Authority of New Testament Letters

Jesus said, “If you continue on My Word, you are my disciples indeed.” (John 8:31) He also said that any who reject His Word would be judged by that Word. (John 12:48) A short time later, He said “If you love Me, keep My commandments.” (John 14:15) Then He asked, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say?” (Luke 6:46)

Okay, so we all know we must obey what Jesus said to be pleasing to Him. But many in the world will argue that that is different from what the apostles taught. Is it? Really? Let us investigate what else Jesus said.

Jesus, Himself, said: “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, so that He may be with you forever. (John 14:16) But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit Whom the Father will send in My name, He shall teach you all things and bring to your remembrance whatever I have said to you. (John 14:26) And when the Comforter has come, Whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth Who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me. (John 15:26) ”

We are also taught, in II Timothy 3:16, that “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God…” Taking these verses together, we can easily see that Jesus commanded us to follow His Words, that He promised the apostles that He would send the Holy Spirit to guide them, and that the Holy Spirit inspired them what to write. Therefore, all things found in the writings of Peter, Paul, James and Jude are inspired and are binding upon us today.

What say ye?

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April 2016 Issue of Christian Worker (How to Study the Bible – Part 1.)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Studying with the Right Attitude (Johnie Scaggs Jr)
  • The Importance of Effective Bible Study (Cody Westbrook)
  • Understanding Bible Authority (Kevin Rhodes)
  • The Silence of the Scriptures (Steven Lloyd)
  • The Importance of Context (Rick Brumback)
  • Types and Shadows (Don Walker)
  • Understanding the Covenants (Clay Bond)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

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Why do people love to tinker with the Bible?

It sure seems as if the latest “Bible based” media epic to hit the small screen, “Killing Jesus”, has gone viral.

The original airing of the program broke viewer records, and the tide of controversy and conversation is still rolling in. And yet “Killing Jesus” has shown itself to be more of the same when it comes to the last decade’s worth of religious box-office hits…something to which even “The Passion of the Christ” was guilty of: namely, tinkering with the scriptures in the name of poetic license and for the sake of drama.

How can anyone familiar with the gospels actually believe that there is a single hint of John the baptizer having to convince the Lamb of God of his mission? And yet this was a major theme, crutch and hinge of dramatic dialogue that took place between the voice in the wilderness and the one for whom the paths were made straight.

I’m sorry, or maybe I’m not, but I don’t think setting Jesus straight on his mission was a part of John’s mission! Nor does the Bible even hint at such dramatic nonsense.

So why do people, and I’m not just talking media producers here, love to tinker with the Bible? Continue reading

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Does the church produce the Bible…Or does the Bible produce the church?

Here’s an article from the church in Wise, VA that I put in the bulletin at Keltonburg several years ago. I thought some of you might find it useful, specifically during this time of “conclave”:

Does the church produce the Bible…Or does the Bible produce the church?

Perhaps one of the biggest misconceptions regarding the Bible is that it is a product of the church. Many reject the Bible as our sole source of religious authority and instruction and belittle us for believing in the “Bible alone theory”. Thus, there is a great need to discuss the relationship between the Bible and the church. As always, we will appeal to the scriptures as our only source of authority and not our own wisdom (1 Corinthians 2:6-7).

For one to understand that the Bible is our only standard for all religious faith and practice, one must understand the church is the result of the Bible and depends on it for everything it preaches and practices. In other words, the Bible produces the church, not the other way around. We are told by some that since the “church is the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15), the church itself establishes what truth is. On the contrary, truth emanates only from God (Psalm 86:11; John 1:17; 17:17). Or as Paul put it in Ephesians 3:10, “To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in the heavenly places might be made known by the church the manifold wisdom of God.” The church, just like individuals, must appeal to the Bible as the only source of authority for it alone contains the manifold wisdom of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-13; Ephesians 3:3-5). Just as Moses was admonished to “make all things according to the pattern” (Hebrews 8:5); we must use the Bible alone to ensure we are following God’s revealed pattern for His church. Thus, we must speak where the Bible speaks, remain silent where the Bible is silent, do Bible things in Bible ways, and call Bible things by Bible names (1 Peter 4:11).

We read in Acts 16:5 that the “churches were established in the faith.” We would like to emphasize very kindly, yet very firmly, that the one true church is established in the faith; it does not establish the faith. The faith which is spoken of in Acts 16:5 is simply the revealed truth of the gospel which was “once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3) by the end of the first century. As beings created with rights of freedom and choice, why would anyone bind themselves to decrees, councils and conventions of men? “God forbid; yea let God be true and every man a liar” (Romans 3:4). – Ryan Thomas 

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