This present copy of The Lampstand magazine includes the first in a series of feature articles that will be prepared from time to time dealing with “Our Warfare in Christ” and designed to assist us in battling the evil influences of the world in our endeavour to be a holy people unto the Lord. The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but they are mighty through God even to the dismantling of strongholds (2 Cor 10:4). The purpose of our warfare is for “casting down imaginations [‘reasonings’ margin], and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ”.

This is, without a doubt, the sincere desire of every brother and sister of Christ, but the things we face are becoming more and more insidious and difficult to clearly perceive. Many rub shoulders daily with concepts and individuals that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God and many are increasingly confused by the world’s intrusion into every aspect of our personal lives through advertising, banking and finance, internet, e-mail and computers, the world-wide media and so on. Our adversary is often illusive and hard to grapple with and we are sometimes even ignorant of the dangers. We plan to address many of these questions in appropriate feature articles in future magazines as the need arises.

In this issue of The Lampstand we examine the expression “A Little Leaven Leaveneth The Whole Lump” and see how Paul used it in two different epistles—in 1 Corinthians 5:6 and in Galatians 5:9. In the first instance he is concerned with the corrupting influence of immorality from without: in the second, that from within—the leaven of Judaism.

Our young people are the specific object of much that is enticing and opposed to Godliness. Modern lifestyles, lifetime careers for both men and women, the temptation to conform to rôle models together with a measure of affluence and easy access to so many options, produces a lack of spiritual commitment and engenders a level of expectation which places them under a great amount of pressure to live up to those perceived expectations. Our article entitled For Richer, for Poorer… In Sickness and in Health suggests ways and means by which these pressures may be handled in a Godly fashion.

Put on the New Man expands Paul’s helpful advice to the Ephesians with a very relevant and simple strategy for dealing with those sins “which so easily beset us”. Replacing a negative appetite with a positive virtue; sublimating a fault rather than repressing it, is the apostle’s practical solution for brethren and sisters in his day: how admirably suited also to our circumstances in this far-off twenty-first century.

Our Heritage article by Brother Roberts concerns the difficulties of our walk, the darkness which surrounds us (this was his view of his world of the 19th century) and the hope of the refreshing to be brought at the Lord’s imminent return. Today the Lord’s return is indeed imminent and the darkness with which we are surrounded is almost “gross darkness”(Isa 60:2). The time is surely at hand when Yahweh’s saints shall be removed and the final scene of the drama of the ages will begin to unfold. May we be among that number who shall be gathered together unto Him, having made a covenant with Him by sacrifice (Psa 50:5).