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Abomination to God, An

Abortion: 43 = 59,000,000

The Pharaoh of Moses' time ordered that every male Hebrew was to be slain at birth (Exo. 1:16, 22). He is remembered in Scripture (and by all right-thinking men) as an unspeakably cruel, immoral, and evil man (Acts 7:19).…

All He Asks

All That Matters

If one’s works are not the works God has authorized, they are all done in vain regarding God’s notice or approval (Mat. 15:9). That which God does not authorize, He does not accept or recognize.…

All or none 

In an article on, Peter Heck reviewed recent statements by Rob Bell, identified with “the hipster emerging church movement.” Heck discussed….

Animal "Rights" Extremes

Sadistic people visit cruel and senseless suffering on lower animal forms. Accordingly, there is a place for a voice against such. As is often the case, however, that which is good in moderation becomes bad when carried to an extreme. This has happened in the “animal rights” movement.…

Anniversary, A Gruesome

Apostles, Those Arrogant 

Apple Falls Close To The Tree



Atheist, A Virtuous

The young man was an avowed atheist. He described himself as “capable of pristine thought and speech,… moral, upstanding, conscientious, ethical, loving, and forgiving…and trying to do what is right.” He went on: “My strength of will and my concern….  

Authority, No Needed

Authorized? Is It

Awake, It is High Time To

Baptism and Jesus' Blood

With few exceptions, religious bodies professing belief in Jesus as the Christ, the only begotten of the Father, treat baptism as inconsequential. Some ignore it as if it were not in the New Testament, while others consider it “important,” but not essential to please God, with various views in between.…

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 1 

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 2

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 3

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 4 

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 5 

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 6 

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 7 

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 8 

Baptism, The New Testament Doctrine of—No. 9  

Baptisms of the Bible 

Basics, Emphasizing the 

Ben Franklin Spanks Tom Paine

Tom Paine was a colonial patriot, credited by some with being the “Father of the American Revolution.” He was given this moniker chiefly for his January 1776 pro-independence pamphlet, titled, Common Sense, which advocated revolution against the British crown. It quickly swept the colonies, selling 100,000 copies in three month’s time ….

Bible Roots of America

Dark and malevolent elements in our nation have led a powerful crusade in recent decades to obliterate any connection between the founding of our nation and the Bible. That the men who wrote our Bill of Rights and Constitution and who were among its earliest office-holders were men who believed….

Bible School, Why Should I Attend?

"Bye Bye Baby"

A few years ago Hayes Carll wrote “Bye Bye Baby,” a country music song lamenting a broken romance. This title would serve well for a song about the Pharaoh who ordered the death of all Hebrew baby boys (Exo. 1:16, 22; Acts 7:19). It would also fit Herod’s decree that resulted in the murder of all the baby boys in and around Bethlehem (Mat. 2:16). Even irreligious folk right-y recoil at such inhumane blood lust.

Cafeteria Theology

Does God operate a theological cafeteria? Are all of the world’s religions (e.g., Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, et al.) on His “steam table”? Is Christianity on the menu as merely one among many choices of access leading to God and salvation?…

Cain, The Way of

Cart Before the Horse, The

Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God (John 3:16), identified both the “horse” and the “cart” in regard to the respective obligations of all mankind: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself " (Mat. 22:37–39).…

Children, Disinherited

Joan Crawford, the famous movie star of several decades back, left some of her children out of her will. She was not the first to do so, nor is she likely to be the last. It is the right of parents to disinherit a child or children if they choose to do so. Let it be observed, however….

Christ, Did…Die in Vain?

Christian Sins, When a 

Christian, Who Is not a

Christians, "Born Again" 

Christian Evidences 

Christianity Comes in Cans

Are you aware that Christianity comes in cans? I am sure that I have met some people along the way who would be glad to “get some religion” if they could just get it in a small, inexpensive, easily-accessible package—like a can….

