LIPSCOMBS A CAPPELLA SINGERS TO PREFORM REQUIEM
A Cappella Singers will perform Requiem by
Gabriel Faure, accompanied by a full
orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14,
at Christ the King Catholic Church, 3001
Belmont Boulevard in Nashville. The general
public is invited and this event is free of
The announcement above was reported in the Lebanon
Democrat Newspaper in Lebanon, Tennessee.
Now, just in case you are unfamiliar with the word
requiem (because its not found in the Holy
Scriptures), it is a doctrine concocted by the Roman Catholic
Church. It is defined as any musical composition or service for the
dead. In the Roman Catholic church, it is a solemn mass sung for
The word Mass is defined as: In the Roman
Catholic church as the eucharistic liturgy, consisting of various
prayers and ritual ceremonies, and regarded as a commemoration or
repetition of Christs sacrifice on the cross. A celebration of
this liturgy. A musical setting for some of the fixed portions of
The word liturgy is defined as the
prescribed form for public worship; religious ritual. In this case
it is the man made doctrine of the Roman Catholic church being
The article continues by stating:
Faures Requiem setting is a work
for chorus and orchestra, with soprano and baritone
soloists. It uses the traditional Latin requiem text,
but Faure sets it in a way that reminds the listener
of light, Heaven and eternal rest, rather than the
flames of Hell. It features organ, harp, and low
strings; wind instruments play, but are used
primarily in some movements.
The A Cappella Singers perform a broad range
of choral music, incorporating music from all periods
including sacred and secular works.
We have read how leading professors and the president
of Lipscomb have openly fellowshipped the denominations. And now,
they must be considered apostates from the Lords church. For
years, sound godly Christians have warned of the growing secularism
and syncretism taking place at Lipscomb University. It may now be
seen, by those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, that Lipscomb
is determined to restructure the Lords church in their own
image. If the founder of the Nashville Bible School could return
and observe the school that bears his name, his tongue would be as
a searing flame of fire in denouncing this cesspool of error.
These leaders? are well described by Paul
in Romans 3:12-13. They are all gone out of the way, they
are all together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth
good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their
tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their
Jesus would say that it is time to leave them alone
that they are beyond redemption for they have become the blind
leaders of the blind and their fate is certain (Matt. 15:14).
Lipscomb has become just one more school founded with good
intentions but which is now an agent of Satan.
The question that remains is; will godly elders,
preachers and teachers come out from among their evil influence and
stand for the truth or will they follow their pernicious ways? Will
foolish and unlearned parents continue to send their children to
such a den of iniquity and not be warned by knowledgeable and
faithful Christians? Will brethren continue to support such a
school or will they love the Lord and His church enough to do what
Ephesians 6:13 tells us, Wherefore take unto you the
whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand. II Corinthians 6:17
says, Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye
separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I
will receive you.
It is time to get off the fence. It is time to stop
cutting bait and start fishing. Joshua 24:15 says, And if
it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom
ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were
on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in
whose land ye dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the
Lord. Will you today serve the man-established religions
from which men extracted themselves during the restoration of the
pure New Testament church or will you serve the Lord? Will you
yield to the syncretism of the American society in whose land you
dwell or will you follow the example of Joshua? Yes indeed:
Whatsoever things were written afore time were written for our
learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures
might have hope (Rom. 15:4).
Paul wrote, Brethren, my hearts desire
and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved. For I
bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to
knowledge. For they being ignorant of Gods righteousness, and
going about to establish their own righteousness, have not
submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God (Rom.
Many schools based upon religious principles have
been founded in America and elsewhere. In the process of time, they
become the enemies of true religious faith and practice. Gods
school of true religious faith and practice is the church which is
the pillar and ground of the truth (I Tim. 3:15). The command to
the church is to preach, teach and edify.
While there is nothing wrong with a Christian or
Christians establishing a secular school, one should not expect
such schools to aid and abet the work of the church because their
basic philosophy is decidedly different. With the church, truth is
final, complete and never changing. Schools are constantly
searching for something new and different. Therefore the twain
shall never meet. Schools seek to be accredited by worldly
standards and in order to do so must comply by having accredited
qualified teachers. Teachers who obtain their accreditation, do so
at the feet of false teachers who require them to master the text
books they prescribe. When employed by Christian schools
they teach what they have learned. Hello!
