The Mold Of Doctrine
I get somewhat disgusted at the efforts utilized by
the liberals who compass land and sea in an effort to make
proselytes from among the various denominations. This is especially
true of the apostate preachers who cuddle up to the Digressive
Christian Church people. They use such expressions as,
Christians in other denominations, our erring
brethren, or those Christians outside our own little
I would encourage, beg, plead with and insist that
my faithful brethren please be very careful to observe that the men
who can be so glib about Christians in other churches,
offer not one shred of proof for their silly assertions. There
isnt anything as cheap as the chatter of a sectarian liberal.
They may think that they are so high and mighty as to see no need
of proving their baseless assertions. There are those who are so
gullible that they do not require any proof from the Bible.
It is as false as it can be that sectarian baptism
is acceptable to God. Sectarian baptism is not the one baptism
taught in the Bible. A person cannot be taught wrong and be
Please think with me as carefully, deeply and
honestly as you can while we consider the statement of the inspired
Paul speaking to the Romans. I am trying to say, Please do not let
prejudice, preconceived notions, family ties, popularity or
anything else blind our eyes from the truth. The apostle wrote,
But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but
ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was
delivered you (Rom. 6:17).
Alexander Campbell in The Living Oracles
rendered the verse, But thanks be to God, that although ye
were the slaves of sin, yet ye have obeyed from the heart the
mold of doctrine into which ye were delivered.
McKnight renders the text, By thus speaking,
I do not insinuate that ye have made yourselves slaves to sin; on
the contrary, I thank God that although formerly ye were the slaves
of sin, ye have willingly obeyed the mold of doctrine into
which ye were cast at your baptism. And that being set free from
the slavery of sin, by your faith, ye have voluntarily become the
slaves of righteousness, whom therefore ye ought to obey.
The word mold or form denotes
a shape or item into which melted metals are poured and such
becomes the exact shape or form of the mold. That mold of doctrine
which the Romans obeyed was the Gospel. They had obeyed the mold of
doctrine into which they were cast at their baptism. In this act
they were made free men free such as the
Romans would bestow upon a slave when he was given his freedom. The
Romans called this emancipation.
A few matters need to be considered relative to the
passages presented by the apostle. The Gospel had been preached to
the Romans. They had obeyed the Gospel. The apostle did not preach
a multiplicity of gospels. If you think so, present the proof.
Different preachments will result in different practices such
as the unholy state of affairs which is seen all around us.
Some brethren have very fertile imaginations that
need to be cast down by the truth (II Cor. 10:5). The people were
granted their freedom as slaves to sin after obedience and
not before. The obedience involved a submission to a form or mold
of doctrine. We are not so far-fetched as to say that there were
many or diverse molds into which they had been cast. Anyone who can
find the text under consideration surely has enough judgment to
understand what the Holy Spirit through Paul is teaching.
To refer again to the process of pouring molten
metal into a mold, the pieces of metal which are cast are all
alike. This is the truth which the apostle is teaching. Away with
the foolish notion which the liberals prattle that all the sects
are pleasing to God. I have not yet seen one shred of supposed
proof from those who palaver so much about the other Christian
fellowships. What in the name of sense would be offered as a
kind of proof if something were offered?
When I was a youngster, a very enjoyable game was
played which we called Pitching Dollars. For the dollars used, we
would cut a round hole in the hard dirt about the size of a silver
dollar. We would melt down some old fruit jar lids and pour the
molten lead into the round hole. All of the dollars we cast were of
the same size and design.
When sinners are cast into the form or mold of
doctrine, the mold is the same and the results are the same. The
pity is that proud, pompous and bigoted religious divines
presume to shape their own forms or molds. Consequently the devil
has more odd, curious and peculiar children than anyone can count.
I have a serious problem respecting any religious man who sets
aside the divine mandate to, Prove all things; hold fast that
which is good (I Thess. 5:21).
