In This Issue...
BIBLE DOCTRINE AND DENOMINATIONAL DOCTRINE CONTRASTED
Division is a terrible thing.
Denominationalism, with all its conflicting doctrines, causes
heartaches, sorrows, and even religious hatred. Denominationalism
is one of the tools Satan is using to increase Hell's population.
Denominations are sinful because the Lord hates division.
Near His death on the cross Jesus prayed for
unity. Hear the words of John 17:20-21, Neither pray I
for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me
through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art
in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the
world may believe that thou hast sent me. Christ is not
divided and He does not want His work divided. He sets forth a plan
for religious unity by naming seven ones which should
exist in the religious world. These are: one body (church), one
Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God
To uphold denominationalism is to uphold the
work of the Devil. It is for this reason that churches of Christ
plead for a return to the Bible and a thus saith the Lord
in all religious matters. Observe a few contrasts between Bible
doctrine and Denominational doctrine:
A contrast in teaching about baptism.
Bible Doctrine says, He that believeth and is
baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be
damned (Mark 16:16). The Bible also says, For
as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on
Christ (Gal. 3:27). Denominational Doctrine says,
baptism does not help a person to be saved or to become a
Christian (from a tract When you join the
church printed by the Sunday School Board of the
Southern Baptist Church). Denominational preachers even call Gospel
preachers water dogs. Why? They use such derogatory names
because they have no faith in Bible teaching! Which will you accept
Bible, Doctrine or Denominational Doctrine? You cannot believe
A contrast in teaching concerning
eternal security. The Baptist church says, We believe
when sinners convicted by the Holy Spirit repent and believe in
Jesus Christ for salvation, they are regenerated by the Spirit of
God...and that they are kept by the power of God through faith unto
eternal salvation, so that they can neither totally nor finally
fall away and be lost. The Bible teaches that it is possible
to hear the word, receive it with joy, believe for a while and then
fall away (Luke 8:13). To be saved eternally we must hear the word
of God and keep it (Luke 8:15). John wrote, Verily,
verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see
death (John 8:51). Will you accept Bible doctrine or
A contrast in teaching about the
resurrection. The Bible teaches Jesus' body was resurrected
from the grave. Luke 24:6-7 says, He is not here, but is
risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful
men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.
Jehovah's Witnesses, in their book Studies in the
Scriptures II, p.129 say, Christ's body was not
raised. Witnesses also say Jesus was never equal with God but
was a created being (Let God be true p.87).
Jehovah's Witnesses are false witnesses because they teach
many things contrary to the Bible.
A contrast in teachings about religious
titles. Catholics say their priest is to be called
Father. The Bible says, And call no man your
father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in
heaven (Matt. 23:9). Other denominations call their
preachers Reverend. Hear the word's of the Bible as it
speaks about religious titles, And love the uppermost
rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And
greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ;
and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the
earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye
called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is
greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt
himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be
exalted (Matt. 23:6-12). The term Reverend
refers to the name of God because He has sent redemption to His
people. He sent redemption unto his people: he hath
commanded his covenant for ever: holy and reverend is his name
(Psalm 111:9). Neither Catholics nor anyone else have the
right to exalt men with religious titles.
A contrast in teachings about the day
of worship. Sabbatarians say that the Sabbath is perpetual for
everyone forever, not just perpetual for the children of Israel
throughout their generations. The Bible says, Wherefore
the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the
sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant
(Exodus 31:16). Christians are to worship on the first day of
the week because: 1) That was the day Jesus was raised (Mark 16:9),
2) The church was established on that day (Acts 2), 3) The early
church ate the communion on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7),
and 4) Weekly collections were commanded on the first day of the
week (1 Cor. 16:1-2).
A contrast in teaching about God.
There are many strange Mormon doctrines. One of them is their
concept of God. Joseph Smith said, God Himself was once as we
are now, and is an exalted man and sits enthroned in yonder
heavens! (Discourses of Joseph Smith, p.263).
Brigham Young said of God, He was once a man in mortal flesh
as we are (Journal of Discourses. volume 7, p.333).
The Bible says God is eternal. Now unto the King eternal,
immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for
ever and ever. Amen (1 Tim. 1:17). Again we read,
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a
living soul (Gen. 2:7). Another strange Mormon doctrine
says Jesus was born in Jerusalem (Alma 7:10). The Bible says he was
born in Bethlehem (Matt. 2:1). Will you accept Mormon's lies or
You cannot be a denominational Christian.
