In This Issue...
101 QUESTIONS FOR CAMPBELLITES, ANSWERED #1
I'm Sorry, Mr. Davis. I'm Not a Campbellite!
The pastor of the First Baptist Church in Nowata, OK, was
A. A. Davis. In a book containing a series of sermons and other
information, he listed 101 questions for "Campbellites" which have
been posted on several denominational websites. I'm sure these
questions have been answered many times before by more capable
defenders of truth than I. Nevertheless, we must give a defense of
the Gospel, and I, like Paul, "am set for the defense of the
gospel" (Phil. 1:17). This will involve a series of articles
in answering all 101 questions.
Before beginning his 101 questions, Mr. Davis asks, "What are Campbellites?" His answer is simply, "They are
otherwise known as 'The Church of Christ' or 'The Disciples of
Christ,' and believe that Water Baptism is essential to salvation
in Jesus Christ."
It is no wonder why he uses such a derogatory term in
reference to members of the church of Christ. He is clearly trying
to bring us down to the level of the manmade Baptist Church. His
Baptist roots go back to a man, and if he can take "church of
Christ" roots back to Alexander Campbell then we are put on the
same par, and we have become nothing more than "Campbellites."
However, be assured we are not "Campbellites." The church of Christ
goes much further back than either Alexander Campbell or his
father, Thomas -- yea, nearly seventeen hundred years before either
You can read about the church of Christ in prophesy
(Isa. 2:2-4), and in the promise Jesus made to His disciples when
He said, "I will build my church" (Matt. 16:18).
Whose church? Christ's church -- the church of Christ. You can
read about the church of Christ as it was established in the city
of Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost during the days of the Roman
empire (A.D. 30) in Acts 2. You can also read about its
evangelistic efforts in the remaining pages of the book of Acts. In
addition, you can read about individual congregations of the
churches of Christ in the pages of the epistles from Romans through
Revelation. And, if you want to read about it specifically by name,
read Romans 16:16, "Salute one another with an holy kiss.
The churches of Christ salute you." Find such about the
Baptist Church! You cannot!
The Baptist church, with all of its manmade doctrines,
didn't exist until 1607 AD -- about sixteen hundred years too late!
It is not our desire to be harsh, but to point out facts, and these
are the facts of the matter. Unlike the churches of Christ, the
founder of the Baptist church was John Smythe, not Jesus
Christ. And, instead of being founded in Jerusalem, it was founded
in Holland. I'm sorry Mr. Davis, I'm not a Campellite! You can try
if you will to pull me down to your level and give me some manmade
name, doctrine, and church, but what is the purpose? Is it to
effect an honest evaluation of truth? Or, is it to slander and
steer people away from the facts? I have spent the major portion of
my life "searching the scriptures," and though I have read a little
about Campbell, I really do not know what he taught or believed,
and don't really care, for Campbell was a man, and my desire is to
go far beyond what man teaches -- back to a "thus saith the
With this in mind, we begin here with Mr. Davis' 101
questions with Bible answers:
"1. Are YOU saved or Lost? See 1 Cor. 1:13. Rom.
My salvation really has nothing to do with the question
at hand. Whether I'm saved or lost, doesn't change what the
Scriptures teach. The question should be, "what saith the
Scriptures?" So, there is no mistake as to what these passages
teach, 1 Corinthians 1:13 says, "Is Christ divided? was Paul
crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?"
Romans 8:1 says, "There is therefore now no condemnation to
them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but
after the Spirit." Since these questions ultimately concern
baptism, then consider this question, "How does one get into
Christ?" The question is answered in Galatians 3:27, "For as
many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on
Christ." Now I know that doesn't agree with Baptist doctrine,
but that's what the truth says -- that's what the Holy Spirit
Concerning the first passage: Paul was addressing the
problem of division in the Corinthian church. There were factions,
some followed Paul, some Apollos, some Cephas, and some Christ
(v.12), but here is Paul's point: neither Paul, Apollos, nor Cephas
were crucified for them (or us), and they were not baptized in the
name of anyone but Christ. What does it mean to be baptized in the
name of Christ? "In the name of ___," means by the authority
of that person. The Christians at Corinth were not baptized
by the authority of Paul, but by the authority of Christ. In
Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said, "All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of
the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end
of the world. Amen." Thus, to be baptized by the authority of
Christ, is to baptize "in the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit."
