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  • Eugene Adkins 6:57 am on 2016-05-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Using scripture to justify sexual perversion is actually scriptural* 

    Let’s be up front – I make mistakes! In comparison to the standards of God, the “all” of Romans 3:23 includes me. Even if I were to solely go by my own standards in life, I would still fail at living perfectly. But God forbid that I, in any sort of right mind, would use the word of God to pervert the grace of God and justify the sin that I commit against myself, my neighbor or my creator (Romans 6:1).

    I see my sins! And that means that I know I’m not perfect; but I believe there is a perfect law, and that law in no way excuses sin (James 1:21-25). God’s law, through the blood of Jesus the Christ, will justify sin that’s been repented of (Luke 13:3-5, Acts 2:38), but God’s law in no way excuses sin (Ephesians 5:1-7). And you would think the clarity of scriptures such as Romans 1:18-321 Corinthians 6:9-11; 18Galatians 5:16-21Ephesians 4:17-24; 5:1-7Colossians 3:1-11, 1 Thessalonians 4:1-52 Timothy 3:1-7 and 1 Peter 2:9-12 would be enough to convince someone who thinks otherwise to think otherwise (I could have kept going with several more plainly spoken scripture references but if these 67 verses don’t help you to see the truth of the matter, then sadly you’re probably not able to – John 9:25; 39-41). Fact of the matter is, if it weren’t for the scriptures of God that reveals the will of God (2 Timothy 3:16-171 John 1:7-10; 3:4-7Psalm 19:8, 119:172) I wouldn’t even know whether I have sinned against God! (Romans 7:7)

    Despite the sound line of the afore-mentioned reasoning, there are some in the religious world who find great pleasure in using twisting the scriptures of God to excuse sin, and great offense at anyone who “dares” to suggest that one can know that another is committing or living in sin. For proof all you have to do is read this story about offended politicians and the comments that followed where homosexuality and the rest of the LGBTQ letters are defended with verses such as the “ole-reliable” Matthew 7:1-2 (judge not that you be not judged…), Matthew 7:12 (the “golden-rule”) and even Matthew 22:37-40 (the first and second commandment). (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:56 pm on 2014-07-10 Permalink | Reply
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    A silly attempt at justifying denominationalism 

    I’ve heard it used several times by preachers in and out of the church of Christ in an attempt to justify blatant denominational behavior and it gets sillier every time I hear it.

    TRIBE – tribe – TrIbE – tribe – Tribe

    Our tribe, their tribe, his tribe, her tribe and every tribe under the sun.

    The rationale seems to be that modern-day denominations are no different from the past tribes of Israel, but the lack of rationale in such a mindset seems to be, or at least it should be, all too apparent to anyone that has a limited knowledge about Israel’s various tribes!

    One – the tribes were named after Israel’s children, not divisive doctrines and false prophets!

    Two – the tribes were actual tribes, not divisions based on preference!

    Three – the tribes were all still amenable to the same law which governed how all of them were to walk with God in life and in worship!

    Four – a refusal to follow the governing law in any of the ways given by God was not celebrated by saying that’s just the way their tribe does it!

    It can be ignored, made fun of or even despised by some, but the church is still expected to be one, and that doesn’t mean one tribe here, one tribe there and another tribe over there.

    I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:20-21)

     
    • Sandi Rog 11:50 pm on 2014-07-10 Permalink | Reply

      I couldn’t agree more. Even Jesus said to the woman at the well, who was a samaritan, that salvation was with the Jews. Samaritans had broken away from the Jews and intermarried with outsiders. Truth is “narrow-minded.” 2 + 2 will always be 4. God’s word and its teaching is no different.

    • James 12:19 am on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      Wow! So James in writing to the twelve tribes scattered abroad must have been writing to some of the early denominations. (sarc).

    • Beth Johnson 5:49 am on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      Some ethnic groups have unwritten rules about authority figures and family and even though these unwritten rules contradict scripture, they adhere tenaciously to them because of cultural. What makes me shake my head is when members of the church will say, “Well, that is just how *we* do things.”

      • Eugene Adkins 2:47 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

        Hear ya.

      • Sandi Rog 11:39 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

        Beth is right, and I have to say that the churches in America also play a part in this. While it doesn’t necessarily contradict scripture, many Christians accuse those who don’t attend Sunday evening services or Wednesday evening Bible studies on a regular basis as weak Christians or as even going to hell. Having lived in Holland for thirteen years and after coming to America, we’ve experienced a bit of culture shock where this is concerned. In Europe, we only meet on Sunday mornings. Of course, our family LOVES to attend anytime we get a chance here in America, so it’s not drudgery at all, but it is held as practically a “scriptural rule” here, very similarly to how the Pharisees in Christ’s day bound man-made rules (traditions of men) on the Jews. It’s something to think about, is all I’m saying. It’s very easy to see what “others” are doing wrong, but it’s important that we remain humble (not accusing anyone here of not being humble, by any means) and make sure we don’t have a log in our own eyes. These are just the thoughts Beth’s post stirred in me. Nothing more. I feel I may be taking a risk of stepping on toes by sharing these thoughts, but as Christians I think it’s important to question ourselves, test ourselves to see if we’re pleasing to God and even acting on His authority.

        • Eugene Adkins 6:35 am on 2014-07-12 Permalink | Reply

          I understand. I have said in sermons before (on Sunday morning due to obvious necessity) that I do not believe that a person will go to Hell for not coming on Sunday or Wednesday night, but at the same time I warned that intentional absences are most often an indication of deeply rooted spiritual problems. I have seen it far too often in the short time that I have been a Christian.

