A GROWING OMISSION IN MODERN DAY PREACHING
(Not Presenting The Gospel Plan Of Salvation)
Robert R. Taylor, Jr.
Why are more and more of our preachers omitting the
inclusion of the plainly stated stipulations of the Gospel plan
of salvation in EVERY sermon they preach? I would not dare do
this. I am now in my 63rd year as a preacher and each time I have
given the invitation, I have told people what to do to be saved.
I emphasize hearing, faith, repentance, confession and
baptism (Rom. 10:17; John 8:21,24; Acts 17:30; Rom.
10:9-10; Acts 2:38 or Mark 16:16). I also make a point to tell
any erring member of the church who needs to be restored what
Gods plan of salvation states (Acts 8:22; James 5:16; 1 John
1:9). I have done this consistently from 1949 to 2012 and plan no
change in this. I feel strongly that we are not ready to sing the
invitation song until the above has been done. Should this not be
the sentiment of EVERY Gospel preacher?
I preached in a West Tennessee meeting some years back.
I gave the Gospel plan of salvation at the initial service.
Present for that service was a visitor from the state of
Washington. He had come back to his West Tennessee home area to
visit relatives and dear friends. As he shook my hand at the door
he said, I have not heard my local preacher in Washington
give the plan of salvation in a dozen years. I commend you for
doing it today in your first sermon of this meeting. I asked
him, Do you not have elders there? He assured me they
did. I asked, Why have they not corrected it? He knew
they had no justification for their lack of corrective action. In
this case, both preacher and elders were at serious fault.
Our elders here at Ripley, Tennessee, insists the plan
of salvation be given at EVERY service. I did this for 36 years
and our new preacher, Justin Paschall, continues this well
established practice. No one leaves a Sunday morning, Sunday
night or Wednesday night service without hearing spelled out the
Gospel plan of salvation. This is the way it should be
everywhere, but alas it is not!
Some years back we were having a Gospel meeting here at
Ripley. Consistently, we have always had excellent attendance
with many from the community in attendance. On a particular night
of that meeting we had a well-known religious leader visit the
meeting. This was the first time I had ever seen him at one of
our services and he has not been back since. The visiting
preacher did not give the Gospel plan of salvation anywhere in
his sermon. After the meeting was over one of our alert elders
said in my hearing, A man like ____ should never leave one
of our services without hearing the Gospel plan of salvation. The
visiting preacher had to be corrected on this for the rest of the
I remember hearing the late and lamented Guy N. Woods
say, If I were preaching to a group of elders and preachers,
I would still give the Gospel plan of salvation at the end of the
service. I do not want to get out of the habit of doing it. That
is my sentiment 100%. Why is not such the sentiment of ALL our
Some years back when I preached at Ripley, Mississippi,
I preached Sunday morning, conducted the funeral for our oldest
member early that afternoon and drove to Middle Tennessee to
begin a Gospel meeting that Sunday evening at 7:30 near Columbia,
Tennessee. On the way, late in the afternoon, I picked up on
radio the evening service from a nearby congregation. The program
came on at 6:00 and lasted one hour. Hence, I heard its entirety.
At no time in all that sermon did he tell his congregational
audience or his radio audience what to do to be saved. Surely,
there were many people traveling or confined at home listening to
that radio sermon. In all probability there were people listening
to that wonderful medium of radio who did not know what to do to
be saved. If there were, they did not learn it from this
incomplete radio sermon.
From 1974 to 2010, I preached about 4,500 radio sermons
on WTRB, our local radio station. I was on three mornings each
week. I never grew tired of quoting the Gospel plan of salvation
at the end of each radio message. We have many non-members who
listen to this on a regular basis.
More and more we hear it said at the end of a lesson,
If you have needs, come as we stand and sing. Why not
tell how they are to come obeying the Gospel plan of
salvation with both Gods first law of pardon and His second
law of pardon? Back up each demanded command with a thus
saith the Lord.
This growing omission needs to be corrected,
P0 Box 464
Ripley, TN 38063
Table of Contents
THE LORDS SUPPER
Garland M. Robinson
I grew up hearing brethren say (at the Lords table from
time to time) that the Lords supper was a remembrance of the
death, burial and resurrection of the Lord. I never questioned
it. Never thought anything about it. Even repeated it. And then,
many years ago, I heard a sermon where the points discussed
showed that the Lords supper was a memorial of the
Lords suffering and death, not His resurrection. Having
never heard that before, it was new to me. But, after considering
the subject, I understood it more perfectly (cf. Acts 18:26).
