Is Pope John Paul Qualified
In an article appearing on Reuters website, Phillip Pullella
wrote, The Vatican may have found the miracle they
need to put the late Pope John Paul one step closer to
sainthood. According to the article, Pope John Paul allegedly
healed a French nun who suffered from the same Parkinsons
disease that afflicted him. But the details of that
healing are quite revealing, as are the
conditions for the Popes sainthood. Lets take
a closer look.
First, it is claimed that the nun prayed to
Pope John Paul after he had died, and was then inexplicably cured
of her Parkinsons disease. It should be noted that the New
Testament never authorizes anyone to pray to a man for any reason
whatsoever. Jesus taught us that we are to pray thus: Our
Father Who art in heaven (Matt. 6:9). In addition, if this
woman was inexplicably cured of her Parkinson, how does
she know that it was Pope John Paul who somehow healed her? At
best, it is pure subjectivism. The Hindus in India claim they were
healed when they prayed to their Hindu god, but that does not make
Second, the alleged healing is being
investigated by the church authorities. Why is it
necessary to investigate any healing if indeed
it is a true healing? In the New Testament times the miracles of
the apostles were so powerful and convincing that even the enemies
could not deny that a notable miracle had taken place. Nor could
they question who it was that performed the miracle. And how, we
might ask, are church authorities to go about
investigating the matter? Do they call the late Pope John Paul to
the witness stand and ask him if he were the active party in the
Third, even if it could be confirmed that the nun was
healed as a result of her praying to the deceased Pope (something
we affirm cannot be proven), how does that put the Pope one
step closer to sainthood? I read of nothing in the New
Testament that suggests that sainthood is something achieved in
increments. Quite the contrary! When a person becomes a Christian
he at one and the same time becomes a saint. That is because a
saint is one who has been sanctified. Here is
what the inspired apostle Paul wrote on the matter: Know
ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God?
Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with men, nor
thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor
extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some
of you: but ye were washed, but ye were sanctified, but ye were
justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit
of our God (I Cor. 6:9-11).
Note that these Christians in Corinth were sanctified when
they were washed and justified. The same is
true with regard to all Christians. That is why you read of the
saints in Rome (Rom. 1:7), the saints in
Philippi (Phil. 1:1), the saints in Ephesus (Eph.
1:1) and the saints in Colossae (Col. 1:2), to name just
Fourth, according to the article another miracle
would be necessary between beatification and eventual
sainthood. Another miracle? How many miracles does it take to
convince someone that the message has been authenticated? And, if
it takes yet another miracle to move the late Pope closer
to sainthood, then why not a third, fourth, fifth miracle, ad
infinitum? Oh reader, do you not see the futility and foolishness
of such a doctrine?
Fifth, only those miracles which occurred
after the Popes death can be investigated and eventually used
as proof of holiness. Wait a minute. I thought all faithful
Catholics considered the Pope as holy prior to his death!
They called him Holy Father prior to his death (something
that is without authority in and of itself)! They bowed the knee
and kissed his hand and ring! In the eyes of every Catholic the
Pope is the epitome of holiness. Now we are told that it
will take another miracle from somewhere beyond the
realms of the earthly to prove the mans holiness!
Sixth, the month after John Paul died, Pope Benedict
dispensed with the Church rules and put him on the fast track
to sainthood. That speaks volumes of the present Pope (as well
as all past Popes). The man presently reigning over the Catholic
church is not concerned with rules. The end justifies the
Why is it that men cannot be satisfied with doing Bible
things in Bible ways? Of course history tells us that the Catholic
church has never had much concern about doing things as the Bible
directs, for if they did, the Catholic church would not exist. In
the final analysis, if Pope John (or any man for that matter) was
not a saint when he died, he cannot be made a
saint sometime thereafter. If I read my Bible correctly, the
state in which a man dies, spiritually speaking, is the
state in which he is going to spend all eternity, time without end.
