Calvin Burrell

Do I have to speak in tongues to be saved?

My friend visited a church recently and was told that she wasn’t saved if she didn’t speak in tongues. What does CoG7 teach about this subject?   Speaking in tongues, one of nine spiritual gifts listed in 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, figures prominently in the Church’s communication of the gospel to new peoples and languages (Acts […]

Is the Holy Spirit a force or a person?

Is the Holy Spirit a force or a person? What does CoG7 teach about the Spirit of God?   The historic view of “Trinity” holds that the Holy Spirit is a divine person with all the attributes of God — Father and Son. Each of the three, then, has the full divine nature and substance […]

Two Things Too Wonderful

With the earth’s billions all having their opinions and peculiarities, we should be grateful for agreeable people. Thank heaven for any agreement that adds to the total tonnage of precious peace on earth. Celebrate those folks who agree to disagree and who find grace to do it without being disagreeable. More important than people’s position […]

What does “one faith” mean in Ephesians 4:5? Why is faith so important?

The Bible says there is “one faith” (Ephesians 4:5). Is it really that simple? How can we know if we have it? Why is faith so important?   The text you cite lists faith among seven ones that help define our unity in Christ: one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one […]

“The Bible and the Blood”

by Calvin Burrell When Scripture speaks of Jesus’ blood, it means His atoning death for the world’s sin. Neither the rugged stake where Jesus died nor the red blood He shed there has mystical or magical quality in itself. Christ and the sacrifice He made by His blood on the cross, however, have unlimited power […]

Reflection and Reality

The Bible is a big book — the Book of books. Though its truths are plain and simple in many respects, it can be complex and difficult, too. Let’s settle for simple here.

What does the Church of God teach about infant baptism?

What does the Church of God teach about infant baptism? I was christened as a baby in another church. Do I need to be baptized as an adult also?    You’ve recalled a word not in wide usage among us these days: christen. It was used early on of anointing (krismas, Greek) with oil (laying on […]

Why did Jesus say I must hate my family and forsake everything if I want to be His disciple?

Jesus says that if I don’t hate my family and forsake everything, I can’t be His disciple (Luke 14:24-33). Was this extreme discipleship meant only for some people in Jesus’ day, or is it for all Christians?   The word hate in verse 26 is recognized by most Bible scholars as meaning “to love less than.” This is […]

Jesus said He’s coming quickly, but He hasn’t yet. Doesn’t this show that the Bible is untrustworthy?

Jesus said He’s coming quickly, but He hasn’t returned yet. Doesn’t this show that the Bible is not really trustworthy?    The words “I am coming quickly” are found on the lips of Jesus four times, all in the book of Revelation (3:11; 22:7, 12, 20). These are the only Bible texts (KJV) where the […]

We Walk the Line

Not to be cute or trendy, this question is posed to help us better grasp the privileges and responsibilities of knowing and following the world’s one true Lord and Savior. The answer to the question will come shortly.