Should Churches Use Real Wine In Communion?

Do you think Christians should use real wine during the Lord’s Supper or Communion?A New Covenant Just prior to Jesus’ giving His life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45), He instituted a New Covenant and said; “I have earnestly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you I will not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves” (Luke 22:15-17). Then, He added, “ … [Read more...]

Should Churches Accept Lottery Winnings As Offerings?

Should churches accept lottery winnings or winnings from gambling as offerings?Gambling is Coveting If gambling is not a sinful activity, why does it ruin the lives of thousands of families? We have a nearby casino that has wrecked the lives of dozens, sending them into bankruptcy, causing divorces, and creating gambling addictions that are nearly impossible to break. The Bible doesn’t expressly say, “You shall not gamble” but the concept is there in Scripture. Solomon understood the risks o … [Read more...]

Do Churches Discriminate Based On Race?

Do churches discriminate based upon race? What does the Bible say about this?Salvation through the Jews When Jesus encountered the woman at the well and she told Him, “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship” (John 4:20), Jesus tells her “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salva … [Read more...]

Should Churches Donate To Political Campaigns?

Can churches donate to political campaigns or are they not allowed under the current tax laws?Churches and the Culture Christianity has always had a positive influence on the community, in the culture, and on the nations. They were always the first to build colleges and hospitals, as well as public schools, orphanages, charities, and convalescence homes. That is crystal clear from history, so why can’t a church play a major role in politics in addressing the moral issues of our day? Based u … [Read more...]

Should Churches Endorse Political Candidates?

Should Churches endorse political candidates? The Salt of the Earth Jesus told His disciples that they were to go into all the world to make disciples of all nations (Matt 28:19-20), but He didn’t say, “You will remake the nations.” That’s not our job. God is sovereign even over those who don’t know Him (Prov 21:1). Never are we to force people to be His disciples. Jesus never forced Himself on anyone. That’s not the way salt and light work. Jesus told His disciples (and us), “You are the salt … [Read more...]

Can Women Serve As Deacons At A Church?

Can women serve as deacons in the church? What does the Bible say about this?Paul’s Instructions for Titus An elder can be a pastor or preacher but also an elder in the church but this office apparently is only for men as the Apostle Paul writes to Titus in how to select elders in the church. Paul writes that Titus is to “appoint elders in every town as I directed you” (Titus 1:5) and that it is for those who are “above reproach, the husband of one wife, and his children are believers and no … [Read more...]