WHY I AM NO LONGER A PENTECOSTAL #3
If divine healing is such a privilege and
readily available to Pentecostals, then why
isnt it happening among them? Why do
they run to the doctor at the first sign of a
sickness? Why are so many on prescription
drugs? Why do they have surgery and other
costly medical treatments just like everyone
PENTECOSTALISM TEACHES FALSE DOCTRINE CONCERNING
DIVINE, MIRACLE HEALING
They are confused over the purpose of miracles. The purpose of
miracles was not to make our lives better or free from care. In
this world, a Christian lives a normal life just like anyone else.
When people are taught they can have a miracle and it doesnt
happen, they often become angry and bitter against God. Flamboyant
preachers constantly promise the people health and wealth. Without
fail, all of these preachers become wealthy by the donations of
their followers and consequently receive quality medical care from
the best doctors! These teachers make outlandish claims and
promises which is neither backed by Scripture nor substantiated by
PENTECOSTALISM IS A CREATION OF MAN
In a foolish attempt to try to promote modern day miracles,
one famous individual wrote a book called, A Miracle a Day
Keeps the Devil Away. However, what many people call a
miracle is nothing more than something good happening or things
going their way. Its this kind of nonsense that causes an
unsaved world to mock the Bible and scoff at the existence of God.
The serious student of Scripture will find that miracles did
not happen all the time throughout the ages. They have always had
a limited operation. They were not being doled out like candy at a
childs birthday party every time someone had a cough or a
migraine. Jesus illustrates this fact in Luke 4:25-27 when He said,
But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in
the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six
months, when great famine was throughout all the land; But unto
none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon,
unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in
the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed,
saving Naaman the Syrian. Jim Sheerer states of these
passages; Jesus uses two stories to show that God has always
been selective with his miracles. The miracles were not to amuse
people, but were to confirm Gods prophets and further
Gods plan of salvation. (Sheerer Commentary on the New
A careful study of the Scriptures reveal that miraculous
gifts were given to serve the purpose of confirming Gods Word.
Even in the days of Moses, the miracles that were performed
confirmed what the prophet said as well as Gods purpose for
the Israelite nation. In the days of Christ, miracles confirmed His
ministry and Messiahship. Jesus challenged the unbelieving Jews to
examine His miracles when He said, But I have greater
witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath
given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me,
that the Father hath sent me (John 5:36). Jesus does not
beat around the bush. He draws their attention to the works He had
performed without hesitation. He clearly states their purpose by
saying the...works...bear witness of me.
In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the Jews that if they did
not believe his words that he was the Son of God, they should
believe in Him because of His miracles. If I do not the
works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe
not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the
Father is in me, and I in him (John 10:37-38). His
miracles were the evidence that He was speaking the truth.
Jesus pointed the disciples to His works as proof of His
divinity when He said, Believe me that I am in the Father,
and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works
sake (John 14:11). The works of Christ were the
confirmation that He was the Messiah (John 20:30-31).
Miracles also served the purpose of confirming the Gospel
after Christ ascended. The apostles were to continue in the
ministry of Christ for the purpose of establishing the church. As
Jesus said to them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that
believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater
works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father
(John 14:12). These works were for the purpose of confirming their
apostleship and that the words they spoke were from God. Notice
what the Scripture says: And they went forth, and preached
every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word
with signs following (Mark 16:20). How shall we
escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began
to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that
heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and
wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost,
according to his own will (Heb. 2:3-4)?
Paul makes reference to the apostles special ability in
miracles by saying, Truly the signs of an apostle were
wrought among you in all patience, in signs, and wonders, and
mighty deeds (2 Cor. 12:12).
Once the Scriptures were complete (i.e., there was no more
divine revelation to be given), miracles ceased (1 Cor. 13:8-10;
Jude 3). Pentecostals dont understand the purpose of miracles
and this lack of understanding leads to confusion and frustration.
But notice the official doctrinal statement of the Assemblies
of God: Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel.
Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is
the privilege of all believers.
