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Acts 1:1–26—Jesus Ascends and the Disciples Wait

The first chapter of Acts is characterized by waiting in great anticipation by the apostles on events and experiences soon to come upon them. These events were destined to affect not only them and those in their own time, but also multiplied millions of people down to our time and in whatever time yet remains.…

Annihilationism—A Refutation

Annihilationism is a form of materialism that denies the immortality of the human soul, insisting that human beings are merely mortal, physical, material. This doctrine holds that the wicked will be atomized, snuffed out of existence—annihilated, either before or after the Judgment, rather than being consigned to punishment that never ends in a fiery Hell.…

Annihilationism—A Spiritually Fatal Innovation

Hell has fallen on hard times. The most frequent reference to it nowadays is as a term of cursing, swearing, or intensification of expression. Others use it in a weak attempt at levity: “I want to go to Hell; after all, that’s where all my friends will be.” …

Anti-ism, A History of

The Lord’s church has likely never been immune to extremes. Every extreme position among God’s people, from the apostolic era to the present, revolves basically around the two opposite philosophies, commonly designated “liberalism” and “anti-ism.” …

Are Alien Sinners Amenable to the Law of Christ?

It is exceedingly strange that anyone claiming to be informed in the Word of God would deny that alien sinners are accountable to the law of Christ. However, there have been in the past and there presently are those who advocate this fatal error.…

Assembly, Not Forsaking the

Assembly, The Nature of the, in 1 Corinthians 14:26–40?

Authority Structures in Local Churches

I once moderated an open forum at a lecture program during which a querist asked, “Can a congregation Scripturally exist without elders?” The obvious answer is, “Yes.” The first congregation to exist (i.e., the Jerusalem church) began and existed for some time with no elders.…

Balance,” A Sudden and Curious Emphasis on

Has anyone else besides me noticed a recent upsurge in the cry for “balance” in preaching and writing? Further, am I the only one who has noticed that this emphasis is not coming from the predictable liberal tongues and pens, but from some brethren who were generally considered sound in the faith?…

Baptism—What Does the Bible Teach?

I suppose uninspired men have written at least hundreds of books and millions of words about baptism. Many of these things we could read with profit, but those works will not be the source of this study of the subject. Rather, this will be a study the only Book with the only words on this subject that really matter—the Bible, in which God gives us all that is important for us to know about baptism.…

Bible Examples—Are They Binding?

Biblical Inspiration—False Theories of, Versus the Truth

Few subjects are more significant and far-reaching than the subject of the inspiration of the Bible. Rejection of the inspiration of the Bible equals rejection of the Bible because it claims to be peculiarly inspired of God. Rejection of the Bible is tantamount to rejection of God and His Son. Rejection of the Bible is therefore also a rejection of the religion of Christ.…

Bible, The, Is the Inspired Word of God

No subject…is more significant and far-reaching than the subject of the inspiration of the Bible. Rejection of the Bible’s inspiration equals rejection of the Bible itself because it claims to be peculiarly and uniquely revealed, inspired, and delivered to men by God. It further follows that rejection of the Bible is tantamount to rejection of God and His Son….

Billingslyism, a Response—Who Has “Fallen From Grace”?

The lengths to which men will go in their efforts to eliminate the force of the Lord’s teaching in this passage [Mat. 19:9] seem to have no end, either in number or extreme. One of these extreme efforts affirms that the four Gospel accounts—except for a bare smidgen of each—are all merely a part of the Old Testament.

Boston/Crossroads Movement—A Critical Review of 3 Rs of Urban Church Growth

In 1981, a brother in Christ, Alvin Jennings, owner of Star Bible Publications, Inc., wrote and published a book titled, 3 R’s of Urban Church Growth. This book raised many eyebrows, including those of the venerable G.K. Wallace. Brother Wallace wrote a withering review of some of the major errors advocated in this book, charging that it contained elements of ….

Calvinism—A Study of Election and Apostasy in the Writings of Paul

It is surpassingly ironic that those who teach the above-documented heresies cite passages from the great apostle Paul more than any other New Testament author for their proof texts.…Were Paul able to be on earth today and to see these…egregious errors that for centuries have been (and are still being) attributed to him, we believe he would be first incredulous and then enraged.… 

Calvinism and neo-Calvinism in the Church of Christ

Although there is an obscure Protestant philosophy dating from about a century ago called “Neo-Calvinism,” this is not the general connotation of this term among the Lord’s people nowadays. By referring to “Neo-Calvinism,” we describe various ones with whom we may have once been in fellowship, but who have for some time been slouching toward some of the tenets of strict Reformation Calvinism…. 

Captivity and the Major Prophets

The captivity of God’s covenant people of the Old Testament is one of the saddest chapters of all history. Never was an obscure race of men so marvelously blessed of God, and never did one squander it all on such an equally grandiose scale. Israel had every imaginable advantage.…

Christ, Confidence in

Church Discipline, Corrective, in the New Testament

The church cannot be what it should be, maintaining its moral and doctrinal purity, its Christ-pleasing unity, and fulfilling its God-given work, without the Scripture-mandated practice of corrective discipline. Likely no Scriptural injunction has been more neglected in the church of Christ over the years than this directive.…

Church, “Growing” a—At What Price?

