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“A Different Kind of Christian Evidences”

“If you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?” Many Christians have probably heard or seen this question before, but just how often do we, think seriously about it?

A Digger or a Watcher

No one has ever set out to accomplish anything without being criticized. What churches are commonly most criticized? Those that have dared to think, plan, and act “big.”

A Review of Some Sermons and Bible Classes

The preacher in this series was the late Jimmy Allen (1930–2020). He was a Bible professor at Harding University for half a century but was perhaps best known for the fifty city-wide evangelistic campaigns in which he preached during the 1960s and 70s.

An Examination of the Current Unity Movement—Where It Is, How It Got There, Where It Is Going

Those who are familiar with restoration history are aware that we are seeing history repeat itself in the current attempts at unity. As Moses Lard observed the Lord’s people as they began to clamor for more and more innovations and to have less and less respect for the authority of Scripture in 1865,…

Back to the Bible

The Bible has been translated into 1,250 languages and dialects, making it available to about 95% of the world’s population. It is the best-distributed book in the world with perhaps 150 million copies distributed annually.

Can People See the Bible Alike?

It is obvious to the most casual observer that people do not understand the Bible alike. Besides the two major divisions of Christendom (Catholicism and Protestantism), which claim to follow the Bible, these are subdivided into countless other groups.

Changed Doctrine Equals a Changed Church

The church can remain pure only as long as the doctrine it hears remains true. The New Testament contains numerous warnings about false doctrine and its purveyors…

Do We Realize What We Have?

One of the greatest advantages that a person can be given in life is to be trained from birth as a child of God. Surely those of us who have been a part of the church from childhood don’t need to be reminded that, in Christ, we are blessed with “every spiritual blessing”…

Does God Really Answer Prayer?

There is no more precious privilege the Christian has than prayer. It is amazing when you think about the God of Heaven, the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, listening attentively and responding to the petitions of mere men! When we contemplate the fact that by our prayers God may actually be moved in a given direction or to set in motion a series of events, it is an astounding thought!…

Elders and the Unruly

To rebel against scripturally qualified men or to incite others to rebel against them out of selfishness, stubbornness, pride, jealousy, or any other sinful motive is to rebel against the authority of God.…

Four Fruits of Love

To love God with one’s whole being is the first commandment, and the second is  to love your neighbor as yourself. The Scriptures often teach us the type of behavior to be seen in one who loves.…

Gente buena en iglesias malas 

El liberalismo desenfrenado en las iglesias de Cristo ha producido una apostasía desenfrenada durante las últimas cinco décadas. Cientos de congregaciones que en sus inicios eran fuertes en la Verdad se han vuelto irreconocibles según los estándares del Nuevo Testamento.

Getting the Most From Your Bible

The Bible is a unique book. Of the millions of books that have been written, it alone is from God. While it is the revelation of God’s mind to men, it still has several things in common with all other books.…


Contrary to popular belief, godliness does not mean “godlikeness” or to imitate God. Rather, it means to be devout or pious, to revere, fear, or worship God, to have a Godward attitude, to do that which is well-pleasing to God (cf. Vine, Thayer).

God’s Ecumenical Movement

For perhaps hundreds of years, the masses of Christendom and its leaders have lauded religious diversity. Most of us have been present where prayers of thanksgiving were offered for the multiplicity of churches. This attitude has experienced a far-reaching decline in the past few decades, since 1960 in particular.…

“Good Bye, God”

One day our five-year-old Bronwen got up from the chair in which she sat during our devotional period each morning and made her way to the TV set to turn on ”Captain Kangaroo.” She had just finished a fast “Amen” to her prayer, and as she made her way toward the TV set, she said to our horror “Goodbye, God.”…

How to Handle Those Empty Pews

I thought I had heard of every possible solution for dealing with the problem of empty pews. A recent issue of Your Church magazine carried an article titled, “Coping with Scant Numbers,” by Dr. John R. Scotford, which proposes some new ones.…

How to Preserve the Bible

Jesus promised, “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away” (Luke 21:33). Every Christian should want to see the Bible preserved. I speak not of the covers and hinges, but of the contents.…

“I Shall Not Be Moved”

David wrote of God, “Because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved” (Psa. 16:10). God needs more men, women, boys, and girls who have such faith in God that they will not be moved.…


The Bible says much about influence, both that which we have on others and that which others have on us.…How careful must we be concerning influence, both our own upon others and that of others on us.…

Instrumental Cravings

The controversy over mechanical instruments of music in Christian worship began when they were first introduced ten centuries too late to be employed with Divine approval in the church of Christ. The controversy continues to be as current as the last tick of the clock.

