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  • J. Randal Matheny 5:26 am on 2017-03-26 Permalink | Reply
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    Faulty reasoning about worship 

    Faulty reasoning abounds about worship. This devotional thought centered on Psalm 149.2-3 from a denominational pastor is a prime example of it. This is the entire piece:

    This is fascinating because the tambourine and harp were created by other cultures. From the beginning of worship music, the people of God took the instruments that were available in their day and used them for the glory of God. This means that the Biblical picture of praise is one that can incorporate the contributions of any culture, any style. Since that is the case, what do you have today in your culture that you could use to praise His name?

    Men choose elements and features of worship thinking that God will like it. They justify it by twisted logic. Gone is any idea of God authorizing what can be done or under what covenant. Culture trumps covenant. Personal preference wins over worship given to God by faith—that faith that comes by hearing the word of God, Rom 10.17.

    Man has often sought “an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion” Col 2.23 ESV. And he even uses the Bible to do it. (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 7:17 am on 2014-06-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Why extra-biblical resources for spiritual authority are so frustrating 

    Last week I posted an article called “Jesus is THE prophet of God” on Keltonburg Preacher and I received a comment that questioned the reliability of such a statement and belief. By doing so the comment revealed why extra-biblical resources for spiritual authority are so frustrating. How’s that? Let me show you how by dropping you in midstream of the conversation.

    The reply to my article:

    “Well, i’m a Christian and I believe Jesus to be the Son of God, not a prophet”

    My reply:

    “…Now as to whether or not Jesus was a (and more importantly “the”) prophet of God consider a few things: (More …)

    • John Henson 11:27 am on 2014-06-04 Permalink | Reply

      Forgive the indelicacy, but a person who believes Mormonism is a person who is already overcome believing in extrabiblical revelation.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:25 am on 2014-06-06 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately I believe you’re right. I’m hoping that our quick conversation at least got them to thinking for a moment or two.

  • Eugene Adkins 7:11 am on 2013-02-06 Permalink | Reply
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    Why Can’t People Talk Bible When They Say They Want To Talk Bible? 

    This question is one that boggles my mind. People want to talk about biblical topics but they do so without wanting to talk about what the scriptures say.

    The conversation/debate/discussion (whichever may be case) about the scriptures begins but soon reverts into and ends with “I think” or “I feel” or “I believe” or “The catechism says” or “The creed book says” or “The “father” in Rome says” and on and on it goes.

    Why can’t we do what Peter simply said to do when he wrote, “If anyone has anything to say, let it be as the words of God….” (1 Peter 4:11 – BBE) Why do we read that the church is built upon the prophets, the apostles and upon the cornerstone of Christ (Ephesians 2:20), but then try to defend the church we belong to with the words of people other than the prophets, the apostles and Jesus?

    The scriptures aren’t open to personal interpretations that cause people to contradict one another. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and the scriptures come from God (2 Timothy 2:16-17), so the obvious conclusion is that the scriptures can’t contradict. If our “personal interpretation” causes the scriptures to contradict then it’s not the scriptures that have the problem – it’s the interpreter!

    Feelings alone do not interpret the scriptures. The Jews who failed to heed Paul’s preaching about Jesus from the Old Testament scriptures did so because they relied upon personal feelings and human traditions without God’s word. The Jews who believed and accepted Paul’s preaching about Jesus from the Old Testament did so because they relied upon feelings directed by the scriptures of God (Acts 17:11). Human emotions can be turned in the wrong direction, but God’s word reveals the true path of righteousness to stay on (Jeremiah 7:24, 13:10, 17:9; Psalm 119:105, 172; Romans 1:16-17).

    Talking Bible isn’t always easy because talking Bible isn’t what everyone wants to do. But regardless of how we feel about the Bible, we will get much further with the Bible when we talk with it instead of talking about it.

    So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32)

    • Shelly 8:24 am on 2013-02-06 Permalink | Reply

      We spend so much time talking about the Bible, but much less time reading it. We read all sorts of books about the Bible, but don’t necessarily go to the source. May we all become consumers of the Word of God! Blessings!

    • Butch Adams 5:45 pm on 2013-02-06 Permalink | Reply

      I hear you Eugene. I have been working on building tools on my web page to encourage just what you written here. I even have a hard time getting those who are close to me on board with it. This attitude may just be a major factor in Homosexuality and other sins gaining such a wide acceptance – Even among some that attend the Lord’s church.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:25 pm on 2013-02-06 Permalink | Reply

        If you can come up with a solution then you need to bottle it and sell it…or better yet, give it away for free!

