chapters in this small volume were conceived many years
ago as a series of two-minute recorded telephone messages.
Hence, they are all about equal in length, and short.
They make no claim to being exhaustive studies of any subject,
nor is the sum of them a comprehensive list of every important
Bible theme. Rather, they are intended as an introduction
to certain basic topics, many of which, as the subtitle
suggests, have become twisted and misunderstood over the
centuries since the Bible’s writing. This decline was predicted
in the Bible itself (e.g., Acts 20:29-30; 2 Tim. 4:3-4),
so it should not be surprising that today, what is commonly
believed is often at odds with what the Bible clearly teaches.
is hoped that in these short chapters readers will find
beliefs that make sense --- logical sense, yes; but more
importantly, Biblical sense --- and be challenged
to "search the scriptures daily" to see if these things
are so (Acts 17:11).
great debt is owed to the late Robert Roberts, whose classic
Christendom Astray (1884) and other works provided
a good deal of the material (and not a few turns of phrase!)
Bible references are from the King James Version except