NEITHER GIVE PLACE TO THE DEVIL
There comes now a very disgusting announcement from
Freed-Hardeman University informing me that a very special
feature of the February 2005 Freed-Hardeman Bible Lectureship will
be a Contemporary Discussion dealing with: Should
the use of instrumental music in worship be a barrier to fellowship
with others, such as the Independent Christian Church?
Two men selected to present the heretical, digressive
viewpoint will be Phillip Morrison, assisted by Tim
Woodroof. The two men selected to negate the matter will be
Marlin Connelly, assisted by Philip Slate. Earl
Edwards will moderate the farcical affair.
I realize full well that President Milton Sewell will pay
absolutely no attention to my objections, as has been true in the
past, but such has not been a hindrance in his continuous
supplicant for my money.
A very sound and judicious brother called to inform me
that he had received an announcement about the Contemporary
Discussion. As we conversed he retorted, I think the
President is crazy to provide a sounding board for false
teachers. I agree and the event makes no earthly sense
Whoever conjured up the Contemporary Discussion
needs their head and heart examined. Such a fiasco is in no way a
mere Contemporary Discussion. Do the people at
Freed-Hardeman not have access to all of the many discussions,
debates, articles and confrontations which sound and faithful
brethren have presented relative to instrumental music throughout
the past years? Whatever happened to the Hardeman-Boswell debate?
Is the scholarly work of brother M. C. Kurfees no longer in the F.
H. U. library? Are there no Bible teachers at Freed-Hardeman
capable and willing to teach what the Bible clearly presents
relative to the kind of music to be used in the worship? Is it the
case that F.H.U. students and others need to hear heretics palaver
why Christians should fellowship ...others such as the
Independent Christian Church? Who are all the
others? I am fully cognizant that my statements will be
spurned, but nonetheless, there is not a person at Freed-Hardeman
or anywhere else in the entire world who can prove that the
Independent Christian Church is any part or parcel of the New
Testament church. I know what the liberal element prattles. They
say, The Christian church preachers baptize for the remission
of sins. Any person with a thinker can realize that
some of the others claim to baptize for the remission of
sins. This is the crux of the matter. The Mormons, Catholics,
Jehovahs Witnesses, and the Jesus Only Pentecostals all claim
to baptize for the remission of sins and they claim to be the
church or a part thereof. When will Sewell, et al, have some of the
others to come to the campus to bray for fellowship?
Does Milton Sewell believe that the Independent Christian
Church is the church of Christ? Does he believe the Mormon Church
is the church of Christ? When a person is baptized into the
Independent Christian Church, does he think he is being baptized
into the one body, the church of Christ? Of course not!
It makes no sense whatever during a time when so many
elders, preachers and congregations are turning aside from the
faith and clamoring for instrumental music to set aside
a time and place for false teachers to proliferate error.
There is no excuse for such compromising, blundering,
erroneous, defective and dereliction of duty. The inspired Word
declares, Neither give place to the devil (Eph. 4:27). No
amount of chatter will let the liberals rub that verse out of the
Bible. How could the F.H.U. authorities give place to the devil?
How would anyone be able to give the devil a place? How can people
show disrespect, impudence, arrogance, contemptuousness,
irreverence and scorn toward the Word of God? I would think the
best way would be to give the devil a nice, sweet invitation to
occupy a place.
When discussing false teachers who use vain words, the
apostle wrote, Be not ye therefore partakers with them
(Eph. 5:7). The marginal reading says, Have nothing to do with
them. How much sense does one need to understand what the
apostle teaches? The announcement has been sent out to regions all
around. Widows will be expected to send their mites and
congregations will be pressured to send thirty pieces of silver in
order to help provide a PLACE for the devil.
A real problem which obtains among so many is a very loose
and liberal attitude toward the Word of God. The Bible still reads,
...mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to
the doctrine which ye have learned and avoid them (Rom.
