Bible Q-n-A: Is A PersonAccountable For Obeying The Gospel If They’ve Never Heard The Gospel?

This is a fairly common question or comment in discussions about our accountability to God and how to obey the gospel. In a recent episode of Bible Q-n-A LIVE, the comment was made that baptism is necessary for salvation for the person that has heard the command to be baptized. In other words, if a person has never heard the gospel then God will not hold them accountable for obeying the gospel. Aside from some very serious implications connected with this idea, it is based on the false notion … [Read more...]

A Sorrowful State of Affairs

I just had a discussion with a Professor filling the pulpit in a congregation that used to be a faithful congregation of the Lord's church. It was sad and very revealing about why so many once faithful congregations are no longer so. I asked a series of questions and let him answer, trying very hard not to debate with him - and it was very hard. Here are my questions and a summation of his answers. Is it your view that there is no Scriptural prohibition to the use of mechanical … [Read more...]

Is The Bible For Everyone?

Jesus said, in what we call the great invitation, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). While there are many lessons we can draw from that great text, the one most relevant to the question, “Is the Bible for everyone?,” is that Jesus said “all” could come to Him, “all” could … [Read more...]

How I Know the Bible is from God

Table of Contents Part One: The Author, Part Two: The Claim Part Three: The Unity Part Four: Fulfilled Prophecy Part Five: The Science From Astronomy From Geology - Oceanography From Biology Part Six: The Perfection This series of six articles was originally written for publication in the LaGrange Daily Newspaper. They ran every Saturday from  July 26 to August 30, 2014. How I Know The Bible Is From God Part One: The Author The first, and most basic, … [Read more...]

What Was In “This Cup”?

Sean B. asks, When Jesus prayed in the garden of Gethsemane, “…let this cup pass from me…,” was He praying for more than the physical suffering He would endure to include the spiritual implications of the Cross? Jesus prayer in the garden of Gethsemane is recorded in three of the four Gospel accounts (Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42; Luke 22:39-46). Before He went about a stone’s throw from Peter, James and John (Luke 22:41), He said to them, “My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death” … [Read more...]

Do People Have A Sinful Nature (part 2)

Last week we began answering the question, “Do people have a sinful nature?” In that article we saw that the foundation for the mistaken idea of “sinful nature,” the doctrine of total depravity, is not something that is taught in the Bible. Since the foundation of “sinful nature” is wrong, so is the teaching of “sinful nature” itself. This week we want to go on and show how the idea of man’s “sinful nature” actually contradicts what the Bible does say. The Bible says that we are created in … [Read more...]

Do People Have A “Sinful Nature”? (part 1)

Andrew P. asks, “You said that we don't have a sinful nature. Could you explain that to me in more depth? To understand the idea of “sinful nature” it is first important to know from where that idea comes. It is most closely associated with the doctrine of Total Depravity, which teaches that people are born with inherited sin all the way from Adam. It says that when Adam sinned, his nature became corrupted and that corrupted nature got passed on to all Adam’s offspring. However, that is not … [Read more...]

John chapter 20 v 17, did Jesus ascended to heaven to his father?

when he told mary touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my father . after saying that did he ascend to heaven. John chapter twenty records the resurrection and early appearances of the risen Lord. It was early on a Sunday morning (John 20:1), “while it was still dark,” that Mary Magdalene discovered the stone sealing Jesus’ tomb had been rolled away. Thinking that grave robbers (a common crime at that time), or possibly the enemies of Christ, had taken his body; she ran to tell the … [Read more...]

The Baptist Use Of Acts 15:11

I just got through speaking with a baptist preacher at my door. He is trying to tell me Acts 2:38 is a different dispensation and that I need to go with Acts 15:11. Can you help me out? I would contact a local preacher, however, I currently don't have one. You have helped my husband and myself before, so I came inside to my bible and preacher Norm:) Mindy, I'm not sure what his point is exactly, but it probably has to do with the false idea that there was one system for Jewish converts and … [Read more...]


A lot of Baptist will talk about the Greek word "Eis" in Acts 2:38. They say it means because of. How do I explain that to them? … [Read more...]