We, the citizens of the United States of
America, have done; or we are sitting quietly
while something far worse is being done, than
what that horrible religion did to the US on
I had wanted to write this and post it on September 11, 2014.
Out of respect for the families of those who died that day and out
of the sadness of remembering the horrors of the events of
September 11, 2001, I decided to wait a few days. That horrible
attack on our nation is simply brought to mind when someone says
9/11. The godless attacks of that day consisted of a series of four
terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda
against the United States. The attacks were designed to bring
devastation in New York City and Washington DC. September 11, 2001
will long be a day of infamy in the United States of America. On
that day at least 2,985 of our people died. We still grieve for the
families and friends of our fellow citizens who were murdered that
day. The attacks caused at least $10 billion in property and
The events of September 11, 2001, again prove that the
Islamic religion is a religion of violence. There are at least 109
verses in the Quran where Muslims are called upon to war with
nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. How could our President
or any US citizen believe that the Muslim religion is a good
religion? It is a religion of hatred, violence, plundering and
destruction. The Muslim religion has no respect for women, for
Christians or for Jews.
Here are a few of the many horrible things the Quran says:
Quran 3:19, The only true faith in Gods sight is Islam.
Quran 3:148, Lord...give us victory over the unbelievers.
Quran 8:12, I shall cast terror into the hearts of the
infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their
Quran 47:4, When you meet the unbelievers in the battlefield
strike off their heads and, when you have laid them low, bind your
Sadly, though, we the citizens of the United States of
America have done; or we are sitting quietly while something far
worse is being done, than what that horrible religion did to the US
on 9/11. It is estimated that there are about 3,562 abortions per
day performed in the United States. This is the low estimate. This
means that from September 11, 2001 until September 11, 2014 there
have been 16,901,690 abortions in the US. That is not a typo, the
number is correct; there have been 16.9 million abortions in those
thirteen years. Most estimates say that a more accurate estimate
would be 3,700 abortions daily. This would mean that there have
been 17,556,500 abortions in the US since 9/11. How horrible! To
put this sick circumstance into some kind of understandable
fashion, think about this; there are only nine cities in the United
States with a population of over 1 million. Only four US states
have a population greater than 16 million.
Abortion is a HORRIBLE THING. The Bible teaches that life
begins at conception. Science tells us that from the moment
fertilization takes place, the childs genetic makeup is
already complete. At conception, many things have already been
determined with the child such as hair color, eye color, skin color
and height. The only thing needed now is time for this human being
to become fully functioning and developed.
God revealed to us that He knew His prophet even before
conception (Jer. 1:5). David also wrote, For thou hast
possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mothers
womb (Psalm 139:13). David was David while he was in his
mothers womb. He said, Thine eyes did see my
substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were
written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was
none of them (Psalm 139:16). Again David said, God saw his
unformed body while in the womb.
Abortion is horribly evil it is wrong. Under the Old
Law of Moses, God commanded the penalty of death for someone who
committed murder. He commanded the same punishment for anyone who
would cause the death of a baby in his mothers womb.
If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her
fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be
surely punished, according as the womans husband will lay upon
him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief
follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for
tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for
wound, stripe for stripe (Exodus 21:22-25). Abortion is
not a matter of choice. It is the matter of the life or the death
of a human being that was made in Gods image (Gen. 1:26-27).
The Bible is clear in showing that what is in a pregnant
womans womb is a Baby. When both Mary and Elizabeth
were expecting BABIES, Mary visited Elizabeth. The Scripture says,
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was
filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice,
and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of
thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord
should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation
sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy
(Luke 1:41-44). The same word babe or baby that was used for the
child inside Elizabeths womb is the same word used for child
outside of the mothers womb. In fact, that same word was used
to refer to Jesus after He was born. And this shall be a
sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling
clothes, lying in a manger (Luke 2:12). John was called a
babe before his birth and Jesus was called a babe after His birth
For those who have had an abortion, remember that the sin of
abortion is no less forgivable than any other sin. Through faith in
Christ and obedience to his Gospel, all sins can be forgiven (Acts
2:36-38). We bear the responsibility to speak for those innocent,
unborn children who cannot speak for themselves. Open thy
mouth for the dumb in the cause of all such as are appointed to
destruction (Prov. 31:8).
