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2021 Is. . .

…A brand new candle, barely lit, that will burn itself out in twelve fleet months, another volume in our own book of life, full of blank pages upon which we shall write with our words and deeds, a fresh garment without wrinkle, soil, or tear, an open door, behind which many paths will beckon before the door is closed…

America’s Incontestable Bible Roots

To fill the vacuum left by removal of the Bible, the Ten Commandments, and prayer in our schools, we have sex education, evolution, metal detectors, illicit drugs, and violence. Is it any wonder our nation is in such an awful mess?…

A New Attack On Human Reason

When the brethren opposed to congregational cooperation and orphan homes ran out of scriptural positions several years ago, they attacked “human reason.” Tom Warren’s devastating unanswerable syllogisms were ridiculed as “sillygisms,” but they remain unanswered to this day.

A Preacher You Would Not Tolerate

He consistently arrives a few minutes late for worship, disturbing others as he enters. He and his wife sit on the back seat. They sit stoically through the songs of praise, never opening their mouths….

Are They Really So Nice?

It has been distinctly implied by some of our unity-happy brethren that the only ones among us who object to their plans are a group they style as “cantankerous,” “ignorant” brethren of the “prolific right wing of the church.”…

Are You Predictable?

Have you ever known someone who was unpredictable?  You never know what they will say, where they will go, what they will do.  You would not dare depend on them for anything of importance. 

A Sabbath Controversy

Among the numerous lessons in this lengthy story concerning our Lord, I wish to emphasize the perfect balance between His compassionate love for men and His uncompromising proclamation and defense of the Truth….

Blending Fear and Love

Is God a being of wrath to be feared or is he a benevolent person to be loved? What is the proper response of man to Jehovah: fear or love? Or is it possible that both manners of response are appropriate?…

Cristo Enfrentó El Error Sobre El Matrimonio

Para los estudiantes de la Biblia superficiales, llamar a Jesucristo “el gran polemista” puede parecerles equivocado, si no blasfemo. Propondrían, por el contrario, que Él es la fuente de paz, más que del conflicto, como lo implica polemista

Christ Is the Fruit of My Life

The “fruit of the Spirit” is produced by allowing the Holy Spirit to control one’s life through His Word (Eph. 6:17). This triple triad of Spirit-made virtues is embodied to perfection in the Christ. When these characteristics are seen in us then Christ lives in us…

Dedicated Parents

Surely, it will not be denied that there is no single factor more directly bearing on a child’s general development than his parents….

Elders Are Not “Lords Over” the Local Church

Every context in the New Testament having to do with the responsibilities of elders of the church speaks of the authority of the eldership. This is plain enough in the English translations, but it becomes even more convincing when one studies the Greek terms involved….

“Equal Opportunity”

Businesses often include in their advertisements for employees that they offer “equal opportunity.” This statement means that they do not discriminate against applicants/employees on the basis of immutable traits (race, gender, age, disability, etc.).

“Forget the Church”…

…Follow Jesus,” screamed the cover of Newsweek magazine (April 9, 2012). The cover pointed to an article inside (by Andrew Sullivan) titled: “The Forgotten Jesus.” Its subtitle encapsulates the article’s thrust:…

“Fringe Area” Christianity

In spite of the numerous TV transmitters that dot the map of our nation, there are still some remote spots that can only barely receive a picture. These are called “fringe areas”. The picture they receive is very poor and hardly worth watching.

God’s Grace—What It Is and What It Is Not

Grace in the Bible refers to God’s favor men do not deserve and cannot merit. Few subjects are more widely misunderstood—or perverted....

God’s Word Is Forever Settled

 The great psalm that exalts God’s Word throughout its 176 verses contains the following majestic claim: “For ever, O Jehovah, Thy word is settled in heaven” (Psa. 119:89, ASV).… It is hardly possible to imagine a stronger statement of warranty for anything than that it is “settled in heaven.”…

How to Handle the Gospel

Paul told Timothy to “handle aright the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). This passage also tells us that God’s approval depends upon our handling the Gospel properly. What does this involve?…I

Invitation Etiquette

There is no time quite so crucial in our periods of worship as when the invitation of Christ is being extended. This is a time when souls are being urged and persuaded to become obedient to Christ. The proper atmosphere is so very important

Is the Guilty Party Free to Remarry?

Among the several views relating to marriage, divorce and remarriage which have gained some following in recent years is the view that a fornicating spouse (who has been divorced by an innocent spouse) has the same Scriptural (God- given) right to remarry as does the innocent spouse….