Perhaps the world would be better off if they were not so
concerned about some make-believe process that can make their
deceased heroes saints, and were a little more concerned
about what it means to live a saintly life in the sight of God now,
while there is still time.
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Baptism And Salvation #2
Garland M. Robinson
The purpose of water baptism has long been under attack. The
devil will not sit still. Those under his influence detest the
purpose of baptism and cry loud and long to persuade men to not
believe what they read in the New Testament about it. I grew up
hearing these things from denominational neighbors. I confidently
believed one thing for sure, never in my lifetime would my brethren
move away from the simple teaching of Jesus on baptism. But, oh,
how I was mistaken! For many years now were hearing some among
us saying things like, Jesus may save some people in
their ignorance and unbelief, we need to be more tolerant
of people who genuinely love the Lord and that are not of our
fellowship, we must not think we are the only ones who
will be saved. On and on such unbelief continues.
THE PURPOSE OF BAPTISM
How can one be saved without believing and obeying the
Lords Word? Remember Matthew 7:21 where Jesus said he would
save those who do the Fathers Will? Baptism is part of His
What is the purpose of baptism? Different religious groups
answer this question in various ways. Some say it is the
outward sign of an inward grace. Others say we should be
baptized because we are saved, or baptism is to make one
a member of our denomination, or you do not need to be
baptized, or you cannot be saved without it. Is the
Bible so indistinct that we are left in the dark on the subject?
Why be baptized? What does the Bible actually teach on this
There is no one specific purpose of baptism. There are
One is baptized in order to obey the Lord. It is
a command of Christ! We read in Acts 10:48, And he
commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.
The command of Jesus was, He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
damned (Mark 16:15-16).
The apostles did exactly as they were told. On Pentecost
they preached, ...Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins...
(Acts 2:38). About 3,000 did as they were commanded,
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls
(v.41). The same thing was done time and time again when
people turned to the Lord desiring salvation. A grievous
persecutor, Saul of Tarsus, was told, And now why
tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins,
calling on the name of the Lord (Acts 22:16). Saul did
as he was commanded. He later said of that occasion, ...I
was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision (Acts
Water baptism is not an option. It is done in order to
obey the Lord. Jesus said, And why call ye me, Lord,
Lord, and do not the things which I say (Luke 6:46)? If
one really desires to go to heaven, he will obey the Lord! All men
must obey Christ to be saved for Jesus will take vengeance on those
who do not obey (II Thess. 1:7-9; I Peter 4:17).
A person is baptized to be united with the Lord.
We can be one with the Lord when we are baptized. There is no other
action found in the Bible that puts one into Christ. Know
ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by
baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead
by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness
of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of
his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body
of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve
sin (Rom. 6:3-6). For ye are all the children
of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor
Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor
female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be
Christs, then are ye Abrahams seed, and heirs according
to the promise (Gal. 3:26-29).
The apostles taught there is salvation in none other but
Jesus (Acts 4:12; II Tim. 2:10). It is clear that all spiritual
blessings are found in Christ (Eph. 1:3). One must be united with
him in order to enjoy them. The only way to be united with him is
by being baptized into Him.
A person is baptized in order to become a child of God
to be born again. No greater blessing can be awarded a
person than to be a child of God, a child of the King of the
universe. Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God...
(I John 3:1).
One does not become a son of God by accident. It is not
accomplished simply by pronouncing certain words or believing it in
the heart. One becomes a child of God by being born
again. We become children of our parents by being born and we
become children of God by being born again. Jesus told Nicodemus,
...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 mothers 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. ... Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be
born again (John 3:3-7).
Being born again, the new birth, is one act that
consists of two elements: water and the Spirit.
Through the teaching of the Holy Spirit, one submits to being
buried in water and is raised to walk a newness of
life (Rom. 6:4). The old man of sin is destroyed in baptism
(Rom. 6:6). Being THEN made free from sin, we become the servants
of righteousness (Rom. 6:18). We are adopted as sons of God.
Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son,
then an heir of God through Christ (Gal. 4:5-7).
