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  • Eugene Adkins 6:42 am on 2016-07-11 Permalink | Reply
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    So you don’t need the Bible to know Jesus, huh? 

    Don’t need the Bible to know Jesus, you say? Well how is it that you came to know about Jesus to begin with?

    • Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith—to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen.” (Romans 16:25-27)
    • Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)
    • And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.” (Acts 18:27-28)
    • and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:15-17)
    • So when they had appointed him a day, many came to him at his lodging, to whom he explained and solemnly testified of the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening.” (Acts 28:23)
    • Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”” (John 1:45)
    • Then He took the twelve aside and said to them, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man will be accomplished.” (Luke 18:31)

    So when it comes to what you know about Jesus, what are you going to tell me about him that you didn’t learn from the very Bible that you supposedly don’t need to know him?

    So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)

  • J. Randal Matheny 5:16 pm on 2015-04-11 Permalink | Reply
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    Change the way we preach? 

    Preaching needs to change in order to adapt to the postmodern mind, says one author. Read this review of the book:


    It’s a review of a book, but you have any thoughts pro or con on it?

    • docmgphillips 5:41 pm on 2015-04-11 Permalink | Reply

      Unless I greatly miss the point, I would throw this book in the garbage. Even if demons can quote Scripture and appear as angels of light (II Corinthians 11:14+), they do not lead one to salvation. If the congregation needs to be entertained instead of being taught the truth, are they saved anyway? If I have missed the point, I apologize, but I still hold for “strong meat” teaching over entertainment.

    • John Henson 9:55 pm on 2015-04-11 Permalink | Reply

      My initial opinion of this review has just three points (right now). 1) The author writes, “According to Sweet, the sure fire way to dampen the spirits of congregations today is to preach clear cut expositions of exegetical treatments that are wrapped up in definitive truth claims, particularly when this is done in a passionless delivery.” The author gives no objective proof of his claim, therefore it is a supposition and not worthy of serious consideration. 2) Textual expository preaching is about focusing on and relating truth that people need to please God. The author seems to think pleasing the audience is the prime concern. The apostle Paul disagreed (2 Timothy 4). 3) Because the author has little use for objective truth (the case could be made that he doesn’t consider there to be any such thing) he would disagree with Romans 1:16 that the gospel is the “power of God unto salvation,” and he disagrees with the apostle Paul again in 1 Corinthians 1:18 when Paul wrote, ” For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God,” (1 Corinthians 1:18 NASB). There is more there, but these are my principle observations.

    • LaraIngalls 1:05 pm on 2015-04-13 Permalink | Reply

      I think the book review reflects a confusion I have long and often found frustrating. The churches of Christ confuse what are fairly clearly defined roles in the church, as per Bible application. A preacher, a teacher, and an elder are not the same, nor do they have the same roles. The hardest to distinguish will be the teacher and the preacher; academically, one could call the difference between a lecturer (preacher) and an instructor (teacher). There is most certainly a different skill set required, while having some overlap and thus frequently performed by the same person: the hired preacher. An elder should provide church leadership.

      The main problem the book states appears to be (as quoted by the reviewer): ‘The majority of people in the majority of churches are not engaged in any significant ministry or mission. Christians have become passive spectators in worship rather than active participants. (24)’. For me personally, this is a symptom of a lack of leadership, not of preaching/ teaching. People may know what to do, but to put it into practice is an entirely different matter – and this requires leadership. Church of Christ leadership comes from Elders, not the pulpit or teaching podium.

      As for modernisation of preaching for the new generation, there again is a distinction to be made. Modernising the content is NOT required, since the Bible’s central message, Jesus, is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Modernising teaching/ preaching method and style might require some attention, for sure. As technology moves on in leaps and bounds, it is up to any good educator/ public speaker to see how they can be harnessed to enhance their message. But please do not introduce gimmickry, nor should one reject content rich messages merely to pander to the masses. If one wants to introduce story telling, Jesus’ parables are still as realistic and relevant today as they always were. All simple and educated understand the process of farming (and thus will catch the meaning in the parables of the Sower (Matthew 13)) or have first hand experience of cleaning to find an item (parable of the Lost Coin, Luke 15). That is the masterful way the Holy Bible was written, to truly make it relevant yesterday, today and forever.

