Not Under Bondage

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

In the seventh chapter of the Book of First Corinthians, the Apostle Paul discusses questions that the Christians in Corinth had posed, especially relating to questions of marriage.

After pointing out that Christians who are married to non-Christians need to do everything they can to maintain their marriage (in the hopes that they might be able to one day save their unbelieving spouses-1 Corinthians 7:12-16), Paul discusses the situation of a Christian whose unbelieving spouse deserts them.

He writes these intriguing words:

1 Corinthians 7:15-But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. Continue reading Not Under Bondage

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An Examination Of The Book Acappella Music In The Public Worship Of The Church-Part One

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

One of the first things which visitors to churches of Christ notice is the absence of instrumental music in our worship assemblies.

Considering the entertainment-driven culture of religion found in many common-day churches and denominations, where bands and instruments of all kinds are used to energize and bring forth emotionally charged experiences, the simple order of acappella music is quite the contrast!   Continue reading An Examination Of The Book Acappella Music In The Public Worship Of The Church-Part One

The Pagan Origins Of Evolutionary Ideas

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

Many people in our nation would be horrified to learn that much of what we have been taught as “scientific truth” actually is a redressing of ancient pagan religion.

For example, consider the popular “Nebular Hypothesis.” This idea is taught in college courses all through the country, and it supposedly describes the process through which the planets of our solar system were formed. Supposedly, the sun (about four billion years ago) ejected a filament that somehow cooled and then collected together into huge balls of matter which then “miraculously” (pardon the pun) formed into the planets of our solar system. The scientist who is credited with this idea is Immanuel Kant. Continue reading The Pagan Origins Of Evolutionary Ideas

A Doctor Analyzes The Theory Of Evolution

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

The more I learn about the “theory” of evolution, the more amazed I am that so many in our society have accepted this pseudoscience hook, line, and sinker.

Oh, please don’t misunderstand me.

I am well aware that this theory of origins has been force-fed into the impressionable minds of children in the American school system for generations.

I am cognizant of the fact that the public media in the United States has a definite bias and agenda towards promoting the “goo-to-you” theory.

Too, I am fully aware that many-even in the Lord’s church-have sacrificed Scriptural truth to appease the pro-Darwinists of our day and age.   Continue reading A Doctor Analyzes The Theory Of Evolution

Original Sin?

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

One of the prominent teachings of our day and age is that children are born as sinners.

This teaching (largely borrowed from the Catholic Church) embodies the idea that humans are born as sinners as a direct result of the sins of Adam and Eve.

Of course, Scripture is clear that children do not inherit the sins of their parents.

For example, Ezekiel the Prophet declared:

Ezekiel 18:20-The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not bear the guilt of the father, nor the father bear the guilt of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself. Continue reading Original Sin?

The Work Of The Holy Spirit: Part Two Deity Of The Spirit

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

In our last article in this series, we noticed that the Bible clearly teaches that the Holy Spirit is a Person. He is not an “it,” or or impersonal force, as some people maintain.

In this article, we will notice that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is Deity (I.e., God), but that He is a separate Person from God the Father and God the Son.

Let’s start by noticing that Jesus Christ clearly lists the Holy Spirit as Divine, a net yet separate from God the Father and from Himself. The Apostle John recounts the words of the Savior:

John 14:16-17-And I will pray the Father, and He will give you ANOTHER Helper, that He may abide with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. Continue reading The Work Of The Holy Spirit: Part Two Deity Of The Spirit

The Work Of The Holy Spirit: Part One Who Is The Holy Spirit?

By: Mark Tabata (Evangelist)

Among Christians, there is a great deal of confusion about the Holy Spirit. In this article, we are going to begin carefully studying about the Holy Spirit to better understand Him and His work. Of course, as we begin this study, we must remember that the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:1-3), and so we will not every fully comprehend Him. Nevertheless, while the secret things belong to the Lord, the things which He has revealed belong to us (Deuteronomy 29:29). Let us turn our attention to the Word of the Spirit.

In this article, we will notice that the Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a Person. Indeed, several passages of Scripture teach us that the Spirit is a Person in that He possesses all of the basic attributes of a Person. For example, notice the following characteristics of the Holy Spirit:  Continue reading The Work Of The Holy Spirit: Part One Who Is The Holy Spirit?