It is a fact which cannot be denied that the Bible
teaches most clearly that the people of God are to be united,
speak the same thing and be one. Who in his right
mind would pretend that the apostles all taught contradictory
doctrines? Suppose a clergyman preached on the first Sunday of the
month that immersion is the only form of baptism and on the second
Sunday he just as emphatically preached that sprinkling and pouring
is commanded in the Bible. On the third Sunday he preached the
doctrine of inherited total depravity, and on the fourth Sunday he
preached that little babies are born sinless and pure. On
succeeding Sundays of the entire year he contradicted himself over
and over without fail. Such a scenario is exactly what some of my
foolish brethren are trying to get us to accept as right and
When Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, he
informed the brethren that the same truth which he had presented to
the churches of Galatia, he taught the same to the church in
Corinth (I Cor. 16:1-2). Had Paul been like some of the liberals
among us, he would have presented all sorts of diverse doctrines to
those plural churches.
Paul spoke of the churches of Asia
(vs.16:19). The apostle declared, If any man love not the
Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha (I Cor.
16:22). If anything is clearly taught in the Bible, it is that if
one loves the Lord, one will obey the Lord.
If ye love me, keep my commandments (John 14:15).
Obedience is not a hodge-podge of feelings and doctrines of men.
It is interesting that Paul made three missionary
journeys and established churches by preaching the Gospel. Paul did
not establish different kinds of churches because he did not preach
When Paul made a later journey he ...went
over all the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening
all the disciples (Acts 18:23). When a man named Apollos
was discovered teaching error, Paul did not stretch the truth and
compromise like a liberal and say, Apollos, you are my
brother, and we accept you as you are, even though you know only
the baptism of John. The man was not given a false hope.
Aquila and Priscilla ...expounded unto him the way of God
more perfectly (Acts 18:26).
When Paul wrote his letter to the church at
Colossee, he said, And when this epistle is read among
you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans;
and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea
(Col. 4:16). Colossee did not have one creed and Laodicea a
completely different creed. Such would have been the case if the
churches were different sects such as that which is proliferated by
liberals who have so many brethren of different faiths.
Men such as Paul, Peter, John and Luke wrote more
than one New Testament letter. Did they write materials that were
blatantly diverse, contradictory and at odds one with the other?
In bitter sarcasm, Paul wrote, ...I have
espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste
virgin to Christ...For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus,
whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which
ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not
accepted, ye might well bear with him (II Cor. 11:2,4).
Did Paul condone the idea of a man being a husband to many wives?
Did he approve of preaching different ideas relative to Jesus? Did
he agree that the brethren should receive different spirits? Would
it be right to accept a preacher who presented another and
different gospel? Such is absurd! This moronic mentality is what we
get from the liberal element!
When the apostle Paul preached, there were those
who would pervert the Gospel of Christ and such perverters continue
to be a curse to the cause of Christ to this day. In no uncertain
terms, Paul warned, ...there be some that trouble you,
and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel
from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we
have preached unto you, let him be accursed (Gal.
1:7-8). To emphasize what he had just stated, Paul repeats the
warning in verse 9. If the Holy Spirit had repeated the passage a
thousand times, it matters not to self-willed men.
How many gospels are there? How many gospels did
Paul preach? All the churches of Asia were subservient to the one
Gospel (Gal. 1:2). Where does this place those liberals today to
talk about our brethren in other fellowships, or our
brethren who can say Jesus? A perverted Gospel
offers a false hope to people.
Paul explained that he ...now preacheth
the faith which once he destroyed (Gal. 1:23). Some of
the mamby-pamby, apostate, compromising, liberal preachers are now
destroying the faith they once preached. Please consider that Paul
preached THE faith. He did not waste his time nor jeopardize his
soul by trying to be a pleaser of men (v.10).
The great system of faith can be preached by any
honest, humble, God-fearing, sound and faithful Gospel preacher.