Some brethren will do almost anything to bring numerical and financial growth to a congregation. They will mutilate, innovate, and obfuscate the Gospel in order to have it. “Growth (as they define it)-at-whatever-price” is the demon that drives them.…

Church History, A Half Century of—How We Got Where We Are

My grandfather (an elder for forty years in central Texas) or even my father (whose more than thirty years of preaching ended in 1966) would not believe their eyes and ears were they to be “beamed down” into some present-day assemblies that still masquerade under the designation, Church of Christ. They would surely believe that someone had placed a Church of Christ sign on these buildings by mistake or as a prank.… 

Church, The—Its Unity and Undenominational Character

From his earliest knowledge that God planned the church, Satan has despised the very concept of it and everything pertaining to it. His first plan of attack was to do all that he could to prevent its establishment. He used the monstrous, murderous Herod the Great….

Church, The Lord’s, and the Denominations Contrasted

Depending upon which Internet source one consults, he will find various figures for the number of distinct denominations in existence (e.g., 34,000, 38,000, 40,000)…. We must therefore deal with some broad principles that demonstrate this distinction….

Church of Christ, Surprising Things About the

People who are not familiar with the church of Christ frequently express surprise upon learning of some point of doctrine or some practice that is peculiar to it. When we produce the Scriptural evidence to which a given doctrine or practice conforms and which the Word of God demands, we often hear expressions such as, “I never heard that before,’ or “I didn’t know that was in the Bible.” These expressions of surprise…

Covenants, The Scope of the—Are Aliens Amenable to the Gospel?

Many dire, drastic, and destructive implications and consequences inhere in the view that alien sinners are not accountable to the law of Christ, some of which I will demonstrate and discuss in this chapter.… I strongly suspect that many have found it convenient to deny that alien sinners are accountable to the New Testament because of the implications of this doctrine concerning marriage, divorce, and remarriage.… 

Daniel 2—A Commentary

Daniel 2 is the longest chapter in the book. With Isaiah 2, Joel 2, and Acts 2 it is a pivotal Biblical chapter. It is also a key chapter to understanding the book of Daniel itself. Much of the remainder of the book is an amplification of the outline of the four great world empires and the working out of God’s plan pertaining to them as introduced to us in Nebuchadnezzar’s notable dream-figure.…

Daniel 12—A Commentary

This final chapter of Daniel is by far the shortest of the book with only 13 verses. However, it is an important chapter, if for no other reason, because it is the last—the culminating chapter. A primary rule of Biblical exegesis and hermeneutics is that one should not study any passage of Scripture in isolation, but in context.…

Deacons and Deaconesses—A Study of—1 Timothy 3:8–13

Every Christian is to be a “deacon” in this general sense (I.e.., a willing servant of God and men [Mark 10:43; John 12:26]). However, there is a specific use of the term in the New Testament in reference to certain members of the church. This is made clear by the list of qualifications for those called “deacons” immediately after those of bishops (1 Tim. 3:1–7).…

Deacons and Behavior in the Church—1 Timothy 3:8–16

Outside of 1 Timothy 3 and Philippians 1, deacons are not specifically referenced in the New Testament.4 However, we correctly infer from the strictness of the qualifications (only slightly less stringent than those for bishops) that the Holy Spirit attached considerable importance to their place and work.…

Denominational Attitudes and Tactics Among Brethren

Ten years or so ago [1962, DM], most of the erroneous religious principles I addressed in my preaching and writing were apparent in the denominational world.… Many in the pulpit have become denominational in their general attitudes toward God’s Word and in their teaching.…

Denominationalism—Its Causes, Contradictions, Consequences, and Cures

The Apple Online Dictionary defines the religious connotation of denomination as “a recognized autonomous branch of the Christian Church.”… According to this concept “the church” is composed of all the various denominational bodies of professed “believers.”… The existence of undenominational Christianity (the only true Christianity) has not even occurred to the masses.…

Discipleship, the Challenge of

When we contemplate the rigorous standard of discipleship the Lord sets before us in Luke 9:23–24, it is evident that men have egregiously redefined downward the entire concept. However, one who does so purchases a bit of temporary convenience and pleasure at the irreparable cost of his soul.…

Dispensations of Time

Time relates to each human being in a very personal way because from one’s birth until his death constitutes all of his “time.” … The other facet of time is the long view that embraces the interval from the beginning point of the material creation to the end of it. This is “time in the aggregate,” including all that will eventually take place between those two epochal boundaries. It is not an interruption between two eternities, but simply a “parenthesis” in the one eternity.

Education, Higher “Christian”—What Parents Have a Right to Expect

That all of the schools (including “preacher training” schools, colleges, universities, and graduate schools) were initially founded in order to have a strong influence on brethren, and therefore on the churches of which they were members, is apparent on the surface. This effect on congregations is commendable as long as (and only as long as) a school remains true to the Faith.…

Elders, The Authority of

However, parallel to “anti-authority,” “anti-establishment” philosophy of the 1960s among many worldlings, there has been an even louder cry from within the church against the authority of elders.…:

What authority do elders have over their flocks which that flock does not willingly give them? None!… Did any of us ever consider where we get New Testament authority for elders making decisions?… We are of the opinion that questions are safer in the hands of the “church” than in the hands of any ship…. None of the qualities mentioned in either Timothy or Titus have to do with decision-making.…

Elders, The Reevaluation/Reaffirmation of

A brother who champions the “reaffirmation” of elders based upon periodic “reevaluation” of them began a manuscript on the subject as follows: “The reaffirmation of elders is new ground for most congregations. It is an uncharted course—a path not traveled. Few congregations have had any experience with reaffirmation.”…

Elders and Deacons, The Responsibility of, to Keep the “Unity of the Spirit”

More than any other group of men, whether considered on a congregational basis or in the church as a whole, elders are in a position to promote and preserve the pure faith and the unity and peace among brethren, both on the local level and throughout the church as a whole.…