There is no such thing! From its beginning, denominationalism was
the work of Satan. Religious division is a sin. Search your Bible
and learn whether: 1) Faith only is a wholesome doctrine
(James 2:24), 2) Babies should be baptized (Mark 16:16), 3)
Sprinkling is baptism (Rom. 6:4), 4) We can or cannot fall from
grace (1 Cor. 10:12), and 5) Women can be elders (1 Tim. 3:2).
You can be an undenominational Christian.
To become a Christian hear God's word (John 6:44-45), believe (Mark
16:16), repent (Luke 13:5), confess (Acts 8:37), and be baptized (1
Peter 3:21). After baptism, live your life in obedience to the
Bible, recognizing that religious division is sinful.
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GOSPEL OR GIMMICKS
One does not have to be a prophet of gloom and
doom to recognize some ominous rumblings on the modern
ecclesiastical scene. Pragmatic philosophy of existentialism is
already making inroads on the Lord's church. A watered down version
of love has begun to replace New Testament agape.
Such current philosophies are calculated to
elevate the individual over everything and everyone else. Most
charismatic ideas ignore the Gospel and make cheap grace the
prevailing standard. A kind of playboy philosophy is emerging among
some of the brethren. The idea is to do your own thing in
the worship and the work of the church as long as it feels good and
makes one happy.
Nicholas Von Hoffman hit the nail on the
head when he wrote about the Mush God who caters to all
tastes. This Mush God has no distinctive theology, being
a kind of Cream of Wheat divinity. He has no particular
creed, no articles of faith, and nothing that would make it
difficult for believers and non-believers alike to bow their knees
together in pious genuflections. As N. Von Hoffman pointed out, he
is a vapid deity who makes everything kosher. This is the type of
divinity that caused the President of the United States to expect
peace in the Middle East because the President of Egypt and the
Prime Minister of Israel both worship the Great Mushy
This type of poppycock and gimmickry is bad
enough among people of the world, but when it rears its head in the
church, definite action needs to be taken. A mushy god
allows every person to do what is right in his own eyes. But such
has no sanction in the inspired Scriptures. Do whatever it takes to
get the people to the church building is the rule of some today --
even if it means to cheapen the church and the Gospel of Jesus
Christ by the use of such methods. Promise them their pie and ice
cream but use every gimmick to get them into the building. God has
spoken (Heb. 11:1) and we ought to learn to keep silence
before him (Hab. 2:20). His word is powerful to save (Rom.
1:16-17) and it will furnish the man of God completely unto
every good work (2 Tim. 3:17).
Leadership apathy (some leaders would not
recognize the Gospel if they fell over it), pulpit neutrality
(spineless preachers) and Mickey Mouse literature
(containing no more truth than the rag-tag newspapers) should have
no place in the Lord's church. We need competent preachers and
teachers who are dedicated to the promotion of healthy spiritual
maturity. This will never be achieved if leaders spend their time
on noise, numbers and nickels.
Although there is a place for social
fellowship among the people of God, the church cannot compete with
Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Miami Beach. Trying to imitate Billy
Graham, Oral Roberts and Robert Schuler is also a waste of time.
There is no way their theology and techniques will fit the Gospel
format. Compulsive drives that feature coffee and confetti will
only multiply neurotics in the church and create further confusion.
There is no substitute for the Gospel of
Christ -- the power of God unto salvation to everyone
that believeth (Rom. 1:16). We have a grand story to
tell, the likes of which most people in the modern world have never
heard. Since it contains all things that pertain unto life and
godliness (2 Peter 1:3), the message is vibrant and viable. Only
when we get in its way by our blunders and ignorance does it fail
to appeal and accomplish its purpose.
We sometimes wonder how Paul and his
fellow-workers turned the world upside down without the benefit of
modern cliches, gimmicks and crusades. It must have been difficult
for them to make a go of it in the absence of contemporary
semantics, seminars, specialists and tomfoolery. How was Paul able
to preach the Gospel to the masses without first giving out free
passes to the Circus at Rome to all who would attend his preaching?