Sons of God are obedient to the heavenly Father.
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons
of God (Rom. 8:14). The Spirit of God leads
through the words which He teaches. We are begotten by the Gospel
(I Cor. 4:15; James 1:18; II Thess. 2:14). When we obey His word
and are guided by His word, we are His children. For ye
are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many
of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ
(Gal. 3:26-27). We are children of God by faith.
The point at which faith saves (we become children of God) is when
we put on Christ. The only act by which we put on
Christ is when we are baptized into Him (Gal. 3:27; Rom. 6:3).
A person is baptized in order to become a new
creature. When one is born again it necessarily
follows he is a new creature. Therefore if any man be in
Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold,
all things are become new (II Cor. 5:17). The only way
to be in Christ is to be baptized into Him.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into
Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are
buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was
raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also
should walk in newness of life (Rom. 6:3-4).
Water baptism begins our new life in Christ which we never
experienced before. Being a new creation requires a new life-style.
We must now ...walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing,
being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge
of God (Col. 1:10; cf. Eph. 4:1; I Thess. 2:12).
If ye then be risen with Christ (in water baptism),
seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the
right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on
things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with
Christ in God. ... But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath,
malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not
one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his
deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge
after the image of him that created him: Put on therefore, as the
elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness,
humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one
another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel
against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above
all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye
are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace
in your hearts to the Lord. 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 (Col. 3:8-17).
A person is baptized in order to be saved (forgiven)
from their sins. Jesus made it so plain in Mark 16:16 that one
needs help to misunderstand it. Sadly, there are many willing and
eager to provide such help. Jesus said, He that believeth
and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
damned. Ask any first grader what the Lord said do in
this verse in order to be saved and the response will always be,
believe and be baptized. To say anything else is
to deny the Lords word! The apostles understood it. They were
infallible in these matters because they were being directed by the
Holy Spirit (cf. John 16:13; 14:26). They not only preached baptism
to be forgiven of sins (Acts 2:38), but they practiced it as well
(Acts 2:41). The whole New Testament is in complete compliance with
what was done on the day of Pentecost. Baptism washes sins away.
...Be baptized, and wash away thy sins...
(Acts 22:16). See also Romans 6:3-6,17-18 and Colossians 2:12.
Peter made it ever so clear when he wrote, The
like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us
(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of
a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus
Christ (I Peter 3:21).
A person is baptized in order to be cleansed of sin
by Christs blood. Without shedding of blood is
no remission (Heb. 9:22). ...Unto him that
loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood
(Rev. 1:5). In whom we have redemption through his blood,
the forgiveness of sins... (Eph. 1:7). Christ died on
the cross and shed his blood that we might have forgiveness.
They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of
the lamb (Rev. 7:14). But God commendeth his
love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for
us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be
saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were
reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being
reconciled, we shall be saved by his life (Rom. 5:8-10).
Jesus shed his blood in his death and we contact His
saving blood when we are baptized into his death. Know ye
not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death (Rom. 6:3)?
A person is baptized in order to enter the kingdom of
Christ the church of Christ . Jesus made this clear to
Nicodemus in John 3:3-5. The church is made up of the saved.
...And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be
saved (Acts 2:47). ...Christ is the head of
the church: and he is the saviour of the body (Eph.
5:23). The only way to enter the church is by water baptism.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand
souls. ... Praising God and having favour with all the
people and the Lord added to the church daily such as should be
saved (Acts 2:41,47). For by one Spirit are we
all baptized into one body... (I Cor. 12:13). The
one body is the church (Eph. 1:22-23; Col. 1:18).
A person is baptized in order to put one into Christ
. Only two verses in all the New Testament tell us HOW and WHEN
one gets INTO Christ. HOW does one get into Christ? Know
ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ
were baptized into his death (Rom. 6:3)? WHEN does
one get into Christ? For as many of you as have been
baptized into Christ have put on Christ (Gal.
