Hugh’s News & Views (Reading Gleanings)

READING GLEANINGS

“The major division in biblical material is between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The law of Moses is addressed to all people that came out of Egypt (Exod 20:2). Neither I nor my ancestors came out of Egypt. The law was a controlling force until Christ came (Gal 3:19). Paul is explicit that we are no longer under the custodian (Gal 3:25). The bond was nailed to the cross (Col2:14). Hence, I do not determine in specifics what I should do by the law of Moses. At the same time, I recognize that there is much admonition of value in the Old Testament. It should not be thrown out. It should be studied and its admonitions heeded (1 Cor 10:11; Rom 15:14; 2 Tim 3:15-16)” (Dr. Jack P. Lewis, in the chapter on “Biblical Interpretation” from his book Basic Beliefs, p. 47).

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“There is no possibility a person can become a Seventh Day Adventist, a Nazarene, a Member of Calvary Chapel, The Vineyard, The Rock Church, Church of Compassion, Harvest Church, Cowboy Church, Assemblies of God, New Apostolic Church, Foursquare Church, any Pentecostal Church, or any so-called Church of God which is Pentecostal, or any other humanly designed and man-made church or religious organization, etc. if he hears, believes and obeys only what the New Testament teaches” (Carrol Sutton, Editor, “The Instructor,” monthly teaching bulletin of the church of Christ meeting at 4777 U.S. Highway 431, Albertville, AL 35950. Earlier, brother Sutton had made the same insightful observation with reference to the Catholic Church and all the various protestant denominations: Lutheran, Presbyterian, Episcopal, Baptist, Methodist, etc., etc., etc.)

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“We honor and respect men like [Barton W.] Stone and [Alexander] Campbell, but we do not trace our roots to them. Rather, we are making the same plea that they made, namely, to speak where the Bible speaks, to be united upon the basis of the New Testament, to restore the church of the New Testament in beliefs and practices, and to be Christians only” (Jay Lockhart, “Let Us Remember Who We Are,” The Spiritual Sword, Volume 47, Number 2, January 2016, p. 42).

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“God has a pattern, and we must follow it. If modernism ever robs us of this conviction, the battle is lost and our faith in the deity of Christ and other fundamentals cannot long survive. If God has a pattern, we must speak where the Bible speaks, be silent where it is silent. If the New Testament is not a pattern, then we must admit that it matters little what we speak or whether we speak at all” (Bill Humble, “The Church Of Christ Is Different,” Freed-Hardeman College lectures, 1956).

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“How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! Through Your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every false way.You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood” (Psalm 119:103-104, 118).

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I do not know the author of the following but I lifted it from the April 26, 2015 issue of the bulletin of the Watertown (TN) Church of Christ. It sets forth a lesson all of us would do well to learn.

“During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: ‘What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?’

“Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50s, but how would I know her name?

“I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank. Just before class ended, one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade.

“‘Absolutely,’ said the professor. ‘In your careers, you will meet many people. All are significant. They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say ‘hello.’

“I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her name was Dorothy.”

Hugh Fulford

March 8, 2016

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