The Apostle Paul sat at the feet of Dr. Gamaliel, but
when he met Jesus and learned the truth about life here and
hereafter, he accounted his secular religion as human refuge. If
one obtains all of the degrees in the world and fails to come to a
knowledge of Gods truth, they are but educated dupes (Phil.
Paul stated that he was not ashamed of the Gospel of
Christ because it is the power of God unto salvation for all
people. He taught that it was by the means of the Gospel that the
righteousness of God is revealed to mankind. He further stated
that, ...the invisible things of him from the creation of
the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are
made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without
excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as
God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations,
and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be
wise, they became fools. (Read Romans 1:16-22)
There was a day when most of the schools in America
were dedicated to seeking the truth in an objective scientific
manner, but that day is long past. History has been revised to
placate the political correctness of the moment. Belief in an all
wise, all powerful Creator has been replaced with the godless
theories of organic evolution. Human secularism has broken down
moral and spiritual absolutes. Living together in sin is
nobodys business; that is until a child is conceived and then
either it must be legally aborted at taxpayers expense or
provided for by the taxpayers. Schools now call evil good and good
evil. They have influenced judges and public officials to force the
acceptance of God-condemned conduct upon the public. So-called
higher education has become a modern day idol for government
officials, judges and many citizens. It has now come to pass that
if one preaches and/or teaches Gods word, it can be labeled
hate speech and one may be imprisoned or fined if someone
claims they were offended. Whatever happened to the first amendment
to the constitution? Even if one wins their case, they may have to
bare the time and expense in doing so.
If more Christians do not stand up and speak out, we
may be the next group to be in bondage. It may be much later than
most people realize.
1186 Martha Leeville Rd.
Lebanon, TN 37090
Table of Contents
KNOWLEDGE & IGNORANCE #1
Throughout the Bible we read of many opposites or
contrasts. We read of light and darkness, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter (Gen. 8:22). We read of those who
...call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for
light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet
for bitter (Isa. 5:20). We read of the broad way and
narrow way (Matt. 7:13-14), heaven and hell (Luke 10:15), right and
wrong. We read of ignorant worship (Acts 17:23), vain worship
(Matt. 15:8-9), will worship (Col. 2:23) and acceptable worship
Theres likewise a vast distinction between
knowledge and ignorance. Every individual is faced
with a decision in their life to choose one or the other. They can
choose to remain ignorant about certain things or they can choose
to learn and understand about certain things. Many choices between
the two make no difference as far as salvation and our eternal
destiny is concerned. But, the choice of either knowledge or
ignorance in the spiritual realm, makes all the difference between
heaven and hell.
Salvation does not come without obedience to God.
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). Hebrews
5:8-9 tells us that Jesus learned ...obedience by the
things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the
author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him.
One cannot obey the Lord when he/she does not know
what the Lord requires. So, the choice of knowledge instead of
ignorance gives one the information necessary to obey God.
Ignorance does not relate to ones intelligence. It
is not a reflection on ones mental state. It has nothing to do
with ones capacity to learn. It simply means that one does not
know does not have knowledge concerning a certain subject.
Are we not all ignorant about many things? I confess Im
ignorant about a multitude of things. I dont know much of
anything about nuclear fission, aeronautics, mining, chemical
engineering and mountain climbing. Ignorance often puts one at a
great disadvantage when in a crowd with those who know a lot about
a certain subject. But, ignorance on secular subjects (things of
this world) does not lessen our chances of going to heaven.
There are even many Bible things I dont know the
answer to you could say Im ignorant about them. I
dont know what Jesus wrote on the ground when an adulterous
woman was brought to him for judgment (John 8:6,8). I dont
know what Pauls thorn in the flesh was (II Cor. 12:7). I
dont know why Nicodemus came to Jesus by night (John 3:2). I
dont know the exact age of the earth. But I do know its
not millions or even billions of years old.
Those things were curious about, and yet the
Bible does not reveal the answers to, should not take up our time
and effort to study them. Deuteronomy 29:29 says, The
secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which
are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we
may do all the words of this law. If God did not reveal
it, then it has nothing to do with our service to God. It has
nothing to do with acceptable worship. It has nothing to do with
our every-day living in this world. On the other hand, the things
God has revealed to us are those things that are needful for us.