16:17). Somebody is to be avoided by somebody. People who teach
false doctrine are to be avoided. Does Phillip Morrison teach
error? I have no more respect for those who cause divisions and
teach contrary doctrines than I have for those who compromise the
truth and feign fellowship with them. The Bible plainly declares,
And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness,
but rather reprove them (Eph. 5:11).
Brother Perry Cotham wrote, I think it is time our
Christian colleges stop giving encouragement to the liberals by
having any of them to speak on their lectureships. I do not intend
to keep silent and let the Lords church be turned into some
kind of a Pentecostal holiness denomination. Are you?
Brother Foy E. Wallace, Jr. wrote, Respecting history
sustains the assertion that every major digression and departure
culminating in apostasy has originated in the schools.
Brother E. R. Harper wrote, Why invite men who are
known to be and/or believed to be liberal and by so doing cause
such anxious hours when there are scores of good men who would
bring no such criticisms, especially when the men who bring him
know that the man is žunder fire from good men who love the
church and the truth.
Brother Hall Calhoun declared, Heretics are not at
liberty to confiscate property which was given by men who believed
that the Bible is the final authority in religion and use this
property contrary to the known will of its donors.
The person invited to Freed-Hardeman in order to make a
plea for the use of instrumental music is Phillip Morrison who is
a member of Rubel Shellys church and who served as Executive
Director of the notorious Jubilee. That would be a marvelous
invitation for someone at F.H.U. to present to Morrison. When will
they invite Sadam? How much money will the University pay Morrison
and Woodroof to present their palaver? Which congregations will
send the money to F.H.U. to be used to pay false teachers?
I will venture a guess that some of the students who are
straddling the fence will swallow the Morrison rot.
Philip Slate is a professor at the ultra-liberal Harding
Graduate School which reeks with its own brand of heretical
teachings and Connelly is a former teacher at the apostate Lipscomb
University. Selecting those two men to negate the use of mechanical
instruments of music would be similar to having some Hollywood
actress to speak on chastity.
Brethren, do you think you might be able to voice your
thoughts against this ridiculous and compromising scenario at
Freed-Hardeman University? Edmond Burke said, The only way for
the forces of evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing.
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UPHOLD THE PLEA
James W. Boyd
The Lords church began on the first day of Pentecost
after the death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus
Christ. The characteristics of His church are revealed to mankind
in the Bible. By those characteristics the church can be
identified. It is called the body of Christ, the church of God,
churches of Christ, the kingdom of God, the house or family of God,
and other identifications that show possession. Its members are
called disciples, Christians, saints, priests and other terms found
The governmental organization of the church is relatively
simple. Christ is the head. Members are organized into local
congregations. Congregations are organized with elders having the
oversight, deacons who serve, preacher and teachers, and all the
membership making up the body. Each congregation is autonomous or
self-governing inasmuch as there is no super-ecclesiastical
organization of the Lords church larger than a local
The creed is Christ and the written creed (meaning what is
believed) is the Bible. The worship consists of singing, praying,
observing the Lords supper, giving, and proclaiming the Word
of God. The terms of entrance are hearing the Word, believing in
Jesus as the Christ the Son of God, repenting of sins, confessing
faith in Jesus as the Christ and being baptized into Christ for the
remission of sins by His authority (in His name).
The church is united in mind, doctrine, practice, speaking
the same things, speaking as the oracles of God, tied together by
the bond of faith and fellowship in Christ.
The work of the church is to evangelize the world with the
Gospel, edify and build up itself (the saved), recover those who
may fall away and render benevolent and charitable deeds to those
in need as opportunity presents itself.
The inspired history of the early church shows the
people doing the Lords work the Lords way. The New
Testament gives us His pattern and blueprint to which we must
adhere if we would be the Lords people and do the Lords
As prophesied, there came a falling away from the truth (I
Tim. 4:1-3; II Peter 2:1,2: Acts 20:28-30). The apostasy did not
occur rapidly, but gradually over a long period of time. Many of
the departures from truth occurred concurrently. There was first a
change in the governmental structure of the church into an
ecclesiastical hierarchy. The names of the church and its members
were changed. Human creeds were introduced alongside of, and then
instead of, the Bible. Traditions, doctrines of men, superstitions,
and combinations of truth with pagan and heathen practices
perverted the church away from Gods pattern. There was a
change in the manner of worship, the terms of admission, the
mission, purpose, and work of the church. Very little was left
untouched by the apostasy.