When we learn better, we do better.
These are the verses which speak about the Lords
Matthew 26:26-29, And as they were eating,
Jesus took bread, and blessed [it], and brake [it], and
gave [it] to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my
body. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and
gave [it] to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; For this is
my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the
remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink
henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink
it new with you in my Fathers kingdom.
Mark 14:22-25, And as they did eat, Jesus took
bread, and blessed, and brake [it], and gave to them, and
said, Take, eat: this is my body. And he took
the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave [it] to them:
and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my
blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the
vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of
Luke 22:14-20, And when the hour was come, he sat
down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them,
With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I
suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof,
until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup,
and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide [it] among
yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of
the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. And he took
bread, and gave thanks, and brake [it], and gave unto them,
saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do
in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper,
saying, This cup [is] the new testament in my blood,
which is shed for you.
I Corinthians 11:23-30, For I have received of the
Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus
the [same] night in which he was betrayed took bread: And
when he had given thanks, he brake [it], and said, Take, eat:
this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in
remembrance of me. After the same manner also [he took] the
cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new
testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink [it], in
remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and
drink this cup, ye do shew the Lords death till he come.
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink [this] cup of
the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of
the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of
[that] bread, and drink of [that] cup. For he that eateth and
drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself,
not discerning the Lords body. For this cause many
[are] weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
Both Matthew and Mark say nothing more than the bread
was the Lords body and the cup (fruit of the vine) was his
blood (that was shed for many for the remission of sins) and that
the Lord would not partake of these things with them any more
until the kingdom had come (e.g. the church was established).
Luke adds a little more by saying the bread was His
body which is given for you and they were to eat it in
remembrance of me (a memorial).
First Corinthians 11 gives more detail. The bread is
His body which is to be eaten in remembrance of me.
Also, the cup is the new testament in my blood and they
would drink it in remembrance of me. In partaking of
the Lords supper (both bread and cup), they would be showing
the Lords death till he come. Verse 29 also says
that in the observance of the Lords supper, it would be
discerning the Lords body. That is, we make a
distinction between the bread and cup of the Lords supper
and a common meal. We must be thinking of and mindful of the
Lords body. That includes his suffering and death. It is not
a time to be thinking of worldly things. We must focus our mind
on things at hand. The text says, the Lords body.
Adding together all that is said about the observance
of the Lords supper, we find:
1) The bread (unleavened) represents and reminds us of
the Lords body.
2) The cup (fruit of the vine) represents and reminds
us of the Lords blood that was shed for the forgiveness of
3) Both are to be eaten in remembrance of the Lord.
4) Both are to be eaten in remembrance of the
5) We must make a distinction between a common meal and
the Lords supper. That involves focusing our minds on his
suffering and death the very things He gave us instruction
In observing the Lords supper, we are mindful
of and concentrate upon the Lords body, His
blood, His death. These are the things specifically mentioned in
connection with the observance of the Lords supper. No
mention is made in any of these passages of the Lords
resurrection having a connection or link to the Lords
supper. That does not, by any stretch of the imagination,
minimize the importance and essentiality of the resurrection. We
know very well, that had He not been raised from the dead, we are
of all men most miserable (cf. 1 Cor. 15:19). In the total
picture of the Lords scheme of redemption, the resurrection
is paramount. However, all were able to observe in what the
Scriptures reveal is that inspiration did not directly connect
the resurrection with the observance of the Lords supper.
Had God wanted it to be a part, he would have included it.
The fact that the church meets on the first day of the
week is, in a sense, a remembrance of the Lords
resurrection. The Lord arose from the gave on the first day of
the week (Mark 16:1-6). The apostles were baptized in the Holy
Spirit on the first day of the week (Acts 2:1-4). The church was
established on the first day of the week (Acts 2:1-4). We are to
give of our means on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:2). The
church in the New Testament ate the Lords supper on the
first day of the week (Acts 20:7).
Obviously, saints are always mindful of the Lords
resurrection. We are so thankful for the love of God that sent
Jesus to die for our sins, that he was buried and that he arose
from the dead for our justification (Rom. 1:4). He ascended back
into heaven and sat down on the right hand of God. We therefore
follow His instructions in all things, till He comes
again. He gave instruction concerning the Lords supper.
