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)

A Preacher and a Deacon Discuss Race — Jon Mitchell & Adrian Lyles (Editorial: July/August, 2020)

Editor’s Note:  Due to the strife currently existing in our culture over racism, I wanted this editorial to focus on that topic.  Accordingly, I invited Adrian Lyles from Calhoun, GA, to have a conversation with me about this.  He is one of the deacons and spiritual leaders at the congregation where I serve as minister.… Read More A Preacher and a Deacon Discuss Race — Jon Mitchell & Adrian Lyles (Editorial: July/August, 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)

What Botham Jean’s Brother Taught Me About Christianity — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2019)

On October 2, 2019, the entire nation was shown what it means to let one’s light shine for Christ in what was the clearest and most powerful way I’ve ever seen in my adult life.  Many are aware of the tragic story of Botham Jean, a citizen of God’s kingdom and member of the body… Read More What Botham Jean’s Brother Taught Me About Christianity — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2019)

We CAN KNOW The Truth, And The Truth Will Set Us Free! — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2019)

While teaching in the temple, Jesus famously said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (John 8:12, ESV). This prompted a discussion in which Christ answered criticisms from the Pharisees (vs. 13-29). As the crowds in the temple heard the… Read More We CAN KNOW The Truth, And The Truth Will Set Us Free! — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2019)

What The Bible Teaches About The Sabbath Day — Jon Mitchell

Despite what evolutionists claim, it is a fact that Jehovah created this world and universe in six literal days, and then rested on the seventh day. Centuries later, God blessed the seventh day and set it apart from the other days. The seventh day became known as “the Sabbath Day,” from the Hebrew word shabbath,… Read More What The Bible Teaches About The Sabbath Day — Jon Mitchell

“What DO You Believe, Christian?” — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2019)

The reader has likely deduced that answering common accusations thrown against the Lord’s church is the theme of this issue of the Carolina Messenger. The need to do so is apparent when we remember the divine directive to “always (be) prepared to make a defense” (1 Pet. 3:15) and “contend for the faith that was… Read More “What DO You Believe, Christian?” — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2019)

“Why Do Your Disciples Break The Tradition Of The Elders?” — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2019)

The Pharisees and scribes challenged Jesus with the above question, prompting Him to scathingly indict them for putting their man-made traditions and commandments on a higher precedence than God’s actual commands, resulting in hypocritical, vain worship (Matt. 15:1-9; cf. Mk. 7:1-13). Traditions are a controversial topic in the church. The word literally means “that which… Read More “Why Do Your Disciples Break The Tradition Of The Elders?” — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2019)