Down through the years when these changes were taking
place, there were voices that cried out against them, but to no
avail. Many warned of the error involved, pleaded for people not to
follow men but to return to God. But they were ignored, silenced by
persecution and death, intimidated into retreat and the apostasy
rolled on. Human history entered into the period historians call
the Dark Ages.
Eventually, after several centuries, there were those who
could raise their voices in opposition to the ruling powers,
primarily the Roman Catholic Church, and survive. Their voices were
not silenced but heard. They would not be ignored nor intimidated.
Such were Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, Ulrich Zwingli,
and many others who are considered the fathers of the
Moving rather rapidly now over history, suffice it to say
that the Reformation Movement did not reform existing Romanism as
was first intended. Rather, it produced Protestant
denominationalism with its many names, churches, doctrines, creeds,
practices, etc. All that characterizes the confused, contradictory,
and chaotic religiously divided scene so evident today was produced
to a great degree from the Reformation.
In the eighteenth century, men began to see the gross
inconsistency of denominationalism. They began the plea for a
return to New Testament Christianity. They urged people to go back
behind denominationalism (the apostasy), all the way back to a
thus saith the Lord found in the Scriptures. They urged
that men preach what was preached then, speak as the oracles of
God, speak where the Bible speaks, be silent where the Bible is
silent, require what Scripture requires, neither add to nor take
from what the Bible teaches. They desired men to recognize the
Bible as the all-sufficient religious authority it claims to be (II
MORE SEEDS OF ERROR ARE SOWN
Prominent men involved in this plea that had its beginning
in Europe but found fertile soil in America were James OKelly,
Elias Smith, Abner Jones, Barton W. Stone, Thomas and Alexander
Campbell and a host of others. Their plea was based on the
irrefutable principle of sowing and reaping sowing the seed
of the kingdom, the Word of God, into hearts as was done in New
Testament times. What the seed produced then, it would produce
Such a plea captured the attention of thousands upon
thousands. Many battles were fought and won against the die-hards
of denominationalism. The Lords church was restored, and that
period has come to be known as the early days of the Restoration
Unfortunately, the dark clouds of Satanic apostasy raised
other storms for the church to endure. Two vastly different
approaches were adopted toward the Bible. One said we are permitted
to do whatever the Bible does not specifically prohibit. The other
says that we are to do what we do in the name of Christ,
which means by His authority (Col. 3:17). Second John nine forbids
transgressing the doctrine of Christ and binds abiding in the
doctrine of Christ. This was the unsuppressible contention of
BUT TRUTH RISES AGAIN
These two approaches finally produced division over such
innovations as the missionary society and instrumental music
neither of which has authority from Scripture. The missionary
society was a organization separate and apart from the church that
assumed to do the work of the church, that rivaled the church.
Instrumental music was wrong because it added another kind of music
in worship rather than that which God had repeatedly commanded and
Since these original divisive intrusions into the
otherwise growing restoration efforts of the Lords church,
there have been more innovations, such as the church becoming
involved in politics, entertainment, secular education, fun and
games evangelism, observance of holy days, women
preachers, raising funds through raffles, rummage sales, etc.
rather than the free-will offerings as Scripture teaches. Those who
launched out upon the sea of digression drifted so far away from
the shores of truth that they now admit to being nothing but a
denomination among denominations. They practice open membership,
not even requiring what the Bible teaches is absolutely necessary
to be considered a child of God. They have adopted all manner of
false doctrines. And on it goes.
Years and years of faithful labor was plowed under by
liberal digressives and apostate people and their ways. Entire
congregations, properties, preachers, members were taken away from
the loyal and faithful plea of staying with the Bible, and they
went their own way, the way of the world, and did their own
thing. The real tragedy of this and any other apostasy is the
loss of souls. One cannot be saved and defy God and His will.
