Is It Scriptural To Celebrate Christmas?

On Dec 10, 2009, at 1:04 PM, Mindy wrote: You have received a message from Bible Q-n-A. Message details are as follows: Date and Time: Thursday 10th December 2009 12:04:39 Message: I would like to know if your church and/or your family celebrate christmas. I am a part of the church of Christ and would like to know what is right and wrong pertaining to this subject. Thanks, Mindy Mindy,   Thanks for writing and I appreciate your question. In short, me and my family … [Read more...]

A Discussion On "Once-Saved-Always-Saved"

Last week, I posted a clip from a sermon on Hebrews 6:1-12, "Going On To Maturity." The clip shows the danger of apostasy as addressed by the Hebrews writer to his audience. Here is the clip in question: As you might imagine, I immediately began receiving emails saying that I taught false doctrine in this clip. The reason, according to the skeptic, that I had taught false doctrine was because I showed from the text the very real danger of apostasy. According to the Calvinist, there is no … [Read more...]

The Necessity Of Water Baptism

  Question #11: Where Does The Bible Teach That Water Baptism Is Required In Order To Have One’s Sins Forgiven? The "Church of Christ" teaches that a sinner is forgiven of sin when he is baptized in water by a CoC elder. Where does the Bible teach that water baptism is required in order to have one's sins forgiven? The part of the statement referring to baptism requiring the participation of an elder is false. Whether the questioner included this clause out of ignorance or purposeful … [Read more...]

Ascertaining Biblical Authority

Question #10: How Do You Determine Scriptural Authority? If the "Church of Christ" claims to worship God only as "authorized" by scripture because they sing only (and do not use instrumental music), then where do they get the "authority" to use hymnals, pitchpipes, pews, and indoor baptistries in their worship services? If the answer is that they are "aids to worship," where does the Bible allow for that? Where is your required authorization? If a pitchpipe can be an "aid to worship" for the … [Read more...]

The Church: Christ’s One Body

Question #9: Why Do You Call Yourselves “The Church Of Christ”? Why does the "Church of Christ" insist that their name is scriptural when it cannot be found anywhere in the Bible? The church is referred to as the "church of God" eight (8) times in the Bible, but never is it called the "church of Christ." The verse they use is Romans 16:16, but it doesn't say "church of Christ." Where does the Bible call the church the "church of Christ"? First of all, to argue that the term “church of Christ” … [Read more...]

Returning From The "Point Of No Return"

Question #7: After becoming a Christian, are there any sins that will put me beyond the "point of no return" so that I cannot regain salvation? What sin or sins will put me in such jeopardy, so that, after becoming a Christian, I would be doomed to hell without any recourse? Please be specific and give me clear Bible references. The apostle Paul referred to himself as the chief of sinners (1 Timothy 1:15; cf. 1 Corinthians 15:9; Ephesians 3:8). He never forgot how, in his ignorance, he … [Read more...]

God’s Second Law Of Pardon

Question #6: How Is A Person Forgiven Of Sin After They Have Been Baptized? If as a Christian I can fall and "lose my salvation," is it possible to regain it? If so, how? If God "takes away" my salvation, doesn't that make Him an "Indian giver"? How could I ever know for sure that I was saved or lost? Some of the comments in the above “question” are redundant with number 5. I have already answered the “Indian giver” accusation against God in the last entry. I have also already answered the … [Read more...]

You Know What You Are!

Question #5: How Can A Person Know That They Have Become Lost After They Were Saved? If as a Christian I can sin so as to "lose my salvation," just what sin or sins will place me in such danger? Is it possible to know at what point one has committed such a sin, and become lost again? Please be specific and give clear Bible references. Yes, a person can become lost after having been saved. And, yes, a person can know that they have become lost after having known they were saved. … [Read more...]

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...]