This kind of preacher is deeply concerned with contending
for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints
(Jude 3). For hundreds of years, silly men have taken the
liberty to change, pervert, twist and try to rewrite the system of
faith and have substituted every fool notion that can be concocted.
What did the Holy Spirit mean when He said,
There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in
one hope of your calling: One Lord, one faith, one baptism
(Eph. 4:4-5)? The modern clergy can wax eloquent in
proclaiming a multiplicity of faiths. The men who pose as scholars
can jump on the cultic cart and condone all kinds of diverse and
different faiths and ignorant church members will approve and
support such twaddle. Brethren think they have gotten so brilliant
that they can extrapolate ONE into HUNDREDS!
There is one faith just as there is
one baptism. I know how men have changed the one
baptism and have presented a few others. Every cult, sect and
denomination has its own peculiar and distinctive kind and purpose
of baptism. Am I the chief of sinners when I plead for the one
faith and the one baptism?
The Bible declares there is one Lord (Eph.
4:5). ...We know that an idol is nothing in the world,
and that there is none other God but one. For though there be that
are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods
many, and lords many,) But to us there is but one God...
(I Cor. 8:4-6).
Do you not get a feeling of sickening disgust when
a heretic preacher traipses over the country and debates a few
atheists who deny the existence of the one God, but the same fellow
will stand on the podium in Nashville, Tennessee, and approve of a
multiplicity of faiths and baptisms? Such is sick sick
I know the dodge of the compromising characters who
like to guess that we just cannot be expected to all agree
and see the Bible alike. What is the proof? A bare guess holds far
more importance to most people than the inspired Word of God.
When Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt there
were six hundred thousand men besides women and children. Every
single, solitary one of those ancient people were to be in
subjection to the law of God. How many people were blessed by
failing to keep the law? As I recall, ...every
transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of
reward (Heb. 2:2). I want to think that people who live
in the 21st century have as much sense as the ancient Hebrews, but
I may be mistaken.
When Jesus prayed for his disciples, he prayed that
they might be one and also that those who heard them might be one
(John 17:20). The oneness for which Jesus prayed was that which
characterized the Father and the Son (John 17:11, 21, 22 and 23).
A foolish, flimsy, broken crutch which is used by
the heretics is that we are to be one in believing the core
items of the Gospel. Jesus did not say one word about a core
gospel. The core gospel, the essentials, is but
another damnable doctrine which some false teacher has concocted.
I am not so stupid as to swallow such tripe. I at least try to
prove my points and the reader has the freedom to reject what I
write in toto.
There is perfect agreement between the Father and
the Son (I John 5:7). But we are told by the liberal element
(without any proof whatsoever) that the children of God can
disagree on all sorts of Bible truths, and such will please God.
Such babblers must be reading from the Cotton Patch Version!
Paul wrote a very plain and decisive statement to
the brethren in Ephesus. The apostle stated that Christ had broken
down the middle wall of partition between the Jew and Gentile,
Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of
commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of
twain one new man, so making peace (Eph. 2:15). There
were the twain (or two) but such were too many. God desired one, so
the twain ceased to exist in the mind of God.
What do we see today? There are hundreds
which make a mockery of the death of Christ. Yes, one can ridicule,
make fun of, deprecate and belittle the strife, discord and
division that exists in so many congregations. Such calumny does
not mean that the sectarian cultic division is scriptural and
right. In spite of all the clatter, it is still the truth that
There is one faith.
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Compromise With Error
Garland M. Robinson
Weve received a note from a good brother down in
Alabama telling us of an event that is sad indeed.
I just wanted to share a couple of disturbing
ads that were in the Times Daily Newspaper in Florence,
Alabama on Nov. 11th and 18th, 2006. How blatant and farther away
from the truth can you get? I know you and other good brethren have
tried hard to expose such error and will continue to do so.
