Ecclesiastes 4:12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
It would seem that no expert or anyone who has studied the situation would disagree that the institution of marriage is a dismal failure today. “Over the past several decades, the nature of marriage has changed. Many people are choosing to live their lives with partners without getting legally married, and Americans are increasingly more approving of this option. (Marquart et al., 2012). Unfortunately, people who do marry have roughly a 50 percent chance of staying married. That is equivalent to flipping a coin on your wedding day. Even for couples who stay married, many reports being unsatisfied in their relationships.” Sadly, the statistics do not change just because the couple is Christian.
For those who have entered into a marriage, they might ask can they maintain and improve upon their marriage year after year. For those thinking of getting married, can they find true happiness in marriage, will it last? The answers to these questions and others are largely dependent on whether both the husband and the wife correctly understand what the Bible says to husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and are they applying that biblical counsel in a correct and balanced manner. If we are wholeheartedly trusting in God, not depending on our own understanding, but rather seeking his will in all that we do, he will show us the path to take.’ (Pro. 3:5-6) If we do those things, we will remain in God’s love.
Should You Get Married?
For some, Marriage is essential for happiness, as God designed man and woman to get married. It is as though something is missing in life if one is lacking their mate. Yet, during this time while God is working out the issues that were raised by Satan in the Garden of Eden and at the beginning of the book of Job, he has encouraged some, who are able to consider remaining single, so as to serve him more fully without any distractions. Jesus spoke of singleness as being a gift. (Matt. 19:11-12) In addition, the apostle Paul spoke of the benefits of singleness. (1 Cor. 7:32-38) However, let it be known that there is no Scriptural basis for any Christian denomination or Christian leader to demand that anyone remain single. In fact, the apostle Paul warned Timothy that “in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of men who speak lies, … who forbid marriage.” (1 Tim. 4:1-3) There are supposed Christian denominations that have forbidden marriage among its priests for centuries. If we feel the calling to serve God more fully and want to forgo marriage during this time, make certain this is you calling and desire. If, not there is true joy and happiness within marriage if we correctly understand and apply the Bible guidance on the matter.
We do not want to cast a shadow over the institution of marriage. Marriage is also a gift from God. (Gen. 2:18) Marriage has advantages and can possibly bring many blessings. For example, the person who is in a good marriage has the best foundation for enjoying life. Children need and deserve a two-parent family that is stable, with Christian parents raising them based on Bible principles, providing love, discipline, and guidance. (Ps 127:3; Eph. 6:1-4) While raising children is the number one reason for marriage, it is not the only reason.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Updated American Standard Version (UASV)
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. 11 Again, if two lie down together, they can keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him. A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
The passage can be used for friendship, A Christian not separating himself from the congregation, and yes, Marriage, which is the closest friendship one, can have. The single person does not have the same assistance, comfort, and protection that married couples can share. The twofold cord can be torn but not as easy a single cord. In a marriage, the third fold of that threefold cord is God. The husband, the wife, and God make up the threefold cord. Therefore, three strands woven or braided together would be much more difficult to tear apart. When pleasing God first is the prime concern of both the husband and the wife, the marriage is then like the threefold cord. If God is truly a part of the Marriage, the union will then be very strong.
Moreover, biblically, it is only within a marriage that sexual desires can be satisfied. Within the marriage, the sexual union is biblically viewed as a source of delight or pleasure. (Pro. 5:18) When a young single person reaches the age when sexual desires are very strong, he or she may struggle with their sexual desires. If these desires are not kept under control, it could lead to unclean, sinful conduct. Paul offers us the following counsel to single people, “But if they do not have self-control, let them marry; for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.”―1 Corinthians 7:9, 36; James 1:15.
Regardless of our reason to marry, we need to be realistic as well. Paul was quite realistic with those who marry “will have tribulation in their flesh.” (1 Cor. 7:28) Those who marry will face difficult times and challenges that sing people do not face. Here is where we offer biblically sound information to those who choose to marry, as to how they can decrease the challenges and increase the blessings. The best way is to choose your mate wisely.
Choosing a Good Marriage Mate Based on Scripture
The Apostle Paul under inspiration gives a vital principle that we need to consider when choosing a marriage mate. “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” (2 Cor. 6:14) What did Paul mean by ‘being yoked together’? Paul was giving us an agricultural example. A yoke is a wooden frame for harnessing two draft animals to whatever they had to pull. If a donkey and an ox are yoked together, it will be two animals of a major difference in size and strength, meaning that both will suffer. That is because there will be great friction and strain because the strong animal will have to make up for the weak animal. This is the same in the marriage of a believer and an unbeliever. In a marriage between a believer and an unbeliever, there will be the same friction and strain because the believer will have to carry most of the burden being the stronger of the two. The believer will want to be faithful to God in all things and the unbeliever will likely care little about that. They will not have the same priorities in life. The believer will want to focus on Christian meetings, while the unbeliever will be focused on the desires of the flesh. Much pain and suffering will result from this. Paul thus urged Christians to marry “only in the Lord.”—1 Corinthians 7:39.