According as his divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge
of him that hath called us to glory and virtue (II Peter
1:3). If its important, God tells us about it. If its not
important, God often does not tell us about it.
Some amusing individual along lifes way has
said, ignorance is bliss. However, ignorance is not
bliss. Especially is this true when it comes to spiritual matters.
There are many things we cannot afford to be ignorant about. There
are things that each one of us will have to give an answer for in
the day of judgment. These responsibilities require knowledge.
One, we are responsible for our OWN SOUL.
Ignorance of this fact leads to damnation and hell. Notice these
passages: For we must all appear before the judgment seat
of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body,
according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad
(II Cor. 5:10). And I saw a great white throne, and
him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled
away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead,
small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and
another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead
were judged out of those things which were written in the books,
according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were
in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:
and they were judged every man according to their works
(Rev. 20:11-13). But he that sinneth against me wrongeth
his own soul... (Prov. 8:36). The soul that
sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the
father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the
righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the
wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him (Ezek.
18:20). Who will render to every man according to his
deeds (Rom. 2:6).
No one will be excused by simply saying they did not
know. If so, most of the worlds population could plead
innocent on the grounds of not knowing the will of God. If
ignorance of Gods Will is acceptable, then it would make the
knowledge of Gods Will a detriment and handicap. It would make
the saving news of the Gospel the word of condemnation and
punishment instead of salvation, forgiveness and reward. People
would be better off not knowing about Jesus than to learn of Him
and then not obey Him.
People are lost, not because they dont know the
Bible, not because they dont believe in Jesus, not because
they have never heard or obeyed the Gospel. People are lost because
they have sinned! People are dead in their trespasses and sins.
People live according to the course of this world, according to the
prince of the power of the air. They are children of disobedience
and live after the lusts of their flesh, fulfilling the desires of
the flesh and of the mind; and are by nature the children of wrath,
even as others (Eph. 2:1-3). For all have sinned, and
come short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23).
There is none righteous, no not one (Rom. 3:10).
Romans 6:23 says, ...the wages of sin is death....
This was made clear even in the days of Isaiah when he said,
Behold, the LORDS hand is not shortened, that it
cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your
iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins
have hid his face from you, that he will not hear (Isa.
Sin is a violation of Gods will. It is a
transgression of the Law of God. First John 3:4 says,
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin
is the transgression of the law. It matters not whether
one is aware of the Law of God or not. Ignorance of the Law is not
an excuse. Gods law is still Gods law. One breaks that
law whether they have knowledge of it or not. Ignorance of the law
does not change that. We can be guilty of speeding and never know
we were driving over the limit until were pulled over and
given a ticket. Pleading ignorance does not change the fact that we
were breaking the law. Small children have no knowledge of the law
of gravity. They dont realize that violating that law can
bring about serious injury and even death. But when they fall from
a high place, they are not spared from injury because they were
ignorant of the law of gravity.
Two, we are also responsible for the SOULS OF
Elders will give an answer regarding the church
members under their watch and care. Hebrews 13:17 tells every
member of a local congregation, Obey them that have the
rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your
souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with
joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
What a weighty responsibility is incumbent upon elders
because they have the obligation to watch for members souls. An
elder is not qualified to be an elder if he is ignorant of his
duty. This requires that he know Gods Word and is able to
teach it to others (I Tim 3:2-6).
Preachers, likewise, will give an account
as to whether they have discharged their responsibility. Paul told
the elders of the church at Ephesus, ...I kept back
nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have
taught you publickly, and from house to house, Testifying both to
the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith
toward our Lord Jesus Christ. ... Wherefore I take you to record
this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not
shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God (Acts
20:20-21,26,27). Paul also wrote to Timothy saying,
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove,
rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine (II
Tim. 4:2). Preachers cannot carry out their task of reproving,
rebuking and exhorting if they are ignorant of Gods will.
Sadly, many are ignorant by choice because they choose to travel
the way of the masses.
Isaiah told of conditions in his day of those who had
the charge to proclaim Gods will to the people. His
watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs,
they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber
I cannot imagine preachers choosing to go along with
the flow to deliberately choose to not know the right
ways of the Lord and then proclaim it to both the people of
the world and the people of God. But, church members also are to be
blamed and will be held accountable because they want it to be so.
