In This Issue...
WITHDRAWAL OF FELLOWSHIP
The purpose of this piece is to motivate Christians and
congregations to start studying church discipline seriously, and
then start practicing withdrawal of fellowship. Withdrawal of
fellowship is God's only means to correct sin and false teachers
and to keep the church from apostasy.
All over our nation, sound brethren have been, for some
time, speaking and writing about their concern for the number of
brethren and congregations that are apostatizing. But it seems that
no one is writing and speaking about the causes of apostasy, and
working to eliminate the causes. Why have we not had a lectureship
program on the subject of withdrawal of fellowship?
The lack of withdrawal of fellowship is one of the causes
of apostasy. Church discipline to the point of withdrawal of
fellowship is God's only way or means to keep the church pure by
keeping sin and false teachers out of the church. We are having so
many to apostatize because most congregations, for many years, have
not obeyed God's command to withdraw fellowship from every brother
that walks disorderly (2 Thess. 3:6). By not withdrawing from those
who practice sin and will not repent of their immorality and false
doctrines, we have encouraged, enabled, condoned and sanctioned sin
and false doctrine, if not encouraged apostasy. The congregations
who continue to not study withdrawal of fellowship in
their classes, and continue to not practice withdrawal of
fellowship, will continue to enable and aid the apostasy (2 John
9-11). Christians and congregations will continue to go into
apostasy as long as Christians and congregations do not practice
withdrawal of fellowship. "A little leaven, leavens the whole
lump" (1 Cor. 5:6).
When the history of the church is written for this period
of time, it will show that the church, by not practicing withdrawal
of fellowship, aided the church in going into apostasy. And, the
preachers that did not preach, teach and write to warn the church
about not withdrawing fellowship, aided the church in apostasy. So
what will you do? Withdraw and obey Christ or not withdraw and
disobey Christ? What will it be -- withdrawal of fellowship and be
sound and faithful or not withdrawal and be unsound, unfaithful and
condone apostasy? These are the only two choices since withdrawal
is obligatory (2 Thess. 3:6).
We have become hypocritical by emphasizing that the Lord's
church obeys all of Christ's commands or practices all that the New
Testament authorizes, while disobeying Christ by not practicing the
command to withdraw (2 Thess. 3:6). Also, the criticism of
hypocrites being in the church would be all but eliminated if we
would withdraw from them. How could we have been so inconsistent in
this matter for so long without being persistently reproved and
rebuked by sound, faithful Gospel preachers? Where are the writings
of the sound preachers on this matter?
Therefore, we plead with our brethren to obey ALL of God's
commands by starting to study withdrawal and then withdrawing
fellowship from the ungodly that will not repent (2 Thess. 3:6). If
we loose where God has not loosed or make a matter of obligation
that which is a matter of option, then we sin. We have loosed
withdrawal of fellowship where God has bound it and we have made
the obligatory doctrine of withdrawal of fellowship a matter of
option (2 Thess. 3:6). Therefore, we have sinned and need to repent
and start practicing withdrawal of fellowship to save our souls,
the souls of the erring and the church. How can we continue to
consider Christians and congregations sound and faithful, if they
continue to refuse to obey this command to withdraw fellowship from
the disorderly? And, how can elders claim to be faithful in
watching for the souls of their flock (Heb. 13:17), while refusing
to discipline their members and withdraw from them if they fail to
Let's quit talking and crying about the symptoms of the
problem (apostasy) and start dealing with and eliminating the cause
of the problem (the refusal to withdraw fellowship).
I realize the problem behind refusing to practice the
command to withdraw fellowship is the lack of love for Christ (John
14:15) and being unconverted as manifested by our unbelief and lack
of respect for the authority of the Scriptures (2 Tim. 3:16-17;
Col. 3:17). So, let us convict and convert our members to Christ
and the authority of the Scriptures and then let's practice church
discipline and withdrawal of fellowship to help prevent apostasy.
Thank you for your consideration and obedience in this
matter. And, may God help us all to obey Him in all things,
including withdrawal of fellowship, in order to be faithful and go
to heaven. Please let me hear from you on this matter.
Faithfully yours in concern and hope,
314 Chad Grace Rd.
Red Boiling Springs, TN 37150
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Garland M. Robinson
The plea of the churches of Christ is very simple. It is a
desire to "go back to the Bible" and let it be the guide
for all we say and do. Actually, this is a Biblical plea that has
been true ever since the Old Testament era. During the days of
Jeremiah the prophet, six hundred years before Christ, we read,
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and
ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk
therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls" (Jer. 6:16).
