Does the Church Need Some New Jeremiahs? Part 1 of a series Jeremiah was a prophet of God who wanted to quit. But as much as he tried, he couldn’t hold back the truth. He had to speak out, no matter what the cost. He had the “fire in his bones.” The church needs men […]

What Are the Cause and Consequences of Backsliding? By Dr. Paul M. Elliott Part 2 of a series Backsliding is a term that has largely disappeared from the Evangelical church’s vocabulary, but it needs to be re-learned. The cause of backsliding, and the consequences, are the same for the Evangelical church today as they were […]

Can a true Christian backslide? Selected Scriptures… Certainly true Christians can backslide, if by that you mean they can regress into a period of spiritual dullness or disobedience. Those who do so will bring God’s discipline (Hebrews 12:6-11). That’s because God disciplines those who are true sons (v. 8). But no, if you are thinking […]

What Was the Great Sin of Judah and Israel? By Dr. Paul M. Elliott Part three of a series Often we say that their great sin was idolatry. But that sin was an effect, not the root cause. The Wickedness of Manasseh In part two of this series, we briefly examined the causes and consequences […]

“What does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ?”……In a letter to the Corinthians, the apostle Paul discusses the ministry of reconciliation, and he uses the term "ambassadors" for Christ: "All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the […]

Behavior Checklist Philippians 2:14-15Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. The Holy Spirit makes sure that we do not take lightly the obligation to live godly lives. This […]

Backsliding and Restoration: A Testimony of God’s Grace By Dr. Paul M. Elliott Part 5 of a series “Yes, backsliding is possible, and so is restoration. Permit me to say this to your readers. If you know of someone who is going in that direction, let him know from someone who has been there: It’s […]