THE HERALD OF WHAT?
I received in the mail a letter from Billy G. Brant,
President of the Herald of Truth. This letter was a mass
mailing to churches of Christ. I am wondering just how many
congregations today will recognize the false doctrine this letter
teaches? The letter reads as follows.
Have you ever seen or read something many,
many, times, only to be shocked one day that
you had overlooked a profound thought or
image that had been there all the time? I
have read a gazillion times, but then for
some reason it jumped and almost bit me. It
was the word witnesses
meaning to publicly attest that what was said
or done actually happened because one had
seen it. Jesus said just as he was ascending
to heaven ...you shall be witnesses to
me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the end of the earth
(Acts 1:9). He was speaking to His followers
then and now.
Before we proceed any farther, may we digest the error thus
far taught. Billy Brant had read a gazillion times, but
he had not one time rightly divided the word by diligent study
(cf. 2 Tim. 2:15). Perhaps he became confused by reading one of
the modern translations. You see, Gods word is not supposed
to grab you or jump out and almost bite you.
It should instead inform you, teach you.
A witness is a person who actually saw or heard
the things to which they witness. It cannot be something one read
or heard from another; such is hearsay. The apostles
were witnesses and indeed could and did bear witness. Mr. Brant
overlooked one of the basic requirements for rightly
dividing the word of truth. One must observe who the speaker
is and to whom he is speaking. The snake handlers make the same
deadly mistake (cf. Mark 16:18). The apostles were supernaturally
given a perfect memory of every thing Jesus said and did and were
guided into all truth (John 14:26). Jesus was speaking to His
apostles when He told them they were to be witnesses. This does
not apply to us today because we are not witnesses. We are
messengers. The apostle Paul did not tell Timothy to
witness. He told him to preach the word (2
Tim. 4:1-4). We are no more witnesses than are those of
the Jehovah Witness cult.
When my three children were in College, a preacher for
the Christian Student Center was falsely teaching from
the Baptist book Mandate To Witness. When I learned of
it, I was asked to come and speak to the students. In one lesson,
I was able to put a stop to the false doctrine being taught. No
one can be a true witness to anything unless they either saw or
heard first hand the things to which they witness.
Hearsay does not make one a witness.
Since the beginning in 1952,
Herald of Truth has been using the
mass media to be a witness for
In the early days of Herald of Truth, the
program broadcast the truth; however, never was it a
witness. Later, progressives got control of the program
and it no longer is reliable. There was a day when I both
supported and raised support for the program, but I can not in
good conscience do so now.
In 2008 and 2009 we have created,
produced and offered free of charge to
churches: 11 60-second radio spots, 10 30-
second radio spots, 2 60-second TV PSAs, 2
30-second TV PSAs in high definition, 10
videos on our hopeforlife.org evangelistic
If Herald of Truth had remained true to Gods
word, this would have been a blessing, but such has not been the
case. They may herald some truth, but it has been mixed
with much error. This very appeal for funds is an
example of the error they herald.
Now in 2010 we are preparing to record,
produce and offer free video and TV PSAs to
be that witness, not just in the United
States but worldwide...to the end of the
earth. There are enormous costs associated
with the production of mass messages, but if
we dont create them who will? Through
the use of television and internet videos our
witness has the potential of being seen by
billions around the world.
It is sad, but likely true, that many elders, preachers and
members of the church of Christ will support this propagation of
error because they have the misguided notion that the end
justifies the means. But error will never produce good
results. It will only produce more error. Why would any
knowledgeable Christian support such an erroneous program
directed by a president who does not even understand the concept
of being a witness?
We need your financial support in order
for us to be the kind of witness Jesus
expects us to be. Help us to go throughout
the world. We are asking each church of
Christ for a gift of $100.00. It is critical
that we continue to take the words of Jesus
to His world.
Oh how I wish they were teaching the truth throughout the
world, but I remind Mr. Brant once again, that neither he nor
their program is a witness. What you have shown yourself to be is
a propagator of destructive progressive philosophy.
Join us as we are witnesses of Jesus in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and
to the end of the earth.
How could any informed student of Gods word not
understand that these words were the Lords instructions to
His Ambassadors, the Apostles, and that they did as the Lord
commissioned? Billy G. Brant is working hard to falsely teach the
man-made doctrine of Christians today being witnesses.