3:27). There is no salvation outside of Christ (John 14:6; Acts
4:12). Salvation is IN Christ (II Tim. 2:10). You cannot get into
Christ any other way than by water baptism! If so, wheres the
Scripture that says so?
A person is baptized in order to bury the old man of
sin. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified
with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that
henceforth we should not serve sin (Rom. 6:6). Baptism
shows ones death to sin. Theres no other way to
die to sin than by being baptized (Rom. 6:2-3). We bury dead
people, not those who are alive! Baptism is for sinners who die to
the old world. In baptism, they are raised to a new life (v.4),
free from past sins. 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. Being then made free
from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness
Baptism in water for the forgiveness of sins was taught
beginning with John the Baptist (Mark 1:4) and continued with Jesus
(Mark 16:16) and his apostles (Acts 2:38). It is still taught and
practiced the same way today by all who respect Christ and his
Word. Does your church teach it the way John, Christ and the
apostles did? If not, its not the church Christ died for and
the apostles preached!
|BAPTISM STANDS BETWEEN THE SINNER AND SALVATIONSinner Baptism Salvation . . . . . . . . . . . .
. . . . Mark 16:16
Sinner Baptism Remission of sins . . . . . . . . . . . Acts 2:38
Sinner Baptism The new life. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. Rom. 6:4
Sinner Baptism Sin destroyed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rom. 6:6
Sinner Baptism Washing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Acts 22:16
Sinner Baptism Calling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sinner Baptism Kingdom . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sinner Baptism Cleansing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sinner Baptism Dead to sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Rom. 6:7-12
Sinner Baptism Free from sin . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Sinner Baptism Salvation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .I Peter 3:21
Sinner Baptism Forgiveness . . . . . . . . . . . . . Col. 2:11-12
Sinner Baptism Christs blood. . . . . . . . . . . . . .
. Rom. 6:3
Sinner Baptism A child of God. . . . . . . . . . . . Gal. 3:26-27
Sinner Baptism Death of Christ . . . . . . . . . . . .
. Rom. 6:3
Sinner Baptism New creature in Christ. . . . . . Rom. 6:4-5
Sinner Baptism Good conscience . . . . . . . . . I Peter 3:21
Sinner Baptism Putting on Christ . . . . . . . .
. Gal. 3:26-27
Sinner Baptism Buried with Christ. . . . . . . . . .
. Col. 2:12
Sinner Baptism Raised with Christ. . . . . . . . .
. Rom. 6:4
Sinner Baptism Raised with Christ. . . . . . . . .
. Rom. 6:4
Sinner Baptism Putting off sins. . . . . . . . . .
. Col. 2:11-12
Sinner Baptism Sanctification. . . . . . . . . . . . .
. Eph. 5:26
Sinner Baptism Body of Christ. . . . . . . . . . .
. I Cor. 12:13
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HOW COME THIS CAMPBELLITE STUFF WE KEEP HEARING?
Nothing we believe or do is believed or done
by the authority of Campbell or any other human.
We follow the authority of Christ.
Most brethren have been called Campbellites by
denominational people at one time or another. They are led to do
this by a prejudiced clergy who just abhor the simple plea to
return to New Testament Christianity. They are so wrapped
up in denominationalism and their churches of human origin, they
just cant conceive of anybody not belonging to a denomination.
They just wont allow it. They would prohibit anybody from
being just a Christian and a member of the church of which you read
in the New Testament. Neither will they be honest with the
historical facts regarding Alexander Campbell and the efforts made
by many to restore the church as the Bible reveals it. It is just
too much for them.
The fact is, efforts to return to the church of the
Bible began before Alexander Campbell ever set foot on these
shores. It began among Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians, and
others without ever having heard of the man. Churches of Christ
existed in England after Catholicism and the Protestant Reformation
and a century or more before Alexander Campbell was born. How could
such folks be called Campbellites with any degree of honesty?
Dishonesty may be at the heart of the term Campbellite.