Look at all the sad and horrible things happening in our
nation and to our nation. God may be sick of us! We may not even
have a right to pray this simple prayer because of our spiritual
condition right now as a nation, but I do pray, God Bless America.
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ERRORS BELIEVED CONCERNING
THE LORDS SUPPER
Garland M. Robinson
Some are telling us the Bible mandates no specific day of the
week as to WHEN the church is to assemble and observe the
Lords supper. As a result, we are told Christians can partake
of it any day of the week or every day of the week if they so
choose. We are also being told there is no EXAMPLE of the first
century disciples assembling to eat the Lords supper on a
specific day of the week. However, the New Testament reveals that
the first century church assembled on the first day of the week
(the Lords day) to eat the Lords supper (Acts 20:7) and
were also commanded to give of their means on that day (1
Cor. 16:1-2). Lets examine what the Bible says.
THE DAY WE CALL SUNDAY IS THE LORDS DAY
The phrase Lords day appears only one time in the
Bible. The apostle John said, I was in the Spirit on the
Lords day... (Rev. 1:10). On what day of the
week is the Lords day?
There are those who cling to the Law of Moses (the Old
Testament), saying we must worship God on the sabbath day
(Saturday, the 7th day of the week). Therefore, they consider
Saturday to be the Lords day. They refuse to acknowledge that
God changed the Law, including not only the acts of worship,
but the day of worship as well.
The Law of Moses was given by God to the children of Israel
at Mt. Sinai after they left bondage in Egypt. It was there that
sabbath keeping was made known to man for the first time.
Nehemiah 9:13-14 makes this clear. Deuteronomy 5:1-3 also makes
clear that the ten commandments were given to the Israelites and to
them alone. Neither their ancestors (fathers) nor any other people
in history received the ten commandments (which included the law of
The New Testament makes it clear that today, all humanity,
including the Jews, are not under any part of the Law of
Moses (the ten commandments). The Old Law (including the Sabbath)
was taken away when Jesus died on the cross (Heb. 9:15-17; 10:9;
Col. 2:14). Anyone today who seeks to be justified by the Old
Testament (the 10 commandments and/or sabbath keeping) have cut
themselves off from God (Gal. 5:1-4; 2:16; Rom. 3:20; Acts
13:38-39). To keep any part of the Old Testament law makes it
essential to keep it all (cf. Gal. 3:10-13; 5:1-4). We cant
pick and choose which part(s) we will observe and which part(s) we
Was there a specific day of the week that the church in the
first century was to assemble? To answer this question, answers the
question about which day of the week is the Lords
day. We learn by both command and example that
the first day of the week, the day we call Sunday,
was/is the day chosen by God for the church to assemble and
COMMAND. The church at Corinth was told, Now
concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given ORDER
to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of
the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath
prospered him... (1 Cor. 16:1-2). Notice that churches
everywhere were given the same command. First day of the week
worship is not optional! It is a divine command.
EXAMPLE. We learn from the common practice of the church in
the first century which day was recognized as the Lords Day.
Second Thessalonians 3:6 speaks of the tradition received
from the inspired apostles. Acts 16:4 shows there were divinely
inspired decrees for to keep. So, what was the common
practice of the church in the New Testament? What inspired
tradition did they follow? What inspired decrees did they keep?
Concerning the church at Troas we read, And
upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together
to break bread... (Acts 20:7). First day of the week
worship is not optional! It is a divine example.
Notice these important and essential facts concerning the
first day of the week:
Is it simply a coincidence that all these things occurred on
the first day of the week? Some would have us believe so.
