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by William J. Stewart
Google “demon list” and you will discover site after site telling you about a myriad of demons. In these lists you’ll find everything from odd names (Bifrons, Jinn, Lamia) to human actions (gossip, lying, rape) or emotions (pride, grief, jealousy). The extensive and weird list of names given by some are not found in the Bible, but are from the writings of men. If you are familiar with the mythology of the Norse, Greek, Roman, etc., then you may recognize some of the names. Of all these, I would say along with Paul,
…we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other God but one. For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as there are many gods and many lords), yet for us there is one God… (1 Corinthians 8:4-6)
The thought that human action or emotion should be attributed to demons is disturbing. It removes personal responsibility for sin. Continue reading
by William J. Stewart
In the spirit realm, there are good spirits, identified at times in the Bible as angels, but there are also evil spirits, identified at times as demons. There are references to demons in both the Old and New Testaments, though by far, the majority are in the gospels.
When the pagan nations (or the people of Israel for that matter) made sacrifice to idols, they were in fact sacrificing to demons (Leviticus 17:7; Deuteronomy 32:17; 2 Chronicles 11:14-15). In 1 Corinthians 8 & 10 (as well as Romans 14), Paul discusses at length the meats which were offered to idols. He states that the idols are nothing; that is—they are not real (1 Corinthians 8:4; 10:19), and the meat was fine to eat (ie. not polluted), unless the conscience of the one eating (or another who is present) cannot separate the meat from the idol/demon. Continue reading
CHURCH HISTORY | PART 4 | Keith Sharp
Philip Schaff, perhaps the greatest church historian of all time, wrote concerning the historical period A.D. 100 – 311:
“The idea and institution of a special priesthood, distinct from the body of the people, with the accompanying notion of a sacrifice and altar, passed imperceptibly from the Jewish and heathen … into the Christian church” (History: 2:123).
Cyprian, who died in 258, may “be called the father of the sacerdotal (priestly – KS) conception of the Christian ministry as a mediating agency between God and the people” (History. 2:126). Thus, the idea of a clergy separate from the lay people, a priesthood separate from ordinary Christians, whose duty is to offer sacrifices for the lay people and to interpret the will of God to them, was borrowed from Judaism and paganism and developed over the first two centuries after the apostolic age. Continue reading
CHURCH HISTORY | PART 3 | Keith Sharp
In 1948 C.A.O. Essien, a former police officer in Southeastern Nigeria, was looking for a church which just followed the Bible and had almost decided none existed. He learned of a Bible correspondence course sent by the Lawrence Avenue Church of Christ in Nashville, Tennessee. Brother Essien completed the twenty-six lesson course quickly and began teaching and preaching, first among his Efik neighbors, then as far as he could. In 1950 the Lawrence Avenue congregation sent two American preachers who were in South Africa to check on the situation in Nigeria. They found that Brother Essien had already established forty-five churches of Christ and had trained several preachers.
Of course, Brother Essien had found the church that followed the Bible, and he let everyone he could know of it. It is the same as the first century church, the church we read about in the New Testament. Continue reading