Concerning the second passage: "All spiritual
blessings" are "in Christ" (Eph. 1:3). Since all
spiritual blessings are "in" Christ, there cannot be any spiritual
blessings "outside" of Christ. To be in Christ, one must not walk
"after the flesh, but after the Spirit." To walk after the Spirit
is to walk according to how the Spirit guides and directs. Today,
that is accomplished through the Spirit inspired word -- the Bible.
Let there be no mistake, the Spirit through the Word of God directs
each person to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the
remission of sins. On the day of Pentecost in the city of
Jerusalem, the apostle Peter, being filled with the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:4), in answer to the question, "Men and brethren, what
shall we do?" said, "Repent, and be baptized
every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission
of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost"
"2. If saved, IS the love of God in YOUR HEART? See
Romans 5:5 says, "And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy
Ghost which is given unto us." The love of God has been
extended and shown to all mankind ("shed abroad" or "poured out")
through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. True biblical hope is
founded upon the evidence that God will keep His promises. God
promises salvation through Jesus Christ who is "the author of
eternal salvation unto all them that obey him" (Heb. 5:9).
Hope without obedience is an empty pursuit. Therefore, the Lord's
people obey him. To believe, teach and obey denominational doctrine
(as the Baptist Church teaches) does not obey the Lord and
therefore can have no hope!
"3. If Saved. ARE you Born of God? 1 John 5:1."
In 1 John 5:1, the Bible says, "Whosoever
believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one
that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of
him." The term "believeth" is used two ways in Scripture.
First, it is used as mere belief -- knowledge of facts. James says,
"Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the
devils also believe, and tremble" (James 2:19). The devils
have a knowledge of facts, but they certainly are not saved.
Second, belief is often used inclusive of acts of faith. When Paul
was in Philippi, he and Silas were beaten and imprisoned. After the
miracle of the earthquake, the jailhouse doors were opened, and
"everyone's bands were loosed," the jailor asked, "Sirs, what
must I do to be saved" (Acts 16:19-30)? Paul answered, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy
house" (Acts 16:31). Was Paul commanding them to merely
believe? The Bible says no. Why? Because of the following verses.
In verse 32, the text says, "And they spake unto him the word
of the Lord, and to all that were in his house." Because "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God"
(Rom. 10:17), their faith was being increased by the word spoken to
them. Verse 33 goes on to say, "And he took them the same hour
of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and
all his, straightway." Why did the jailor and his family wash
their stripes? Because they were repenting of their sin of beating
Paul and Silas. By washing their stripes, they were helping the
healing process, and thus correcting their sin as much as humanly
possible. Also, notice in this verse, they were baptized. In verse
34, we find them rejoicing. Why? Because their sins were washed
away. At the point of mere belief? No! After they repented and were
baptized. Finally, notice the summary Luke gives by inspiration,
"believing in God with all his house." Luke summarizes
all they did in the word "believing." Thus, we see this term is
sometimes used to include acts of faith.
What is the application to our text? Remember John
wrote, "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born
of God." Baptist doctrine teaches that for one to be born of
God, all a person has to do is believe -- have knowledge of facts.
However, the Bible teaches that for one to be born of God, one must
be obedient to the truth. The "belief" John is writing about is the
second type of belief that includes acts of faith. Peter wrote,
"Seeing, ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth...."
In the very next verse, he wrote, "Being born again, not
of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth for ever." The truth is the word of
God (John 17:17). People are born again when they have purified
their souls. They purify their souls when they obey the truth.
Thus, they are born again when they obey the truth. When is that?
When they are baptized into Christ.
To Nicodemus Jesus said, "...Except a man be born
again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him,
How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time
into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily,
verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the
Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God" (John
3:3-5). Thus, to be born again is to be born of water and the
Spirit, which is water baptism.
"4. If Saved, Is Christ in You? Col. 1:27; 2 Cor.