Loneliness can be a bitter storm to survive. The pain of wanting someone to love and seeing others in love can be overwhelming at times. This can move the single Christian to ignore Paul’s Holy Spirit advice and decide that being unevenly yoked is better than no marriage at all, so they marry an unbeliever. It always ends up the same way, at first; it seems to have been worth it. Then, as time passes, the fleshly qualities of the unbeliever begin to take a toll. The believer begins to feel just as alone in the marriage because they cannot share the most important thing in life with their mate. Therefore, it is wise to trust God. (Ps 32:8) It is best to remain single until an opportunity come to “marry in the Lord.”
Now, we must state the obvious. Not every Christian is a person worthy of marriage just because they claim to be a Christian. When choosing a mate, we need to seek out the spiritually mature. Do they regularly go to the Christian meetings? Do they prepare for those Christian meetings? Do they have spiritual goals? Do they take their walk with God serious? Do they show that they have a deep love for God? Remember, actions speak louder than words. We need to use the principles of God’s Word to guide us to the mate that will compliment us.—Psalm 119:105.
Ways that You Can Prepare for a Successful Marriage
If you are considering marriage, it is best to ask yourself, “Am I truly ready?” The answer to your question does not really hinge how you feel about love, sex, companionship, or raising children. Rather, you have to think through different goals that need to consider when you are a prospective husband or wife.
If you are a young man or even an older man, consider the Proverb, “Prepare your work outside; and get it ready for yourself in the field, afterward, build your house.” (Prov. 24:27) What is the meaning here? In those days, “a young Israelite who was ready to start his own family would need to build a house for his bride and get his farm operating. Which is the first priority? Proverbs advises him to do the outdoor work first. He should get the fields ready because they were his source of income. The house was the place that provided personal comfort, but the crops were the means for supporting the farmhouse. In short, produce before you consume. And a young person contemplating marriage should set up a means to support his family before he starts one.” Yes, this young man needed to consider, “Am I able to support a wife and any children that may come or are already there?” A man who fails to care for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs of his family is worse than one without faith!—1 Timothy 5:8.
Then, we turn to the woman, who must also consider what her weighty responsibilities might be. God’s Word praises the skills and qualities of a wife that helps her husband, as she cares for the household. (Pro. 31:10-31) If the man and the woman rush into the marriage without considering the responsibilities that lie ahead, they are being selfish and thinking of immediate gratification. Bu rushing ahead, they are not truly considering what they need to possess in the ways of skills and qualities that add to the marriage. More importantly, they need to consider also how to prepare spiritually.
When we prepare for marriage, we need to consider the roles that God has assigned to the husband and wife. The man needs to recognize full what it means to be the head of the Christian household. This place within the marriage is not a license to act as an oppressor or some dictator. Rather, he must imitate Jesus Christ as to how he exercises headship over the congregation. Paul said, “For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the congregation, he himself being the Savior of the body.” (Eph. 5:23) “The wife is to be subject to her husband as to the Lord. This does not mean that she submits to her husband in the same way and to the same degree as she does the Lord since the husband might ask her to disobey God. Rather she serves the Lord by having a submissive heart toward her husband and by obeying him as long as it does not require her to disobey the Lord. The reason she is called upon to be subject to her husband is that the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ is the head of the church. As the church is to be subject to Christ, so the wife is to be subject to her husband. This subjection does not mean inferiority. It is clear that male and female are both created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27) and that in Christ, where personal worth is concerned, there is “neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). However, in the overall scheme of things, God has placed all of us in differing positions of authority and submission. The man may be in authority at home but submissive at work. The woman may be in submission at home and in authority at work. The point is, all social order depends on people’s willingness to work together and ability to determine who is the head of certain endeavors. God’s intention is that the husband be the head of the relationship with his wife.”
If a woman has not matured enough spiritually in the faith, so she can be supportive and submissive when it comes to the authority of an imperfect husband, she should not marry. If a man has not matured enough spiritually in the faith, so he can know that he must always listen to his wife and be able to biblically decide whether her way is the best way or not and that he is not a tyrant over her, he should not marry. In other words, Scriptures have been largely misunderstood and abused by both men and women. The prospective mates must fully and accurately, know what the Bible author meant by the words that he used. Then, they need to ask themselves, “Can I accept this in my heart and apply it in my marriage?”
