Author: Robert Alan King

1 Timothy 3:2: Husband of One Wife? Or a Faithful Husband?

When I was in Bible College, there was a fellow student who was absolutely convinced that he could not be a pastor because he was divorced and remarried to another wife. He based his belief on 1 Tim 3:2, which reads, “The bishop therefore must be without reproach, the husband of one wife.” We find the same restriction for a deacon in 1 Tim 3:12, which reads, “Let deacons be husbands of one wife.” Again, in reference to an elder in Tit 1:6, it says, “if any man is blameless, the husband of one wife.” Many people see these...

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Luke 12:25: Can’t Increase One’s Height? or One’s Life?

It is still an ongoing debate as to whether or not Luke 12:25 refers to an inability of a person to add to their stature or to add to their life. The verse in its surrounding context reads as follows: Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? “And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest?”...

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The Serpent and Satan in Biblical Thought

It may come as a shock to many Christians that the serpent in the Garden of Eden was not always associated with Satan in Jewish thought. The association of the serpent with Satan was slow in coming and not found in the Old Testament at all. Instead, it was a progressive revelation that only became solidified in the New Testament. This article will explore the ideas of the serpent and Satan in early Jewish thought, and then show how the association between the two was finally acknowledged and taught by Jesus and his disciples. The Serpent in the Old...

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The Reign of Death Over Mankind: Romans 5:12-14

Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, even so death passed through into all men because all sinned; for before the law sin was in the world. Now sin is not reckoned when there is no law, yet death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the likeness of Adam’s transgression, who was a type of the one who was to come. (Rom 5:12-14, my translation) This passage can be difficult to understand and has been interpreted in various ways by commentators and scholars. The...

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The Babylonian Sun Amulet Dupe

There is a teaching among Seven Day Adventists and others in various forms of literature and websites that assert the ancient Babylonians used sun amulets that included sun-squares on their face. These sun-squares (aka magic squares) consist of 36 squares (6 x 6), each numbered as designated with one of the numbers ranging from 1 to 36. The significance is that adding six numbers wherever one can horizontally, diagonally or vertically adds up to 111, so that then adding the six rows or columns that each equal 111 always equals the total of 666 (however, adding all number from...

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Bible Verse of the Day

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.

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