THE GOSPEL IS NOT ENOUGH!
I read an article about a preacher who was doing his best to
tell of the awful ordeal of the crucifixion of the Son of God, and
he realized the people weren't listening very well and some were
about to go to sleep. The preacher suddenly began telling a story
he made up about a dog getting killed, and the audience began to
lean toward the preacher out of their seats! The preacher said,
I was telling you the story of our blessed Savior dying for
our sins and you seemed very indifferent. I began to entertain you
with an untrue story about a dying dog and I got your undivided
attention! How tragic, the gospel was not enough to keep their
The same article made the comment that if the preacher is
not dynamic, some get bored. His preaching the Word of
God and what people need to hear is not entertaining to some. If
the preacher doesn't tell some intriguing, gripping, secular story
every time he starts a sermon, and then tell several more such
stories in his sermon, to some he is boring. How sad, the gospel is
not enough for many! According to the words and actions of
Christians in today's society, and in some churchs, the
gospel is not enough!
The fact that the Gospel is not enough has become so
predominant that many religious groups have turned away from the
concept of biblical worship to the concept of entertainment and
calling it worship. Thus enters Contemporary praise and
worship services the idea that entertainment is the answer.
Secular groups have traditional services on Sunday morning,
contemporary praise and worship on Saturday night, services for the
old people on Wednesday night, and services for the young people on
Strike up the bands, get away from the old ways, call
in the Alman Brothers to sing 'Jesus is just alright with me.'
Let's praise God with rock and roll and Christian rap. Yes, I've
confessed Christ and repented of my sins, yes I've been baptized
for the remission of my sins and added to the body of Christ. But
I still like the excitement and mood of concert style praise and
worship because I get excited and I get more out of it. These
are the words of a Christian friend, for whom the Gospel is not
That the Gospel is not enough can be seen through men that
are excellent speakers, exceptional showmen, men with charisma and
a hunger for popularity and the wealth of this world! Men that
claim to speak for God himself, men who have a knowledge of
scripture, but not a hunger for the souls of men! God help the
individuals they have driven away from the Lord! God help those
deceived and led into a perverted form of Christianity. How many
more are going to waste God's money on luxurious buildings or
temples for a temporary life in a temporary world instead
of concentrating on the teaching of the Gospel of Christ? I would
like to meet one person who can justify and find peace in spending
ten thousand dollars on a chandelier with money donated by faithful
Christians to be used for godly purposes. That the Gospel is not
enough can be seen in the lifestyles of the TV Evangelist and even
some in the brotherhood.
The fact that the Gospel is not enough can be seen in the
way many pander to young people with every possible game and
recreational attraction under the sun. A church of Christ in
Nashville has built a colossal two-story game room that cost more
to build than their entire new building will cost and is larger!
Unfortunately, many churches of Christ are taking their cues from
the denominational world. Many have been employing fun and games
ministers for our youth for years, offering outings and trips and
fun of every kind. When are we going to admit that you cannot make
teens better disciples by feeding them pizza and letting them play
video games? Again, it is the word of God that builds up, not
mindless pleasure. Fun is great in its place but having a great
time doesn't make anyone a committed Christian, does it?
And, it doesn't take much to figure out that most youth
are not very spiritually minded. Go to the mall. Listen to their
conversations. Check out the Christian chat rooms on the Internet.
Watch the news. Immodest dressing, rude behavior, statistics on
alcohol and drug abuse, a lack of respect for authority, greed and
materialism; they are seen and heard everywhere, even in many
Christian homes where young people live. It all screams out that
decades of the fun and games gospel have done little to really
change young people.
Christians must stand firm in the knowledge that
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in
spirit and in truth (John 4:24). We must refuse to allow
people to turn our worship into a period of entertainment! Those
who seek to be entertained say of traditional services, I
didn't get anything out of it. It may be that some don't get
anything out of worship because they don't put anything in to it!
Christians should never attend worship services with the attitude
that they are there to see what they can get out of it. They should
attend with the attitude that they are there to worship God, with
an attitude of gratitude, and do their best to praise and please
I heard an audio taped lesson made by a popular preacher
at a big religious gathering. He emphasized that worship should be
a party. He emphasized this in a context in which he made
it clear that he thought worship services should be entertaining.
He said people are not interested in doctrine, but he said nothing
about any of the abundance of passages in the New Testament which
emphasize the importance of right doctrine. He was using wrong
doctrine to emphasize that right doctrine was not important! He
made it clear that we need to have an atmosphere of entertainment
in our worship services if we expect to attract people.