Here is one of the ads to which this good brother
You are invited. Combined Worship Assembly. North
Wood United Methodist at Magnolia Church of Christ,
6:00pm Sunday, Nov. 19. Theres quite a story behind
the annual gathering of these two area churches. We
wont have room to tell it this week, but be looking
for it next week in an expanded ad. Suffice it to say,
God brought us together under some unusual circumstances
... and our respective fellowships have never been quite
the same. We look forward to our annual gatherings and
we want you to share in the joy of this years
event. It will be the Sunday night before Thanksgiving,
November 19. The location alternates from year to year
this year we are at Magnolia. Peter Hawker, North
Woods new pastor, will be preaching. Special
musical selections will be presented by groups from
North Wood and Magnolia. Beautiful congregational
singing will fill Magnolias worship center. Mark it
on your holiday calendar and plan to join us. Remember
- youre always welcome at Magnolia! Magnolia
Church of Christ, 2650 Vulcan Avenue, Florence AL. (256)
767-6776. (Times Daily, Florence, AL
The church at Magnolia has been involved in fellowship
meetings like this for many years, dating back to 1993. Since that
time, there have been more than 50 gatherings of this sort with
various religious groups and denominations in the area. This is the
15th combined meeting of the North Wood Methodist Church and the
Magnolia Church of Christ.
In a second ad they tell us that tears will
flow, laughter will roll, God will be glorified! Who knows what God
might have in store? (Times Daily, Florence, AL
I dont have to guess or imagine what God has
in store for those who abandon the right ways of the Lord. I can
read my Bible and learn that. And, the picture the Bible gives
concerning such compromise with error is not pleasant nor desired.
In Romans 16:17-18 we read, Now I beseech
you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences
contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For
they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own
belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of
the simple. This Scripture says to mark them,
not fellowship them. Denominationalism, which includes the
Methodist Church, is a major cause of division. Their teaching and
practice is contrary to the Lords doctrine. Heaven says to
avoid them because they serve not our Lord Jesus Christ. They serve
their own belly. They are deceivers whose good words and soothing
speeches mislead the hearts of the simple, the innocent, the
gullible. The preacher at Magnolia, Joe VanDyke, and the
members there, have bought into a man-made system that does not
honor the Lord and His Way. They think their way is right, but
Proverbs 14:12 says it is the way of death.
Second John 9-11 gives stern warning about
fellowship with those in error. Whosoever transgresseth,
and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that
abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the
Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine,
receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he
that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
The point of these verses is clear. Those who do not hold to
the sound doctrine of the Lord may think they have
fellowship with God, but the truth is, they do not have
fellowship with God. Anyone who does not hold to sound doctrine is
not to be received into fellowship. We are not to endorse them in
any way. We are not to assist them or wish them well. They are our
enemy because they are an enemy of the Lord. If we support them in
any way, we are counted as guilty as they are. We become a partaker
of their evil deeds. I know Im not the smartest person in the
world, but these verses are not hard to understand.
Ephesians 5:11 is a clear passage. And
have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but
rather reprove them. Is it not the case that any error,
that which is contrary to sound doctrine, is an evil work of
darkness? According to the Scriptures, there is only truth or
error, right or wrong, heaven or hell. Therefore, that which is not
the truth is error. It is described as an unfruitful or evil work
of darkness. The faithful of the Lord are not to fellowship works
of darkness. We are not to have joint participation and sharing
with error. The opposite is the truth. We are to reprove works of
darkness. That is, we are to expose error. We are to condemn error,
not fellowship error or encourage error.
First John 4:1 tells us to believe not
every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because
many false prophets are gone out into the world. We are
not to be so naive and trusting that we would believe just anyone
that comes along who claims to follow Jesus. We are to test, prove,
determine, quiz, investigate, discover, learn, examine, question.
This is done because we love the truth and the souls of men. This
is done because we desire to go to heaven and we want others to go
as well. This is done because the Lord commands us to do it. The
next question is, what are we to do with the information we learn
(discover) from trying the spirits (those who claim to be the
Lords servants)? If that information is contrary to the
revealed will of God, then we learn from the scriptures weve
examined above that we are to mark and avoid
them, have no fellowship with them, reprove
them, receive him not...neither bid him godspeed.
