What About Christian Fellowship?
There are extremes to the left and right on the topic of Christian fellowship.
When Christ Withdraws His Fellowship
This article discusses the meaning of Matthew 18:20 in its immediate context.
Be Confident of Your Salvation – Studies in 1 John (Part 1)
Because of who God is, what He has done, and what He continues to do, we can walk in the light, being confident as Christians and sure of salvation. This is part 1 of a two-part study on John’s first epistle.
New Hermeneutic: An Abandonment of Reason
All new things are not always better. Many of the “new” ways of interpreting the Bible are merely designed to keep you from truly understanding the Scriptures.
An Abused Passage — 2 John 9
Both the liberal left and the radical right have seriously distorted 2 John 9 to support their causes. What does this passage mean, and how does it relate to modern religious controversy?
Church Discipline – A Tragic Neglect
A study of church discipline, especially the ultimate act of withdrawal of fellowship
Corinth – A Troubled Church
The church in Corinth had numerous spiritual problems, one of which was its tolerance of flagrant immorality. In his letter to this church, the apostle delivers a sharp rebuke. Happily, it produce a healthy result.
The Value of Persecution
Have you ever been persecuted for your faith? Have you suffered the abuse of others for Christ?
What About Potlucks and Church Discipline?
Is the New Testament command to not eat with unfaithful Christians apply to a potluck gathering?
Should “Weak” Christians Be Disfellowshipped?
Should Christians who are merely “weak” be subject to the disfellowship process?
Times That Try Our Souls
Division “contrary to the doctrine” of Christ is wrong (Romans 16:17); but division, consistent with the Lord’s teaching, is not. Let faithful men and women work for a church that is united—but united upon the basis of biblical truth, not sectarian compromise (John 17:17).
The Church that Drove Jesus Out
In his letter to the church in Laodicea recorded in the book of Revelation, the Lord expresses his disgust with their current condition. What could have elicited such a response?
The Pope Ignites a Controversy
Benedict XVI, the current “pope” of the Roman Catholic Church, recently ignited a firestorm of controversy by reaffirming the oft-made church claim that salvation is found exclusively in the Roman Church.
Can a Christian Ever Be Lost?
Let Me Die the Death of the Righteous
When the matter is duly considered, the Bible reveals that there are some similarities and also some significant differences in the deaths of the righteous and the wicked.
Congregational Autonomy: Not a Shield for Error
The Scriptures teach that each congregation of the Lord’s body is under self-rule, but with limitations. Sadly, some do not recognize these limitations and jeopardize their fidelity to sound doctrine.
Should Christians Have All Things in Common?
Communism has held millions of people in its oppressive grasp, forcing a distribution of personal resources among the masses. Some even allege that early Christianity was characterized by this disposition. They contend that anyone in “need” has a “right” to the prosperity of others. In this week’s Question & Answer segment, Jason Jackson addresses this issue.
2 Corinthians 2:6 – The Sufficient Punishment
The divinely prescribed method of church discipline is effective.
A Warning to a Wayward Church
Not all churches, even those belonging to Christ, are of equal quality. This is forcefully illustrated in Christ’s letter to the church in Laodicea.
That Mysterious Disciple
Does the case of a mysterious disciple in Mark 9 provide precedent for Christian fellowship with sectarian religious institutions?