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The Work Of The Church #4
Roger D. Campbell
In addition to its work of benevolence and
edification, the church is also to be involved in spreading the
glorious Gospel. Have we left this topic until last because it is
not as significant as other matters? Not at all! What could be more
important than preaching the Gospel to a lost and dying world?
Jesus Christ came to this world to be the Savior of the world (1
John 4:14). But before He ever got to the cross of Golgotha He was
preaching a message of salvation.
Every nation in the world faces its own
unique problems. However, contrary to what some might suggest, the
number one problem in this nation, and the number one problem in
every other nation on the planet, is not one of economy, ecology,
or education. The world's number one problem is sin! God knew that
such would be the case. From eternity He had a plan that could
serve as a remedy for man's sin. By His grace He revealed that plan
(Titus 2:11). His plan of grace and love, by which He sent His Son
to die for our sins (John 3:16), is revealed in the Gospel of grace
(Acts 20:24). The Gospel of Christ is God's power unto salvation
(Rom. 1:16). Like Paul, we dare not be ashamed of it.
So, God has a plan for the
salvation of the lost, God has a Savior for the lost,
and He has a message for saving them. Notice that God
also has a chosen people to preach that saving message.
That is you and me, the church. The Lord's church has the special
obligation to preach the Gospel to those who are lost. We need to
be about this business of our Father! Civil government has its
place, but it is not the role of the civil government to preach the
Gospel. Public and private schools have their place, but again, it
is not their assignment to preach the Gospel. Brethren, it is
the work of the church of Christ to preach the Gospel to every
person in the world! It does not matter what their skin color
is. It does not matter what their sinful background might be. Every
person that is outside of Christ is lost without God, without
Christ, and they stand without hope (Eph. 2:12). Each one of them
needs the Gospel!
This task of preaching the Gospel to every
person deserves our greatest preparation, time, prayers, and
effort. If we are giving anything less than our best in getting the
Gospel to the lost, then we simply are not giving enough! There are
now over six billion people living on the earth. When the masses of
the world stand lost outside of Christ, when the people in our
area, whether it be in the county, in the city, across the tracks,
or living next door to us, are lost in sin, just what should be the
major focus of a local church? How could it be anything other than
preaching the Gospel to those who are lost?! Yet, brothers, how
often is the major focus of attention in men's business meetings or
bishops' meetings on how we can preach the Gospel to those of our
community and elsewhere in a more effective way? My answer is,
Not often enough. A lot of time is spent in those
meetings discussing the color of paint to be used on the walls of
the church building, the type of carpet that will go in the
classrooms, who is going to go buy office supplies, who is going to
clean up the parking lot, or other such matters that pertain to the
physical structure where we assemble. However, not nearly
enough time is spent talking about how we are going to get the
Gospel out to the people in our area so they don't die and go to
Look at the diligence of the first century
church in preaching the Gospel. Notice some things of which they
were accused due to their being so evangelistic-minded and zealous
in preaching the good news. They were accused of filling the whole
city of Jerusalem with their doctrine, even though they had been
charged by the Sanhedrin council not to do so (Acts 5:28). How many
of us today are guilty of that? How many churches are guilty of
putting forth the effort to fill their areas with the doctrine of
God's Son, so that if they were called before a judge and jury
there would be sufficient evidence to prove that they are, in fact,
striving to teach the Gospel to every person in their community?
The apostle Paul and those that were with him came to the city of
Thessalonica where they were accused of turning the world upside
down (Acts 17:6). Are we turning the world upside down today, not
by being belligerent, noisy, and unkind, but by aggressively
preaching the Gospel and calling on men and women to repent and
live godly lives?
Suppose we do not manifest that old
first-century zeal in preaching the Gospel in our day and time.
What are some of the consequences that will follow? None of them
are pleasant to consider, yet consider them we must. 1) If we do
not preach the Gospel to the lost, then they will not hear the
Gospel, and they will remain lost in sin. Those who do not hear and
obey the Gospel will continue on the path to eternal destruction (2
Thess. 1:7-9). 2) If we don't preach the Gospel with a fervent
spirit, then the church will not grow and God will not be
glorified. The bottom line for you and me, as members of the church
is this: if we do not give it our all to preach the
Gospel to the lost, then God is not going to be pleased with us.
