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A Disturbing Trend

Am I just imagining things, or is there a trend among members of the Body of Christ to treat all of the church’s worship assemblies as optional anymore? If there is, it is indeed disturbing to me.…

A Few Kind Words to PWDABC*

In a few exceptional cases, children who have been reared In Christian homes, whose parents very faithfully attended Bible classes and worship, have turned reprobate. Likewise, there are exceptional cases where children who did not have any spiritual emphasis in their homes have later come under the Gospel’s power and have become very faithful saints.…

Acappella and the Acappella Vocal Band

The musical group, “Acappella” and its corollary, the “Acappella Vocal Band,” have become extremely popular among brethren (especially “youth directors” and young people) in recent years. What is the origin of these groups?

A Preacher’s Article and a Preacher’s Response 

The “peace,” therefore unto which we strive and for which we endeavor is a peace based upon and growing from faithful obedience to the Word of God. Sometimes when you advocate the Truth you may well be accused of “stirring up trouble” in the church….

Antioch, the Evangelistic Church

The first great Gentile church was in Antioch of Syria, whose beginnings are described in Acts 11:19–30.…Antioch served as the springboard for evangelizing much of the first century world.…

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. 

Beautiful Flowers

Recently I saw some very beautiful flower arrangements. They were splendid autumn colors of browns, golds, oranges, and reds. These particular arrangements were a bit unusual because they combined real flowers with artificial flowers…but there is still a test that will forever separate the real flowers from the ones men make.…

Before You Quit

Quitters never win and winners never quit! Show me a man or woman who is a real achiever and I will show you someone who has refused to quit when the hurdles were high and the head winds were strong.

Blessings That Are Burdens

There is a blessing in the influence potential we all possess. It is thrilling to know that one’s words or deeds have inspired honorable conduct in another. No need to ask God to help us be an example. We are one, like it or not! Herein is the burden….

Casual Marriage, Casual Divorce

Divorce has become a casual, almost regular and normal occurrence. The only way that divorce could have become so casual is that somewhere along the line, marriage has come to be viewed as a casual relationship….

Cheering for Both Teams

One thing the Bible frequently emphasizes is the necessity of choosing God or Satan, Truth or error, good or evil…

Christianity, a First Hand Religion

Sometimes a second-hand car gives good service; a second-hand religion never does. The religion of Christ must always be first-hand.…

Christianity Evolved?

In a Bible class I attended several months ago, we were discussing some of the events that occurred in the period between the Testaments. This period of about four centuries is not recorded by the inspired writers, but the uninspired record makes for some informative and interesting reading for the Bible student.…

Church Discipline—the Real Reason Why It Is Not Practiced

While cases involving the exercise of discipline in the church may vary greatly and may depend on many factors, I believe our failure to practice appropriate discipline may almost invariably be traced to a lack of love for the souls in need of the discipline.…

“Come Forth, My People”—No. 1

When John heard the angel announce the impending doom of “Babylon,” he heard another heavenly voice warning, “Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”…

“Come Forth, My People”—No. 2

When the “Babylon” of the first century was about to be destroyed, God’s faithful people were strongly warned: “Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”…

Come Forth, My People—No. 3

What are the thousands of faithful saints to do who now find themselves in a congregation whose elders and preacher are either not at all concerned with or who mock the very concept of abiding in the “old paths”? The Lord’s answer is clear:…

“Come Forth, My People”—No. 4

Those who are determined to faithfully serve God sometimes find themselves allied with those who decidedly are not.This applies to many members of congregations that still wear the name “church of Christ,” but that have ceased to be concerned with Scriptural authority for their teaching or practice.…

“Come Forth, My People”—No. 5

The mandate of the Lord to those who are in organizations that oppose the Lord is clear: “Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues”…

Come Forth, My People—No. 6

The clear warning of the Lord to His people in figurative “Babylon” of the first century applies to the Lord’s people in any age who are part of corrupt or apostate institutions, including “churches of Christ” that have gone astray:…

Come Forth, My People—No. 7

We encourage the reader to read the previous articles on this topic, in which we postulated that thousands of good, earnest Christians who want to be faithful to Christ now find themselves in congregations that have either apostatized or that are so far along on the road toward liberalism that certain apostasy will soon be their fate.

“Come Forth, My People”—No. 8

The Lord knew the strength of family ties and He intended them to ordinarily be among the strongest we have. However, He also clearly warned that those ties must be counted secondary when loyalty to Him and His Word are involved…

“Come Forth, My People”No. 9

When a church has lost her bearings, is being blown about by every wind of doctrine, and is wallowing in an ocean of error, those who do not want to go down with her had better “jump ship.”