Introduction to 2 Corinthians

As this study of Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthian church is introduced,  it is highly appropriate to notice several historical, social, and doctrinal factors which had a definite bearing on it.…


It is a lofty and Scriptural aim to have every member in each local congregation of God’s people actively serving…In spite of such exhortations, most congregations still have only2030percent of their members really “involved.”…

Is Religious Unity Possible?

Most men say, “No.” The New Testament says, “Yes.” God’s Word not only teaches the possibility of religious unity among those who have faith in Christ, it teaches the necessity of unity.…

Jeremiah—God’s Humble, Faithful Prophet

To learn the way God measures preachers and preaching we need to return repeatedly to the faithful prophets as our models. There is no nobler model than Jeremiah in the way he responded to his commission from God.

Jesus Describes the Christian Life

My purpose has been to choose some areas of the Lord’s life and teaching that I believe are representative of His aim and direction for Himself and for His followers. If we follow Him in the service He rendered, the things that He hated, and the concern He had for the lost, we will never be far away from the totality of His example and doctrine.…

Kingdom in Matthew 13:41

Jesus said, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity.” To what does the “kingdom” here refer?…

La historia se repite

Hace un siglo y medio, algunos hermanos que estaban decididos a tener lo que les agradaba en la religión y estuvieron dispuestos a sacrificar el respeto tanto por la declaración como por el silencio de la Escritura para tener sus ídolos (principalmente instrumentos musicales y organizaciones evangelísticas no autorizadas).…

Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage

Every other couple that says, “I do,” is later saying, “I don’t.” The ratio is three out of five marriages ending in divorce in California. Divorce laws in America have been constantly undergoing liberalization since the 1960s, increasingly making of marriage anything but a life-long commitment.…

Moses, Jesus, or Both?

Judaism continues to reject Jesus and the New Testament, honoring only the Old Testament given through Moses as its Bible. Most of nominal Christianity, both Catholic and Protestant, attempts to combine elements of both Old and New Covenants in their doctrine and practice. Which, if either, is the correct approach?…

Our “Goofy” Brethren

I once heard a sermon in which the preacher referred to “some of our goofy brethren.” The more I read of some of the statements and practices common to some brethren nowadays, the more I am inclined to believe he is right. Consider a few of these that have come across my desk recently.…

Premillennialism—A System of Fatal Error

Premillennialism pervades the vast majority of Protestant churches, including the old “mainline” denominations, independent groups, the various Pentecostal sects, and the newer “community” churches. This phenomenon is more than “a doctrine.” It is a system of theology…

Recognizing and Interpreting Synecdoches

Both literature and the spoken word abound with figures of speech—words or phrases that are used to mean something other than their normal or literal meanings. Figures of speech are actually a “language within a language,”…

Salvation, the End of Your Faith

Peter identified salvation as “the end of your faith” (1 Pet 1:3–9).  Salvation summarizes the theme of the Bible in one word. There are many sub-themes in Scripture, but all must bow to the overarching theme of salvation.…

Should Parents Be Concerned with Selfish Traits in Their Children?

The traits of rudeness, disobedience and uncooperativeness are all problems of attitude, whether in children or adults. They all relate to one basic attitude problem—selfishness. Such traits are both anti-social and anti-scriptural.…

Simple New Testament Christianity

The only thing that Jesus ever promised to build was His church…. It was of such exceeding worth to Him that He paid the ultimate price of His own blood for it …. He loved it so deeply that He “gave himself up for it” ….

Smaller Colleges Gone Rogue

Various other brethren and I have expressed grave concerns occasionally over the rampant apostasy of the large and prominent universities operated by members of the church… Inadvertently, in focusing on them, we have neglected to call attention to the same phenomenon occurring on the campuses of some of the small colleges in remote areas.…

Success in the Lord’s Work

The two elements involved in success in the Lord’s work are seen in 1 Corinthians 15:58: “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not vain in the Lord.…

The All-Sufficiency of 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….

The Church and Moral Problems—Immodest Apparel and Worldliness

We live in a day of great immorality. Things that were in one age (even in an earlier time in the lives of many of us) unspeakable are headlines on the front pages of the newspapers today—openly discussed, openly reported—because they are openly practiced.