The marriage mates need to be prepared to care for the special needs of the other. We can apply the Apostle Paul’s words to the Philippians, “Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:4) “Looking out for our own interests comes naturally. We need, and receive, no instruction for that. We are instructed to look out for the interests of others. We are to keep an eye out to discover ways we can help others even when they do not see they need such help. The apostle stated in Galatians 6:2: ‘Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.’” Paul also wrote, “let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she fears her husband.” (Eph. 5:21-33) This fear means the wife should have a deep respect, a fear of displeasing him because of her great love, not a dreadful fear or some feeling of anxiety. Max Anders writes, “In summary, she is to be subject to her husband and to respect him. Respect (phobetai) literally means “fear.” It can refer, however, to the fear a person should have before God, a reverence and respect (Luke 1:50; 18:2; Acts 10:35; 1 Pet. 2:17; Rev. 14:7; 19:5). This type of reverence and regard should characterize the relationship of a wife and her husband.”
Therefore, the engagement, then, is not just a time for fun. It is a period where a man and a woman get to know each other. They get to learn how to deal with each other biblically. It is also a time to see if marriage is the best choice at this time, with this person. It is also a time when one needs to be very cautious and have control over themselves. While there is nothing wrong with kissing or holding your prospective marriage mate, it is dangerous to do so when alone. Being physically intimate is natural, a gift from God. However, those who love God more than their future husband or wife, will not put themselves in innocent appearing situations because to commit fornication before marriage is no way to begin a lifelong commitment to each other or God. Entering marriage after committing such a serious sin is such a terrible foundation on which you want to build. (1 Thess. 4:6) If your will cheat on God with each other because of sexual desires, does this not indicate that you may cheat on each other for those same sexual desires?
How can You Make Your Marriage Survive Your Imperfections and Human Weaknesses?
If the marriage is to survive Satan’s world, your imperfection, and human weaknesses, both the husband and the wife need to have the right view of commitment. When we read romance novels or watch Hollywood movies, we always find a loving ending, which anyone would crave. However, marriage, in real life, is not a romance novel or movie. In real life, there is no end; it is an ongoing relationship, which goes on for an eternity, and was designed by God. (Gen. 2:24) It is our view of marriage that matters. A common saying is that the couple is “tying the knot.” The problem with that saying is it can be viewed two different ways. First, a good knot can be tied to last as long as it is needed. Notice, as long as it is needed. What happens when you decide you no longer need the knot? Second, a knot can be untied.
The popular view of marriage today is that it is only temporary. Many couples enter marriage only thinking of their individual needs at the time. However, the moment the marriage is a challenge, they are ready to end things. NOTE: There are biblical reasons to end a marriage, such as adultery and physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual abuse. Jesus said, “What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” (Matt 19:6) If we marry, we need to have that kind of commitment, and if it seems like a burden, marriage should not be a consideration. Again, there are reasons for leaving your marriage mate. Thus, we will offer a brief excursion here.
Excursion on Diverse [Full Article Here]
When Jesus said the only grounds for divorce was/is adultery, the context was his speaking to Jewish men, who were divorcing their wives for insignificant reasons in the extreme, such as cooking a bad meal. In the context and historical setting, Jesus dealt with the issue at hand. The context and historical setting were that Jesus was dealing with a stiff-necked people who were abusing the basis for divorce under the Mosaic Law. Jesus was not dealing with any exceptions to the rule that might come up in life.
However, the Apostle Paul was in a different context and historical setting. Thus, under the influence of Holy Spirit, he offered an exception. Notice how Paul words things,
1 Corinthians 7:12-15 English Standard Version (ESV)
12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.
The first thing to notice is Paul saying, ‘I am inspired by God, so I can say this and the Lord (Jesus), did not touch on this, but I am.’ Let us take a look at the context and historical setting. Under verse 15 of chapter 7, a husband or wife is not enslaved to a spouse who has left him or her and has refused reconciliation. If the husband or wife, who has been left by the other has done his or her due diligence of trying to reconcile (7:10-13), and they have an unbeliever who will never return, nor ever remarry, the brother or sister is not enslaved and are free to remarry under Paul’s words, not Jesus, because Jesus was not dealing with this particular circumstance. Jesus and Paul were not contradicting each other, just as Paul and James did not contradict each other over faith and works. Paul is complimenting Jesus’ words because he is dealing with an entirely different context and historical setting. However, if anyone argues that Paul was not offering an exception clause to Jesus’ words; then, Paul would be contradicting Jesus. There is no reason for Paul to talk about ‘not being enslaved’ to their husband or wife if he were not offering an exception clause to Jesus’ words about divorce, nor would there be a reason for Paul to say, ‘these are not Jesus words, they are mine.’ In other words, Jesus did not touch on this circumstance, ‘I, an inspired apostle am dealing with it.’ Thus, Paul is offering an exception, so there is no contradiction.
