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Is Lust Fornication?

Is Lust Fornication?

GUEST ARTICLE Is Lust Fornication? BY WAYNE JACKSON The word “fornication” derives from the Greek term porneia, one of a cognate group of five words that together occur fifty-five times in the New Testament. The noun form is found twenty-five times, predominately in the letters of Paul. The word is generic in scope in that it refers to a variety […]

A Simple Reason Why the Qur’an Cannot be the Word of God

A Simple Reason Why the Qur’an Cannot be the Word of God

A Simple Reason Why the Qur’an Cannot be the Word of God Jonathan McLatchie Qur’an The Islamic religion claims that the Qur’an, revealed allegedly by the angel Gabriel to the prophet Muhammad beginning in 610 A.D., is the inspired and inerrant word of God. Such an assertion, however, is highly problematic, and many, many arguments could be given to convincingly […]

Character Traits of the Spiritual Life: Decisiveness and Determination

Character Traits of the Spiritual Life: Decisiveness and Determination

  Character Traits of the Spiritual Life: Decisiveness and Determination  Richard Hollerman Do you waver in your commitment to the Lord?  When you have a large question to settle in your life, are you able to choose what to do and then do it—or are you dubious in your decisions?  Decisive means “having the power to decide; conclusive,” and “characterized […]

Deceived by the Lightning (the Church of Almighty God)

Deceived by the Lightning (the Church of Almighty God)

The so-called “Church of Almighty God” Deceived by the Lightning (The False Teachings and Deceptive Ways of the Chinese cult, “Church of Almighty God”) [The following article deals with a very deceptive and subtle cult that has origins in China but is growing around the world. On the surface, there are commendable activities, but under the surface, there are numerous false teachings […]

Godly Sorrow or Worldly Sorrow? (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Godly Sorrow or Worldly Sorrow? (2 Corinthians 7:10)

Godly Sorrow or Worldly Sorrow? 2 Corinthians 7:10 “The sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” We know that repentance is a chief consideration in salvation. Jesus used the term repeatedly (e.g. Luke 13:3, 5; 24:47) and the book of Acts is […]

Tongue-speaking among early believers

Tongue-speaking among early believers

Tongue-Speaking among Early Believers  (A Preliminary Study)   What instructions do we read in the New Testament? What directives and what prohibitions do we notice? How do contemporary practices differ from this New Testament practice? Preface It is true that some religious leaders show very little interest in the beliefs and practices of the early Christians. They tend to think […]

The Pride and Rebellion of Women Preachers, Teachers, and Singers.

The Pride and Rebellion of Women Preachers, Teachers, and Singers.

The Pride and Rebellion of Women Preachers, Teachers, and Singers. We are aware that God created woman in the beginning, and along with the man (Adam), she was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). She was a special creation of God, made from Adam’s own body. As God said, “I will make him a helper suitable for him” […]

Why Did John the Baptist Lose His Head?

Why Did John the Baptist Lose His Head?

Why Did John the Baptist Lose His Head? Richard Hollerman As we read through the four gospels, we are confronted with an enigmatic figure—John the Baptist. More literally, this would be “John the baptizer” or, even more literally, “John the Immerser.” Jesus said of this prophet, “Among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the […]

World War II and the Conscientious Objector Overseas

World War II and the Conscientious Objector Overseas

World War II and the Conscientious Objector Overseas The Gestapo, Nazi Germany’s feared secret police force, was created by Hermann Goring, and controlled during World War II by Heinrich Himmler. The Gestapo’s greatest weapon was the fear that it created—terrorism at that early date. During an interview at the Nuremberg Trials, Goring described how denouncing and outlawing pacifism was an […]

Labor Unionism

Labor Unionism

Labor Unionism The strike by the Teamsters’s Union against the United Parcel Service has disrupted the nation and nearly everyone in it to some extent. This event once again shows how damaging labor unionism can be in our country. It made me recall my own employment some 33 years ago in a northern state. The employees voted to establish a […]