“Come Forth, My People”—No. 10

Some good brethren have become aware that their congregation, though once strong for the Truth, now practices the errors it once opposed and vice versa. However, brethren sometimes offer excuses for not leaving….

Come Forth, My People—No. 11

Saints who want to be loyal to the Truth often find themselves in a congregation nowadays that no longer is. When urged to leave and find a faithful church, they may be heard to say,…

Come Forth, My People—No. 12

When Christians who love the Truth find themselves in a congregation in which the authority of God’s Truth is mocked by liberalism and apostasy, they sometimes find it hard to break free.…

“Come Forth, My People”—No. 13

“This church has many problems in doctrine and practice, but so did the Corinthian church and Paul still called it a ‘church of God.’” Liberals have so often made this justification of apostate congregations that even some otherwise sound brethren now parrot it to justify remaining in a corrupt church.…

Corinth, the Carnal Church

In the 1st century, Corinth was a cosmopolitan city of Greeks, Romans, and Jews, numbering about 500,000—a large percentage of which were slaves.…Immorality invaded every sphere of life, including religion, as the temple of Aphrodite maintained over 1,000 prostitutes.Corinth was synonymous with corrupt even in that wicked era.

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…

“Dare to Go Bare”

Isn’t it grand to know that now, instead of reading about them, or buying magazines full of pictures of these uninhibited, shameless perverts, one can visit a nudist camp this summer and even take his whole family?…

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….

Digression and Division

A century ago, those who were determined to have what pleased them in religion (primarily musical instruments in worship and the missionary society) were willing to sacrifice respect for both the statement and the silence of Scripture to have their idols.

Do Elders Have Authority?

There is a strong element in the church which denies that elders have any authority in a local congregation, except that which inheres in their example (which equals no authority at all).

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….


Josías fue el decimosexto rey de Judá después de la división del Reino Unido de Israel. Es uno de los reyes de Judá más notables desde varias perspectivas:

Emphasis on Money

Have you ever heard anyone who is giving generously to the Lord’s work complain about too much emphasis on money? I doubt it!

“Evangelize! Evangelize!”

The English word evangelize does not appear in the common versions of the New Testament. Yet, it is an imminently Scriptural word.…In most cases it means to preach the Gospel of Christ and it is often translated thus…

“For the Truth’s Sake”

The title of this article appears in 2 John 2. John addressed this brief letter to one whom he and others loved “for the truth’s sake.”

Get Involved in Worship

In recent years there has been considerable discussion among brethren about getting more people involved in worship. No one will question that anyone who pretends to be a servant of God must thus involve himself.

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.…

Give Him No Greeting

John wrote, “If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, . . . give him no greeting: for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works”….

God Blesses the I Canners

Think about the great servants of God through the Bible—people who really made their lives count. Every one of them was an “I canner.”

Higher Secular Education—What Should You Expect Your Child To Be Taught?

The general election of November 2008 was historic: The first black president of the United States was elected. However, his convictions far outweigh his race in making this election historically significant.

How Much Do You Know about the Bible

Just for the fun of it, I want you to take a little test of your Bible knowledge. Don’t use your Bible until you finish.  Ready?…

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

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 Your 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.

How We May Triumph

God’s Word clearly teaches that each one of us can triumph over Satan and his snares. However, even those who understand and believe this sometimes err greatly in their conception of how the victory will be accomplished.

If Any Man Willeth…

The most important factor in genuine obedience to God is found in the following words of Jesus; “If any man willeth to do His will, He shall know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or whether I speak from myself” (John 7:17).

Ignoring Scientific Methods

A brief article in a newspaper attracted my attention recently (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11/24/76). Headlined “Death of Russian Scientist Told,” and datelined Moscow, it told of the death of Trofim Lysenko, November 23. The one-paragraph article states that his theories were “more sound politically than experimentally.…”

I’m Not Very Compatible with the Church

Several years ago I was visiting with a young man who had attended worship and Bible classes frequently where I preached….I had not seen him at worship … so I mentioned this to him…. He replied,…“I’m not very compatible with the church.”…

I’m Sick of Progress

Progress is a relative term…Progress should connote something good, positive, and helpful. However, if the wrong people are allowed to define the term, look out! …


The Bible says much about influence, both that which we have on others and that which others have on us.

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.


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 Anybody Going to Hell?

Anybody who thinks we are not living in an age of super tolerance just hasn’t been keeping up. The philosophies and reasonings of men have convinced most of the world that they can believe anything they want to on any subject or believe nothing at all and they are still all right with God.

