Counsel to Professing Christians Buying and Selling

D. Scott Meadows

Pastor John Newton not only preached the gospel but he also exhorted believers to lead morally upright lives. In this letter, he exposes a corrupt practice in his day: smuggling imports into Great Britain without paying the legal customs charges to the government. Newton solemnly warns Christians, tempted by frugality or greed, against participating at all in these censurable practices, even if they would save only a few shillings on groceries.

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By | February 9th, 2018|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

A Test of the Reformation: Arminianism

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which began when Martin Luther (1483-1546) posted his Ninety-five Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, Germany. In the years following, the Reformation spread across Europe, taking root in Germany, Switzerland, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Jacobus Arminius was born in the Netherlands in 1560.

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By | January 26th, 2018|Contemporary Issues, Doctrinal Christianity, Herald, Reformed Faith|

A Crying Sin of Our Age

Arthur W. Pink

And why take ye thought for raiment? (Matthew 6:28).

All care for apparel is not here forbidden. There is a lawful and godly concern, whereby we may labor honestly and in a sober manner for such clothing as is [suitable] for the station of life that Divine providence has allotted us: such as is needful to the health and comfort of our bodies.

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By | December 8th, 2017|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Christian Modesty Defined

Jeff Pollard

In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety (1 Timothy 2:9).

Noah Webster defines modesty as “that lowly temper which accompanies a moderate estimate of one’s own worth and importance."

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By | December 6th, 2017|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Thinking Like A Christian About Modest Apparel

Robert G. Spinney

The Christian’s wardrobe is no small matter. The daily statements we make with our clothing—intentional or unintentional, interpreted correctly or incorrectly—are among the boldest statements we make. Thinking Christianly about clothing involves many issues…

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By | November 29th, 2017|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Youth Warned Against Sin

John Angell James

Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. —Ecclesiastes 11:9

No one was more capable of forming a correct opinion on this subject than Solomon, since no man ever commanded more resources of earthly delight than he did or ever more eagerly availed himself of the opportunities that he possessed…

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By | October 18th, 2017|Contemporary Issues, Herald, Man, Sin|

Created Unto Good Works

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them (Eph 2.10).

A bizarre and dangerous interpretation of this verse has lately appeared on the Internet. Essentially, it asserts that the “good works” mentioned here are works of God rather than works done by believers. It claims to be supported by the context and cites many references to God’s redemptive work mentioned in the epistle leading up to this verse. It also assails the common understanding that these are good works done by believers as necessarily and inherently legalistic.

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By | June 2nd, 2017|Contemporary Issues, Herald, Salvation|

After the Election

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

As I have been mulling over this subject of what we Christians should remember after the election, it seems the Lord has impressed upon my heart three great truths from His Word. Deliberately call them to mind and meditate on them so that you don’t lose your bearings spiritually, or become unhinged. They are truths about Christ, about government, and about the church.

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By | November 29th, 2016|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Forecasting Humility

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

Boast not thyself of tomorrow; For thou knowest not what a day may bring forth (Prov 27.1).

Wisdom is, among other things, an awareness of reality, and acting consistently with it. Fools fantasize things as they wish and eventually discover by painful experience that this has been dangerous for them.

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By | November 9th, 2016|Christian Life, Contemporary Issues, Herald|

Beware of the Counsel of Gamaliel

gamaliel-tinyPeter Masters

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: but if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God (Acts 5.38-39).

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By | August 18th, 2016|Bible Characters, Contemporary Issues, Herald|