A RETURN TO NEW TESTAMENT ORGANIZATION
God has always desired that men follow His way in every
generation of time -- from the beginning of Adam and Eve in the
garden of Eden, to the present, and on until life on the earth will
be no more when (Jesus comes again).
All men today will be judged according to "the old paths"
(the New Testament). 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; cf. Rev. 20:12). Are you ready? Are you prepared to meet
Only when we lay aside the creeds, disciplines and tenets
of denominationalism and go back to the New Testament can we be
right with the Lord. We must accept God's "old paths" as our rule
of faith and practice. Let us go "back to the Bible."
This plea is...
There was no hierarchy in New Testament times as is seen
today in denominations of men. There is no clergy/laity system in
the scriptures. The organization of the church in the Bible was
simple in its arrangement. No one congregation had any authority
over any other congregation. Each one was autonomous (self
A RETURN TO THE PLAN OF SALVATION
There were elders (also called bishops and
pastors) who were the overseers of their own local congregation of
which they were members (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 5:1-3). God has given
them the charge to see to it that what is done is done according to
His Word. There were deacons who were special servants
of the church (1 Tim. 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-4). There were members
who were baptized penitent believers (Acts 2:38,41,47; Eph.
4:25). There were evangelists who preached the Word (1
Cor. 9:16; Eph. 4:11).
Let us return to this Biblically authorized arrangement.
This plea is...
Our plea is a return to the Lord's plan of salvation. It
is not my plan or any man's plan. It is God's plan. We do not
have the authority to add to it, nor do we have the authority to
take from it.
A RETURN TO THE PATTERN OF NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP
Luke 19:10 says Jesus came to "seek and save the lost."
Salvation is only in his name. "Neither is there salvation
in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among
men, whereby we must be saved" (Acts 4:12). Jesus said, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me" (John 14:6). He died for our sins
according to the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3; Heb. 2:9). He was raised
from the dead for our justification (Rom. 4:25). He alone is the
author and giver of salvation (Heb. 5:8-9). He has the authority
to speak about salvation and how to obtain it (Matt. 28:18). Why
not let the Lord himself speak and tell us what to do to be saved?
Jesus said everyone must believe in him as the
Christ, the Son of God. "I said therefore unto you, that ye
shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am
he, ye shall die in your sins" (John 8:24; Heb. 11:6). Jesus
said all men must repent of their sins to be saved. "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all
likewise perish" (Luke 13:3,5; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 17:30).
Jesus said all men must confess him before men. "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will
I confess also before my Father which is in heaven" (Matt.
10:32; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 8:37). Jesus said all men must be
baptized (immersed) in water for the remission of sins. "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he
that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38;
22:16; Rom. 6:3-6; 1 Peter 3:21). Jesus said all men must live a
faithful Christian life. "...Be thou faithful
unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life" (Rev.
2:10; Matt. 10:22 1 Cor. 15:58).
Let us return to the Biblically authorized plan of
This plea is...
Worship must also be directed by Christ if we expect to
be pleasing unto God. God has not left men to themselves to devise
what they choose in worship. When we do that which is not
authorized in worship, our worship becomes vain and unacceptable.
Jesus spoke of those who "...draweth nigh unto me with their
mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far
from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines
the commandments of men" (Matt. 15:8-9).
A RETURN TO THE PATTERN OF NEW TESTAMENT TEACHING
The New Testament reveals five acts of worship. These
acts are included in worship on every Lord's day (the first day of
the week). They include: Singing: "Speaking to
yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and
making melody in your heart to the Lord" (Eph. 5:19).
Singing is congregational and a cappella, i.e., without the
accompaniment of mechanical instruments of music. There are no
choirs, solos or "special music" in New Testament worship.
Teaching: A message from God's Word is delivered. "And
upon the first day of the week...Paul preached unto them...and
continued his speech until midnight" (Acts 20:7). Nothing
but the pure and unadulterated Word of God is proclaimed. The
whole counsel of God is preached without fear or favor of any man
(Acts 20:26-27). Giving: A free-will offering is
collected from each member on the Lord's day. "Upon the first
day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God
hath prospered him..." (1 Cor. 16:2; 2 Cor. 9:6-7). You
will not find sales and fund raisers in New Testament giving.