Elders and Roots of Apostasy—Acts 20:28–30

There is no point of Truth where apostasy can or will be tolerated by true lovers of Christ. However, one of the most crucial, pivotal, and fundamental matters that must be guarded is the Scriptural organization of the church. The effects and implications of changing the very structure of the church’s government are staggering and far-reaching, indeed.…

Emotionalism Versus Proper Emotions

The Bible student immediately recognizes the validity of emotion in Christianity in such terms as joy, sorrow, fear, hate, love, and even anger. These all have their part in the thinking and behavior of Christians.  Emotion is also related to such elements as sincerity and enthusiasm. However, another term in the definitions that catches our attention is “feelings.”…

Ephesians 6:10–13—Soldiers of Christ and Their Warfare

We are engaged in a war, but it is not carnal warfare, nor is it waged with weapons of carnal warfare (2 Cor. 10:3–4). We are to serve as soldiers who “war the good” warfare (1 Tim. 1:18). Our archenemy attacks the Christian soldier by means of “fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Pet. 2:11).… 

Eternal Life Is in the Son—1 John 5:9–13

What a marvelous God we have who sent His Son into this world for sinful men and gave sufficient testimony to provoke certitude or faith in Him to any honest heart! What a wonderful Savior we have, the One alone in Whom we may have eternal life! What precious certainty of eternal life we have if we faithfully serve Him!…

Ezekiel 8–11—Visions of Judgment on Jerusalem

Generally, it can be stated that Ezekiel’s message centered around the fall of Jerusalem. The book of 48 chapters evenly divides itself into prophecies delivered prior to 586 B.C. (1–24) and prophecies delivered subsequent to Jerusalem’s destruction (25–48).… 

Ezekiel, the Prophet of the Exile

As the tenderhearted Jeremiah wept out his impassioned pleas to the citizens of Jerusalem to “repent or perish” during the last quarter of the seventh century B.C., it seemed that all were saying, “We will not hearken” (Jer. 6:17). However, there was one young man…who must have listened intently to and must have been considerably impressed with the message of the weeping prophet.…

Ezra, A Model for Every Servant of God

Ezra lived during Judah’s period of captivity in Babylon in the fifth century B.C. He led a group of Jews back to Judea from their land of captivity in about 457 B.C. He rose to considerable prominence in a pagan court (Ezra 7:6, 11-28), after the manner of Joseph, Moses, Esther, Nehemiah, and Daniel.…

Fads, Avoiding New

The fads with which the fad-mongers have burdened the church are many and diverse. Every authorized activity of the church has been affected and altered by them. Beyond this fact, the fad-fever has resulted in the involvement of numerous congregations in activities that are altogether unrelated to any work the Lord authorized His church to do.…

Faith and Works, The Dual Requirements of—James 2:14–26

These verses on the interrelationship of faith and works at once comprise one of the best-known and most controversial sections of the epistle of James. The very way in which James approached this subject implies that it was also one of considerable controversy in the first century. Protestant denominationalism has largely ignored this section of Scripture because it is one of supreme embarrassment to it. To a great degree this predominant attitude may be traced to Martin Luther, the sixteenth century reformer.…

Faithfulness and the Sermon on the Mount

The need for faithfulness in Christians was never greater than at present. We live in an unbelieving world, drunk on its own supposed cleverness and self-sufficiency. Because of this prevailing world-view, ours is an evil, compromising, and hopeless world. Never has the devil had so many false philosophies and erroneous religions as now.…

Faithfulness Depends on Knowlege of Church History, Current Events in the Church, and of World Events Impacting the Church

One must be either a spiritual babe and/or grossly misguided to believe that knowledge of these areas of information [i.e., church history, current events in the church, and world events impacting the church] is unimportant to one’s faithfulness to the Christ. Undeniably, a major factor in the extensive apostasy the church has suffered over the past six decades has been that so many brethren have failed to inform themselves in one or more of these areas…. 

Fellowship, The Divine Nature and

Fellowship Compromises in the Church of Christ, A Response to

Satan and all of his minions outside the church have always opposed it.… From time to time there have been those spiritual “fifth columnists,” traitors within the kingdom of Christ, who are guilty of spiritual high treason. While feigning loyalty to their Commander-in-Chief and the Constitution of His kingdom, all the while they are consorting with the enemy.…

Forgiven and Forgiving, God’s Faithful Are

If asked to list ten of the most desirable and admirable human traits, likely even hardened sinners would list a willingness to forgive near the top.… It is one of three triplet traits that are far too seldom seen: giving, thanksgiving, and forgiving.…

Fornication and Adultery—Moral Issues We Face

In the beginning God created mankind, made them “male and female,” and commanded them to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Gen. 1:27–28).… “And the man knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain” (4:1a; cf. v. 25). That Adam “knew” Eve is a reference to their sexual union, the means by which they began the perpetual process of fruitfulness and multiplication of humankind God had ordered.… The foregoing statements make it evident that God created us with sexual instinct and appetite and with the ability to fulfill it.…

Genesis 3:1–24, An Exposition of

No one can successfully deny that all but the briefest beginning of the history of humanity is one long tale of wickedness and woe, suffering and sin. The Bible is a book about sin and a Savior. But exactly when did this miserable condition begin, and how did this sad state of affairs come to be, from which mankind needed salvation?…