This is not hard to understand. It does not take
a rocket scientist to learn the will of the Lord. It takes an open
heart that loves the truth. It takes a heart that loves the Lord.
It takes a humble spirit that complies to a thus saith the
Lord. What kind of heart do you have?
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The New Testament And Masonry
Glendon W. Cantrell, Sr.
Brethren need to know and be aware that the Masonic
Lodge is more than just another civic club in our community.
Masonry is widely known for several good deeds in which they are
involved. The most noted one is the burn hospitals that provide
care for victims without charge. We should appreciate any and all
good that is done by everyone. However, we must recognize that just
because someone does good does not mean that he is accepted by God
(Matt. 7:21-23). Much good is done by those in the world and in the
denominational world as well. When it comes to the truth regarding
Masonry, we must not be beguiled into thinking them simply a social
club. Masonry is indeed a religion. As such, we must stand against
it as we should any denomination (Eph. 5:11; Rom. 16:17-18).
Funk and Wagnalls Standard Dictionary, Volume II,
p.1064 defines religion as: A belief binding the spiritual
nature to a supernatural being, as involving a feeling of
dependence and responsibility, together with the feelings and
practices which naturally flow from such a belief. It also
defines religion as any system of faith and worship.
Masonry is a false religion and in direct conflict
with New Testament worship and, thus it is also in opposition to
the Lords church which we read about in the New Testament.
Please consider the following quotations from their
own writer, Albert Pike, who served as Grand Commander from
1859-1891. His book was prepared for The supreme Council of the
THIRTY-THIRD DEGREE (Mother Council of the World) for the Southern
Jurisdiction of the United States and Published by its authority.
In this book, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted
Scottish Rite of Free Masonry, we read, Masonry is a
WORSHIP; but one in which all civilized men can unite ... it TRUSTS
in God, and HOPES; it BELIEVES, like a child, and is HUMBLE
(page 526). Masonry and Philosophy...have the same object, and
propose to themselves the same end, the worship of the Grand
Architect of the Universe (page 325). Masonry may
rightfully claim to be called a religious institution (page
618). Masonry, around whose altars the Christian, the Hebrew,
the Moslem, the Brahmin, the followers of Confucius and Zoroaster,
can assemble as brethren and unite in prayer to the one God who is
above all Baalim (page 226).
In the Encyclopedia of Freemasonry, on page 474 we
read, Freemasonry is a religious institution, and hence its
regulations inculcate the use of prayer (as a proper tribute of
These quotes from their own writers should suffice
to show beyond doubt that Freemasonry is a religious institution.
It is occultic, satanic and sensual in nature. It is an evil that
must be removed from the church. Instead, congregations allow
masons to lead in the services of the Lord. Masonry is incompatible
with being a faithful Christian (II Cor. 6:14:1). I have
friends who are members of the Masonic Lodge. Having spoken to them
on this matter, I pray they will come out of it before it is too
The question that must be asked is. Can a
faithful Christian be a member of the Masonic Order? Consider
1) Can one be a member of an organization that
offers hope to men of all religions of the world? If so, one can be
saved separate and apart from Christ. If this is true, and Masonry
adheres to such a doctrine, there was no need for Christ to leave
heaven, suffer and die the death He did. A faithful Christian
cannot be a Mason IF the Masonic Order is another religious
institution. God only authorized our Lord to build one religious
organization the church (Matt. 16:18; Eph. 4:4).
2) Can one be saved by being a good Mason only? If
a faithful Christian can be saved in such a fashion, he can be
saved without the blood of Christ. Not one drop of His blood was
shed for any institution other than His church (Acts 20:28).
