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David Brattston

Many Scripture passages condemn pride. Proverbs is filled with warnings about pride. For example, Proverbs 16:5 says, “The Lord detests all the proud of heart” and Proverbs 16:18 says, “Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.” Wisdom, says Proverbs 8:13, hates “pride and arrogance.” In 1 Corinthians 13:4, the Apostle Paul tells […] Read More

Would you like to spend eternity knee-deep in a lake of puss, blood and boiling muck? Or held in the same contempt as forgers, dishonest lawyers, thieves, murderers and oppressors of the poor? You will, according to early Christian writings, if you practice usury. The first sentence describes the place in hell for usurers, according […] Read More

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes of the U.S. Supreme Court once said, “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” It is also what we pay for the privilege of being disciples of Jesus Christ. From its beginning, the Christian faith has commanded us to pay all taxes levied by secular governments and not evade them […] Read More

According to the Los Angeles Times, scientists are producing meat by in-vitro cell growth, with the prospect that it will replace raising livestock. If it becomes commercially affordable, there will be no greenhouse gases or killing of animals. The Christian consensus before the mass apostasy of AD 249-251 was that no food is religiously forbidden […] Read More

Christ and Paul regularly thanked God. The four Gospels frequently depict Jesus giving thanks at meal times. Paul often gave thanks, especially for members of congregations under his guidance (see Ephesians 1:16, Colossians 1:3, 1 Thessalonians 1:2 and 1 Thessalonians 3:9). He also commanded them to give thanks themselves (Ephesians 5:20, Philippians 4:6 and Colossians […] Read More

In the model prayer Jesus offered his disciples, we are to pray: “And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our┬ádebtors” (Matthew 6:12). Although we frequently utter this request, most Christians forget an important aspect to it: God requires something from us or he will not forgive our sins. Two verses after the […] Read More

When the gospel was new and pure, Christian women covered themselves with long robes and veils, like many Muslim women today. This is evidenced by all early Christian writers that commented on the subject. There was a controversy whether the forerunners of nuns needed to veil themselves during church services, but there was no dispute […] Read More