Colossians 1:27 says, "To whom God would make
known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery
among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
2 Corinthians 13:5 says, "Examine yourselves, whether ye
be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own
selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?"
second passage will help us understand the first. Notice
from this passage to "be in the faith" is the same idea as to have
"Christ in you." Also, from John 15:5 we learn Jesus is in us when
we are in Him. Jesus said, "I am the vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth
forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing." Thus, if
a person is saved, Christ is in him/her, and he/she is in Christ.
5. "If you are Born of God, ARE you a Child of God?
John 1:12; Rom. 8:16."
John 1:12 says, "But as many as received him, to
them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that
believe on his name." Again, to "believe on His name" is more
than to simply have knowledge of facts. It is to trust God to the
extent of having an obedient faith. This faith is described in
James 2:24, "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified,
and not by faith only."
Romans 8:16 says, "The Spirit itself beareth
witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God."
Baptist doctrine (and denominationalism in general), in the quest
to advocate a direct operation of the Holy Spirit, has led to much
confusion over this passage. There are two witnesses in this text,
not just one -- the witness of the Holy Spirit and our (the human)
spirit. The Holy Spirit witnesses to God, "This is your child," and
the human spirit, based upon evaluation of heart and life,
determines whether one has become and is remaining a child of God.
6. "If a Child of God, do YOU have Eternal Life?
John 10:27, 28."
In John 10:27-28, Jesus said, "My sheep hear my
voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them
eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man
pluck them out of my hand." Baptists use this passage to
support their human doctrine of the impossibility of apostasy. Is
this what Jesus is saying? The short answer is no. Why? First,
because of so many passages that contradict this doctrine (Heb.
6:4-6; Gal. 5:4; 2 Peter 2:20-22). Second, such a doctrine removes
man's choice, man's free will, which God has given to each of us.
One may choose life, then because of the temptations of this world
choose also to go back into the world (Luke 8:13). This is what
Simon the Sorcerer did (Acts 8:13-24) as well as Demas (2 Tim.
4:10). Third, such an interpretation ignores the fact that
salvation is conditional. Jesus knows the sheep who hear His voice
and follow Him. To those who hear and follow, He gives eternal
life. Eternal life is not promised to those who once heard His
voice and once followed but are no longer hearing and following.
Thus, eternal life is conditional upon hearing and following Jesus.
7. "Is Baptism a PART of the Gospel? 1 Corinthians
In 1 Corinthians 1:17, Paul wrote, "For Christ
sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom
of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect."
In this text we learn that Paul's mission was to preach the
Gospel. The desired purpose of preaching the Gospel is to lead one
to obey the Gospel. Hebrews 5:9 says Jesus "became the author
of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him."
Also, consider Romans 6:17 which says, "But God be thanked,
that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from
the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you."
What was the "form of doctrine" they obeyed? Earlier in Romans 6,
Paul answers the question. It was water baptism which is a pattern
or form of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ (vs.3-6).
Couple that with the fact that Paul preached the Gospel to the
church at Corinth which again included the death, burial, and
resurrection of Christ (1 Cor. 15:1-4). Then consider Acts 8:35ff
where Philip preached Jesus unto the eunuch. Surely all would agree
preaching Jesus is the same as preaching the Gospel. In response to
Philip's preaching Jesus, the eunuch said, "See, here is
water; what doth hinder me to be baptized?" In preaching the
Gospel, Philip included water baptism. Why else would the eunuch
make such a request? Therefore, every time the Gospel (or Jesus) is
preached, water baptism is a part of it.
8. "Could a man without ARMS and Legs preach the
Gospel Paul preached?
Absolutely! However, does that mean those who hear the
Gospel are not responsible for obeying the Gospel? Absolutely not!
Just because the preacher has no arms and legs does not in any way
release another from his or her responsibility. Who baptized the
Corinthians? We do not know, but just because Paul did not baptize
many of them, certainly does not mean they were not baptized, for
no one has ever become a Christian without first being baptized
(Acts 2:38,41; 22:16; Rom. 6:3-6,17-18; Gal. 3:27; 1 Peter 3:21).
Jesus Himself did not baptize anyone, yet there were more baptized
under his teaching than the teaching of John (John 4:1-2).