According to the dictionary, the word integral means,
necessary: being an essential part of something or any of the parts
that make up a whole. Synonyms are: essential, vital, basic,
fundamental, central. (Encarta: World English Dictionary & (P)
1998-2004 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved)
According to their doctrinal statement, receiving divine
healing should be no harder than becoming a Christian. But, if
divine healing is such a privilege and readily available, then why
isnt it happening among their members? Why do Pentecostals run
to the doctor at the first sign of a sickness just like everyone
else? Why are so many Pentecostals on prescription drugs just like
everyone else? Why do Pentecostals have surgery and other costly
medical treatments just like everyone else, if divine, miracle
healing is their privilege like they teach?
Logic demands that if you teach divine healing is for today,
then it must of necessity take place. Notice what the Bible shows
when Peter and John stood before the council: If we this
day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what
means he is made whole; Be it known unto you all, and to all the
people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth,
whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth
this man stand here before you whole. ... And beholding the man
which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against
it (Acts 4:9-10,14). The Apostles had proof of the miracle
working power of God. They were not just claiming something that
never happened or could not be proven. The man was genuinely healed
and standing there for all to see. This was a fulfillment of Mark
Pentecostals teach that divine healing is just as much a
part of the atonement as forgiveness of sins. But none of it can be
backed up. No one anywhere sees it taking place. There are many
claims of miraculous, divine healing taking place, but they cannot
be either seen or substantiated. There are a lot of people who
claim to be healed of something internal, something unseen. Even
then, most of these (if not all of them) receive some type of
medical assistance or treatment.
At the churches where I have been, there were people who
went to doctors all the time, but when they got better, everyone
claimed divine healing. Thats not divine miracle healing.
Three surgeries and eight prescriptions later is not divine
healing! Thats nothing out of the ordinary. Friend, I spent
over 50 years in Pentecostalism and never saw one genuine miracle!
Just before I left the Pentecostal church I went to visit and pray
for an elderly woman who was in her 80s. She said to me, You
know Bro. Davis, after all these years Ive never seen a
miracle! She had probably been in Pentecostalism longer than
I had, but in a moment of honesty, as she struggled with her
physical weakness and sickness, she had to admit the absence of
miracle healings in the Pentecostal church.
Miraculous gifts have been done away because the
canon of Scripture has reached perfection completion
(1 Cor. 13:8-10). They are no longer needed.
Pentecostals themselves admit its beginnings were in America
around the turn of the 20th century. Oral Roberts
University makes this claim: The Pentecostal movement is by
far the largest and most important religious movement to originate
in the United States. Beginning in 1901 with only a handful of
students in a Bible School in Topeka, Kansas, the number of
Pentecostals increased steadily throughout the world during the
Twentieth Century until by 1993 they had become the largest family
of Protestants in the world.
The Assemblies of God official statement says that
the beginning of the modern Pentecostal revival is generally
traced to a prayer meeting at Bethel Bible College in Topeka,
Kansas, on January 1, 1901. http://www.cai.org/bible-
It is only fair to mention the fact that the Church of
God claims tongues speaking around 1896 even though the group
did not call themselves Church of God until 1907.
The point is this: these groups were clearly started by men
in America during the early part of the twentieth century. That
makes them nearly nineteen hundred years too late to be the
Lords church (Matt. 16:18). And, even though they may try to
claim relationship with the Christians in Acts chapter two, it
doesnt work. No Christian in the book of Acts or during the
first century ever called themselves Pentecostal(s). As a matter of
fact, no one throughout church history ever called themselves a
Pentecostal. The actual term Pentecostal is derived from Pentecost,
the Greek name for the Jewish Feast of Weeks. It commemorates the
anniversary of the day God gave the Torah to the entire nation of
Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. True Christians do not attempt to
identify with Jewish feast days, they identify with Christ. The
book of Acts tells us the disciples were called
Christians (Acts 11:26).
