Drifting Away

by Matthew W. Bassford Hebrews 2:1 contains one of the most sobering warnings in the entire Bible: “For this reason, we must pay attention all the more to what we have heard, so that we will not drift away.” A couple of verses later, the writer uses a rhetorical question to make the point that…

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Would We Recognize Trends Which Point to an Apostasy?

by Floyd Chappelear Sentry Magazine, March 2001 Salmagundi I have been attending churches of Christ for more than fifty years. I have been preaching the gospel for more than forty of them. I do not think it presumptuous to suggest that I know what I am talking about. The things that point to apostasy are not…

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The Chains of the Past

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Colossians 3:1-11   I.         In Charles Dickens’ story “A Christmas Story,” Scrooge is visited by the ghost of his partner who is wear chains of cash boxes, keys, padlocks, ledgers, deeds and heavy purses. When asked what the chains meant, “I wear the chain I forged in life,” replied the Ghost.…

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See If You Can Find a Man

Text: Jeremiah 5:1-13   I.         The last days of the southern kingdom of Judah             A.        The people had become very corrupt – Jeremiah 5:20-23             B.        God purposed to severely punish His people – Jeremiah 5:26-31 II.        But there is one hope – Jeremiah 5:1             A.        Jeremiah is told to run through Jerusalem and find a man                         1.         A man who deals…

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There’s No Security for the Believer in ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’

by Al Diestelkamp via Think on These Things, Volume 41, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2010 There is a belief in many Protestant churches, and especially popular among those who would describe themselves as “evangelicals,” known as the doctrine of “The Security of the Believer.” In Calvinism’s TULIP acronym, it is represented by the “P” for “Perseverance of…

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How do I know if I have fallen from grace?

Question: What does it mean to fall from the grace? I’ve doubted Jesus so many times, I’m scared I’ve fallen. I pray to God to forgive me and ask Him to never let me go, never let me take my eyes off Christ or I’ll be lost. How do I know I haven’t fallen? Answer:…

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The Three Chairs

I.         There is a tendency for groups of people to drift away from the truth as years go by             A.        Not necessarily one person leaving the faith, but as generation succeeds generation there is a tendency for children to not do as well as their parents.                         1.         It shows up as a gradual change, not a sudden departure…

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Notes on Apostasy

Proverbs 15:10 Ezekiel 18 Ezekiel 33:12-16 Matthew 3:10 John 8:31 John 15:6 Acts 8:12-13 Acts 8:1824 Acts 20:28-30 Romans 11:16-24 I Corinthians 9:24-10:12 Colossians 1:22-23 Galatians 5:4-7 I Timothy 1:18-20 I Timothy 4:1-3 I Timothy 6:10 II Timothy 4:4-10 Hebrews 2:1 Hebrews 3:12-19 Hebrews 4:1 Hebrews 4:11 Hebrews 6:4-7 Hebrews 10:26-30 Hebrews 10:38-39 James 5:19-20…

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