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Religious A global analysis of government restrictions toward religion finds that the number of countries with “high” or “very high” levels of government restrictions rose slightly in 2019. The analysis from the Pew Research Center, which included 198 countries, also found that government harassment of religious groups — where government officials single out a religious group with the intent of making religious practice more difficult — took place in nearly all countries. None of the world’s 25 most populous countries experienced large []

Today in Prophecy

The Decline of Moral Principle “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20, scripture quotations from RVIC). We are seeing significant changes in moral standards as new political forces emerge, the reach of social media widens, and special interest groups become more powerful. The Cato Institute observes: “The growth of government has politicized life and weakened the nation’s moral fabric. []

The Doctrine of Clean Living

Clean Living vs. Vain Religion “Be ye clean that bear the vessels of the LORD” (Isaiah 52:11). By Brent Hislop The setting for our theme text in Isaiah 52:11 is fascinating on several levels. Isaiah lived at the time of the Assyrian captivity of Israel. However, he prophesied of the Babylonian captivity to follow (Isaiah 39:5-7), the Babylonian overthrow by Cyrus (Isaiah 46:11), and the restoration of Israel from captivity (Isaiah 52:9). Originally the treasures of the Temple were carried away to []

The Doctrine of Doing for Others

Blessed Are Ye If Ye Do Them “Always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all”(1 Thessalonians 5:15 ASV. Other texts from NAS 1995, except as noted). By Jerry Nagy The Apostle Paul says, “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith” (Galatians 6:10). Have we considered that doing for others is a doctrine of our faith? Many Christians do have []

The Doctrine of Witnessing

How Shall They Hear Without a Preacher? “Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19 ASV). By Larry McClellan As Christians, we clearly follow Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior. One of the very first things Jesus did when he was thirty years of age is found in Luke 4:17. He went to his hometown of Nazareth to the synagogue where he had been brought up. On the Sabbath Day he was handed the book of Isaiah to []