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FRANKLIN GRAHAM FESTIVAL 2000 AND
THE BROADWAY ELDERS' APPROVAL OF APOSTASY
Marvin L. Weir
One will never read a more revealing statement authorizing
religious apostasy than the one given by the elders of the
Broadway Church of Christ in Lubbock, Texas. The statement
that follows is taken from their Volume 68, Number 3, January 30,
2000 bulletin. The statement is quoted below in its entirety.
THE FRANKLIN GRAHAM FESTIVAL 2000
In the coming weeks you will hear a great deal about
the upcoming Franklin Graham Festival 2000. The Festival
will be coming to Lubbock in the spring of 2000, and Max
Lucado will be coming this winter to "kick-off" the events
that will lead up to the Festival.
Some of our fellowship will hail this
event as a powerful opportunity to have the name of
Jesus held high in our community and consider it an
opportunity to teach any who may seek further study.
Others will not believe members should participate. In
short, the Festival has the potential to be a very
In the spirit of unity and in
Christ's love, we, the elders of the Broadway
Church of Christ, feel that the Broadway congregation
cannot serve as an official sponsor of Festival 2000.
We, as an eldership, make this request of our
Broadway family. For those of you who might be
uncomfortable with any participation in Festival 2000,
we ask your prayers and encouragement for those of our
family who may attend or work for the crusade. Their
desire is that souls are saved and doors opened for the
gospel of Christ. For those of you who might feel called
to attend or work for Festival 2000, we ask your prayers
and understanding for those who might be uncomfortable
with any role in the Festival. Their desire is also that
souls are saved and doors opened for the gospel of
We know that Broadway has people wanting to
attend or serve in various capacities; and, out of
this same desire for unity in Christ, we want them
to know that they have the blessings of the
Broadway eldership. In a paraphrase of what Paul
says in Romans 14...what may be wrong for one brother is
not necessarily wrong for another.
Our goal is for people to be open
and receptive to the gospel of Christ, and that God receive all
the glory and honor for what we do. We pray for God's blessings
for our congregation as we serve this diverse family of
believers. [The emphasis in bold is mine, MLW].
Max Lucado is hailed as the one to "kick-off" the
denominational campaign. No one makes mockery of the Lord's church
more or embraces denominationalism more closely than Max! The
Broadway elders obviously approve of Max Lucado.
It is obvious that those who consider Festival 2000 as "an
opportunity to have the name of Jesus held high in the community"
are considered in "fellowship" at Broadway. But please notice the
decision by the elders for Broadway not to serve as an official
sponsor is in the "spirit of unity and in Christ's love."
According to the elders, those who desire to attend and
work at the crusade and those who are uncomfortable in
participating have the same desire -- "for souls to be
saved and doors opened for the gospel of Christ." Is there more
than one Gospel to be proclaimed to a lost and dying world
(Gal. 1:6-9)? I think not! Thus, if the Gospel is being
taught and proclaimed, every member at Broadway and in Lubbock
should support the effort. If a perversion of the Gospel is being
taught and proclaimed, no member of the church of Christ should
participate in the campaign. Neither Franklin Graham, nor his
father Billy Graham, preaches the Gospel of Christ in its purity!
They are members of a man-made denomination and believe and teach
that one can be saved in a denomination.
Now note that it is because of this "same desire for
unity in Christ" that those members desiring to support
Franklin Graham and Festival 2000 will have "the blessings of
the Broadway elders." Never will you see more blatant
hypocrisy practiced! In the "spirit of unity and in Christ's love"
the elders will not allow Broadway to be a sponsoring congregation,
but in the "same desire for unity in Christ" they do not
hesitate to place their "blessings" on all who desire to
participate in the Festival. They run to Romans 14 in an attempt to
justify their sanction of those who participate, but Romans 14 is
not discussing matters of doctrine or that which is sinful in and
Denominationalism is condemned by Scripture (1 Cor.
