What Is the Gospel?

Visits: 22[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-3 page.]             The word Gospel is frequently found in the New Testament (101 occurrences). Its literal meaning is “glad tidings” or “good news.” It refers to the wonderful news that man can…

The Church—No. 5 (Its Work)

Visits: 27[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-2 page.]             If a church dare claim to follow the New Testament pattern in every respect, it must do the work Christ gave it to do. Perhaps modern religious movements have ignored…

John Calvin and Calvinism—No. 6

Visits: 39[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.]             The final point of Calvinistic theology relates to “Perseverance of the saints,” and reads as follows from the Doctrines of the Synod of Dort: God … does not wholly take…

John Calvin and Calvinism—No. 3

Visits: 33[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.]             The second major platform of Calvinism has to do with the atonement of Christ for sin. Calvinism teaches a limited atonement, denying that Christ died for all men or for…

John Calvin and Calvinism—No. 2

Visits: 36[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.]             The first of the five points of classic Calvinism is Predestination. This word simply means to decide beforehand, to foreordain, to prejudge. Based on a misunderstanding or misapplication of certain…

John Calvin and Calvinism—No. 1

Visits: 32[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.]             The name of John Calvin is still nearly a household term although he has been dead over four centuries. As a religious reformer, he rode the crest of the sixteenth…

Getting Into Christ

Visits: 31[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.]       Every spiritual blessing God has designed for us is found only “in Christ” (Eph. 1:3). These include forgiveness of sins at which time our condemnation is lifted (Rom. 8:1),…

Faith and Works

Visits: 27[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.] Are men saved by faith or works? Roman Catholicism offers salvation based on works of merit. In 1517, Martin Luther rebelled against Catholicism specifically over the sale of indulgences (i.e., permits)…

Blessings in Christ

Visits: 22[Note: This MS is available in larger font on our Brief Articles-1 page.]   “In Christ” is one of the apostle Paul’s favorite prepositional phrases. It is used to show an intimate relationship with Christ. To be “in Christ” indicates fellowship and oneness with…