“I’m witnessing to my mom, who has questions by the boxcar about Purgatory. Can you help?”
This place where men must go after death to purge their sins is an invention of religion. The word purgatory comes from the word purge, and the Bible says that Christ “… ➡
“It seemed good to me… to write unto thee… most excellent Theophilus” (Luke 1:3).
“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus…” (Acts 1:1).
As you can see, both the Book of Luke and the Book of Acts were written by Luke to a man named Theophilus. … ➡
“Christ died for our sins… and… rose again… and… He was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, He was seen of above five hundred brethren at once…” (1 Cor. 15:3-6).
This mass-sighting of our risen Savior reminds me of a story I heard recently regarding … ➡
“Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled” (Titus 1:15).
The “pure” here are people whom God has saved by His grace (Eph. 2:8,9), “purifying their hearts by faith” (Acts 15:9). … ➡
“How would you differentiate between God’s instruction to Israel to purge Canaan of the various people groups located there and radical Islam’s jihad to purge the world of infidels?”
Many a Christian has wondered about God’s instructions to Israel to exterminate whole peoples in Canaan (Deut. 20:16,17), but there … ➡
Religious deceivers have always been common, even back in Bible days. That’s what prompted the Apostle Paul to warn Titus,
“…there are many…vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Whose mouths must be stopped…” (Titus 1:10,11).
Since these “vain talkers” were “specially of the circumcision,” they were … ➡
I’m sure you’ve heard of absent-minded professors, men who are so engrossed in their deep thoughts that they tend to lose track of the little things we must all keep in mind in order to get along in life. Well, in Paul’s letter to Titus, the apostle warned … ➡
Back in 1993, professional basketball player Charles Barkley made headlines when he declared, “I’m not a role model. Just because I dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” He was right about that last part, but he failed to realize that when you play in the … ➡
In Paul’s letter to Titus, he gave the young man some instructions to pass on to “aged women” (Titus 2:1-3). One of the things Paul tells aged women to do is to “teach…young women” with “husbands” and “children” to be “keepers at home” (Titus 2:4,5).
For instance, … ➡
While it is important to act your age at any age, it’s even more important for a Christian to act in such a way that is becoming to the truth of God’s Word, as Paul told Timothy to remind older men, saying,
“Speak thou the things which become sound
“Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken” (Habakkuk 2:15).
There are many passages in the Word of God, such as the above, that are timeless and transcend all the dispensations of God. While the liquor industry goes to … ➡
No minister of Christ who is a faithful steward of the mysteries of God (1 Cor. 4:1-4) would, during this age and dispensation of grace, preach water baptism unto repentance for the remission of sins, as did John the Baptist. Nor would such a minister preach for today Acts … ➡
It is kind of exciting to watch our children go through periods of growth. Parents can usually detect it. When growing, children’s appetites can easily double or triple. Without being told, they often take much more time for rest or sleep. Physically, you’ll soon notice your child’s limbs have … ➡
Recently I came across a web site called, “Lies Moms Tell Their Kids To Get Them To Behave.” One mom was so tired of her kids misbehaving while shopping that she told them the store’s security cameras were actually Santa-cams that had a direct feed to the North Pole, … ➡
“…we were enemies…” (Rom. 5:10).
“…the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not…” (II Cor. 4:4).
Many religious but unsaved people will not accept the fact that they are enemies of God, and fail to understand why the Bible should insist that they … ➡
Paul learned what thousands upon thousands of God’s saints have learned from his day to ours: that it is often more blessed to experience God’s grace in suffering than to enjoy deliverance from suffering, for in the former case we lean the harder and pray the more, and so … ➡
“The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers…” (Titus 2:3).
Aged women should know that it is especially important for them to be holy, for women are the guardians of decency in society. Did you ever wonder why, in speaking of the … ➡
As the Apostle Paul came to the end of his list of qualifications for the ministry, he closed by insisting that pastors should always be
“Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince
The contextualizing of the gospel is essentially an attempt to accommodate social change, culture, tradition, and religious views of other so-called faiths when presenting the gospel. The Word of God is then conformed, as needed, to adapt to these areas more effectively to minister to others.
For example, the … ➡
At the institution of the Lord’s Supper, as He took the bread and the wine, we read that he “gave thanks” (Matt.26: 26,27; Luke 22:19,20).
Surely on this occasion He did not give thanks for food supplied! He was handling the symbols of His broken body and His shed … ➡