While I was still a Pentecostal I remember listening to a
preacher friend get all emotional about being a Pentecostal and how
we should act like Pentecostals. As I sat there, my mind began to
reflect on the book of Acts and how that no one in the early church
ever referred to themselves as a Pentecostal and how that no one
was ever called a Pentecostal. I thought, Why are we calling
ourselves by something different than the first century
Christians? And then I realized, if we are calling ourselves
by something different, it must be because we are something
different than what they were. My friends, I dont want to be
something different than what the early Christians were. I
dont want to be a part of some modern concoction of man. I
just want to be a Christian!
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We want to thank brother Bill Davis for taking the time to tell us
about his involvment in Pentecostalism. We appreciate his honest
heart in pursing the truth and his courage to stand in the old
paths in obeying Gods word. This three part series has been
put together in one document and can be printed and passed out
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SPEAKING IN TONGUES #1
Garland M. Robinson
A tongue is the language used by a particular people in
distinction from that of other nations (Thayers
Greek-English Lexicon). Speaking in tongues is
always used this way in the Bible.
The first instance of speaking in tongues was at
the tower of Babel in Genesis 11. And the Lord said, Behold,
the people is one, and they have all one language...Go to,
let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may
not understand one anothers speech. So the Lord scattered
them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they
left off to build the city (Gen. 11:6-8). Prior to the tower
of Babel, all men spoke the same language, for no other languages
existed! For God to confound their language was to simply
cause them to speak a language which they did not previously know
one they had never studied in order to learn.
Speaking in tongues was never heard again until the
beginning of the church of Christ on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2).
There was a purpose for God causing the people to speak in
different languages in Genesis 11 just as there was a purpose for
the same type languages spoken in the New Testament and recorded in
Acts 2:1-21 (the 12 apostles on Pentecost), Acts 10:11 (those at
the house of Cornelius), Acts 19:1-7 (12 men at Ephesus), and I
Corinthians chapters 12-14 (some in the church at Corinth). What
men may surmise to be the purpose of speaking in tongues
and what the Bible actually says was the purpose of speaking in
tongues, are entirely two different things. Since the Bible is the
book from which we will one day be judged (John 12:48), lets
let it tell us what we need to know concerning speaking in
THE MEANING AND USE OF TONGUES IN THE NEW TESTAMENT
The word tongue or tongues is found 60 times
in the English New Testament. Fifty of the sixty times the word
tongues appears, the Greek word translated is
glossa (which is the basis for this study). Glossa
simply means: tongue, the little member in the mouth (James 3:5).
With the exception of four verses (where it refers to the literal
tongue), it has reference in a figurative sense to a spoken
language. It is used in this sense over 90% of the time in the
New Testament. In each and every case, it refers to a spoken,
intelligible, human language and never anything else.
Twenty-five of the fifty times the word appears, it
describes the miraculous phenomenon of speaking in
tongues. Below, are the verses in which glossa appears
and how it is used:
- the literal tongue (Mark 7:33; Luke 16:24; Acts 2:3;
- a spoken language (Mark 7:35; Luke 1:64; Acts 2:11;
2:26; Rom. 3:13; 14:11; Phil. 2:11; James 1:26; 3:5,6,6,8;
1 Peter 3:10; 1 John 3:18; Rev. 5:9; 7:9; 10:11; 11:9; 13:7;
- speaking a language by miracle (Mark 16:17; Acts 2:4;
10:46; 19:6; 1 Cor. 12:10,10,28,30; 13:1,8; 14:2,4,5,5,6,
HOW SOME USE TONGUES TODAY
Many religious people today say it has reference in some cases
to an unknown tongue, or ecstatic
utterance, speech a language, they say, understood
and known only to God. Ecstatic means: Relating to,
or marked by ecstasy. Ecstasy means: a state of
being beyond reason and self-control. Therefore, we are told
that when they speak in unknown tongues they are not
speaking a language known to man, but that God understands. If this
be the case, we ought to be able to successfully use this
definition in every place the word glossa appears.