Jesus said the only reason for divorce was adultery under the historical context of his discussion with the stiff-necked Jewish leaders. The Apostle Paul was inspired to expand upon divorce based on another context of a spouse who leaves or you separate from because of abuse, who then refuses to reconcile. No one should stay with an abusive person. God did not intend this to be the case. If that person refuses to change; then, the person is refusing to reconcile. The traditional teachings of the church are not what God’s Word means in every case any more than the traditional teachings of the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus’ day. Jesus said to them, ‘because of your traditions, you have made the word of God invalid.’ (Mark 7:13) The meaning of a text is what the author meant by the words that they used.
End of Excursion
When you get married, the husband and the wife need to maintain the same biblical view of each other. If each one applies God’s word correctly in their lives, seeing the good qualities and efforts of their spouse, the marriage will be a joy. While we are imperfect, we can still have positive views of each other. Husbands and wives need to have a positive view of their mate and make allowance for when they fall short.—Colossians 3:13.
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The King James Bible was originally published in 1611. Some have estimated that the number of copies of the King James Version that have been produced in print worldwide is over one billion! There is little doubt that the King James Version is a literary masterpiece, which this author has and will appreciate and value for its unparalleled beauty of expression. This book is in no way trying to take away from what the King James Version has accomplished. The King James Version is a book to be commended for all that it has accomplished. For four centuries, when English-speaking people spoke of “the Bible,” they meant the King James Version. The question that begs to be asked of those who favor the King James Bible is, Do You Know the King James Version? What do most users of the King James Bible not know about their translation? Whether you are one who favors the King James Version or one who prefers a modern translation, Andrews will answer the questions that have long been asked for centuries about the King James Bible and far more.
DEFENDING OLD TESTAMENT AUTHORSHIP: The Word of God Is Authentic and True
How true is the Old Testament? For over two centuries Biblical scholars have held to the so-called documentary hypothesis, namely, that Genesis-Deuteronomy was not authored by Moses, but rather by several writers, some of whom lived centuries after Moses’ time. How have many scholars …
DEFENDING AGABUS AS A NEW TESTAMENT PROPHET: A Content-Based Study of His Predictions In Acts by Sung Cho
Agabus is a mysterious prophetic figure that appears only twice in the book of Acts. Though his role is minor, he is a significant figure in a great debate between cessationists and continualists. On one side are those who believe that the gift of prophecy is on par with the inspired Scriptures, infallible, and has ceased. On the other side are those who define it as fallible and non-revelatory speech that continues today in the life of the church. Proponents of both camps attempt to claim …
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF YOU DIE?: Should You Be Afraid of Death or of People Who Have Died?
People grow old, get sick, and die. Even some children die. Should you be afraid of death or of anybody who has died? Do you know what happens if we die? Will you ever see your dead loved ones again? “If a man dies, shall he live again?” asked the man Job long ago. (Job 14:14) Did God originally intend for humans to die? Why do you grow old and die? What is the Bible’s viewpoint of death? What is the condition of the dead? Are the dead aware of what is happening around them? What hope is there for the dead?
UNDERSTANDING ISLAM AND TERRORISM: A Biblical Point of View
Islam is making a significant mark in our world. It is perhaps the fastest-growing religion in the world. It has become a major obstacle to Christian missions. And Muslim terrorists threaten the West and modern democracies. What is the history of Islam? What do Muslims believe? Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God? Why do we have this clash of civilizations? Is sharia law a threat to modern democratic values? How can we fight terrorists in the 21st century? These are significant questions that deserve thoughtful answers …
IS THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD?: Is Islam the One True Faith?