- Jesus was raised from the dead (Mark 16:9),
- Jesus was declared to be the Son of God by the
resurrection from the dead (Rom. 1:4),
- Jesus met with his apostles the day of his resurrection
and the next Sunday as well (John 20:1,19,26),
- The Holy Spirit fell on the apostles (Acts 2:1-4),
- The church began on Pentecost which was always the first
day of the week (Acts 2:1-4,41,47; Lev. 23:15),
- The first Gospel sermon was preached (Acts
- The first converts (about 3,000 souls) obeyed the Gospel
- Church members were commanded to give of their means (1
- The church met to break bread observe the
Lords supper (Acts 20:7).
In the New Testament we learn of:
When John said he was in the spirit on the Lords day,
he was referring to the first day of the week. The first day
of the week is the day we call Sunday. Also, secular history
confirms that the church met on the first day of the week and has
done so since the church began in the first century.
- A new covenant (testament), made not with just
one nation, but with all humanity. It involved new
commandments (Heb. 8:6-13; 9:9-10; Matt. 28:18-20),
- A new institution the church, the body of
Christ, the called out of the world (Eph.
1:20-23; Col. 1:18),
- A new day of worship, the first day of the week
(Acts 20:7; 1 Cor. 16:2),
- A new term to express the new day, the Lords
day (Rev. 1:10).
WHEN TO EAT THE LORDS SUPPER
Jesus instituted the Lords supper as a memorial of His
suffering and death (Matt. 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:14-20;
1 Cor. 11:23-30). The bread is unleavened bread,
representing the Lords body. The cup is fruit of the
vine (grape juice), representing His blood. Jesus instituted the
supper with the apostles the night of his betrayal and
said he would not eat it again with them until they were in the
Fathers kingdom (the church).
THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD
The Lords supper has been observed on the first day of
the week since the beginning of the church in 33 A.D. This was the
precedent set by the apostles as they were guided into all truth
(cf. John 16:13; cf. 1 Peter 1:3). Even secular history (from
numerous sources) records that Christians met on the first day of
The church began on Pentecost after the Lords death
(Acts 2). The common practice of the church/kingdom in those early
days is summed up in Acts 2:42 where brethren ...continued
stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and
fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in
prayers. Notice these four items are spiritual in
nature. This is different from what we read in Acts 2:46 where
breaking bread from house to house is said to be eating
meat (food) that which is physical in nature.
While there is no direct command regarding when to
eat the Lords supper, there is a divine example of the church
observing it. While Paul hasted (speed, earnestly
desiring) on his way to Jerusalem hoping to get there by Pentecost
(Acts 20:16), he arrived in Troas and stayed there seven days (Acts
20:6). And upon the first [day] of the week, WHEN
the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached
unto them... (Acts 20:7).
Since he was in a hurry, why did he stay in Troas a full
week? It had to be because that was the day the church assembled to
eat the Lords supper and he wanted to be there. If the
communion can be observed any day of the week as some contend, then
wouldnt the presence of the apostle Paul authorize such an
occasion? He was in such a hurry that when he left Troas he
bypassed Ephesus, sending word to the elders of the church there to
meet him at Miletus (Acts 20:15-17). So, why wait in Troas for
seven days? Its because the first day of the week was the day
churches everywhere assembled to eat the Lords supper
(Acts 20:7). Where did they learn that except from holy men of
God preaching and writing as they were guided by the
inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; cf.
2 Thess. 3:6; Acts 16:4)? There was no possibility of moving the
observance of the Lords supper to another day of the week. It
had been set by heaven to be observed on the first day of the
week as this divine example proves.
Though brethren have the option to assemble and worship God
any day of the week as we do during Gospel meetings in singing,
praying, and preaching; Sunday worship, first day of the week
worship, is not an option. Its on this day that we eat the
Lords supper (Acts 20:7), give of our means (1
Cor. 16:1-2), sing (Col. 3:16), pray (Acts 12:5) and
preach (2 Tim. 4:2). The tradition of the apostles (cf. 2
Thess. 3:6; Acts 16:4) was/is divine tradition. Every church has
been given the same order/command regarding worship in both the
Lords supper and giving.
