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A True Believer Is a Disciple of Christ
    The following is excerpted from The Discipling Church: The Church That Will Stand Until Jesus Comes.. Available in print and eBook editions from See end of report for details.
    The church we see in the New Testament is a church of disciples. It is a disciplined, discipling environment. A New Testament church is not something to attend. It is a spiritual entity where disciples of Christ are trained, encouraged, and protected.
    New Testament discipleship is not merely a course in Christian fundamentals; it is the essence of the true Christian life. The entire church should be geared to producing and training disciples of Jesus Christ.
    A pastor friend said that at a youth camp some years ago, he asked the youth to list words that God uses to describe those who are saved. He said, “We came up... Read More
Local Church Autonomy and Other Silly Arguments
    The following is excerpted from the December 2017 edition of Why Most Independent Baptist Churches Will Be Emerging within 20 Years, which is available in print or as a free eBook from the Way of Life web site,
    The following are some of the most common arguments that are used against those who publicly reprove the compromise and error of influential Baptist leaders.
    Shooting the Wounded
    Through the years, I have frequently heard the accusation that preachers who give warnings about Christian leaders are guilty of “shooting their own wounded.”
    I received the following e-mail that charged me with doing this in regard to an open exhortation I published about Clarence Sexton’s Friendship Conferences (“An Open Letter to Clarence Sexton about the Friendship Conference,” March 3, 2010).
    “I am deeply upset at the private letter ... Read More
Proof Texts of Replacement Theology
     The following is excerpted from What About Steven Anderson?, which is available for free viewing or as a free eBook from
    Having seen in the last chapter that the Bible consistently and repeatedly teaches that God is not finished with the nation Israel and that the church has not replaced Israel, let’s examine some major proof texts that are used to support Replacement Theology.
    Briefly, Replacement Theology takes a few verses out of context and uses them to overthrow the teaching of the entire Bible. This, of course, is the standard operation procedure of false teaching.
    Matthew 21:43 - “Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”
    If this verse were isolated, it could teach that God was finished with Israel and that the church... Read More
Friday Church News Notes
TESTS DATE CLADDING OF CHRIST’S TOMB TO FOURTH CENTURY AD (Friday Church News Notes, December 8, 2017,, 866-295-4143) - The first ever tests of the tomb purporting to be Christ’s in Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulcher date the marble cladding and mortar to the fourth century AD, the time of Constantine (“Age of Jesus Christ’s Purported Tomb Revealed,” National Geographic, Nov. 28. 2017). The OSL (optically stimulated luminescence) tests were independently conducted by two labs. This is further confirmation that the tomb is the correct one. In about 135, the Roman emperor Hadrian built a Venus temple over the site then revered as Christ’s. Since this ... Read More
The Chariot of God
    Excerpted from The Future According to the Bible.
    In Ezekiel chapter one we read:
    “4 And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the colour of amber, out of the midst of the fire.
    “5 Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. 6 And every one had four faces, and every one had four wings. 7 And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf's foot: and they sparkled like the colour of burnished brass. 8 And they had the hands of a man under their wings on their four sides; and they four had their faces ... Read More
Man's Soul
     The following is from the new Believer’s Bible Dictionary, which is available in print and eBook editions from
The word soul has various meanings in Scripture. (Every Bible word must be defined by its context.) Sometimes soul refers to biological life in general. In this sense, the Hebrew word translated soul (nephesh) is used for animals (Ge. 1:20-24). But animals are never said to have a soul like man has a soul. Sometimes soul refers to the whole man (Ge. 2:7; Le. 17:12). Often, though, it refers to the immaterial part of man that exists beyond death.
    The Soul Is the Immaterial Part of Man that Exists after Death. O.T. examples of the soul as an immaterial part of the man are seen in Ge. 35:18 and 1 Ki. 17:21-22. In Ge. 35:18, Rachel’s soul departed when she died. In 1 Ki. 17:21-22, the boy’s soul departed when he died and returned when he was raised from the dead. In the N.T., the word “soul” is also used to... Read More
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Vigilance and Separation in the Internet Age
     The following is excerpted from THE MOBILE PHONE AND THE CHRISTIAN HOME AND CHURCH. See end of this report for details.
    “Neither give place to the devil” (Eph. 4:27).
    “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Eph. 5:11).
    “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise” (Eph. 5:15).
    “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking... Read More
The Shack's Cool God
    The Shack, authored by William Paul Young, is a novel that explores the issue of why God allows pain and evil. It is a fictional account of a man who is bitter against God for allowing his youngest daughter to be murdered and who returns to the scene of the murder, an old shack in the woods, to have a life-changing encounter with God. The “God” that he encounters, though, is not the God of the Bible.
    Published in 2007, The Shack was Number One on the New York Times bestseller list for 50 weeks. By 2012, it had sold 18 million copies internationally. It is being translated into 30 languages.
    The movie was released in March 2017, and the power of film has doubtless impelled the novel’s heretical message to an even larger audience.
    The soundtrack features “Christian rapper Lacrae, Skillet, Hillsong United, Francesa Battistelli... Read More
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