It is to be observed (eaten) upon the first day of every week
(Acts 20:7). In so doing, we are mindful of the Lords body,
blood and death. We therefore think of the suffering He endured
in His body and His subsequent death. We think of the sacrifice
He made for us.
Four questions have been asked in respect to these
things. Lets examine them.
1) Betrayal was also mentioned in 1 Cor. 11:23 as
well as our Lords return in v.26 till He come. Are
these part of our remembrance also? to be added
to death and suffering.
It appears that the Lords betrayal is not directly
connected to the observance of the supper since it is not
represented in the bread or cup. It appears to be an
incidental, in that it is simply identifying the
time at which the Lord instituted the supper. It was on
the same night in which He was betrayed. Its obvious He was
betrayed, the text says so. We are certainly aware of that fact
and dont deny it. But, is it necessarily an essential part
of the supper? I dont see the connection. The fact that the
supper is to be observed till he comes again simply informs us
that the Lords supper is to be observed as long as the world
stands. It is a continuous memorial. Man has no right to dismiss
it or change it in any way.
2) Our remembrance would be: betrayal, suffering,
death ( ) come again. How could we leave out resurrection?
Of course were always mindful of the resurrection;
and, so thankful for it. No faithful Christian denys that. But,
the Scriptures do not directly link it to the Lords supper.
All the text says is that in the Lords supper we remember:
1) the Lords body that was given for us, 2) His blood that
was shed for us and 3) by observing the supper, we show His death
till He comes. In 1 Corinthians 11:27, the text says that if we
eat the bread and drink the cup unworthily, we are guilty of the
body and blood we are eating and drinking damnation to
ourselves (v.29). Nothing is said of being guilty of the body,
blood and resurrection. Nothing is said about showing His
resurrection till He comes. We do that by meeting on the first
day of the week. Notice the words, body, blood and death. The
resurrection is not mentioned.
3) Would it be a sin to mention Jesus
resurrection in ones prayer at the table?
To claim that in observing the Lords supper we are
partaking of a memorial in which we remember the Lords body,
blood, death and resurrection, is saying more than the Bible
says. The scriptures specifically mention (link) the Lords
body, blood and death, but it does not mention (link) the
resurrection to the observance of the Lords supper. It is
misleading to include the resurrection when the Scriptures do not
include it. Again, this in no way diminishes the resurrection, it
is essential to salvation. When we pray at the table, we simply
seek to do Bible things in Bible ways. It may well be an
opportune time to teach on the subject of the Lords supper
and what the Bible says about it and also of the resurrection and
what the Bible says about it. But, while we, on the one hand, are
so grateful for the Lords resurrection, on the other hand,
in observing the Lords supper, we are particularly mindful
of the Lords body, blood and death. As Aquila and Priscilla
expounded unto Apollos the way of God more perfectly (Acts
18:26), it would be appropriate that we do the same in informing
brethren about the Lords supper and the resurrection.
4) Is it sin if one thinks about Jesus burial
and resurrection during the Lords supper?
It seems appropriate that what has been discussed in
question 3 above would fit here. We deem it more fitting to have
in our minds what the Scriptures tell us to have in our minds and
not add anything to it. In all acts of worship, our minds are
filled with the totality of everything involved in our redemption
(i.e. everything the Scriptures say on every subject that is
connected with redemption, salvation, worship, etc.). But, more
specifically, during that part of worship which is the eating of
the Lords supper (1 Cor. 11:20), communion (1 Cor. 10:16),
the Lords table (1 Cor. 10:21), we focus our minds upon that
about which the Lord gave us instruction; namely, the body, the
blood and the death of our Lord.
Let us all study to show ourselves approved unto God,
being a workman that is not ashamed, rightly dividing, handling
correctly, the word of truth (cf. 2 Tim. 2:15).
Table of Contents
DONT TAKE MY WORD FOR IT
One would have to be willingly ignorant today, not to
recognize that religious leaders may be found teaching anything
and everything that might gain a following. But worse than that
is the fact that so many are willing to be led by such blind
leaders. However, such is nothing new. When it was brought to the
attention of Jesus that He had offended the Pharisees by exposing
their false doctrine, here was His answer. Every plant
which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.