9. "What is the Gospel Paul Preached? 1 Corinthians
As we noted in question 7, the Gospel included
preaching the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus which is the
"form of doctrine" the Christians in Rome obeyed in being baptized
(Rom. 6:3-6, 17-18).
10. "Do you preach the Gospel Paul preached? 1
Corinthians 1:17; Romans 1:16,17; 1 Corinthians 2:2."
Romans 1:16-17 says, "For I am not ashamed of the
gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to
every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to
faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." Who
is the person that is ashamed of the Gospel? The one who declares
"all the counsel of God" or the one who declares only that portion
that agrees with his theology? Baptist Davis does not teach baptism
for the remission of sins, but Peter did (Acts 2:38,41; 1 Peter
3:21), Philip did (Acts 8:12-13, 36-39), Ananias did (Acts 22:16),
Paul did (Rom. 6:1-18), John did (Mark 4:1) and Jesus did (Matt.
28:19; Mark 16:16). Therefore, Baptist Davis does not teach the
whole counsel of God and therefore must be ashamed of the Gospel of
In 1 Corinthians 2:2 Paul wrote, "For I determined
not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him
crucified." Is Paul
saying the only thing the church is to
teach is "Jesus Christ, and him crucified?" I think not! Paul
himself did not believe that! In the book of 1 Corinthians alone,
Paul taught about unity, fornicators, brothers going to law against
brothers, marriage, the Old Testament, spiritual gifts, and giving,
to name only a few topics. A casual glance into the New Testament
readily reveals a major portion of it contains more than just
"Jesus Christ, and him crucified." However, everything in the Bible
centers upon that fact. "Jesus Christ, and him crucified" is the
focal point of all that we read about in the Bible. Without "Jesus
Christ, and him crucified," there is no redemption, no need for
obedience, and no need for instruction. The reason behind all that
Paul and all inspired writers wrote is "Jesus Christ, and him
crucified." Today, faithful Gospel preachers declare "all the
counsel of God" including water baptism because Jesus is the Christ
who was crucified for the sins of the whole world.
11. "Is Baptism an act of SOVEREIGN GRACE performed
by God or is it an act of righteousness on man's part? Matthew
3:15; Titus 3:5."
Both! It is an act of the sovereign grace of God to
reveal His will to mankind. Also, because all God's "commandments are righteousness" (Psalm 119:172), then it is
an act of righteousness to obey God's righteous commandments.
Concerning the Lord's baptism, Jesus told John the baptizer it was
to "fulfill all righteousness" (Matt. 3:15). Could the same be said
of anyone baptized with John's baptism? No, John's baptism was "the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins" (Mark
1:4; Luke 3:3). All those baptized by John, except Jesus, received
the remission of sins. Why wasn't Jesus baptized for the remission
of sins? He had no sins to be remitted.
Paul, in Titus 3:5 wrote, "Not by works of
righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he
saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
baptism is not a work of "man's righteousness."
Man did not conceive of it, nor did he institute it. Water baptism
is a work of "God's righteousness." God introduced it and commands
men to obey Him in being baptized. By the redemptive act of Jesus,
God saved us. Our salvation was "not by works of righteousness
which we have done." Those who are saved did not in any way earn
salvation, but in great contrast, salvation came "according to his
mercy." It came "by" (through or by means of) "the washing of
regeneration" which is baptism. The word "washing" comes from the
word meaning laver or bath. It is also used in Ephesians 5:26 which
says, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing
of water by the word." The word
means "again beginning" and refers to the new birth which consists
of water and spirit (John 3:3-5) and a resurrection unto "newness
of life" (Rom. 6:4; see also 1 Peter 1:23 and 2 Cor. 5:17). That is
only accomplished in water baptism.
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MISCONCEPTIONS OF THE CHURCH #3
Garland M. Robinson
It is a misconception that the church is dependent on
the colleges and universities for its preachers. The church of
the Lord is "self perpetuating." It is responsible for training its
own preachers. Paul told Timothy, "And the things that thou
hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to
faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also" (2 Tim.
What better place can you think of to get
the job done than in the Lord's church? Where else would you
find the dedication to TRUTH and SOUNDNESS than in the Lord's church?