The Bible declares that on one occasion
Jesus was looking at the people of His day and saw them as sheep
without a shepherd. This caused Him to be moved with compassion
(Matt. 9:36). He turned to His disciples, saying, The
harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye
therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth
labourers into his harvest (9:37,38).
There is a section in most daily newspapers
that is called Help Wanted. Jesus' message that He gives
to His church through the Word is not only Help Wanted,
but also Help Needed, and Help Expected. God wants every
congregation, and every individual in every congregation, to be
involved in preaching the Gospel of Christ. That's the charge we
are given in The Great Commission. Go ye into
all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature
(Mark 16:15; cf. Matt. 28:19,20; Luke 24:46,47).
As we go about our Father's business of
preaching His Gospel, just as in the realms of benevolence and
edification, so our activities in the sphere of evangelism must be
those that are authorized by the New Testament of Christ. To the
shame of those involved, this past summer in Nashville, TN some
congregations that still call themselves Churches of
Christ assisted, encouraged, and endorsed the preaching that
Billy Graham did in his Crusade there. The message of 2
John 9-11 makes it clear that to endorse those who bring not
this doctrine, the doctrine of Christ, is to become
partakers of the evil deeds of those who preach a different
Thankfully, most congregations are not yet
ready to join hands with the denominations in declaring a man-made
message. But, we need to also avoid the temptation to turn the work
of the church over to a secular school. It is the work of the
church to train and support men to preach the Gospel (2 Tim.
2:2; 2 Cor. 11:8,9). Brethren, let us not get caught up in the
practice of sending preachers to foreign nations or across the
state to preach in the name of a school. Some past reports that we
have read gave glowing praise to some particular school for heading
up a mission effort, but little if any credit was given
to the individual saints and congregations that provided the funds
to make it possible. Glory is to be given unto God in and for the
church, not a human institution (Eph. 3:21).
Thank God for the church. Thank God for
giving us the privilege to be a member of it. Thank the Lord for
the privilege of working as His co-laborers (1 Cor. 3:9). May God
help us to first understand the New Testament teaching about the
work of the church, then apply that truth in our lives so that
through our efforts He might be glorified and souls might be saved.
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Every faithful Christian knows the value of the
printed page in spreading the truth of Christ. The Lord's church
on American soil has a long history of using the printed page to
disseminate the Gospel. There is no other language which has the
printed resources that American churches of Christ have.
Missionaries know the frustration of wanting to have good material
in the language of their host country but not having it. Bad,
unsound, material can have as much negative consequences as sound
material can have good consequences. If unsound material is
distributed in a particular country it can give the church's
enemies material to use to show that the church does not
teach the truth. It can hurt the church's reputation.
Specifically, the book by Mike Armour
(A Newcomer's Guide to the Bible, being distributed
literally all over the world), makes some very disturbing
statements about the nature of Christ. This issue caused
considerable problems in the early years of Christianity.
This writer serves in the eastern European country of Romania which
is heavily Orthodox Christian. A faithful
Orthodox would have a hayday castigating the Lord's church for
these statements made about the nature of our Lord. It can cause
the reader to have misunderstandings and/or cause them to be lost
-- if they don't study further on that particular theme. It
behooves missionaries and elderships to examine carefully, very
carefully, the doctrines which are taught in any material
translated into a foreign language. The day is past when we could
assume a book was sound because it was written by one of our
Take heed unto thyself, and unto
the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both
save thyself, and them that hear thee (1 Tim. 4:16).
Thanks for the work you do.
Editor's Note: Mike Armour has been the
pulpit minister for the Skillman Ave. Church of Christ in Dallas,
Texas since 1986. He was Dean of student affairs at Pepperdine
University and President of Columbia Christian College. He has
Graduate degrees in religion and history, including a Ph.D. in
Reformation History from UCLA.
Mike Armour has also taught that under God's
grace an unscripturally married couple does not have to break up.
According to Armour, forgiveness takes care of their adulterous
state. This he taught at the Pepperdine lectures a few years ago
(Integrity, Vol. 26, No. 2, p.40).