Let them alone; they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the
blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch
IT ONLY TAKES A SLIGHT CHANGE TO CHANGE TRUTH INTO A LIE
False teachers do, on occasion, accurately teach a
portion of the scriptures. I chanced upon a religious program not
long ago that was doing a pretty good job of exposing some of the
fallacies of organic evolution while upholding the Biblical
account of creation. But then at the end of the program came
their man-made doctrine. The preacher said that those who desired
to be saved should say a humanly concocted prayer for salvation.
This directly contradicts what Jesus and His Apostles taught. We
have in the New Testament, clear teaching as well as a number of
examples of what one must do in order to have their sins forgiven
to become a Christian, and not one time does it involve prayer.
Prayer cannot reach the saving blood of Jesus Christ. Prayer is,
however, involved in restoring a fallen Christian.
We have the example of Saul of Tarsus who was sent to
Damascus by Jesus. He spent three days in prayer and fasting but
was still a lost sinner. It was not until Ananias came and
instructed the believing and repentant Paul to arise, and
be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the
Lord. It was only then that Sauls sins were
forgiven (Acts 22:16). Therefore faith, repentance,
confession and baptism were required for the remission
of Pauls sins.
The second chapter of Acts gives an account of the
first Gospel sermon ever preached and supplies the answer to the
question of what a believer in Jesus Christ as Savor must do in
order to be saved. The question of the believing Jews was:
What shall we do (Acts 2:38)? If saying a prayer
would save them, then that is what the Apostles should have
answered. However, that was not what they told the believing Jews
to do. They were told to, repent and be baptized every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of
sins.... The answer is the same for all who desire to be
We plead for people to understand that we are not going
to be judged by any or all of the human creeds and doctrines of
men, but by the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus said, He
that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that
judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge
him in the last day (John 12:48).
This is why every Gospel preacher should say and teach
that one should not take any mans word concerning salvation;
but should only seek to know and follow the words of Jesus
Christ. The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to study and rightly
divide Gods word. Now that we have the final and complete
teaching of Jesus Christ, we know the exact standard by which we
will be judged. There is no excuse for us to be unprepared for
the day of judgment (Heb. 9:27). This is why much of the teaching
where I preach is done in expository from a word by word,
verse by verse, chapter by chapter, and book by book teaching of
the words of Jesus Christ and his ambassadors the apostles.
Today, many members of the church of Christ are led astray due to
the fact that they are willingly ignorant of the teaching of
Jesus Christ. Bible study for many has been replaced by social
activities and entertainment.
Gods people are specifically instructed not to be
conformed to this world but rather to be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect will of God (Rom. 12:1-2).
The teaching of Jesus Christ is known by three means:
1) Direct statements, 2) The approved examples of the
Lords Ambassadors the Apostles, 3) That which is
clearly implied. All things that we do as the Lords
church must have His authority (Matt. 28:18; John 14:6; Col.
3:17). To do that which Jesus has authorized will require all of
our means. Again, you need not take my word for it. You must take
Gods word for it. Jesus said to His apostles, But
the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father shall
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all
things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto
you (John 14:26; cf. John 16:13). These words contain a
two-fold promise. The apostles were to be given supernatural
guidance of the Holy Spirit that would enable them to have a
perfect memory of everything that Jesus personally taught. And
second, they would be guided into all truth. Therefore
when the New Testament was completed, everything God desires that
we know, believe, teach and practice is contained in Gods
perfect revelation, the New Testament. We are instructed not to
add to, take away or modify anything contained therein. Just who
would want to do so? Satan and his agents!
Paul, guided by the Holy Spirit wrote, All
scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable
for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly
furnished unto all good works (2 Tim. 3:16-17). It takes
a lot of arrogance on the part of man to attempt to change the
terms of salvation, the God approved acts of worship and/or the
nature and character of the Lords church.
Men have established humanly originated churches,
written their own creeds and doctrines, called their churches by
unauthorized names and have corrupted the work and worship of the
Lords church. They appeal to the fleshly desires of their
followers rather than the instructions of Jesus Christ. Their
followers falsely believe they are accepted of God.
In far too many cases, once faithful churches of Christ
eagerly follow their example. Some congregations no longer desire
to be identified as the church of Christ. Some have added human
inventions of worship and work for the church. Some
congregations, in the process of stealing the facilities of past
faithful Christians, introduce two separate worship services: one
they call traditional and the other they call
contemporary. This will last until one or the other
prevails and the other is driven out of the facilities. It is
usually the traditional members that are driven out.
The Devil only wants a slight change or variation from the
truth. He knows that once men start down the self-will road, it
is only a matter of time before they are his.
