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)

Lessons From The Conversions Of The Samaritans And John’s Disciples — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2019)

Seven men “of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom” were set before the apostles by the assembly of Jesus’ disciples in Jerusalem. Out of the thousands of followers in the holy city, these seven were set apart to be put over the “duty” of “serving tables,” making sure that no Hellenistic widows… Read More Lessons From The Conversions Of The Samaritans And John’s Disciples — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: May/June, 2019)

Passing Children Through Fire: My Thoughts on Abortion — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2019)

In the days preceding the writing of this editorial, the New York state assembly with a vote of 92-47 and the state senate with a vote of 38-24 passed a bill that permits late-term abortions to be available to women essentially on demand up to the point of birth. The paradoxically-named Reproductive Health Act, which… Read More Passing Children Through Fire: My Thoughts on Abortion — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2019)

Soul-Winning For Jesus: Producing Repentance — Jon Mitchell

Have you ever wondered why David, “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22; 1 Sam. 13:14), never showed any sign of remorse over committing adultery with Bathsheba and his attempted deception and ultimate murder of her husband (2 Sam. 11)? After all, it was David’s faith that motivated him to face the giant Goliath… Read More Soul-Winning For Jesus: Producing Repentance — Jon Mitchell

Correctly Interpreting The Bible: Authority and the Testaments — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2019)

The editorial in the last issue started a study on whether it is possible to correctly interpret the Bible. It examined the necessity of doing so (Matt. 7:21-23; Heb. 5:9; 2 Tim. 2:15), the false notion that truth is not absolute, the need to heed the entirety of God’s Word (Ps. 119:160), and the benefits… Read More Correctly Interpreting The Bible: Authority and the Testaments — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2019)

Is It Possible To Correctly Interpret The Bible? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2018)

The above question is relevant for many reasons. After all, how one interprets the Bible — more specifically, whether one does so correctly — determines whether one actually obeys the commands and principles within Scripture. That in turn has a direct bearing on one’s salvation (Matt. 7:21-23; Heb. 5:9; 1 John 3:4; Rom. 6:23; Rev.… Read More Is It Possible To Correctly Interpret The Bible? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2018)

More Thoughts On What The Bible Says About Drinking — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2018)

The editorial from the last issue of the Carolina Messenger started a study on what the Bible says about drinking alcoholic beverages. We looked at the definitions of the Greek words translated “drunkenness” (Gal. 5:21), and “drunkards” (1 Cor. 6:10). We examined how the definition of the Greek term translated “get drunk” (Eph. 5:18) —… Read More More Thoughts On What The Bible Says About Drinking — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2018)

What Does The Bible Say About Drinking? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2018)

This is a subject which should be addressed within the body of Christ. My wife once told me about one of her co-workers, a very religious lady, who talked freely of storing six packs of beer in her automobile’s trunk. Some college friends of mine who profess Christianity drink alcoholic beverages socially and defend the… Read More What Does The Bible Say About Drinking? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: September, 2018)

A Historical Overview of Apostasy — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2018)

I remember well the first time I ever read 1 Timothy 4:1-3. I was in college at the time and dating a Catholic girl who was interested in learning more about the Lord’s church. After learning that we were studying the Bible together, my father suggested I show her Paul’s prophecy to Timothy while discussing… Read More A Historical Overview of Apostasy — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: July/August, 2018)

Am I As Stubborn As A Mule? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2018)

All of us have heard the phrase, “stubborn as a mule.”  This term was probably coined by frustrated farmers after they observed how difficult it was to get their donkeys to pull their assigned loads in the field.  (A case could also be made that the phrase was thought up as an observation made by… Read More Am I As Stubborn As A Mule? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: March/April, 2018)

Why Emphasizing Scriptural Doctrine Is Right — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2018)

In our post-modernistic culture which shies away from the notion of absolute right and wrong, many do not embrace the idea that one can hold to a position which is authoritatively right and thus make all contrary positions authoritatively wrong. As with most other cultural trends, this relativism has seeped into the minds of many in… Read More Why Emphasizing Scriptural Doctrine Is Right — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: January/February, 2018)

Is The Bible The Only Way God Communicates With Man? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2017)

We call the Bible the Word of God, and so it is (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  Yet if a sincere yet unknowledgeable soul asked you to explain why you believe the Bible is from God, or why you believe it is the only way God communicates with man today, would you be able to explain it… Read More Is The Bible The Only Way God Communicates With Man? — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: November/December, 2017)

The Solution To Our Troubling Times — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2017)

I write this editorial the week after the shooting at the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee.  Last Sunday afternoon, I had gone to Wal-Mart after worship services to get my daughter a birthday cake for a birthday party we were having for her at church that night.  As I was standing in… Read More The Solution To Our Troubling Times — Jon Mitchell, Editor (Editorial: October, 2017)