Lord's supper: Each member partakes of unleavened bread and
fruit of the vine every first day of the week to remember Christ's
suffering and death on the cross. "And upon the first day of
the week, when the disciples came together to break bread..."
(Acts 20:7; cf. 1 Cor. 11:23-29; Matt. 26:26-29). Praying:
Members reverently pray unto God the Father in the name of
Jesus Christ the Son. "...Prayer was made without ceasing of
the church unto God..." (Acts 12:5; cf. Acts 2:42).
Jesus said true worship is "in spirit" (from
the heart, sincere) and "in truth" (according to and
directed by God's Word) (John 4:24). Does this characterize your
worship? Let's return to the Lord's authorized acts of worship.
This plea is...
We desire to teach and do only those things authorized in
God's Holy Word. This is expressed 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." To do
something in the name of someone means that we act upon their
authority. Therefore, our teaching and practice must be according
to a "thus saith the Lord."
Churches of Christ wear an authorized name. "The
churches of Christ salute you" (Rom. 16:16). Members are
called: disciples (Acts 16:1), believers
(Acts 5:14), saints (Acts 9:13), sons of God
(1 John 3:1-2) and Christians (Acts 11:26). Each
Christian is a member of Christ's one body, the church (Eph. 4:4;
In the New Testament we learn that Christ: loved the
church and died for it (Eph. 5:25; Acts 20:28), built it (Matt.
16:18), is its head (Eph. 1:22-23), adds the saved to it (Acts
2:41,47) and will save it at the end of the world (Eph. 5:23).
In the New Testament we read about one kingdom (Col.
1:13-14). "There is one body, and one Spirit, even
as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith,
one baptism, one God and Father of all..." (Eph. 4:4-6).
Followers of the Lord must "Preach the word; be
instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all
longsuffering and doctrine" (2 Tim. 4:2). We must "speak as the oracles of God" (1 Peter 4:11) and "contend for the faith" once delivered unto the saints (Jude
3). We must "buy the truth and sell it not" (Prov.
23:23) for it is God's "power unto salvation" (Rom.
We live in view of the judgment "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" (2 Cor. 5:10).
The plea of the church of Christ is to go back to the
Bible -- to do Bible things in Bible ways and to call Bible things
by Bible names. It is a plea to break away from the excess baggage
of the doctrines and traditions of men and return to the simple
teaching of the New Testament.
If we obey God's Word then we can enjoy God's promises!
Are you ready to learn more? Are you interested in the same?
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101 QUESTIONS FOR CAMPBELLITES, ANSWERED #3
30. "Do you and your Brethren not also teach and believe
-- that Jesus Christ was not the Son of God until after His
The term "son" is used in two ways in Scripture. First,
it is used of the offspring of parents. Second, it is used to
express relationship. According to the first usage of this word,
Jesus became the Son of God when Mary conceived the Christ-child in
her womb. When "the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,"
Jesus became "the only begotten of the Father"
(John 1:14), "the only begotten Son" (John 1:18;
3:16,18). However, Jesus was eternal (John 1:1; Col. 2:9). As an
eternal being, He could not have been begotten in the since of
offspring. Thus, the term "Son of God" sometimes refers to the
relationship Jesus has with the Father. John wrote, "In this
was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his
only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him"
(1 John 4:9). The Psalmist also proclaimed, "Thou art my
Son; this day have I begotten thee" (Psalm 2:7; Acts 13:33;
Heb. 1:5; 5:5). In both of these verses, Jesus was declared to be
the Son before He was born. How can that be? The term expresses the
close relationship Jesus has with the Father in eternity (John 17),
and in the mind of God, He was foreordained to redeem the world
"before the foundation of the world" (1 Peter 1:18-20).
"Whose Son was He in BETHLEHEM'S MANGER?"
The virgin birth clearly reveals Jesus to be the Son of
God. To Mary, before Jesus' birth, the angel said, "The Holy
Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born
of thee shall be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).
