Man in his 30s lives 1940s lifestyle. I know some saints like that.

Ben Sansum is 35 years old, but he lives in 1946. Ben’s clothing, his home, the music he listens to – all come from an era before he was even born. BBC News recently paid Ben a visit at his home in Cambridgeshire, England to learn more about his decision to live in the past.

via Meet The 35-Year-Old Man Who Lives In 1946

I’ve not been able to watch this video yet. But the text reminds me that I know of a few saints who are living in the 40s or 50s, as far as their faith goes. It seems like they’ve not learned to apply the primitive truth of the gospel to a 21st-century world.

It’s not a sign of faithfulness to live and speak like people of 70 or 80 years ago. Or even to live like first-century folk, in tunics and sandals and riding donkeys. (We once met some people like that, too.)

Is it a challenge? Sure. But it’s worse to remain stuck in the past that doesn’t represent, necessarily, the original pattern of the Way.

You take it from here.

#faith #pattern #past

Pick and choose your rituals

It’s ironic to see Protestants having fallen in to the Catholic tradition of annual observances like Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter, and other religious dates. Before long, they’ll be adopting the veneration of saints, too.

Most of them didn’t used to do this. But when you don’t really have a basis in the Bible, you pick and choose your rituals.

Like righteous Lot of long ago, the holy ones of God feel distress at this and other religious customs that have nothing to do with the original faith given to humankind by the Lord Jesus Christ.

#pattern, #protestantism, #ritual

1 Corinthians 4.17

“For this reason, I have sent Timothy to you, who is my dear and faithful son in the Lord. He will remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church” (NET).

What perspectives, lessons, and applications do you see for this verse? One important truth in this verse is that the teaching done in Christ applies to everyone: “everywhere in every church.”

#model, #pattern, #teaching, #votd

Hugh’s News & Views (Reading Gleanings)

READING GLEANINGS

“The major division in biblical material is between the Old Testament and the New Testament. The law of Moses is addressed to all people that came out of Egypt (Exod 20:2). Neither I nor my ancestors came out of Egypt. The law was a controlling force until Christ came (Gal 3:19). Paul is explicit that we are no longer under the custodian (Gal 3:25). The bond was nailed to the cross (Col2:14). Hence, I do not determine in specifics what I should do by the law of Moses. At the same time, I recognize that there is much admonition of value in the Old Testament. It should not be thrown out. It should be studied and its admonitions heeded (1 Cor 10:11; Rom 15:14; 2 Tim 3:15-16)” (Dr. Jack P. Lewis, in the chapter on “Biblical Interpretation” from his book Basic Beliefs, p. 47). Continue reading

#hughfulford, #pattern, #restoration

June 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:

  • The New Testament’s “Pattern of Worship” (Dave Rogers)
  • Social Drinking (Sam Willcut)
  • Do Not Quit Writing (Tommy Kelton)
  • The Doctrine of Christ (William Woodson)
  • Tradition or Truth? (Michael Light)
  • Much Wine? (Tracy Dugger)
  • Can Worship Be Vibrant and Meaningful without Becoming Faddish and Unscriptural? (Tom Holland)
  • What Does It Mean to Preach Christ? (Billy Bland)
  • The Drag of Discouragement (Bill Burk)
  • Involvement (Bobby Liddell)

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

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#christian-worker, #doctrine, #drinking, #involvement, #jesus-christ, #pattern, #pdf, #preaching-christ, #tradition, #truth, #wine, #worship

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(#169) The Proverbs of Solomon 24:19-20-Imitation of Life

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 24:19-20: “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked; For there will be no prospect for the evil man; The lamp of the wicked will be put out.”

This proverb echoes what David had said in a Psalm: “Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, And wither as the green herb. Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass” (Psalm 37:1-5).

Since “envy is rottenness to the bones” (Proverbs 14:30), and ends at death (Ecclesiastes 9:5-6), and was the motivation for the Jews’ condemnation of Jesus (Matthew 27:17-18), and contradictions of the Gospel of Christ (Acts 13:45), then it is clearly coming from a carnal mindset and condemned as sin (1 Corinthians 3:3; Galatians 5:19-21). The person who envies has allowed someone else to become a standard to be reached, while ignoring the standards God has given. The Jews felt Jesus had become more popular and influential than they were, and were willing to ignore God’s Law given through Moses and have Jesus unjustly condemned and killed!

According to James 3:13-17, envy is “earthly, sensual, demonic,” and is accompanied by “confusion and every evil thing.” To become “envious” of someone else’s language, beauty, skills, situation, or possessions, kills the Christian’s ability to, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15). The person who is envied becomes an idol to be imitated, but those who follow Jesus Christ should be our model: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1); and never let evil be our goal: “Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God” (3 John 11). If we pattern ourselves like the wicked, we will receive their reward!

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

#bible-study, #carnal, #envious, #envy, #example, #model, #pattern, #proverbs

Divine Pattern

The church in the New Testament, though, does not allow us to accept or reject issues and doctrines as we like. In fact, it calls upon us to accept the Lord and His way since He is the Author of eternal salvation. “Think of it – a DIVINE church. To many people, especially those who have been disappointed by a church member, the church is anything but a divine institution. However, let us pause for reflection. When we talk about the church in the Bible we are talking about a pattern or an ideal – yea, a pattern or an ideal for our reproduction. This is almost axiomatic for since the Bible is a DIVINE book anything within would be of divine origin. But, wait just a minute! IF THERE IS A DIVINE PATTERN FOR ME TO FOLLOW, AM I NOT MORE THAN PRESUMPTUOUS TO FOLLOW ANYTHING ELSE? What would it mean for me to fabricate my own pattern and call men to follow it when all the while there is a divine pattern awaiting my use?” (Don Dewelt, The Church in the Bible, p. 18).

#bible, #church, #pattern