1:10-13) and those who support and encourage it commit a grievous
sin against the Lord and His church (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 1:22-23;
4:4; 1 Cor. 12:13). Jesus never spoke truer words than when He
said, "Every plant which my heavenly Father planted not, shall
be rooted up. Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the
blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit" (Matt.
Christians are to "have no fellowship with the
unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them" (Eph.
5:11). Instead of attempting to act in such a way as to
preserve "bodies" and "money," godly elders would not
hesitate to hold "to the faithful word which is according to
the teaching, that (they) may be able to exhort in the sound
doctrine, and to convict the gainsayers" (Titus 1:9).
Faithful brethren who truly love the Lord and His church
will demonstrate that love by marking "them that are
causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the
doctrine which ye learned: and turn away from them. For they that
are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by
their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the
innocent" (Rom. 16:17-18).
I refuse to fellowship or follow Broadway and those like
her who support denominationalism -- an enemy of the Lord's church!
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In a certain neighborhood, crime was really bad, particularly
burglaries. One homeowner decided to buy a watch dog to warn him if
someone came around. The "crooks" didn't like the watchdog one bit.
They didn't want any one or any thing exposing them for what they
were. But there was another problem as well. Some of the
neighbors, who were not crooks themselves, did not like it when the
watchdog barked his warning, particularly in the middle of the
night. Thus they complained about the neighborhood "watchdog."
The brotherhood of Christ is being decimated and destroyed
by false prophets in sheep's clothing (Matt. 7:15). There are many
who have posted a watch for such wolves and will "bark" (sound the
alarm) to warn others of the danger. Now these false teachers
don't like for anyone to warn others about them and their works.
They try to intimidate and discourage such by calling them
"brotherhood watchdogs" or "brotherhood policemen." It is not
surprising to hear such. However, many others don't want the
tranquility of their peaceful slumber disturbed by those who would
sound an alarm. They had much rather sleep peacefully while the
destruction and plunder goes on all around them. So they also
complain about "brotherhood watchdogs" and ask the question, "Who
made you a brother-hood watchdog?" One brother in a recent article
sneeringly referred to those who sound such warnings as the
What about the question, "Who made you a brotherhood
watchdog?" Are they so deficient in knowledge that they do not
know? I think not. That is done to try to stop the mouths of those
who would warn others about them and expose their evil deeds.
My friends, God has appointed "watchmen" for that very
purpose. Note this idea from both the Old and New Testaments.
God appointed prophets as watchmen over the house
of Israel. They were to watch for any danger that would bring
destruction to the people of God. That included false prophets and
ungodly living. They were to sound the warning when such was seen.
If they did not, God would require the blood of the violator at
their hand. "Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the
house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them
warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die;
and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked
from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall
die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.
Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness,
nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou
hast delivered thy soul. Again, when a righteous man doth turn from
his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock
before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning,
he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done
shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine
hand. Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the
righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live,
because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul"
There were other watchmen for the nation of Israel, but
they would not do their job. Isaiah described them and their
failure, "His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they
are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down,
loving to slumber" (Isa. 56:10).
The principle of a watchman was recognized by the apostle
Paul. When he addressed the Ephesian elders in the meeting at
Miletus, he told them, "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. ... Therefore
watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not
to warn every one night and day with tears" (Acts
20:26,27,31). In view of that, he warned the elders of grievous
wolves who would not spare the flock and laid upon them the
responsibility to "watch." A major part of the responsibility of
the elders is to watch for the souls of them who are under their
shepherding (Heb. 13:17). Do you suppose that elders who do not
warn their flock of false teachers can rightly claim to have their
hands clean of the blood of those who follow such teachers and
their doctrines and are lost? If Paul could not, how could they?
Another whom God has appointed as a "watchman" is the
evangelist, the preacher of the Gospel. When Paul wrote to his
son in the faith, Timothy, a Gospel preacher, he stressed that he
must watch and warn. He was to "charge some that they
teach no other doctrine" (1 Tim. 1:13). Do you suppose they
accused him of being a watchdog?