Isaiah was told, Now go, write it before them in a table,
and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever
and ever: That this is a rebellious people, lying children,
children that will not hear the law of the LORD: Which say to the
seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right
things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits
(Isa. 30:8-10). Much the same thing is said to Timothy by the
apostle Paul. For the time will come when they will not
endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to
themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away
their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables
(II Tim. 4:3-4).
Every church member bears responsibility
toward others. It is required of all of us to be a positive
influence for the Lords cause. Will we stand before the Lord
one day in judgment and hear someone say, you saw me from day
to day and knew I was astray, yet you never mentioned Him to
me? When we see people hungry, thirsty, naked, sick or in
prison and we do nothing to help and assist them, we are not doing
what the Lord has commanded us to do. We are to have a heart of
compassion and tenderness. When Jesus ...saw the
multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they
fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no
shepherd (Matt. 9:36).
Jesus tells us that we are His people and as such,
our light will shine. Our good deeds toward our fellowship man will
be observed. God will be glorified. Ye are the salt of
the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it
be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out,
and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world.
A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light
a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it
giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so
shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify
your Father which is in heaven (Matt. 5:13-16).
Table of Contents
THE DECEPTION OF DENOMINATIONALISM
There are hundreds of different religious denominations,
all wearing different names, teaching different doctrines,
practicing different forms of worship, promulgating different plans
of salvation, and each with its own earthly headquarters. How could
anyone conclude that Scripture authorizes this present confusion or
that God is at all pleased by the wholesale abandonment of His
plan? For God is not the author of confusion
(I Cor. 14:33), but man is.
The people of most all denominational churches call
Jesus, Lord. But Jesus says in Matthew 7:21-23, Not
everyone who saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied
in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name
done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I
never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
On Judgment Day, there will be many people pleading with the Lord
that they had prophesied and done many wonderful works in His name.
They hadnt done the will of my Father which is in
heaven, but mans will. Because of this, they will be
horribly surprised when they are told by Jesus, I never
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. This is
the worse thing that will ever be said to an individual because he
will be eternally lost in hell forever. This is very serious. They
practiced lawlessness because they did not do what God says but
what man said in following their many, various, and differing
denominational creeds. One must do the will of the Father in
heaven, and not the will of man, if he expects to go to heaven.
Doing the will of the Father has never put one into a denomination.
People must do something more or less than what
the Bible says to become a member of a denomination.
Satan wants man to be eternally lost. He uses many
devices to deceive man into accepting his way and to reject
Gods way. We read in 2 Corinthians 2:11, Lest Satan
should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his
devices. Satan and his ministers pass themselves off as
ministers of Christ. We read in 2 Corinthians 11:14-15,
For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform
themselves into ministers of righteousness. Satan and
his ministers are still hard at work today.
Denominationalists falsely claim to be the ministers
of Christ. They urge people to reject the Lords one plan of
salvation and substitute one of Satans plans, such as to
accept Jesus as their personal Saviour and to say the
Sinners Prayer to be saved; but where in the Bible
is any of this found? It is not there because this plan has come
from Satan, who changed the truth of God into a lie
(Rom. 1:25). Satans ministers persuade people into
believing they are saved without doing what Jesus says we must do
to be saved, so they are still lost. They urge people to reject
Christs one true church and to accept a man-made denomination.
They urge people to reject the worship of God in truth as found in
the New Testament (John 4:24) and substitute man-made worship which
is more entertaining. Denominations are one of the cleverest and
most deceptive things Satan has ever done.
Christ died for His church and purchased it with His
own blood (Acts 20-28). He did not purchase nor die for any of the
hundreds of differing denominations. When the Book of Mormon
is planted into the human heart, the result is a Mormon, not
a Christian. When the Baptist Church Manual is planted, it
results in one becoming a Baptist, not a Christian. When the
Methodist Discipline is planted it brings forth a Methodist,
not a Christian. A Catholic Catechism makes one a
Catholic, not a Christian.
Each man-made denomination has a different name that
separates it from all the other man-made denominations. Each
teaches a different doctrine from its own man-made creed. Obeying
any of these false doctrines will never make one a member of the
Lords one true church. All denominations exist without divine
authority and those who remain in them will be eternally lost.
Denominationalism exists because something other than Gods
word is taught. Anything taught that is different from the Bible is
false doctrine. From where did all this religious confusion come?
