Stephen is remembered by Christians as a bold preacher of the gospel of Christ, and one of the earliest martyrs of the faith. His blistering message to the Jewish Sanhedrin, delivered on the last day of his life, sums up the history of Israel with an emphasis on her pattern of stubborn rejection of God. … Continue reading Seven Rejections of the Kingdom
Scripture unmistakably declares the essentiality of baptism. It is necessary to “be saved” (Mark 16:16), to “put on Christ” (Gal. 3:27), to “wash away your sins” (Acts 22:16), and to be “raised by faith in the powerful working of God” (Rom. 6:3 – 6; Col 2:12). There is no one written in the Lamb’s Book … Continue reading Is Baptism Essential to Enter the Millennial Kingdom of Jesus Christ?
“Hide and Seek” is one of the most universal experiences of childhood. Within the innocent, trivial game lies an integral truth. The one who “seeks” should wait for a predetermined amount of time; after time has elapsed, he or she shouts, “Ready or not, here I come!” Similarly, Jesus ascended to heaven, for a predetermined … Continue reading Concerning the Literal Return and Reign of Christ
Has your congregation dedicated any degree of time and effort into investigating the meaning of the Book of Revelation, beyond the first three chapters? Has your preacher expounded upon other prophetic books, such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel or Daniel? When was the last time you heard a sermon on the meaning of Zechariah Chapter 14? … Continue reading The Death Blow to the Amillennial Claim of a Present-Day Millennium
Growing up in Churches of Christ and receiving instruction at two preaching schools affiliated with our brotherhood, I never heard any viable explanation regarding reward. Even as a full-time preacher, it was a muddled and confusing topic for me. I believed that salvation itself is the only reward we receive through obedient works, but the … Continue reading My Escape From Amillennialism’s Fictitious Works-Based Salvation
Thanks to a widespread appreciation for the literal interpretation of Scripture and the popularity of the Scofield Bible, many Christians of the mid-19th century began adopting a doctrine called, dispensational premillennialism. One of the key tenets of this theological system is the pretribulational rapture of the Lord’s Church (usually known simply as, “the rapture” or, … Continue reading The Pretribulational Hope of the Early Church