        When it comes to the topic above, I have always kept 1 Peter 4:11 in mind, and Peter gives the wonderful reason why we should speak according to God’s word and not man’s word (or woman’s for that matter) – it’s so that “in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.

        When you start talking scripture (and using a fair amount in a conversation) people tend to start throwing around the “intellectual snob” or you think “you’re better than me cause you can quote scripture” attitude, but the opposite is true: When scripture is used it is God who gets the glory and not us. People are more comfortable with following their own heart than they the Bible…or maybe they’re not and that’s the real reason they avoid the revealing light of the Gospel.

        All people have their stumbling blocks and talking Bible is sadly one of them for the majority of the world. I hope your plans are fruitful, Butch. Thanks for commenting.

  • Richard Mansel 3:43 pm on 2012-04-12 Permalink | Reply
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    A Great Question 

    A man I am studying with asked a profound question: Why can’t people just open the Bible and do what it says?

    I wonder the same thing (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Corinthians 4:6).

    • Eugene Adkins 6:11 am on 2012-04-13 Permalink | Reply

      I was studying with a young couple who are friends about what the Bible simply teaches when it comes to becoming a Christian. The young woman also said something profound about a person’s willingness to obey the gospel (or the lack thereof, actually) after the study was over.She said, “We make it hard don’t we?” To which I replied, “Yes, we do. We don’t like to tell ourselves no because we don’t always like to change the way we’re living.” (Acts 24:25) Her comment reminded me about what it’s like to make that intial step of repentance that Jesus calls for through the Bible.

    • Stephen R. Bradd 3:30 pm on 2012-04-15 Permalink | Reply

      Some do. May we be of that number!

      Within the past month, a woman I know from the area has left her “husband” & is living on her own. Though they both have strong feelings for each other, she has finally admitted to herself that she has no Biblical right to be with this man. I didn’t need to persuade her (though she appreciated being reassured–particularly when other “preachers” have advised her that there is nothing wrong with her current adulterous situation!)

      “Peace, peace!” where there is no peace–the shameful theme of many modern-day “preachers”!

  • Richard Mansel 9:15 am on 2011-03-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Robbing the Bible Again 

    Peter once said to Jewish leaders about preaching the Gospel, “We ought to obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29). God told Jeremiah, when he called him to be a prophet, “Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you” (Jeremiah 1:8).

    We trust God and fear Him above anything man has to say or offer to the discussion. Culture must never be allowed to override what God says. Yet, that never stops the vanity of humanity when it comes to the Word of God.

    Once again, mankind is more frightened of being criticized by humans than they are of the Divine God and His wrath to come. Dictionary.com is discussing how translations of God’s Word are changed and whether that will have an impact on the meaning of Scripture. Of course, many publishers don’t care as long as money rolls in.

    What are your thoughts about the article entitled, What Words Will be Changed in Two New Editions to the Bible?

    • J. Randal Matheny 11:54 am on 2011-03-29 Permalink | Reply

      Seems replacing “booty” for “spoils of war” was a good option. Languages change over time, so translations need to communicate accurately in terms that people understand, not a foreign tongue from years past that no one speaks any more.

      Many of the comments show much ignorance. I wanted to ask this lady how she knew what she affirmed: “The KJV is the ONLY version that I believe is the closest to the way God wanted us to read his word. Changing ‘words’ is man’s attempt to change what shouldn’t be changed. God knew a long time ago what today’s language would be like and He chose to have it HIS way.”

      Maybe she had a direct revelation. And I bet it was in KJV language.

  • Richard Mansel 8:12 am on 2011-03-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Lessons From the Garden of Eden 

    My Forthright article today uses the story of the Garden of Eden (Genesis 1-3) as a backdrop to teach some valuable lessons about  Biblical authority. The failures of Adam and Eve are cautionary tales for us as we move through our own lives.  I hope you will read, Biblical Authority and the Garden of Eden and gain a deeper appreciation for God’s will and our relationship to His divine utterances.

  • Richard Mansel 9:15 am on 2011-01-05 Permalink | Reply
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    The Price of No Authority 

    Once we loose ourselves from the confines of Biblical authority, all the doors of hell swing open.