“Is It Worth the Trouble?”

The question of our title is one of dismay, discouragement, frustration and perhaps other negative emotions. It is usually provoked by some unsuccessful, unrewarding, and unpleasant experience.…

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.…

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.…

Jerusalem, the Model Church

Jerusalem is where the church began. It was no accident that the first Gospel sermon was preached there, resulting in its establishment…

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….

Jesus’ Mission is My Mission

There is no more basic place to begin a study of New Testament evangelism and our responsibility toward it than to understand the purpose of Jesus’ first coming. To try to evangelize without this understanding, whatever our success might be, we will fall far short of what it could be if we knew why Jesus really came.

John Calvin and Calvinism

As a religious reformer, John Calvin rode the crest of the 16th century Reformation, a little younger than, but contemporary with, Martin Luther. Born in 1509, Calvin was reputedly the most learned man in Europe at the age of 22 years.…

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).

Law and Grace

If God deals with men through law, does this exclude God’s grace? If God is gracious toward men, does this mean that men are not under any law to God?…

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….


Ann Landers once quoted Elbert Hubbard in her column. She was replying to a question about bad-mouthing one’s employer and his company.

Miracles Have Ceased

Many thousands have been caught up in the resurgence of “Pentecostalism” in the past few years. …The claim for which Pentecostals are most noted is “baptism in the Holy Spirit,…”

Murmurers, Beware

Paul warned, “Neither murmur ye, as some of them murmured, and perished by the destroyer”… Again, he ordered, “Do, all things without murmurings and questionings”… It is plain enough from these inspired statements that murmuring is a sin…

Nobody Ever Visits Me

Occasionally some member of the church remarks, “Nobody ever visits me!” It is almost always a complaint, sometimes uttered in bitterness….

Not Everybody’s Doing It!

Does it sometimes seem that everyone drinks and cheats on his or her spouse, has no real scruples about honesty and curses like a peg-legged pirate? To non-smokers it seems that everyone else smokes. Beyond debate, many people do these things and think nothing of it….

Notes on Musical Instruments in Worship

The most often asked question about our belief and practice concerns this issue. This subject relates to our acceptable worship of God….

On Bidding Godspeed

John wrote words of stern warning in 2 John 9: “For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” John was warning about our attitude toward those who advocate error

On Capital Punishment

The death penalty has been a topic of much debate in recent years. A few years ago, some pressure groups…were able to carry enough weight to succeed in having most (if not all) state death penalty statutes ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.…

On Counting Heads and Hearts

I would like to see every one of our classrooms full every Sunday morning. I wish we had to put chairs in the aisles of the auditorium every time we meet. I think everyone who is the least bit interested in the Lord’s cause shares in these desires….

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 Ignoring “Issues”

There is a rather persistent cry being made by some members of the church that preachers and writers should not bother the brethren with all of the “issues.” I have heard them say, “Why do we have to hear about the problems?…

One Thing Christ Hated

One cannot love something without hating its opposite. The Scriptures duly honor this axiom..It is not wrong to have strong feelings of hatred, depending on the object of our hate.

“Past Due” Notices

I was thumbing through an office supply catalog recently when I found an entire page of collection stickers.…intended to “encourage” people who are delinquent in their bills to make their payments.…

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….

Preaching to the Brethren

I am noticing more and more that the very errors I was exposing in the denominational doctrine and practice 20–25 years ago I am now having to expose in our brethren who have adopted them.

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”…

Religious Controversy

What about religious controversy? Is it proper to “argue” about religious questions? Some will always be around who thrive on argumentation and disputation, always spoiling for a fight with those who disagree with them.

Respecting Authority

In every system there is a basic, nucleus principle that determines the spirit and operation of the whole. In God’s plan for man, the basic principle is respect for and obedience to appropriate authority….

Salvation by Faith Only

In spite of the plainest teachings of the New Testament, men persist in teaching the doctrine of salvation by “faith only.” History reveals that the doctrine was first given great emphasis, (if not invented) by Martin Luther in the 16th century.

Seeking Peace too Soon

There are some perverted folk who enjoy strife and controversy. Some actually revel in a good fight or even in warfare. I am sure that most folk prefer peaceful relations with their family, neighbors, friends and brethren. This should surely be the aim of the Christian…

Se excluyen mutuamente la ley y la gracia

La actitud predominante en la sociedad respecto a la moral y el comportamiento en nuestro tiempo es la tolerancia (por supuesto, excepto hacia los que se atreven a exponer la falacia de su inapropiada tolerancia)….

