Some Thoughts About Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2022)

I get it.  I really do. Awkwardness…uncomfortable situations…the probability that someone will get upset at you…the potential loss of friendship…all of that and more is part of the package you unwrap when you go to a brother or sister in Christ who is “caught in any transgression” and tell them, no matter how lovingly and… Read More Some Thoughts About Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2022)

An Old Testament Lesson About New Testament Joy — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2022)

While answering the Jews’ question about whether to continue their fasts which they had started observing several times a year while in Babylonian captivity (Zech. 7:1ff), the Lord gave Zechariah an encouraging message for those who were rebuilding the temple and “have been hearing these words from the mouth of the prophets who were present”… Read More An Old Testament Lesson About New Testament Joy — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2022)

A Bit of Perspective — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2022)

Paul “(made) it (his) aim to please (God)” because “we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”  This is why, “knowing the fear of the Lord,” Paul “persuaded others,” i.e., shared the… Read More A Bit of Perspective — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2022)

If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2022)

I type this as Russian helicopters fly over Ukrainian villages.  People in Ukraine, likely including people I know and have taught and baptized years ago, are suffering and dying.  From my perspective, all of this is happening because of greed and selfishness.  It’s such a waste.  It’s needless and it’s horrible. It’s also nothing new. … Read More If God Exists, Why Do Evil and Suffering Exist? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2022)

The Responsibilities of a Preacher — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2022)

I recently started a new work as the pulpit minister at a new congregation.  As I began preparing to take on this new work, I started contemplating anew the responsibilities laid out in Scripture for preachers.  It’s always been good for me to meditate on these things from time to time, and my study on these matters certainly benefited me this time.  Let me share with you what I’ve found God desires and expects from those who preach His Word to the church and to the lost.  I pray this will prove helpful to all preachers who read it, and that it will give all Christians who are not preachers some insight into what they themselves should expect from their preachers.… Read More The Responsibilities of a Preacher — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2022)

What I Learned From Revelation — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2021)

Space does not permit me to dive deep into all the rich spiritual meat which is found in the final book of the Bible, so I must limit my discussion of what Revelation has taught me to one crucial lesson: the importance of Ephesians 4:15, John 17:17, 2 Timothy 4:2, and Psalm 119:160.  I say… Read More What I Learned From Revelation — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2021)

A Study of Hebrews 10:1-25 — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2021)

Hebrews is one of the deepest and most spiritually enriching books in the entire Bible.  I greatly enjoy preaching from it and studying it in private for the benefit of my own understanding of Scripture.  Recently my studies have taken me to the first twenty-five verses of chapter 10, where we see the divinely inspired… Read More A Study of Hebrews 10:1-25 — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2021)

A Misunderstood Passage — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2021)

The directives Paul gave to the young preacher Timothy in 1 Timothy 2:8-15 are among the most controversial and misunderstood passages in the entire Bible.  Parts of these verses have been taken out of their immediate context as well as away from the overall context of the rest of Scripture (cf. Ps. 119:160a).  This has… Read More A Misunderstood Passage — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2021)

“Make Them After The Pattern” — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2021)

While instructing Moses concerning the construction of the sanctuary, the ark of the covenant, the table for the bread of the Presence, and the golden lampstand in Exodus 25, God commanded him, “And see that you make them after the pattern for them, which is being shown you on the mountain” (v. 40, ESV). Have… Read More “Make Them After The Pattern” — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2021)

Some Thoughts on Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2021)

The apostle Peter recognized the great necessity of Christians being “stir(red)…up by way of reminder” (2 Pet. 1:12-13, 15; 3:1-2).  Along these lines, this preacher believes there are a few topics which should be preached and taught from once to several times a year.  Withdrawing of fellowship, commonly known as church discipline, is one of… Read More Some Thoughts on Church Discipline — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2021)

Wisdom From Above In These Troubling Times — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2021)

I write this days after the horrible events in Washington, D.C., on January 6, 2021, a day filled with sinful rebellion, violence, and tragedy which is but yet another horrific event added to so many similar days of unrest, rioting, anger, and viciousness which have taken place last year.  The times in which we live… Read More Wisdom From Above In These Troubling Times — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2021)

What Does The Bible Teach About War? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2020)

The majority of the editorials in the Carolina Messenger this year have studied various aspects of what the Bible teaches about government and governing authorities.  As we close out the year, we come to the often-controversial question of whether governments have a divine right to wage war.  The numerous and various atrocities committed by man… Read More What Does The Bible Teach About War? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2020)

The Reality and Danger of Political Idolatry — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2020)

Perhaps idolatry is one of those sins easily dismissed by the modern Christian as something limited to the ancient past of the Bible and not prevalent in twenty-first century America.  After all, we don’t see people bowing to statues of pagan gods on every street corner as we read of in the Bible.  Due to… Read More The Reality and Danger of Political Idolatry — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2020)

The Character And Responsibilities Of Governmental Leaders — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2020)

Many of the editorials published in the Carolina Messenger this year have focused on what the Bible teaches about government and its responsibilities.  Any discussion about the biblical role of government cannot be complete without examining what Scripture reveals about the type of character and priorities God desires leaders in government to have.  Americans have… Read More The Character And Responsibilities Of Governmental Leaders — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2020)

Church Government and the COVID-19 Pandemic — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2020)

In light of current events, it is appropriate for this series of editorials which examine biblical teaching concerning governing authorities to also discuss what the Bible says about church government and its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In recent weeks, many local congregations’ leaderships have chosen to suspend normal worship assemblies in favor of members… Read More Church Government and the COVID-19 Pandemic — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2020)

Government and Capital Punishment — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2020)

In continuing our series of editorials on what the Bible says about government, we now turn to the issue of capital punishment.  God inspired Paul to command us to bless our persecutors, repay no one evil for evil, live peaceably as much as possible with all and not avenge ourselves when wrongs are done to… Read More Government and Capital Punishment — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2020)

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)