Without fail, worship services should be friendly, but
being boisterous and loud are not proofs of true devotion and
spirituality in worship! God is not a God of disorder but of peace
according to 1 Corinthians 14:33. And as I recall, we are to preach
the word and our Father in Heaven will give the increase. As I
recall, we are taught that if we seek the truth, we will find it,
not the truth to prove I'm right or the truth to prove you are
wrong, but the simple truth of the Gospel of Christ. As I recall,
my God is the creator of all there is and He still has the ability
to touch lives of mankind without our changing the way he would
have us be, he is still in charge. As I recall, poor pitiful,
wretched man that I am, Jesus Christ my Lord gave his life for ME.
His blood was shed for me. I am forever grateful and already I have
been given far more than I could ever deserve, and yes, His grace
is sufficient. And as I sit in silence in worship to my heavenly
Father, I know that I don't deserve to even be there. But thanks be
to my Lord Jesus, I am allowed to be there.
That the Gospel is enough is clearly seen in Scripture.
Jude tells us to contend for the faith that was once for all
entrusted to the saints (saints are not dead people). Paul
writes to Timothy and says, All scripture is given by
inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof,
for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of
God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works
(2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Are there deceitful religious men? Yes! Titus says to
those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure. They
claim to know God, but by their actions they deny him. They are
detestable, disobedient and unfit for doing anything good. In 2
Peter 3:16 it says that Paul's letters contain some things that are
hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as
they do other Scripture, to their own destruction. What happens
when one does not correctly handle the word of truth, or love and
seek truth? God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will
believe a lie and so that all will be condemned who have not
believed the truth! Read 2 Thess. 2:11,12 and 1 Tim. 4:1-3.
The simplicity of the Gospel is this, he became the source
of salvation to all who obey him (Heb. 5:9). Come near to God and
he will come near to you (James 4:8). Humble yourselves before the
Lord, and he will lift you up (James 4:10). According as
his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto
life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called
us to glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3). And like Paul, I
am not ashamed of the Gospel because I know whom I have believed
and I am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have
committed to him against that day (2 Tim. 1:12). And yes, it (the
Gospel) is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16)!
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DIFFERENT KINDS OF WORKS #1
Many affirm that salvation is solely by grace
and man has nothing whatsoever to do with
salvation in any respect.
This series of articles will examine the false doctrine
promoted by many that salvation is by grace only or
faith only. It appears that a growing number of those
connected with the Lord's church are embracing this heresy. They
are parroting the denominations in saying that man does not
contribute one whit to his salvation. It is a complete
misunderstanding of grace, faith and
Before we examine (next month) the different kinds of
works mentioned in the Bible, we want to lay down some preliminary
thoughts. We will begin with these two scriptures that mention
God's grace. Ephesians 2:8-10, For by grace are ye saved
through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his
workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God
hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Titus
3:5, Not by works of righteousness which we have done,
but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of
regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. These
texts hit at the taproot of man's gravest problem, SIN. It hits him
in an area where he thinks himself to be strongest, his
From the beginning, God sought to subdue man's pride. Old
Testament teaching abounds in this area. The pride condemned by God
is that swelling, vain haughtiness of spirit that causes one
to have an inordinately high respect for self above all others.
Pride is a foundation sin that begets many more sins.
Pride is linked with destruction: ...He
shall bring down their pride together with the spoils of their
hands (Isa. 25:11). For the sin of their mouth
and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride:
and for cursing and lying which they speak (Psalm
59:12). Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of
Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower...
(Isa. 28:1). Pride goeth before destruction, and an
haughty spirit before a fall (Prov. 16:18).
Pride is a cause of shame and contention.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is
wisdom (Prov. 11:2). Only by pride cometh
contention: but with the well advised is wisdom (Prov.
Pride is a cause of self-deception. Concerning
Edom, we read, The pride of thine heart hath deceived
thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose
habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me
down to the ground (Obadiah 1:3)?
Pride is a cause of hardness of heart.
But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in
pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his
glory from him (Daniel 5:20).
Pride is linked with evil actions. The
fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the
evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate (Prov. 8:13).
Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honour the King
of heaven, all whose works are truth, and his ways judgment: and
those that walk in pride he is able to abase (Daniel
4:37). Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well
advised is wisdom (Prov. 13:10).
Pride is listed by Jesus along with blasphemy.
Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness,
an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness (Mark 7:22).
Pride is forbidden: For all that is in
the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the
pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world
(1 John 2:16).