Even so, the remnant remained and the church began to grow
and prosper once again until, numerically, it outnumbered the
digressive elements that sprang from the departure of restoration
THE ONLY WAY TO UNITY
But history has a way of repeating itself. Today, even as
these words are written, some of the same false ideas, practices,
innovations, organizations, attitudes and doctrines are dividing
the church. The wail is unity in diversity, which simply
means agreeing to disagree and do your own thing. We hear
of new hermeneutics which is neither new nor
hermeneutics. It is nothing but a denial of truth. Change
is the watch-word regardless of why. Compromise is the fashion.
Go along to get along replaces conviction. Schools, large
metropolitan churches, big name preachers and brotherhood
papers are all calling for the relaxation of the plea to stay with
the Book. They have learned to practice a pseudo love by tolerating
whatever anybody wants so long as they are honest and sincere,
regardless of the revealed will of God in Scripture.
The cause of restoration is noble and right, but it
suffers from the Lords enemies, being allowed again to be
retarded, splintered and abandoned. They want to become accepted by
the world and have a large number of followers.
The only way to unity is faithfulness to God and to hold
tenaciously to the teaching to speak as the oracles of
God (I Peter 4:11). There must be Bible authority for
what we say, believe, and practice, because the Bible is the sole
authority. Unity based on truth is the only true unity. The plea
shall never be outdated nor irrelevant. It is our sacred duty
before God and man to uphold this plea regardless of the cost to
ourselves and those around us.
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TO WHOM ARE WE SINGING PRAISES?
Our country is at war. The United States has men and women,
young, bright, dedicated, patriotic men and women, who are in
harms way, fighting and dying at the decision of our President
and out of loyalty to this country. This is no light matter. When
we think of these brave young men and women, and when we remember
brave generations now gone who have fought for this great nation
for our freedom, and for our welfare, gratitude swells in right
thinking minds. Patriotism is not out of place in the Christian.
In fact, Christians, who are among the most grateful
people on earth, recognize the freedoms we have as being far beyond
what most other people on the face of the earth, now or at any
other time, have ever experienced. It is no light thing to be able
to worship openly, to teach the truth without fear of government
intervention or censure, to even be able to condemn the sin of our
leaders without fear of losing our heads as John did when he
condemned the marriage of Herod (Matt. 14:3-4). We would like to
believe we would do these things even if it meant being condemned
and persecuted by our government, but it is certainly easier (on
us) to worship, teach, and rebuke sin in an atmosphere of freedom
such as we have in this great country.
It has come to our attention that some congregations of the
Lords church, in the midst of patriotic fervor, are singing
songs in the worship services that are for the purpose of praising
our great country. While we are not against many of these songs
themselves, we are against using such songs in worship services.
EXAMPLES OF OTHER NON-SPIRITUAL SONGS
Do we really need to stop and remind people that God is
the recipient and audience of our worship (John 4:24) or that we
are to worship Him alone (Matt. 4:10)? Is it really necessary to
point out that My Country Tis Of Thee or America
The Beautiful are songs which are sung primarily in praise of
our country rather than the praise of our God? To whom are we
singing praises, God or man? Patriotic songs have no place in the
worship of our God.
I realize that these types of songs in some cases ask God
to bless our country. And truly we should be praying for our
leaders and rulers (not just ours but for all that are in
authority, I Tim. 2:1-2) so that we can lead quiet and peaceable
lives. But there is no doubt that such songs are sung primarily in
praise of this country, and we do not come together in worship to
sing praises to earthly things.
The authority we have from God is to sing psalms,
hymns and spiritual songs (Col. 3:16; Eph. 5:19).
In our congregation, we use the songbook Church Gospel
Songs & Hymns (Editors V. E. Howard & Broadus E. Smith,
Central Printers & Publishers). There are several examples of songs
in this book that are not suitable for a worship service:
POSSIBLE UNDERLYING CAUSES
1. #587 Just a Rose Will Do. When time shall
come for my leaving, when I bid you adieu; Dont spend your
money for flowers, just a rose will do. Ill go to a
beautiful garden, At last when lifes work is thru; Dont
spend your money for flowers, Just a rose will do.
