Cain and Abel

Cain thought the first fruits of the soil a suitable offering, but God rejected both him and his offering, and he became a murderer and a vagabond.

Abel followed the law of God without interposing his own opinion and though slain, yet he lives and speaks in warning to the people of all ages, and of all kindred and countries, warning them, that it is salvation to turn from and reject human opinions and to walk in God’s appointments, even though it brings death. Even when man’s inventions bring present prosperity and triumph, it still is ruin, sure and eternal, to use them in religious service.

Cain and Abel plainly teach that an humble walk in God’s ways, free from the introduction of man’s opinions, even though it brings death, is infinitely preferable to following the opinion of men, though it brings present success and gives earthly power.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Christian Unity: How Promoted, How Destroyed, Faith and Opinion by David Lipscomb. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

The Fiendish Deeds of Alcohol

Rum and Ruin: A Collection of Writings on the Issue of Alcohol

by L. F. Bittle (1833-1905)

There guarded by our license laws,
With Appetite to plead his cause,
The Alcoholic Demon reigns,
And in his retinue retains.

The hydra dire of vice and crime,
And, with an imprudence malign,
Enthrones himself in church and state,
And rules the little and the great.

Untrammeled in his evil ways,
Upon the nation’s life he preys,
Degrades the lofty, stains the pure,
And robs the wealthy and the poor.

Arouses hatred, kindles strife,
And makes the land with murder rife,
Each pauper house and prison fills,
The innocent assails and kills,
Breaks woman’s heart with purpose fell,
And dooms his devotees to hell!

His horrors our official view,
And all permit for revenue,—
Permit, encourage, sanction all,
The fiendish deeds of Alcohol,
That they may fill the public purse,
With taxes from a nation’s curse.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Rum and Ruin: A Collection of Writings on the Issue of Alcohol. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Timothy and Wine

Rum and Ruin: A Collection of Writings on the Issue of Alcohol

by David Lipscomb (1831-1917)

Brother Lipscomb: Please explain 1 Timothy 5:23, which reads thus: “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.”

Timothy did not drink wine. That is clear. He refrained from it, doubtless, because it was regarded by the Holy Spirit as incompatible with the Christian character. The curse of God was upon it and all who “look upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his color in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.”

Timothy knew the evil as condemned in the Scriptures, which he had known from a child, and refrained from the use of it, confining himself to the use of water. He was often afflicted. His stomach was disordered. Yet such an evil he recognized the use of wine to be he suffered rather than countenance its use by Christians. Paul wrote to him: “Drink no long water [alone], but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” Paul thought he might use it for the curing of his disordered stomach and to relieve his frequent sickness; but, then, he was to be cautious to use only a little.

It shows plainly in what esteem the inspired men held the use of wine. It could be used only in cases of sickness, and then only in small quantities. No Christian ought ever to think of touching it under other conditions.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Rum and Ruin: A Collection of Writings on the Issue of Alcohol. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

Creation Proves

Competing Worldviews

Thus, creation proves God’s eternal existence, for He is older than the universe and everything came from Him (John 1:1-3; Col. 1:16-17; Isa. 40:28; Psalm 90:2; Rev. 10:6). Creation proves that God is the living source of all living things and all life, for He made all forms of life at the beginning. All life came from Him (Genesis 1:11, 12, 20, 21, 24-27; 2:7, 21-23; Job 33:4; Isa. 42:5; Acts 14:15; 17:24-29; 1 Tim. 6:13; Rev. 10:6). So how can life exist from a non-living source? The sun, the oceans, mountains, rivers, or any created thing cannot be God. Neither can metal, wood or a stone statue, for they are not living things. So creation proves that God must be alive, for He gives us life and He is the living God. Creation proves God’s infinite power, for no other human or physical power can create a universe such as ours (Psalm 89:11-13; 65:6; Jeremiah 10:12; 27:5; 32:17; Job 9:8-10; 26:7-14; Romans 1:20). No other god can be the true God unless He is infinitely powerful! Creation proves God’s infinite wisdom, for no human is so wise that he even understands completely all of our Creation, much less can he create a universe such as ours (Psalm 136:5-9; Jer. 51:15; Prov. 3:19-26; Eccl. 11:5; Isa. 40:28; Rom. 11:33-36). Creation proves God’s right to rule over His universe, for He made the universe and it belongs to Him (Psalm 24:12; 89:11-12; 95:5; 74:16; 100:3; Isa. 29:16; Col. 1:15-17; Heb. 2:10; 1 Peter 4:19; Rom. 1:25; 11:36). Creation proves God’s right to be worshiped, for He made us and deserves our worship (Deut. 32:15-18; Psalm 86:8-10; 139:13-14; 8:3-9). God deserves to be worshiped for His greatness in all that He made (Neh. 9:6; Psalm 33:6-9; 95:1-7; 148:1-6; Rom. 1:25; 11:36; Rev. 4:11; 14:6-7). Thus the Bible explicitly confirms itself to be the true revelation of God. Man must believe that the Bible is true about the doctrine of creation.


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Competing Worldviews: A Collection of Essays Contrasting the Biblical and Humanistic Worldviews by Luci Partain. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

The Spirit of Restoration

Church History

There can be no restoration without the spirit of restoration which is the desire to take the New Testament as the standard of obedience. One cannot have the spirit of restoration without completely laying aside all human creeds, decrees of popes, and religious organizations unknown to the New Testament. Here are some vital facts that we must know and believe about the New Testament if we are to be successful in restoring New Testament Christianity: (1) The New Testament is divine – from God (2 Tim. 3:16-17); (2) It is authoritative (John 12:48); (3) It is intelligible (Eph. 3:4; 5:17); (4) It is universal (Mark 16:15-16); (5) It needs no revision (James 1:25; 1 Cor. 13:10); (6) It is sufficient (2 Tim. 3:16-17); and (7) It has life and power to bring the church into existence any time men choose to let it have its way in their lives (Luke 8:11; Heb. 4:12).

So I say to you, brother or sister in Christ, are you interested in restoring New Testament Christianity, or do you find yourself blindly following the popular crowd without seriously checking to see whether or not your practice is after the New Testament order? Remember, we are the Lord’s church ONLY if we walk according to God’s divine truth (1 John 2:19; 1 Cor. 11:19)!


The above post is an excerpt from the book, Church History: The Church, the Falling Away, and the Restoration by Donald Townsley. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!