Heavens order concerning giving is authorized
by command in First Corinthians 16:1-2 upon
the first [day] of the week.
Heavens order concerning the Lords
supper is authorized by example in Acts 20:7
upon the first [day] of the week.
What God has joined together, let no man put asunder (cf.
It is being said that ALL references to breaking bread
in the New Testament mean nothing more than a common meal and never
refers to the Lords supper. As a result, it is denied that the
breaking of bread in Acts 2:42 and break bread
in Acts 20:7, refers to the Lords supper. It is said the
church at Troas simply came together to eat a common meal. What
does the Bible say?
In the New Testament, there are seven references that
mention breaking bread: Luke 24:35, Acts 2:42, Acts 2:46, Acts
20:7, Acts 20:11, 1 Cor. 10:16, 1 Cor. 11:23-30. Lets examine
In Luke 24:13-35 (on the day of His resurrection),
Jesus sat down to eat with some disciples at Emmaus where He took
bread and brake it (v.30). That same night these disciples went to
Jerusalem and told the apostles how that Jesus was made known unto
them in breaking of bread (v.35). This was obviously a
common meal. The kingdom/church had not yet been established (cf.
Matt. 26:29; Acts 2).
In Acts 2:42 we read, And they continued
stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowship, and in
breaking of bread, and in prayers. This verse sum-
marizes the practice of the brethren (days, months, years) after
the establishment of the church. Notice the spiritual nature of
every item: doctrine (1 Tim. 1:3), fellowship (1 John 1:3-7),
breaking bread (Acts 20:7), prayers (Acts 12:5). In the Greek, the
definite article the is used in verse 42, making the
phrase to read, the breaking of the bread.
It refers to not just any bread, but to a specific bread, a
definite bread, a special bread. The definite article is not used
when a common meal is under consideration. This verse is obviously
a reference to the Lords supper.
Acts 2:46 describes the conduct of Christians in
Jerusalem in the early days of the church. They continued
daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking
bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and
singleness of heart. Daily indicates the
frequency of their meeting together. Notice also there is nothing
in the phrase breaking bread from house to house that
indicates a church assembly, which is where the Lords supper
is to be observed (cf. 1 Cor. 11:20-30; Acts 20:7). Breaking bread
is explained in the text (v.46) as eating meat (food, nourishment).
It is translated food in Acts 24:17 and James 2:15. Acts
2:46 obviously refers to a common meal.
Acts 20:7 reads, And upon the first [day] of
the week, when the disciples came together to break
bread.... This verse also specifies a specific,
special bread with the word the attached to it in the
Greek text as in Acts 2:42. This was a church assembly on the first
day of the week when they came together to worship. Their purpose
was to break the bread, i.e., eat the Lords supper. Their
assembly was not just what they decided to do in their local
situation. They were following the decrees (Acts 16:4) and
tradition (2 Thess. 3:6) of the apostles. This is a divine
example regarding worship on the first day of the week in observing
the Lords supper.
Acts 20:11 reads, When he therefore was come
up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long
while, even till break of day, so he departed.
Broken bread is explained as food obviously
different than the breaking bread of verse 7.
First Corinthians 10:16 says, The cup of
blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of
Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of
the body of Christ? Notice how this verse connects the
communion, the breaking of bread and the Lords table (v.21)
together as one. What further proof do we need that the breaking of
bread is a common expression concerning the communion, the
1 Cor. 11:23-30. The whole point of this text is to
explain the Lords supper. It needs no further comment.
The very fact that Jesus took bread, broke it, and
instituted the Lords supper is a clear and undeniable fact
(Matt. 26:26; Mark 14:22; Luke 22:19; 1 Cor. 11:23-25). When
studying the seven references that speaks of breaking
bread, how could anyone deny that breaking bread is not only
used to refer to eating a common meal (Luke 24:35; Acts 2:46;
20:11) but also is used to refer to eating the Lords supper
(Acts 2:42; 20:7; 1 Cor. 10:16; 11:23-30)?