It’s That Time Again

The end of the school year always brings with it the school prom, reviving the question of whether dancing is appropriate behavior for a Christian. Whether the older “cheek-to-cheek” style or the modern “disco” styles are considered, the issues differ little.

Jesus and Socialism

Those who espouse certain social, moral, or political agendas sometimes invoke the Bible in general or Jesus in particular for their cause (notwithstanding their disavowal of both). They thus pander to the many believers who still believe in both….

Jesus Called Himself “The King of Kings and Lord of Lords”

In John’s vision of the victorious Christ the Lord had “… on his garment and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS”…These titles are fraught with some weighty implications….

Lessons from an Earthquake

I had just retired for the night when I got the first report of the great Alaskan earthquake. It was Saturday, March 24, 1964….

My Bible and My Vote

Do believers in God, in Jesus Christ as His Son, and in the Bible as God’s Word have an obligation to evaluate candidates and/or political parties in light of Biblical teaching when they vote? Can a Christian be faithful to Christ if he votes for a candidate who champions anti-Christian causes and principles?…

“No Man Is Common”

 In the house of the Gentile, Cornelius, the apostle Peter arrived at a dramatic conclusion for a biased Jew: “God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness is acceptable to him”…

Noah, the “Legalist”

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 him a “legalist.” True Bible believers accept this term as a compliment.

On Dogs and Cats

For several years, we have had dogs and cats as family pets, giving me an opportunity to observe both of these animals quite closely. Moreover, I have been observant of dogs and cats that belong to others and have generally found them to have rather well-defined traits common to their respective species. 

On Penknives and the Bible—No. 1

The sixth-century BC king of Judah, Jehoiakim, rebelled against the righteousness of his father, Josiah, and consequently against God. Jeremiah prophesied the captivity in Babylon God would soon visit upon His people….

On Penknives and the Bible—No. 2

Jehoiakim, the ungodly sixth-century BC king of Judah, unceremoniously took his penknife to the pages of Holy Writ as they were read to him, casting them into the fire…Some, who would not be so brazen as to replicate Jehoiakim’s blasphemous act literally, nonetheless do so figuratively….

On Penknives and the Bible—No. 3

After the fashion of Jehoiakim, the ungodly sixth-century BC king of Judah, many today do figuratively the same thing he did literally—take their “penknives” to portions of the Bible they find objectionable and cast them into the “fire”…

On Penknives and the Bible—No. 4

Secularists and humanists don’t bother with penknives; they toss the Bible in toto into the fire. They are therefore among the staunchest advocates of and/or sympathizers with behavior that is an abomination to their Creator….

On Penknives and the Bible—No. 5

…. In bold arrogance, Jehoiakim casually took his penknife to God’s Word, supposing he could thereby expunge the Divine judgment…

One Book or Many?

Is the Bible only one book, or is it several books? The Answer is “yes”…Perhaps a look at the “structure” of the Bible might enable us to know better how to read, study, and understand it…..

Our “Musty” Bible

Must is such a word. Jesus said, “We must work the works of him that sent me” (John 9:4), indicating that which is necessary, obligatory, indispensable, required, all of which are in this small word….

Prayer–To Whom and Through Whom?

Prayer is the blessed avenue God has provided his children for talking with him. He has given us instruction, both plain and plentiful, concerning how to pray in a manner that he will be pleased to hear….

Preaching a Positive Gospel

More and more over the past few years we have heard how desperately we need to hear “positive preaching.” I would guess that there are few preachers around who haven’t heard people say this in their presence or suggest it to them. I agree….

Reflections on the “Restoration Summit”_

There has been a growing chasm, in our beloved brotherhood over the past 20 years between those who have adopted a pragmatic and non-authoritarian approach to their doctrine and practice and those who are “set for the defense of the gospel”…

Reject, but Don’t Deny #1

God has never forced anyone to obey Him. Similarly, Jesus Christ never coerced anyone to serve Him. Rather, He invites men to follow Him: “Come unto me…” (Mat. 11:28). Men may reject Him and His Word, but not without cost:…

Reject, but Don’t Deny #2

It is a sad fact that the majority of humankind in every generation rejects God by rejecting His Word. Such was all but universal in the wicked age of Noah; all but eight persons of the ante-diluvian populace rejected God. Only two of those Hebrews who crossed the Red Sea later crossed Jordan into Canaan….