Schools are often more interested in money and notoriety than they
are the Truth. Therefore, they court those with money. They most
often will go where the money is, even if it means compromising
the Truth. When such an attitude exists, they need to shut their
doors. If they refuse to shut their doors, they ought to announce
they have no intention of following the Truth. Many are not
bothered at all at the constant bashing of the church by the
liberals, but get terribly upset when the school is criticized and
examined in light of Scripture.
The many great things taught in the Bible about the
church cannot be said about the colleges. For example:
1) Matthew 16:18 says the gates of hades shall not
prevail against the church. Many act as though this were true of
2) Ephesians 5:29 says the Lord nourishes and cherishes
the church. This is not true of the colleges.
3) 1 Timothy 3:15 says the church is the pillar and
ground of the Truth. The colleges are certainly not the pillar and
ground of the Truth. I don't know of any that seem to be that
concerned about the Truth because they will support and promote
about anyone that comes along.
4) Matthew 18:15-18 says wayward brethren are to be
reported to the church. This is not true of the colleges for they
apparently don't know of any wayward brethren, especially among
5) Ephesians 3:21 says Jesus receives glory in the
church. Many act as though the Lord receives glory in the colleges.
6) Ephesians 5:25 says Jesus died for the church. This
is not true of the colleges for the Lord did not die for them.
7) Acts 2:47 says the Lord adds the saved to the
church. They are not added to the colleges.
8) Ephesians 5:23 says Jesus is the Savior of the
church. He is not the savior of the colleges.
9) Revelation 21:2,9 says the church is the bride of
Christ (cf. Romans 7:4). Colleges are not His bride.
10) Ephesians 5:27 says Jesus will present the glorious
church to himself without blemish or spot. This is not true of the
colleges for they are not without blemish or spot.
11) 1 Corinthians 15:24 says Jesus is coming for the
church (cf. 1 Thess. 4:13-18). He's certainly not coming for the
12) Ephesians 3:10-11 says the church is the eternal
purpose of God. This is not true of the colleges.
13) Romans 16:16 tells of the church's divine name (cf.
1 Cor. 1:2). Colleges have no such divine name.
14) Acts 2:16 says the church was foreseen by the
prophets (cf. Acts 15:13-18). This is not true of the colleges.
15) 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 shows the church has a
divine organization. This is not true of the colleges.
16) 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 says the church has a divine
memorial. This is not true of the colleges.
17) Hebrews 12:28 says the church cannot be moved, it
is indestructible (cf. Acts 5:39). This is not true of the
colleges. About the only moving they do is away from the Truth.
18) 1 Cor. 15:24 says the church has a divine reward
in heaven (cf. 2 Peter 1:11; 1 Peter 1:4). This is not true of the
19) Ephesians 1:22-23 says Christ reigns over the
church as its divine head. The Lord is not the divine head of the
20) Ephesians 2:20 says the church was built upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being
the chief corner stone. This is not true of the colleges.
21) Ephesians 2:21 says the church is an holy temple
in the Lord. Colleges are not the Lord's holy temple.
22) 1 Timothy 3:15 says the church is the house of God.
Colleges are not the house of God.
23) Hebrews 12:28 says we serve God acceptably with
reverence and godly fear in the church. This is not true of the
colleges, yet many think so.
24) Numerous Scriptures speak of the church as the army
of the Lord (cf. 1 Tim. 1:18; 6:12; 2 Tim. 2:3; 4:7; Jude 3).
Colleges are not the army of the Lord.
25) Ephesians 4:11-16 says the church is all
sufficient. This is not true of the colleges.
The church, not the college, has the responsibility of
evangelizing the world (Mark 16:15-16; Eph. 3:10,21). But you would
not know it from the way some of them operate.
The church existed nearly 1900 years before so-called
"Christian" colleges came on the scene. Colleges are here because
of the church. The church is not here because of the colleges. The
colleges could cease to exist tomorrow and the church of Christ
would still be here. The church has no connection with them. The
church of Christ does not own or operate colleges. The colleges are
an extension of the HOME, not the CHURCH! It's a secular business
that happens to be run by some who are members of the church.
