers?

"There is safety in numbers," so they say. In reference to physical safety, it may be true. However, in reference to spiritual safety, it is false. Jesus said, "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there...

Infidel Believers

Infidel Believers

An oxymoron is a "rhetorical figure in which incongruous or contradictory terms are combined" (American Heritage Dictionary). "Infidel believer" is such a term. It is self-contradictory, but it does exist. Infidel believers are those who "believe" in Jesus but reject...

Many Sincere People Will Lose Their Souls

Many Sincere People Will Lose Their Souls

Most religious people have the idea that as long as one is sincere, that is enough. Some believe that a sincere Hindu will be lost, but not a sincere Jew. Others think those who sincerely believe in Jesus will be saved, but the sincere Buddhist, Muslim and Jew will be...

The Empty Promises of Atheism

The Empty Promises of Atheism

Atheism stands opposed to the Bible, God's word (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Atheism claims the Bible is self-contradictory and harmful to man. Therefore, atheists reject it and try to get others to reject it as well. So, what does Atheism promise? Atheism promises us a world...

Does Your Preacher Lie to You?

Does Your Preacher Lie to You?

The Old Testament tells us about a preacher (prophet) who lied to a younger man (1 Kgs. 13). The lie was told in all good conscience. It was told with the intent of helping the young man (1 Kgs. 13:11-19). The young man believed the lie, benefited in an earthly way,...

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