As Fibber McGees wife often told Fibber. Tant so McGee.
Tant so brethren!
Do Christians have an obligation to preach the Gospel
throughout the world today? Yes, indeed, our role is to proclaim
the inspired words of Jesus Christ and His witnesses the
Apostles. But such does not make us witnesses any more than it
makes the Herald of Truth a witness. The inspired
witnesses of Christ were endowed with authority. So, does Billy
G. Brant and the Herald of Truth claim the authority to
bind and loose?
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DUCK COMMANDER SUNDAY!
Garland M. Robinson
Its so sad when people lack faith in the
Lord to simply do what he said. Lets
always remember to respect the Lord and his
We occasionally hear of congregations who make all
sorts of appeals in an attempt to attract people to attend church
services. There are gimmicks galore: gymnastics and aerobics,
weight loss and exercise, financial advice, kissing a pig, money
taped under a special seat, entertainment venues to raise money,
hearing and/or learning bird calls; you name it, and some
brethren have tried it. Some places call attention to and promote
the fact that a celebrity will be in their midst in an
effort to get people to come. One church recently held a
Duck Commander Sunday where hundreds were expected to
come dressed in their best Sunday camouflage. In addition to
sermons, it was reported in the local newspaper that there would
be a demonstration of duck calls! Now who wouldnt be
interested in that?
Well have to admit, such antics draw a crowd. It
appeals to the worldly appetites of people. It has all been done
and is being done in an attempt to captivate and allure precious
souls. While hunting and fishing and many other sports are good
and right in and of themselves, they have no part nor parcel to
be mixed in with the spiritual service we offer to God in
worship. Things of the world and things of the church are
separate. The world is material, the church is spiritual. We
worship God in spirit (John 4:24). We walk by faith, not by sight
(2 Cor. 5:7).
Gods drawing power is the GOSPEL (John 6:44-45).
Before his ascension into heaven, Jesus gave the great commission
to the apostles. Go ye therefore, and teach all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you... (Matt. 28:18-20). The
parallel account given in Mark 16:15-16 says, ...Go ye
into all the world, and preach the gospel to every
creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but
he that believeth not shall be damned.
Notice the command of the Lord Jesus. Go into
all the world and preach the gospel. Preach what?
The GOSPEL. He did not say preach yourselves, preach ball games,
preach hunting and fishing. He said, preach the gospel.
The Gospel is the good news of Jesus Christ and him crucified (1
Cor. 2:2). It concerns the death, burial and resurrection of
Jesus (1 Cor. 15:1-4). It involves the whole counsel of God on
all subjects (cf. Acts 20:27). Its the entirety of the New
The Bible gives emphasis to the WORD, the Gospel. Jesus
answered the devil by saying, Man shall not live by bread
alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth
of God (Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4). In the parable of the
sower, Jesus talks about those who hear the word of the
kingdom (Matt. 13:18-23; Mark 4:14-20; Luke 8:11-15).
Jesus preached the word (Mark 2:2; 4:33) and talked about
those who made the word of God of none effect through
their tradition (Mark 7:13). Jesus said, blessed are they
that hear the word of God and keep it (Luke
11:28). He also said, ...If ye continue in my
word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed (John 8:31).
The apostles preached the word everywhere and
confirmed it with miracles (Mark 16:20). Luke says the apostles,
from the beginning, were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the
word (Luke 1:2). Christians are set apart (sanctified)
from the world through the word, the truth (John
17:17). The word of God will judge us in the last day
(John 12:48). Those on Pentecost obeyed the Gospel when they
heard and obeyed the word (Acts 2:41). Paul gave command
to Timothy, preach the word (2 Tim. 4:2).
The words of Paul are very clear when he said they had
renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in
craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully (2
Cor. 4:1-2). We must not abandon the all inspired word of God.
Such is dishonesty, human craftiness and handling the word of God
deceitfully. When the word of God is pushed aside and replaced
with what men deem as a greater attraction, such as duck
commander Sunday, then weve abandoned Gods power
to save. Showing irreverence and disrespect for the Almighty in
worship, such as being dressed in camo as though were
wandering through the fields and woods ready to hear the calls of
the wild, is a position that surely no faithful child of God
would ever approach. This trivializes the powerful Gospel. It
makes the Word of the Lord unimportant, insignificant,
irrelevant, frivolous, trifling, worthless.