Mans salvation is in the Lords church (Acts 2:47), thus
salvation is not in the Lodge or the Masonic Order. If so, the
church is unnecessary and wasnt worth the Lord shedding His
3) Can one be a Mason and faithful Christian at the
same time if a Mason has to call someone Worshipful
Master (Matt. 23:8-10)? Masonrys Lodges have a
4) Can one be a faithful Christian and recognize
some man other than our Lord as his Potentate? Christ is our only
Potentate (I Tim. 6:15).
5) Can one be a faithful Christian and a Mason if
he has to take meaningless oaths that go against Gods teaching
(Matt. 5:34-38)? Several oaths are involved in Masonry.
6) Can a faithful Christian go to heaven using
another standard other than the New Testament? The standard of
living for the Mason is his Blue Book, The Masonic Monitor and
Ceremonies. If being a faithful Mason to his book will get one
to heaven, then we do not need the New Testament (James 1:21).
A faithful Christian abides by all the doctrine of
Christ. No denomination or Lodge has the authority to change one
jot or tittle of Gods word (Gal. 1:6-9).
I am not debating the morality or good deeds of
Masons in this article. The subject is doctrine. The truth of the
matter is that Masonry and New Testament Christianity are not
compatible. The Masonic Lodge, its oaths, the rituals it
requires and its promises of heavenly reward are totally foreign to
the teachings of the New Testament. The only way to heaven is
through the blood of Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 22:16) and we
contact that blood by obedience to the Gospel (John 12:48; acts
2:38). There is no other organization or lodge in this world that
can save us!
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Speaking The Truth In Love Is Not Arrogant
By inspiration the Lords servant Paul wrote,
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and
carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men,
and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But
speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,
which is the head, even Christ: (Eph. 4:14-15). It is
always important to teach the Gospel in a loving way since precious
souls are at stake. The apostle also taught that ...the
servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men,
apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose
themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the
acknowledging of the truth (II Tim. 2:24,25). Christians
should always strive to present the Gospel in a way that avoids
unnecessary upset or controversy. The truth is divisive enough
without adding a bad attitude on the part of Christs follower
(Luke 12:51-53; John 10:19). Regrettably, some first century
disciples preached Christ from envy and strife while others did so
out of love (Phil. 1:15-17).
There are some who claim members of the Lords
church are arrogant when they present the message of salvation. Is
it possible for a Christian to state the truth of the Gospel in a
haughty manner? Yes. However, declaring there is only one true
church Jesus will save is not a mark of arrogance. It is stating
the truth that will save souls (Eph. 1:22,23; 5:23). When people
believe one church is as good as another, there is no incentive to
seek the true church. Is it arrogant to say a person must be a
faithful member of the church of Christ to be saved? No, that is
the Gospel of Jesus Christ (II Thess. 1:8). There are many in
denominational circles who affirm such a statement is the height of
arrogance. What is exceedingly strange is that some who hold this
view are members of the Lords church. The very people who
ought to know the truth act as if they do not understand it. Maybe
they have been deceived into mouthing this popular, though
fallacious opinion. Perhaps an appeal to reason can rectify the
situation (Isa. 1:18).
Defining terms can help resolve misunderstandings
for those who are willing to investigate (Acts 17:11-13). The word
arrogant means making claims or pretensions to superior
importance or rights.... Some synonyms for arrogant are
presumptuous, haughty and proud. Antonyms of this word include
meek, modest and humble. Arrogance is defined as offensive
display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride.
Since proud is listed as a synonym for arrogant,
let us consider its definition and then also see the shades of
meaning among related terms. The word proud has two distinctly
different connotations. One is a positive trait and means
feeling pleasure or satisfaction over something regarded as
highly honorable or creditable to oneself. For example, a
father can be proud of his sons achievements. The other
connotation of proud is the negative sense which is condemned in
the Bible as sinful. This definition means having, proceeding
from, or showing a high opinion of ones own dignity,
importance, or superiority. The related words proud, arrogant
and haughty reveal a belief in ones superiority.
