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I consider myself to be a "doctrine specialist" if there is such a thing. I offer scripture to support or refute (as needed) any doctrine practiced within what is commonly termed "Christianity" today. I am willing to try questions on prophecy and history, though they are weak points. I have learned a little, however. Also, as I am disabled, I have time to research many things. For example, I can find a congregation of the church within twenty miles of your ZIP Code if one exists. If traveling, I can locate a congregation for your visit. I am accountable in this ministry to a group of Christians. I will share my answers with them for review. If a question is private, I will redact the names for privacy.

Experience in the area

I became a Christian on April 7, 1969. I have been a substitute, spur-of-the-moment preacher for thirty years. My last pulpit was with the congregation in Braswell, GA. My sermons have always contained at least fifty percent scripture. On occasion, I have preached in seven states, and four foreign nations. This is beside my online ministry. I am now, officially retired.

I hope to never mislead anyone saying I'm a member of one group, when I'm really in another as one here does. By his own admission, he isn't a member of the church, but of the "Christian Church" (sic) denomination. If I can be honest, I don't know why others would want to lie.


Having already acquired significant Bible education from self-study, I attended 1.5 years of Bible college through the church at Dyersburg, TN (before my health waned) in an attempt to get paper to say I know what I know.

What do you like about this subject?

While I am not a history expert, I can run research to find out about when a practice was introduced into the apostate religions. Would you like me to find this information as well? There is a new Christian sattelite network beginning 11-26-05: . Look for it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

We all continue to grow if we're faithful. When we stop growing, it's time to take a deep look inward.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

There is a prophecy relating to churches of Christ of which many are unaware. In 533 A.D. pope John II was named "Lord of the Church." This completed catholicism's break from the church, and sent us into hiding; "The Dark Ages." Revelation 12:6 says the church would remain in this wilderness "1260 days." In 1793 (1260 years after pope John II) the Restoration began. We became known again.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

A chapel is a church building, right? "A Cappella" translates from Latin to "Of the Chapel." "A Cappella" music is "Of the Chapel" music; it is in church buildings. Logically then, instrumental music is not found in church buildings. So, if there is an instrument added to worship, it is not the church; the worship is vain (empty of meaning) teaching man's words.

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Chris02/18/16101010Great. Thank you.
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Recent Answers from Marvin Howard

2016-02-09 How do we know God asked the sacrifice?:

Hello, Chris.    Thank you for the question. I will do my best to answer so that you may understand. Rest assured, it is not as difficult as it seems. You are simply laboring under an incorrect definition

2015-05-11 omni present:

Hi!    Miguel, at first glance, I thought the beginning question was so obvious. But, the more I considered it, the more legitimate the question became. There is no Scripture saying that Satan is omnipresent

2015-05-05 step kids:

Not much, if any, is said in the Bible regarding the matter. The ideal is for all to stay married, and there would be no step-kids. This makes a grey area, with much room for opinion. I am afraid that

2015-04-15 right day of worship:

Miguel, thank you for your sincere desire to understand truly what the Word of God says. So many just accept what they are told without question. I wrote an article on this several years ago. I have even

2015-04-15 rebaptism:

Acts 2:38 states that baptism is for the purpose of remitting ones sins. If you do not get in the water for this purpose, you were not baptized in the Biblical sense of the word. You simply got wet. If


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