It may be a nice sentiment. It may be a nice song in
another setting, but what does it have to do with the worship and
praise of Almighty God?
2. #622 Sweetest Mother. Shes a little old
fashioned, that sweet mother of mine, There are many whose beauty
will my mothers outshine; Shes a little old fashioned as
I can plainly see, But she is forever sweetest mother to me.
My mother is a great Christian woman. I have more respect
for her than I can possibly express. But I will not sit in a
service and sing about her when I should be praising my God.
3. #628 Time Has Made a Change. Time has made
a change since my childhood day, Many of my friends have gone away;
Some I nevermore in this life shall see, Time has made a change in
Notice, there is no word about the transforming Gospel,
no praise to the God who teaches us to put off the old man and put
on the new (Col. 3:9-10). Rather, it is TIME who has made a change
4. #658 Theres a Church in the Valley. This old
favorite is not about a church; it is about a small, brown
building, in a place that is sentimental to the writer.
It is sometimes a difficult thing to identify the cause of
something. But sometimes it is helpful. Whether or not the
following things are the direct cause of the problem of singing
praises to others besides God, they are at least related to the
WHAT TO DO
1. Many simply do not recognize the nature of God, and
therefore cannot understand the nature of worship. Worship is from
the word worthship and has to do with the worth of God.
This meaning is clearly shown in scripture. I Chron. 16:29, Psalm
29:2, and Psalm 96:8 all teach us to give to the Lord the
glory due to his name. No matter how great our country may be,
no matter how great our mothers may be, they cannot compare with
the greatness of our God. He far outshines all things in his power,
in his purity, and in the love and mercy he has shown to all men.
These other things simply do not come near to the worshipful
attitude we should have toward God.
2. Many simply do not recognize the difference between the
sacred and the common, the holy and the profane. Yes we can take
certain acts of worship into the world with us. We can pray and
even sing praises while in prison. But let us never be guilty of
bringing the things of the world, even the profound blessings that
we have, into the worship. Worshiping the things of this world is
idolatry. It is worshiping the creature more than the creator (Rom.
3. Many have failed to recognize that worship is not about
what we want. It is not up to us to decide what we will do in
worship. Many have challenged the pattern concept the idea
that God has given us a pattern for worship. But not only do we
need a pattern to worship in truth (John 4:24), denial of the
pattern makes worship totally subjective. If there is no pattern,
then we can do anything we want and call it worship. Skydiving
becomes worship for some. Fishing becomes worship for others. Where
is the end of this kind of madness? Those who deny the existence of
a pattern probably do not want to go this far, but once they break
down the walls of the pattern there is no stopping place to the
4. Many do not see the difference between emotionalism and
spirituality. If a thing stirs deep emotions i.e. a song
about country, mom, or about a little church (building) in a valley
by a wild wood it is mistaken for a spiritual thing. This
confusion results in a never-ending search for new things to do in
worship which will stir the emotions. This is not spirituality, and
it is not worship. Can you imagine ancient Israelites saying,
You know, killing an animal just doesnt do it for me any
more. Maybe we should find something even more exciting. But
it was not about exciting. It was not about emotionalism. True
worship does touch emotions within us (gratitude, Phil. 4:6),
conviction of sin (Acts 2:37), etc., but it does not rely on or aim
at pure emotionalism.
Let us mold our hearts by Gods word. Let us lift up our
voices and make melody in our hearts to the Lord (Eph.
5:19). Let us be satisfied with the simple pattern of worship he
has authorized (Col. 3:17). Let us learn to put Him first, in the
very heart and center of our worship, so that we may learn to put
Him first in all aspects of our lives.