In Genesis 2:17, God told Adam and Eve that the day
they ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil,
thou shalt surely die (Gen. 3:4). Satan quotes
Gods word with perfect accuracy except he adds one three
letter word not Thou shalt not
surely die. That slight change made all the difference in
their being expelled from paradise.
Sometimes Satan removes the word not from
Gods word to capture careless souls. James 2:24 says,
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and
not by faith only. Yet many have been tricked
and deceived by Satans servants in accepting the notion that
one is saved by faith only. The Devil has gotten a lot
on mileage out of the word not (Gen. 4:1-5). In the
account of the worship of Cain and Abel, Abel offered his
sacrifice by faith and it was accepted by God. Cain offered his
sacrifice by human sight and it was rejected by God. What Cain
did was to set aside Gods instructions and substituted his
own will-worship. Here we have the principal of why all humanly
concocted religion is rejected by God. It is self-willed and not
God-directed. It is not by faith and therefore sin (Rom. 14:23).
1. God did not respect Cains offering because he
had not done as God instructed.
2. When God questioned Cain about his brother Abel, his
answer was Am I my brothers keeper? His
implication was that he was not his brothers keeper, but of
course he was and we are.
Noah preached that in his day the world was going to be
destroyed by a universal flood. But Satan convinced everyone
except the eight that were saved that it was not going
When one looks to the ten commandments given to the
children of Israel (Deut. 5:1-3), the principals of which are
included in the teaching of Jesus, every last one has been
corrupted by the Devils Not.
Beginning with the first of the ten. Thou shalt
have no other gods before me. The word not is
implied, yet it has been ignored throughout the ages. Men do have
their other gods. Thou shalt not make graven images.
But men have done so. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt
not bear false witness. Thou shalt not take
the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Thou shalt not
commit murder. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Ye
shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye
diminish aught from it. Yet all informed people know that
not has been ignored, or for all practical purposes
removed, while men wallow in their sinful conduct. That ye may
keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command
you (Duet. 4:2).
Dont take my word for it or any mans word,
but do take Gods word for it and love it and abide by it.
1186 Martha Leeville Rd.
Lebanon, TN 37090
Table of Contents
THE LORDS SUPPER
Jesus our Savior suffered and died on the cross of Calvary
for the sins of the whole world (2 Cor. 5:14,15; Rom. 5:6-8; Luke
23:33; 19:10; 1 Tim. 2:15). To remember this great event, Jesus
gave us the Lords Supper (Matt. 26:26-29). Christians would
begin to take the Lords Supper when the kingdom came (Matt.
26:29; Luke 22:18). This great event occurred on the day of
Pentecost in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-47). They began to take the
Lords Supper and continued to do so (Acts 2:42; 20:7). But
what does the unleavened bread and fruit of the
vine mean to the Christian (Luke 22:18,19)? The unleavened
bread was to bring to their memory the body of Christ (Luke
22:19; 1 Cor. 11:24). The fruit of the vine was to memorialize
his blood (Luke 2:20; 1 Cor. 11:25). This great memorial is to be
taken on the first day of the week (Acts 2:42; 20:7).
We are told in Colossians 3:17, And whatsoever ye
do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving
thanks to God and the Father by him. Since Jesus has
directed us through his word to eat the unleavened bread and the
fruit of the vine to remember him on the first day of the week,
it would be a sin to eat anything else or to do it on any other
day. We sin when we do something that is not authorized by Jesus
(2 John 9; Rev. 22:18; Col. 3:17). When we teach something more
or different than we find in the New Testament, we stand
condemned. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach
any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto
you, let him be accursed (Gal. 1:8,9). We should ask by
whose authority some churches take the Lords Supper on a day
not authorized by God or take it only monthly, quarterly or
annually. It is a sin to worship according to the doctrines of
men (Matt. 15:9; Mark 7:7-9).
Earl B. Claud
106 Bradley Hill Dr.
Dover, TN 37058
Table of Contents
How vital is the assembly to New Testament Christianity?
Some have false expectations concerning the assembly that come
from erroneous ideas concerning its purpose. Perhaps our
assemblies will never be as meaningful as they should be until we
better understand the purpose for having them in the first place.
1. The Assembly Is For Worship. In the
midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee (Heb.
2:12). The assembly is for worship. Not just ritual or ceremony.