In man's pride, he believes he is able to provide for
himself. But, he is deceived. Man cannot save himself or anyone
else. Salvation does not originate or proceed from sinful man.
Salvation is offered to all men by God, but all will not
accept it. It is by God's grace (described as his bounty, benefit,
or favor) that man can have forgiveness of sins and thereby enjoy
the beauties of heaven some day.
BUT, many have gone to the opposite extreme when it comes
to the subject of grace. Many affirm that salvation is solely by
grace and man has nothing whatsoever to do with salvation in any
respect. The doctrine of Calvinism teaches that man is a passive
being, dead in sin, incapable of acting on his own behalf. It
therefore demands a miracle be wrought in every case of salvation;
i.e., the sinner's heart must be miraculously sanctified by a
direct act of the Holy Spirit of God giving repentance and faith.
This view affects perhaps the majority in the Protestant religious
world because most are Calvinists in some modified sense. Those
holding this view usually erect a straw man (a false position
ascribed to others) and then twist Scriptures (cf. 2 Peter 3:16) to
fight the straw man.
One of the problems connected with the false doctrine of
grace only is the total rejection of the different kinds
of works mentioned in the Bible. They will select one or two kinds
of works represented by passages they think favorable to their
positions and harp on them to the exclusion of others.
Basic to combatting Calvinistic tendencies are two simple
truths: 1) there are different kinds of works mentioned in the
Bible: some approved, some not approved and; 2) the Calvinistic
position of two alternatives (either salvation is by grace
only or by works only) is based upon a false concept
of Scriptural teaching.
In our next issue, we will examine six different
kinds or classes of works mentioned in the New
Testament. In dealing with this issue, we will have to conclude
that the teaching of salvation by grace only or by
works only is a false doctrine.
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HOW DOES LOVE COVER A MULTITUDE OF SINS?
James E. Farley
The Bible clearly teaches us to love all men even our
enemies (Matt. 5:44). Love (agape) is commanded (1 John
3:23). The apostle Peter wrote, And above all things have
fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the
multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
How does this work? How does charity (love) cover a
multitude of sins? Is it that we just love people so much that we
overlook their faults and errors? Is this the way God would have us
to interact one with another? Is this real Bible love? NO! A
thousand times... NO!
The inspired James has something to say along these lines.
He writes, Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth,
and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the
sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and
shall hide a multitude of sins (James 5:19-20). There it
is! There is how love covers a multitude of sins! We love people
enough to teach them, and in so doing we may have to
reprove, rebuke and exhort with all longsuffering and
doctrine (2 Tim. 4:2). Sometimes it will take some
reproving and rebuking to get people to see the error of their way,
and real love, Bible love, will do this. It is not always a
pleasant thing to do, and it sometimes can get somewhat
heated, but do it we must if we are to follow the Meek
and Lowly One! The Bible is right when it reveals, Open
rebuke is better than secret love (Prov. 27:5).
Paul wrote to the young preacher Timothy, and told him to
...charge some that they teach no other doctrine...
(1 Tim. 1:3). Can you imagine this? This young boy
preacher was to command some folks to not teach false doctrine
with its fables, endless genealogies, etc. And, Paul was careful to
tell Timothy what his motive in so doing was to be. It was to be
...charity out of a pure heart... (1 Tim.
1:5). We are indeed to be ...speaking the truth in
love... (Eph. 4:15).
If a member of the Lord's church (preacher, elder, etc.)
says that he loves another, but will not rebuke that one of error
in his life, he does not love him! If he will not warn the erring
one of the extreme danger he is in, he does not love him! Love
always sounds out a warning of danger!
There are some interesting and convicting words found in
the third chapter of Ezekiel, 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 (Ezek. 3:17-21).
These words from God's Holy Book are strong indeed, and
should cause each of us to examine ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5) to see
whether we are doing all we can to help those overcome with sin and
error. There is coming a Great Judgment Day when we will all have
to give an account of what we have or have not done (Compare 2 Cor.
5:10-11; James 4:17).
Lest anyone should refer to Ezekiel 3 and say, Oh,
that's from the Old Testament...We're under the New Testament
today... I encourage you to turn your Bible to Acts 18:6 where
Paul spoke to those unbelieving Jews, and said, Your
blood be upon your own heads; I am clean: from henceforth I will go
unto the Gentiles. Then turn over and read Paul's words
to the elders from Ephesus, And now, behold, I know that
ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall
see my face no more. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that
I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to
declare unto you all the counsel of God (Acts 20:25-27).