“Smooth and Fair Speech”

In connection with his instruction to mark and avoid those who divide the church, Paul warned that such employ “smooth and fair speech” to “beguile the hearts of the innocent”…

Some Things We Should Not Fear

Fear is more often than not the cause of our failures. There is a wholesome side of fear. We must fear God and fear the evils of false doctrines and evil practices. Largely, however, it seems that we fear the wrong things.…

Some Thoughts on Funerals

I have often said that we preach our own funerals by the way we live. If I have not lived in such a way as to please God, all of the remarks a preacher may make over me will not change that….

Some “What Ifs” to Consider

What if the church where you worship met every day of the week instead of only two days a week? What if the sermon lasted four or five hours on Sunday instead of thirty or forty minutes? What if your food was taken away for an entire day the first time you forsook the assembly?…

Sources of Temptations

In the drama of living the Christian life, temptation is an ever-present factor. Jesus recognized the reality of it when he mentioned it in his teaching prayer…

Sowing and Reaping

A bountiful, but bitter harvest of dishonor, immorality, profanity, drug and drink addiction and uncaring secularism have become commonplace in our beautiful America. They extend from the powerless and poor through all intermediate levels to the wealthy and most powerful in government and business.…

Spiritual Leapfrog

Remember those “good old days” when we played our childhood games? One of the games every child plays is “leapfrog.” I remember it well.…Some people never outgrow this game but carry it from childhood right up into adulthood….

Spiritual Strength Is Available

Paul commanded, “Be strong in the Lord” (Eph. 6:10). The fact that we are ordered to be spiritually strengthened necessarily implies that it is possible for us to attain such strength….

Still Not Convinced?

Some seem to think that those of us who continue to warn of the perils of militant atheism and humanism are merely alarmists. They reason, “Surely, it couldn’t be all that bad.”…

Strange Things

Once the Lord healed a man of palsy and the reaction of the bystanders was amazement as they said, “We have seen strange things today” (Luke 5:26). While the days of miracles are past, the days of “strange things” are still very much with us….

Strength for the Fight

Just as God’s people in the Old Testament had their physical armies to wage war against the enemies of God, so His New Testament people are figuratively depicted as soldiers engaged in the never-ending battle against iniquity and error.

Symptoms and Causes

It is universally accepted that in the practice of medicine it is both wiser and more effective to treat the cause of a disease rather than merely the symptoms. The best doctors are those who can diagnose the cause of an illness accurately and give proper medicine or treatment for it.

Taking Things “Personally”

A preacher preached on profanity, knowing of at least one brother who would be there who was a notorious offender. After plainly denouncing the sin of an evil tongue, he hoped to see some sign of penitence in the offender.

That Stuff Called Time

Many of our words are related to the passage of time. We have the precise measurements of seconds, minutes, hours, etc. We also use many words to approximate time lapse (“whiles”, “moments”, “bits”, “later”, “soon”, “sometime”, “jiff”, etc.)

That’s What You Get

Do you ever look at your friends and neighbors and wonder how they have nicer clothes, a bigger car, a finer house, take an expensive vacation every year and eat better than you, and yet, they make about the same salary?…

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….

The Blending of 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?…

The Blessings of Unity

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psa. 133: 1). If God’s people in any community are to accomplish anything worthwhile, unity is not only good, it is  absolutely necessary!…

The Blight of the Beverage Alcohol

The news media are constantly informing us of the terrible results of drunkenness…Hardly a week goes by but that we are bombarded with fresh statistics about the alarming fruits of drinking and drunkenness….

The Career Woman

“Career” connotes a type of work or a profession for which one prepares, and which one pursues. The term usually implies a job or profession outside of the home.

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 Great Final Victory

Just as our individual struggles and triumphs over evil will not be accomplished by carnal forces or conflicts, neither will the overwhelming victory of Christ. Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight…”

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 Offender and the Offended

We human beings are cruel at our worst and faulty even at our best. Since this is true,we sometimes offend our fellow man. Even two people who love each other deeply will sometimes offend each other….

The Older I Get

Growing older has its disadvantages. Someone has quipped that it’s better than the alternative, even so…Now, I don’t consider myself to be elderly yet, by a long shot. In fact, I’ve never met anyone who did.…

The “Open Ended” Approach

It has become popular to take an “open-ended” approach to the Truth and the church. This has been the denominational approach to Scripture increasingly in direct proportion to the influence of theological liberalism in recent years. “Open-ended” means…

The Plague of Self–Pity

It is possible for one to be too hard on oneself, unnecessarily reproaching and condemning oneself. However, it is also possible to be too easy on oneself. This often takes the form of self-pity….

