New Testament Archive

Can an unbeliever be saved by marrying a believer?

In his first letter to the Corinthian Christians, Paul says “the unbelieving husband has been sanctified through his wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified through her husband” (7:14). Does this mean that unbelievers are saved by virtue of being married to believers? First, if unbelievers can be saved through marriage, there would be […]

Does James teach salvation by works?

Critics of the Bible have long argued that the book of James contradicts the rest of Scripture in teaching “that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone” (James 2:24). Upon closer examination, however, the book of James, like the rest of Scripture, confirms that we are saved not by […]

Is baptism necessary for salvation?

Those who suppose baptism is necessary for salvation frequently cite Peter’s words in Acts 2:38, “Repent and be baptized,” as evidence that belief plus baptism results in salvation. Scripture clearly does not support this view. First, as the book of Acts itself demonstrates, baptism is a sign of conversion, not the means of conversion. Indeed, […]

Gabriel’s Revelation

Synopsis In July of 2008 a flurry of academic journals and news sources reported a new archaeological artifact that might “shake our basic view of Christianity”—especially about first-century mes-sianic expectations and the resurrection accounts. The new find was a large stone tablet on which was written eighty-seven lines of Hebrew text in ink, but much […]

Biblical Grounds for Divorce and Remarriage

This article first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 33, number 1 (2010). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Synopsis Many people, especially Christians, have serious questions about divorce and remarriage. As the American family appears to be imploding with divorce, and as blended families become […]

Witnessing to a Jewish Friend

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The New Village Atheists

Recently I was in China and, while there, I was talking to the Director of the Institute of World Religions, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, and in many ways he’s informing key leaders within the Chinese government on how to relate to religion. I felt, quite frankly, that he was far more thoughtful in […]

Strong’s Concordance

GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT STRONG’S CONCORDANCE Strong’s Concordance was written by Dr. James Strong, a professor of exegetical theology from Drew Theological Seminary in the late nineteenth century. A concordance is a practical tool for studying Scripture because 1) It helps the student locate any verse in Scripture if the student can remember only one or […]

The Message Bible

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume17, number1 (1994). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: As of 1992 the Bible had been translated into 329 languages, the New Testament into an additional 758 tongues. In English alone, there are more than 60 Bible versions […]

The Mode of Baptism

There are three modes (or methods) of water baptism used in Christian churches today: immersion (in which the person is completely submerged), affusion (that is, pouring), and aspersion (sprinkling). Evangelical Christians are divided on the question of which mode or modes are proper forms of baptism. Some Christians (typically those who believe that only believers […]