The phrase breaking bread is a figure of speech
called a synecdoche where a part stands for the
whole. That is, breaking bread includes both the unleavened
bread and fruit of the vine. It is simply a reference to the
Lords supper (1 Cor. 11:20), the Lords
table (1 Cor. 10:21), the communion (1 Cor. 10:16),
and break bread (Acts 20:7).
The Lord is with us every Sunday when we meet together to
break bread in His kingdom/church (cf. Matt. 26:29).
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WHY I LEFT THE MORMON CHURCH #11
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is driven
largely by a creed of thirteen Articles of Faith. To see
our ongoing examination of these Articles, go to
ZION ON THE AMERICAN CONTINENT?
This article will continue to address the tenth Mormon
Article of Faith which reads, We believe in the literal
gathering of Israel and in the restoration of the Ten Tribes; that
Zion (the New Jerusalem) will be built upon the American continent;
that Christ will reign personally upon the earth; and, that the
earth will be renewed and receive its paradisiacal glory.
The topics of premillennialism and
postmillennialism are not new to the religious world. A man
named Cerinthus in A.D. 100 was an early premillennialist who
taught that Christ would establish a kingdom on earth, centered
in Jerusalem, followed by the millennium to be spent in
wedding festivities. Since then, it has developed into the doctrine
that Christ will reign on earth at His second coming. This teaching
contradicts what the Bible teaches, but religions such as the
Mormon Church have, none the less, adopted it into their
The belief that Zion will be reestablished on American soil is
connected to the Mormon teaching that Christ literally walked on
the American continent during His earthly ministry. The Book of
Mormon states, And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth
year, the people were all converted unto the Lord, upon all the
face of the land, both Nephites and Lamanites, and there were no
contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal
justly one with another. (2 Nephi 4:2)
An article on the official LDS website declares,
A plaque located at Temple square in Salt Lake City, Utah
reads, During His ministry in the New World [America,
nef], Jesus Christ taught the people, Ye are they of whom
I said: Other sheep I have which are not of this fold
(3 Nephi 15:21).
The remarkable community of Zion described in 4 Nephi
was established on the American continent sometime
between the 34th and 36th years after the birth of
our Lord. Discipleship in Christ was the foundation
of that community. All social progress and goodness
centered in Jesus Christ, whose visitation to America
after His Resurrection established an age of
righteousness lasting about 165 years. Every
individual was wholly converted to the Savior to
His ideas and exemplary behavior... (Skinner).
This is a teaching incorrectly based on the words of Christ.
John writes, I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am
known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father:
and I lay down my life for the sheep. And other sheep [emph.
mine] I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must
bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one
fold, and one shepherd (John 10:14-16). Consider that
Jesus audience when He made this decree were Jews. In other
words, He had other sheep...not of this [Jewish, nef]
fold. The only other sheep at that point not of the Jewish
fold were Gentiles.
Christ came to set up a universal system for salvation and
His point was that both Jews and Gentiles would become
one under his system. Paul affirms this in his letter to
the Corinthians, For by one Spirit are we all baptized into
one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or
free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (1 Cor.
12:13). He further writes, There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female:
for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christs, then
are ye Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise
Micah prophesies, But in the last days it shall come to
pass, [that] the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be
established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted
above the hills; and people shall flow unto it. And many nations
shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the
LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of
his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth
of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem (Micah 4:1-2).
Jew and Gentile would become one flock, i.e. one church.
There is absolutely no evidence in the Bible or anywhere else that
supports the false claim that Christ set foot on the American
continent. In fact, the Mormon Church is the only religious
organization to make such a statement, and certainly to the degree
that it will even be restored as the New Jerusalem.
WILL CHRIST REIGN PERSONALLY UPON THE EARTH?
Neither the premillennial nor postmillennial teaching that
Christ will physically walk on the earth at His second coming can
be found in the Bible. Rather, the Bible reveals an opposing
WILL THE EARTH BE RENEWED?