Can you imagine the apostles broadcasting the news far
and wide that next Lords Day we want all the members of the
church in Jerusalem to come to worship dressed in their finest
fishing outfit to hear Peter, James and John divulge their award
winning angler techniques? Could they get Simon of Samaria to
demonstrate some of his best magic tricks? Would doing some
preaching make the occasion more acceptable? Is there anything
more disrespectful or worldly? Does the Lords suffering and
crucifixion at the hands of wicked men mean nothing more to
members of the church (and the public) than hearing and seeing a
celebrity demonstrate his best duck calls? Are we justified if
doing these things appeals to those in the community and brings
them in? Is that the message we want them to see and hear?
But, what is that you say? Are you saying that once you
get people there you will teach them the truth? Wont the
truth involve teaching them that worship is respectful, reverent
and solemn? Does not Habakkuk 2:20 tell us ...the LORD
[is] in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before
him? Worship is not a party atmosphere even though a
preacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, once said it was. Worship does not
appeal to mens worldly appetites. It can not, must not, be
soiled with a show of human wisdom in will worship (cf.
Col. 2:23). All such will perish with the using; after
the commandments and doctrines of men (Col. 2:22). Paul
made very clear, we preach not ourselves, but Christ
Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus
sake (2 Cor. 4:5).
The word of God, the holy Scriptures, is given emphasis
throughout the New Testament more than 100 times. Its by the
preaching of the WORD that men are saved (1 Cor. 1:18-21). The
WORD is THE POWER of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16). How can
anyone seek to replace it, intentional or otherwise, with worldly
attractions? Is the Gospel not enough? Is knowledge of the Lord
Jesus too simple? Is He not as exciting as a bird caller? Do we
need duck men to bring people in? Must we appeal to the
worldly appetites of the community by having them dress in camo?
What about a clown outfit? I bet that would bring them in. One of
our preachers(?) once told me, the gospel just
wont do it any more. Weve got to have something else.
Weve got to spice it up. Worldly wisdom gone to seed!
Paul told Timothy (2 Tim. 4:2) to preach the
word, be instant in season and out of season (when the
Gospel is popular and when its not, when people like it and
when they dont). Since we did not write the book, we have no
license to change it in any way. Its so sad when people lack
faith in the Lord to simply do what He said. Lets always
remember to respect the Lord and his Word. Lets pay the
utmost honor, respect and reverence that is do His high and holy
name. That may not be what interests the world (and a lot of
church members), but our goal must be in what interests the Lord.
Our job is to trust him and obey Him.
Remember, we serve God, not ourselves. 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. 3:17).
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STUDY TO SHOW THYSELF
The inspired apostle gave some explicit instructions to
Timothy relative to studying and preaching. This instruction
cannot be misunderstood unless one has expert help. It is certain
that Paul did not tell Timothy to study or give diligence to
show-off. Do you suppose any preacher would be tempted to
show-off? Do you suppose a congregation of sensible people is so
demented and deranged as to not be aware of what is happening
with the show-off pulpiteer?
Some years ago, I worked as a counselor with the old
Federal MDTA Program under the Lyndon Johnson Administration.
The Great Society sounded great and insofar as I could
see, the only great thing about the program was its great cost
We tried to infuse some energy and work ethics in
school drop-outs. The most frequent trait to be seen among the
trainees was the desire to show-off, get attention, run-off the
mouth, and perform on center stage.
There was no limit as to how many dollars we could
spend for materials to be used in our efforts. One very
interesting film strip which we used was titled, The
Show-off. The show-off student suffered from low self-
esteem. The school drop-out used various mechanisms in order to
get attention. The usual effort to show-off was to babble a lot
and wag the tongue. This characteristic is so often seen by
little toddlers who have been the objects of very close personal
attention. Sadly there are some preachers who never leave this
trait of infantilism behind. It is seen in its worst form when
one ambles upon the church house podium and begins to show-off.
Do the auditors not know? Do those who slumber not discern? Does
the show-off not know that the auditors know?
Who among readers of the New Testament do not remember
the great show-off who arrayed himself in royal apparel (Acts
12:21)? Why did Herod do this? He wanted to attract attention to
himself. Would we approve of a Gospel preacher getting into the
pulpit wearing the habit of a Monk or Amman? Such would get a lot
of attention for sure. The show-off wants attention.
