Steve Hulshizer

All the Scriptures

“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: … And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:25–27 Apparently the disciples were selective in their focus on the Scriptures. They, like most in Israel, had focused only on those Scriptures which spoke of the Messiah coming in great glory and power to establish His kingdom. Thus wh...

Drifting

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. Heb. 2:1 The translation quoted above would give the thought that there is a danger of the hearer of the Gospel allowing truth revealed by the Son to  slip away. There are, however, many who believe the thought is that the careless hearer of the Gospel may drift by it, thus simply ignoring that which is revealed by the Son. Brother Darby’s translatio...

The Incarnation and Inspiration of the Word

The virgin birth of the Lord Jesus is an important part of “the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” (Jude 3) The virgin birth of Christ is important for a number of reasons, but perhaps the primary one is that it relates to the personal holiness of Christ. (Luke 1:35) It assures that He had no relationship to the first man. He came in the “likeness of sinful flesh,” but without sin, having no connection to the first man, Adam. (Rom. 8:3; 2 Cor. 5:21) ...

A Blurry World

We live in a blurry world. A world in which distinctions are no longer clear. In fact, to even make distinctions is considered improper, and in some cases illegal. It began with “unisex” clothing in which there was no distinction made between how men and women dressed. Now the distinction between the sexes has reached the point where homosexuality is an accepted life style.  A life style in which two people of the same sex are viewed as a couple and want the same righ...

That Which Is Perfect

Chapter 13 This chapter is part of the four chapters (11–14) devoted to assembly order.   Chapter eleven dealt with the truth of Headship and the remembrance of the Lord in the Lord’s Supper. Chapter 12 teaches about spiritual gifts, or manifestations. The saints were previously “Gentiles carried away unto dumb idols” (v.2), and were led by spirits which were far from Holy. This may have been the cause of their infatuation with the miraculous gifts, o...

No Gender-Neutral NIV!

Good news concerning the NIV. Shortly after our article in June, the International Bible Society, who licenses the publishing of the NIV to Zondervan, stated that there will be no gender-neutral version published in the United States. It also will make efforts to stop its publication in England. While we applaud the Society for its decision, this will not lessen the efforts of many to make the church gender-neutral. As stated in the June issue, this is the real objective for those push...

Touchy or Sensitive?

When speaking of Syntyche, one of the two sisters Paul encourages to be of the same mind (Phil. 4:2), it is not uncommon to hear her referred to as “soon touchy.” Sadly, there are many “touchy” saints. They often have severe reactions to the slightest criticism, many times reading more into a statement by a brother or sister than was ever intended. They often misunderstand what is said, or why something is said. They are easily offended, and it is not uncommon for ...

Lessons From Leprosy

In Scripture leprosy is a clear picture of sin. Let’s briefly consider some of the similarities. Leprosy destroys, as does sin. It has been called "living death," which quickly sends our minds back to the beginning and God’s words to Adam, "In eating ye shall die." Brother Young translates this, "Dying, ye shall die." Because of sin we are all in the process of dying. Leprosy destroys feeling as well. The affected members of the body lose all sense of feeling,...

Prerequisites to Worship

Worship is not some difficult, complex, sophisticated religious activity which is limited to a few elite saints. It is to be the portion of all believers. Worship is simply bowing before the Lord and expressing His worthiness to be worshiped. (Rev.5:8) Now worship goes beyond the wonderful fact that Jesus died for us. While we should never forget this amazing fact, and the wonderful love of Christ, there is much more for which He can be worshipped. Rather than being solely occupied wit...

Spurgeon's Approach

Arminianism, free will, free choice, Calvinism, and hyper-Calvinism, are terms we may hear discussed today. In more theological circles words such as; Pelegianism, semi-Pelegianism, election, predestination, total depravity, irresistible grace, and foreknowledge are also debated. Sadly, too often the discussion is merely an intellectual contest, with a “winner take all” mentality. Calm humility rarely characterizes those who discuss such areas of truth. I believe, like many...
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