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The Word of God is Here to Stay

The word of God is the standard for man's eternal existence. Divine revelation is identified as the truth or the gospel (Eph. 1:17). The prophet Amos viewed it as a plumb-line that establishes acceptable and unacceptable behavior (Amos 7:78). The prophet Hosea compared the word of God to a immovable landmark that establishes right from wrong (Hosea 5:10-11). Jesus said that God's word was the divinely established truth that makes a division between the identity of the righteous and wicked (Matthew 7:22ff). Divine revelation may be viewed as black and white with no shades of gray (l 1 Corinthians 14:33). The design of divine revelation is eternal, non-yielding to man's opinions, and set in stone (Il 1 Corinthians 1:12; 2:17; etc). Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35). The prophet Zechariah said that men's fathers and the prophets of the land would...
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Acts 15, Established Patterns, and God's Authorized Silence

Studying the book of Acts chapter by chapter leads one to understand that salvation is attained by hearing the gospel, believing it, repenting of sins, confessing that Jesus is the Christ, and being baptized for the forgiveness of sins. The Apostle Peter establishes this pattern for salvation early in the pages of Acts (see Acts 2:22-44). Each time the church grew it was because the same gospel message was preached (see Acts 2:41; 4:4; 6: 1, 7 etc.). Philip preached the same message to the Samaritans (Acts 8:1213) and the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26-39). Peter preached baptism for the remission of sins to Cornelius and his household (Acts 10:48). Paul preached the same message to those of Antioch of Pisidia (Acts 13:38-39) and everywhere he preached (see 1 Corinthians 4:17). By the time one arrives at Acts 15 the pattern of salvation has been firmly established. When the Apostle Paul...
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"The Son of Perdition"

The church that Paul had established in Thessalonica had some who set out to "beguile" the faithful Christians in regards to the immediate return of Jesus (cf. I l Thess. 2:3). Paul explains to the Thessalonians that they are not to trouble themselves over this faulty information. He then gives them an idea as to when the Lord would come again. Before Jesus comes again, there will be a "falling away/' on the part of many Christians and the "son of perdition" will be exposed (Il Thess. 2:3). Note the connection between the 'falling away' and the "son of perdition" being exposed. The two events coincide even to the point to their being synonymous. Other synonymous terms for the "son of perdition" in the chapter are "man of sin" (Il Thess. 2:3) and "lawless one" (Il Thess. 2:8). The "falling awaV' is associated with "the mystery of lawlessness" (Il Thess....
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Is Ignorance Truly Bliss?

Have you ever really thought about the assertions made by those who squawk about the supposed need for positive preaching? Arguments are made, such as "why expose someone as a teacher of error, it doesn't do anything other than impugn the character of the man," or "why teach about discipline, it never works anyway," or ''why not just teach about the error, not those who preach it," or "we can never understand the Bible alike." These examples seem silly when read by the diligent student of God's perfect will, but unfortunately there are many brethren today who openly and unashamedly express just these kinds of ideas. There are many brethren who would have you believe that ignorance of things that endanger your very soul is truly bliss. Why is it that so many today will not stand for preaching that exposes error? Is it possible that to be informed about...
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Take a Stand

Have you ever heard the old saying "you have to stand for something, or you'll fall for anything"? I remember my father telling me and my older brothers this when we were growing up as he tried to instill in us the idea that a man should stick to what he knows to be right and never compromise his principles. This belief has guided me to this day, and long before my father instructed me to stand on secular truths, the Bible taught that man should stand firm on the truth of His word in the face of the attacks of the devil. In Ephesians chapter 6 verses 10 through 13 Paul instructs thusly: Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For...
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