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse,
deceiving, and being deceived (II Tim. 3:13). If all
people were following the Bible and the Bible only, there would be
The Lord has only one body (Eph. 4:4) and
the Bible says His one body is His one church
(Eph. 1:22-23). After Peter confessed to Jesus, Thou are
the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matt. 16:16),
Jesus promised, upon this rock I will build my
church (Matt. 16:18). The church of Christ was
established in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost after the
resurrection and ascension of Christ into heaven as we read in Acts
chapter two. The church Jesus built was not a denomination. The
Lord did not say He would build many churches, but He said my
church, singular, and it belongs to Him. None of the many
differing denominational churches belong to the Lord. They all
belong to Satan.
Many denominational churches react in bitterness and
hatred when the truth about denominationalism is presented. This is
similar to the hatred and bitterness we read of in Matthew, Mark,
Luke and John when Jesus taught the truth and was crucified for it.
In the book of Acts, all the apostles were imprisoned and beaten
and commanded to no longer teach the truth (Acts 5:17-42). Stephen
was stoned to death (Acts 8:58-60) and the apostle James was killed
with a sword for teaching the truth (Acts 12:1-2). Secular history
tells us that all the apostles died a violent death (except the
apostle John who was exiled to the Isle of Patmos) for teaching the
truth. Satans war against the truth of Gods word
continues in full force today, with false doctrine being his main
Jesus came into this world to establish one and only
church to which only the saved are added. When one obeys the
Lords command, He that believeth and is baptized
shall be saved (Mark 16:16), it is then the
Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved
(Acts 2:47). Men may join their own denominations, but the Lord
adds only the saved to His one church.
No Protestant denomination can trace its beginning
back farther than the 1500s. There are hundreds of different
denominations, each founded by different men at various times and
different places. Psalm 127:1 says, Except the Lord build
the house, they labor in vain that build it. Because the
Lord did not build any of the many denominational churches, many
people are laboring in vain.
Denominationalism promotes the false notion that any
of the denominations are just as valid as the Lords one true
church. This is what Satan wants people to believe.
Christ is the head of the church and he is
the Saviour of the body (Eph. 5:23). Christ has only
promised to save His one body, which is His one church. Many
people refuse to accept that the Lord only has one church that He
is going to save. But what is going to happen to the hundreds of
differing denominational churches which men have started? Jesus
says, Every plant which my heavenly Father hath not
planted, shall be rooted up (Matt. 15:13). If one is in
any of the many denominational churches, he will be uprooted and
thrown into the eternal fires of Hell forever. This is sad because
it doesnt have to be this way.
Satans main tactic in causing people to be lost
is deception. Denominationalism offers a deceptive satisfaction to
many people which will only lead them to be eternally lost. It
does great harm by elevating human opinion over the truth of
Gods word as found in the Bible. Proverbs 14:12 says,
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end
thereof are the ways of death. Man doing what seems
right in his own eyes will end in his spiritual death, which is
being eternally separated from God (Isa. 59:2). Many people do not
want the truth. The Bible says, And with all
deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they
received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And
for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they
should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed
not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness (II
Thess. 2:10-12). If one doesnt love the truth of Gods
word, he is going to be condemned on Judgment Day.
Many people applaud the system of denominationalism.
We hear it stated, to attend the church of your choice.
God doesnt give us a choice of churches so we can select the
one we like best. We must select the church of Gods choice so
we can be saved and go to Heaven? The process by which one becomes
a member of a man-created denomination is not the process by which
one becomes a Christian and a member of the Lords one church
for which He gave his life (Eph. 5:25).
Consider all the exclusive and conflicting doctrines
held by the hundreds of different denominations and they all are
deceived into thinking they are going to Heaven. Denominationalism
does great harm by fostering a false sense of security. Its lies
have caused multiplied millions of people to go through life
believing they are saved. This destroys any capacity to examine
their condition in light of Scripture. People in denominations are
...tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind
of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait to deceive (Eph. 4:14). People
must seek the truth of Gods word if they expect to go to
If one will only take the Bible and obey only the
instructions therein without adding to, deleting from, or changing
it in any way, then he becomes a Christian and a member of the
church of Christ. The church of Christ is composed of all the saved
in Christ but all those outside His one church are deceived and
are lost. It will not be a joking matter to find out on the Day of
Judgment that the Lord is not going to save anyone in the hundreds
of different man-made denominational churches, since they are not
If we really want salvation, it must be on the
Lords terms, not ours. Horrible surprises will greet many on
Judgment Day. The Judgment will be final. There will be no second
chances or appeals. We must get it right the first time.
