No. 084 - The ABC of Biblical Giving
The Scripture sets forth three distinct categories of giving which
appertain to the Justified walking in the Way of Life. The first and
most vital category is support of the local Shepherd, that he may
teach the Word of God. The second is support of the Evangelist, that
he may proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. The third is relief
of fellow saints who have fallen into economic distress. Of the
three, the oft-quoted criterion, “not grudgingly or of
necessity,” applies only to the latter two. Contrary to the general
teaching of the Protestant Pulpit, the Tithe is the criterion for the
first category. The Tithe was instituted long before the Law of
Moses, and the Tithe continues in force in the present era of the New
This study looks in detail not only at the valid categories of giving, but also at the categories which bring discipline and cursing. It enumerates the blessings associated with giving and the judgment which results from failure to give. Throughout, particular attention is paid to the ministry of the apostle Paul, and to the example which it provides regarding the ownership of physical assets of a ministry or local congregation.
No. 085 - Sell Thy Cloak and Buy a Sword
On the night in which he was betrayed, Jesus issued to his followers a number of directives. One of those instructions was for each to arm himself forthwith, even at the cost of economic sacrifice. The directives reflect the fact that thenceforth the disciples would be operating independently, rather than as a group with Jesus as their constant companion, supplier, and guardian. Nevertheless, the command to be armed is troubling to many who claim to be Christian. Some teachers and commentators simply dismiss the command, thus displaying their contempt for Jesus and the Scripture. Others are unable to reconcile the command with commands given by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. But when the respective passages are considered carefully in context, the difficulties disappear, and the need for the Christian to be armed is clear.
No. 086 - Testing and the “Way of Escape”
| Because of
a poor translation of a single verse of Scripture, countless
Christians in the face of testing have in vain prayed and searched for
a way of escape, some losing their faith because the anticipated
deliverance did not come. The verse in question--I Corinthians
10:13--when correctly translated and seen in light of a passage in
the Twelfth Chapter of Hebrews, reveals a remarkable truth concerning
testing; yet the truth has gone unnoticed by virtually everyone.
Contrary to popular notion, the Lord God does not provide a “way of
escape” from testing. Rather, the Lord provides instead an outcome
or “sequel” which is designed to motivate and encourage the
Justified to endure to the end the episode of testing which the Lord
brings upon him.
No. 132 - Silver & Gold vs. the Blood of Christ Jesus
In the short epistle of Peter is found one of the most profound declarations in all of the Scripture; it is a declaration regarding the value of the blood of Christ Jesus. And while the blood is representative of the life of Jesus, and its loss, the sacrificial death, the declaration abounds with irony, the understanding of which is essential to a proper appreciation of the declaration. But few teachers, commentators, and pastors appear to have grasped the irony.
No. 274 - The Tale of the Woman Taken in Adultery
The well-known Tale of the Woman Taken in Adultery found in
John 8:3-11 is popular because it portrays Christ Jesus as
non-judgmental and unconditionally forgiving. But, despite its
popularity, the tale has no rightful place in the Canon of Scripture.
It is a spurious addition, and not a part of the Gospel Account
attributed to John. It presents an erroneous portrayal of the
incarnate Christ; it misrepresents the character of the Talmudic Jew;
and it mocks the Law of Moses. The tale is an example of the
Leaven of the Jew against which Jesus and the Apostles