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7-1-2015 Homosexuals in Church?

Are there homosexuals in the church of Christ? Absolutely! The church of Christ in Corinth had members who once were : fornicators, idolaters, adulterers, homosexuals, sodomites, thieves, covetous, drunkards, revilers, extortioners. The church of Christ began with murderers of Jesus Christ who were told to: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38 NKJV). When they obeyed, “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV). The church of Christ is made up of all kinds of sinners – who have repented. Paul reminded the Corinthians: “And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #church-of-christ, #drunkards, #homosexuals, #idolaters, #repented, #sodomites, #thieves, #washed

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6-24-2015 Let’s Come Together

When tragedy strikes, whether natural (such as tornado, hurricane, earthquake, or volcano), man-made (such as automobile wrecks, construction failures, or industrial disasters), or evil-doings (such as mass murders, beheadings, rapes, abuse or neglect of children, or abortions), people call for everyone to “come together” and share in the grief and concern. Isn’t that what the church of Christ is all about? Those who obey the Gospel of Christ are added to His church for worship of God and fellowship with one another. “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body” (1 Corinthians 12:13 NKJV). “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin” (1 John 1:7 NKJV). It’s as close as your Bible!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#baptized, #blood-of-jesus-christ, #church-of-christ, #fellowship, #tragedy

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5-8-2015 Why Reject Jesus’ Church?

Do you blame Jesus Christ for Judas Iscariot? No, because “Satan entered Judas” (Luke 22:3).

Since the church of Christ is the body of Jesus Christ today (Colossians 1:24), why blame the churches of Christ for the “ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4 NKJV)? It seems people want to dismiss the churches of Christ by emphasizing the hypocritical few. Do not reject Jesus because of Judas, and do not reject the church of Christ because some have failed to be faithful. Paul wrote “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are in Colosse” (Colossians 1:2). Everyone in the churches of Christ are not “ungodly,” anymore than all Apostles are betrayers of Jesus Christ!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#church-of-christ, #hypocritical, #judas-iscariot, #ungodly-men

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4-1-2015 Who's “Killing Jesus?” #3 – Saved Without the Church

Paul told the Ephesian Elders “to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood” (Acts 20:28 NKJV). That purchase makes Christians “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people” (1 Peter 2:9 NKJV). People who obey the command to “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38, 41 NKJV), know that “the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved” (Acts 2:47 NKJV). People claim they are saved and live a Christian life but have nothing whatever to do with the churches of Christ, have killed Jesus’ purpose in dying on the cross! Since His death purchased the church, and the Lord adds the saved to the church, no one saved is outside His church.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#blood-of-christ, #church-of-christ, #remission-of-sins, #saved

Hugh's News & Views (Twenty Questions … Church)

TWENTY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CHURCH

Questions are excellent ways of learning in any discipline. They are especially beneficial in studying the Scriptures and discerning the will of the Lord on various subjects. Jesus often employed questionsnot always to elicit answers, but to get His hearers to think.

Following is a series of twenty questions concerning the church. The world today has a plethora of notions regarding the church. Answering the questions below will help one to have a clear and biblical concept of the church. (For those not familiar with the content of the cited Bible texts, I would kindly urge them to turn to those passages, read them, and let God’s word speak for itself.) Continue reading

#church-of-christ, #hughfulford

Hugh's News & Views (Chapter 2)

CHAPTER 2

The books of the Bible were not originally divided into chapters and verses. Instead, each book was one undivided document. Stephen Langton, Catholic Archbishop of Canterbury, is credited with first dividing the Bible books into chapters in about A.D. 1227. The dividing of the chapters into verses was a later development in the 1500s.

We can be grateful for the chapter and verse divisions of the Bible books for such facilitates the citing of particular parts of a biblical document. Imagine how difficult it would be if one wanted to cite something out of Isaiah 40 and the best he could do was to say, “Go over about two-thirds into the book of Isaiah and look for this statement.” Or one wanted to call attention to the eighth chapter of Romans and the best he could do was to say, “Go to about the middle of Paul’s letter to the Romans.” Thus, the chapter and verse divisions are a tremendous aid to Bible study.

It is interesting to note that, as it turns out, several interesting details about the church are provided in Chapter 2 of various Bible books. Consider the following. Continue reading

#church-of-christ, #hughfulford

Hugh's News & Views (Descent Of Modernists)

THE DESCENT OF THE MODERNISTS

Ed Bragwell and I were fellow students at Freed-Hardeman College back in the mid-1950s. Ed has preached the gospel for all or parts of at least seven decades (as have I), and only in fairly recent months has he retired from full-time ministry. He continues to edit a publication, “The Reflector,” and is kind enough to send me a digitized copy of it each month.

Ed is a good writer, and while he and I disagree on a few matters, I appreciate his commitment to the divine inspiration and authority of the Scriptures, the great fundamentals of “the faith once for all delivered to the saints,” and the undenominational church set forth on the pages of the New Testament. Continue reading

#church-of-christ, #doctrine, #hughfulford, #progressives