133 N Woodland Dr.
Conway, AR 72032
Table of Contents
DOES JESUS TEACHING ABOUT MDR APPLY
TO THOSE WHO ARE NOT CHRISTIANS?
Roger D. Campbell
By MDR, I mean Marriage, Divorce, and
Re-Marriage. It is a fact that the Christ spoke about marriage,
putting away or divorce, and entering into a subsequent marriage.
We read of His teaching on these important matters in Matthew
5:31,32, Matthew 19:3-12, Mark 10:2-12, and Luke 16:18. Not every
word that is recorded in these passages was spoken by Jesus, but
all of the verses referenced show the contexts or conversations in
which Jesus taught on these subjects.
Sometimes the thought is expressed that what Jesus
had to say about MDR only applies to those that have obeyed the
Gospel. That is, as long as one has not become a Christian, then
he is not accountable to Jesus doctrine on MDR. One
implication of such a theory is that a man who is not yet in the
Christ could marry, divorce his wife for any reason he wanted,
then marry a second woman without that second relationship
constituting adultery. And, per this theory, the fellow (because
he is not yet a child of God) could repeat this cycle of marry
again, divorce without scriptural cause again, and marry again as
many times as his heart desired. Why is such action supposedly not
unlawful? Because he is not yet a Christian, so it is said.
Though this position has a number of vocal advocates,
and despite the fact that to some it has an
avoid-some-sticky-situations appeal to it, it is false. Jesus
message is for all people everywhere, meaning that all are subject
or amenable to His teaching. Jesus told His apostles to preach the
Gospel to every person, with the truth being that those who
respond to the Gospel by believing it and being baptized, shall be
saved (Mark 16:15,16). What kind of person needs to be saved? One
that has sinned. Sin is lawlessness or transgression of the
Lords law (I John 3:4). The only way that one can be counted
as a violator of a law or instruction is for him to be under or
accountable to such. Thus, the fact that the message of the
Gospel must be preached to lost people shows that they are,
indeed, held accountable for violating the message of the Gospel.
Along this same line of thought, Paul told the
Athenians that God commands all men everywhere to repent (Acts
17:30). Sinners those who have violated Gods law
are the ones who need to repent. So, it must be the case that
people outside of the Christ violate His teaching when they do not
live in harmony with it. They are subject to what the Master says
on every subject, including who has the right to marry, divorce,
and enter into a subsequent marriage.
But Jesus said to preach the Gospel to lost
people, not doctrine about other stuff. The Gospel is the good
news of salvation through Jesus and has nothing to do with
doctrine. In the past there have been those who expressed such
an idea that gospel can only be preached to
non-Christians, while doctrine is only for Christians.
First of all, the word doctrine simply means teaching.
Second, we read that Paul told those who were already saints of
God, So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the
gospel to you that are at Rome also (Rom. 1:15). He
later told those same Christians, ...but ye have obeyed
from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you
(Rom. 6:17). Put these two thoughts together and it is
obvious that these people (in order to be saved and become
Christians) obeyed doctrine, then after they were
already Christians, Paul and others could preach the
gospel to them. Thus, it is false to claim that you cannot
preach doctrine to those that have not yet obeyed the Gospel.
Since that is the case, the Lords doctrine (what He taught
about any topic, including MDR) is what all people are obligated
But what about things like the Lords Supper
or prayer? If non-Christians are responsible for living by
Jesus law, then you ought to encourage them to break bread
with us and pray to God for forgiveness. All sinners have the
duty before God to obey Him in all things. There are some items,
however, that a person is privileged to participate in only when
he/she is already a spiritual child of God. All spiritual blessings
are in the Christ (Eph. 1:3), and only those who are in Him have
access to such, including the privilege of partaking of the
communion and the blessing of being able to address God in prayer
as their heavenly Father.
The message of 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 also helps us see
that those who have not yet obeyed the Gospel are subject to
Jesus teaching on MDR that is, His doctrine on MDR
applies to non-saints, just as it does to His disciples. The
message of 1 Corinthians 6:9,10 is that the unrighteous shall
not inherit the kingdom of God. Included in the category of
the unrighteous are adulterers, and verse 11
says And such were some of you, but ye are washed, but ye
are sanctified, but ye are justified.... When the Holy
Spirit declares through Paul that some of the saints in Corinth
were (past tense) adulterers, he is speaking about the
time before their conversion before they became Christians.