Not just for observing the acts of worship; but for
praise, adoration and devotion to God. Perhaps enough of our
assembly time is not spent in praising God for His majesty and
2. The Assembly Is For Teaching. It was a place
where complete epistles were read and discussed by Christian
teachers (Col. 4:16). Much of this teaching is described as
putting into remembrance things known before (1 Cor.
4:17; 2 Tim. 2:14; 2 Peter 1:12; Jude 5). This is a vital
function of our assemblies today.
3. The Assembly Is For Edification. This is the
building up of Christians. The assembly is to provoke
unto love and to good works (Heb. 10:24). Christians
need encouragement. They need to know that others understand and
care. This need can be beautifully supplied in the assembly, as
well as in private deeds of kindness. Some, however, have
mistakenly assumed that this is the only purpose of the assembly;
and this leads to disappointment if they are not ministered
unto in every service.
4. The Assembly Is For Correction. Discipline is
to be administered when ye are gathered together (1
Cor. 5:4). Reproving and rebuking has a place in the assembly (2
Tim. 4:2). Those who sin are to be rebuked before all
(1 Tim. 5:20). So being taken to the woodshed is a
purpose to be served by the assembly.
5. The Assembly Is For Evangelism. To
the intent that now ...might be known by the church the manifold
wisdom of God (Eph. 3:10). The assembly, therefore, is a
place for declaring the Gospel as the power of God unto
salvation (Rom. 1:16). It is a place to preach
the word (2 Tim. 4:2). Regretfully, some through the
years have tried to play down this purpose of the assembly by
saying, the assembly is for Christians or we are
to meet to edify and to go out to evangelize. This, however,
is an erroneous concept for the following reasons:
A. It is a denominational concept, by which they have
excluded children from their assemblies by saying that the
assembly is not for them. This has led to Junior Church
and other departures.
B. This would not even have permitted the Pentecost
sermon of Acts 2 or Pauls great sermon on Mars Hill in Acts
17 to be repeated in an assembly of the church.
C. The Bible specifically speaks of unbelievers in the
assembly in 1 Corinthians 14:23.
D. The mission of the church is to fulfill the mission
Christ had when He was on the earth; and that is specifically
given as to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10).
E. The NUMBER ONE business of the New Testament church
is evangelism. Is it conceivable that the church cannot take care
of its number one business when it meets?
F. This idea also promotes selfishness. It creates
within us a desire to be served rather than to serve. This is not
the spirit of Christ (Matt. 10:28).
Thus every assembly does not have the same purpose. We
need assemblies for praise, for prayer and for encouragement. We
need those designed for teaching and instruction and outreach.
Some services may include all of these purposes in one assembly.
But perhaps our greatest need is to realize that God is the one
to be pleased, others are the ones to be served and that what we
derive from any assembly depends so much on our having the right
purpose for being there in the first place.
Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves
together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another:
and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching
Table of Contents
SEEKING THE PRAISE OF MEN
Roger D. Campbell
People often know about some of the activities in which we
engage as Christians. In many cases others actually see or hear
what it is that we are doing in the Lords cause. For
instance, when we assemble for public worship, others see that
you and I partake of the communion. If we turn in a
visitation report, at least some will learn of our work
in this area. And, there is the work of elders, preachers, those
who lead in worship, and others what they do is out there
in the open for all to observe.
When you and I visit a sick person in the hospital, is
it with the hope that somehow word will get around about our
interest in peoples welfare and we will be praised? When we
teach a Bible class, are we doing so with the desire that others
will heap praises on us? If our heart is right, when we do what a
member of Christs church ought to be doing, we are not
seeking the praise of men. Our simple desire should be to please
the Lord, period.
Jesus spoke of those who sounded a trumpet
when they gave alms. The Lord called them hypocrites,
saying they did it that they may have glory of men
(Matt. 6:2). He further labeled as hypocrites those who
love to pray...that they may be seen of men (6:5). The
Christ also identified as hypocrites those who
disfigured their faces when they fasted that they may appear
unto men to fast (6:16). Again, He applied the term
hypocrites to those that for a pretence make long
prayer (Matt. 23:14).
Giving alms, fasting, praying, loving to pray, and
making long prayers (as noted above) was not the problem. None of
these things were wrong in and of themselves. Yea, scripturally
speaking, what could one have against such actions? The problem
with some in the first century was they did these things in order
to be seen and praised by men. Their main concern was looking
good in the eyes of other people. That was sinful, and that is
why Jesus called them hypocrites.