…IS THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD? Is Islam the One True Faith? This book covers the worldview, practices, and history of Islam and the Quran. This book is designed as an apologetic evangelistic tool for Christians, as they come across Muslims in their daily lives, as well as to inform …
REASONS FOR FAITH: The First Apologetic Guide For Christian Women on Matters of The Heart, Soul, and Mind
If you have the desire to become better equipped to reach others for the lost or to strengthen your faith, Judy Salisbury’s guide—written specifically to meet the needs of Christian women today—offers you a safe, practical, and approachable place to start. In her lively, …
BIBLICAL CRITICISM: What are Some Outstanding Weaknesses of Modern Historical Criticism
Historical Criticism of the Bible got started in earnest, known then as Higher Criticism, during the 18th and 19th centuries, it is also known as the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation. Are there any weakness to the Historical-Critical Method of biblical interpretation …
BIBLICAL CRITICISM: Beyond the Basics
Biblical criticism is an umbrella term covering various techniques for applying literary historical-critical methods in analyzing and studying the Bible and its textual content. Biblical criticism is also known as higher criticism, literary criticism, and historical criticism. Biblical …
CHRISTIAN APOLOGETIC EVANGELISM: Reaching Hearts with the Art of Persuasion
APOLOGETICS: Reaching Hearts with the Art of Persuasion by Edward D. Andrews, author of seventy-two books, covers information that proves that the Bible is accurate, trustworthy, fully inerrant, and inspired by God for the benefit of humankind. The reader will be introduced to Christan …
REVIEWING 2013 New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses: Examining the History of the Watchtower Translation and the Latest Revision
REVIEWING 2013 New World Translation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is going to challenge your objectivity. Being objective means that personal feelings or opinions do not influence you in considering and representing facts. Being subjective means that your understanding is based on or influenced by personal feelings, tastes, or ideas. If the reader finds these insights offense, it might be a little mind control at work from years of being told the same misinformation repeatedly, so ponder things objectively …
REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES: Sharing CHRIST as You Help Others to Learn about the Mighty works of God
Use of REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES should help you to cultivate the ability to reason from the Scriptures and to use them effectively in assisting others to learn about “the mighty works of God.” – Acts 2:11. If Christians are going to be capable, powerful, efficient teachers of God’s Word, we must not only pay attention to what we tell those who are interested but also how we tell them. Yes, we must focus our attention on…
REASONING WITH THE WORLD’S VARIOUS RELIGIONS: Examining and Evangelizing Other Faiths
God’s will is that “all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) God has assigned all Christians the task of proclaiming the Word of God, teaching, to make disciples. (Matt. 24:15; 28:19-20: Ac 1;8 That includes men and women who profess a non-Christian religion, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam to mention just a few. If there are Hindus, Buddhist or Muslims are in your community, why not initiate a conversation with them? Christians who take the Great Commission seriously cannot afford to ignore these religions…
CONVERSATIONAL EVANGELISM, [Second Edition]
Evangelism is the work of a Christian evangelist, of which all true Christians are obligated to partake to some extent, which seeks to persuade other people to become Christian, especially by sharing the basics of the Gospel, but also the deeper message of biblical truths. Today the …
THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST: Always Being Prepared to Make a Defense [Second Edition]
MOST Christian apologetic books help the reader know WHAT to say; THE CHRISTIAN APOLOGIST is HOW to communicate it effectively. The Christian apologist words should always be seasoned with salt as we share the unadulterated truths of Scripture with gentleness and respect. Our example …
THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK: How All Christians Can Effectively Share God’s Word in Their Community, [SECOND EDITION]
…THE EVANGELISM HANDBOOK is a practical guide (for real-life application) in aiding all Christians in sharing biblical beliefs, the Good News of the kingdom, how to deal with Bible critics, overturning false beliefs, so as to make disciples, as commanded by Christ. Matthew 24:14; …
YOUR GUIDE FOR DEFENDING THE BIBLE: Self-Education of the Bible Made Easy [Third Edition]
The reader will receive eight small introductory books in this one publication. Andrews’ intention is to offer his reader several chapters on eight of the most critical subject areas of understanding and defending the Word of God. This will enable the reader to lay a solid foundation for …
THE CULTURE WAR: How the West Lost Its Greatness & Was Weakened From Within
…The Culture War. How the West lost its greatness and was weakened from within outlines how the West lost its values, causing its current decline. It is a forceful attack on the extreme liberal, anti-religious ideology which since the1960’s has permeated the Western culture and …
EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY Jesus’ Witnesses to the Ends of the Earth
EARLY CHRISTIANITY IN THE FIRST CENTURY will give its readers a thrilling account of first-century Christianity. When and how did they come to be called Christians? Who are all obligated to be Christian evangelists? In what way did Jesus set the example for our evangelism? What is the …
CRISIS OF FAITH Saving Those Who Doubt
Inside of some Christians unbeknownst to their family, friends or congregation, they are screaming, “I doubt, I doubt, I have very grave doubts!” OURS is an age of doubt. Skepticism has become fashionable. We are urged to question everything: especially the existence of God and the …
INVESTIGATING JEHOVAH?S WITNESSES: Why 1914 Is Important to Jehovah?s Witnesses
The intention of this book is to investigate the biblical chronology behind Jehovah’s Witnesses most controversial doctrinal position that Jesus began to rule invisibly from heaven in October 1914. This biblical chronology of the Witnesses hinges upon their belief that the destruction of …
THE CHURCH CURE: Overcoming Church Problems
In order to overcome and church problems, we must first talk about the different problems of the church. Many of the church problems today stem from the isms: liberalism, humanism, modernism, Christian progressivism, theological liberalism, feminism, higher criticism, and biblical criticism. Moreover, many are simply not a biblically grounded church regardless of how much they claim to be so. The marks of a true Christian church would be like the different lines that make up a church’s fingerprint, a print that cannot belong to any other church. The true Christian church contains their own unique grouping of marks, forming a positive “fingerprint” that cannot belong to any other church. William Lange Craig wrote, “Remember that our faith is not based on emotions, but on the truth, and therefore you must hold on to it.” What truth? Jesus said to the Father in prayer, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” (John 17:17) Are you doing the will of the Father? Is your church doing the will of the Father? – Matthew 7:21-23; 1 John 2:15-17.