Christmas—That Time of Year Again 

Church, A Strong

Church Building, Eating in the 

Church Growth 

Church Should Have Failed, The 

Church, The New Testament

Church, The Scandal of

Church, The Work of the 

Civil Disobedience, On

Only two spheres/sources of authority exist—human and Divine: “Render therefore unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Mat. 22:21; cf. 21:25). Divine authority is supreme—whether or not men acknowledge it—and He will eventually exercise it utterly (Mat. 25:31–46).…

"Come Forth…."

When John heard the angel announce the impending doom of “Babylon,” another heavenly voice warned, “Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4)…. 


Compassion Fruit Juice 

Conflict Is Real, The 

Contributions You Can Make 

Conversion, Elements of

Conversion, The, of Saul of Tarsus

Saul of Tarsus is a fierce persecutor of Christians when he first appears in the New Testament record (Acts 7:58–8:3). His change from cruel crusader against the church to Jesus’ ardent advocate as the apostle Paul is one of the remarkable narratives of history, with significant implications…. 

Courage, Be of Good 


Cross, The Amazing 

Darwin, If Darwin Was Right… 

Charles Darwin was born 2 centuries ago this year (2009). Even those who reject his premises cannot deny the impact of them on mankind. A-long with the sea change Darwinian evolution….


Deities, Destructible

Denomination? Is the Church a


Denominationalism or the Church?

Thoughtful Bible students realize that denominational “churchianity” bears no resemblance to New Testament Christianity. It is not only fundamentally undenominational; it is anti-denominational…. 

Devil, Resist the

Did They Do Rightly? 

Different, Anything To Be

Digression and Division

Doctrinal Purity 

Doctrine and Unity

Elders—Their Crucial Role

Elders must meet stringent inspired qualifications before being given charge of the congregation (1 Tim. 3:1–7; Tit. 1:5–9). It is their sacred duty first to engage in self-examination, then in congregational-examination (Acts 20:28). Their responsibility is two-fold….

Ethics and Morals 

Facebook and Fellowship 

Even those who may not have a computer have likely heard of Facebook if they still read a newspaper or watch television….

Faith, Biblical

Faith and belief (in their various cognates) are among the most frequently found words and concepts in the Bible. They are also among the most misunderstood and abused Biblical words. Without controversy, the Bible requires that all who would be saved from the condemnation of sin must possess faith in God and His Son:…

Faith in the Bible 

Faith, The Bible Doctrine of—No. 1 

Faith, The Bible Doctrine of—No. 2 

Faith, The Bible Doctrine of—No. 3 

Faith, The Bible Doctrine of—No. 4 

Faith, The Bible Doctrine of—No. 5  

False Teachers, Identifying 

False Teacher! Oh for an Honest

Although many of the wolves were forced to wear sheep’s clothing (the Lord’s figure for hypocrisy and deception [Mat. 7:15–16]) for a few decades, their influence has become so pervasive….

First or Twenty-first? 

Jesus promised to build His church, which He identified as his spiritual kingdom (Mat. 16:18–19; John 18:36). Gabriel told Mary that Jesus….

Flood, Lessons from the 

Fools—Ancient and Modern 

Freckles and Hairs 

The apostle Paul’s most frequently used term in reference to the church is “the body.” In using this expression he draws on comparative features in our physical bodies. We find the fullest exposition of this analogy in 2 Corinthians 12:12–27.…

Fully Armed 

Godliness Pays

God, A "Convenient" 

God, Are Men Stronger Than? 

Is anything too hard for Jehovah?” (Gen. 18:14) anticipates a negative answer. Scripture refers to God as “Almighty” 59 times.…

God Cannot Do, Some Things 

The Bible abounds with claims of God’s omnipotence, yet because of His very nature, there are some things God cannot….

God Does Not Know, Some Things 

In numerous statements the Bible proclaims God’s omniscience—He knows all things (Rom. 11:33–34; 1 John 3:20b; et al.) In spite of these plain averments….

God, "Dumbing Down" 

In recent years, dumbing down has entered the vernacular, meaning to diminish the original effect….

God, Goodness and Severity of 

God Hath Spoken 

God Is No Respecter 

God, Rebelling Against 

God, The Nature of 

God's Care, Our Cares and 

Godspeed, Bidding 

Gospel, Thoughts on the

Grace and Moser—Misunderstood 

Grace of God, The 

Grace of God Is Exclusive, The 

Grace of God Is Inclusive, The 

Going, Things that Keep Me 

Gospel and Conflict, The  

Gospel and Subjectivism, The 

Gospel Meetings? Why Have 

Grapes of Thorns? 