These three words are distinguished from each other
as follows. Proud implies lofty self-respect. Arrogant applies to
overbearing behavior which arises from an exaggerated belief in
ones importance. Haughty implies an often disdainful
assumption of superiority over others.
Gods word condemns the negative sense of pride
as well as arrogance and haughtiness. Consider a few verses from
the Bible on this subject. Pride goeth before
destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall (Prov.
16:18). Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he
fall into the condemnation of the devil (I Tim 3:6).
Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth
grace unto the humble (James 4:6). But now ye
rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil
The Bible plainly teaches Jesus never sinned (Heb.
4:15; I Peter 2:21,22; I John 3:5). Thus, he was never guilty of
the sin of pride or arrogant boasting. Prophecy revealed the humble
character of our king, Tell ye the daughter of Sion,
Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass,
and a colt the foal of an ass (Matt. 21:5). Our Lord
said of himself, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;
for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your
souls (Matt. 11:29).
Since arrogance implies one is making claims
of superior importance, was Jesus arrogant when he said,
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me (John 14:6)? No. He was simply stating
the exclusive truth, even though it offends many. As a spokesman
for the Lord was Peter arrogant when he said, Neither is
there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under
heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts
4:12)? No, though there are many who would accuse the apostle of
being too narrow minded. Still, the Bible shows there is only one
way to be saved and that is through Jesus Christ. Any other way is
the way of eternal loss. This is not an arrogant claim of superior
importance, it is Gods revealed truth.
Was Paul arrogant when he said, There is
one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your
calling; One Lord, one faith, one baptism (Eph. 4:4,5)?
Certainly not since it was the same writer who just ten verses
later instructed Christians to speak the truth in love. Paul was
not guilty of insolence when he pointed out the Gentiles were
alienated from the life of God (Eph. 4:18).
Instead, Paul was motivated by love for lost souls. He wanted the
Gentiles to hear the Gospel that could save them (Rom. 11:13; I
Tim. 2:7). Was Paul being arrogant saying Christians have salvation
while the unconverted Gentiles did not? No. Read his words in
Galatians 6:14,15 But God forbid that I should glory,
save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is
crucified unto me, and I unto the world. For in Christ Jesus
neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a
new creature. Paul pointed out the Jew was no better
than the Greek since all have sinned (Rom. 3:9,23).
What does it mean to speak the truth in love?
Apparently, some have concluded it means never upsetting anyone.
However, this is not in harmony with Gods word. Jesus said
things that offended some who heard him. A good example of this are
the hard words Jesus spoke to the Pharisees (Matt. 15:1-11).
Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that
the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying
(Matt. 15:12)? Even some of Christs disciples got upset
and no longer walked with Him because of His teaching (John
Speaking the truth in love means following
Jesus example. For this is the love of God, that we
keep his commandments (I John 5:3). We must love lost
souls enough to confront them with their sin and doctrinal error
just as our Lord did. The apostles had plenty of opposition from
unbelieving Jews but Paul said, I kept back nothing that
was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you
publickly, and from house to house, For I have not shunned to
declare unto you all the counsel of God (Acts 20:20,27).
Failing to declare all of Gods word to avoid controversy is
not truly loving. It is cowardly.
Why might some contend it is arrogant to say there
is only one true church? It is a common trait of the wicked to
accuse the righteous. Ahab called Elijah the troubler of Israel
when in fact it was the other way around (I Kings 18:17,18). One
lost in sin usually does not want the light of truth exposing his
dark deeds (John 3:19,20). Why did Cain murder Abel?
Because his works were evil and his brothers
righteous (I John 3:12). Only those who love the truth
will appreciate the courage and wisdom of another who will point
out his sin (John 3:21; Prov. 9:8,9).