  • Richard Mansel 7:27 am on 2010-07-27 Permalink | Reply
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    Regulating Our Worship 

    “I believe there is such a thing as pure worship that is a according to the will of God and it should be our goal to have such worship in the church. Our worship should be governed, not by our own personal desires or preferences, nor by the culture and society in which we live, but by the Word of God alone”

    [Written by John Price, a Baptist preacher, who makes his argument for why mechanical instruments in worship are a violation of God’s Word in “Old Light on New Worship,” page 12].

  • Richard Mansel 3:07 pm on 2010-07-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Ordination Service? 

    I saw where a Church of Christ had an ordination service for their preacher. Where is the authority for that? (Colossians 3:17). When we start inventing things to boost the egos of men, we are opening the door to dangerous things.

    • Weylan Deaver 3:35 pm on 2010-07-04 Permalink | Reply

      Give us a king like the nations around us…

    • Mike Riley 3:57 pm on 2010-07-04 Permalink | Reply

      It’s indeed sad that some churches of Christ are so bent on becoming like the denominations round about them. It’s much easier to be a follower than it is a leader. They want to take that “easy” broad road – don’t have to think much on that road.

    • Ron 7:08 am on 2010-07-05 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, this ordination service that you speak against, is there more about this that I can learn. I do not want to condemn something that I am not familiar with.

      • Richard Mansel 7:13 am on 2010-07-05 Permalink | Reply

        I just saw a sentence saying that a congregation had an ordination service for a preacher. That is all I know. I just asked where the authorization was for that? I just saw it, thought it was odd, and wanted to share here on the Fellowship Room.

  • Richard Mansel 8:38 am on 2010-06-19 Permalink | Reply
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    Questions that Make You Sad 

    Someone just asked me the following question:  “Richard, where is the Scripture that says we need ‘authority’ for what we do in corporate worship?”

    What a heartbreaking question. When we loose all authority, and do whatever we want, God is marginalized. The God of heaven is ostensibly left to follow us along. Authority is there for a reason to maintain the humility of man and the superiority of God. Is grace really a code word for, “we can do anything we want?” I think not!

    “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He will lift you up” (James 4:10).

    • Laura 8:50 am on 2010-06-19 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, I agree. I have spoken with many people who have this same attitude, and the ironic thing of it is that they first point to the Old Testament for “authorization” before abandoning the need for authorization altogether — yet they clearly haven’t studied the Old Testament enough to understand that God has never tolerated anyone going beyond or deviating from His instructions. The Lord saith, “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge.” How sadly true.

    • Mike Riley 9:26 am on 2010-06-19 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, it seems that some folks are always looking for “loopholes” in God’s authoritative law.

      Quit looking – there are none.

  • Richard Mansel 12:24 pm on 2010-06-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Poll Question on Clapping 

    I will try to have a Poll question on my blog on Fridays. This week’s question is: Does the congregation where you attend, clap during worship?

    I hope you will go and answer the poll.

    • Katie Gibbins 1:48 pm on 2010-06-19 Permalink | Reply

      No, we left a congregation where clapping, was the norm – we always felt this was not authorized, irreverant and unwise.

  • Richard Mansel 1:29 am on 2010-06-04 Permalink | Reply
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    Instruments of Music in Worship 

    I have added two items to my blog that explain why we do not use mechanical instruments of music in worship.

    A lengthy article.

    A lengthy outline, filled with quotes from secular and denominational scholars explaining that the early church did not use instruments in worship.

    I hope you will be edified by them and share these links with others who are searching for truth.

  • Richard Mansel 6:18 pm on 2010-05-18 Permalink | Reply
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    Worship and What We Like 

    Fleshly people in and out of the church use the wrong criterion for what we will do in worship. If they like it, that ought to be good enough. It occurred to me, that we have an interesting example to consider in light of this dilemma. When Moses went to Mount Sinai to receive the Law from God, the people of Israel grew restless and asked Aaron to make them a golden calf, so they could worship it (Exodus 32:1-6).

    Let me ask you a question: Which do you think was “most fun” to the people? Praying/waiting on Moses or eating, getting drunk and lustily worshiping the golden calf? That is an easy answer. Yet, God soundly condemned them for their behavior and said, “They have turned aside quickly out of the way that I commanded them” (Exodus 32:8).

