August 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 3)

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

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Beware of Dogs (Bill Burk)
  • Leaving the Past Behind (Cody Westbrook)
  • Paul’s Present (Neal Pollard)
  • The Only Way to Go is Up! (Andy Baker)
  • A Call to Maturity (Clay Bond)
  • A Call to Follow (D.J. Stucky)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#calling, #christian-worker, #false-teachers, #new-life, #philippians-3, #spiritual-goals, #spiritual-maturity, #the-past

Solar glasses and souls

I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.” (Galatians 1:6-9 NKJV)

Unfortunately, not a few in the religious world are under the impression that all people who claim to speak for God are actually speaking the truth of God. Furthermore, there are some who refuse to believe that some individuals intentionally pervert the truth of the gospel. Truth be told, as it is seen in the above scripture reference, claiming to speak for God does not equate to speaking the truth of God; nor do all individuals care about the people they teach any more than the doctrine they use as food. And I can prove it with a simple analogy!

Have you heard about the eclipse thing that will happen on Monday, August 21st? The news has been talking about it the last two months! And you know what else the news has been talking about for the last two months? Insufficient, fraudulent and dangerous solar glasses that have been sold under the guise of proper, authentic and safe ways of watching the eclipse.

There are people selling solar glasses, fully aware of their product’s short-comings, willing to sacrifice the eye-sight of people for as little as two dollars! And if people are willing to do that with someone’s physical eye-sight, why should it be a surprise if some are willing to so the same thing spiritually speaking (2 Peter 2:1-3, 18-22)?

If you’re going to watch the solar eclipse, be safe and test the solar glasses you’re going to use. And if you’re going to listen to someone teach about God’s word, be safe and test what they teach with God’s word.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”  (1 John 4:1 NKJV)

#false-teachers, #solar-eclipse, #spiritual-analogies, #spiritual-illustrations

mm

12-22-2015 False Teachers “Suppose” Their Doctrine

It is a false teacher who “does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ” and are “men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself” (1 Timothy 6:3-5 NKJV). False teachers: (1) refuse to accept Jesus’ “wholesome” doctrine, such as, “He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mark 16:16 NKJV); (2) are corrupt in mind, and void of “the truth,” and therefore “turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 1:4 NKJV); (3) “Suppose” their doctrine is right while it is contrary to plain, Bible teaching, such as: being a Christian but not in the church of Christ; being saved before being baptized into Jesus’ death; worshiping God with entertainment and not sacrifices.

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

#false-teachers

mm

11-20-2015 False Promises

“They have lied about the LORD, And said, ‘It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, Nor shall we see sword or famine. And the prophets become wind, For the word is not in them” (Jeremiah 5:12-13 NKJV). False preachers teach false ideas and cause people to falsely believe that: (1) God either doesn’t exist, or doesn’t care, or doesn’t help; (2) nothing bad can happen to those who obey God. This causes frustration and rejection when something bad does happen! (3) People who listen to them are “tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting” (Ephesians 4:14 NKJV). (4) Lies about God are not based in the Word of God, the Bible.

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

 

#false-ideas, #false-teachers, #falsely-believe, #lies-about-god

June 2015 Issue of Christian Worker (Preaching God’s Word)

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • “Preach in View of the Judgment” (Rick Brumback)
  • “Reprove…Rebuke” (Sam Willcut)
  • “Be Instant in Season; out of Season” (Al Macias)
  • Exhort (John Moore)
  • Preach with All Longsuffering (Wayne Jones)
  • Preach Sound Doctrine (Joshua Moore)
  • Who Are False Teachers? (Don Walker)
  • The Role of a Preacher (Dewayne Bryant)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2015 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#2-timothy, #christian-worker, #day-of-judgment, #exhortation, #false-teachers, #longsuffering, #preaching-the-gospel, #rebuking, #reproving, #role-of-a-preacher, #sound-doctrine

It must be a cultural thing

When it comes to doctrinal issues too plain to deny, a popular modern-day-tactic used by false teachers both within and without the church is a dismissal based upon the reasoning that says the only reason something was said or done is because it was the “cultural thing” to do.

Baptism for the remission of sins? It must have been a cultural thing. You have to understand that the Jews came from a background that included ritual baths. So today baptism is only a matter of preference.

Believing in only one God? It must have been a cultural thing. You have to understand that even though examples can be seen of people in the New Testament being told to repent of idol worship it was only because those idols would not allow Jesus to be recognized as resurrected from the dead.

Marriage is a covenant that only involves a man and woman? You have to understand that the things that were written, well they were written in times of cultural closed-mindedness and homophobia. God wants people to be happy, and if a command in the scriptures becomes irreconcilable with how they feel then their feelings must be trusted over the cultural commands of the time. Jesus never condemned homosexuality anyways.

Divorce and remarriage only if adultery has been committed? Again that was only a cultural aspect of the times. Paul said if an unbeliever doesn’t want to be married to a believer anymore then it was okay to let them go because personal peace matters the most.

Yes, it sure is amazing what can be dismissed when the feet of the dismissers stand firmly upon today’s culture – or yesterday’s…whichever one is most convenient is fine.

If anyone thinks that he is a prophet, or spiritual, he should acknowledge that the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord. If anyone does not recognize this, he is not recognized.” (1 Corinthians 14:37-38 – ESV)

#false-teachers, #sarcasm, #the-culture-excuse

August 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

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

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • What Is Marriage? What Constitutes Marriage? (Robert R. Taylor, Jr)
  • Has the Kingdom Come? (Sam Willcut)
  • “Buy the Truth and Sell It Not” (Royce Williamson)
  • Watching the Pendulum (Glenn Colley)
  • “Living Oracles” (Mel Futrell)
  • Some Things Must Never Change (Jeff Jenkins)
  • Is It Nothing to You? (Alan Highers)
  • Behind Closed Doors (Steve Higginbotham)

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

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#christian-worker, #courage, #culture-wars, #evangelism, #false-teachers, #kingdom-of-god, #marriage, #oracles-of-god, #pdf, #timeless, #truth