FLEECING THE FLOCK: Setting the People of God Free From the Lies of Tithing
Evangelist Norman Robertson claims that “Tithing is God’s way of financing His kingdom on the earth.” He asserts that “It is His system of economics which enables the Gospel to be preached.” Not bashful about telling his followers of their duty to give, he flatly states: ‘Tithing isn’t something you do because you can afford it. It is an act of obedience. Not tithing is a clear violation of God’s commandments. It is embezzlement.’ Most likely you accept that giving should be part of Christian worship. However, …
DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH: Does It Matter How You Worship?
DECEPTION IN THE CHURCH by Fred DeRuvo asks Does It Matter How You Worship? There are 41,000 different denominations that call themselves “Christian” and all would claim that they are the truth. Can just any Christian denomination please God? Can all be true or genuine Christianity if they all have different views on the same Bible doctrines? DeRuvo will answer. He will focus on the largest part of Christianity that has many different denominations, the charismatic, ecstatic Signs and Wonders Movements. These ecstatic worshipers claim … DeRuvo will answer all these questions and more according to the truth of God’s Word.—John 8:31-32; 17:17.
Translation and Textual Criticism
THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION: Bible Translation Choices and Translation Principles [Second Edition]
…THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO BIBLE TRANSLATION (CGBT) is for all individuals interested in how the Bible came down to us, as well as having an insight into the Bible translation process. CGBT is also for those who are interested in which translation(s) would be the most beneficial to use.
CHOOSING YOUR BIBLE: Bible Translation Differences
There are more than 150 different Bible translations in the English language alone. Some are what we call literal translations, which seeks to give the reader the exact English equivalent of what was written in the original language text, thus allowing the reader access to the actual Word …
THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT: The Science and Art of Textual Criticism
…THE TEXT OF THE NEW TESTAMENT was copied and recopied by hand for 1,500 years. Regardless of those scribes who had worked very hard to be faithful in their copying, errors crept into the text. How can we be confident that what we have today is the Word of God? Wilkins and Andrews …
MISREPRESENTING JESUS: Debunking Bart D. Ehrman’s “Misquoting Jesus” [Third Edition]
Edward D. Andrews boldly answers the challenges Bart D. Ehrman alleges against the fully inerrant, Spirit-inspired, authoritative Word of God. By glimpsing into the life of Bart D. Ehrman and following along his course of academic studies, Andrews helps the reader to understand the …
HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE: Rightly Handling the Word of God
A comprehensive book on HOW TO STUDY YOUR BIBLE by observing, interpreting, and applying, which will focus on the most basic Bible study tools, principles, and processes for moving from an in-depth reading of the Scriptures to application. What, though, if you have long felt that you are …
THE NEW TESTAMENT: Its Background, Setting & Content
…the author’s intended meaning to his original readers and how that meaning can then apply to us. Marshall gives you what you need for deeper and richer Bible study. Dr. Lee M. Fields writes, “‘Deep’ study is no guarantee that mature faith will result, but shallow study guarantees …
THE LIFE OF JESUS CHRIST: What Do You Know About Jesus? [Updated and Expanded]
The life of Christ is an exhaustless theme. It reveals a character of greater massiveness than the hills, of a more serene beauty than the stars, of sweeter fragrance than the flowers, higher than the heavens in sublimity and deeper than the seas in mystery. As good Jean Paul has …
THE LIFE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL: The Apostle to the Nations [Updated and Expanded]
Stalker’s Life of St. Paul became one of the most widely read and respected biographies of the Apostle to the Gentiles. As an insightful compendium on the life of Paul, this work is of particular interest to pastors and teachers who desire to add realism and vividness to their account of …
INTERPRETING THE BIBLE: Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics
Delving into the basics of biblical interpretation, Edward D. Andrews has provided a complete hands-on guide to understanding what the author meant by the words that he used from the conservative grammatical-historical perspective. He teaches how to study the Bible on a deep, scholarly …
HOW TO INTERPRET THE BIBLE: An Introduction to Hermeneutics
…Linguistic and literary factors are analyzed so that the various genres of Scripture are examined for their true meaning. The importance of having sound principles of interpretation cannot be overstated as to ignore them will result in all manner of erroneous assumptions. Beville presents …
THE CHURCH COMMUNITY IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: Evangelism and Engagement with Postmodern People