Notice the following comparison of several verses
transposing the word language with
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall
speak with new languages.
||Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they
cast out devils; they shall speak with new ecstatic speech.
|Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak
with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
||Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other ecstatic speech as the Spirit gave them utterance.
|Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with languages and magnify God.
||Acts 10:46 For they heard them speak with ecstatic speech and magnify God.
|Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came
on them; and they spake with languages and prophesied.
||Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on
them; and they spake with ecstatic speech and prophesied.
|I Cor. 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of languages; to another the interpretation of languages.
||I Cor. 12:10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another
discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of ecstatic speech; to another the interpretation of ecstatic speech.
|I Cor. 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of
||I Cor. 12:28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily
prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of ecstatic
|I Cor. 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with languages? do
||I Cor. 12:30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with ecstatic
speech? do all interpret?
|I Cor. 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies,
they shall fail; whether there be languages, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish
||I Cor. 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail;
whether there be ecstatic speeches, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
From the scriptures noted above, note the following
comparison between speaking in tongues in the Bible and
the so-called ecstatic utterances of today.
1. They were languages they had not studied.
1.Generally just a collection
of sounds called
|2. Contemporary languages that
||2. Sometimes bits of modern
languages or claims
3. Only one interpretation
4. Emphasis on public
||4. Present emphasis on private
5. Nothing to do with maturity
and spiritual growth.
||5. Stressed as a sign of growing
6. Did not prove that the
speaker was in
||6. Considered a proof of
7. Basically a sign to
||7. Considered basically a
sign to self.
8. Used to confirm the Word.
||8. Leads men to subjective
authority away from the
objective authority of the
9. A unique sign from God.
||9. Can be psychologically
10. Could not be duplicated by
utterances found in pagan
religions and in sects teaching
11. Never any emphasis on all
speaking in tongues.
||11. All are urged to seek this
12. Specific instructions given
for use in assembly: only with
an interpreter, only a few, they
must take turns, no women
speaking, orderly, etc.
||12. Often every New Testament
instruction is violated.
13. Given Temporarily for a
special purpose was to
||13. Considered a permanent part
of Gods arrangement for the
14. Not emphasized.
||14. Greatly emphasized.
Chart by David Roper, Tract #211, Speaking In
Star Bible Pub., Ft. Worth, TX, nd.
1 CORINTHIANS 14 AND ECSTATIC UTTERANCES
First Corinthians 14 is used by modern-day, self-proclaimed
tongue speakers as a proof text for their
claims of miraculous endowment. It is obvious their tongue
speaking is not an intelligent language, so in response they
say no one is supposed to understand because their
unintelligent sounds are speaking to God, not man, and
give verse two as proof of their practice: For he that
speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but
unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he
The whole context completely refutes their supposed
doctrine. The problem in Corinth was their abuse of spiritual
gifts, especially speaking in tongues. For some reason
they coveted this gift above all others and loved to exercise it in
the assembly. Pauls writing in chapters 12-14 was to correct
their misuse and explain the true purpose of such miraculous gifts.
When Paul said their tongue speaking was not unto men, but
unto God, he simply was indicating that it was not
understood by those present, not that it was not intended to be
understood. His point is clear that if any spoke in tongues, there
must also be one to interpret what was spoken (v.5), else, none
would be able to profit from it. He said such utterances were
useless. They were just spoken into the air (v.9).
Even the one speaking in the tongue (language) does not
benefit from it since no one interprets what he said (v.14). Tongue
speaking under such circumstances would be understood by no one but
God, so wherein is the benefit to men? It would defeat the whole
purpose of speaking in a foreign language since its goal was to
communicate the will of God for the purpose of producing faith in
Tongues were for a sign, not to them that
believed (Christians), but to them that did not believe (those not
Christians) (v.22). Speaking in gibberish and unintelligible sounds
would not be a sign to anyone, especially the unbeliever! Such
displays would cause the unbeliever to mock and laugh. No miracle
of God would ever cause any such thing! All spiritual gifts were
designed to build faith in God and his word, not make men ridicule.
For one to hear a man speak in his own language fluently as if it
were his native tongue when in fact it was not, would cause that
person to believe that, indeed, a notable miracle had been done.