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DIFFERENT WORDS DESCRIBE CHURCH LEADERS
The religious world can be quite confusing for
the average person. Some people visit different churches looking
for one that, in the words of Goldilocks, is just right. Each new
church may introduce the visitor to different words describing the
leaders of that particular group. To make matters even more
bewildering, leaders at the local level may be called one thing
while leaders at a higher level have another designation. For
example, at the local level some congregations are ruled by
pastors, others by a board of deacons and some by a business
committee which may be comprised of men only or the entire
membership. At the regional, national or international level,
churches may be governed by superintendents, boards of bishops,
synods or councils. Some congregations practice local autonomy
which means they do not recognize any authority above their local
leadership except that of Jesus Christ and the word of God (1 Peter
Some of the confusion regarding the various
terms used for church leaders can be traced to the Bible itself.
The careful student of the Scriptures soon discovers several
expressions for leaders in the church. The New Testament mentions
elders, the presbytery (or eldership), bishops, overseers,
shepherds and pastors. A surprising fact is that all of these
descriptions refer to the same group of leaders.
These six words for leaders basically come
from three Greek words. Each of these three words emphasizes a
different aspect or characteristic of the leaders. For example, one
of the Greek words is translated either elder, elders,
eldership or presbytery. This calls attention to
the fact that such men are not to be young. Generally
speaking, one gains wisdom with age. The young often lack the
experience necessary to effectively rule the Lord's house (1 Tim.
The second Greek word is rendered as
bishops or overseers. It could also be translated
superintendent. He has the duty of seeing that things to be done by
others are done correctly. Bishops must look over the flock of God
and try to correct problems that prevent the Lord's work from being
accomplished. The biggest obstacle is that of sin. The overseers
have a spiritual responsibility for the church's welfare.
The third Greek word used for leaders is
usually translated shepherds. The only exception is in
Ephesians 4:11 where is it translated as pastors. The
twenty third Psalm is written from the perspective of the sheep. As
part of God's flock, David looks to the Great Shepherd to meet all
his needs. This beautiful psalm shows that shepherds are to feed,
lead and protect the sheep. Good shepherds also tend to the wounds
of sheep and seek the strays (Luke 15:4-7).
By examining how various passages use these
words interchangeably, one can see that all six words refer to the
same group of church leaders. For example, Paul instructed Titus to
appoint elders in the churches on the island of Crete.
However, he also referred to them as bishops (Titus
1:5,7). The apostle called for the elders of Ephesus and
reminded them that they had been ordained to be overseers
(Acts 20:17,28). These overseers were reminded to
shepherd or feed the church. Thus, elders are the
same as bishops or overseers. Peter told the
elders to feed the flock while serving as overseers (1 Peter
5:1,2). Other translations say shepherd or tend the flock. Since
elders are required to feed the flock, it follows they can also be
called the shepherds or pastors of the church.
Shakespeare once asked What's in a
name? That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as
sweet. That which God calls pastors, by any other Biblical
name, whether elders or bishops, should still shepherd the flock.
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A HIDING PLACE
Not long ago, I read a book entitled, Anne
Frank Remembered. This is the story of the woman who helped
hide Anne Frank and her family. Miep Gies tells of how she helped
hide eight Jews from the Germans in the city of Amsterdam from July
1942 until August 4, 1944. They hid in secret rooms above the
pectin and spice business which Mr. Frank helped to run. They
called it The Annex. The entrance to these rooms on the
third and fourth floors was concealed by a moving bookcase which
could be locked. This was their hiding place, their place of refuge
from the Germans. Only a select few were trusted with this secret.
Miep Gies, who worked in the business,
supplied them with food and other essentials as she was able. In
1944 someone betrayed them. The Germans came and took the Jews
prisoner and sent most of them to concentration camps in Germany to
The youngest of the family, Anne Frank,
wrote a diary of her two years in the hiding place which Miep Gies
hid immediately after the hiding place had been discovered. After
the war, only the father, Otto Frank, still lived. He granted
permission to have Anne's Diary published in 1947. Since then, it
has been read by tens of millions all over the world. It is among
the most enduring documents of the twentieth century.
Man has often needed a hiding place.
Proverbs 14:26 states, In the fear of the Lord is strong
confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
The Bible reveals several examples of God providing refuge
for man. 1) Noah and his family found refuge from the flood in the
ark (Heb. 11:7). 2) The Hebrews found security for their firstborn
in the land of Egypt by putting the blood of the passover lamb on
the two side posts and on the upper door post of their houses (Ex.