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IF THE HOLY SPIRIT OPERATED DIRECTLY ON MANKIND
Many peoples concept of Christianity includes some
mysterious work of the Holy Spirit to change ones life. The
Bible teaches the Spirit operates upon man to create faith, convict
of sin and convert the soul. But the question is, does the Holy
Spirit operate directly on man or does He work through
the word of God?
The Bible states that the sword of the Spirit
is the word of God (Eph. 6:17). This word is quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to
the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and
marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the
heart (Heb. 4:12). These two verses show that the Spirit
does not operate directly upon man, but through a means the
agency of the word of God. It is much like a man who went to cut
down a tree. Did the man himself cut down the tree or did the saw
he used cut down the tree? Obviously, the man did cut down the
tree, but he used a tool to do so, a saw.
Suppose the Holy Spirit did operate directly upon mankind
apart from the word of God. What would be the results? God does not
want anyone to be lost (2 Peter 3:9). He is also no respecter of
persons (Acts 10:34). Therefore, the Spirit would act uniformly on
everyone. Since the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead, He is all
powerful. So it should be the case that everyone would be saved.
There can be no other outcome when an irresistible force operates
directly upon a very moveable object such as man! But Jesus said,
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter
into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father
which is in heaven (Matt. 7:21). This accounts for the
fact that not everyone will be saved though God is no respecter of
persons. Not everyone chooses to do the will of God.
If the Spirit operated directly on mankind apart from the
word of God, the New Testament would not be needed to convert
people from their sinful lives. Conversion would depend entirely on
the work of the Holy Spirit. If someone was not converted, the
blame would lie at the feet of God. Who would dare charge God with
a failure to accomplish His will? The truth was stated long ago:
So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it
shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which
I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it
(Isa. 55:11). Preaching Gods word will harden some and
soften others. The sun will melt wax but harden clay. Different
effects are the result of the differing natures of the materials.
So it is with mankind. Some will choose to believe and obey while
others choose not to believe and thus disobey leading to their
If the Spirit operated directly, why even bother
preaching? Here is a curious thing. Those who advocate a direct
operation of the Holy Spirit preach it! Shouldnt the Spirit
have revealed his message directly to each person? Jesus told his
apostles, ye shall be witnesses unto me both in
Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the
uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8). Without a
knowledge of Gods word, one cannot have faith in Jesus Christ
since faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17). The
Bible nowhere states that faith comes by some mysterious operation
of the Holy Spirit.
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THE LORDS CHURCH WAS NOT ESTABLISHED TO...
The Lords church is the one that was
established in A.D. 33 in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost. The
Lords church is the one that Jesus built (Matt.
16:18) and purchased with his own blood (Acts 20:28). The
Lords church is the one body the apostle Paul
recognized as being valid (Eph. 4:4). There is only one
body that the Savior has promised to save (Eph. 5:23). It is
imperative to understand that we are not discussing what
denominations were established to do. Denominations may do whatever
their founder desires them to do and please men, but they will
never please God. If the church of our Lord is to be faithful, it
must only do the bidding of its founder, Jesus Christ, and such
will never please most men.
The Lords church was not established to exist
incognito! It makes one want to gag to hear those who profess
to be members of the Lords church avoid telling people they
are a member of the church of Christ. These modern day dreamers
will tip-toe for miles on eggshells before they will admit they are
a member of the church of Christ. Upon being forced to
make the admission, they then apologize by saying, But we
dont believe we are the only ones going to heaven.
What is wrong with the name church of Christ? Am I ashamed
that Christ built His church? Am I embarrassed that the church
wears His glorious name? Do I not want the church to be connected
with the Savior? Brethren, these questions deserve an honest
answer. Many members need to begin thinking for themselves and
cease following the liberal change-agents who would place the
church under a bushel (cf. Matt. 5:13-16). Faithful soldiers of the
cross will boldly proclaim the essentiality and eternal destiny of
the Lords church. We cannot keep the church a secret and save
the souls of men!