This was the effect on Pentecost, ...the multitude came
together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them
speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and
marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these
which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own
tongue, wherein we were born? We do hear them speak in our tongues
the wonderful works of God (Acts 2:6-8,11).
Whenever speaking in tongues was exercised properly in the
New Testament, it always accomplished its desired effect
taught men the Word of God through communicable,
understandable speech (language). The result was, we do
hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
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THE SAD TRUTH
Monday, May 13th, 2013, Philadelphia late term
abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted of three counts of
first degree murder. He severed the spinal cords of new born babies
(infanticide) rather than help sustain their life. He will receive
his earthly reward of going to prison. If he doesnt repent, he
will receive his eternal reward (which is far worse) before God at
the judgment (2 Cor. 5:10). He no doubt is guilty of killing many
more innocent babies throughout the years.
Abortionists are considered the scum of the earth
in the medical field. They either were not able to make it as a
legitimate doctor who helps aid life or they simply sold out for
the money while taking the lives of the innocent (cf. 1 Tim. 6:10).
Major news networks chose not to report these events or give
as little information as possible in fear of letting the country
see just how cruel and inhumane abortion truly is. If the American
people had to take an honest look at what is really involved in
performing abortions (with babies butchered and thrown in the trash
like waste), the majority would stop supporting abortion and those
people who endorse it. Jesus said And ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). It
is past time that Americans in general, and Christians
specifically, see the sad truth of what our country is allowing to
go on every single day.
Mr. Gosnell actually could have been free of crime had he
simply murdered these babies while still in the womb, as
abortionists legally do every day. He is going to prison
for what so many are doing every day with the approval of the
public. The writer of Proverbs lists six things the Lord
doth hate: yea seven that are an abomination unto him: A proud
look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent
blood (Prov. 6:16-17).
The country is outraged that anyone could commit such a
horrific act (and they should be). But what so many do not realize
is that President Obama (while a state senator in Illinois) voted
three times (2001, 2002, 2003) against a bill that would require
life-saving measures be given to a baby that was born alive as a
result of a botched abortion. His explanation to not render
life-saving aid to these babies was that he thought the bill would
undermine Roe v Wade by defining any baby (fetus) as a human being
and therefore deserving of human rights, which would lead to
overturning the infamous supreme court abortion rights decision of
1973. Are not little babies human beings whether in the womb or out
of the womb? Would it not be the case that denying medical
treatment to a baby born alive, allowing the child to die, amount
to infanticide? Millions of people in this country and around the
world say let the babies die. How is President Barak
Hussein Obamas votes to let the babies die, any different than
Kermit Gosnell? Maybe Mr. Gosnell would not be going to prison if
he had simply run for President of the United States. In the words
of James: My brethren, these things ought not so to
be (James 3:10).
I have heard many weak excuses as to why one can support
abortion, or those who run for office that keep it legal, but none
of them justify what abortion truly is. It is legal
murder, and to all those who support it in any way (including and
especially unfaithful preachers that will not preach the truth on
the subject), Be sure your sin will find you out
(Num. 32:23). God will take care of it at the judgment.
It is past time we look at the sad truth!
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A NATIONAL TRAGEDY
A blatant disregard for Gods laws
pertaining to sexual conduct is one of the
major reasons why abortion is so rampant
within our country
A man walks into an elementary school and kills twenty children
between the ages of six and seven. This equals premeditated,
cold-blooded murder. That wicked act took place in Connecticut in
December, 2012. The tragedy has moved our nation to tears as we
ponder precious children being slaughtered in such an inhumane
Sympathizing hearts go out to those families affected by
this evil act. I do not intend to minimize this malicious deed in
any way whatsoever with what I say in this article. I simply want
to promote self-examination concerning our own actions on both an
individual and national level. Consider the following.
Those same innocent children could have been put to death
six or seven years earlier in compliance with American law. Their
deaths could have been paid for by tax revenue. Most Americans
would have never even noticed or cared. It certainly would not have
been anything which would have made the six oclock news.
