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 []

Advanced Doctrines and Viewpoints

Beyond Foundation Principles “If in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you”(Philippians 3:15 ASV). By James Parkinson Doctrines have applications, even those that are not fundamental. The Sin-Offering An “advanced doctrine” would be whether the faithful church has a part in the sin-offering. The two Atonement Day sacrifices are a shadow for the Gospel Age. The bullock was provided by the priesthood, but the Lord’s goat came from the people. The first sacrifice is identified with Jesus []

A Pastor’s Advice on Differences

Tolerance and our Friends “If in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you: only, whereunto we have attained, by that same rule let us walk” (Philippians 3:15-16 ASV). More than a century ago, Pastor Charles Taze Russell stressed that each Christian should decide for oneself how to harmonize the Bible, whether or not it was what the Pastor said. The following are from “What Pastor Russell Said” (or simply QB, for Question Book). Q. (1914) Do you []