Rocky Soil and Falling From Grace

Posted by Mark Lindley on 14 June 2017

The New Testament abounds with warnings about falling from grace. Although many believe that it is impossible for a child of God to fall from grace, the Scriptures teach otherwise.

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RELIGIOUS UNITY

Posted by Mark Lindley on 17 May 2017

It is apparent that there is widespread religious division in our day. Driving through large cities or small towns, one will see numerous houses of worship. Each place of worship has been established by a church (denomination) that has its own denominational name, doctrines, and practices. The doctrines and practices of one church often contradict the doctrines and practices of other churches. With such rampant religious division, is it possible for there to be unity among all who profess to follow Christ?

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IS ONE CHURCH AS GOOD AS ANOTHER?

Posted by Mark Lindley on 3 May 2017

It is not uncommon in our day to hear someone affirm that one church is as good as another. In fact, this is, allegedly, the commonly held belief of all the various protestant denominations. According to denominationalism, what matters is being sincere in one’s religious convictions, and since sincerity is what matters, the church one chooses is irrelevant. It is believed that all churches are denominations, and that all the various denominations comprise the true church of Christ. Therefore, we are told that “one church is as good as another.”

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Can One Be Saved Before Having Faith in Christ?

Posted by Mark Lindley on 19 April 2017

John Calvin was a French Theologian and reformer during the days of the Protestant Reformation. Although John Calvin, who lived in the sixteenth century, did not originate the system of doctrine known as “Calvinism,” he popularized it. One component of this doctrine suggests that babies are born totally depraved because they inherit a sinful nature from their parents. This sinful nature can be traced all the way back to Adam, the first man.

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“THAT’S JUST YOUR INTERPRETATION”

Posted by Mark Lindley on 5 April 2017

A popular idea of our day is that the Bible is subject to many, different interpretations. These interpretations, we are told, are all equally valid. Even when one interpretation clearly contradicts another, many are willing to affirm that “both are right.”

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Baptism Saves Us

Posted by Mark Lindley on 22 March 2017

The title of this article may seem startling to some. It may cause some to shake their heads in unbelief. The question is, does the bible teach that “baptism saves us?”

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"Not Saved By Works"

Posted by Mark Lindley on 8 March 2017

The Bible teaches that the foundation of salvation is the grace of God. Grace is often defined as “the unmerited favor of God.” There is nothing one can do to earn grace or merit salvation from sin. The Scriptures teach that sinners are saved by “grace through faith” (Ephesians 2:8), and that eternal life is a “gift” from God (Romans 6:23).

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The Bible, Divorce and Remarriage

Posted by Mark Lindley on 22 February 2017

To say that divorce is rampant in America is an understatement. According to statistics, approximately half of all marriages granted in our country, end in divorce. This does not mean that fifty percent of people who marry get divorced. Many marry and never divorce, while others marry and divorce more than once. Therefore, it would not be accurate to say that a person who marries only has a fifty percent chance of avoiding divorce. It is true that about half of “all marriages granted,” end in divorce, but some of those marriages which end in divorce include those who have been married and divorced already. Regardless of how the statistical information is analyzed, divorce is a serious problem in our day.

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"What Shall I Do With Jesus?"

Posted by Mark Lindley on 12 February 2017

Pilate had a critical decision to make. Jesus had been arrested and was on “trial” before Pilate, governor of Judea. Having examined Jesus, Pilate stated that he could find no fault in Christ. On the other hand, there was a convicted murderer named Barabbas. One of these two, Jesus or Barabbas, would be set free. Pilate’s dilemma was that he knew Jesus was an innocent man, but he also knew that the religious leaders of that day wanted to destroy Jesus. He did “not” want to put an innocent man to death, but he “did” want to please the people. When the people insisted that Barabbas be released, Pilate raised the question, “What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?” (Matthew 27:22).        

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Should Christians Drink Alcoholic Beverages? Part II

Posted by Mark Lindley on 29 January 2017

Two weeks ago I wrote Part 1 to this two-part series. I stressed in the last article that I was asking whether a Christian “should” drink alcoholic beverages. I gave three reasons why a Christian should not drink: 1) Drinking leads to drunkenness; 2) The Bible warns against drinking “strong drinks”; 3) Drinking may cause others to stumble.

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