God, The Existence of—Two Classic Arguments

Without question, empirical evidence is helpful when establishing any thesis or proposition. However, there are other ways of demonstrating proof of a matter. We will examine only two: The cosmological and teleological arguments. Of the several arguments Christians have at their disposal, these are adequate to prove the existence of God to those who will consider them without irrational bias.…

God—The Foreknowledge of

The only appropriate attitude with which to approach a study of any facet of the Godhead is unmitigated humility.… The foreknowledge of God is one of those facets of His attributes that has ever intrigued men who recognize their own limited capacities. The Bible undeniably and frequently affirms, argues, and illustrates the fact that God possesses this marvelous trait.…

Gospel, The—Unchanged and Unchanging

Since liberal brethren continue to cry for change, it is obvious that they are lusting for change in matters that run be­yond things that are merely optional. All that is left for the change agents to tamper with is obligatory elements of the Gospel. Surely, none of our brethren would advocate changes in these. Oh, but they would—and they are advocating these very changes! 

Grace Only, Salvation by—Review of K.C. Moser’s Books

While Moser’s articles ranged broadly in subject matter, as early as 1922 he introduced what was to be the great emphasis (if not hobby) of his subsequent preaching, writing, and teaching efforts, namely: Emphasis by Gospel preachers upon the plan of salvation constitutes “legalism” and nullifies the doctrine of salvation by grace.… 

Guilt by Association?

Is it valid for voters to question candidates for the office of President of the United States about their close associates? In the 2008 presidential campaign this question came to the fore, especially concerning Barrack Obama. His twenty-year membership in the extreme racist and anti-American Jeremiah Wright’s Chicago church….

Hagar—The Bondwoman Who Was Cast Out

God first promised in Genesis 12:1–3 that He would make a great nation of Abram. Abram’s wife Sarai (also his half-sister, 20:12) was a beautiful woman (an attribute that at times brought him worry as well as joy—12:10–20; 20:1–18), but she was barren.

Heaven, What Is, Worth to Us?

Hermeneutics, The New

Holy Spirit, The, How Does He Convict Today?

One comes away after reading or hearing the…treatise convinced of two things, apart from agreeing or disagreeing with its content: Its author believes that (1) the Holy Spirit operates directly—in addition to His work through providence and through the agency of His Word—to convict and convert sinners and that (2) the Word alone is unable and insufficient to convict and convert the sinner.…

Holy Spirit, The Gift of the, What Is?

Good, able, scholarly, sincere brethren through the years have held—and many presently hold—that the Holy Spirit “dwells” in the Christian only figuratively; that is, He does not actually and personally dwell in us, but only “representatively.” … However, good, able scholarly, sincere brethren through the years have held—and many presently hold—that the Holy Spirit Himself actually dwells in the Christian, rather than only doing so through some agent (e.g., His Word, His “influence,” et al.).…

Holy Spirit, The, Sanctification, and Sinless Perfection

The denominational world has taken an assumed meaning of sanctification and built around it the false doctrine of sanctification unto sinless perfection, often referred to as “entire sanctification.” This alleged “sanctification” is distinct from anything that occurs at the time of conversion, according to the doctrine.…

Humanism, Another Response on

Two recent articles in the Denton Record-Chronicle (one by Mr. Fielding (local Unitarian Church “minister”) and one by Mr. Vela (professor at University of North Texas), both appearing June 3, 1994) offered excellent examples of this strange phenomenon. While professing broad-minded, non-prejudicial, we-don’t-condemn-those-who-differ-with-us virtues for Humanists (and doubtless for themselves), their words were among the most narrow-minded, prejudicial, and hypercritical words we have read lately.…

Intertestamental Period, The

From the ending of Old Testament history and prophecy to the opening words of Matthew’s Gospel account in the New Testament spans about four centuries. Historians have described…as “the four hundred silent years,” “the period of silence,” “the interval between the Old and New Testaments,” “interbiblical history,” “from Malachi to Christ,” and likely others…. 

Isaiah 2–4—Jerusalem from Three Perspectives

In Isaiah 1 the prophet unleashed numerous denunciations of God’s people that spanned the reigns of Uzziah through Hezekiah.… In chapters 2–4 Isaiah described Jerusalem from three perspectives. He first presents the perfected Jerusalem in its final, spiritual state (2:1–4), followed by a description of the polluted city he saw all about him as he wrote (2:5–4:1), and finally, he set forth the purified city (4:2–6)…

Isaiah 63–64—God’s Vengeance and Mercy; Israel’s Prayer for Mercy

In general, it is accurate to think of the book of Isaiah as dealing with both history and prophecy relative to the nation of Israel, its relationship to Jehovah/God, and the promise of the coming Messiah. In a larger context, however, Isaiah’s writings may be seen as having relevance for God’s people in any time period….

Isaiah 65:17—The “New Heavens and a New Earth”

Jehovah promised through Isaiah, near the close of his great book, the following: “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” (Isa. 65:17). The Lord had Isaiah repeat this prophecy in almost the closing words of his oracle….

James 1:1–15—Testing Our Faith

Life is a testing ground, a time of probation. The tests, trials, and challenges come in many forms and from many sources. Some are easily recognized because they are so painful. Others may be difficult to recognize because they are not only painless, but they offer reward and/or produce pleasure.…

Jehovah’s Witnesses Errors Reviewed and Refuted

It is…amazing that a doctrinal system that is built upon multiplied Scriptural blunders of major proportions—perhaps unsurpassed by any other cult or sect—could attract so many adherents. Such amazing results are attributable to man’s gullibility, to his ignorance of the Bible, and to the appeal to man’s fleshly lusts of certain Jehovah’s Witness doctrines.…

Jeremiah’s Commission: An Exposition of Jeremiah 1:4–10

The sad fact is that the church at the close of the twentieth century contains a large and growing number of congregations that do not want and will not long tolerate a preacher who preaches what the Bible plainly says on a host of subjects and who takes longer than twenty minutes to do so. By their own foolish and carnal requirements, they would not knowingly let Jeremiah (to say nothing of John the Baptizer, Paul, Stephen, or even the Lord Himself) within ten miles of their pulpits! 

