The Enterprise of Making a Better World

[This brief article was written by Pastor Orson P. Jones over 80 years ago and is reproduced from the August 26, 1930 issue of Faith and Fellowship.]

Characteristics of a Biblical Church

Jesus Christ is the One who established the church, having pur­chased it with "His own blood" (Acts 20:28). He is the "rock" upon which the church is built, and He calls it "My church" (Matt. 16:18). Because the church belongs to Jesus Christ and He is its head, it is very important that every local church be patterned after the teaching of God's Word.

"It Is Needful…"

It would be wonderful if the only topics that concern our Christian walk and witness could be “mercy, peace, love,” and our “common salvation” (Jude 2-3a), but “it is needful” to be exhorted to “earnestly contend for the faith” (v. 3b). Most churches today, and sadly even some that claim to be fundamental, purposely limit their ministries to these and similar themes. Why? Because they are “positive” and, therefore, well-received by the majority of people.

Where Does Knowledge Come From?

Where does knowledge come from?  Christ, “In whom are [hidden] all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge“ (Colossians 2:3). Adam was created with knowledge—with the knowledge that he was a creature of God and with a language with which to think and to talk with God and to receive more knowledge from God. Adam naturally and spontaneously believed God, experienced His love and care and responded with loving obedience.

Are Evangelicals and Mormons Now “Together”?

For the past 16 years, Dr. Richard Mouw, the former president of Fuller Theological Seminary, has provided both impetus and leadership for the on-going and ever-increasing dialogue between Mormonism and Evangelical Christianity (“Former Fuller Seminary President Argues Mormons May Be 'Approaching Orthodoxy',” Christian Post, 4-18-16). Mouw cites two lines of evidence that Mormonism is changing.

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