Even in the county where I live, there existed a
church of Christ before Alexander Campbell was ever in America.
Only a prejudiced clergymen who shows his ignorance of history and
the Bible would ever say Campbell, or any man founded the church of
Christ. Why dont some of these people show more honesty with
truth and admit the church exists separate and apart from
denominationalism? Nothing we believe or do is believed or done by
the authority of Campbell or any other human. We follow the
authority of Christ (Col. 3:17).
Unfortunately, some, even among brethren who have
chosen liberalism over truth, have given away the plea to restore
New Testament Christianity. They openly confess they have no
interest in its restoration. Here is one of a number of places
where we part company. I am interested in the church of the Bible
because, of all the churches that exist on earth, that ONE is
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Abilene Christian University Allows
Homosexual Rights Group on Campus
According to a SOULFORCE Press Release (3/27/06),
Equality Riders completed a full day of presentations,
discussions and worship with students at Abilene Christian
University today, the first school to allow the Riders full access
to campus. The school, affiliated with the Church of Christ, has
about 4000 undergraduate and 800 graduate students studying in a
range of liberal arts and professional programs. ... They have
allowed us to present in small classes and big auditoriums, fed us
and let us worship with them. We are truly grateful for the
dialogue we have had here with students, faculty and
administration. ... Equality Riders worshipped at the University
Church of Christ just off campus on Sunday night, taking communion,
singing and praying with about 800 students. On Monday, Equality
Riders joined students in Moody Coliseum for ACUs daily chapel
service. ... For lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students
here its like their school has said, Yes, you do
exist. Despite the warm greeting extended to Soulforce
Equality Riders, Abilene Christian University continues to hold a
student conduct policy forbidding homosexual behavior,
which has led to students being expelled from the school. ... The
Soulforce Equality Ride is a journey to change the heart and mind
of America on the issue of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender
(LGBT) equality. The full article can be read at:
Other related web pages are:
A web posting by Jack Reese, Dean of the College of
biblical studies ACU, declared, We were the first school to
allow them to come on campus and make presentations to our
students, the first to receive them with full hospitality. ... Most
of the Christian schools are keeping them off-campus completely
or trying to. ... After dinner, about 10 SF (Soul Force, -editor)
folks and about the same number of Bible faculty had a discussion
for an hour and a half. ... People comments were candid, but there
was a lot of grace in the room. People listened. ... We didnt
talk a lot about texts, but we did some. Each person made it clear
that he/she knew there were difference. Jake (Jack Reitan, the
groups 24 year old director, -editor) kept saying, I know
you think that we are sinners. We tried to correct him.
We are all sinners, Jake. Its not the
being gay that anyone was attempting to correct, much
Jack Reese wrote his piece for the internet in
Indianapolis, Indiana while attending the National Preaching
Summit, with mostly Independent Christian Church preachers. He
said the support has been overwhelming. I could not
speak this morning except out of the overflow of emotion, through
tears, and through great passion about what Gods voice might
be saying to us in such a circumstance, about our middle class,
white, American values. It will be a while before I get past it.
Im not sure Ill be normal again.
These quotes were taken from Hope Network
This is simply another episode of a long list of
departures from the faith this school has been involved in for many
many years. The so-called Equality Riders is a group of homosexual
activists (I refuse to call them gay) who are traveling the country
trying to raise awareness and acceptance of their chosen lifestyle.
I say chosen because that is exactly what their deviant
behavior is. Homosexuality is sodomy and there is nothing gay
(happy, merry) about it. This SIN is condemned throughout the Old
and New Testaments (Lev. 18:22-30; 20:13; Rom. 1:26-27; I Cor.
The Lords people do not incite violence. Nor do they
stage protests and marches. On the contrary, we are caring,
compassionate and loving toward sinners (Biblical love means we
seek anothers best interest). However, we do not accept,
support, nor give a platform to those whose sole intent and purpose
is to promote their sinful activity. This groups goal is not
to learn the truth and come under its hold, but to promote the
acceptance of their immoral behaviour.