Once upon a time, Postmodernism was a buzz word. It pronounced Modernism dead or at least in the throes of death. It was a wave that swept over Christendom, promising to wash away sterile, dogmatic and outmoded forms of church. But whatever happened to postmodernism? It was regarded …
DEVELOPING HEALTHY CHURCHES: A Case-Study in Revelation
…church. It offers an appointment with the Great Physician that no Christian can afford to ignore. Developing Healthy Churches: A Case-Study in Revelationbegins with a well-researched outline of the origins and development of the church health movement. With that background in mind the …
DYING TO KILL: A Christian Perspective on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide
…liberties in a multi-cultural society that is becoming increasingly secular. This work provides an ethical framework in which euthanasia and assisted suicide can be evaluated. These issues are on the radar indicating a collision course with Christian values. It is time for Christians to be …
JOURNEY WITH JESUS THROUGH THE MESSAGE OF MARK
…Journey with Jesus through the Message of Mark is an insightful and engaging survey of Mark‘s Gospel, exploring each major section of the text along with key themes. It is a work that can be enjoyed by laypersons as well as pastors and teachers. Pastors will find the abundant use …
ANGELS & DEMONS The Bible Answers
What are angels & demons? Can angels help us? What does the Bible say about angels? What is the truth about angels? Can Angels affect your life? Who were the “sons of God” in Genesis 6:2? Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6:2? Who is Michael the archangel? Can Satan the Devil control …
AN ENCOURAGING THOUGHT The Christian Worldview
An Encouraging Thought elucidates the ways in which Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are informed by and communicate a biblical worldview. This book will help readers appreciate the ways in which a biblical worldview informs Tolkien’s work, to the end that their own faith may be confirmed in strength, focused in understanding, deepened in joy, and honed in its ability to communicate the Gospel.
WHERE ARE THE DEAD? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith
What is the Bible’s viewpoint? Without delving into an endless stream of what man has said, Andrews looks at what the Bible says about death and the like. Why do we grow old and die? What happens at death? Is there life after death, or is this all there is? Do we have an immortal soul? …
IDENTIFYING THE ANTICHRIST: The Man of Lawlessness and the Mark of the Beast Revealed
Herein Andrews will give the reader exactly what the Bible offers on exposing who the Antichrist and the Man of Lawlessness are. If we look at the texts that refer to the antichrist and the man of lawlessness, we will have lines of evidence that will enable us to identify them. Why is it …
UNDERSTANDING THE CREATION ACCOUNT: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith
Throughout the Scriptures, God is identified as the Creator. He is the One “who created the heavens (He is the God who formed the earth and made it, He established it.” [Isa 45:18] He is the One “who forms mountains and creates the wind” (Am 4:13) and is the One “who made the heaven and …
The SECOND COMING of CHRIST: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith
The information herein is based on the disciples coming to Jesus privately, saying, “Tell us, (1) when will these things be, and (2) what will be the sign of your coming, and (3) of the end of the age?” (Matthew 24:3) What will end? When will the end come? What comes after the end? Who …
WHAT IS HELL? Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith
What Really Is Hell? What Kind of Place is Hell? What Really Happens at Death? What Did Jesus Teach About Hell? How Does Learning the Truth About Hell Affect You? Who Goes to Hell? What Is Hell? Is It a Place of Eternal Torment? Does God Punish People in Hellfire? Do the Wicked Suffer in …
MIRACLES – DO THEY STILL HAPPEN TODAY? God Miraculously Saving People’s Lives, Apparitions, Speaking In Tongues, Faith Healing
Miracles were certainly a part of certain periods in Bible times. What about today? Are miracles still taking place. There are some very important subjects that surround this area of discussion that are often misunderstood. Andrews will answer such questions as does God step in and solve …
HOMOSEXUALITY – The BIBLE and the CHRISTIAN: Basic Bible Doctrines of the Christian Faith
Today there are many questions about homosexuality as it relates to the Bible and Christians. What does the Bible say about homosexuality? Does genetics, environment, or traumatic life experiences justify homosexuality? What is God’s will for people with same-sex attractions? Does the …
DEVOTIONAL FOR YOUTHS: Growing Up In Christ
Young ones and teens, you are exposed to complex problems that your parents may not understand. Young Christians, you are bombarded with multiple options for solving everyday problems through social media. Where do you turn to find answers? Where can you look to find guidance from Scripture? In order to provide a Christian perspective to problem-solving, the author of this devotional book decided to take a different approach.
