Hugh’s News & Views (Baffling Things)

BAFFLING THINGS

Paying more for a riding lawnmower that we used to pay for a brand new car.

Paying more for a new car than we used to pay for a house.

Laundering bath towels. (Aren’t we clean when we use them?)

Why we men say we need a haircut. Do we pay a barber $15-$20 to cut a single hair, or do we not in fact get a bunch of hairs cut when we go to the barber shop?

Why they put Ford motor oil in asthma medicine. (At least that’s what it sounds to me like they are saying on the Symbicort TV commercials).

Why sick people have to walk all the way to the back of the drugstore to get their prescriptions filled while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front of the store.

Why anyone would put a bottle of water in the Pringles holder on a treadmill at the local YMCA.

Why those going to the Y to walk and work out wait for a vehicle to vacate a parking place close to the front door so they won’t have so far to walk!

Why “Buick” does not rhyme with “quick.”

Churches that take up an offering every Sunday (sometimes more than once), but then observe the Lord’s Supper only once a month, once a quarter, or whenever it strikes them to do so. The same Bible language is used to refer to both activities (I Corinthians 16:2; Acts 20:7).

Christians who would be appalled if the Lord’s Supper was not served every Sunday, but who miss the services and fail to partake of the Supper every Sunday for the slightest excuses.

Churches that adopt the unauthorized practice of using instrumental music in their worship services in order to hold the young people, only to wind up losing them anyway. (Once a church starts down the path of adopting unauthorized practices, there is no end to which it will go).

Members of the Lord’s church who will not state unequivocally that the churches of Christ are not a denomination and who use the most denominational terminology imaginable to refer to the church.

Why people think they can sow bad seed and still reap a good life (cf. Galatians 6:7-8). A farmer knows that if he plants corn seed he will reap corn.

Why it is commonly believed and practiced that a person can divorce his or her spouse for just any reason and remarry, when Jesus said, “And I say to you, whoever divorce his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery” (Matthew 19:9).

Christians who can spend hours per day watching TV, but have no time to read the Bible and good books that will help them grow in their understanding of God’s word.

Religious teachers and their followers who say that we are saved by grace only, and then turn around and assert that we are saved by faith only. Which one is it? Or, according to the Bible, is neither correct?

People who say one does not have to be baptized in order to be saved when the Bible says, “The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ” (I Peter 3:21, KJV).

False teachers who say there is nothing about the gospel to be obeyed, when the Scriptures clearly teach that one must obey the gospel or else suffer everlasting punishment from the presence of the Lord (II Thessalonians 1:6-10).

Preachers who say that God will not punish unrepentant sinners and the disobedient with everlasting punishment in hell when Christ said, “And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life” (Matthew 25:46). According to the Lord, hell is as everlasting as heaven.

Hugh Fulford

May 16, 2017

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