Warfare on Fort Worth Streets

Warfare on Fort Worth Streets

    Warfare on Fort Worth Streets! Encountering the so-called Jehovah’s Witnesses  Richard Hollerman I would like to share a recent experience with you that remains vividly in my memory.  But first we need a little background. Everyday we read or hear of conflicts between nations.  Armed conflict is frequently the way fallen men choose to settle disputes.  In today’s […]

Letter to Our Mennonite Brethren

Letter to Our Mennonite Brethren

  (Typical Mennonite Meeting House) Letter to our Mennonite Brethren A Sincere and Passionate Appeal of a Mennonite Pastor to His Brethren A Case of Love for God or Love for our Mennonite People and Tradition  The following letter is one of the most unique we have ever read. It was composed by a Mennonite pastor and his wife as […]

Labor Unionism and the Rejection of Christian Values

Labor Unionism and the Rejection of Christian Values

Labor Unionism and the Rejection of Christian Values Years ago May Day (May 1) was a time when labor unions displayed their strength.  With the rise of the Soviet Union and their decision to accept May 1 as part of their celebrations, American devotion to May Day waned.  Labor unions want to revive May Day again. They hope for massive […]

How were the Early Communities of Christ Organized?

How were the Early Communities of Christ Organized?

How were the Early Communities of Christ Organized? Did the body of Christ in the first century have popes, cardinals, bishops, pastors, ministers,monks, nuns, priests, ruling elders, clergymen, and other functionaries? What does Scripture say? Soon after the days of the apostles and continuing until today, people have manifested their discontent with God’s ways by devising various forms of church […]

The Law of God

The Law of God

The Law of God Questions are often raised in our day: What was the Law of God?  Why did God give the Law through Moses?  To whom was the Law given?  What was God’s purpose in giving the Law?  Are we under the Law of Moses today?  How should Christians in general look upon the Law?  How should Gentile Christians […]

Comparing the Old and New Covenants

Comparing the Old and New Covenants

Comparing The Old and New Covenants Everyone who reads the Scriptures with some degree of seriousness will discover elements of similarity and contrast, continuity and discontinuity, between the old covenant and the new covenant. The “old covenant” (2 Cor. 3:14) or “first covenant” (Heb. 8:7,13; 9:15) was given to the people of Israel through Moses (Deut. 5:1-5). The “new covenant” […]

Early Christians, the Law and Legalism

Early Christians, the Law and Legalism

 GUEST ARTICLE Early Christians, the Law and Legalism  Lessons From the Jews  The Jews, the chosen people, had a long history of rebellion against God; and they had a long, hard journey before they learned the importance of doing God’s will. Finally, after Judah ‘s seventy years in the Babylonian captivity, the Jews were cured of their idolatry. However, this […]

Walking Humbly With God

Walking Humbly With God

GUEST ARTICLE Walking Humbly with God  (James 4) Required: Worthy Pursuits Most of us pursue something or another. Recognition. Satisfaction. Success. Marriage partner. Things. Kindness. Service. Peace. Friendship. Self-control. Money. Love. Truth. Some of these are worthy pursuits; others, unworthy. Are these attainable? Do we have to exert ourselves in reaching these? I have purposed to speak the truth and […]

Be Humble and Kind

Be Humble and Kind

 GUEST ARTICLE Be Humble and Kind  (Luke 14:7-11,15-24)  Probing Your Own Heart  Are you humble? How do you prioritize God’s invitation to you? Building on Some Foundational Concepts  Self-exaltation leads to shame.  The surest way down is pushing myself up. The surest way to shame is glorifying myself. Jesus illustrates both of these precepts in both of the life lessons […]

Overcoming Sin Through Christ – Argumentativeness

Overcoming Sin Through Christ – Argumentativeness

  Overcoming Sin through Christ A Comprehensive List of Sins (Alphabetically Arranged) Richard Hollerman The plan of this study is simple.  We will look at a large number of sins, one by one, alphabetically.  We will define the sin, describe it, and comment on it, along with noticing Scripture references on the particular entry.  Some illustrations will be offered along […]