Jeremiah, God’s Commission to

Few Old Testament characters equal and none surpass the prophet Jeremiah’s devotion to Jehovah God (McClish, 41–60). His refusal to compromise the message God commissioned him to preach to Jerusalem’s stiff-necked apostates in the face of brutal and terrifying persecution is worthy of the grandest admiration and emulation.…

Jerusalem, The Church in

The establishment of the church in Jerusalem was the culminative step in God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. For this reason Acts 2, because of the events it records, stands out as a pivotal, if not the pivotal chapter of the Bible. It is interesting to note that in a certain sense two churches were established on Pentecost in Jerusalem.…

Jesus’ I Am Statements in John

The subject of this manuscript involves Jesus’ employment of strong and vivid metaphors. John recorded seven metaphorical statements of the Lord in which He conveyed not only His Deity, but also His all-sufficiency to supply the direst needs of humanity. In each of these He declared, “I am the…” and then named an entity to convey some facet of His nature, function, or ability.…

“Jesus’ Name, All Hail the Power of” —A Hymn Study

The book of Psalms, written mostly by David, was the songbook of God’s Old Testament people for a thousand years. However, some five hundred years earlier, Moses led the descendants of Israel in singing the great song of deliverance from their Egyptian slavery, followed by Miriam’s leading the women in yet another hymn of praise (Exo. 15:1–18; 21).… 

Joseph’s Brothers—A Brief History

The title of this manuscript implies Joseph’s ascendency, his importance, his place of leadership, and his moral superiority among all of the sons of Jacob. Otherwise, the subject of this study might be “A History of Reuben’s Brothers” or “A History of Dan’s Brothers.” Nevertheless, the brothers of Joseph have their own important niche in the providential plan of God and their history is certainly worthy of our study.…

Joshua—Conqueror of Canaan

The only reason Joshua was not the greatest man of his time is because he was contemporary with Moses. None would question that he and Moses were the two principal characters of their era. We know little of Joshua’s ancestry…

Joshua—Who Did as the Lord Bade Him

The key to his greatness is found in Joshua 11:9: “And Joshua did unto them as Jehovah bade him: he hocked their horses and burnt their chariots with fire.” Of course, his greatness lies not in the fact that he was a superior horse-hocker and chariot-burner, but that God told him to do these things and he exactly did them.…

Joshua’s Victories of Faith—Joshua 11:1–23

The first ten chapters of Joshua give the history of Israel’s crossing of the Jordan, their campaigns against the cities of Jericho and Ai, and the conquest of the Southern area of Canaan.… The stage is thus set for the beginning of the mightiest military challenge Israel had thus far faced… 

Josiah, the Royal Restorer

Josiah’s reign is recorded in 2 Kings 22–24 and 2 Chronicles 34–35. He was the sixteenth king of Judah after the division of the united Kingdom of Israel in the tenth century B.C. He is one of the most remarkable kings of Judah from several perspectives

Judgment, A Study of the Final

It is not possible to correctly conceive of man’s relationship to God while ignoring or denying the reality of man’s accountability to God. The fact that the Scriptures exist as the revelation of God’s will for man and that they insist that man must be obedient to the Divine will necessarily implies a time of accounting….

Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy—Addressing Some Problem Passages

Atheists, infidels, humanists, and agnostics, as well as skeptical…theologians employ difficult passages and alleged Biblical contradictions as a chief point of attack against God and His Word. It is therefore most appropriate for us to study such passages…that we may answer the blasphemers of God’s Word.… 

Liberalism and Anti-ism—Two Erroneous Extremes

History reveals that men are susceptible to extremes in almost every arena of thought and behavior. This is no more clearly demonstrable than in the field of religion…. The Lord’s church has been plagued by extremes from time to time. Every extreme position from the day of the apostles to the present revolves around the two opposite extremes generally designated “liberalism” and “anti-ism.”…

“Lost Books” of the New Testament

A widely advertised book titled, “Lost Books of the Bible,” is on the market. …What shall we say of these claims? …Were these (and other such documents omitted from the New Testament) actually written by such men as Paul, Peter, Nicodemus, Pontius Pilate, and even the Lord Himself? …Why were these books not included in the Bible?…

Love—A Fruit of the Spirit

Undiscerning and unscrupulous men have “wordnapped,” redefined, misused, and abused several rich and beautiful Biblical words. Among them are grace, faith, miracle, elect, and predestined. Love, which Paul names a “fruit of the Spirit,” is another of these words (Gal. 5:22).…

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Civil or Divine Law? McClish-Whitten Discussion

I do not know precisely how long ago I came to the conclusions you find so “disconcerting,” but it was well over 20 years, which is likely longer ago than some of those you named have held them. Believe it or not, it is still possible (even for a light-weight such as I) to arrive at conclusions concerning Scripture through my own study.… 

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage, Christ Confronts Error About

Among the subjects upon which the Lord confronted enemies of the Truth was that of marriage, divorce, and remarriage. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus issued some basic principles regarding this subject: “But I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery” (Mat. 5:32).…