          I know there are justifiable reasons (I have sicknesses in my family as well – although I have noticed how many sick people still manage to go to work in their yard on Saturday and at their job on Monday???), for missing worship and Bible study services but time has shown that the average person who rarely shares his or her time with God and the congregation also rarely gives support in word, in action, in finances or in emotion, and I do not believe (at least with my experience) that it has been because they were “shunned” in any way due to their attendance or the lack thereof.

          Balance is always good, and recognizing the difference between the traditions of the church found in scripture and the traditions that we do indeed have is important…although we do see at one time that the church had a habit of meeting daily in one fashion or another 🙂 (Acts 2:46)

          • Sandi Rog 11:27 am on 2014-07-12 Permalink | Reply

            It really is encouraging to meet more often throughout the week. We love it. Although, there are times we may be going through something that makes us too exhausted to go, or someone is sick, etc. I had a battle with cancer, so I find my endurance isn’t what it used to be. Either way, we love being with the body and are spiritually renewed every time we meet with the brethren. Thanks for sharing Acts 2:46. That’s a good reminder. 🙂

            We have members here at our congregation who would like to build a type of “commune” where we can all live together. I’d honestly LOVE that. They actually just bought land to make that happen. They’ve done this as a means of protection for the church, a place to escape if needed. Lord-willing it won’t come to that.

        • Beth Johnson 10:54 pm on 2014-07-13 Permalink | Reply

          Had you ever considered what the phrase “the Lord’s day” meant? Do Christians observe the day as belonging to the Lord or do most observe it as belonging to themselves–a day to catch up on personal things, maybe a day for relaxation? Perhaps that is a concept that would come into play when we decide to or not to attend services in the evenings.

          I just got a bulletin yesterday where two questions were posed for the congretation to consider. They apparently have mostly elderly members and so a suggestion had been put forth to 1. share lunch together and 2. meet a second time at 1:30 rather than the regularly scheduled time of 6:00 PM. Would that be accepted where you are?

          • Sandi Rog 2:35 am on 2014-07-14 Permalink | Reply

            Yes, they’d do that here. We visited a congregation a while back that did that because the members had to travel too far (some traveled as many as two-three hours one way). The congregation was tiny, only about 10 members.

            To my knowledge, the phrase “the Lord’s day” is only used in Revelation 1:10 and several OT passages (I believe) in reference to the Sabbath. It’s my understanding that the passage in Rev. where “the Lord’s day” is used that it’s not referring to the “first day of the week,” which is used in several NT passages in reference to when the Christians met together. I do believe on the first day of the week God should and deserves to be acknowledged with honor, worship and praise as the Christians did in the NT. This is what we today would interpret as an “example” of what we should follow. But we shouldn’t follow it out of “compulsion,” but out of a sincere desire to “want” to be with our heavenly Father, to acknowledge and praise Him for all that He’s done for us, and to be with the brethren to encourage one another. The first century Christians laid out a good foundation for us as this is when they came together, on the “first day of the week.”

            Are we commanded to come together on Sunday and Wednesday evenings? No. Nor are we “commanded” to come together on Sunday morning. We come together on Sunday mornings because of the “example” shown to us in the scriptures. The scriptures also show us an example in Acts 2:46 that Eugene shared where they met daily. That tells me, if the Lord’s body chooses to meet on Sunday and Wed evenings, we should be there. But I don’t believe it’s a matter of “forsaking the assembly” if we were to stay home in the evenings. In that passage, it’s my understanding in Hebrews 10:25 that it’s referring to the “first day of the week.” Does that mean I “want” to skip out on being with the brethren in the evenings? No. But there are times I need to stay home.

            That got a bit long. Not sure if I’ve answered your question.

            • Beth Johnson 4:08 am on 2014-07-14 Permalink

              I started a reply and lost it. Here’s hoping it did not go through, since it was incomplete.

              You mentioned, “But we shouldn’t follow it out of “compulsion,” but out of a sincere desire to “want” to be with our heavenly Father.”
              What about Jesus’ statement in luke about a servant doing “all that is his duty to do?”
              What about the apostle Paul’s statement about having a commission of the Gospel given to him. He had choices in that commission. He could either do it willingly and get a reward or unwillingly and get no reward. OR he could not do it and go to hell.

            • Sandi Rog 4:32 am on 2014-07-14 Permalink

              Beth, yes, it’s definitely our duty to follow the will of God and obey His commands. I just think God prefers it when we’re doing something because we “love Him,” and not because we “have to.” That’s all I was trying to say there. 🙂

    • Randal 12:59 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      When there is no justification to be had, grasping at straws looks mighty good.

    • Jack 5:13 pm on 2014-07-11 Permalink | Reply

      Denominations came to be named (so denominated) by their various patterns of departures from the new covenant’s one doctrine, one faith, etc. by copying Rome’s pattern of merging the two covenants into one, which became known as Federal Theology institutionalizing organized clergy and laity as each had its purpose to establish a “Christian Theocracy”, ergo the Holy Roman Empire, The Church of England.

      Jude 1:5 But I would put you in remembrance, you who once knew all things, that the Lord, having saved a people out of [the] land of Egypt, in the second place destroyed those who had not believed.

      Then, if apostasy can be made worse, many have completely denied the inerrancy of scripture while others who have not have maintained their various departures and have countered charges of division for over a 100 years with, “We are all going to same place just by different roads”.

      2 Peter 2:1-2 But there were false prophets also among the people, as there shall be also among you false teachers, who shall bring in by the bye destructive heresies, and deny the master that bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction; and many shall follow their dissolute ways, through whom the way of the truth shall be blasphemed.

      The Old was nailed on the cross (Col.2:14), the New bought with His blood (death) calling His congregation (people) out of the nations “who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all lawlessness, and purify to Himself a peculiar people, zealous for good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise thee.” (Titus 2:14-15 )

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