I doubt not that some preachers would exchange the
Deacons bench for old Herods throne and sit thereon in order
to get attention. If the aim is to show-off, what difference does
it make regardless of what freakish tactics one uses? The show-
off craves attention.
No preacher of sound judgment would study to show
himself in the aforementioned ways, but notice that Herod
made an oration unto them. Do you suppose the
old reprobate was vying for attention with his masterful words?
His royal robe and the great swelling words would get a lot of
points for Herod before the worms had their lunch.
We recall how Simon the sorcerer amazed the people in
Samaria. What an attraction! What a show-off! What a curse! Simon
told the people how great he was. His speeches, utterances, and
babblings pointed to himself as some great one. Like
Simon, the show-off feigns himself to be some great
one. This kind of preacher performs in such manner as to get
dead-heads to mutter something about the show-off being, the
great power of God. In comparison, the Goodyear blimp is
small compared to the self-esteemed, high-minded, bloated, show-
In 1951, a faithful Gospel preacher wrote and article
titled, To Greek or Not To Greek. The brother
dealt with the practice of the smatterer who desires to show-off
by spouting forth what the Greek says. Why do brethren act in
this manner? The purpose is to get attention and honesty will
admit as much.
When Paul wrote to Timothy he said, Of these
things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord
that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the
subverting of the hearers (2 Tim. 2:14).
The fellow who desires to show-off may demonstrate his
dullness by presenting some new, novel, far-out, exegeses
of Bible verses, which is but an effort to declaim, I know
more about these matters than all the saints and sages who have
ever lived. Let me show you how smart I really am. You have heard
it said by others, but I say unto you, and what I say is
Words to no profit! How useless! Time-servers revel in
such absurdities while the flock of common people groan and move
along in a backward direction waiting until relief shall come.
Timothy was told to give diligence as a workman who would not be
ashamed to stand before the Lord in the final day.
If we can get the picture of a working man who is to be
paid for his labor, we will be able to see what Paul is saying to
Timothy. The young preacher was to be diligent. He would have to
give account of his work and he did not need to be slovenly, lest
he would be ashamed. Timothy would meet Jehovah God and he would
need to work so as not to be ashamed. The truth must be handled
A very close friend and I were hunting on the vast Fort
Campbell military area. It was time for us to come out of the
woods for breakfast. As I sat silently in my deer stand, I heard
my friend ambling along somewhat like one of Hannibals
elephants and he was singing, Its hard to be humble, as
great as I am. How many of our preachers sing that song?
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SHOULD YE NOT HEAR THE WORDS
WHICH JEHOVAH CRIED?
Marvin L. Weir
No man has the right to establish
his own church in an attempt to
draw people away from the
Lords church. It is God who is
to be worshipped and not mans
every felt need.
The Jews were returning to their homeland from Babylonian
captivity. Zechariah sounded a call for the people to repent. The
prophet said, The LORD hath been sore displeased with
your fathers. Therefore say thou unto them, Thus saith the LORD
of hosts; Turn ye unto me, saith the LORD of hosts, and I will
turn unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. Be ye not as your
fathers, unto whom the former prophets have cried, saying, Thus
saith the LORD of hosts; Turn ye now from your evil ways, and
[from] your evil doings: but they did not hear, nor hearken unto
me, saith the LORD (Zech. 1:2-4). Their fathers had
refused to hear Gods prophets and seventy years of exile was
the price paid for rejecting Gods Word.
Delegates from Bethel inquire about the relevance of
fasting in view of their release from captivity. Gods law
demanded one day of fasting in the seventh month on the Day of
Atonement (Lev. 23:37). The people had, however, instituted fasts
to commemorate numerous calamities: the burning of the temple,
the beginning of the siege, the capture of Jerusalem, and the
murder of Gedaliah. Thus, God answers, ...When ye fasted
and mourned in the fifth and seventh [month], even those seventy
years, did ye at all fast unto me, [even] to me? And when ye did
eat, and when ye did drink, did not ye eat [for yourselves], and
drink [for yourselves] (Zech. 7:5-6)? God did not
authorize these additional fasts nor were they for His
benefit. They were only for the benefit of the people who were
wallowing in their self-pity.
