Calvin Burrell

The Resurrected One

Why is Jesus of Nazareth the most memorable and remarkable person who ever lived?

Heaven Is. . .

To many Christians, few themes are more precious than heaven, a topic in which fact and fiction are easily confused. Try to identify truth or myth in these four statements. The comments that follow each are our effort to help in the process. Read the Bible for the final Word.

Did Jesus die for everyone?

A friend who attends one of your churches made a comment the other day that Jesus “didn’t die for everyone.” I was curious as to his doctrine. It sounds as though your friend may be something of Calvinist — one who accepts the teaching of Protestant reformer John Calvin regarding predestination. Calvinists understand the Bible […]

What is the Church’s position on falling from grace?

What is the Church’s position on falling from grace? Some say that backsliders were never saved in the first place.   The Church of God (Seventh Day) does not promote the doctrine of eternal security. This teaching affirms that those who enjoy true forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life through faith in Jesus […]

What does the Bible teach about God’s sovereignty (predestination) and human freewill?

What does the Bible teach about God’s sovereignty (predestination) and human freewill? Can you shed any light on the TULIP theory?   The Bible teaches both the sovereignty of God and the freewill of persons, even if harmonizing the two is beyond our grasp. Sovereignty is God’s unlimited authority and power over His creation. As […]

What is God’s stand on women using trousers, earrings, dressing of hair, and makeup?

What is God’s stand on women using trousers, earrings, dressing of hair, and makeup? I have seen CoG7 women displaying these in the maga­zine. It is regarded as sin in our churches here in Nigeria. A close reading of the primary texts on this subject, then comparing Scripture with Scripture, leads us to these conclusions: […]

How Can My Girlfriend and I Stop Having Sex?

My girlfriend and I are baptized members of the Church, but sometimes we end up doing the wrong thing. We’ve experimented with sex, and we find it very hard to stop. We both want to stop really bad; we’ve prayed and fasted many times. We feel guilty asking forgiveness, then a few weeks later doing […]

Can Children Honor Their Parents and Still Report Abuse?

Suppose a parent abuses a child. If honoring our father and mother is literal, how can children keep the command and still report the abuse? Did God antici­pate that parents would molest their young? Maybe the fifth commandment means how we live, not what we say about them. Your questions are fair ones, and your […]

Is Sex Before Marriage Wrong if You Truly Love the Person?

I’ve always been told that sex before marriage is wrong, but I can’t find anything that specifically speaks against it. A friend I’m trying to lead to Jesus wants Bible proof and thinks if you truly love the per­son, there is nothing wrong with having sex. Help! Scripture does not support the view of your […]

Does I Tim 3:12 Refer to Remarriage After Divorce, Polygamy, or Both?

“A deacon must be the husband of but one wife . . .” (1 Tim. 3:12). Does this refer to remarriage after divorce, to polygamy, or to both?  Most Bible students understand this text to address and prohibit polygamy among the church’s leaders, not to deny one who has been divorced for valid cause and […]