12:13). 3) The cities of refuge, three on either side of the
Jordan, provided protection from the avenger for anyone in Israel
who had unintentionally caused death. These were places of refuge
provided by God.
Likewise, God has provided a hiding place
for us today where we may find refuge. That by two
immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we
might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay
hold upon the hope set before us (Heb. 6:18). It appears
to this writer that the Hebrew writer saw in the cities of refuge
a type of the refuge which we have in Christ. We need refuge from
doubt, from guilt, and from sin. The Christian has fled for refuge
to lay hold upon the hope that is set before us.
Only in Christ and in His church is refuge
found. Christ's body is the church. And he is the head of
the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the
dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence
(Col. 1:18). It is Christ who saves, and the church which is His
body is where He puts the saved. Ephesians 5:23 says, He
is the savior of the body. Acts 2:47 says, The
Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
Christ has not promised to save anyone today
out of His body the church. One is saved, added to the church of
Christ, and made a Christian all at the same time when one enters
Christ. When one has trusted Christ (John 8:24), repented of their
sins (Luke 13:3), and confessed Christ (Rom. 10:10), one is then
baptized into Christ (Gal. 3:27). At baptism he enters Christ and
His body the church. First Corinthians 12:13 says, For by
one Spirit are we all baptized into one body. Christ has
but one body. No other body has Divine approval.
This is God's plan and place of refuge
today. Just as we find salvation and refuge in the ark, in the
house covered by the blood, and in the cities of refuge of the Old
Testament, even so God extends salvation today in Christ. Paul
wrote in Second Timothy 2:10, Therefore I endure all
things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the
salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.
The salvation Paul was interested in was located in Christ Jesus.
It was not to be found out of Him.
If you are not in Christ and in that church
of Christ about which we read in the pages of the New Testament,
you are not in the place of refuge. Our plea is not that of one
denomination over another. The church of Christ is not a
denomination. If we do what they did in the first century, we can
be what they were in the year 2001. We want to be Christians just
like they were in New Testament times, nothing more and nothing
less. If we will do that, we will have the refuge, the salvation,
and the blessings (Eph. 1:3) which we so earnestly desire.
Friend, have you found a hiding place in
Jesus? Are you abiding there?
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Seek The Old Paths Lectureship
July 22-26, 2001
Always the 4th Sunday in July
Traditions of Men -- Vain Religion
of men concerning preachers: (called
Reverend, pastor, etc. ........Raymond
Traditions of God .........Jimmy
Traditions vs. Bible Authority .........Garland
MONDAY, JULY 23
||Traditions of men
Baptism .......Ferrell Hester
men Regarding the Role
of Women ..........Wayne Cox
||Traditions of men:
Remarriage .......Tom House
||Sayings Heard Today,
#1: "It really doesn't matter
what you blieve as long as you're sincere," "So many people
wrong," "Jesus is the vine and the denominations are the
branches" .......Gary McDade
||Traditions of men:
||Traditions of the
||True Worship Pleases the Father
because it is in "spirit and in truth" ............Charles Blair
TUESDAY, JULY 24
men Regarding the Lord's
supper ..........Mark Lindley
men Regarding Man's
Existence ....Alan Adams
men Regarding "Everything we do in life is
worship" ..........Jerry Joseph
men Regarding Singing .........Ken
men Regarding Millennialism ...........Randy Kea
||Worship can be in
of men: Masonry ................Terry Joe
WEDNESDAY, JULY 25
||Traditions of men:
Miracles ...........Ed Floyd
men concerning Special Days: Christmas/Easter .............Earl
men Regarding the Law of
Moses .......Randy McQuade
||Sayings Heard Today
#2: (That's just your interpretation, we can't all see
alike, What makes you think you are right and everyone else
men Regarding Giving ............Freddie
||Traditions of men:
Calvinism .........Eddy Craft
||Traditions among the Lord's people (order
divided assembly, Lord's supper Sunday night, use of
building, dress in
THURSDAY, JULY 26
men Regarding Salvation .........Mike Hogan
men Regarding the Holy Spirit .........Tom Bright
men Regarding Mormonism .........Victor Eskew
||Saying Heard Today
#3: (Join the church of your choice, One church is as
||The Bible Teaches Unity .........Dwight Fuqua
men Regarding Bible Versions ......Nat Evans
||What is Right about
the church of Christ ........Melvin Sapp
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