Great Paradox, A 

"Grow, We Are Commanded to"

While speaking of the local church, the preacher said, “We are commanded to grow.” He immediately quoted Mark 16:15 as his proof text: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.”…

Heat and Light

Hell, Jesus and 

"Hell, at Last!"

To believe in Heaven is to believe in Hell, just as the Bible depicts both of them. Concerning the unrighteous and the righteous, respectively….

Here, Why Are You? 

"Here's How" 

A leaflet making the rounds purports to instruct us on the way to have “an eternal relationship with God.” The suggested four-point plan….

History, Repitition of

A century and a half ago, a few brethren who were determined to have what pleased them in religion were willing to sacrifice respect for both the statement and the silence of Scripture in order to have their idols (primarily musical instruments and separate evangelistic organizations).…

Holy Spirit Baptism 

Holy Spirit Baptism—Questions and Answers 

How Does Your Garden Grow? 

Humility and Service 

Humility, Serving in  

Inspiration, The Bible's Great Claim of 

Intellectual Snobbery 

Invitation, Offering the 

Isaiah Attitude, The 

"Is That All There Is?" 

Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller wrote a song thus titled, and Peggy Lee made a hit recording of it in 1969. Its lyrics somewhat reflected….

It Fills a Space

I have been reading church bulletins more six decades. I have served as editor of church bulletins for over five decades. At one time, the mailbox of the church where I preached received approximately 150 bulletins each week. I have literally seen almost everything there is to be seen in church bulletins.…

Jesus? Do You Love 

The apostle Paul lent significance to the question above as he wrote: “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema…” (1 Cor. 16:22). Anathema means….

Jesus, Rejecting 

Jesus' Birth, Some Wonders of

The Biblical record of the birth of Jesus Christ notably omits the date of its occurrence, so it is appropriate to turn our thoughts to it at any season of the year. Likewise, there is no hint in the New Testament that His disciples did or should engage in any special observance of the occasion.…

Jesus' Blood Keeps on Cleansing

Jesus, When…Was Lost

Jesus' Mistaken? Was 

Jesus—More Than a Man 

One of the songs in the 1970s rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, has  Mary Magdalene singing of Him, “He’s a man, He’s just a man”….

Jesus—Our Perfect Role Model 

Either consciously or unconsciously, everyone has one or more role models whom he seeks to imitate. Jesus Christ alone has the right to be such because….

Jesus' Return, Things that Will Occur at  

Jesus' Return—When Will It Be? 

Jesus' Sake, Suffering for 

Jesus, The "Failure" of 

Jesus, The Testament of 

Jesus, The Words of 

Jesus, When, Was Lost 

Jesus, Why He Came 

Judaism Restored 

''Judge Not…" 

Land Promise, The 

Law and Love

Priscilla Jane Owens (1829–1907) penned several hymn poems, among them, “Give Me the Bible.” She wrote these lyrics in the 19th century before it became popular—even among theologians—to debunk, demote, and attempt to destroy the authority of Holy Writ.…

Let's Party 

Lie, They Believe a 

Lips, Honoring With the 

Pharisees and scribes once came to Jesus, chastising Him for not honoring the traditions of their forefathers (Mat. 15:1–2). He responded that they….

Lord's Supper, The—What Does It Commemorate? 

Lost Souls on Pentecost

The first Pentecost Day after Jesus’ ascension to Heaven found a throng in Jerusalem from “every nation under heaven” (Acts 2:5). Of that number, 3,000 obeyed the apostolic message by their confessed faith, repentance, and baptism in order to receive forgiveness of their sins (vv. 37–41).… 


Loved Her, Oh How He 

"Magic," The "Gospel" of 

Mainline or Sidetrack? 

