Are They Really So Nice?

Hits: 12[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1 page.] It is common knowledge that a serious new thrust is being made to create unity between the churches of Christ and the Independent Christian Church. It has been distinctly implied…

Living the Life of Dogs (Warnings About Dogs)—Philippians 3:1-2

Hits: 20[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction 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…

Noah, the “Legalist” 

Hits: 46[Note:  This MS is available in  larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] When theological liberals want to cast the strongest possible aspersion on those who still believe God said what He means and means what He says in the Bible, they call…

What Is “Legalism”?

Hits: 25 [Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.] Is obedience to Christ optional or unnecessary? Are belief in and “love” of Christ the only things required of sinners to be saved? Many would have it so and…

What Is a “Legalist”?

Hits: 28[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 2  page.]              Many professed believers chafe at the restraints of Divine Law, as set forth in the New Testament. Those who thus pride themselves on being “broadminded” (i.e., “liberal”) often…

A Sudden and Curious Emphasis on Balance   

Hits: 27[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction 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…

Legalism, Law, and Love

Hits: 15[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Longer Articles  page.] Introduction Is obedience to Christ optional or unnecessary? Are belief in and love of Christ the only things required of sinners to be saved? Some (the we-are-not-under-law-but-under-grace crowd) would have it…

“The Man or the Plan” Discussion Revisited

Hits: 29[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Manuscripts  page.] Introduction In the early 1960s I was a young preacher, not long out of Abilene Christian College. I well remember the lively brotherhood discussion of the Man or the plan controversy (actually,…

Man Must Obey God  

Hits: 10[Note:  This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles 1  page.] As the Israelites approached Sinai on their journey from the Red Sea to Canaan, they murmured against God. This time they complained because of hunger, accusing Moses of bringing them…