Shall we accept an organized group of thieves
or murderers or adulterers or drunkards or extortioners or
idolaters or witches into our midst to beg our acceptance and
toleration as they promote their immoral and depraved lifestyle?
What society calls gays, the Bible calls homosexuals,
sodomites, abusers of themselves with mankind. They are listed
among many groups of sinners (I Cor. 6:9-11; Gal. 5:19-21; Rom.
Yes, Jesus ate with publicans and sinners (Matt. 9:10-11).
But these individuals were interested in seeing and hearing Jesus.
Their agenda was not to promote their wickedness and convince Jesus
to accept and tolerate them. Their sinful behavior was not the
issue with them. They wanted to hear the Lord. And Jesus taught
them. Jesus didnt tell them, Im not attempting to
correct, much less condemn you. He told men and women
everywhere, go and sin no more (John 8:11), except
ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish (Luke 13:3,5),
woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites...ye blind
guides...blind Pharisee...whited sepulchres...ye serpents, ye
generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
(Matt. 23:23,24,26,27,33), there is joy in the presence of the
angels of God over one sinner that repenteth (Luke 15:10).
Our dialogue and facilitated
discussion with sinners is to reprove, rebuke and
exhort (II Tim. 4:2). This means we identify and expose sin
for what it is (reprove), convince and convict those who are living
in sin (rebuke) and then exhort them to repent and come out of it
in complete obedience to the Gospel. This is what the Bible calls
love (John (John 14:15; Luke 6:46; Eph. 4:15). This is being a true
friend to Jesus (Luke 15:14).
Garland M. Robinson, Editor
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Unity With Error?
This year, 2006, there is another unity effort to restore
fellowship with the apostate Christian Church. But, Can
two walk together, except they be agreed (Amos 3:3)? How
can those in error be fellowshipped? Many people apparently
havent learned from past history when there was a split in the
Lords church in the later half of the 1800s. As a result about
1,330,379 went off into the apostate Christian Church denomination
and only 159,123 remained faithful to the Lords church. In the
past 100 years the apostate Christian Church has not repented of
their sins, and it is apparent they are not going to repent.
The only unity that is going to occur is if some
congregations of the churches of Christ will accept the Christian
Church and their sinful practices. Then these congregations will
also become apostate like the Christian Church. Men have become
tired of Gods simple order for His church and have tried to
improve on it. When a congregation steps onto the road of error,
there is no turning back. After the first step, the next steps are
People today may think it makes no difference if they add
mechanical instruments of music in worshipping God. In the Old
Testament we have the example of Nadab and Abihu who were also
presumptuous in their thinking that it made no difference. Nadab
and Abihu learned their lesson the hard way and too late when they,
offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded
them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them,
and they died before the Lord (Lev. 10:1-2). They took
it upon themselves to offer strange fire in worship to God. They
died a horrible violent death because they did something in worship
that God did not authorize. Now all these things happened
unto them for examples: and they are written for our
admonition (I Cor. 10:11). Just as Nadab and Abihu
offered strange fire, men today who have no respect for Gods
word are offering strange music before the Lord, which He
commanded them not. Who has authorized man today to do this?
Gods command is to sing. Let the word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing
one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with
grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or
deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus (Col.
3:16-17). The expression, do all in the name of the Lord
Jesus signifies everything we do must be by His authority.
Only what God says in the scriptures is authorized. Nowhere in the
New Testament is man authorized to add a lifeless mechanical
instrument of music to the singing in worship to God. For the
Lords supper, God did not have to say not to add milk and
cookies. But adding milk and cookies would be just as sinful as
adding a mechanical instrument of music to our singing in
The use of mechanical instruments of music is not
authorized. God has never permitted man to devise the plan or means
to worship Him. This is very serious because we will lose our souls
through presumptuous sins just as Nadab and Abihu lost their lives
through their presumptuous sins. It is a presumptuous sin to do
that which the Lord has not authorized. Webster defines
presumptuous as to take upon oneself without permission or
authority. The Bible tells us to Keep back thy
servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion
over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the
great transgression (Psalm 19:13). It is sin that
separates man from God which will cause him to be eternally lost
(Isa. 59:2). Judgment Day will be too late to find out that it is
wrong to use unauthorized mechanical instruments of music to
worship God, when the Lord says, depart from me, ye that
work iniquity (Matt. 7:23).
