The following audio files contain both a presentation and a question answer session from the 2006 Oklahoma City Preacher's Study on the topic of Women's Roles in the Church. Is 1 Timothy 2:8-15 a parallel passage to 1 Corinthians 14:34-35? Or, is 1 Timothy 2:8-15 larger in scope than 1 Corinthians 14:34-35? We hope our followers enjoy the material and find if both edifying and challenging to consider an important topic more closely. May God bless the Kingdom.
If you have ever had a conversation with anyone about the Bible, there has likely come a point where you and the other person came to a disagreement. Having a discussion from two different points of view is not sinful (Acts 17:2-3), but the purpose of such discussions should be a searching for truth (1 Thess. 5:21). In many instances, unfortunately, one side or the other sells out on the pursuit of truth and simply tries to win at all costs (most importantly the cost of truth).
In political discussions “winning at all costs” is called “mud slinging”. If one candidate cannot meet the other candidate’s position, the losing candidate with jump ship and attempt to salvage a win by attacking the other candidate’s reputation, shortcomings, or intelligence. Unfortunately, the tactics employed by political candidates often mirrors those used by people claiming to be Christians in “defending” the truth.
The following list, though by no means complete or exhaustive, exposes several deceitful tactics used in religious discussions.
"Baptism is not necessary for salvation!" is the common cry of our religious world, but does it reflect the teaching of Scripture, or does it reflect a disobedient spirit? Though the Bible has a lot to say about baptism, most are unclear about its purpose and do not see a need for it in their lives. The goal of this article is to consider some of the Bible’s teaching on the subject of baptism and answer the following questions:
What is God’s plan of salvation according to the Bible?
Is salvation by faith alone and by grace alone?
Must one pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” in order to be saved?
What is the purpose of baptism? Must one be baptized in order to be saved?
If baptism is necessary does one still need grace and faith?
Why didn’t the thief on the cross have to be baptized?
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.