The Church Is Not Friendly

It is a sad experience to be in a crowd and not feel welcome. Those of us who visit congregations in other places have sometimes found ourselves wondering if they would rather not have visitors….

The Curse of Apathy

Perhaps you’ve heard of the college professor who asked a rude and disinterested student what the meaning of the word “apathy” was. The student replied, “I don’t know, and I don’t care.” Even if unintentional, his definition was right on the mark.…

The Ethic of Honesty

The modern version of honesty is a pragmatic one: “I’ll use whatever means necessary to make my fortune and serve my own ends.…What a sad commentary all of this is on the shattered and crumbling moral fabric of civilized man…

The Necessity of Truth in Doctrine

No epistle in the New Testament begins more abruptly than the Galatian letter. No epistle is more frankly and plain-spokenly launched on its major course than the Galatian letter. No brethren in the first century are more directly and boldly reproved and called to account for their apostate direction than those of Galatia through this letter.…

The Place of Sincerity in Religion

What place should sincerity play in religion?…What does the Bible say about the place of sincerity in God’s plan?…

The Power of Incrementalism

Satan is quite content to operate on a five-year (or even longer) plan, as long as he accomplishes his goal. He can be extremely patient—willing to take short steps—as long as he is moving men toward his goal of their eternal damnation.

The Truth About Beer

Beer consumption is considered by the average citizen to be an innocent pastime 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”…. 

Thoughts on Easter

The first celebration of Easter, according to Williston Walker in A History of the Christian Church, was in A.D. 154 or 155 in the city of Rome. This perhaps comes as a surprise to many who believe that Easter in its entirety is but a continuation of the Jewish Passover. Perhaps it is also a surprise to the great majority of the religious world that has been led to believe that its origin is in the Bible.

To Eat or Not to Eat in the Church Building

The apostolic church enjoyed common meals in their places of worship, and these meals were formally designated by the term, “love feasts…Those today who oppose the use of the church building for pot-luck dinners and fellowship meals usually think they are imitating the apostolic church. What they need to see is that in reality they are following the apostate church and its councils.…

Truth under Assault

Pontius Pilate asked our Lord, “What is truth?” (John 18:38). Perhaps we will never know whether Pilate was sincere or sarcastic….The prevalent human philosophies have for some time denied the existence of objective truth in any realm (including religion).…

Understandest Thou What Thou Singest?—No. 1

The New Testament evangelist, Philip, asked the Ethiopian Bible student, “Understandest thou what thou readest?” (Acts 8:30). This question is also appropriate to ask concerning the “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” we sing in our assemblies.…

Understandest Thou What Thou Singest?—No. 2

In an attempt to help us better understand some of the words and phrases of some of our spiritual songs, I offer these additional comments….

“Vacation Bible School”

For several years some have been imitating the denominations in such things as parking lot sales and car washes to fund their programs. A growing number of congregations have become deeply involved in providing entertainment as bait to get people into their buildings.

Values of a Gospel Meeting

Some people have discounted the practice of having Gospel Meetings, saying that they don’t hold any value in our age. Admittedly, there are more things that vie for the attention of modern men at present than when my grandfather led singing for such efforts a couple of generations ago.…

What Does Abel Say?

Abel is credited with speaking three times in the Bible. But in each case, he “speaks” without words.…

When A Bird Leaves the Nest

From the day a little bird is hatched its mother starts preparing it to leave the nest. Each morsel of food brought by the mother is to provide strength and development necessary for its departure.…

When a House Becomes a Home

The words house and home are often used interchangeably. A $350,000 house may be called a “beautiful home” when it is full of hatred, strife, and unhappiness.…A house where a family lives. A home is how a family lives…

Where Do You “Tune Him Out”?

Jesus accused the Jews of his generation of having ears that were dull of hearing (Mat. 13:15) and he was quoting from the outcry of Isaiah against his people of seven centuries earlier (Isa. 6:9–10).…

Who Killed Jesus?

For whatever reasons or motivations, numerous attempts have been made over the years to convince the public mind that Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor of Judea (rather than Jewish leaders) was the prime mover in Jesus’ crucifixion.…

“Who’s the Boss of this Church?

One of our little visitors at Vacation Bible School once asked this question. His teacher told him the Lord was. He didn’t agree. He said he thought that man who stood up at the front (referring to me) was the boss….


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10 thoughts on “New Uploads

    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,


  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   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


    1. Mark:

      First, thank you for dropping by. Second, thank you for your gracious comments regarding 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
      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).


      Dub McClish


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