Paul writes, But I would not have you to be ignorant,
brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not,
even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus
died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will
God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the
Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the
Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself
shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the
archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall
rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up
together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and
so shall we ever be with the Lord (1 Thess. 4:13-17).
Nowhere does it mention that Christ will set foot on earth.
What it says is that we will meet Him in the air. This
will happen in the twinkling of an eye (1 Cor. 15:52).
There is no reason for the Son of God to be on earth. His kingdom
was established once and for all (Acts 2), and is a kingdom that
will last forever (Dan. 2:44). It was/is a kingdom that fulfilled
prophecy and is now the hope of eternal glory. Jesus told Peter,
upon this rock I will build my church (kingdom, Matt.
16:18-19). Both John the Baptist and Jesus preached the
kingdom of heaven is at hand (meaning near, close, Matt. 3:2;
Some premillennialists claim that Jesus thought the
kingdom was at hand, but that He did not expect to be
rejected. Paul disagrees. He writes, Moreover, brethren, I
declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also
ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved,
if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have
believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which
I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to
the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again
the third day according to the scriptures (1 Cor. 15:1-
Mark writes, And he said unto them, Verily I say unto
you, That there be some of them that stand here, which shall not
taste of death, till they have seen the kingdom of God come with
power (Mark 9:1). If the kingdom has not already been
established, some to whom the Lord spoke are still alive today!
However, an examination of history verifies that those who heard
these words of the Lord, including all the apostles, are indeed
deceased. Paul states that when Christ comes, the kingdom will be
delivered up to the Father, not established on earth (1 Cor. 15:23-
Premillennialism and Postmillennialism implies certain
things about the Christ. First, it implies that He is not powerful
enough to do what He came to do, i.e. set up His kingdom. Second,
it implies that His omnipotence is called into question. Finally,
if He was unable to set up His kingdom the first time, what
assurance is there that He will not fail again? It further implies
that the church was an after-thought or a stop-gap measure rather
than a part of the eternal plan of God as Ephesians 3:8-11 says.
The thought that the Savior is limited like this is not only
ludicrous but also profane.
Numerous religious groups who believe there will be a new
earth have adopted this concept. However, the Bible once again
declares the truth on the subject.
Peter writes, Whereby the world that then was, being
overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth,
which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto
fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly
men (2 Peter 3:6-7). That judgment will come quickly and
Peter continues, But the day of the Lord will come as
a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away
with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned
up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of
God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and
the elements shall melt with fervent heat (2 Peter 3:10-
First, it is significant to notice that Peter never said
there would be a new refurbished earth for the Lord or anyone else
to inhabit. No Biblical writer attests to this because it is simply
not true. John writes, And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and
there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for
her husband (Rev. 21:1-2). Heaven and
earth refer to places of existence. John was describing
a realm for the saved. Again, there is absolutely no mention of a
physical earth. Jesus proclaimed, Lay not up for yourselves
treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where
thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves
treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and
where thieves do not break through nor steal (Matt. 6:19-20).
There is no room in His vivid description about a physical earthly
Mormonism falls short in capturing the glory of Heaven by, once
again, trying to substitute mans error for Bible truth.
Eternal glory awaits everyone who is faithful to the teaching of
Christ and who is added to the church that He very successfully and
carefully planned before the foundation of the world. As the hymn
indicates, How beautiful Heaven must be.
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IS THERE A PATTERN FOR
NEW TESTAMENT WORSHIP?
How about some common sense? How can the question asked in the
title be asked with any degree of seriousness? Many people would be
better off if they would think before they talk.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF WORSHIP
If there is such a thing as New Testament worship, then
there is a pattern for worship. If one claims there is no
pattern, he might as well just admit that New Testament worship
does not exist. Either worship is prescribed by the New Testament
or it is not. If it is prescribed, then it can be called New
Testament worship because it follows the prescription (pattern). If
the New Testament gives no such prescription, then no worship can
be called New Testament worship. There simply is no such thing.