He was also to rebuke elders that sinned (1 Tim. 5:19-20)
and withdraw himself from any man who would "teach
otherwise and consent not unto wholesome words, even the words of
our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Tim. 6:3-5). He was to "turn
away from" those who only had a form of godliness, but denied
the power thereof (2 Tim. 3:1-5).
God has also made every Christian a watchman.
Elders and preachers must help watch and warn us, but we also have
a responsibility to watch for those who would lead God's people
astray, warn about them, and avoid them. Romans 16:17 says, "Now I beseech you, brethren, that ye mark them which
cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have
learned; and avoid them." Note, this is to
"brethren." If a brother is teaching that which will bring division
to the body of Christ and destruction to the souls who follow him,
I must avoid him myself, but I must also identify him and warn
others of the danger. Let him complain and charge me with being a
"brotherhood watchdog," it will not silence me since God has
appointed me to be such. I do not want the blood of those who are
lost, without my warning, to be upon my hands.
Why is it that otherwise faithful brethren do not like
"watchdogs" that bark when they see danger? I do not know all the
reasons, but one has to be that they have a perverted view of what
"love" and "peace" really mean. They consider any warning as an
evidence of a lack of love and that such as warn others are guilty
of disturbing the peace, even as Ahab charged Elijah (1 Kings
If you are a faithful Christian, God has made you a
"watchdog." You're not going to be one of those dumb dogs that
cannot bark, are you?
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RESTORING THE RESTORATION
Jerry C. Brewer
In the shibboleths of the modern language of Ashdod, the
intellectually elite among churches of Christ refer to the church
as "our fellowship," or "our restoration heritage." Their language
betrays more devotion to the historicity of the Stone-Campbell
movement than to the church for which Jesus died. It was that very
thing against which Earl Irvin West warned. Noting that Alexander
Campbell was held in high esteem by "all adherents to restoration
principles," West offers the following caveat: "While such
veneration is commendable, yet it has its dangers, for too
frequently there is a temptation to ascribe to Campbell a greatness
of which he was not worthy. Indeed, it is the danger of the study
of the whole restoration movement, for with many there seems to be
a fundamental interest in restoring the restoration rather than the
New Testament church. In the restoration movement no authority of
any kind is to be found. No man is qualified to intelligently
approach the study unless he recognizes that those who played the
important roles were just men and liable to errors. We lose nothing
in admitting that at times they were wrong, for there is only one
authority -- the New Testament Scriptures. This study of the
restoration movement is approached, not with the idea of attempting
to fit any pioneer leader into a mold, but to study as objectively
as possible what they did teach. Where they were wrong, we shall
frankly state it; where they were right, we shall gladly uphold
it." (West, The Search For The Ancient Order, Volume One,
Gospel Advocate Co., Nashville, 1964, p.181).
West referred to Campbell's support of the American
Christian Society, one of the factors that gave rise to the
apostate Disciples of Christ and the Independent Christian Church.
That those who now propose to change the church into a denomination
venerate Stone and Campbell should surprise no one. Devoted to a
"new hermeneutic," they would have us loose from the ancient
verities circumscribing the work and worship of the church and
embrace the restoration movement rather than the church which has
been restored. Change agents in the church well understand the
truth of West's observation that, "In the restoration movement no
authority of any kind is to be found." That explains their
devotion to the "Stone-Campbell heritage." "Nine ministers and
church historians met June 25  in Cincinnati in the interest
of restoring dialogue among all three segments of the
Stone-Campbell heritage. "The meeting was an ad hoc gathering, with
no official sponsorship. Its purpose was to discuss ways to lessen
the impact of division between the Disciples of Christ,
non-instrumental Churches of Christ, and Independent Christian
Churches/Churches of Christ." (Christian Chronicle,
The stated purpose of this meeting -- to "lessen the
impact of division" between these three "segments of the
Stone-Campbell heritage" -- ignores the division and its cause. The
"impact" of the division can be completely negated by submission to
God's authority expressed in the Scriptures. Had the Disciples of
Christ respected the authority of God a century ago, no division
would have occurred. Restoring the restoration among these
"segments of the Stone-Campbell heritage" is a rejection of God's
authority and reduces the bride of Christ to a denominational
harlot among all the others.