So, some in the church at Corinth used to be
adulterers before they became Christians. The fact that they were
adulterers means that they violated the Lords law on marriage
and sexual rights. But, again, when were they guilty of breaking
the Masters teaching on such matters? Answer: before they
obeyed the Gospel. The conclusion is inescapable. If they violated
the Lords doctrine and stood condemned as a result, then they
must have been amenable to or under His law at the time. Yes,
Jesus teaching on MDR does apply to those who are not
Christians, just as it does to those who are in the Lord. Folks,
marriage is not a church ordinance. The Lord God established
marriage long before there were Christians, and Jesus
universal law applies to all people of all nations, whether they be
in or out of the Christ.
What about homosexuality? Well, what about it? Would
our Lords doctrine about this evil activity apply only to
Christians, or would non-saints also be accountable to Jesus
message on this topic? Is homosexuality condemned in Christians,
but counted as an acceptable activity among non-saints? God forbid.
In that same passage in 1 Corinthians, we read that in their
pre-Christian days, some of the brethren in Corinth had been
effeminate or abusers of themselves with
mankind (6:9); that is, they were homosexuals, and by being
such they transgressed Jesus teaching on morality. The law of
the Christ applied to them even before they were baptized into Him.
We have no intention of trying to identify and label
the motives of those brethren that suggest that Jesus teaching
about MDR does not count when it comes to those who have
not yet become members of His church. However, we can see the
consequences of such a false message, can we not?
Many marriages in our society are in a horrible mess.
The sad reality is that great masses of our population have no clue
what the New Testament says about MDR. We have got to become more
diligent in educating them! It is also a great tragedy that others
know exactly what Gods word says about MDR, but they simply do
not care. They have made up their minds how they want to live, and
they do not want to hear anything about their need to change their
course of action. That is their choice to make, but on Judgment Day
they will not be able to hide from the truth that Jesus
teaching on MDR applies to all people, whether they accept it or
120 Will Lewis Dr. SE
Cleveland, TN 37323
Table of Contents
The church of Christ which meets at the corner of Reagan Drive
and Trinity Lane in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, will celebrate its
fiftieth anniversary on May 4, 2008. A Gospel meeting with area
preachers will be conducted May 2-4 to commemorate the occasion.
The Gatlinburg church was established in 1958 by the late Creed
Spurgeon, a dedicated minister who was native of this area. His
three children and one grandson continue as members today. The
present building was erected in 1964. We are blessed with thousands
of visitors annually because of our location near the main entrance
to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our visitors have come
from every state as well as several foreign countries. Many of
them return every year. We would especially love to have our
regular visitors with us during our Gospel meeting. If you are
planning to go to the Smokies this year, why not come the first
weekend in May and join us as we celebrate fifty years of service
in the Smokies ...Rod Rutherford, PO Box 268, Powell, TN
37849, 1. firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you
...Gaylon Patterson, Richmond, TX. Please send us the
paper copies in the mail each week or when you publish this great
study tool. We have missed getting it in the mail. It is a sound
doctrine paper and we enjoy the study from it. It is a great study
tool with your Bible. Thanks for all you do to make this
publication possible to Christians ...John and Beth Crum,
Valdosta, GA. I have moved and dont want to miss any
issues, so heres my new address. Thank you very much!! I
appreciate the truth in your paper ...Gail Nelson, Beverly,
WV. Im writing to inform you that as of July 22, 2006,
my father, George Harlin Cage, passed away. Please remove him from
your mailing lists immediately. Thank you ...Kathy Fridge,
Nixa, MO. I would please ask that you remove my name from the
subscription list. It is not that I disagree with what is being
taught or stressed, I agree with your teaching, I just have
problems with some of the attitudes displayed in some of the
judgmental, vindictive wording of some of your writers.
