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Here is a collection of useful articles on various subjects of Christian interest. A summary of the article appears here, to access the full article, please click the appropriate button in the brown box on the left, or on the title below.



Signs, Wonders and Spiritual Gifts


I suggest that the singlemost cause of division in the evangelical church today is whether we believe the “spiritual gifts” are for believers today or not. Truly born-again believers disagree so fundamentally with each other on this very basic, simple subject. So, how are we to view such an issue? This article tries to solve the problem, and shows the difference between the "signs and wonders" of Christ and the apostles, and the "spiritual gifts" given by the Lord to His people as He sees fit.



The Quest for Certainty


We are thoroughly convinced of the following:

- The 66 books of the Protestant Bible are the Word of God, every word of which (in the original languages) was inspired by God Himself. 

- The Bible is the only source of truth. 

- The need for the use of logic in order to analyse the text to see what can be deduced by good and necessary consequence from it. 

- The Word of God (which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testament) is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him.

But there is a problem. Not, we hasten to add, with the Word of God, but the problem is that God can ony communicate to us through the medium of language. Language is the problem, and this is why no-one can know the truth.



Leadership: A Lust, Not a Gift


Most people think that leadership is a gift, and that only a few have been given it. Here we see that far from being a gift from God, it is a lust of the natural man, always wanting to be in control himself, and is the cause of nearly every church split that ever has been.



The Great Dilemma


This article shows the impossibility of there being a perfect church in this world, whether in doctrine or in all true believers being members in it. The problem of the church today is that some people lust to be followed, and most of the rest lust after someone to follow. Nobody seems to want to rationally do neither. The article ends with some questions for discussion on these matters.



Divorce and Remarriage


The subject of Divorce and Remarriage is being hotly debated these days. On the one hand there are those who say that marriage is for life until the death of one of the partners, so even if a divorce is necessary for adultery, remarriage should not be possible under any circumstances as long as the other party is alive. On the other hand, there are those who say they follow the Westminster Confession of Faith, but allow for remarriage after a lawful divorce for both parties. Both are wrong.

Here we have a clear picture of the true Biblical position on these things, especially the state of the guilty party, which the Westminster Confession does not deal with.

The state may be liberalising its views on this subject to give divorce and remarriage “for every cause”, but that does not mean to say that the church should follow it. The church should stick close to Scripture, and that is what this article tries to do.



Hypercalvinism


“Hypercalvinism” is a derogatory term which is bandied about a lot these days, but what does it mean? When the people who use this word are challenged on this, we get many different answers, usually all dependent on which church the antagonist is from. It is so easy to blindly follow what one’s church teaches, rather than actually think through the issues for oneself.

In this article, we have a clear guide as to the truth about Hypercalvinism, what the “Free Offer of the Gospel” really is, and where the churches who claim to either support it or are very much against it, are all going wrong. There is a middle path through the quagmire, but few there be that find it. Here we seek to steer our way through misunderstandings and misconceptions on the subject, and bring a clear picture into view on the whole matter.



The Millennium


When Christ came the first time, the Scribes and Pharisees were adamant that they knew exactly how and when the Messiah would come, and what He would be like. They were completely wrong. Many people and many churches today are adamant that they know exactly how the Second Coming of Christ will happen.

We do have some information about this in the Bible. It is not wrong to study this, in order to make ourselves ready "Ye know not when the time is" (Mark 13:33). But on the other hand, it is very foolish to pretend that we know every last detail of this forthcoming event. Every theory is just that – only ever a theory (like the "Theory of Evolution" or the "Atomic Theory").

Here is presented another theory. The writing of this article has been provoked by a feeling of dissatisfaction with all the major theories found in the churches and (frustratingly) preached in them as fact. Postmillenialism, Amillennialism and Premillenialism are all found wanting, and until someone can come up with a better theory from the Biblical information we have, the one presented here must stand.



The Apocrypha



Many old Bibles contain fourteen extra books which are not usually seen in modern Bibles. This has caused some people to think that the Word of God has been tampered with in some way, or has changed over the years. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Word of God was inspired by God at the moment of writing, and has always been there ever since, for the Christian to use as his final authority on what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.

These fourteen books, otherwise known as the Apocrypha, seem to be making some kind of comeback these days, one supporter of which is Dr Craig Lampe. This article has been produced primarily to counteract his false arguments, but it is also very useful in giving an overview of why it is important to realise that the Apocrypha is not and has never been the Word of God, and consequently we need not fret that anything is missing from the true Word which we have in our Bibles today.



The Reformation of Preaching



This article shows how the word "preach" has changed in the English language. We think of it as an authoritarian man shouting from a pulpit at people to tell them what to believe, with no recourse for them to respond or ask questions. This article shows that that was not the idea of "preaching" at all in Biblical times. The fundamental purpose of preaching was to make sure the hearer understood what was being said, which by nature of the case includes a two-way dialogue. We also find out in this article some evil techniques of persuasion used by modern day "preachers" in order to get to themselves a following.

Christian Hatred



Many people think that the term “Christian Hatred” is an oxymoron, believing that the Christian should never hate, and always forgive everyone, everything unconditionally all the time. This is not true, because there are things which God hates. “God is angry with the wicked every day” (Psalm 7:11), and “The wicked and him that loveth violence His soul hateth” (Psalm 11:5).

If we are supposed to be growing to become more and more like Christ (who is God), surely one of the attributes we should be seeing growth in ourselves in, is godly hatred.

This article deals with this subject, and clearly shows that the opinion of the majority of Christians these days does not tally with Scripture. We all need to change our ways with regards this matter.



Can A Christian Lose His Salvation?



In the Christian life, for many different reasons, it is so easy to become discouraged and backslide. This is the experience of all of us at some stage in our Christian walk, and at these times it is a real concern to many genuine Christians as to whether they can backslide so much they actually lose their salvation. It really bothers them.

The answer is that a truly born-again Christian, who has had a new heart put within him by the Lord, and who has become a new creature in Christ, and who truly has the Holy Spirit residing in him, cannot lose his salvation. Once he has been born-again, he cannot be “un-born-again,” he is a new creature in Christ and so is saved to eternal life and cannot be lost.

This article shows how this is the case.