Stone and Campbell were great men, but they were only men.
Why not seek unity upon the New Testament, rather than "union" in
a "movement" of men on the spiritual Plains of Ono? The church for
which Jesus died and which exists on the North American continent
today is not a "movement." It is the eternal kingdom purposed from
eternity, promised to the patriarchs of old, prophesied in the Old
Testament, prepared by John, and established by Jesus Christ.
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101 QUESTIONS FOR CAMPBELLITES, ANSWERED #4
54. "What Prophet in the Old Testament prophesied of
There are many things about the church that are revealed
in the Old Testament through prophecy. However, there are some
specifics that are not. For example, where in the Old Testament is
the collection prophesied or the Lord's supper.
Both are seen in types or shadows, but neither are
specifically prophesied. The same is true concerning baptism.
Naaman was told by Elisha to dip in the Jordan seven times to be
cleansed of his leprosy, and when he did, Naaman's skin was like
that of a little child (1 Kings 5). Paul also showed the shadow
through Moses and the children of Israel as they left the land of
bondage saying, they "were all baptized unto Moses in the
cloud and in the sea" (1 Cor. 10:1,2). Before baptism, they
were in bondage, after baptism, they were made free. Further, Peter
showed the figure through Noah in 1 Peter 3:20,21. Concerning the
ark, Peter said, "eight souls were saved by water."
Interestingly, the same water that destroyed the old world saved
Noah and his family. Again, water was God's dividing line. It
separated the new world from the old and the saved from the lost.
"The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save
55. "Did Peter preach to Cornelius that all the
prophets bore witness to the fact that whosoever believeth in Him
shall receive remission of sin? Acts 10:43. Do you believe what
A most basic rule of interpretation concerns context. "A
text out of context is a pretext to religious error." Many Baptists
stop with Acts 10:43, but just four verses later, Peter asked, "Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which
have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them
to be baptized in the name of the Lord" (Acts 10:47,48). If
baptism was unnecessary, then why did he command it? The command
shows the necessity of the act. The act of baptism, as well as
repentance and confession, is included in the word "believeth" when
it is taken in its context. James proves this when he said "ye
see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith
only" (James 2:24).
56. "If Peter preached Baptism, FOR or IN ORDER TO
REMISSION OF SINS in Acts 2:38, why did he not preach the same
thing to Cornelius in Acts 10:42,43?"
Peter did preach the necessity of baptism! The belief or
faith Peter preached included obedience which in turn included
baptism as clearly revealed in verses 47 and 48 of Acts 10.
57. "In your sugar text which you yourself do not
understand (Acts 2:38) how many words BETWEEN the word BAPTISM and
the word REMISSION? You will have to cut 11 words out of your text
before you can JOIN BAPTISM TO REMISSION OF SIN. What means these
11 words -- which you and your brethren always avoid?"
Does the number of words between two concepts necessarily
mean the two concepts are not connected? What kind of reasoning is
that? In question 12 (p.36), Baptist Davis pointed out a person is
redeemed by the precious blood of Christ (1 Peter 1:18,19). Did you
know there are twenty words between "redeemed" and "precious?" Does
that mean redemption is not through the precious blood of Christ?
Of course not!
What about Acts 2:38? "Then Peter said unto them,
Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of
the Holy Ghost." From this verse, there are a number of
things we learn about baptism. First, a person must repent before
he or she is baptized. Second, baptism is commanded of "every
one of you" referring to those who heard the word preached in
the sermon which prompted their question, "what shall we do?"
Third, baptism is to be "in the name of Jesus Christ"
which means by His authority. And finally, baptism is "for the remission of sins" or more literally "into
deliverance of sins." Those four points cover the eleven words
between "baptism" and "remission."