There are two eternal principles that would have
benefitted the people of Zechariahs day and they will also
benefit all people today. First, God says, ...Why
transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot
prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken
you (2 Chron. 24:20). Second, Isaiah said, the
word of our God shall stand for ever (Isa. 40:8).
If the people of Jerusalem had not refused to heed and
obey God while the city was inhabited and in prosperity
(Zech. 7:7), there would have never been the occasion to
introduce these feasts lamenting their afflictions. Is it any
different today? No, it isnt!
1) Most people are convinced they have the right to
attend the church of their choice. The truth of the matter is
that we have no rights except those given to us by God.
Denominationalism comes from man, not God! The Lord promised to
build His church (Matt. 16:18). No man has the right to establish
his own church in an attempt to draw people away from the
Lords church. Christ is the head over all things to the
church, which is his body (Eph. 1:22-23). There is only
one body (Eph. 4:4) and it was purchased not with
mans blood, but by the blood of Christ (Acts 20:28). It is
indeed true that except Jehovah build the house, they labor
in vain that build it (Psa. 127:1). Should ye not hear
the words which Jehovah cried?
2) Women are now demanding to be placed in positions
of leadership within the church. Even those who now balk at
letting a woman preach, will let her teach a class where men are
present. When people want only to be politically
correct, it matters not to them what God has said regarding
the matter. Gods Word states that women are to keep
silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to
speak; but let them be in subjection, as also saith the law
(1 Cor. 14:34). The apostle Paul further instructs young Timothy
who is to teach others (2 Tim. 2:2) that a woman is to learn
in silence with all subjection and is not to teach, nor
to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence (1
Tim. 2:11-12). Again we ask, Should ye not hear the words
which Jehovah cried?
3) Most people today advocate unity in
diversity so that everyone can worship as they please and
not as it pleases God. Christ clearly and firmly taught,
God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship
[him] in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). The Ephesians were
commanded to diligently keep the unity of the Spirit in the
bond of peace (Eph. 4:3). The unity of the Spirit
is again set forth when the Lord fervently prayed that
they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee,
that they also may be one in us (John 17:21). The
apostle Paul did not advocate unity in diversity when
he implored the Corinthian brethren to all speak the same
thing, and [that] there be no divisions among you; but [that] ye
be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same
judgment (1 Cor. 1:10). Should ye not hear the words
which Jehovah cried?
4) The entertainment craze that demands family
life centers (palatable language for gymnasiums) glorifies
most youth ministers, but not God. It is God who is to
be worshipped (John 4:24) and not mans every felt need. Many
choose to support entertainment instead of missionaries.
Should ye not hear the words which Jehovah cried?
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PROOF OF DISCIPLESHIP
Through webs of deceit and perversion, people in the
religious world are confused concerning true Christianity. Are
all churches acceptable unto God despite their contradictions and
differences? Do people have a standard of righteousness upon
which they can depend? What about all of the various creed books,
traditions of men and decisions passed by committees and
councils? How can one determine whether a person is a Christian?
After all, there are so many good people in this world
that claim to be Christians, yet they believe, teach
and practice different things. Has the Lord given us a means by
which we can identify Jesus disciples?
IF YE CONTINUE IN MY WORD
Certainly, there are marks of identification found in
the New Testament. When the beliefs, doctrines and practices of
people correspond with the commandments of God, the examples of
the apostles and the implications of New Testament teaching, then
such people constitute the church of God. Of course, any
religious organization or person that is contrary to the New
Testament cannot belong to God. Every plant, which my
heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up (Matt.
In John 8:31-32, Jesus said, If ye continue in my word,
then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and
the truth shall make you free. True disciples of Jesus are
distinguished from facsimiles by their abiding in the word of
IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE FOR ANOTHER
Christians are cleansed by the word of the Lord.
Initial obedience to the Gospel and continued obedience to the
word of the Lord cleanses one from sins (James 1:21). Now ye
are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you
(John 15:3). That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself
a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such
thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Eph.
Christians walk in the light, not in darkness.
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 (1 John 1:7). This light
represents the glorious gospel of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4).
God has given us power whereby we can become sons of God (John
1:12). By the Gospel, men are called to salvation (2 Thess.
2:14). Therefore, Jesus disciples walk in the
light of His Word.