Thats right. Those same children who met their fate
in Connecticut could have been murdered in cold blood prior to
their birth. This would have all been in harmony with our national
laws. Our tax money would even have paid for putting them to death
in a very excruciating manner. And, it would have never so much as
made the front page of most newspapers as a newsworthy event.
This evil act is called abortion. Within the USA
between one and two million unborn children are murdered annually.
Human lives are snuffed out at a daily rate and most Americans pay
no attention. This all happens legally, in accordance with human
laws that we as a nation have set in motion and uphold by our
As a nation, we have passed political legislation which
supports killing the fetus while it is still in the uterus. This
equals taking the life of a human being, an unborn child. It does
not seem to matter to us as a nation that we are committing
premeditated, cold-blooded murder. Have we not read where God says
he hates those hands that shed innocent blood
Is it not the height of hypocrisy for a nation to be
shocked over the deaths of twenty children and yet virtually show
no outrage on a national level over the fact that we are involved
in the systematic murder of innocent children on a daily basis?
Since 1973, when legislation made the horrendous crime of abortion
legal on a national level, the number murdered reaches into the
multiplied millions. We are angry over the deaths of twenty. Are we
angry over the deaths of more than 55 million since 1973?
The problem is compounded when local and national leaders
do not possess enough spiritual fortitude to live morally upright
lives themselves. And they shall never lift a finger to condemn the
rampant sexual immorality which exists within society, among the
young and old alike, when they are guilty of the same sins.
Way too often we seem content to allow Hollywood to
glamorize fornication and adultery and so influence our youth to
their own moral detriment. Same sex marriage remains the new rage
as Gods definition and design for marriage is nonchalantly
dismissed with a proverbial wave of the hand. Way too many
Americans today are immoral and the good guys become the bad guys
when they speak against such pathetic conduct.
Here is the point: a blatant disregard for Gods laws
pertaining to sexual conduct is one of the major reasons why
abortion is so rampant within our country. Abortion logically
follows sexual immorality when, among the godless, unloved and
unwanted children are conceived and brought into the world. Shall
we as a nation continue to turn a blind eye to the moral filth
which hastens the spiritual deterioration of our country resulting
in murder of the unborn?
Further, we have de-valued human life in our country to
such an extent that we have unwittingly created monsters who take
the lives of innocent children. These monsters appear both on the
individual and national level. We have accomplished this, in part,
by excluding Gods word from our schools, along with spiritual
influence of any magnitude, and rather promoted the godless
philosophy of evolution which maintains that human beings are
NOT created in the image of God.
Evolution says that human life in no more sacred than the
life of a cockroach. The only difference is that human beings are
further down the line in the evolutionary process. This equals a
de-valuing of human life to such an extent that we are now
witnessing both individuals and nations alike exhibit no moral
conscious when it comes to the murder of innocent children. In
light of these facts, whom does God consider to be committing
cold-blooded murder on a national level?
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Abortion kills. In the most grusome fashion, abortion puts to death
precious little girls and precious little boys. Everyone thinking
about abortion ought to be made to watch videos of how their child
will be put to death and thrown out in todays trash. Killing
ones own children has been around for thousands of years, but
todays moms cant wait till the child is born, they want
to rip the infant out of their womb so they dont have to see
what they have done. Editor
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JUST PREACH ABOUT LOVE
In response to hearing the Truth upheld and false doctrine
being refuted, some say, Why dont you just preach about
love? Some have the notion, and it is false, that you cannot
declare and defend the Truth and at the same time have
love. The thinking of some is that love will never
condemn sin and if one does so, he is unloving.
Some are confused about what Bible love really is
and how it is to be demonstrated. Preaching Bible love in
no way precludes declaring, demonstrating and defending Bible
Truth. If we are to preach love, and we must, what is
To preach love is to preach the LOVE OF
GOD. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only
begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life (John 3:16). But God
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8). In this was
manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his
only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through
him (1 John 4:9).
To preach love is to preach LOVE FOR GOD.
