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Error Is Offensive

Error Is Offensive

To some truth is offensive. To those who love God, however, the error is offensive while the truth is loved. The righteous have righteous indignation toward false doctrine. The Bible says of Christ, "You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness" (Heb. 1:9; cp....

From Heaven or From Men?

From Heaven or From Men?

In Matthew 21:25, Jesus posed a question to the scribes and Pharisees. He asked them if the baptism of John was from heaven or men. The Lord was asking them to make a decision of whose authority must be followed. The scribes and Pharisees seemed to know the answer,...

I Feel It in My Heart

I Feel It in My Heart

In religion, as in other areas of life, many people are guided by their feelings. You ask them why they are doing something, they may reply, "I feel it in my heart." Just because someone "feels" a thing in his heart, does that make it acceptable to God? The Bible...

About Calling Names

About Calling Names

Often the cry is heard, "Stop calling names," or "It's not right to call names." It is said that "calling names" from the pulpit, or putting them into print, turns people off (usually it is our brethren who are most turned off). Typically, by "calling names" people...

“Do Not Refuse Him Who Speaks”

“Do Not Refuse Him Who Speaks”

While comparing and contrasting the Old Testament with the New, the Hebrew writer said, "See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from...

“When My Love to Christ Grows Weak”

“When My Love to Christ Grows Weak”

The beloved hymn continues, “When for deeper faith I seek, Then in thought I go to Thee, Garden of Gethsemane!” (sic, “When My Love To Christ Grows Weak” by J.R. Wreford and Mrs. Jos. F. Knapp; Hymns for Worship, revised; 1987, Shepard-Stevens Music, Inc.). It’s a...

“Thy Kingdom Come” #1

“Thy Kingdom Come” #1

The “Lord’s prayer” (as it is commonly called but more appropriately “The model prayer”), was given by Jesus on two different occasions. It appeared early in His ministry when He preached the “Sermon on the Mount” and is found in Matthew 6:9-13. The second time it was...

Sabbath Keeping #6

Sabbath Keeping #6

"For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making...

Sabbath Keeping #5

Sabbath Keeping #5

The Sabbatarian will insist that the Sabbath was/is a command given from the beginning. He will quote Genesis 2:3, and declare the day "sanctified" by God was one that was sanctified for man forever. This, the Sabbatarian reads into the text. Until Exodus 16, there is...

Sabbath Keeping #4

Sabbath Keeping #4

When it is pointed out that the Sabbath observance, along with the entire law of Moses, was abolished, the Sabbatarian will sometimes respond by saying the Sabbath is "eternal" or "perpetual." He may quote Exodus 31:16: "Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the...

Sabbath Keeping #3

Sabbath Keeping #3

The Sabbatarian will insist that the Sabbath was/is a command given from the beginning. He will quote Genesis 2:3, and declare the day "sanctified" by God was one that was sanctified for man forever. This, the Sabbatarian reads into the text. Until Exodus 16, there is...

Sabbath Keeping #2

Sabbath Keeping #2

In our last article, we noticed that Colossians 2:14-17, specifically states that no one has the authority to condemn you for not observing the Sabbath. It says, "Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He...

Sabbath Keeping #1

Sabbath Keeping #1

There are those who insist that people who follow Jesus Christ must observe the Sabbath as the day of worship. An examination of the Word of God will prove such to be false. First, Colossians 2:14-17 says, "Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was...

In Jesus’ Name

In Jesus’ Name

The Bible states, "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him" (Col. 3:17). What does this mean? United Pentecostals (Oneness) believe Peter's command to baptize "in the name of Jesus Christ"...

“Not Far From the Kingdom of God”

“Not Far From the Kingdom of God”

In Mark 12:28, when a scribe was impressed by the answers of Jesus, he posed a question about the foremost commandment. Jesus quoted Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Leviticus 19:18. The scribe readily agreed and Jesus told him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God” (v. 34)....

“I Believe God”

“I Believe God”

In Acts 27:25, during a tremendous storm at sea, when “all hope” was lost that they should be saved, an angel of the Lord appeared to Paul and assured him that not one would perish, but that all would be rescued. Paul said of this heaven-sent message, “I believe God,...

The Kingdom Is Like a Marriage Feast

The Kingdom Is Like a Marriage Feast

The parable of the marriage feast of the king’s son in Matt. 22:1-14 has many similarities to other of Jesus’ parables. It is very transparent and likely was perceived by the Pharisees as having them and the whole Jewish nation in mind. The parable related that a...

Are These the Last Days?

Are These the Last Days?

During a time of crisis, many religious people begin to cry out that these are the last days. The idea they convey is, there has never been a time of so much trouble and unrest, and the events of the day are signs the end is near. The Bible teaches the last days began...

The Standard of Truth #3

The Standard of Truth #3

In our previous articles, we noted the gospel is the standard of religious truth -- it is Christ's law -- and we are obligated to keep it (Matt. 28:19-20; Gal. 6:2; 2 Jn. 9). We noticed it is the truth that sets us free from sin and Satan (Jn. 8:32). This is why we...

The Standard of Truth #2

The Standard of Truth #2

In our last article, we noted that God's Word is the standard of truth. This was the case for Israel under the law of Moses (Josh. 1:7; Deut. 4:2). This is true for all men today as they are subject to the law of Christ (1 Cor. 9:21; Gal. 6:2). Some think the gospel...

The Standard of Truth #1

The Standard of Truth #1

In the realm of commerce, there are standards of weights, measurement, and currency. Sixteen ounces equals a pound, 12 inches equals a foot and 100 pennies equals a dollar. Fifteen ounces do not equal a pound and 13 inches does not equal afoot. A standard is set and...

“Frenchmen” Among Us

“Frenchmen” Among Us

Americans who love their country and the principles upon which it was founded have been disgusted with the actions of the French government. It has tried to thwart the United States' efforts to liberate an oppressed people and rid the world of a vicious dictator who...

Get Out!

Get Out!

Have you found yourself practicing false religion and wonder what to do about it? You may be a member of the same church that your parents were -- maybe not the same congregation, but the same overall church or belief system. As the years have passed, you realized...

“I Don’t Care What It Says”

“I Don’t Care What It Says”

In the course of a discussion the other day, I asked a man to read a certain chapter from the Bible and get back to me about our topic. He said he would read it, but it would not matter what it says, because he would continue in his practice anyway. He said God would...

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