The Lords church was not established to provide
entertainment for its members! One can search the Bible from
beginning to end and never find one incident where God has sought
to entertain His people. It can be proved, however, that God
would have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of
the truth (I Tim. 2:4). It is also true that
the Son of man came to seek and save that which was lost
(Luke 19:10). We read that it was the Lords desire
that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in
his name unto all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem
(Luke 24:47). When the early church was persecuted and scattered,
they did not offer all types of entertainment to attract people.
They did, however, go about preaching the word. And
Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them
the Christ (Acts 8:4-5). The early church realized that
the Gospel was the only power of God unto salvation,
and they were not ashamed to proclaim it (Rom. 1:16).
The early church did not seek to attract people with
eloquent dramatized skits laced with finger-nail biting excitement!
Neither did the early church have youth ministers to
entertain and baby-sit the young or a 㦓ers minister
to transport the older saints to every play and flower garden
within driving distance. Didnt they know that because of
severe persecution they would have to cater to the wants
of both young and old in order to grow? The wisdom of man says that
the early church is destined to fail. The result the early
Christians who feared God and unashamedly proclaimed the Gospel
grew by leaps and bounds (cf. Acts 2:41; 4:4; 5:14; 6:7; 9:31).
The Lords church was not established to provide
a soothing answer to mans sins! The majority of men want
to live in sin, enjoy the pleasures of the moment, and be told that
all is well with their souls. Thus, alcoholics have a disease,
homosexuals have a defective gene, fornication is
simply an affair, lying is misinformation, and
sin is tolerated as a mistake. Brethren, we can ill afford
to pat members on the back, accept their contribution, and overlook
sin! All sin is deadly (Rom. 6:23), and all must repent (give up)
of their sins or lose their souls. Even though not politically
correct, Christians will teach sinners that they must
repent or perish (Luke 13:3).
May we keep in mind that the Lords church was
established to do what no man-made institution can do. Let us
therefore not lose sight of the glorious purpose and mission of the
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HOW SHALL THEY HEAR?
GOSPEL BROADCASTING NETWORK
Preach the Gospel to every creature is a charge
current in every generation until the end of time. Admittedly,
reaching every soul with the message of salvation is challenging,
when one considers the worlds population of over six billion
a figure that could double by the year 2040! Coupled with the
fact that about a hundred precious souls are dying every minute,
the problem the Lords people face in reaching a world rapidly
rushing into eternity is obvious. However, since God desires that
all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth, we must
believe He has given His people the power and potential to solve
the problem of reaching every soul with the truth.
A large part of the solution as to how we may reach the
masses with the message of salvation is now in production:
GOSPEL BROADCASTING NETWORK a satellite network,
broadcasting the truth, and nothing but the truth, 24 hours a day,
seven days a week under the oversight of the Highland Church
of Christ in Dalton, Georgia, scheduled to go on the air no later
than January 1, 2006.
The primary thrust of the network is: 1) to establish in
viewers of all ages a strong belief in the existence of God through
a heavy concentration of Christian evidences, 2) to establish in
viewers the conviction that God has revealed Himself and His will
to man through the Bible; and, 3) to encourage the proper response
to Gods Word obedience to the plan of salvation and
adherence to the New Testament pattern of worship, work, and
In many places brethren are threatened by false teaching,
a saturation of sound Bible teaching via GBN may help strengthen
them to withstand error and to stand for the truth. Also, there are
areas where the church is practically nonexistent and brethren are
striving to grow in the faith. Sound television programming that
may be viewed, possibly videotaped for later use, may edify these
Christians and assist in their evangelistic efforts.
The members of the GBN management team, under the
of the Highland elders, bring many years of collective experience
to their responsibilities. Barry Gilreath, Sr., is the
Executive Director of GBN and serves as one of the overseeing
elders. Jim Dearman is the Program Director, and Don
Blackwell and Mike Hixson are National Field
Representatives. Common to all is a strong determination to air
nothing on the new network but sound Bible teaching and preaching.
Members of the Lords church may contact GBN at:
P.O. Box 23604
Chattanooga, TN 37422
on the web: www.gbntv.org
Phone: (423) 893-7807; toll free:
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