58. "What is the Greek Word translated or rather
Anglicized into the word Christ in Acts 2:38? Why don't you put the
exact Greek word in the text and then read Acts 2:38 to your people
and quit making a childish play on the preposition FOR? When you do
this you find complete harmony with Acts 10:43 and John 3:16. -Just
a little kink right here give the people the original there- you
won't have to notice the preposition so technically."
This question is absurd! I honestly do not know how to put
it any other way. If the Greek word is Anglicized, then how can
anyone read it without the "exact Greek word?" This question
implies that to emphasize a preposition is to make a childish play.
In the first place, God inspired Luke to write the preposition just
as much as He inspired him to write the word "Christ." No one has
the right to take away the preposition (Rev. 22:18,19). Also,
consider this: Jesus said, "If ye love me, keep my
commandments" (John 14:15). Because of our love for
"Christ,"we strive to do exactly what He commanded. To do all that
He said even to the smallest preposition is to show true love for
the Savior. To squirm around such clear God-given commandments such
as baptism is to show the lack of one's love. Finally, consider
this question: Why does Baptist Davis want this inspired
preposition "for" minimized? Is it not because it disagrees with
his doctrine of "faith only?"
59. "Does the word WATER as used in John 3:5 mean
Baptism? Why didn't Christ say what he meant to say? If he really
meant Baptism -when he said water- by the same reasoning - He
evidently meant Baptism in the next Chapter (John 4:7-15). Read
again the story of the Woman at the well -substitute the word
Baptism for Water everywhere it is found in the story exactly as
you substitute the word Baptism for water in John 3:5- see what a
story you make. False Doctrines always lead to muddy water. Where
the Bible speaks we speak."
Another grasping at straw! Where does he get these ideas?
Does he believe he has some official book on the doctrine of the
Campbellites? Surely, no one really believes this stuff. Every time
the word "water" is used in Scripture does not necessarily refer to
baptism. No accountable person could be so foolish as to believe
such. However, this does not mean it can never refer to baptism? It
would be just as foolish to believe this, but that is the
implication of this question.
In John 3:5, Jesus said, "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." In explanation to Nicodemus,
Jesus was speaking of the new birth. The new birth consists of both
water and Spirit. What birth in the New Testament consists of these
two elements? Baptism! Baptism is a birth from which one is raised
to walk a newness of life (Rom. 6:4). Baptism is to be done in
water for the eunuch said, "See, here is water; what doth
hinder me to be baptized" (Acts 8:36)? And, baptism is
connected with the Spirit for Paul wrote, "For by one Spirit
are we all baptized into one body..." (1 Cor. 12:13). John
3:3-5 is about baptism -- not because the word water is used, but
because the concepts of the new birth, water, and Spirit are used
to refer to a single act.
60. "The sermon to Nicodemus was BEFORE Pentecost -
Did Christ jump the gun by preaching to him when Pentecost had not
Hebrews 9:17 says, "For a testament is of force after
men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the
testator liveth." When is a testament written? After men are
dead or while the testator liveth? Jesus revealed His Will while He
was alive, and the Holy Spirit brought "all things" to the
apostles' remembrance after Jesus' death (John 14:26). Thus, Jesus
was teaching Nicodemus His Testament which would go into effect on
the day of Pentecost. As previously noted, Jesus both taught and
practiced water baptism for the remission of sins throughout His
personal ministry on earth (see John 4:1; also see question 15,
61. "Is the term 'CHURCH OF GOD' a Scriptural term?"
Yes. Speaking to the elders at Ephesus, Paul said, "Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over
the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the
church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood"
(Acts 20:28; see also 1 Cor. 1:2; 10:32; 11:22; 15:9; 2 Cor. 1:1;
Gal. 1:13; 1 Tim. 3:5).
62. "Do you recognize people who call themselves
CHURCH OF GOD?"