The Reality of Sin

The very appearance of Christ on earth was predicated on the reality of sin in all men, its destructive consequences and man’s helplessness to overcome it without a Savior.

The Requirements of Scriptural Baptism

For baptism to be what the Lord authorized and what the Scriptures teach, four requirements must be met….

The Same Old Jews and Greeks

In 1 Corinthians 1:22 Paul describes the prevailing characteristics of the Jews and Greeks of his day: “Seeing that Jews ask for signs, and Greeks seek after wisdom.”

The Santa Claus Syndrome

The song I was taught as a youngster said, concerning “Santa Claus,” “He’s makin’ a list and checkin’ it twice, gonna’ find out who’s naughty or nice.” Somehow, that view of the old fellow has almost disappeared completely….

The Silly Syndrome

I once read a paragraph in a bulletin exchange describing some of the wonderful blessings of God, to which the writer concluded, “Ain’t God good?” By using such a silly and disgusting expression the writer almost ruined the good things he/she had written about God’s blessings.

The Sloppy Syndrome

I preached in a Gospel meeting a few years ago where I had not been before. I was told in advance by the preacher that the brethren were “laid back” in the way they dressed for worship.

The Tragedy of One Lost Soul

One of the striking things about Jesus’ teachings is the way He gets to the heart of every issue in a few simple words. There is no better illustration than the one covered in this article…

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 Value of Woman and How God Has Used Her in The Past

From the beginning of humanity God has placed a great value upon woman. He made her originally to be the “help meet [suitable, fitting]” for man…

The Well-Adjusted Person

The enjoyment of peace of mind or good mental health is one of the most desirable blessings for any human being. The Christian ought to have more of this enviable element than any other person,…

Three Ds of Fruitful Service

Often a matter that seems overwhelmingly complex can be seen in a truer perspective when its basic elements are revealed. I believe this is true of bearing fruit in the Lord’s vineyard.

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.…

Too Social, Too Frivolous

In a recent Ann Landers column, she printed a letter in which someone complained about how “social” and “frivolous” worship meetings had become in the Protestant church of which he is a member….

Trials of Our Time

Hebrews 11 is a record of triumph over trials through ages past in the lives of men and women who lived by their faith.…

“Understandest Thou What Thou Singest?”—No. 1

Paul indicated that we should sing both with spirit and with understanding as we praise God and His Son….

“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….

What About Homosexuality?

A concerted effort has been made in recent years to cloak the practice of homosexuality with respectability. One means of doing so has been the adoption of the term “gay” to cover the practice….

What About Premillennialism?

Premillennialism may be loosely defined as the doctrine that when Christ returns, He will actually come to earth and establish a literal kingdom in Jerusalem, reigning there 1,000 years.…Within the Premillennial cult … there are almost as many points of difference as there are adherents.

What Does Abel Say?

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

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 Kind of Light?

Paul described the Philippians as “lights in the world” in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Phi. 2:15). In Paul’s time I suppose there was only one kind of light, the light that provided useful and necessary illumination. However, there are many kinds of lights in the world today….

What Makes a Leader a Leader

There are many books on the subject of leadership. Several companies offer special seminars on the subject. Countless words have been spoken and millions of dollars spent to discover the secrets of leadership. It is generally conceded that “good leaders are made, not born.”…

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.

Where Do You Fit in?

I have observed that there are at least six spiritual levels to be found within any local church. Shall we engage in some self-examination?

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 Gets Hurt?

It is not unusual to hear all sorts of dishonesty and everyday cheating justified by the lame excuse, “Nobody got hurt.”

Who’s Murdering Creativity?

Is the spirit of innovation/”creativity” in religion that which heroically exemplifies “what faith can do”? Let us test this matter.

“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….

Why Do People Serve God?

I suppose the most difficult task that each of us is called upon to perform is the examination of our motives. Jesus was talking about this when he said, “Blessed are the pure in heart: For they shall see God”….

Why Get Married?

Do male and female need to be married to please God or can they just decide to cohabit and begin sharing bed and board at their own whim?..

Why Visit for Christ?

The most powerful and interesting preacher in the world is insufficient to draw crowds to hear the Gospel by himself. There must be the added element of the personal invitation, the personal visit, if a great crowd is to be gathered.…

Would Peter Come to Your House?

Acts 12 gives us the record of Herod’s cruel murder of James and imprisonment of Peter because it pleased the Jews. But the Lord had other plans for Peter and sent an angel to release him…When Peter finally convinced himself that he was not seeing a vision, but that he was truly outside the prison, he “considered” what he should do…



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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,


  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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