Christians will be judged by the Word of the
Lord. The apostle John wrote of the judgment scene. And
I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books
were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of
life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were
written in the books, according to their works (Rev. 20:12).
People who lived during the two previous dispensations will be
judged according to the laws of those two dispensations
(Patriarchal and Mosaic). All men now living (since the death of
Christ, the preaching of the Gospel and the establishment of the
church on the day of Pentecost) will be judged by the law of
Christ. For that reason, Jesus stated, 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
Jesus told His chosen disciples, A new commandment I
give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye
are my disciples, if ye have love one for another (John
IF YE BEAR MUCH FRUIT
Christians are identified by their love for other
Christians. The apostle Peter exhorted that Christians
love the brotherhood (1 Peter 2:17). The apostle Paul
wrote, Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly
love; in honour preferring one another (Rom. 12:10).
Christians are the children of God (1 John 3:1); therefore, they
comprise the household or family of God (1 Tim. 3:15). Our
appreciation for our physical families should underscore the
importance of our spiritual family, the church.
Christians use Christ as the standard of their
love. This is my commandment, That ye love one another,
as I have loved you (John 15:12). Jesus demonstrated His
love in the giving of His life and the shedding of His blood upon
the cross. The degree of love we all should appreciate is that
Jesus died for men and women who are described as
ungodly, sinners and enemies (Rom.
5:6-10). How is our love in comparison?
Christians cannot love God without loving one another.
If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a
liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how
can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have
we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also (1
Jesus told His disciples, Herein is my Father
glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my
disciples (John 15:8). Men can identify the Lords
people by the works they accomplish.
Christians are commanded to bear fruit for the
Lord. The Lords church is often described as a vineyard
or husbandry (1 Cor. 3:6). A vineyard is a place of labor. Jesus
frequently used this setting in His parables to stress the work
of His disciples (Matt. 13).
Christians are commanded to bear much fruit.
The Lords standards are such that Christians not only should
bear fruit for the Lord, but MUCH fruit. Jesus described the
harvest in this way, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the
labourers are few (Matt. 9:37). Christians will reap a great
harvest IF they plant the true seed, the word of God (Luke 8:11)
and IF they have the right attitude regarding their work.
So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those
things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable
servants: we have done that which was our duty to do (Luke
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SOME THINGS I KNOW THE BIBLE TEACHES
No human knows absolutely everything there is to know. Thus,
infinite (unlimited) knowledge is possessed by no one person.
However, to say that no one person is omniscient (all-knowing) is
not to say that a person cannot know at least some things. The
Bible teaches there are some things a person absolutely must know
and do to live in harmony with Gods will (Matt. 7:21-23;
John 3:1-7; 4:24; 8:31-32). Those things essential for men to be
saved, we can know, and know that we know.
It is neither arrogant nor conceited to teach from the
Bible what one knows to be true. As a Christian, I am obligated
as is every Christian to teach in a very kind,
loving, and courteous way; yet clearly, firmly, and truthfully,
the truth made known and proclaimed by Gods word.
Following are at least some things (truth) I know the
1. I know the Bible teaches there is but one, and only
one, God, the Father, Who created all things, Who loves every
human being, and Who wishes every person to be saved (Eph. 4:6;
Acts 17:24-25; 1 Tim. 2:3-4).
2. I know the Bible teaches that this same loving God
is a great and terrible God and that He will punish the
majority of the human race eternally in hell for their
disobedience to His will (Deut. 10:17; Neh. 1:5; Matt. 7:13-14; 2
3. I know the Bible teaches there is one, and only one,
New Testament church, and that every person who obeys the Gospel
is added to that one church by God so that every Christian is a
member of the church of Christ for which He (Christ) died (Eph.
1:22-23; 4:4; Acts 2:37-47; 20:28).
4. I know the Bible teaches that denominationalism is
sinful, that it is a hindrance to world evangelism and thus
contributes to infidelity, that it is in direct opposition to
Christs prayer for unity (John 17:20-23), the apostles
plea for unity (1 Cor. 1:10-11), and Gods eternal plan for
every Christian to he united into one body (Eph. 2:14-18; 3:9-11;
5. I know the Bible teaches that it (the Bible) is the
all-sufficient and verbally inspired revelation from God to man,
and that additions to, subtractions from, or substitutions on the
part of man are presumptuous, foolish, and seriously sinful (1
Cor. 2:12-13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; Rev. 22:18-19).
