Government As God’s Avenger, Corporal Punishment, Incarceration, Restitution — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2020)

Our Lord through Paul inspired the saints in Rome to bless their persecutors and repay no one evil for evil; they were commanded to live peaceably with all as much as depended on them and not avenge themselves when wrong was done to them (Rom. 12:14, 17-21).  Yet Satan can still easily tempt us to seek personal vengeance against those who harm us rather than waiting on God’s vengeance when He returns in glory (2 Thess. 1:7-9).  It is likely for this reason that God then immediately mentioned government as His instrument to execute wrath upon the evildoer (Rom. 13:1-7).  Christians promised, “‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay’ says the Lord” (Rom. 12:19) can therefore look to the governmental authorities of their countries as “God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil” (Rom. 13:4). … Read More Government As God’s Avenger, Corporal Punishment, Incarceration, Restitution — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2020)

The Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.

If nothing comes from nothing, then the most obvious conclusion is that the universe had a point of origin.  It cannot come from nothing (proven by science), nor can it create itself (a logical impossibility).  This being the case, then the universe must have an adequate cause for its existence.  For philosophical reasons, this cause cannot be material, nor can it be constrained by time and space, and it must be timeless itself.  This certainly fits the description of the biblical God.… Read More The Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence — Dewayne Bryant, Ph.D.

Biblical Worldview — Steve Miller

and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).
Why am I here? “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccl. 12:13).
Where am I going when I die? Our eternal destiny depends on obedience to His commandments. “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned” (Mk. 16:16).

The Big Issue

One’s view of God is the starting point for all worldviews. God is present in the foundation of our worldview if we have a biblical one. If we fail to include God in our worldview (Rom. 1:21), then we operate on an atheistic platform that will fail us eternally.
A biblical worldview is a perspective that sees everything through the “glasses” of Scripture. Rather than allowing culture or experience to determine a worldview, it allows the Bible to make that determination. “The Christian belief system, which the Christian knows to be grounded in divine revelation, is relevant to all of life” (Carl F.H. Henry, Toward a Recovery of Christian Belief [Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1990], 113.).

Divine Direction

The following are only a beginning sampling of biblical reminders of living our lives after the pattern of Him who died for us. A biblical worldview will be lived out by our unwavering allegiance to God and His Word in every category of life. We are not being true to God if we compartmentalize our faith and fail to consistently apply the gospel to our whole existence.
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2).
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:20).
“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8).
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1).
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction” (Prov. 1:7).
Take time to examine what you believe and why you believe it. Make sure your foundation is built upon God and His Word and seek to live your life in a consistent manner daily, all the while keeping your eyes focused upon Jesus Christ and His example. A biblical worldview is the way of life for the Christian and must be maintained in order to please God our Creator.

Steve serves as one of the ministers at the church of Christ at Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill, SC. He has just written a book about living the Christian life, Between Sundays.
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Women of the Bible: Eve — Samantha Harvey

It is interesting that Satan presented to Eve the same pride of life that was his downfall (1 Tim. 3:6).  I believe that in her naivety and in her trust and love for God, she thought that being like Him would be a good thing.  However, with his words Satan had planted a seed of temptation.  Eve allowed that seed to grow into a personal desire, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes (1 John 2:15-17), and that desire brought forth sin (James 1:14-15).… Read More Women of the Bible: Eve — Samantha Harvey

The Fruit of our Lips — Paul Mays

When we sing, we repeatedly drive home biblical truths.  These biblical truths are tied to melody.  This, by divine design, permanently implants these truths into our hearts.  This is further evidence of the need for doctrinally accurate teaching in hymns.  It is spiritually reckless to sing without understanding just as it is spiritually reckless to sing error.… Read More The Fruit of our Lips — Paul Mays

What A Gospel Preacher Should Be — David R. Pharr

A gospel preacher should be a preacher of the gospel! The point is that whether full-time or part-time, experienced or a novice, married or single, located or itinerant, eloquent or plain, cultured or uncultured, educated or self-learned: the one thing that defines a gospel preacher is that he communicates the truth of God’s word by… Read More What A Gospel Preacher Should Be — David R. Pharr