    Clearly, what is most fun is not the criterion God uses. We must abide by what God commands in all things  (John 14:15, Colossians 3:17; 1 Corinthians 4:6, et al).

    • Mike Riley 6:21 pm on 2010-05-18 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, I heartily add my “Amen” to what you’ve stated here!

  • Richard Mansel 2:05 am on 2010-04-02 Permalink | Reply
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    I Don’t Care About the Constitution… 

    This video deals with the health care bill. However,  it makes a great point  illustrating what we are dealing with in the Church.  Democrat Phil Hare of Illinois admits that he doesn’t know or care what the Constitution says about the health care bill.

    In the church today, we have a lot of  brethren who feel the same way about many spiritual issues and doctrines. They know what they want to do and don’t really care whether the Bible authorizes it or not.  Wayne Jackson calls this, “results oriented dogma.”  If it works, we will find a way to rationalize it. As a result, God is completely forgotten in the process.

    The Emerging Church, which completely disregards Biblical authority, is the logical extension of this  mindset. And their heresies are spreading like wildfire.

    We must all be diligent to adhere to Biblical authority in everything (Colossians 3:17;  2 Timothy 3:16-17; Galatians 1:9).

    Listen carefully to his story about the child whose parents don’t have insurance. That is a tragedy but notice something important. Because the kids need help, that, in itself,  authorizes overriding the Constitution. Does that not sound like those in the church who have developed the idea that we can do anything we want in the church as long as it maintains the interests of the children?  Regardless of what the Scriptures say about it?

    • Mike Riley 3:01 am on 2010-04-02 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, it’s not about authority, it’s about feelings and emotions. What I like – what I want – what’s in it for me? A sad situation indeed.

    • Tim Hester 9:49 am on 2010-04-02 Permalink | Reply

      Situational ethics – this is why many in the state of Alabama defend the three state senators (who are members of the Lord’s church) for voting in favor of legalizing gambling in the state. They argued “well you don’t know their reason for voting that way.” Does it matter the reason? Can we justify sin? Is these not the same arguments used by those who endorse abortion? Euthenasia? Homosexuality? Changes in the church? Let us find a good heart wrenching, sob story and use it to justify our actions and those of others.

  • Richard Mansel 3:19 pm on 2010-03-27 Permalink | Reply
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    God Speaks to Preachers During the Sermon? 

    I have been following what some on the attendees are saying about the Tulsa Workshop on Twitter. Here is one quote from one of the Tulsa speakers that is astounding in its audacity.

    “Preachers, when preparing your notes leave some gaps in case God has something he wants to say.” ~ Terry Rush

    Wow.  I expect no Biblical authority is needed when you expect God to speak directly to you! Paul told Timothy to “Preach the Word” (2 Timothy 4:2).  This faith, this Word, has been delivered to us and we hold it in our hands (Jude 3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Sadly, though, it is not in enough hearts and heads (Hosea 4:6).

    May we pray that these influences will not spread and that we can be strong and resist them. Progressing past the Word of God is a deadly activity. We must know the Word and teach and defend it.

    • John Henson 5:09 pm on 2010-03-27 Permalink | Reply

      Reminds me of one of the premier supporters of the “God talks to me” myth,” Jimmy Swaggart, or his buddy, Oral Roberts, who claimed God told him he needed to raise (how many) million dollars or Oral would be “called home.”

      • Mike Riley 6:19 pm on 2010-03-27 Permalink | Reply

        As I recall, Oral needed $8 million dollars, and he got it from some rich fool.

    • Mike Riley 6:23 pm on 2010-03-27 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, I’m surprised that these “grace-centered” folks allow God to say anything at all!

      • Richard Mansel 6:33 pm on 2010-03-27 Permalink | Reply

        Fleshly-grace centered. God’s grace is holy and perfect. I know you understand the distinction, but I wanted to clarify for anyone who reads your comment.

    • Walt Bell 8:27 pm on 2010-03-27 Permalink | Reply

      Sounds like the United Church of Christ “God Is Still Speaking” identity campaign they started in 2003, the slogan of which is “Never place a period where God has placed a comma,”.

    • Richard Hill 8:40 pm on 2010-03-27 Permalink | Reply

      Richard, I had a thought on this, but my wife is telling me everything I think shouldn’t be in writing! (Of course, she doesn’t know I’m writing this either.)

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