Steve Hulshizer

Anything For a Profit

Yesterday I received a newspaper-like flyer from a discount Christian book company. I had known for some time that Christian books and music are a very large commercial business for many. This was made very clear some years ago when a large secular recording company bought out a “Christian” recording firm. Of course they would only do this if it was a profitable business. Unfortunately, many who publish solid material for Christians who really have a desire for the milk of the Word ...

Two Sides to the Story

Too often we hear reports about other saints and we immediately jump to conclusions. Even when the source is reliable we violate a Biblical principle when we assume the report is correct without confirming it. By way of example, Scripture teaches us, “Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses.” (l Tim. 5:19) The apostle Paul also writes, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.” (2 Cor. 13:1) It is only ...

The Source of Undisciplined Children

We see them in the assembly. We see them in summer camp. We see them in school. Undisciplined children. Some of them have absolutely no respect for authority. Others are disorderly, not only in their behavior, but in their dress and work. Their lives are characterized by disorder. Their rooms at home look like a bomb exploded. Their school books are chaotic. They are never on time, and they watch violent and strange TV programs by the hour. The list could go on and on, but generally speaking we ...

Battlefield or Playground

One has said, “The Christian life is a battlefield, not a playground.” This is certainly true for those Christians who take their walk seriously, for the greater the desire to walk and serve the Lord in accordance with His Word, the greater will be the onslaught of the enemy. This being true, why is it that we spend so much time teaching young people how to play, rather than how to do battle with a powerful enemy. Much of our time, energy, and resources goes into giving them a good ...

Sunday School - Steve Hulshizer

In the minds of many Christians, Sunday School is a biblically mandated gathering of the local church. To suggest something different is like attacking the American flag, motherhood, and apple pie. To many others it would be considered heresy to suggest anything different. Few saints stop to consider that Sunday School, as we know it, is less than 200 years old, and was originally started to evangelize “unchurched” children. Today it is a large institution with many programs ...

We Have Lost the Meaning of Words

Writing in 1937, H.A. Ironside said, “One great trouble in this shallow age is that we have lost the meaning of words.” If that was the case sixty years ago, what would brother Ironside say today? Biblical words have been set aside, either simply ignored or replaced by a modem word which carries little of the original meaning. It is a sad commentary on the condition of the church when saints who have heard sermon after sermon do not know the meaning of Biblical terms such as: redemp...

Yet Without Sin

The phrase “yet without sin” (Heb. 4:15) has been taught to mean that “Christ did not sin.” He had forbidden desires like us, but “He didn’t give in” is the interpretation often given. The word “yet” has been added to the original text. The remaining portion, “without sin,” would be better rendered “sin apart.” The same original Greek words are used in Hebrews 9:28, where it speaks of Christ returning the second time, ...

The Impeccable Christ

It is not uncommon for erroneous doctrine to confine itself to one verse, or a few isolated references. This is nowhere more true than in the Kenosis theory. For this very reason we review the setting in which its key text is found. It has been well said, “For any one to pick out certain statements in that tradition which emphasizes the humanity of Jesus and on the basis of those, to represent Him as merely human, is as erroneous as to pick out certain other statements which emphas...

Looking Through Rose Colored Glasses

Those outside of Christ are familiar with looking at the world through rose colored glasses. The glasses cast a lovely hue across the landscape, hiding in most cases the true condition of things. Political and financial leaders would tell us that things look bright for the future, when any who look realistically through clear, well focused lenses can see the handwriting on the wall. The nation is falling apart morally. We are moving rapidly toward days similar to those which preceded God’s...

Calvary

Thirty miles to the west of our home in York, PA is the town of Gettysburg. On the west side of this small town lies the well-known battlefield. On July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 1863 nearly 50,000 young men were wounded or killed there. It was a critical battle and a turning point in the American Civil War.Calvary too was a critical battle, no doubt the most important in all of human history. It was the critical point in God's redemptive plan. God's plan for redeeming lost souls was based on what wa...
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