ANTICHRIST: Who Is It?

There are many well-meaning religious people who talk about a coming world ruler called “The Antichrist.” They believe this man will appear sometime before the second coming of Christ and that he will rule the world with evil and cruel vengeance.

A careful study of the Bible, however, will reveal something very different about “antichrist.” [Read more…]

ARE PRESENT DAY JEWS GOD’S CHOSEN PEOPLE?

There is a common misconception today concerning the nation of Israel. Some claim that since the Jews were God’s chosen people in the Old Testament that even those Jews who refuse to believe on Jesus are still accepted in God’s sight if they follow the Law of Moses. This incorrect view has caused many to conclude that God is somehow still guiding the present day nation of Israel as He did with Old Testament Israel. [Read more…]

BAPTISM: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT IT?

Let us understand first, that the Greek word for baptize simply means to immerse, so that would exclude such things as sprinkling or pouring. Secondly, to be baptized is not an option, but is a commandment.

Acts 10:48

“And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.”

There is no question that baptism is commanded. But what is its purpose? [Read more…]

CAN I BE SAVED BY FAITH ONLY?

Many who call themselves Christians today believe that a person is saved by faith only. They will offer such verses as:

John 3:16

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Acts 16:30-31

“And he brought them out and said, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ So they said, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’”

There is no question that one must “believe” before being saved. But the issue is whether one is saved by “belief (faith) only.” [Read more…]

CAN’T I DIVORCE IF I JUST PLAN TO STAY SINGLE?

The divorce rate in America is incredibly high. In fact, the United States has the highest divorce rate in the world.1 More than 40% of marriages end in divorce. That 40% applies to those who profess to follow the Bible and those who don’t. You might think that people who follow the Bible would have a much lower divorce rate, but that is not the case.2 [Read more…]

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: Does God Approve of the Death Penalty?

The issue of the capital punishment is one that is controversial, even among people claiming to be Christians. We can debate the effectiveness of capital punishment as a deterrent to crime, but that is really not the issue to those who see the Bible as their standard. Nor is the issue the possibility of an innocent man being put to death. The only issue that matters is whether or not God, in the scriptures, authorizes capital punishment.  The administration of the death penalty for certain crimes goes back to the very beginning of human history. In the early chapters of Genesis is found the following:

 Genesis 9:5-6

“Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning…Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.” [Read more…]

CHURCH ORGANIZATION: How was the church organinzed in the Bible?

In Matthew 16:18, Jesus said that He was going to build His church. After He was crucified, the first sermon that was preached by the apostles in the city of Jerusalem was on the day of Pentecost. This was the beginning of the church. The church quickly grew and soon spread to other cities. In each of these cities the new converts congregated or assembled as a group on the first day of the week as a local church. Each congregation was organized with elders and deacons over them. [Read more…]

DO I HAVE TO BE A CHRISTIAN TO BE SAVED?

There is a common misunderstanding among many today as to exactly who will be saved on the Day of Judgment. What about those who are Buddhists, Hindus, Moslems or Jews?  Do these other religions just represent different paths to heaven as many believe? Will God judge members of those religions based on their teachings and whether they are following them or not? What about men who are not members of any religion, but are morally upright men? Will they be judged as righteous men in God’s sight without any religious affiliation? [Read more…]

END OF THE WORLD: Will Signs Precede It?

Many people today believe that we are nearing the end of the world. They claim that the Bible gives signs that will warn us that the end is near. They propose to get these signs from Matthew 24:

Matthew 24:6-7

And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.

Careful study of this chapter shows that Jesus was not giving signs that would warn of the end of the world. Instead, He was giving signs that would warn those Christians living in Jerusalem of the coming destruction of that city in 70 A.D. at the hands of the Romans. [Read more…]

HOLY SPIRIT: What should I know about it? (Video)