And take…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
Volume 15, Number
In this issue:
1. Thou shalt preach only on pleasant subjects, never on anything that would offend.
2. Thou shalt make parties and entertainment a routine work of the church, for many are converted by this means.
3. Thou shalt never correct a brother when he sins, but always ignore the fact; correction brings hard feelings.
4. Thou shalt not withdraw from an impenitent brother, for this would cause confusion in the congregation.
5. Thou shalt always be on buddy-buddy and back-slapping terms with everyone so non-Christians will assume that membership in the body of Christ involves nothing but fun and games.
6. Thou shalt do everything possible to make the church popular in the world.
7. Thou shalt have your preacher spend his time gabbing and sipping coffee with the townsfolk rather than studying the word of God.
8. Thou shalt remember thy responsibility to royally entertain the young people, in order to keep them in the church.
9. Thou shalt always follow the pattern of the denominations, for its success proves it to be tried and true.
10. Thou shalt never preach the truth on church problems during a gospel meeting; non-Christians might get the notion there is some disunity.
-From The Way of Truth and Life, Feb. 12, 2012
"Please Don't Feed the Ants!"
Joe R. Price
The following announcement appeared in a recent bulletin of the Salt Lake Valley Church of Christ:
"PLEASE DON'T FEED THE ANTS: Anyone who brings food into the building is
asked to be mindful of the fact that we have a severe ant problem. Please be
sure to clean up the area in which food is served and make sure any to be
left is sealed in air-tight containers." (The Salt Lake Messenger,
Salt Lake Valley Church of Christ, May 30, 1993)
One common response to the foregoing position of no church-sponsored social functions is thus stated: "You are misapplying 1 Corinthians 11:17-34. The Corinthians' problem was that they were abusing the Lord's Supper by introducing their common meals into the assembly. The church can promote 'fellowship meals' and such as long as these activities are kept separate from the assembly." It is true that the Corinthians were abusing the Lord's Supper (v. 20-21). Nobody denies that. But please look carefully at the remedy the apostle prescribes. He did NOT say "separate your church-sponsored meals from the assembly." He DID say you have houses to eat and drink in (v. 22). He DID say let the hungry man eat at home (not at the "fellowship meal" in the "fellowship hall" after services). The remedy was to remove all common meals from their "coming together" (v. 33-34). The work of the local church is to feed the soul, not the flesh. Let the home supervise common meals. Let the church "come together" to worthily partake of the Lord's supper (v. 20, 33-34).
Another oft stated defense intended to legitimize church-endorsed social
gatherings is this: "Only individuals are providing the food. The local
church is not involved since none of its money is being used to provide the
event." Honestly now, were not individuals the ones who were providing the
food in 1 Corinthians 11? "...for in your eating each one taketh before
other his own supper..." (v. 21). Furthermore, the church is using its money
when its building and facilities are used for the separate activity of
pot-luck dinners, etc. Since the building is an expedient, its use must
first be an authorized (lawful) activity for the local church to conduct (1
Cor. 6:12). The building expedites (aids) the church in evangelism,
edification and benevolence (the authorized works of the local church).
Authority for church-promoted social activities is lacks scriptural support
(Col. 3:17). Therefore, to use the building for such activities is to use it
to aid an unauthorized work.
-Reprint: The Spirit's Sword (IV:41), 12/17/00
Evolution is the idea that all living creatures have arisen from the same original form of life by natural development. This is said to have taken millions of years. Many people think that if you believe in evolution, you are very "scientific." But if you believe the Bible's teaching that God created plants and animals, they say you are not being scientific.
The truth is, the way living creatures came into existence in the beginning is not a question that science can answer. For something to be true "science," you must be able to see it, and do experiments to either prove it, or show it to be false. This just can't be done with creation or evolution, because no human was there to see what happened, and there is no way to test such results.
A very famous scientist, Dr. Robert Jastrow, wrote a book called Until The Sun Dies. He talked about the theory of evolution, which he believes. He does not believe the Bible account. In spite of his belief, he asks: "What concrete evidence supports that remarkable theory [evolution] of the origin of life? There is none." (Robert Jastrow, Until the Sun Dies, NY:W.W. Norton, 1977, p. 60). At least this scientist was honest enough to admit that his belief in evolution cannot be proved.
The question is: which idea, evolution or creation, is better supported by the scientific facts? A careful study of this subject will show that creation is much better supported than evolution.
-Discovery, May 1993
Created by Chuck Sibbing. 03/01/2012
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