Absolutely. We recognize the church of God at Ephesus from
which the elders came to Miletus to speak with Paul. We also
recognize the churches of God at Corinth and in Galatia. However,
we do not have fellowship with the charismatic "Church of God"
today -- not because of their name, but because of their so-called
miracles and tongues as well as their human origin and
63. "Does wearing a Scriptural NAME alone mean that
BODY is a Scriptural Body? Upon that grounds do you refuse to
recognize the Holiness people who call themselves by the name
CHURCH OF GOD?"
Wearing a Scriptural name alone does not mean a
congregation or group of congregations is in fact the Lord's
church. We apply the same principle to counterfeiters. A
counterfeiter may wear my name, but he is not me. Paul said Satan
appears as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14), but he certainly is
not an angel of light. The application Paul makes is this, "Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be
transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be
according to their works" (2 Cor. 11:15). Therefore, it takes
more to be the Lord's church than to wear a Scriptural name.
Consider now another application that ought to be made. If today a
person was searching for the church we read about in the New
Testament, he or she might begin by looking for churches which are
called by a Scriptural name such as "the church of Christ" or "the
church of God." Any others could be quickly eliminated; and, that
certainly includes the Baptist Church!
64. "If those people are going to Hell in spite of
their name (According to your doctrine they are all lost), Then it
will take MORE THAN A BIBLE name to save them -will it not?"
It is foolish to think only wearing a name can mean
anything. A name must be supported by one's actions, but wearing
the wrong name is also wrong. If a counterfeit wears the wrong
name, all will recognize him as being wrong. Family names have
reputations -- some good and some bad. A son may wear a good family
name, but unless his actions are good, he does not hold up the
family name. Churches may wear the name of Christ, but that alone
does not mean they are the church of Christ. However, if a church
does not wear the name of Christ, it is certainly not a church of
65. "If it takes more than a BIBLE NAME to save the
Holiness, this they will admit: Will it take more than a Bible name
to save you? Will you admit it?"
A Bible name alone will not save anyone, and I personally
do not know any Gospel preacher or any other member of the church
of Christ who would say such a foolish thing. To wear the name
"Christian" does not mean you are one; and, it takes more to be a
Christian than wearing the name.
66. "Were the Converts and Disciples called CHRISTIANS
on the Day of Pentecost? Were they saved? The Antioch Believers
(Acts 11:26) were first to be called CHRISTIANS (10 years after
Pentecost). Were the Antioch Believers any more saved than the
Pentecost Believers? Did they call THEMSELVES Christians -- or were
they CALLED CHRISTIANS?"
Although those who obeyed the Gospel on Pentecost were not
called Christians until later, that does not in any way mean they
were not Christians. The term "Christian" simply refers to one who
is a follower of Christ, and those who obeyed Christ on Pentecost
were followers of Christ. They were Christians though not called
Christians. Therefore to be a Christian is equivalent to being
saved. Christians in Antioch did the same thing those in Jerusalem
did to be saved or to become Christians.
As to whether they called themselves Christians, or were
called Christians, the text says, "And the disciples were
called Christians first in Antioch." The word "called" means
divinely called and is a fulfillment of Isaiah 62:2. God, through
Paul and Barnabas, called them Christians. If God calls one a
Christian, then it is only fitting for Christians to call
67. Did Jesus or His Apostles anywhere in the 4
Gospels use the word Christians? Did Jesus know what to call his
Followers? If it is of Divine Origin -- why did not the name
Originate with Jesus the True Authority in matters of religion?
Jesus and the apostles, during the Lord's ministry, did
not use the name "Christian." Why did God choose not to call His
disciples Christians until Acts 11:26? God simply does not reveal
why. "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" (Deut.
29:29). All we can say is it was according to God's plan -- plain
68. "Did Jesus say to Nicodemus 'Ye Must be born
again' or did He say 'Ye must be Baptized and wear the name
As we have previously noted, to be born again is the same
as being baptized. Baptism is the new birth. Romans 6:3-18 makes
this clear. One dies (to sin), is buried (in water), and is raised
up out of the water to live a new life. One cannot walk a new life
without it (v.4). When a person obeys the Gospel and is baptized,
he or she is born again and is saved. Upon being saved, God adds
him or her to the church (Acts 2:47). When one is added to the
church, he or she is wearing the name of Christ because the church
God adds the saved to is the church of Christ. Therefore, they are
wearing the name of Christ both collectively as the church of
Christ and individually as Christians.