32. "Is not the sum of your doctrine simply this: He
that lives Closest to the creek, lives closest to the Lord? He that
lives furthest from the creek, lives furtherest from the Lord? Does
this not place the DESERT dwellers at a distinct disadvantage? Then
a Man's Salvation would be simple or difficult according to his
GEOGRAPHICAL location? Does this sound like Jesus Christ in John
In reality, this question places God to blame where man
chooses to live. Since God teaches, "He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
damned," then it is up to us to obey it no matter how
difficult or easy it might be for us. Let's state the question
another way. Take for example the person raised in an ungodly
environment as opposed to one raised in a godly environment. Which
would more easily be able or more apt to come to the Lord? Does
God's love change because of the place we live or the environment
we live in? Of course not! Or, consider the person who was raised
a Baptist, and who has difficulty accepting the Bible doctrine of
baptism for the remission of sins as taught in Acts 2:38. Is this
person at less of an advantage? Probably so, but nevertheless the
Bible doctrine of baptism is still true.
33. "Are the FAMILY of God, the KINGDOM OF GOD and the
CHURCH OF GOD ALL one and the SAME???"
If A equals C and B equals C, then A equals B. Things
equal to the same thing are equal to each other. A equals C, or to
put it another way, under the New Testament dispensation, the
family (house) of God is the church of God. Paul wrote, "But
if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave
thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living
God, the pillar and ground of the truth" (1 Tim. 3:15).
And B equals C, or to put it another way under the New Testament
dispensation, the kingdom of God is the church of God. Notice how
Jesus interchanges the terms with reference to the same thing in
Matthew 16:18,19: "And I say also unto thee, That thou art
Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the
gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give
unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever
thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."
Therefore, A equals B, and the family, kingdom, and church of God
are all one and the same.
34. "Do all who belong to the family of God also
belong to the Church of God?"
Again, Paul wrote the house or family of God is the church
(1 Tim. 3:15). All who are members of the church are members of
35. "Did God have a family before Pentecost?"
Yes. Under the Old Testament economy, the nation of Israel
was the family of God, but because they rejected God, God
ultimately rejected them. Moses declared to the nation of Israel,
"Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall
pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because
thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep
his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee"
(Deut. 28:45). Israel hearkenedst not, and God rejected them as He
promised. The term kingdom of God was used in the same way. Under
the Old Testament age, the nation of Israel was the kingdom of God,
but it was taken from them. Jesus said, "The kingdom of God
shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the
fruits thereof" (Matt. 21:43).
"Then is it now possible to become a member of the
family of God and not become a member of the Church at the same
Since, under the New Testament dispensation, the family
of God is the church (1 Tim. 3:15), then it is not presently
possible for a person to be a member of the family of God and not
be a member of the church.
37. "When and How did Jesus become a member of the
Church of Christ?"
While Jesus lived on earth, He was not a member of the
church of Christ. During His personal ministry, He promised to
build His church (Matt. 16:18). Who's church? His church -- the
church of Christ. Furthermore, He purchased the church with His own
blood (Acts 20:28). Therefore, the church belongs to Him. Thus, the
church is Christ's church or church of Christ. Today, He is the
head of the church (Eph. 1:22-23). Since, the church was in promise
during the personal ministry of Jesus, then He could not have been
a member of it.
Since this question was asked by Baptists, then the
question should be turned around. When and how did Jesus become a
member of the Baptist Church? The answer is simply He was not and
could not have been. The Baptist Church did not exist until 1607.
Of course, many would say John the Baptist was a member of the
Baptist Church, and when Jesus was baptized, He became a member of
the Baptist Church. However, there are at least two things wrong
with that. First, John the Baptist was not a Baptist in the
denominational sense of the word. The original word means baptizer
or one who administers baptism. John was a baptizer -- not a
Baptist. Second, Jesus was baptized of John before He promised to
build His church. Therefore, if Jesus was baptized into the Baptist
Church, then the Baptist Church could not be the Lord's church
which He promised to build. Of course, Jesus was not and could not
have been baptized into the Baptist Church since it did not exist
until 1607. The Lord's church, the church of Christ, was not
established until after His death on the day of Pentecost in Acts
38. "When and How did the Apostles become members of
the Church of Christ?"
The Bible does not reveal when the apostles were baptized.
Therefore, that is a secret that belongs to God (Deut. 29:29). Paul
may have alluded to this in 1 Corinthians 12:28, "And God hath
set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets,
thirdly teachers...." Since John's baptism was "for the
remission of sins" (Mark 1:4; Luke 3:3), then it was not
necessary for those who had been baptized of John to be baptized
again with Christ's baptism (the baptism instituted by Christ in
the great commission [Matt. 28:19; Mark 16:16]) which, also, was
for the remission of sins. The question then arises about Acts 19,
why were those baptized with John's baptism commanded to be
baptized again? The answer is simple. They were baptized with
John's baptism after the cross. John's baptism, like all Old
Testament doctrine, was taken out of the way and nailed to the
cross (Col. 2:14). On the day of Pentecost in 30 AD, Christ's
baptism (of the great commission, Mark 16:16) came into effect and
John's baptism went out of effect. The day of Pentecost is when
they became members of the church of Christ.