Reject, but Don’t Deny #3

At only two moments of history has the majority of mankind revered the will of its Creator—in the Garden of Eden before Eve sinned (Gen. 3:6) and after the Flood cleansed the earth (7:17–23). Ever since, both sacred and profane history record the constant sad story of the rejection of God by most of mankind….

Religious Authority

The challenges of recent years to authority in home, school, marketplace and military were bound to have their parallels in religion….

Religious—but Lost

How can this be? Doesn’t religious equal saved? “It makes no difference what you believe as long as you’re sincere” is a very old slogan that implies as much. (The updated version of this platitude is, “It makes no difference ifyou believe….”)

Religious Titles

A great variety of titles and terms of address exist relative to those who occupy places of religious leadership, especially those who preach or hold ecclesiastical office…The origins of such titles would likely be interesting and perhaps entertaining. All that matters to devout Bible students, however, is what, if anything, the Bible says about them, which indeed it does, both explicitly and implicitly….

Salvation Impossibles

By salvation we refer to the forgiveness of sins whereby the sinner enjoys the grace of God and the hope of eternal life. Does God allow men their choice of saviors or other factors in their pursuit of salvation? The New Testament answers with a definitive “No.”….

Scientists Admit Ignorance

Scientific technology has blessed our lives immeasurably and we should be grateful to scientists for this. Scientific inquiry is a perfectly legitimate pursuit…, God authorized the experimentation and observation necessary to scientific studies….

Seek First the Kingdom

Jesus forever settles where God’s church, the kingdom on earth, should come in one’s list of values: “But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness”…

Self-Opposers

In his second letter to Timothy, the apostle Paul urged his spiritual protégé to meekly correct “them that oppose themselves” (2:25). This statement is a striking one, and provokes the question, “Why would one be so foolish as to oppose himself?”….

Spiritual Freedom

Surely, one of the most appealing themes of the New Testament is freedom or liberty in Christ. Sadly, many have mistaken liberty for license, freedom for lack of law or restraint whatsoever…

Spiritualty

“Spirituality” is the state or condition of being spiritual, that is, of attending to and being influenced by the spirit world, rather than merely by the material world….

Spiritual “Welfare”

The last several years have seen our nation moving increasingly closer to becoming a welfare state. I know of no one who objects to helping those who truly need help and are not able to help themselves….

Success in The Lord’s Work

The two elements involved in success in the Lord’s work are. 1) A singularity of purpose to grow, go forward, progress, and abound in spiritual activity; 2) The need to let our work be governed by the Lord….

Take-Your-Pick Theology

Does God operate a theological cafeteria? Are all of the world’s religions (i.e., Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, et al.) on His steam table? Is Christianity on the menu as merely one among many choices of access leading to God and salvation? Does He allow men to choose which of these appeals to them most?…

The All-Sufficiency of the Scriptures and the Cessation of Miracles

Among other things that love, grace, faith, elect, and miracle have in common is that they are all words that have been “wordnapped,” redefined, and misused. Miracle is loosely used in reference to a spectacular football catch in the end zone, a person who somehow escaped the wrath of a tornado, or to the providential answer to prayer….

The Barren Fig Tree Cursed and Withered

When Jesus cursed the fig tree on the way to Jerusalem from Bethany it appears that his principal intent was to demonstrate God’s   judgment upon fruitlessness and hypocrisy, especially as they were exemplified by official Judaism….

The Church of Christ

If the church Christ built is to exist in any age, there are certain principles to which men must be committed. As surely as men abandon any of these commitments, so surely will the New Testament church cease to exist….

The Church of Secularism

Secularism is from a Latin term, meaning “relating to an age or period.” When used in a religious context, the secularist stands not only apart from, but also opposed to religion….

The Church of the Bible—No. 1

Jesus promised, “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Mat. 16:18). The “rock” to which He referred was the fact, just confessed by Peter, that He is the “Christ, the Son of the living God”….

The Church of the Bible—No. 2

Jesus promised to build His church (Mat. 16:18). He also promised it would be established in the lifetime of His apostles (16:28; Mark 9:1)….

The Church of the Bible—No. 3

The church/kingdom Jesus promised to build (Mat. 16:18–19) became a reality in Jerusalem on the first Pentecost day after His resurrection and ascension (Acts 2:22–47). Although we can pinpoint the time of its historical beginning, it was in the mind of the Godhead from eternity (Eph. 3: 10–11)….