Colleges and Universities are the source of much, if
not most, of the digression among us. I'm convinced the church
today would not be in the apostasy it's in if it were not for the
colleges. People like to say, "but look at all the good they've
done." Good people, the good does not out way the bad. We must
remember, the schools are not divine. They are built by man, not
God. They will perish along with all the other works by man.
When questioned about the many false teachers and
compromising brethren they have on their programs, they like to
hide behind the saying that it is not their job to censor or expose
false teachers. They often say they like to offer students both
sides of the issue. And, most often do not clearly point out the
Right Way. They use the church when it is to their advantage and
run from it when they get caught in error. They love to get their
hands into the church treasury. They love to send their
representatives to promote their agenda.
Some will not accept the comments I've made in this
column and say I am not a supporter of "Christian education," that
I'm an enemy of "Christian education," but such simply ignores the
facts. Schools operated by brethren have every right to exist and
I defend that right. However, the schools are not the church
and have no right to pilfer off congregations and usurp the work of
Schools are a work of the home, not the church. Let's
not confuse the two.
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FORT WORTH CHURCH CONVERTS HUNDREDS?
Marvin L. Weir
The above title was taken from the October, 1998,
Christian Chronicle. I took the liberty of adding the
question mark, and if you continue to read, I believe you will
understand why such liberty was taken.
The Chronicle article observes that the
Richland Hills Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Texas, has
baptized 600 people in the last 18 months. The question of concern
to their preacher, Rick Atchley, was "How did you do it?"
Atchley mentions "fasting and prayer for the lost" and "blatantly
evangelistic sermons at regular intervals" as methods used to reach
The Chronicle article remarks that "most
congregations, even large ones, such as Richland Hills, struggle to
baptize even 50 people a year." This causes one to wonder just what
it is that Richland Hills is doing and not doing
in their appeal to the lost. This congregation has long been known
to rank second to none in espousing liberalism and digression in
the Fort Worth area.
The majority today are akin to those of Jesus' day in
that they seek out only the loaves and fishes (cf. John 6:26). The
liberal congregations among us are seeking to attract
people with every denominational gimmick that has been invented. It
is fun and games coupled with Pentecostal emotionalism rolled up
into a "made to feel good shuck" that appeals to the masses of our
But now, let's observe what Rick Atchley believes and
teaches that was not and will not be revealed in the Christian
Chronicle article. On October 14, 1990, Rick's sermon at
Richland Hills was entitled "Don't Bother Your Brother."
In his infamous explanation and misrepresentation of Mark 9:38-41
he states, "Let's not limit the kingdom of God to the size of our
brotherhood ... I was raised in churches of Christ ... maybe this
wasn't said, but this is what I heard ... the only people that
could go to heaven were in churches of Christ ... I'm going to
suggest to you not only is that not Biblical, but it is in fact a
violation of the very restoration plea to which we are heirs ...
let me say this clearly ... A Christian is determined by his
affiliation with Christ, not with any particular group ... I have
brothers and sisters in Christ who may be in churches where I
couldn't worship ... But if grace will cover moral error, why are
we so afraid to let it cover doctrinal error? ... First, about our
past ... If we're the only Christians, and we've only been around
since the early 1800's, where were all the Christians the first
1800 years of the church?"
Do we "limit the kingdom of God" when we exclude
fellowship from those of denominational persuasion? I think not!
Are we wrong in teaching that only those who are going to heaven
will be members of the Lord's body, the church of Christ (cf. Eph.
4:4; Rom. 16:16; Eph 5:23)? Again, I think not! Does not the
statement that "a Christian is determined by his affiliation with
Christ, not with any particular group" endorse denominationalism?
I believe so! Is there "grace" to cover error outside the gospel?
Absolutely not (cf. 1 Tim. 2:1; Gal. 3:26-27)! Has the church of my
Lord existed only since the 1800's? Does Rick believe the church of
Christ was founded by Alexander Campbell? The truth of the matter
is that the church of Christ has existed since Pentecost, A.D. 33,
and the precious "seed" (Luke 8:11) produces the same thing today
as it produced then.