God has given complete instructions as to how we are to
worship Him as his divine power hath given unto us all
things that pertain unto life and godliness (II Peter
1:3). God has told us all things in His word as to how He
is to be worshipped. We dare not try to improve on it. The reason
for apostasy is man has always wanted to do things his way and not
The Christian Church teaches that if God has not condemned
an action, it is acceptable. But where in the Bible is having a
Pope and headquarters in Rome condemned, so it must be acceptable?
With this attitude toward Scripture, you can then do just about
anything you want, and say it is not forbidden in Scripture. This
is absurd. People who want to do that which is sinful will go to
any length to try to justify it.
How can one who has any respect for God and His word
fellowship those in the error of darkness? They cant.
For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness?
and what communion hath light with darkness? (II Cor.
6:14). We are to have no fellowship with the unfruitful
works of darkness, but rather reprove them (Eph. 5:11).
If we really cared for the souls of those in the Christian Church,
we would reprove their error, and not fellowship them in it.
One who ignores what God says and does things without His
authority, walks in darkness. If we say that we have
fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the
truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin (I John 1:6-7). Only by
walking in the light of Gods word can we continue to receive
the forgiveness of our sins so we can go to Heaven. We are not
walking in the light when we have fellowship with error.
The Christian Church is having their annual convention:
the North American Christian Convention in
Louisville, Kentucky, June 27-30, 2006. A number of liberal
self-appointed representatives from the churches of Christ who will
be featured speakers at their convention include: Prentice
Meador, Jerry Taylor, Jeff Walling, Carl Bracheen, Paul Faulkner,
Carrol Osburn, Don McLaughlin, Albert Lemmons, Calvin Warpula, Ron
Rose, and Mike Cope. This is error encouraging error.
Those speaking at their convention must be in agreement with them
or they wouldnt have been invited. The Christian Church knew
who to select. They are pawns in the hands of the Christian Church
and Satan to change the identity of the New Testament church as
they lead many congregations off into the same apostasy as the
Christian Church. This is just another ploy of Satan for churches
of Christ to abandon the basic principles of the authority of the
New Testament which will result in their being transformed and
absorbed into the apostate Christian Church. This will result in
another split in the churches of Christ, and Satan will win again.
Nothing has changed with the Christian Church since 1906
and nothing will change in the future. If the Christian Church
wants unity, why dont they give up the instrument and their
many other sinful doctrines and practices? Because people want to
do things their way, 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 (II Thess.
2:11-12). We must not fellowship denominations in their religious
error. If there come any unto you, and bring not this
doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God
speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil
deeds (II John 10-11). We sin if we fellowship religious
denominations in their error by being a partaker of their evil
deeds. If a member of the Lords church is cast into Hell
because of his fellowship with error, he will only have himself to
We must speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where
the Bible is silent. Gods word is the authority and standard
by which all people will be judged on Judgment Day. Jesus says,
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). People may
choose to ignore Gods word now as the only source of
authority, but on Judgment Day they will not be able to ignore it.
If we value our souls and where we will be spending
eternity, we dare not comfort the Christian Church in their
apostasy. We dare not compromise Gods word by adding to and
taking away from it (Rev. 22:18-19). If we want to go to Heaven, we
must submit to God in obedient faith by only doing what He says,
for the reason He says, and how He says. People must not wait until
Judgment Day, when they lose their souls, only to find out they
cant do what God has not authorized.
Lets make our calling and election sure (II
Peter 1:10). Lets not fellowship error, but reprove it.
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