Matthew 15:1–39—A Commentary

The events described in the beginning of Matthew 15 took place in Galilee, where Jesus was attracting throngs of people by His mighty words and deeds. News of His miracles had spread “from Dan to Beersheba” (and even further), reaching the ears of jealous officials in Jerusalem who sought Him out in order to discredit him before the people, if possible.…

Matthew, the Man, A Study of

It is ironic that Matthew is one of the most familiar names of all of the personalities of the New Testament, yet there is only a smattering of biographical information about him available to us. The sparsity of material about the life of this well-known apostle illustrates the fact that the Scriptures never seek merely to satisfy human curiosity.…

Micah—A Brief Commentary

It demonstrates the inspiration of its author by its otherwise totally inexplicable detailed prophecies of…both Israel and Judah…. It is even more remarkable in its detailed prophecies of the establishment of the church and of the birthplace of the Only Begotten Son of God.… 

Micaiah, the Unheralded Prophet

The Scriptural record of Micaiah is brief. All that we know about him is found in 1 Kings 22:8–28 and the parallel account (almost a word-for-word repetition) in 2 Chronicles 18:7–27. While we know less about him than about most other prophets, what we know of him is worthy of our careful study and close emulation.…

Moral Decisions, Principles for Making

Another chapter in this book confidently asserts the existence of an absolute moral standard and that the Bible is that standard, to which I fully subscribe. The material in this chapter acknowledges that proffered standard, the Bible, as the infallible and absolute standard of right and wrong, and the only inerrant and objective standard. Its impeccability lies in the fact that it is from God rather than from a mere man or men….

Morals in an Immoral Age

It is no secret to those of us who have lived a few decades that our nation has suffered a catastrophic decline in moral principle and behavior over this span. Those who are 20 or fewer years old are incapable of fully recognizing this decay, because its onslaught was well underway when they discovered America—they have known little different.…

Moses, The Great Man of God

We should not wonder, then, that even confirmed ignoramuses in all things Biblical are quite likely to know the name of Moses and perhaps a fact or two about his life. He is just that much of a historical giant, not only in Biblical history, but also in all history.…

Music, Instrumental— Aid or Addition?

The fuller reading of the title of this chapter would be, “Is Instrumental Music an Aid or an Addition to the Singing prescribed by the New Testament in Christian Worship?” By this I mean, does it somehow assist the singing itself or the singers in the worshiping of God and His Son? Should we grant that it does in some way aid the singing and/or the singers, we would still need to ask further if it is merely an aid.…

New Testament Epistles, Surveys of Some

The following brief introductions to and surveys of 2 Corinthians–Colossians are part of the book, A Bible Handbook—Authored by Preachers in the Churches of Christ, edited by Jerry Moffitt.… This book is an interesting, practical, informative, and helpful treasury of…material, which both novice and advanced students may read with great profit.…

“One Faith,” The

Obedience, Biblical, A Study of

From almost the first page of the Bible, and certainly to the last, God’s Word sets before us the necessity of obedience to God. This is so much so that we can say without fear of successful contradiction that the principal unrelenting theme of the Bible from beginning to end is that man must obey God or suffer dire consequences.…

Parables, Jesus Teaches in

While parabolic teaching certainly did not originate with Christ, it cannot be denied that He elevated this figure of speech to unprecedented heights of beauty and potency. His reasons for beginning to teach in this manner are explained in some detail in verses 10–17.…    

Paul’s Public Rebuke of Cephas—Galatians 2:11–21

In order to bridge the thought gap between the claims of his apostolic authority and the subject of the perverted “gospel” into which they were rapidly moving, Paul next described his confrontation with the apostle Cephas/Peter. This confrontation serves well to show that he was not inferior even to the best-known and perhaps, at the time, most influential apostle.…

Pentecostalism, The Destructive Consequences of

A new surge of belief in modern-day miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit began in the 1960s. It has been labeled “Neo-Pentecostalism.” The “old” Pentecostalism was generally given little respect by Protestant, Catholic, or Orthodox sects. It was usually associated with shabby buildings (with a public address system on the roof) in poorer sections of our towns and cities.… 

Persecution—No. 1, The Christian and

The persecution of the righteous began in the shadow of the Garden of Eden as righteous Abel was slain by his jealous brother Cain because Abel’s “works were righteous” (Gen. 4:3–8; 1 John 3:12). Persecution of the righteous continued throughout Old Testament history. The prophets of God were treated in especially brutal and shameful ways as they fulfilled their God-given tasks. 

Persecution—No. 2, The Christian and

Persecution of godliness is becoming increasingly common in our nation, even though, ironically, America was founded by men who believed in God and in the Bible. Also, ironically, many of the earliest colonists fled from Europe to our shores to escape religious persecution.… 

Philippians 3:1–2—Warnings About Dogs

When compared to the Corinthian epistles or to the respective letters to the Galatians, Timothy, or Titus, the letter to the Philippians is written in mild terms. The reason for this is not hard to discover. There were severe, catastrophic problems threatening the very existence of the churches involved in the aforementioned letters….