DEVOTIONAL FOR THOSE COPING WITH TRAGEDY: A Journey Back to God
This devotional book follows the author’s own faith journey back to God. Significant life events can shake our world and distort our faith. Following life’s tragedies, a common reaction is to become angry with God or to reject Him altogether. Examples of tragedies or traumas include life-changing events such as physical or sexual assault, destruction of one’s home, the tragic death of a loved one, diagnoses of terminal diseases, divorce, miscarriages, or being a victim of a crime. Tragedies or traumas can cause feelings of anxiety, depression, shame, and guilt.
DEVOTIONAL FOR CAREGIVERS: Finding Strength Through Faith
Throughout the book, common themes emerge to support caregivers. The reader will find interesting Bible Scriptures, offering a Christian perspective, for handling issues that may arise. These inspiring passages will assist the caregiver in finding peace and faith as they travel their journey as a caregiver. Although caregivers may not know how long they will play this role, they take on the responsibility without any question. Taking care of others is often mentioned in the Bible and, as noted in this devotional, this self-sacrificing, highly valued, and often challenging service will ultimately be rewarded.
DAILY DEVOTIONAL Daily Musings From the Old Testament
Humans must breathe in the air of our atmosphere to survive. Many cities because of pollution face a dangerous level of contamination in their air. However, an even more deadly air affects both Christians and nonChristians. Ordinary methods or devices cannot detect this poisonous air.
DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Daily Musing From the New Testament
Paul counseled, “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Col. 3:2) It is, for this reason, Marshall has penned the DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Daily Musings From the New Testament, which can help us be protected against Satan’s efforts at controlling our mind and heart. For each day of the year, DAILY DEVOTIONAL provides a Daily Bible Reading and comments for consideration.
BREAD OF HEAVEN: Daily Meditations on Scripture
BREAD OF HEAVEN helps the reader to have a greater understanding of the timeless truths of Scripture and a deeper appreciation of the grandeur of God. It offers meditations on selected Scriptures which will draw the reader’s attention upwards to the Savior.
THE DIARY OF JUDAS ISCARIOT: How to Keep Jesus at Arm’s Length
…desert but none of such significance as a handful of scrolls retrieved from a buried Roman satchel (presumed stolen) at this site. The discovery has since come to be known as ‘The Diary of Judas Iscariot.’ In The Diary of JudasIscariot Owen Batstone relates the observations and feelings …
THE SECRET HIDEAWAY ON BRIDGETON HILL
Rachael Garrison knows all the shrewd ways to successfully close multi-million-dollar real estate deals with her father’s famous New York real estate enterprise. But beyond her savvy to rake in huge deals is her premonition that an impending global takeover of the world’s financial wealth is on the horizon by evil leaders of The Great Ten Nations. From New York City to the Irish Hills of Michigan, and into the streets of Detroit her life takes on enormous purpose as
THE RAPTURE: God’s Unwelcomed Wrath
Kevin Trill struggles with the notion that he may have missed the Rapture. With nothing but the clothes on his back and a solid gold pocket watch, he sets off towards Garbor, a safe haven for those who haven’t yet taken the mark of thebeast. While on his way to Garbor, he meets up …
SEEKERS AND DECEIVERS: Which One are You? It Is Time to Join the Fight!
There grew an element in the valley that did not want to be ruled by the Light of the Word. Over time, they convinced the people to reject it. As they started to reject this Light, the valley grew dim and the fog rolled in. The people craved the darkness rather than the Light because they were evil. They did not want to …
The Shadow Flames of Uluru: Book ONE in the CHAOS DOWN UNDER
When an ancestor saddles them with the responsibility to purge Australia of a demon threatening to wipe our humanity with black flames, fraternal siblings Amber and Michael Hauksby lay their lives on the line. As the world crumbles around them into chaos, and ancient marsupials wreak havoc in their hometown, they must journey into …
WRITE PLACE, RIGHT TIME: The Pre-Apocalyptic Misadventure of a Freelance Journalist
“Write Place, Right Time” follows the pre-apocalyptic misadventures of freelance journalist Don Lamplighter. While on what he expects to be a routine Monday night trip to a village board meeting, Lamplighter’s good nature compels him to help a stranded vehicle. Little does he know that by saving one of the car’s occupants, he sets forth a chain of what to him seem to be unrelated events where he must use his physical and social skills to save himself and others from precarious situations.
 Lit there is not a second
 Anders, Max. Holman Old Testament Commentary – Proverbs (p. 301). B&H Publishing.
 Gr ekklesia (“assembly”)
 Max Anders, Galatians-Colossians, vol. 8, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 173.
 Lit not the (things) of themselves each (ones).
 Max Anders, Galatians-Colossians, vol. 8, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 225.
 to have such awe or respect for a person as to involve a measure of fear–‘to fear, to show great reverence for, to show great respect for.’
 Max Anders, Galatians-Colossians, vol. 8, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1999), 173–174.
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