39. "Was John's Baptism, Christian Baptism?"
No, John's baptism was not "Christian baptism." The
baptism of the great commission is for an alien sinner, not a
Christian. Therefore it is not "Christian baptism." The purpose of
John's baptism had one similarity to that of Christ's baptism today
-- "for the remission of sins." However, John's baptism
was for the house of Israel to prepare the way of the Lord.
Further, it was a baptism of repentance, whereas Christ's baptism,
the baptism of the great commission (Mark 16:16), is for those who
have already repented. Also, as we have previously noted, John's
baptism is not presently in effect, whereas Christ's baptism (Mark
16:16) will be in effect until the end of time.
40. "Who Baptized Jesus Christ?"
Matthew 3:13-17; Mark 1:9-11; & Luke 3:21-22 declare John
the baptizer baptized Jesus. From Matthew's account, we learn that
John would have hindered Jesus from being baptized and said, "I have need to be baptized of thee." Some say John was so
humbled by the fact that Jesus came to him. However, based on
Jesus' explanation, John knew Jesus was a righteous man who did not
need to be baptized for the remission of sins. So, Jesus explained
He wanted John to baptize Him "to fulfill all righteousness."
Because of the situation surrounding the Lord's baptism, the
Spirit of God descending like a dove and the voice out of heaven
saying, "this is my beloved Son," this event clearly
reveals Jesus was the divinely appointed Messiah.
41. "Did Jesus Christ have Christian Baptism?"
Again, the answer is no. Christ instituted the baptism of
the great commission (Mark 16:16) after His resurrection when He
told the apostles to go into all the world to preach and/or teach
the Gospel. His testament, the New Testament, did not go into
effect until after His death when His death, burial and
resurrection was first preached on the day of Pentecost in 30 AD.
42. "Have you received the same kind of Baptism, Jesus
and the Apostles received?"
No. Jesus was baptized "to fulfill all
righteousness." He did not receive the remission of sins
because He had no sin. Because I have sinned, I have been baptized
in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins as the
Apostles commanded according to New Testament teaching. This is the
baptism to which all men everywhere are to submit.
43. "Is Jesus Christ the Head of the Church of
According to Ephesians 1:22,23, He is.
44. "Since the Head of the Church received ONLY John's
Baptism, is not John's Baptism, Christian Baptism?"
John's baptism was in preparation for the coming of the
Lord. The church was established upon the Lord's death, burial, and
resurrection. John's baptism was at the beginning of the Lord's
ministry on earth, whereas Christ's baptism was established after
His ministry on earth. Those are two separate ends of the Lord's
earthly ministry. Thus, John's baptism cannot be Christ's baptism
as taught and practiced in the book of Acts.
45. "Or Has the Head of the Church received one KIND
of Baptism and the Church altogether another Kind?"
That is exactly the case, and it has to be the case. Why?
Jesus had no sins to be remitted. All other persons need their sins
remitted. Thus, Christ's baptism is for the remission of sins (Acts
46. "Alexander Campbell received BAPTIST BAPTISM, and
died with it. Did he go to heaven or hell? Campbell never did
repudiate this baptism by a Baptist preacher, was he saved or
What Alexander Campbell did or did not do proves nothing.
A "thus saith the Lord" is the authority or standard.
The Lord said, "He that believeth and is baptized shall be
saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned" (Mark
"What kind of Baptism did the Apostles receive?
Were they saved or Lost?"
As we have clearly stated, the apostles were baptized with
John's baptism for the remission of sins before the New Testament
dispensation. Thus, they were saved.
48. "What kind of Baptism did these Disciples who were
baptized by the Apostles on the authority of Christ during His
personal ministry receive? John 4:1-2. Were they saved or Lost? Was
this before Pentecost?"