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus
said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,
and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and
great commandment (Matt. 22:36-38). We love him,
because he first loved us (1 John 4:19). It is not enough
just to declare with our lips our love for God. Our love must also
be demonstrated by and in our lives. Therefore, we will: 1) spend
time in prayer (Col. 4:2); 2) search and study His Word (John 5:39;
2 Tim. 2:15); 3) seek spiritual things first (Matt. 6:33); 4) serve
him in obeying His Word (John 14:15) and 5) state and show our love
for others (1 John 4:21).
To preach love is to preach LOVE FOR GODS
WORD. O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the
day (Psa. 119:97). If we have a love for Gods Word,
then that will be demonstrated in what we proclaim and practice. A
love for Gods Word means that we will preach the
word (2 Tim. 4:2), speak the truth in love (Eph.
4:15), not preach a perverted Gospel (Gal. 1:6-9), rightly
divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15), and not
wrest the Scriptures to our own destruction (2 Peter
To preach love is to preach LOVE FOR THOSE WHO
ARE GODLY AND THOSE WHO ARE GODLESS. We are to love all
mankind, including our enemies (Matt. 22:39; 5:43-44). 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 John 4:20-21).
We are to love one another with a pure heart
fervently (1 Peter 1:23). Love for others means that we
will do what we can to help physically and spiritually (Gal.
6:1-2,10; 1 John 3:17; James 5:19-20; Jude 23). Proclaiming the
Truth to others, praying for others, persuading people to give up
their sins and to promptly obey the Gospel is demonstrating the
proper kind of love for others.
We cannot say we are preaching love and that we
genuinely love others when we withhold the saving Gospel from them
and refuse to reprove, rebuke and exhort (2 Tim.
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STOP ...Margaret Mullins, Madill, OK. Thank you
very much for the Old Paths. I pray you never stop writing the
truth about the Gospel. I believe the Gospel and our Lords
church to be our only hope for heaven. So many of the Lords
church have gone the way of the world as well as our brothers and
sisters. Please keep the fine writing coming ...Brenda
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Lords will, I will try to send a contribution to help with the
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Please send me a copy of Seek The Old Paths from
several months ago where you had a story about waiting on the
Lords table. You said it represents the Lords death
only, not the burial and resurrection. Please
send me the story about that ...Everett Poteet, Imboden,
AR. [EDITORS NOTE: This was the Feb/12 issue. It is online
at: seektheoldpaths.com/stop212.htm#TLS. 1 Corinthians 11:26 says
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye
do shew the Lords death till he come. It does not say
we show the Lords death, burial and resurrection till he come.
It says we show the Lords death. As we eat the unleavened
bread we are mindful of the Lords body, his suffering and
death (v.24). As we drink the cup (fruit of the vine) we are
mindful of his blood shed in his death (v.25). These two elements
(bread and cup) memorialize (commemorate) specifically his death,
not his resurrection. What element(s) represent, memorialize, his
burial and resurrection? There are none in the Lords supper.
Obviously his burial and resurrection followed his death. Without
his resurrection there is no hope for mankind (1 Cor. 15:12-20).
But, there is no passage showing a specific link between the
Lords supper and his burial and resurrection. We certainly
cannot minimize his resurrection. To do so would be foolish indeed.
In baptism, we die to sin (Rom. 6) Jesus died on the cross.
In baptism we are buried in water Jesus was buried in a tomb.
In baptism we are raised up out of the water Jesus was raised
up from the dead. If anything, we memorialize his resurrection in
the fact of the church assembling on the first day of the week. The
first day of the week was when Jesus arose from the dead (Mark
16:9), the Holy Spirit came upon the apostles, the church began,
and the first Gospel sermon was preached (Acts 2). The first day of
the week is when the church assembled to eat the Lords supper
(Acts 20:7) and to lay by in store (1 Cor. 16:2). These
thoughts are presented for our further study. [...EDITOR,
gmr]. Mildred Stockton has passed away
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reading articles. I am so glad you are publishing the STOP. Thank
you so much for keeping the Faith ...Roland Ingram, Sweeny,
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spreading of the Gospel and the thousands of readers who appreciate
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