Accusing a person of being arrogant when he stands
for the unique identity of the Lords church makes one a judge
of the heart. Who alone can fairly and accurately judge a
persons heart? God can! Therefore judge nothing
before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light
the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels
of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God
(I Cor. 4:5). See also Jeremiah 11:20; Acts 17:31 and II
Timothy 4:8. Sadly, emotions and friendships rather than Gods
word dictate some peoples actions (Matt. 10:37,38). We must
not be silenced by those who insist it is arrogant to say there is
only one true church and that one must be a faithful member of it
to be saved.
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The Best And The Worst Comes Out
We have witnessed it during sporting events. The pressure
mounts. All have the capacity to respond in a reasonable and humane
manner to the reality that half of the players on the field and
fans in the stands will be disappointed with the outcome. The
character concealed beneath the helmet, shoulder pads, and pompom
bursts forth for all to see, whether it be that deserving of
applause or that which disgraces. The best and worst within man
comes out. Certainly there are more serious areas in which we see
these same principles played out on a regular basis.
A family is beset with crisis. How will family
members respond? How one handles the less than enjoyable and
assorted situations he/she finds herself/himself in can vary from
heroic to criminal; from sacrificial to indulgent; from medal
deserving to firing squad warranting.
We have seen it when a congregation of Gods
people faced turmoil. Selfishness will seek to take advantage of
the situation for less than honorable benefit, while others will go
the second mile to avoid hindering the cause of Christ. Character
comes out in times like these for all to see, both the best and the
worst. Sadly it sometimes takes difficult times to manifest the
true colors that if known sooner could have avoided much of the
In the midst of the devastation and anguish, the
loss of possessions and life in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,
we have witnessed these same qualities that separate the good from
the bad those who are a blessing to humanity and those who
are a curse. On the one hand we see those who put their lives on
the line to save someone they do not even know, to the other
extreme of vandalism, rape, and wholesale mayhem. It is sad and
sickening indeed, but typical when choices are there for the
making. The very best and the very worst all arise out of the same
difficult and demanding circumstances.
Hopefully, we will never have to deal with what the
Gulf Coast has faced and continues to face. What would you do if
faced with such devastation, loss, hunger, thirst, and plain old
frustration? Could we make a fairly accurate guess about that? If
we lose our composure when it is raining at our tee time, would
that not hint at a failure to hold up well if something really bad
occurred? Jeremiah 12:5 asks the sobering questions, If
thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then
how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace,
wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in
the swelling of Jordan?
Let us live each day doing our very best, living
the very best, with conviction and character, then when things get
rough we will just keep on the pace weve traveled all along.
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seems to be struggling with humming and using the voice to sound
like mechanical instruments in supporting the songs. I have
communicated to him the scriptures state we are teaching one
another in songs and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making
melody in our hearts unto the Lord. I have conveyed to him that
theres really no teaching in humming and using the voice as
mechanical instrument in support of the song ...Andre
Washington, TX. [NOTE: Youve pretty much described the
situation to this young brother already. I certainly agree with
what you have said. The Bible says SING. Humming is not
singing. Making sounds with the mouth is not singing. Clapping,
foot stomping, swaying, is not singing. Remind him that the burden
of Scriptural proof is upon him since he is the one contending for
humming and making sounds. If such is authorized, then he must be
able to point to the passage(s) that authorizes it (while rightly
dividing the word). Singing involves WORDS words which can be
understood. Words communicate thoughts. Humming does not
communicate. Vocal sounds do not communicate. Singing DOES
communicate. The Scriptures tell us to TEACH and ADMONISH with
psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. This can only be done through
WORDS. Humming does not involve words. Making sounds does not
involve words. Did God tell Cornelius that Peter would come and hum
or make vocal sounds to him so that he would know what the will of
the Lord was? Certainly not! He told him Peter would come and tell
him WORDS so he could be saved (Acts 11:14). Men may think humming
and making noises sounds good. And, they may think it draws them
closer to God, but it doesnt matter what man thinks or likes.
Its what God likes that counts. What did God tell us to do?
Sing, hum or make noises? The Bible answer is SING, ...editor,
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