The Church of the Bible—No. 4

The Bible clearly reveals both the nature and work of the church, implying the significance of both. Unarguably, as to its nature, the church/ kingdom of Christ is a spiritual entity, as Jesus stressed in His kingdom parables….

The Church of the Bible—No. 5

The church of the Bible was/is not just whatever men want it to be. Jesus did not build His church on the basis of a community survey of what His contemporaries desired. He built it as it pleased Him….

The Church of the Bible—No. 6

The church of the Bible is not time-or earth-bound. Its destiny reaches beyond both. The church/kingdom of Jesus Christ has an eternal destiny….

The Cross of Christ

By far, the most enduring symbol of the religion of Jesus Christ is the cross. It so represented Jesus’ life, work, and death that the apostle Paul said it was the only thing of which he would ever boast….The cross marks several matters of great significance:…

“The End of the World”—Again

The Mayan calendar says it will end in 2012. Mr. Harold Camping boldly predicts it will end May 21, 2011. Every few years some seem compelled to predict the time of the return of Jesus Christ, the end of the world, and the Judgment Day….

The Greatest Commission

God has given some great charges to various men through the ages.  He commissioned Noah to build the ark and Moses to lead Israel out of Egyptian bondage….

The Mission of God’s People

In speaking of “mission” we refer to more than activities in which we might legitimately engage. We refer to the purpose and aim of one’s activities. Upon what principal point is all of our work to be focused? What is the main function of God’s people?…

The Nature of God

The Bible speaks of the hand, the arm, the finger, the eye, the ear, the face, and even the “hinder parts” of God. Are we to take these terms literally or are they figures of speech the inspired writers employed to help us relate to the Infinite?…

The Open Heart

The Bible often uses the “heart” and the “mind” of man interchangeably. Scripture often extols the virtue of the open heart/mind….

The Quest for Spirituality

“The church is not spiritual.” “That man (perhaps an elder is named) is not spiritual.” “Our worship is not spiritual.” Such statements may be true, but they may also be no more than reckless opinions….

The Rejected Christ

Seven centuries before Jesus was born, Isaiah prophesied He would be “despised and rejected of men” (Isa. 53:3). The Gospel accounts undeniably record the fulfillment of   this prophecy….

The Religion of Secular Humanism

Most Americans do not even know what “Secular Humanism” is, yet, ironically, most Americans living today (especially those under 40) have been greatly influenced by it. What is it?…

The Truth About Beer

Beer Consumption is considered by the average citizen to be an innocent pass-time for every “good ole boy” and every “good ole girl” in town.  Some parents have heaved signs of relief when their kids were caught guzzling beer instead of drinking whiskey or smoking ‘pot”…. 

The Ultimate Perversion

Unscrupulous, money-hungry, amoral movie producers have produced some awful things in the past, but this one will outdo them all…. 

The Unique Book

Unique means one of a kind, having no like or equal, incomparable. These terms accurately describe the Bible. Consider some of the characteristics that make it unique:….

The Word Christian

Love, faith, grace, pastor, and baptism are Biblical words that are habitually (and grossly) abused and misused. Another such word is Christian….

“…This Conscience Thing”

Pro-life, anti-abortion members of Congress have proposed the “Protect Life Act” in an effort to preserve the choice of taxpayers and medical practitioners to refuse any promotion of abortion. House Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi, described such choices as “savage” (an amazing irony!)….

Too Many “Onlys”

The billboard beside the church building contained six words, setting forth the congregation’s basic creed….Apparently, these words were also intended to convey the means by which men might come to God for salvation through His Son….

Undenominational Christianity

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

What About Worship?

 Christian worship involves reverent acts of homage paid to God and/ or Jesus Christ. While the Old Testament is the inspired revelation of God, its authority perished with the death of Christ (Col. 2:14). The only source of information for worship that pleases God and His Son is the New Testament….

What Happened to Hell?

Hell is not a popular or pleasant subject. The “don’t-offend-anyone” crowd doesn’t want to hear about it. Few preachers consider preaching on it, and more and more of them deny its existence. Some just don’t believe anyone’s going there….

What If…?

There is no “if” about the Bible to committed Christians, but rabid anti-Christians  (and even “benign” secularists) would do well to ponder soberly and occasionally (as some likely do), “What if the Bible is true?”…

What Is a Legalist?