Later, there were those who refused to confess Jesus.
Why? For they loved the praise of men more than the
praise of God (John 12:43). We find such an attitude
disgusting, do we not? And yet, if we are not careful, we will
find ourselves doing things just to please others and to be
praised by them.
Beloved, we must strive to please God, not impress men
120 Will Lewis Dr. SE
Cleveland, TN 37323
Table of Contents
LIFE AFTER DEATH
Job asked, If a man die, shall he live
again (Job 14:14)? Jesus answered that question when he
said, But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have
ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I
am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the
living (Matt. 22:29-32). Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
were alive when these words were spoken to Moses (Exodus 3:6) and
when Jesus repeated them. God did not say I was (past
tense). He said I am (presence tense). The present
tense I am is used as an argument by the Lord to
confirm there is life after death. If the Bible said nothing more
on the subject of life after death, the Lords endorsement is
Those who have died will be raised from the dead at the
last day, confirming there is life beyond the grave. Jesus said,
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which
all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And
shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the
resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto
the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29). How
could anyone deny there is life after death? We will live again!
The account of the rich man and Lazarus shows there is
life after death. ...The beggar died, and was carried by
the angels into Abrahams bosom: the rich man also died, and
was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,
and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom
(Luke 16:22-23). These two men were alive and conscious after
they died. The rich man was told to remember what he did during
his lifetime (v.25). They were not on earth. They were
in the place of the dead awaiting the final judgment (v.23). The
rich man could feel pain. He was in torment (v.24). He desired
for one to rise from the dead and warn his brothers of their
wickedness because they were heading for the same place of
torment as the rich man (vs.27-31). Such is not possible.
If there is no life after death, then why does the
Bible tell every one to prepare for it? Why prepare for something
if it does not exist? Are YOU prepared?
Editor, Garland M. Robinson
Table of Contents
The Northwest Florida School of Biblical
Studies will host their 20th Annual Lectureship on Feb.
19-23, 2012. The theme is: Virtual Sermons and Object
Lessons. 28 speakers, nwfsbs.com. Phone (850) 474-9257. 4051
Stefani Rd., Cantonment, FL 32533. Book orders can be made at:
oldpathspublishing.com ...Editor, gmr. The
Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas, is pleased to
announce its 31st Annual Lecureship, April 7-11, 2012. The theme
this year is Meeting Christ: Called Unto Heaven. Twenty
speakers have been invited to come and lecture to a large number
of brethren who will gather in Austin from across the nation to
attend this years lectureship series ...Rick
Brumback, Lectureship Director, Southwest church of Christ, 8900
Manchaca Rd., Austin, TX 78748, firstname.lastname@example.org. We
have moved. Please change our address. Thank you for sending this
good paper over the years. We look forward to receiving it every
month. We are enclosing $$ ...Memphis, TN. Thank
you for your bold and timely articles. May you continue in
defense of the faith once delivered ...Steve Thayer,
Higginsville, MO. Please use the amount enclosed for
Seek The Old Paths publication. Im sorry it
cant be more at this time but Im on a very limited
retirement income and Im not currently working anywhere.
Thank you for sending me this publication. I greatly appreciate
it. Im so concerned about the future of the church and the
lack of godly teaching. I share the concerns written in the
September 2011 mailbag. It is getting harder and harder to find a
sound church. I havent heard a sermon on why instruments
arent used and why we are a chaste and pure people in years.
I am so concerned about America who rises up and worships sex and
money. God help us all! ...Name withheld by request,
TN. Thank you for sending STOP this year. We use it and
pass it on to other brethren here in this area. God bless!
...Maurice Brown, Broadway Church of Christ, Rockford, IL.
Please take Keith & Lynn Strandtman off your mailing list.
We do not read your publication because we are not interested in
the information. We belong to another faith and we are satisfied
with the church we go to ...Keith Strandtman, Raleigh,
NC. Please put my friend on your mailing list for
Seek The Old Paths ...Honey Grove, TX.
