THE SPIRITUAL SWORD
The Spiritual Sword is a quarterly religious journal dedicated to the teaching of the gospel of Christ (Matthew 28:18-20) and to a defense of “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3). Its mission is to take “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:17) and with that sharp, powerful weapon to wage spiritual warfare against “principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). It understands that “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ” (II Corinthians 10:4-5).
The journal was launched in 1969 by Dr. Thomas B. Warren (Ph. D., Vanderbilt) and was edited by him for the first twenty years of its existence. For the past twenty-five years it has been ably guided and edited by Dr. Alan E. Highers (J.D., University of Memphis), recently retired after a forty-year career in the Tennessee judiciary, the last thirty-two of which were as a distinguished judge on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. From its beginning until the present (over forty-five years) The Spiritual Sword has been published by and under the oversight of the elders of the Getwell Church of Christ in Memphis, Tennessee.
The writers of The Spiritual Sword are all men of rich Bible knowledge and immense spiritual depth and maturity. They each have many years of experience in preaching the gospel and in building strong congregations of New Testament Christians. Neither from their tongue nor from their pen does there come forth an “uncertain sound” (I Corinthians 14:8). To a man, they are all “set for the defense of the gospel” (Philippians 1:17). I am honored, sobered, and humbled by the privilege of having been permitted to write for this journal for the past almost twenty years.
During his twenty-five years as editor of The Spiritual Sword, Alan Highers has demonstrated a remarkable ability to develop timely, relevant, “cutting edge” themes for each issue. Through the years, he has emphasized such themes as: “The Final Things,” “Moral Issues Facing the Church,” “Catholicism,” “Mormonism,” “WorshipIn Spirit and Truth,” “The Charismatic Movement,” “The Community Church Movement,” “Why Churches of Christ Do Not Use Instrumental Music in Worship,” “The Winds of Change,” “The Church That Jesus Built,” “The Restoration Plea,” “Dangerous Philosophies Facing the Church,” “Striving For Balance,” “Daily Christian Living,” “They Parade Their Sin Like Sodom” (a forceful refutation of the homosexual lifestyle), “Are We Losing the Distinctive Edge?,” and many other absorbing themes.
Several years ago, Alan (a close personal friend since our college days), began devoting many of the July issues of the journal to “A Handy Guide” to various important subjects. “Handy Guides” have been published to the Bible, church history, denominationalism, biblical morality, the Restoration Movement, false systems of belief, and understanding the Bible. These special “Handy Guides” have been extremely well received and useful.
The forthcoming April 2015 issue will deal with “God’s Plan for Women,” and will be a thorough study of the role of women in the church. It will address the numerous Biblical texts related to the role of women and will refute the notion that women may scripturally serve as elders, deacons, preachers, or any other role in which they violate what the Scriptures authorize them to do. At the same time, it will speak of what godly women can do in the church. At a time when some churches of Christ are pushing for a wider role of women in the church, including serving as preachers, this will be an extremely timely issue of The Spiritual Sword.
The publication goes around the world (I frequently receive questions and comments from readers overseas), and it is the most widely read strictly teaching publication by members of the church of Christ. To receive The Spiritual Sword, send your subscription of $8.00 (per year) to the Getwell Church of Christ, 1511 Getwell Road, Memphis, TN38111. Many churches subscribe to bundles for their members. It is money well spent.
March 3, 2015