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Yes, tithing is commanded in Scripture, but that is not the whole story. Tithing actually began before it was commanded. When Melchizedek blessed Abram, he responded by giving Melchizedek “a tithe of all” (Genesis 14:19-20). A “tithe” is, simply, a “tenth.” In the Old Testament, God commanded that a Read More
This is something you should discuss with your pastor, because there are different types of birth control, different circumstances, different motives, and different preconceived ideas about the subject. When the Bible does not speak directly to specific situations, your pastor can help you identify the relevant biblical principles and how to apply Read More
No, the Bible doesn’t contain any mistakes. Everything it says is reliable and true, since it is given by inspiration of God. This is what makes it “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16 ESV). Yet, skeptics are challenging the reliability of Read More
Micro-evolution, that is, the changing of characteristics within a species, happens regularly and is biblical. God created plants and animals each “according to its kind” to reproduce each “according to its kind” (Genesis 1). We see changing characteristics within a Read More
“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (FOURTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions
It’s a legitimate question, and one that should be reviewed on a regular basis. Organizations change over time. Using outdated materials to evaluate them is both unwise and Read More

What About Alcohol?

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“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (FOURTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions

Is the use of alcohol a sin?

Of course we know that that cannot be the case. Christ Himself drank from “the fruit of the vine” (Matthew 26:29), and in the institution Read More
“I’M GLAD YOU ASKED!” (THIRTEENTH IN A SERIES) Pastors Answer Frequently-Asked Questions
Anytime someone asks, “Is so-and-so saved?” it is vital that our answer make clear what we mean by the word saved. When the Son of God sacrificed His perfect life on the cross, He provided complete atonement Read More
Strictly speaking, the appropriate word for the issue of divorce is serious. We are serious about divorce because we strictly adhere to the Word of God. The seriousness of divorce is not determined by “our church,” but rather by what God has said in His Word. God is serious about His institution of marriage, and therefore He is also Read More
Statistics indicate that eighty percent of American adults gamble, and three to five percent of those struggle with a gambling addiction. In 2007, Americans lost more than $92 billion gambling (www.dailyfinance.com). As with other addictions, those caught up in gambling often turn to crime in order to fund their habit. Government-sponsored Read More
It seems like the perfect business model. Start with products that are donated or deeply discounted. Add volunteer labor and a worthwhile cause. Plug in a community of willing buyers. Reap a handsome profit that any retailer would envy. It also seems like the perfect fit. Picture a not-for-profit church groaning under financial obligations. It Read More