Both of these are direct references to the Old Testament passage in
Ezekiel chapter three. Paul went on to say, Therefore
watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not
to warn every one night and day with tears (Acts 20:31).
Oh yes my brethren, real love does cover a multitude of
sins, when we preach, teach and warn people of their error, and
exhort them to repent before it is everlastingly too late!
Preachers, elders, we have a special interest in this kind of work.
Preachers are simply heralds for King Jesus, and must be faithful
in proclaiming the whole counsel of God (2 Tim. 4:1-5). This means
we are to warn folks of danger. Souls are at stake; hell is real!
Elders are watchers for the souls of the flock over which the Holy
Ghost has made them overseers (Acts 20:28-30; Heb. 13:17). Many are
allowing sincere and honest souls to march on toward a devil's hell
with smiles on their faces, because they do not love these souls
enough to warn them of danger.
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Coming In Through The Back Door
Roelf L. Ruffner
Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure
transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye
might learn not to go beyond the things which were written;
that no one of you be puffed up for one against the other
(1 Cor. 4:6, ASV emphasis mine, RLR).
In this present period of apostasy, it is amazing the
lengths that some brethren will go to CHANGE THINGS. They are quite
sneaky in their approach to transforming the body of Christ into a
denomination. A case in point is the Richland Hills Church of
Christ in Fort Worth, Texas. These misguided brethren have
long been known for their departure from the Truth. Some time back,
they decided to appoint female deacons or deaconesses. Of course
they didn't call them deaconesses but Fellow Servants. In
fact, Richland Hills no longer has deacons. Both male and females
are now called Fellow Servants. They were presented to
the congregation on a Wednesday night and the preacher spoke on the
topic of Deaconesses. It is like calling the job of
undertaker a mortician or a funeral director;
they all do the same thing (no offense to this profession.).
There is not one scintilla of scriptural authority for the
office of deaconess or an elderess. Sisters-in-Christ are not to
hold positions of leadership in the church. The apostle Paul,
speaking on behalf of Jesus, wrote, But I suffer not a
woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in
silence (1 Tim. 2:12). But apparently, that inspired
injunction is not enough for these brethren. The fragile thread of
legitimacy they cling to is found in Romans 16:1 concerning Phoebe
a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea. The word
servant (diakono) used in this verse is the
feminine form of the word deacon. But this Greek word is
used many times in a general sense in the New Testament. Paul was
certainly not a deacon, but he calls himself a diakonos
or servant (1 Cor. 3:5; 2 Cor. 3:6). Most translations use the word
servant in Romans 16:1, even the notoriously unreliable
NIV. There were NO deaconesses in the church in the first century.
That office came along centuries later in the form of the perpetual
celibacy of the Nuns and Convents of the Roman church (cf. 1 Tim.
But the folks at Richland Hills are just trying to ape
their denominational friends. Because of the Women's Liberation
Movement in this country, many religious bodies are falling all
over themselves to ordain women as deacons, bishops and
priests. They boast how progressive they are. The real
word to describe this practice is digressive or departing
from the pattern of the New Testament. They have digressed
beyond the things which were written (1 Cor. 4:6) and
goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ (2
John 9, ASV). It is something not new at all, to seek to adapt to
the world. The prophet Samuel heard the ancient Israelites say
Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations (1
Sam. 8:5); and that was almost 3,000 years ago.
In fact, the goings on at Richland Hills sound a lot like
what happened over a hundred years ago in this country. Digressive
brethren, wanting to be like the denominations, moved in a piano or
organ into church buildings via the back door. At first, the
instrument was placed in the basement to only be used on special
occasions. Soon it was in the auditorium covered by a sheet for
convenience sake. Finally, the sheet was removed and the
worship of God was profaned (Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16-17). Bible
believing brethren were forced to leave because of this back
door strategy. The digressives formed their own denomination,
the Disciples of Christ/Christian Church complete with organs and
eventually female elders.
It does not take a prophet or the son of a prophet to see
the consequences of Richland Hills' Fellow Servants abomination.
Eventually there will be female elders and female preachers. Once
we take the broad way that leadeth to destruction (Matt.
7:13), we can let the top down, shift into high gear and go full
throttle down the paved highway of apostasy. Soon you don't even
need a back door strategy, all will be accepted. But any attempt to
please ourselves without considering God's will does not please
God. Not every one that saith unto me. Lord, Lord, shall
enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my
Father which is in heaven (Matt. 7:21).
