Author: Steve Hamilton

What Must I Do to Be Saved?

There must be a will to do the Lord’s will (Jn. 7:17). This takes place primarily after a person learns of God, Christ, and the instructions contained in the Bible. Hear and take God’s message to heart (Rom. 10:17). Faith is an essential part of obedience to God.  “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of ...

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Closed Doors to Salvation

Viruses are a fact of life.  The coronavirus is just a new strain of what has always existed (Eccl. 1:9).  However, the reaction to this virus is unfortunate.  Churches closed their doors barring members from attendance.  Elders are being lords over their congregations preventing those who desired to worship from using the church building (1 Pet. 5:3).  Such action is void of love for the members.  “And let us consider one another in order to ...

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Governmental Authority

Some members of the Lord’s Church struggle to understand a Christian’s relationship with the government.  The government “is God’s minister for good.”   Christians are “subject to the governing authorities.”  Government’s authority was appointed by God.   Christians are directed not to resist their authority.  To resist government is to resist God (Rom. 13:1-5).  Yet, Peter and the Apostles said, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29).  The Apostles said that to the local ...

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Missing Church for the Coronavirus

During the Roman Empire Christians had to decide if God was first in their lives (Mk. 12:30).  Should they attend worship services knowing if they did, they could ultimately die?  Knowing the risk if they got caught, would God permit a reprieve to His command for assembling (Heb. 10:25).  After all, once a new emperor took office the madness would end.  They only needed to hide for a few months or in the worst case, ...

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Virtual Worship Not Authorized

In the madness that has developed over concerns for the coronavirus, many churches have closed their doors opting for services conducted over the internet.  For the purposes of this article, we will call the streaming of services over the internet “virtual worship services.”  At issue is whether virtual worship services are authorized in scripture.  Hebrews 10:25 commands the assembling of ourselves together.  Can that assembling be done virtually over the internet?  Is my physical presence ...

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“The Number of a Man”

  By Steve A. Hamilton “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is six hundred and sixty-six” (Rev. 13:18). Much ado has been made about the number 666 from the above passage out of Revelation 13:18. It is not our intent to disprove all the various theories as to the meaning of the number and hence the name ...

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The Winepress of God’s Wrath

By Steve A. Hamilton “So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image.” (Rev. 16:2) The date was 541 A.D. Roman Emperor Justinian was reigning in his 14th year from Constantinople when the plague struck the empire. By the year 542 A.D., the entire empire was fully engulfed by ...

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Timing the Book of Revelation

Timing is everything for the proper interpretation of the book of Revelation. Various theories have developed concerning the interpretation of the book of Revelation that have ignored when it was written or when it concludes. These theories take advantage of the symbolic nature of the book to express ideas that are beyond the scope of the book itself. We are directed to confine ourselves to the things written in the book without adding to it ...

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Is a Judgment Day Coming Upon God’s People?

God’s word is infallible (2 Tim. 3:16-17). As such, every word is inspired of God. God wrote the Bible via inspired men through the Holy Spirit. There are no contradictions in scripture. If a contradiction seems to exist, that alone is proof of error. For example, if I take the position that only non-Christians are subject to God’s Judgment and I find a single verse in the Bible that says otherwise, that is proof that ...

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For Stomach Sake

Many people like to use 1 Timothy 5:23 as justification to drink alcohol. After all, Timothy is being told to drink wine by the Apostle Paul. To those who use this line of thought, it makes no difference how much wine is being drank or the reason for its use; all that matters is the sanction being given to Timothy to drink an intoxicating beverage. First of all, we should point out again that the word wine ...

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