Philippians 3:1–11—Losing All Things To Gain Christ

When compared to the Corinthian epistles or to the respective letters to the Galatians, Timothy, or Titus, the letter to the Philippians is written in mild terms. The reason for this is not hard to discover. There were severe, catastrophic problems threatening the very existence of the churches involved in the aforementioned letters, and Paul had to address those problems directly.…

“Preach Not the Gospel, Woe Is unto Me if I”—1 Cor. 9:16–17

The term woe is found numerous times in both Testaments. It is a favorite expression of the prophets to announce God’s judgment upon nations, cities, or individuals. Our Lord frequently used it in crying out against the sinners and errorists among the Jews. (He used it seven times against the scribes and Pharisees in Mat. 23 alone [KJV].)…

Preaching—”Take Heed to the Ministry…”

Paul wrote the exhortation contained in the title above to Archippus, a member of the Colossian Congregation. Ministry is from a cognate of the Greek word from which translators gave us “deacon.”  …Paul included him in the greeting of his letter to Philemon, calling him his “fellow-soldier.” Thus the service Archippus rendered the church in Colossae appears to have been preaching the Gospel.… 

Preaching? What Is Appropriate

To ask what is appropriate in preaching is to imply that some behaviors and messages are appropriate, while others may be inappropriate. Our task is to discover and emphasize what Gospel preaching involves.…”

Premillennialism Is Fatal Error

Premillennialism and Crossroadsism—A Refutation from Acts 1–11

Our need to study repeatedly this and other doctrinal themes and errors lies in the fact that brethren go through “knowledge cycles.” Faithful brethren may beat down false systems and/or practices for a while, as has done more than once among the Lord’s people. Then someone like Robert Shank will come along and write a book on it and revive it….

Premillennialism and the Second Coming of Christ

The Second Coming of Christ is one of the most persistent themes of the New Testament, with scarcely a book thereof omitting it.… the vast majority of professed believers in God, His Son, and the Bible have been ensnared by wild speculations about the “what,” “when,” “why,” and even the “where” of Christ’s return. These theories are part of the system of theology generally called “Premillennialism.”…

“Promise Keepers”—Shall We Participate?

What shall we say about Promise Keepers? Is this an organization the Lord’s people should participate in and promote or is it another interdenominational ecumenical fad with which we can have no fellowship? In order to answer this question we will briefly study the origin and aim…. 

“Prophesy Ye Not”

Micah was God’s prophet in Judah to those outside of Jerusalem, but his message was both to Samaria and Jerusalem (i.e., Israel and Judah).… Micah prophesied the fall of both Israel (1:6–7) and Judah (3:12) and that Judah would be taken to Babylon (4:10).…  Micah and his message from God were not generally welcomed: The people had their own message for him: “Prophesy ye not” (2:6a).…

Providence, God’s, in the Lives of Elijah and Ahab

Divine Providence refers to the foresight of God by which He determines the needs of men and supplies the same for the accomplishment of His Divine Will. God’s Providence benefits all men generally (Mat. 5:45). However, He exercises a more specific Providence toward His own faithful people (Deu. 4:40; 5:33; Mat. 6:33; 28:20).… 

Psalms 119—Tribute to Jehovah’s Word

None who love and revere the Word of God can fail to be fascinated by the psalm’s incessant exaltation of the law of Jehovah….

Realized Eschatology and Acts 2:29–36

Some may be curious about why an exposition of a portion of the Pentecost sermon belongs to a study, the purpose of which is to refute and expose the theological creed known as “Realized Eschatology.” (Make no mistake; this dogma is not merely two or three strange doctrinal positions. It is as much a system of theology as Calvinism or dispensational premillennialism—and is just as deadly to the soul.…

Realized Eschatology and Daniel 12

I caution the reader not to consider “Realized Eschatology” as merely a “doctrine.” It is far more. It is a system of theology every bit as much as dispensational premillennialism and Calvinism are. Just as the 1,000-year passages in Revelation 20 constitute the “tail” that wags the entire premillennial “dog,” so the AD 70 destruction of Jerusalem wags the whole “Kingism” dog…..

Restoration—Is It Desirable or Possible?

Illusions of Innocence is the title of a book written by Richard T. Hughes and C. Leonard Allen, which I critically review in this MS. The book title implies both their thesis and their conclusion: Restoration is a mere illusion, and only the innocent (read ”naïve”) attempt it or believe they can accomplish it. The authors thus sit upon their thrones of superior knowledge and wisdom, and from elitist ivory towers of academe look with condescension on those of us who deny both their thesis and conclusion….

Restoration Principle, What Is the—Is It Scriptural?

Our title is composed of two questions. The first of these seeks definition of the “restoration principle.” Permit me to illustrate this definition by means of an automobile “allegory.” Automobiles have intrigued me since childhood. I learned to drive in a 1938 Ford pickup (it rolled off the assembly line the same year I discovered America).…

Restoration, The Principle of, in the Battle for Truth

Rather than resulting in the restoration of anything spiritual or Scriptural, the attitude of disbelieving and despising the Truth will only restore and/or maintain the doctrines, morals and religions invented by Satan, by which he will damn the souls of men.…

Restored, Has the New Testament Church Been?

It has become popular among numerous religious elitists to guffaw at the very suggestion that the original church has been restored to its pristine state in modern times. Such scoffers utter a resounding “no” in answer to the question of our title, believing that only Neanderthal nincompoops would even entertain the notion….

Revelation 1:1-20—The Christ Addresses 7 Churches

Perhaps the most important chapter of the Revelation for the reader to understand is the first chapter. It gives us many things that are helpful—and some I deem necessary—to approach the remainder of the book intelligently. It identifies its human author,​ where he was when he wrote it, and why he was in that location….

