Arguing With God

Question #4: Why Is It Possible For A Person To Be Lost After Being Baptized? If my past sins are forgiven when I am baptized in water, and it is possible for me to "lose my salvation" and go to hell after being baptized, then wouldn't my best chance of going to heaven be to drown in the baptistry ? !! - before I had a chance to sin so as to be lost again? If I wanted to be absolutely sure of heaven, isn't that my best opportunity? This “question” presents a pretty pessimistic view … [Read more...]

Baptism – Don’t Die Without It!

Question #3: What If I Died Before I Could Get To The Water For Baptism? If the water pipes broke and the baptistry was bone dry, would my salvation have to wait until the plumber showed up? If I were to die before then, would I go to hell? If obedience to water baptism is the means of forgiveness of sins, then I would. This “question” is an attempt to raise doubt over the biblical teaching on baptism by appealing to emotionalism. It produces a negative emotional response to contemplate … [Read more...]

Who Baptized You?

This is a continuation of "Kyle's Questions." There were several questions submitted and so I have given Kyle his very own category. To get a complete listing of the answer to all the questions click the category link. Question #2: Does A Person Have To Be Baptized By A Preacher Or Elder Of The Church Of Christ In Order To Be Saved? If a "Church of Christ" elder refuses to baptize me, will I be lost until I can find one who will? Do I need Jesus AND a CoC "preacher" in order to be saved? … [Read more...]

The Restoration Movement

A Bible Q-n-A viewer sent me these questions that, to him, presented some consistency issues with his view of the church of Christ. As always, with questions like these, I cannot speak for every preacher or congregation claiming to be the church of Christ. There is no such thing as “church of Christ doctrine.” There is only Bible doctrine. One is or is not a faithful member of the church of Christ based on their adherence to Bible doctrine, not some “Church of Christ Manual” or “Church of Christ … [Read more...]

Holy Spirit Baptism?

Q: Does Holy Spirit Baptism Still Occur? What Is The Baptism By Fire? First we will deal with the baptism of fire. … [Read more...]

Establishing Biblical Authority, Again!

I received the following comment in response to the video, “Exposing The Baptist Church - Pt. 1.” FairCogent has made a comment on Exposing The Biptist Church - Pt. 1 Questions? I have questions, if I may be so bold:1 Scriptural authorization for church buildings? 2 Scriptural authorization for youtube broadcasts? 3 Scriptural authorization for song books? 4 Scriptural authorization for Wednesday night gathering? 5 Scriptural authoriazation for sola scriptura? 6 Scriptural authorization … [Read more...]

If God is real why is there so much pain and suffering in the world today?

This is a fairly common question and with good reason. When we read of God in the Bible we learn that he is completely good, holy, righteous, just and loving (1 Peter 1:16; Revelation 15:3; Matthew 6:33; Ephesians 2:4; 1 John 4:16). We also learn that he is all-powerful, all-knowing and everywhere present all the time (Psalm 139:1-16). Many people struggle with this seeming contradiction between the character of God and the nature of what he has created. After all, how could an all-powerful and … [Read more...]

The "Lost Gospel" Hype Update

On a recent visit to the Danville Public Library, I was confronted with something that I thought was "old news." Last year I wrote an article entitled "The Lost Gospel Hype" dealing with the media frenzy surrounding the so-called Gospel of Judas. At that time there were new books being released along with news coverage and a two hour documentary on, of all places, The National Geographic Channel. I had thought all this hype over an obviously fictional story surrounding Christ and Judas had … [Read more...]

The Author And Finisher Of Our Faith

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1, 2). We think of Jesus in many ways. Of course we think of Him primarily as … [Read more...]

"Take Heed" For A Balanced Life

People generally desire to have a balanced and stable life. The truth of this is made evident whenever we go to a bookstore or library and see the huge number of, so called, "self-help" books. In nearly all of these books the author gives his advice to the reader for how to acquire a balanced and stable life. People truly desire balance. The Christian also desires a balanced life. The difference between those in the world and the Christian, though, is where they seek the answer to that balance. … [Read more...]