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 hurl legalist at those who emphasize the necessity of obedience to God’s Word….

What Is Baptism?

Few religious subjects have been more thoroughly discussed, debated, and preached and written about over the past 17 or so centuries than baptism. While it is interesting (and sometimes profitable) to read or hear what uninspired men say on this and other subjects, all that really matters to those serious about their souls is what the Bible says about it. …

What Is “Legalism”?

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 thus teach….

What is True Christian Unity Worth?

To speak of true Christian unity implies that a unity may exist that is less than truly Christian. There may indeed be a true unity in religious matters without its being Christian….

What Love Is Not

Numerous Biblical words have been wordnapped, hijacked, redefined, and misused (e.g. grace, faith, miracle, elect, foreordained). Love is another of these much-abused words….

What Matters? 

In His immortal Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said: “Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven….” 

What Then Is the Law?

In the context of convincing the Galatian Christians that the Law of Moses was inferior to the Law/Gospel of Christ, Paul anticipated the foregoing question of our title (Gal. 3:19)….

Why Did Jesus Come?

In spite of the plainness of the singularity of Jesus’ purpose in coming among men, it is still misunderstood. Men have variously set forth such purposes as political revolution, social reform, and physical healing—all of which crucially miss the mark….

Why Men Fail Jesus

Among Jesus’ greatest causes of distress must have been those who failed Him. These included unbelievers as well as various disciples who abandoned, denied, or betrayed Him….

Why Miracles?

Why did God empower men in the first century to work miracles? One of the Biblical words for “miracle” (semeion) provides a clue….

Worse and Worse

“But evil men and impostors shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Tim. 3:13). Paul’s description of ungodly men fits just as well now as when he wrote it.

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    1. Jerry:

      Sorry to be this late responding. I must have overlooked the email notice of your encouraging comments. I appreciate them very much.

      Yours in the Cause,

      Dub

  1. I just downloaded the 2 realized eschatology materials. Some people hold the view that “all things in the book of revelation have been fulfilled in ad70. all things”.
    I think the materials I’ve downloaded will do for some good study.
    Thank you Mr Mcclish

    1. Emmanuel:

      Thank you for your kind comments. I hope that you will find the MSS helpful in your study of the heresy of "Realized Eschatology." I suggest you also visit our Bellview Lectures page on this Site. That entire lectureship in on this gross error. I pray that all is going well in the Lord's work in Ghanna.

      Yours in the Cause,

      Dub McClish

  2. Dub,

    Would like to tell you how much I appreciate your website.  I hope you don't mind, but I have posted some of your material on the Book Section of our website.  I hope you and whoever reads this reply would visit our website at http://djmarko53.wix.com/churchbooks   You may have known my late uncle Ralph Starling of Texas.  My dad (born 1918) had an uncle who was associated with N.B. Hardeman for a number of years.  I mention this not to impress but to let you have an idea of where I might stand concerning the truth.  Once again, I appreciate your work and really enjoy the documents on your site.  I have been preaching since 1976 due to my dad's encouragement.  Thanks again…

    In Christ,

    Mark Johns
    Washington St. Church of Christ
    Warrensburg, MO
    djmarko53.wix.com/churchbooks

     

    1. Mark:

      First, thank you for dropping by. Second, thank you for your gracious comments regarding thescripturecache.com. Please freely print and/or upload my material; I’m glad you find some of it worthy of passing on. I do request proper attribution, both as to author (Lavonne, Andy, or me) and to source (the scripturecache.com).
      I never met Ralph that I can recall, but I’m familiar with his name. I somehow want to associate him with San Marcos, TX. I took a look at your Website. You indeed have it loaded. I found it impossible to access any of the various pages except “Books.” All of the others (e.g., “Articles”) were either covered with graphics or had broken links, but it may just be a browser problem.

      Yours in the Cause,

      Dub McClish

    1. Hello Elisha,

      Thank you for visiting The Scripturecache and for your kind comments.

      I respectfully suggest that you read the following MSS you will find on my Website:

      On my “Longer Articles” page, please read: “Scripture All-Sufficeincy and Miracles.” 

      On my “Major Manuscripts” page, please read: “Church, The Lord’s, and the Denominations Contrasted,” “Pentecostalism, The Destructive Consequences of,”  “Church of Christ, Surprising Things About the.”

      I will appreciate your reactions to these materials. “Come now, and let us reason together…” (Isa. 1:18).

      Cordially,

      Dub McClish

       

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