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THE ROLE OF WOMEN
When one studies the Bible, it does not take long to realize
the marvelous roll that women had in God's glorious plan of
salvation. In the very beginning we learn of a promised seed
through woman: And I will put enmity between thee and the
woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head,
and thou shalt bruise his heel (Gen. 3:15). Without
woman, there would have been no savior!
We read of many great women in the Bible. Not too many
years after creation and the fall of man, the Bible introduces to
us a godly woman whose name was Jochebed, the wife of
Amram. This woman showed great faith and courage when she defied
the wicked Pharaoh's law. And Pharaoh charged all his
people saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast in the river,
and every daughter ye shall save alive (Exodus 1:22).
Jochebed's faith led her to hide her goodly child, and
when the time came, by faith she put him in the river in an ark,
not knowing what would become of him. It was through this faithful
and courageous act and the providence of God that Moses, one of the
greatest leaders of the Israelites, grew up to serve God. In that
same period of time one must not overlook the faith of the
midwives. They, like Jochebed, were faithful to God and not to man.
But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of
Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive
We read of David's great grandmother Ruth, who
was an ancestor of the Christ. Ruth was a woman of faithful
dedication and determined to do right. Note her beautiful words as
recorded in the book that bears her name. Ruth said,
Intreat me not to leave thee or return from following after thee:
for whither thou goest, I will go: and where thou lodgest, I will
lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: where
thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the LORD do so
to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me
We read of Esther and her great faith. She was
willing to die for God's purpose and glory. Go, gather
together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for
me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day; I also and
my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king,
which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish
In the New Testament, we can learn of many great and godly
women. We can read of faithful Mary, the mother of Jesus.
We learn of the poor widow who had enough faith to cast all the
money she had into the treasury. We learn of Martha and
Mary, close companions of the Lord. In the book of Acts we
read of Dorcas, Lydia and Priscilla. Great
lessons could be taught pertaining to all the women mentioned. This
list is not exhaustive by any means, but it will suffice to show
that godly women were needed and used in Old Testament times and
New Testament times as well. This need has not changed. In fact, if
it were not for some great wives and mothers, there would be a lot
less faithful men to carry on the work of the church. To this we
would all agree.
Since we have shown that God uses women in his work, we
need to understand their role in the church today. We should not
waver to the right nor left from God's instructions pertaining to
them and their work. Paul taught Timothy about the role of women.
In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in
modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided
hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. But (which becometh
women professing godliness) with good works. Let the woman learn in
silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor
to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was
first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman
being deceived was in the transgression. Notwithstanding she shall
be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and
holiness with sobriety (I Tim.2:9-15).
Notice some of the instructions Paul gives pertaining to
what a godly woman must be. 1) A godly woman will know how to
dress. Today, it seems that things get shorter, tighter and
sometimes just plain sloppy. The disturbing part about this type of
clothing is that many of my sisters in Christ are advocating the
wearing of such, and have no shame in doing so! I believe Jeremiah
was dealing with the same problem in his day when he said,
Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay,
they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore
shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their
visitation they shall be cast down, saith the LORD (Jer.
6:15). Brother Taylor made these comments on how women were to
adorn themselves: Women are to adorn (make attractive)
themselves not by daring displays of female flesh or by external
displays of hairdos, expensive jewelry and extravagant garments but
by the wearing of modest apparel and the proper manifestation of
shamefacedness and sobriety. It would do the church well if
preachers would preach on this and elders would enforce God's laws
on the matter. Men need the same lessons as well!
2) The woman's behavior is to be that of quietness
and submission in public worship (vs.11-12). This is where we
have so many problems today in the church. It is not uncommon to
see or hear of a woman pastor in the denominational world
or women serving in various roles. This does not surprise most of
us in the church. However, when we see elders and leaders of the
Lord's church allowing women to teach mixed classes, serve on the
table, make announcements, pray in service, and such like, we
should be horrified! It has been the case that in some churches
women have even been allowed to preach. What a disgrace to the
Lord! When this occurs, God's people should take the sword of the
Spirit and defend the bride of Christ. The Holy Spirit says,
I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the
man, but be in silence (1 Tim 2:12). This simply means
that the woman cannot be the domineering one in the public worship
and it is time for us to realize this. This is not a rule men have
made. It is a law given by God, and those who disagree with this
law should take their grievance to Him.
The woman's role is very important to the success of the
church. However, when this role is abused and misused it brings
nothing but hurt and destruction to the Lord's church. We should
always recognize the beauty and glory that women can bring into the
church, but we must never alter God's word.
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In the News...