6. I know the Bible teaches that Jesus never
authorized, the Holy Spirit never revealed, the apostles never
approbated, and the first century New Testament church never
employed the use of mechanical instruments of music in Christian
worship to God. Furthermore, I know that the introduction of all
such man-made innovations in Christian worship is an addition to
Gods word and therefore must be regarded as sinful (John
16:13; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16-17; Rev. 22:18-19).
7. I know the Bible teaches that Christians are saved
by the mercy and grace of God and not of ones own works of
human merit; while simultaneously teaching that unless (except)
every accountable person complies with the Gospel terms of
obedience (faith, repentance, confession, and immersion in water
for the forgiveness of sins), one will lose his soul and suffer
eternal punishment in hell (Titus 3:4-7; John 3:1-7; 2 Thess.
8. I know the Bible teaches that the terms
gospel and doctrine are but two different
words to designate the same message to be preached or taught, and
not two separate and distinct messages, one for alien sinners and
the other for the saved. No such distinction is in harmony with
the Bible (Rom. 1:15-17; 2 Thess. 1:8; Acts 13:12).
9. I know the Bible teaches it is sinful for one to be
so radical as to make laws forbidding or condemning what God
allows. Furthermore, I know that it is sinful for one to be so
liberal as to go beyond Gods written word and
uphold or practice that which the Bible does not authorize (1
Tim. 4:1-3; Acts 15:1-29; 2 John 9-11).
10. I know the Bible teaches that, even though many
hated Him and eventually killed Him for it, Jesus told people the
truth because He loved them and wanted them to be saved (Luke
6:11; John 7:7; Mark 14:60-65).
These Biblical truths are here stated in love for God,
His Son, His Word, His church, and for every person who has never
obeyed the Gospel. May we realize there is no possible way we can
truly love people while withholding the truth from them.
105 East Planters
San Augustine, TX 75972
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A GOOD TUNE-UP
An old car went by sputtering, missing and backfiring. What
an awful commotion it made. One always wonders how far they will
get before they quit. You see, they first sputter, then they
miss, and finally, they quit. Generally, this is due to faulty
ignition or bad fuel. Quitting is expected in due time according
to the law of probability.
Church members sometime get into this predicament. They
first begin to sputter an indication of what is likely to
follow. The ignition of the Christian is a fervent zeal for
Christ. Peter speaks of being, zealous of that which is
good (1 Peter 3:13). Paul states that we were
redeemed to be zealous of good works (Titus
2:14). Jesus exhorted the Laodicean church saying, as
many as I love, I reprove and chasten: be zealous therefore and
repent (Rev. 3:19). When zeal for the Lord, His church,
and His cause is lacking, youll begin to hear sputtering,
especially when you ask them about their slack attendance!
The necessary fuel for the Christian is the word of
God. Jesus said, man shall not live by bread alone, but
by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God
(Matt. 4:4). Paul exhorts to, Let the word of Christ
dwell in you richly in all wisdom (Col. 3:16). This is
in keeping with Jesus statement: the words that I
speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life (John
6:63). A failure to refuel or the taking in of contaminated fuel
will cause one to sputter lifelessly. This is in accordance with
the Lord saying we cant serve two masters (Matt. 6:24) and
friendship of the world is enmity with God (James 4:4). The
thorns of Luke 8 representing the cares and riches and pleasures
of this life (v.14) make it impossible for the seed [the word of
God] to survive.
Where there is a tendency in a Christian to gripe,
complain, miss services, assume everybody else out of step, and
find little right with the church, a good tune-up is
vital. Brethren can encourage it, but only Jesus can give it (2
Cor. 7:10). Someone has said that busy people will find very
little to complain about how true this is! When we tune our
heart to the Lord continuously, we are not likely to demise
spiritually and if we find ourselves failing spiritually, we can
resurrect ourselves by being spiritually re-vitalized and
refueled (Heb. 12:12-13).
A final observation might be to consider where the old
quitters end up. The junk yards and scrap yards are full of them.
However, a choice few are restored, prized, and on the road
again. What a beautiful sight they are and a joy to gaze upon.
Joe W. Nichols
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