69. "Were the members of 'Church of God at Corinth'
LOST because Paul failed to call them CHURCH OF CHRIST?"
In the Bible, the church of God is the church of Christ.
They are one and the same. Listen again to Acts 20:28, "...the
Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God,
which he hath purchased with his own blood." With whose
own blood? This text says God's own blood. But, wasn't it Christ's
blood? Yes. Then how can it say, God's? Because Jesus is God.
Therefore, the church of God is the church of Christ.
70. "Is it possible for anyone to be a Believer who
is a member of a church not called the CHURCH OF CHRIST?"
Yes, the church at Corinth and Galatia were called the
church of God. Is it scriptural for a Christian to be a member of
a church with an unscriptural name? No. God does not add a person
to a man-made church. He adds them to His church which is "the
church of Christ," "the church of God," "the church of the living
God" (1 Tim. 3:15), and "church of the firstborn" (Heb. 12:23). The
Baptist Church cannot be found in the Scriptures, and it has an
71. "Were these people lost who were members of the
Church of God at Corinth?"
Absolutely not! God added them to His church, and those
who remained faithful until death are enjoying paradise. However,
the church of God in Corinth is not the holiness "Church of God"
denomination of today.
72. Were there any Churches in the New Testament -not
called by the name-CHURCH OF CHRIST? Were their members saved or
Yes, we have pointed out the church is called, "the
church" (Acts 2:47), "the church of Christ," "the church of God,"
"the church of the living God" (1 Tim. 3:15), and "church of the
firstborn" (Heb. 12:23). Since God does the adding, and they were
added to the church, then they were saved.
73. "Is the term THE CHURCH OF CHRIST found as a title
to any one CHURCH in the Bible anywhere? Give CASE AND NUMBER OF
The case of the word "churches" in Romans 16:16 is
nominative which means it is the subject of the sentence, and the
number is plural. What does that prove? Nothing? If the churches
were collectively called "churches of Christ," then it must be each
individual congregation was known as a church of Christ. To say
otherwise would be foolish.
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The new printer purchased last month increases our capacity
to publish Seek The Old Paths. Its total cost was
$11,871.65. The church here borrowed the money to buy it. If you
can help toward its purchase, we would greatly appreciate it.
Thanks so much.
The '94 lectureship book on Immorality is now back in print. They are $4 each plus
$1.50 postage. Add 50cents for each additional 2 books. Mail your
order to: Old Paths Publishing, PO Box 97, Nettleton, MS 38858.
Seek The Old Paths Lectureship
July 23-27, 2000
Always the 4th Sunday in July
DANGERS FACING THE
CHURCH -- CHANGING VIEWS
||Leaving Our First Love...Jimmy
||Grace, Law and Works...Garland
||Binding Where God has Not
MONDAY, JULY 24
The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit...
Preachers Under Fire...
Loosing Where God has Not Loosed... Gilbert
TUESDAY, JULY 25
||Changes in Worship: All of life is
Worship, Holidays, Praise Teams, Hand Clapping...
What The Holy Spirit Does for us Today... Bill
The Community Church...
Modern Versions & Translations...
Chuck Northrop |
What Biblical Love Is...
Joel Morrison |
Christian Schools -- Source of Digression and
Emotionalism / Pentecostalism, Pep-rally Religion...
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
Fellowship -- Unity in Diversity...
|| The Baptism of the Holy
Spirit... Robert Taylor
The Work of the Church... Roger Campbell
The Role of Women... Virgil Hale
Benevolent & Missionaries Societies...
Terry Joe Kee
THURSDAY, JULY 27
||Corruption of the Plan of
Bible School Literature...
|| Who is on the Lord's
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