So the real question is, does the New Testament prescribe,
describe, or set forth worship that is distinct under the New
There are four different kinds of worship described in the New
Testament. To consider them brings forth obvious answers to the
question of worship according to a pattern. The Bible describes:
THE OLD-TIME GOSPEL
1. Vain Worship (Matt. 15:9). Worship is made vain
(useless) by teaching the commandments of men. This obviously is
not acceptable to God.
2. Ignorant Worship (Acts 17:23). Paul speaks of the
unknown god whom the people of Athens ignorantly
worshipped. The NKJV says, the one whom you worship without
3. Will Worship (Col. 2:23). ...Signifies simply
a mode of worship which a man chooses for himself, independently of
the revelation which God has given (Adam Clarke).
4. True Worship (John 4:23-24). Jesus speaks of true
worshipers who worship according to truth, i.e., the Scriptures.
These concepts imply a multitude of things about worship.
Worship must be in accord with the commands of God, not men, or it
is vain (Matt. 15:9). Such constitutes will-worship (Col.
2:23). Worship that is ignorant of God or his commands can only be
done according to the commands of men, so it is vain. But, there is
a worship that is according to truth directed by God, revealed
in his word. Therefore, there is a pattern for worship. It
doesnt take a lot of common sense to see that if there is such
a thing as true worship, there has to be a pattern to engage in
Galatians 1:6-9, I marvel that ye are so soon removed
from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another
gospel: Which is not another; but 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. As we said before, so
say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than
that ye have received, let him be accursed.
A WARNING FROM HEBREWS
Jude 3, Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write
unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write
unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the
faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
Here also we need a little common sense. The Gospel is not
a changing thing. It is Gods power to save (Rom. 1:16), and it
cannot be changed (Rev. 22:18-19). Therefore, whatever the Gospel
teaches about worship is unchanging during the Christian age. It is
wrong to depart from it, pervert it, or teach anything new and
The faith was once and for all time delivered (Jude 3), and
from that point onward it needed to be defended (Phil. 1:7,17). It
needed loyal men who would contend for it. It was not supposed to
be a changing, culturally-based, evolving thing. It was delivered
once, and intended to be followed for all subsequent generations.
Sadly, some desire to abandon pattern theology.
Fortunately, this desire was anticipated by the Holy Spirit, and He
gave clear and dire warnings concerning it.
The writer of Hebrews deals with this matter very plainly.
He contrasts the old with the new. He shows we have a different and
better law-giver (Heb. 1:1-4; Phil. 2:9-11). We have a different
and better high priest (Heb. 2:17; 4:14-15; 7:26). We have a
different covenant (Heb. 8:6; 7:22), different sacrifices (Heb.
9:11-14, 23), and different promises (Heb. 8:6; 10:34). Hebrews
shows plainly that the New Covenant is not according to the
old covenant (Jer. 31:31-32; Heb. 8:6-13). It is different. It
But one area in which the New Testament is not different
from the Old is that God still expects us to follow the pattern he
The Hebrews writer reminds us of the Old Testament
obligation to follow the pattern. Hebrews 8:5, Who serve
unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was
admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for,
See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the
pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Does Hebrews tell us that ancient Israel had a pattern, but
we should not worry about such things? Does it declare that the new
covenant is better than the old because we no longer need be
concerned about a pattern for how things are to be done? The answer
is No. Hebrews warns us that obedience is even more essential for
us because of the greatness of the new covenant. See that
ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who
refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if
we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven (Heb.
God spoke to Israel from a physical mountain, and those who
defied him were destroyed. God speaks to us from heaven (in his
word). Can we escape if we defy the things he has laid down for us?
We are every bit as responsible to a pattern as they were in
the Old Testament. Obedience has not become optional. Punishment
for disobedience is in fact sorer (Heb. 10:29) for those
under the new covenant.
How about just a little common sense? Why would God care how
Cain and Abel worshiped (Gen. 4), destroy Nadab and Abihu for
offering unauthorized fire (Lev. 10:1-2), and then allow us to do
anything we please?
Tis true among theologians common sense is not common.
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