"If Christ Be Not Raised …"

The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is not only a historical fact, but it is the spiritual foundation of the Christian faith. Without Christ’s resurrection, we are still in our sins and could be legitimately classified as fools before the world (1 Corinthians 15:12-19). In 1918, Dr. R. A. Torrey aptly described the important place the resurrection played in the life and teaching of the apostles of the early church. Consider his words: “The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead was the central fact in the testimony and preaching of the apostles.

Beware of the Increase of Unbiblical “Independent Fundamental Baptist” Churches

On Friday, April 8, 2011, ABC News’s 20/20 aired a report about the alleged abuse of a teenage girl and subsequent cover-up in one particular Independent Fundamental Baptist (IFB) church in New Hampshire several years ago. The 20/20 program has encouraged a great amount of discussion among IFB and non-IFB Christians. We at the FEA are repulsed by any abuse that occurs in a local church and any system that tends to either foster such abuse or cover up such abuse.

The Church-Culture Conundrum: What Should Be the Church's Relationship to the Culture?

by Matt Costella

Although culture is often difficult to define, in general, it usually refers to the prevailing thoughts, philosophies and lifestyles manifested in the lives and expressions of society. One author has defined culture as a society’s “collective conscience.” Culture is expressed through art, entertainment, politics, education and other visible means. Culture, then, can also be described as the “living out” of the general worldview of society.

The Word of God: Provision for Prosperity

We have often heard it said that man is the shaper of his own destiny—that he is left to his own devices and, in the final analysis, is answerable to himself alone. It has also been said that an infinite God (if there is such a being) would certainly not be so condescending as to reveal Himself to finite man, much less demonstrate any compassion or concern for him. This attitude, which has prevailed throughout the centuries, has lulled countless multitudes into the false notion of unaccountability—and that to their eternal despair.


Topsy-Turvy Ideas of Prayer and Worship

by Philip Sheppard, M.D.

Nowhere does man exhibit his folly more than when he prays, for unless he prays according to the Scriptures of the revealed mind of God, he soon discloses the “topsy-turvy” state of his mind. The popular idea of prayer is that we are, by our earnest pleading, to induce God to alter His purpose. Whereas with God—the God of the Bible—there is “no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (Jas. 1:17).

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