Christian Living Archive

Can a Christian Be Demonized?

A believer (we’ll call him Carl) attends a conference on spiritual warfare sponsored by his church. During a “hands-on” workshop he confesses that an immobilizing fear of rejection has always prevented him from sharing his faith with nonbelievers. The group leader suggests that an evil spirit is responsible for Carl’s problem. After prayer for discernment, […]

School Vouchers

This article first appeared in the News Watch column of the Christian Research Journal, volume 25, number 3 (2003). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: http://www.equip.org. With all the debate about vouchers and school choice, an examination of public schools demonstrates that the people who manage the system […]

False Doctrines

Christians frequently challenge me when they learn that I am interested in studying non-Christian philosophies for the purpose of countering those doctrines with Christianity’s truth-claims. They express concern that exposure to non-Christian thinking will lead to my accepting “secular” or “pagan” philosophy. They advise that I should not examine error, but only the truth. If […]

Orthodox Theology

The ministry of the Christian Research Institute is devoted to the principle of equipping the body of Christ as described in Ephesians 4:11-16. We also believe in the principle taught in the following illustration: If a person is hungry you can either catch a fish for him, which will satisfy the person’s immediate need after […]

Is Cremation Christian?

The following is an excerpt from article DC765 from the Christian Research Journal. The full PDF can be viewed by following the link below the excerpt. Is Cremation Christian- An Introduction Should Christians be concerned about the disposal of the dead? Almost everyone eventually will have to make decisions about how to dispose of deceased […]

The Covering

The Covering- SYNOPSIS The Covering: God’s Plan to Protect You from Evil (W Publishing Group, 2002) is Hank Hanegraaff’s much anticipated sequel to his best-selling book, The Prayer of Jesus (W Publishing Group, 2001). During the week of the one-year anniversary of the attacks of 9/11, Lee Strobel interviewed Hank on the Bible Answer Man […]

Chick Publications

Chick Publications- Introduction Chick Publications has, since its inception, been a bit sensationalistic at times. We do not believe that their approach is the best to use in presenting the gospel. For example, in a number of their volumes in The Crusaders comic series, they use John Todd and an authority on witchcraft and related […]

Pro and Con: The Seeker-Sensitive Church Movement

Seeker-Sensitive: The Pros In 1975 a church was started in Willow Creek Theater in Palatine, Illinois. Its mission was to reach irreligious people and turn them into fully devoted followers of Christ. Its approach was to present an uncompromisingly biblical message in relevant terms that these people would understand. The founding leaders of this church […]

Church Growth

Church Growth- An IntroductionOnce I had a friend — I’ll call him Bill — who worked out everyday at the gym. When we got together, he liked to flex his bicep and say, “Greg, feel this!” Bill’s muscles were rock hard. Then one day I heard terrible news. Bill had died of a heart attack. […]

What Is an Evangelical Christian?

The following is an excerpt from article DC170-1, “What Think Ye of Rome?”from the Christian Research Journal by Kenneth Samples. The entire PDF can be downloaded by following the link at the bottom of the excerpt. we need to give some definition to what is meant by the often vague and ambiguous term “evangelical.” The […]