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Review of “Anti-ism — From God or Man?” (1)

Introduction

In 2006 the small group wearing the moniker “Spring Church of Christ” in Spring, Texas hosted their annual “Contending For the Faith Lectureship.”   In that year the topic under consideration was “Anti-ism—From God Or Man?”   In conjunction with the lectureship series, a lecture book was printed to help further the spread of their intended message.     I came into possession of this work, and spent some time at the wearisome task of examining the teaching therein.   What will follow is a series of articles reviewing portions of that lecture book.

Why only review portions?    As is so often the case, when those few institutional brethren who will discuss these issues take time to discuss them, they make attempts to tie them into some inane and obscure doctrines that are present among churches of Christ.  For instance, they will attempt to liken brethren who oppose the use of the collection to support human institutions such as orphans homes, preaching schools, etc., with those who oppose the use of separate Bible classes or who bind the idea that Christians must only use one container when partaking of the Lord’s supper.   Thus we see no reason to review articles that condemn ideas that we agree are not biblical. Continue reading » Review of “Anti-ism — From God or Man?” (1)

In Reference to Modest Dress, Are We Binding The Old Testament?

There are occasions when in the study of morality and in particular the issue of modest dress, that we will consider definitions and examples in the Old Testament to further clarify our understanding of what God requires.  When this is done, there sometimes is an element of backlash and an accusation that we are “binding the Old Testament.”   In fact on one occasion a well known gospel preacher made the statement on the issue as he discussed modest dress in a sermon that he was “not one of these popes who takes it upon himself to bind the Old Testament on people in the matter.”   While this sentiment seems a bit harsh and over stated, the basic premise should be considered as we “prove all things, [and] hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21).   Are we binding the Old Testament when we define such terms as “nakedness” from its pages?   Let us consider the scriptures on the subject.

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The Great Danger of Worldliness

Worldliness poses a great threat to the child of God.  There as been an alarming trend in recent years as many in the Lord’s church have shown greater acceptance of worldliness and sin.  Many seek to justify their sin with argument, yet they are only arguing against God’s divine word.  There are no “loop-holes” in the book of God!  The Pharisees sought a “loop-hole” and were condemned for it.  Notice Matthew 15: 3-6:

He answered and said to them, “why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?  For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and ‘he who curses father and mother, let him be put to death.’ ‘but you say ‘whoever says to his father or mother , whatever profit you might have received  from me is a gift of God.’ ‘Then he need not honor his father or mother.’  Thus, you have made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.”

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The Purpose, Regulation, and Duration of Miraculous Manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

There are a great number of misconceptions concerning the work of the Holy Spirit. It is no question that the Holy Spirit works in the lives of people, and most would not argue that point. However, many believe that the Holy Spirit works miraculously in the lives of people today as he did in the first century. The purpose of this study will be to consider that view in the light of divine scripture; the “sword of the [Holy] Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17).   In addition, this study does not in any way deny the Holy Spirit’s divinity nor His power. He is God (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). He does have the power to work miracles (Acts 2). Thus this study is designed to consider His method of operation as it is laid out in the Bible, and as it pertains to followers of Christ.

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"God Knows My Heart"

We often hear this phrase uttered when one is caught in open sin, and when there is a clear disparity and discrepancy in their practice and the truth of the scriptures.  During the course of a discussion or Bible study one may be convicted by the scriptures of their sin, yet they are not willing to come to repentance and follow the Truth of the scriptures. Thus, this phrase “God knows my heart” is uttered. It is a feeble attempt to justify their sin in their own minds. The phrase is said to nullify obedience to God’s divine word.  Thus, those who make this argument, imply “I am convinced in my own mind and heart, thus it must be pleasing to God regardless of what He has revealed in the scriptures.”   It is the credo of those who “serve their own belly,” rather than “the Lord, Christ” ( Philippians 3:17-19).  The phrase defines the very attitude of those who seek to follow their own emotions and feelings, and reject the clear teaching of inspired scripture which alone is able to make us complete and equip us unto all good works ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17).  Let us consider the scriptural implications of such an argument…..

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