Majority, Religion By 

Man's Image, Making God in 

Mark and Turn Away

Marriage, Man, Woman, and

Let us be straightforward: One either believes the Bible to be God’s revelation of Himself to men, or he does not. No one is forced (by God or by any human authority) to accept the Bible as such. However, one (or a religious body) ought not to profess such belief if he (it) is unwilling to accept what it teaches…. 

Marriages—Why They Fail 

Master? Who Is Your 

Members? "We" or "They"  

Membership Placement, "Automatic" 

Minister, A Good 

Miracles, The Purposes of 

Miracle? What Is a 

Miracles: Have They ceased? 

Many modern religionists claim the power to perform the same miracles and signs as those recorded in the Bible. Claiming and doing are….


"Movement in Transition"  

Murmuring at Marah  

Narrow Gate, The 

No-Fault Mentality, The 

No Thanks, Anytime 

Normal, When Abnormal Becomes

Numbers, Impressed with 

Numbers, Strength in 

Obey God, Man Must 

Ought, The Principle of 

Parental Abdication 

People Are Impressed 


Postmodernism, Early 

Prayer Pointers 

Preachers or Pastors?

Pastor" may be the word most frequently used to describe a preacher’s work (e.g., “John Smith is the pastor of the ___________ church”). This term is also used as a title of address (e.g., “Pastor John Smith will now speak”). Roman Catholics and Protestants alike thus employ the word. Does the Bible sanction this usage?…

Preachers, "Professional"  

Preaching We Need, The Kind of 

Preaching, "Balanced" 

Pride, The Wickedness of 

Put Things Right

Quit, Why Some People 

"Rapture," Thoughts on the 

"Red Flags" – No. 1 

"Red Flags" – No. 2 

"Red Flags" – No. 3 

"Red Flags" – No. 4   

"Red Flags" – No. 5 

"Relationship, Not Religion" 

Relativism, The Myth of 

Religion, Authority in

Religion, "Big Tent" 

Members of both major political parties talk about big-tent policies. By big-tent they mean inclusion of diverse views that may be contradictory to core party principles—as long as their holders vote the party ticket….

Religion by Majority

A Pew Poll of 35,000 Americans, released in June 2008, revealed some interesting statistics about religious beliefs. More than half (57%) of  “evangelicals” (strong in their belief in the Bible and in Jesus as God’s only begotten Son, right?), opined that Christianity is not the only way to Heaven…..

Religion, The "Poison" of 

Religious Pluralism 

The term "pluralism," when applied to religion, lauds diversity. Wickipedia states: “Religious pluralism holds that no single religion can claim absolute authority to teach absolute truth”…

Retirement Plan, Have You Started Your? 

Rod, The Right

Romans 10:9—A Gross Misapplication

“If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved” (Rom. 10:9). The foregoing words from the apostle Paul may be among the most frequently abused and misused in Scripture…. 

Satan and His Devices 

Satan—Our Cunning Foe 

Saved, When Is One?

There is no more important question for anyone to ponder because it involves one’s eternal destiny. One may be mistaken about his house, his job, his car, his health, mathematics, history, or any number of things, but one dare not be mistaken about this subject.… 

Science, Ignorance, and Bias

Scripture, Respect for 

Scripture, The Silence of

What is the significance of Biblical silence, or has it any significance at all? Does Scriptural silence grant freedom to act in religious matters, as many allege? Does the silence of the Bible have a prohibitive force? How shall we deal with the silence of Scripture? All such questions relate to the subject of Biblical authority ….

Scripture, The  Silence of, Sometimes Forbids 


The Bible teaches the doctrine of “separation” almost incessantly. God requires His people to recognize that they distinctly belong to Him and to behave accordingly.


Shame, The Loss of 

Sin, the Great Deceiver  

Sin, Implications of 

Only a few decades ago, the majority of US citizens acknowledged the existence of and consequences of sin….

Sin, Whatever Happened to? 

Sinful Surnames 

Small Word—Large Meaning 

Soulwinning, The Joys of 

Sounds Like Some of Us  

Spirit, Led by the 

"Spiritual Adultery" 

Spiritual Gifts, The Impartation of 

Stand Fas

Strength, Whence Our? 