I am sending you two names for you to put on your mailing
list. I have enjoyed getting STOP ...Vernon Bracknell,
Baldwin, IL. I appreciate your magazine, Seek The
Old Paths. I enjoy the articles so very much and use them
in the Bible Correspondence Courses. Keep up the good work
...Willine Sullivan, Manchester, TN. Please remove
our name off your mailing list. Thank you ...Washington
Street Church of Christ, Fairview, WV. Please send 10
copies of Seek The Old Paths to the Moodys Church
of Christ. My donation seems so small for the great work that you
are doing and may you be blessed for it. Thanks ...Delano
Coppedge, Kansas, OK. Please cancel our subscription to
Seek The Old Paths as we can read it online
...Tom Cope, Sierra Vista, AZ. I have been receiving
Seek The Old Paths for quite some time. I want to
thank you for all the good messages you have in the paper. May
God continue to bless you in proclaiming Gods word. I want
to send a contribution to you to keep on keeping the good news
coming to us. I also would like to send some names of my friends
to receive your paper. May God bless you with many more years of
service to our Lord and Savior. I hope this is not too many to
request from you. Also, please count the contribution and my name
anonymous. Bless you always ...Big Sandy, TX. Tom
Bright of Dyersburg, Tennessee, has passed away. He was a
faithful Gospel preacher that worked extensively with the
Online Academy of Biblical Studies (www.oabs.org).
I knew Tom for many years. He helped us in our annual Seek
The Old Paths Lectureship numerous times. The oabs.org
website is a wealth of video lessons including the sermons from
numerous congregations, lectureships and debates. Many
participate in their online school. You would do well to check it
out ...Editor, STOP, gmr. Please take note of
our address change. Thank you ...Willard Cox, Big Cabin,
OK. Please change my mailing address. Keep up the good
work ...Albert D. Jones, Hudson, FL. I commend
you for the effort and time you spend preparing and mailing
Seek The Old Paths. Again for mailing this bundle
to me. Please increase this to 25. Presently, Im receiving
20 which I distribute ...Ed Armstrong, Pecos, TX.
Enclosed is a check for an anonymous gift to be used in the
expense of printing Seek the Old Paths, an
excellent paper!! Thanks ...Name withheld, Oxford,
MS. Dear brethren, I am enclosing our check to assist in
the publication and mailing of Seek the Old Paths.
Keep up the good work. In Christ ...Midland church of
Christ, Midland, MI. Please change my address
...John Miller, Algonac, MI. I wish to continue
receiving STOP publication. Thanks ...Farrell Nalls,
Greenville, TX. Use this money for expenses toward
Seek The Old Paths. List it as anonymous
...USA. Please start a subscription for me to
STOP ...Michael Ivey, Gonzales, TX. Please take
off your mailing list ...Dorothy Newberry, Tyler, TX.
Will you please send me a copy of Seek The Old
Paths for the months of February and June 2011? Im
enclosing the name and address of one who would like to be put on
your mailing list to receive STOP. Also, sending a contribution
to help with publishing and mailing ...Geneva Stark,
Eufaula, OK. Please send 7-8 copies of some back issues
of STOP. Keep up the good work. Its needed so very
much. STOP is a good paper ...Gallipolis, OH.
Thanks so much for the good work ...Thelma Sisson,
Pocahontas, AR. To whomever this may concern. Would you
please send us Seek The Old Paths monthly
publication? Thank you ...Ida Coleman, Summit, MS.
I write this letter to thank you for your love and effort in
writing these articles. The articles are a great strength to my
Christian life and I look forward for STOP each month. If its
Gods will, I hope to send monetary gifts to help in this
great work. I know other Christians will be strengthened also.
Please put these following Chrtistians on your mailing list.
Thank you ...Sister in Christ, East Point, GA.
Table of Contents
NOTE: We finally got our booklet maker (folder/stapler) back and
mailed the January issue on 1/31. We were dead in the
water for about three weeks, but were up and running
again. The repairs were $1,400, but good brethren sent
contributions at just the right time. We are so thankful for each
one of you and pray for you daily. Weve also had problems
with our printer, but right now we have it going again. Dont
know exactly what the final bill for the parts will cost on it.
This is a temporary fix, as it will need more repairs before
long. We now have over 5 million copies on it. The main ink drum
is about worn out and needs to be rebuilt (or replaced). When we
took the booklet maker to Nashville for repair, we looked at a
machine that would replace all three of the machines we use now
(printer, collator, booklet maker), but we can only dream about
it. Maybe someday. Again, thank you so much. Editor,
Garland M. Robinson
Table of Contents
Bound Volumes can be ordered from:
Old Paths Publishing
2007 Francis Ferry Rd.
$5 postage paid
Bible Page |
Seek The Old Paths |
Leoni Church of Christ |