It was at the 1998 Nashville Jubilee that
Rick Atchley said, "Let's close with prayer. Bow your head, please
...Ask God to put on your heart right now something for
your church ... The Spirit will bring something to mind if
you are sincere in your asking. Let God right now put something
on your heart and it may be weeks and it may be months and it
may be years in coming but if it is from God don't stop
Brethren and friends, this is requesting a direct
operation of the Holy Spirit upon the mind of man! The Bible
teaches the Spirit works today through the word of God (Eph. 6:17)
and it is foolishness for one to expect to receive a latter-day
revelation from God (cf. Gal. 1:6-9; 2 Peter 1:3; Jude 3).
If Atchley has "brothers" who believe in Christ and
have been immersed to join a denomination, and he believes in the
direct operation of the Holy Spirit on the mind of man today, then
why should we not suspect that the 600 may have not responded to
the pure, unadulterated Gospel of Christ? Repentance still precedes
baptism, and scriptural baptism is still for the remission of sins,
and Christ still adds the saved to His church, the church of Christ
(cf. Luke 13:3; Acts 2:38,47)! The Richland Hills church and Rick
Atchley do not need to be praised, and as the saying goes, "the
proof is in the puddin."
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COMPLAINTS CONCERNING CONDEMNATION
From time to time we receive complaints concerning
condemnation. People will write or call to tell us we should quit
condemning others and just try to reach the lost. We invite all,
especially those who want to complain, to read and carefully
consider the following thoughts.
First, if condemnation in general is what turns you
off, then may we suggest that you never read the twenty-third
chapter of Matthew where the Lord condemns the religious leaders of
His day (scribes and Pharisees). Please don't ever glance at 1
Corinthians in which Paul condemns an entire congregation.
Further, never bother with the inspired letter to the Galatian
churches, because the writer condemns Judaizing teachers who wanted
to blend the Gospel of Christ with the Law of Moses (much like
those who, in our time, advocate instruments of music and/or
observing the Sabbath).
Likewise, if condemnation is what offends you, then you
will want to remove the second and third chapters of Revelation.
There, the Lord Jesus Christ condemns several churches for their
toleration of sin and false doctrine, lukewarmness, loss of love
for Christ, or deadness. Many, many more examples could be given
(2 Peter, Jude, Matthew 15). Do you object to these? If not, why
object to one who compares the practice of modern religionists to
the Bible, and finding them lacking in faithfulness to the word,
exposes that error?
Second, allow us to explain where we are "coming from."
We have the firm conviction that the only way to be a New Testament
church and New Testament Christian, is to go back to the inspired
New Testament. If it is not in there, then it is not authorized.
If it is in there, then we need to believe, preach, and practice
it. "And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name
of the Lord Jesus..." (Col. 3:17). "If anyone speaks,
let him speak as the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11).
It is the truth that sanctifies and sets us free from
sin and death (John 17:17; 8:32). This truth must be taught to all
men (Matt. 28:19-20). Anything that is contrary to the truth is
error and must be exposed as such (Gal. 1:6-9; Eph. 5:11). This is
done, not for the sole purpose of upsetting people or stirring up
strife, but for the salvation of souls and glory of God in heaven.
"Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the
truth" (Gal. 4:16)?
-- Steven F. Deaton
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Seek The Old Paths
July 23-27, 2000
Always the 4th Sunday in July
DANGERS FACING THE
CHURCH -- CHANGING VIEWS
||Leaving Our First Love...Jimmy
||Grace, Law and Works...Garland
||Binding Where God has Not
MONDAY, JULY 24
The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit...
Preachers Under Fire...
Loosing Where God has Not Loosed... Gilbert
TUESDAY, JULY 25
||Changes in Worship: All of life is
Worship, Holidays, Praise Teams, Hand Clapping...
What The Holy Spirit Does for us Today... Bill
The Community Church...
Modern Versions & Translations...
Chuck Northrop |
What Biblical Love Is...
Joel Morrison |
Christian Schools -- Source of Digression and
Emotionalism / Pentecostalism, Pep-rally Religion...
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
Fellowship -- Unity in Diversity... Alan Adams
|| The Baptism of the Holy
Spirit... Robert Taylor
The Work of the Church... Roger Campbell
The Role of Women... Virgil Hale
Benevolent & Missionaries Societies...
Terry Joe Kee
THURSDAY, JULY 27
||Corruption of the Plan of
Bible School Literature...
|| Who is on the Lord's
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