Strong in the Lord 

Subjectivism, The Gospel and

Our times are characterized by religious convictions based solely upon feelings and experiences. This phenomenon has always been a trademark of Pentecostalism, but it now infects and affects all of the sects (and not a few brethren, as well). Most religionists trust their eternal destiny to no more than a vague hunch or feeling.…

Temple, Cleansing the 

That Time of Year Again

Undoubtedly, during this holiday season more people (in our culture, at least) will be thinking and talking about the birth of Jesus than at any other time of the year. We see the effect of this phenomenon in various marketing and advertising campaigns….

 The Law? What then Is 

"They Made Light of It" 

Thousand-year Reign, The             

Tolerance, On the Intolerance of 

Generally, the Bible teaches the virtues of tolerance and forbearance…. However, it is apparent that the spirit of tolerance has become so strong and so universal in our world that it has run far beyond what God either expects or permits.…

Tongues, The Gift of 

Truth, Thoughts on 

Truth, What Is?  


Vacation Time 


Watch and Resist 

Weak Weapons 

"Whatsoever a Man Soweth…" 

A bountiful, but bitter harvest of dishonor, immorality, profanity, drug/drink addiction, and cold secularism have become commonplace in our beautiful America. These behaviors extend from the powerless and poor through all intermediate levels to the wealthy….

Which Describes You? 

Whose Shall They Be? 

Will God "Understand"?

In God’s inspired Word, the Bible, He has revealed everything anyone can know about His mind and will. Either He means what He says in His Word, or He doesn’t. If He doesn’t, the Bible is merely advice that we may ignore with impunity.…

Wills and Codicils, On

Men make their wills on the basis of information available to them at the time. Conditions sometimes change that merit a change in the will. If the changes are extensive, the will is usually rewritten. However, if only a brief statement of alteration is required…

Win, Who Will?  

Word, Little—Big Meaning 

Work, Respect for 


Worship, Attendance a

Worship, Good Manners in

Worship, Involvement in 

Worship, Why Nots of

Xmas Extremes


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10 Responses to “Brief Articles”

  • Brother Dub,

    Your new website is excellent and easy to navigate. God speed, brother.

    • mcclishdub:

      Thanks, Jerry. Very much appreciated.


    • Abundance of informative articles. I just went down the list, but suspect I will be reading them along the way in my own investigation of scripture. Glad to have it, and look forward to further searching.



      • mcclishdub:


        Thanks for taking a look at The Scripturecache. I hope you will find it helpful.

        Yours in the Cause,


  • Ralph Fisher:


    Great material, we appreciate you !!

  • Dave Dugan:

    Hi Dub…I remember you did a series of newspaper articles.  Are those posted somewhere in the newspaper format?  Especially on instrumental music.

    Great web site…keep up the good work for the Lord.

    Dave Dugan

    Cache Ok…cofc

    • Dub McClish:


      Good to hear from you, and thanks for your kind coments. Many of our newspaper articles (approximately 500 words each) are on The Scripturecache, but only a few of them are in the original newspaper format. I've chosen to reformat most of them in text only, and eventually I plan to reformat all of them, if the Lord gives me time. My thinking is that, since they have the Northpoint logo and times of meeting on them, they are unsuitable for reproduction by others unless that info is stripped from them. I thought it would be simpler for any who wish to republish them to simply copy and paste the text into their own template. However, I can supply these to you in our original format from my computer files. Any particular subject?

      Yours in the Cause,

      Dub McClish

  • Howard Fawcett:

    Hi Dub, what a bountiful treasure of scriptural knowledge.  Great website.  I have always appreciated you and your beloved Lavonne for the help you were to me growing as a Christian.  You were always a great source to me to provide me with sound material and books to help me grow and build my library.  God bless.

    • Dub McClish:


      So good to hear from you! I well remember the several times we visited by phone in years past and your orders for our books, especially those of the Annual Denton Lectures. You know how to make a fellow feel that his efforts on this earth are of some benefit, after all. You're also very thoughtful to remember Lavonne's contributions. I still have about 400 other articles/MSS to upload as I can find time to proof-read, edit, and format them. Godspeed, dear brother.

      Yours in the Cause,

      Dub McClish

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