Doctrinally, I agree, but where is the love that must also
accompany our preaching. I find your paper more discouraging than
uplifting. Please honor my request and remove my name. I might
resubscribe at a later time, but not now. Thank you
...Clayton King, La Junta, CO. I want to thank you for the
publication of Seek The Old Paths. Never under estimate
the value of the written publications that have been produced over
the years. You never know when a bulletin published years before
will surface and do much good. During the year 2000 I was
questioning the elders of the church I attended here in
Jacksonville about the future of this local church and where they
were headed. They refused to discuss the matter with me or give me
any answers. Then one day in April, 2001, a friend handed me a
copy of the September, 1997, issue of Seek The Old Paths.
I dont know where this issue had been for four years,
but I do know that every question I had been asking the elders was
answered in that one issue. Within one month from receiving this
old issue I had left that church and found a church that
taught chapter and verse from the Bible. I am very grateful for
Seek The Old Paths and enclose a contribution to help
with your efforts in spreading the Gospel. Thank you for being
there in 1997, 2001 and 2008 and for years to come ...Bob
Price, Jacksonville, FL. Would you please send a monthly
copy of Seek The Old Paths to a friend of mine? Thank
you ...Milton Strickland, Kerrville, TX. I
would like to subscribe to STOP. Thank you ...J. C.
Wilder, Vine Grove, KY. I read in John Grubbs
report about your videos online. Im viewing one right now.
Thanks for putting them on. Ive got you marked on my browser
and will return from time to time. I have always enjoyed your
preaching and have learned and benefitted from the sermons
Ive heard you preach ...David Lemmons,
http://LemmonsAid.WordPress.com, Dublin, GA. [NOTE: These
videos can be seen at www.seektheoldpaths.com/video.] Thank
you for continuing to send me your paper. It is a very good
publication and I appreciate your efforts in spreading the truth of
the Gospel. Thank you very much ...Lois Murner,
Tuscumbia, AL. Start sending STOP. The publication is a
wonderful, sound and informative paper. Keep up the good work and
everyone involved are in my prayers. We need to get back to the
basics of Gospel preaching for so many are being led astray by
weak preaching from our pulpits that are full of gook, with no
substance. Please put a friend of mine on your mailing list
...Collin Pinkston, Swartz Creek, MI. Please send us
10 copies to pass out at the church at Yell each month. We are a
small congregation striving to be true. Some of us have read a
paper or two of yours and really enjoy it ...Yell Church
of Christ, Lewisburg, TN. I just learned of your
publication Seek The Old Paths and would like to
receive it ...Edgar Beard, Centerville, TN.
Thank you ...Kraig Bolus, Acworth, GA. I
am 96 years old and have macular degeneration and have a hard time
reading with a powerful magnifying glass. I sure thank you for
sending STOP to me. I have to ask you to cancel it
...James Williams, Evansville, IN. I would like to
receive your monthly paper. I enjoy reading it ...Clarence
Batman, Niles, MI. I so enjoy the wonderful work you do
in getting Seek The Old Paths out to all who wish to
read it. So sad how some reject the teaching of our Lord. It is
their loss. Those who have been taught the Bible and turn away from
it, how terribly sad! I look forward to receiving your paper and
read every word. Will you please add some names to your mailing
list? They have expressed their desire to receive it
...Helen Summers, Grand Blanc, MI. Greetings. Appreciate
your good work via STOP. God bless and please continue to stand
for the right and against the wrong ...Ken Butterworth,
Oxford, AL. We appreciate every issue. Please send us 10
copies. God bless your good work ...Charles & Lucile
Nicks, Hayesville, NC. Please remove me from your
mailing list. I am moving ...Fran Hardin, Sparta, TN.
Hi to you brethren in the great USA. I am sending this email
from Montreal Canada. It is a great joy and pleasure to spend time
listening to you all. What a great edifying experience. You have
been instrumental in lifting my soul in times when I was struggling
with my flesh from without and within ...Lennard,
Montreal, QC, Canada. [You can hear the Gospel preached 24/7
at www.pioneerpreachers.com. On www.wsoj.net (a
companion web site to pioneerpreachers.com), you can select what
lessons you want to hear, either by speaker or by subject. Tell
others about this great work in spreading the Gospel.] I have
been receiving STOP for a few years and have always enjoyed it. In
this part of the country, the church is few and far between. It is
at least 35 miles from here to the next congregation
...Vernon Bracknell, Baldwin, IL.
Table of Contents
Bound Volumes can be ordered from:
Old Paths Publishing
2007 Francis Ferry Rd.
McMinnville, TN 37110
$5 postage paid
Seek The Old Paths |
East End Church of Christ