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  • Eugene Adkins 2:04 pm on 2017-01-29 Permalink | Reply
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    Understanding the damage of denominationalism but not the cause 

    On my way to worship I listened to a preacher on the radio from a neighboring county talk about the damage denominationalism has done to the church. He was very emphatic with his words and I am convinced he truly believed what he was saying…especially because he was preaching in a very plain way to/at his own denomination (his own words). And because of the things he was saying about fellowship, I am also convinced he understood the damage denominationalism has done to the church when it comes to the unity that God desires (John 17:20-21).

    But despite the fact I believe he understands the damage of denominationalism, I don’t believe he understands the cause.

    Why is that? Because of one thing he said. Now I wasn’t able to write it down when he said it, but what I am about to give him credit for is close enough that I know I am not doing any damage to the point he was making; nor am I worried about twisting it in any way to make my point seem valid.

    The preacher on the radio said, (More …)

     
    • J. Randal Matheny 4:41 am on 2017-01-30 Permalink | Reply

      Important point you make. I remember a famous Argentine Protestant rail against the division of denominationalism in his book, only to tell people to stay where they are and just not think badly of other denominations.

      I think they want to have their cake and eat it too. They love the power and position of the denominations, but deceive themselves that it’s only a question of attitude, rather than teaching.

      • Eugene Adkins 5:38 pm on 2017-01-30 Permalink | Reply

        Your first paragraph reflects much of the point that was being made. He didn’t want to strive for the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3) – his call was more akin to many of our “enlightened” brethren who place more emphasis on the spirit on unity while ignoring the obvious major doctrinal differences. Overall, it seemed to me a message that was moving more in the right direction. I don’t personally know him, but I can’t keep from thinking that he is somewhat familiar with the church’s plea for unity. Perhaps a step in the right direction will one day lead to two.

  • Eugene Adkins 6:49 am on 2014-02-12 Permalink | Reply
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    Even the salesman knew what baptism meant 

    I had a chance to watch a salesman in person the other day work his craft as he talked about the benefits of upgrading a home’s windows.

    To help make one of his points he took two window pieces made of different materials and then he said (and I quote), “Now we’re going to baptize these pieces.”

    So what did he do with them? Did he pour water over them? Nope. Did he sprinkle it on them? Nope. He simply took the pieces and he immersed them down in the water.

    Now if only there was a way to get some “salesman” of the gospel to learn what that salesman of windows already knew about baptism then we’d all be one step closer to a real unity when it comes to the word of God.

    Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Romans 6:3-4)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 7:48 pm on 2013-12-31 Permalink | Reply
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    Gary Freeman’s ‘One’ sermon chart 

    Gary Freeman shared this chart on FB’s Pulpit Preview group.

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