The World Christian is the official publication of the World
Convention. This group claims to be for the union of the churches
of Christ, the Disciples of Christ, and Christian Church. In the
latest mailing, they list congregations that financially supported
the group in the past few months. Woodmont Hills church of
Christ in Nashville, Tennessee is listed. Also, they have
advertise their World Meeting to be held in England in 2004.
Hosting one of the tours for the group is Doug Foster,
faculty member at Abilene.
Not only is the following a waste and misuse of the Lord's
money, it is an unholy alliance and fellowship with
denominationalism. Such is forbidden in Eph. 5:11, 2 John 9-11, and
BAPTIST CHURCH, CHURCH OF CHRIST TO SHARE
BANNED OKLAHOMA CROSS
By Jerry Pierce
OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) Quail Springs Baptist Church
and neighboring Quail Springs Church of Christ are making
room on their adjoining campuses for a 30-foot tall cross ordered
removed in February after standing 43 years at State Fair Park in
The Oklahoma City city manager ordered the concrete cross
to be taken down after letters from James A. Worrell of Oklahoma
City and the Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation
challenged its legality on city-owned State Fairgrounds property.
The City Council of Oklahoma City on May 29 awarded the
churches joint possession of the cross. They were among five groups
bidding for it.
The Quail Springs churches' high bid of $5,000 and proposal
to display the cross with a lighted prayer garden won city
Our motivation in pursuing the cross was
two-fold, said Hance Dilbeck, pastor at Quail Springs Baptist.
First, we wanted to indicate the common bond we have with the
Church of Christ next door both seeking to preach Christ and Him
Also, to indicate that no matter what goes on with
civil government, churches will be the primary ones proclaiming the
message of the Gospel.
Tony Freitas, outreach minister at Quail Springs Church
of Christ, said the north Oklahoma City congregations have worked
together with an awesome spirit since they began sharing
traffic police on Sunday mornings about four years ago.
On June 29, the congregations will co-host their fourth
Freedom and Faith celebration featuring Christian bands,
inflatable games, free food and brief messages from both pastors,
Dilbeck and Mark Henderson, the Quail Springs Church of Christ
The churches hope to have an unveiling ceremony
during the June 29 celebration and to include some historical
information on the cross when the prayer garden is completed,
The prevailing attitude at Oklahoma Christian seems to
be that they will be anybody's dog who'll hunt with 'em.
ALAMEDA CHURCH OF CHRIST
Members of the school's faculty and administration have
carried a policy of non-discrimination to its highest (or
is it lowest?) level. That is obvious from the material
they publish monthly in their Christian Chronicle, and
from some of the congregations fellowshipped by their faculty
members. The Alameda Church of Christ in Norman, Oklahoma
is one of the most far-out religious bodies in Oklahoma still
claiming to be a church of Christ. This is the church where Dan
Bouchelle now at Central in Amarillo, Texas preached for
about seven years while holding membership in the Norman
Ministerial Fellowship and speaking at Holy Week services
with the Episcopal priest. Alameda is also the church which
co-sponsored a Kids' Praise Rally with Norman's First
Baptist and Northeast Baptist Churches on Saturday, March 9, 2002
(Norman Transcript, Thurs., Mar. 7, 2002). And, like birds of
a feather, Oklahoma Christian is willing to join this flock of
apostasy. The following comes from The Daily Oklahoman's Norman
Section for July 13, 2002:
NORMAN The congregation will have a special vacation
Bible school celebration Sunday, beginning with breakfast at 8:30
AM. Parents will have the opportunity then to follow their children
to Bible exploration class and a special craft time.
Worship will begin around 10 AM, with the children
singing the songs they learned at VBS. Later, Dr. Don Hebbard will
speak about 'Secrets of Successful Families.' It will be the first
of a two part series and will refer to Genesis 13:1-9.
In a 6 PM gathering Hebbard, who is director Of
Oklahoma Christian University's Institute of Marriage and Family
Counselling will present part two of 'Secrets of Successful
The second paragraph tells it all. The celebration/worship
which begins around 10 AM will consist, in part, of
children singing the songs they learned at VBS and then
Dr. Don Hebbard (and heavy on the *Dr.*) will speak.
We have a lot of preachers in Oklahoma who would never
speak on Sunday morning in a period of worship with a
children's choir performing. But neither will a lot of those
preachers lift their voices to utter a single syllable against the
errors promulgated and fellowshipped by Oklahoma Christian, because
their Alma Mater is dearer to them than the church for which our
Blessed Lord suffered and died.
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