Romans—Addressing Some Problem Passages

The letter of Paul to the saints in Rome is generally acknowledged not only to be among the most profound documents in the Bible, but also in all of literature, as well….  Although not written in signs and symbols, … many of its passages have nonetheless taxed the talents of expositors for centuries.… 

Romans 16—A Commentary

Romans 16 is one of the most completely personal sections to come from the pen of Paul or from that of any inspired writer. Of its twenty-seven verses eighteen of them relate to per­sonal commendations, greetings to those in Rome, or greetings being sent to Rome from various ones who knew Paul was writing the letter.…

Salvation, Plan of: McClish-Clark Exchange

Dear Sir, I am not trying to offend but am writing because of a concern I have about the CoC [Church of Christ]. Sinners, confronted with their need of salvation, frequently stumble over the simplicity of the salvation which God offers.…

Scripture, Respecting the Silence of

Along with their demonstrable general disrespect for the authority of Scripture, a major tactic of these ”new hermeneutic” apostates has been the destruction of respect for the silence of Scripture. They know that only by eliminating (if possible) adherence to this necessary hermeneutical principle will they be able to accomplish fully their wicked intent….

Scriptures, Some Commonly Misapplied

The goal of honest and earnest Bible students is to ascertain what the Scriptures actually teach. It must always be our desire to make sure that we are not drawn too quickly to what a passage seems to say before we are certain that it does in fact say what it sounds like it says.…

Second Coming, What Jesus Said About His

The Second Coming of Christ is one of the most regularly appearing themes of the New Testament, beginning with the statements of Jesus Himself. One will do well to remember that the teaching of the inspired writers of the New Testament on this subject (as on all others) is as much the “doctrine of Christ” as is the teaching He did personally.…

Sin, The Man to Whom God will not Reckon—Exposition of Romans 4:6–8

No more significant subject can be contemplated and researched, because involved in identifying those “to whom the Lord will not reckon sin” and the means by which this is accomplished is the key to both initial and continued forgiveness of the guilt of sin and eventual salvation from the eternal consequences of sin…. 

Singing, Building up the Church Through

Song of Solomon, The—An Introduction

I am convinced that the book is the simple, sublime account of Solomon’s literal wooing, winning, and wedding of a maiden of Shulam. This is its most obvious import and there is no prevailing evidence to cause one to approach it in any other manner. This being so, what is the place in the Bible of such a hymn, celebrating and glorifying amorous love between a man and a woman?… 

Synecdoches, Recognizing and Interpreting

We employ this figure in everyday speech without even realizing it. When you are lifting a heavy box and say to someone, “Give me a hand,” you are not asking for applause, a handshake, or for him to cut off his hand and present it to you as a gift. By synecdochism you are asking for the involvement of his entire body in helping you.…

Temptation, Overcoming

In the drama of life, temptation is a real and ever-present factor for the Christian. Perhaps even those persons who have no conscience are sometimes tempted, if only to do something honorable and decent occasionally!…

Twin Parables—Treasure and Pearl—Matthew 13:44–46

The Dickson New Analytical Bible lists thirty-one parables spoken by our Lord. Since I deny that the account of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31) is a parable, my list contains only thirty. The frequency with which Jesus employed this story-form to teach a wide spectrum of lessons signals to us that this method was one of His favorite vehicles of instruction.… 

Unity in (Spite of) Diversity

Withdraw Fellowship, A Congregation may, from Other Congregations

Word, God Hath Spoken the Living

From his Roman prison cell, Paul wrote concerning the Gospel, “Wherein I suffer hardship unto bonds, as a malefactor; but the Word of God is not bound” (2 Tim. 2:9). Paul thus recognized the incomparable glory and power of God’s Word. Men may imprison the messenger of God, but they cannot imprison the message.…

Worship, Shall We, in Truth or by Tradition?


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  1. Dear Dub:

    During a time In my life when I felt so hopeless, I studied this beautiful sermon, "The Man To Whom God Will Not Reckon Sin". Dub, I have never heard what God did for me explained in this manner. My faith in Him was renewed 20 fold. I almost broke out in tears during the Lord's supper. Just when I thought that I couldn't stand the pain of not being there another minute, I felt like I had hope. If only the whole world could understand what God has done for us and repent and come and seek Him out dilligently to do His will. You are the best brother I've ever had. Thank you for this beautiful sermon.


    1. Dear Judy:

      I’m delighted that you found the MSS you mentioned so helpful and touching. Your kind comments are humbling.

      Yours in Christ,

      Dub McClish

  2. Dub,

    I seldom comment on the internet, but I want to acknowledge how much your web page has helped me over the years. I use your material shamelessly in Bible classes, sermons and for personal study.

    Thank you  


    1. Dear Weldon,

      Your response reflects the very reason I began and continue to improve and upload new material to Thank you for your generous comments and for taking time to express them. And please continue “shamelessly” to use this resource in your good efforts to preach and teach God’s Word.

      Yours in the Cause,

      Dub McClsh

  3. It was and is a very valuable gift for me, to have him as my teacher because his writings have increased my knowledge and have helped me to teach the holy people of God, because in addition to teaching in the local church I teach him in the churches What I visit Thank you very much for your valuable help.
    Fue y es para mí un regalo muy valioso, el tenerle como mi maestro pues sus escritos han aumentado mis conocimientos y me han servido en gran provecho para enseñar al pueblo santo de Dios, pues ademas de enseñar en la iglesia local lo enseño en las iglesias que visito. Muchas gracias por su valiosa ayuda.

    1. Dear Santos,

      Thank you for visiting The Scripture Cache and for your kind comments. It is very gratifying to learn that you have profited from reading the material I have written. I have much more material that has been translated and is ready to be uploaded to our Espanol page, as time permits me to do so. I encourage you to keep on preaching and teaching the Truth.

      Yours in the Cause,

      Dub McClish

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