During the earthly ministry of Jesus, His disciples
baptized according to the Lord's instructions. Jesus' baptism
during His personal ministry was like John's in that it was in
preparation of the coming Messianic kingdom, the church. Just as
John preached the coming of the kingdom, so Jesus did the same
(Matt. 3:2; 4:17). Though this baptism was for the remission of
sins, it was not into "the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit" as taught in the great commission
(Matt. 28:19), and which was first proclaimed on the day of
Pentecost in Acts 2. These disciples were saved because they lived
under a different dispensation. Today, all who are baptized must be
baptized with the baptism Christ instituted in the great commission
which was "for the remission of sins" (Mark 16:16; Acts
2:38; 3:19; 22:16).
Do all these questions about John's baptism prove the
Baptist position? Absolutely not! Why? Because John baptized
"for the remission of sins." Therefore, John's
baptism is not Baptist baptism! Baptists believe and teach a person
is saved before baptism. Thus, their baptism cannot be for the
remission of sins.
49. "How was Abraham Saved? David? Enoch? John the
Baptist? The Virgin Mary? The Demoniac of Gedara? The Penitent
These were all saved by a working, obedient faith. "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went
out, not knowing whither he went" (Heb. 11:8). Enoch pleased
God (Heb. 11:5). How? Because he lived as God instructed, and God
translated him. The same could be said of David and the others.
Under the age or dispensation in which they lived, they obeyed God,
and God rewarded them. Today, we must also live by faith -- the
same kind of faith they had. A faith that is living, active and
obedient. It is a faith that moves one to obey the Lord by being
baptized for the remission of sins.
50. "How were sinners saved between the Crucifixion
of Christ and the Day of Pentecost?"
The same way they were saved before the crucifixion.
Christ's testament could not go into effect until after it was made
known which took place on the day of Pentecost in AD 30. John's
baptism looked forward to or in prospect of Christ's death, burial,
and resurrection. Christ's baptism looks back to the reality of the
Lord's death, burial, and resurrection.
51. "How is Abraham the FATHER of the FAITHFUL when
he was not Baptized by a Campbellite preacher?"
Where in the standard of all religious matters, does the
Bible say anything about a "Campbellite" or "Baptist" preacher? It
doesn't. Those who are faithful to God and His word do not say,
"I am of Paul and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of
Christ" (1 Cor. 1:12). Such language reveals a contentious
attitude -- not desiring to know the truth.
What made Abraham faithful? Was it faith alone or was it
faith coupled with works of obedience? James answers the question.
"Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had
offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought
with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the
Scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it
was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the
Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified,
and not by faith only" (James 2:21-24). Abraham was the
father of the faithful because under the covenant in which he
lived, he demonstrated his faith by obedience to God. In the same
way, we, today, are faithful to God when we receive His word
according to the covenant under which we live and obey it. Thereby,
we follow the father of the faithful.
"Since the same FAITH dwelled in Timothy, his
Mother and his Grandmother, were they not all saved alike?"
The passage this question alludes to is 2 Timothy 1:5
which speaks about the "unfeigned faith" of Timothy's
grandmother, Lois, and mother, Eunice. The first time we are
introduced to Timothy is in Acts 16:1 which says, "Then came
he to Derbe and Lystra: and, behold, a certain disciple was there,
named Timotheus, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess,
and believed; but his father was a Greek." What does Luke
mean when he said Eunice "was a Jewess, and believed?"
By nationality, she was a Jewess, and religiously, she was a
believer which refers to the fact that she was a Christian. When
Luke wrote she "believed," it doesn't mean she only
believed or had a knowledge of facts. She believed and her belief
was coupled with faithful obedience which included obedience to
God's command to be baptized for the remission of sins (cf. Acts
53. "Who preached the Gospel to Abraham? Galatians
Paul wrote in Galatians 3:8, "And the scripture,
foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith,
preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all
nations be blessed." As we examine this passage, please
notice that God teaches or preaches through Scripture. Thus, God
through His Scripture preached the Gospel to Abraham. The entirety
of the Gospel? No, God prophesied concerning the Gospel the
heathens or Gentiles would be justified through faith. What kind of
faith -- empty faith like the devils or obedient faith like
Abraham? Of course, obedient faith for a person cannot be justified
"by faith only" (James 2:24).
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DANGERS FACING THE
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||Leaving Our First Love...Jimmy
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MONDAY, JULY 24
The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit...
Preachers Under Fire...
Loosing Where God has Not Loosed... Gilbert
TUESDAY, JULY 25
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What The Holy Spirit Does for us Today... Bill
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What Biblical Love Is...
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Christian Schools -- Source of Digression and
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
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