Errors of the Church of Christ (6)

RT – In this segment you’ll note an effort to delineate the word “gospel.”

3. Doesn’t the Bible specifically separate baptism from the Gospel in 1 Cor 1:17?

RT – NO. This is a false delineation. Given the context of the passage one can easily see the problem. The problem of partisanship ran rampant in the Corinthian church. Paul made a distinction between the gospel message of Jesus and the message of those who desired a particular alignment. If baptism is not part of the gospel message, then by whose authority did Paul teach/preach when he wrote on it?

4. While this will take a few minutes, would you mind reviewing these three articles: http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/moser/AWPTG.HTM,http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/moser/CVAP.HTM, and http://www.mun.ca/rels/restmov/texts/moser/jmh_4.html? Our understanding is that a “gospel sermon” given by a Church of Christ preacher would be about the formula of what one must do to be saved: Hear/Believe/Repent/Confess/Be Baptized. If you reject the claim made by Church of Christ preacher K. C. Moser that the CC is guilty of preaching “The Plan” rather than “The Man”—why is he incorrect?

 

RT – What one wrote or said pertaining to what they think is or is not a gospel sermon is not how I will answer this. If one preaches/teaches the very words of Christ (Romans 15:18; 1 Timothy 6:3; 1 Peter 4:11) then that one is teaching the good news (gospel) of God. Perhaps a question might be asked of you: If one preaches/teaches from only the Psalms, is that a gospel (good news) message? Moreover, it might be asked, is there something wrong with this so-called “formula”?

 4. Please take a look at these articles by 3 Church of Christ preachers: Carl Ketcherside, chapter 28 Two Great Errors, Leroy Garrett, chapter 10 What is the Gospel also chapter 33 Is Doctrine Important, and Cecil Hook chapter 8 Gospel and Doctrine. Would you agree with the distinction between preaching and teaching, between gospel and doctrine, between fact and interpretation?  Isn’t the gospel simply a proclamation of good news that one accepts or rejects? Wouldn’t you agree that, strictly speaking, the teachings of the apostles are not facts as the gospel is, but interpretations, implications, and edification (chapter 5 beginning page 13, Private Interpretation)? Didn’t even the apostles have different opinions and emphases on docrtrine; thus Peter said of Paul’s teaching, “There are some things in them that are hard to understand.”? Are you confusing law and gospel? (The point of this section is that the gospel is something to be believed and is to be preached to non-believers. Matters of obedience are taught to those who are already Christians.)

RT – Where does the New Testament make a distinction between teaching and preaching? Garrett and Ketcherside have been known for some time trying to make this distinction, but there is no warrant for the distinction to be made. If one is “preaching” the good news, is that not teaching? To deny is foolish! No, I wouldn’t agree that the apostles had different opinions and emphasis on doctrine. Did they not both emphasize godly living? When they spoke of the Lord’s return, did they not both speak with emphasis? Besides, why use the word emphasis?  Those who so assert need to demonstrate. Moreover, to use Peter’s words with regard to Paul without the remainder of the verse is to misuse the passage and ask a misleading question! Yes, there is a distinction to be made between fact and interpretation. Did the Holy Spirit inspire the apostles to preach the very (actual) words of God (2 Timothy 3:16-17)? If so, who gave us the interpretation? You make a distinction between facts and interpretation in your remarks about the apostles. Did Jesus preach/teach fact or interpretation in Matthew 5:27-32?

 5. Leroy Garrett further clarifies what the gospel is: “Surely we can see that Jesus was referring to a specific message, a proclamation of certain heavenly facts to be believed. This is why Paul in 1 Cor 1:21 spoke of the gospel as ‘the thing preached.’ This is why he could speak of ‘obeying the gospel,’ for the gospel is one thing and obeying it is something else. This is why he could refer to ‘the defense and confirmation of the gospel,’ for the gospel is one thing, while to defend it and confirm it are something else.” Isn’t the gospel one thing, and obeying it something else?

RT –Yes, it is true that the gospel is one thing and obedience is another. 

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