      The church of Christ attracts and retains people because of their love of GOD, and their practicing of true religion: to love the LORD and to love one another (Matthew 22:37-39); to actively help of those who cannot help themselves, such as widows and orphans and strive to be ‘unspotted from the world’ (James 1:27). Anyone who is not “on board” with this message in heart, mind, spirit – and actions – is not really “on board” with the church.

  • J. Randal Matheny 6:27 am on 2014-10-25 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , eternal destination, life journey, Postmodernism   

    Sorry, but it's not 'journey before destination' 

    So the perverse concept pops up yet again. This time in the epic fantasy novel The Way of Kings. The author devotes a whole chapter to three ideas, one of which is “journey before destination,” that one must consider or value the journey before the destination. Perhaps later chapters will tweak or deny the concept, but it’s doubtful.

    We’ve written at different times on this postmodernist idea, most recently on Forthright Magazine. As far back as 2003. (More …)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:40 am on 2013-04-18 Permalink | Reply
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    “Funny” Quote 

    One of the quotes that I will remember from our revival this week with Larry Acuff said something to the effect of:

    Political correctness wants a woman everywhere except in a marriage to a man.

    So true. So sad.

    The very culture that’s promising to make a woman more than she’s ever been is taking more than what’s ever been taken! That’s because the world promises what it can’t deliver, but God will deliver whatever His word promises.

  • TFRStaff 4:52 am on 2012-03-07 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , heresy, , Postmodernism   

    The vanishing of heresy 

    by Hugh Fulford

    Several months ago I read Phil Sanders’ book, A Faith Built on Sand: The Foolishness of Popular Religion in a Postmodern World. This is a sequel to Phil’s 2000 book, Adrift: Postmodernism in the Church. Both are deserving of a serious read by all who would be aware of what is taking place in the contemporary world of Christendom.

    Chapter 8 is titled “The Vanishing of Heresy.” Phil begins the chapter with a 1987 quote from J. I. Packer:

    “The net result of all these impulses to pluralism is that … there are just about as many theologies as there are theologians to devise them; the concept of heresy has almost lost its meaning; and loyalty to the institutional church has for the most part taken the place of loyalty to the faith once for all delivered to the saints, for no one is quite sure any more what the essence of that faith really is” (p. 89).

    Packer’s (and Phil’s) point is that—speaking facetiously—heresy is now a thing of the past. It does not exist today! The only “heresy” that exists in our postmodern world is the assertion that something is heresy! Every cockeyed notion, theory, doctrine, practice, and belief is to be uncritically accepted. No one is to be told that they are wrong. Interestingly, however, one postmodernist recently told me, “The Bible is wrong about many things!”

    Later in the chapter Phil observes: “The preaching in churches of Christ has changed in the last generation. Over time the church has become afraid to say much of anything with conviction. Preachers preach much love but little truth, much grace but little repentance, much salvation but little obedience, and much on relationships but little on relating responsibly to God Himself. Some speak much on believing and confuse their listeners by speaking little on what to believe” (p. 100).

    The notion exists in many quarters that preachers ought not to emphasize doctrine “because doctrine only divides.” The idea is that we should “preach only Christ.” But to preach Christ is to preach “doctrine.” It is “doctrine” to affirm that Christ alone is “the way, the truth, and the life,” and that no one comes to the Father except through Him! (John 14:6). But there are multiplied millions who do not believe that Christ is the only way to God. Therefore, Christ Himself is divisive. He said, “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I came not to bring peace but a sword” (Matthew 10:34).

    What does it mean to preach Christ? Can we preach Christ without preaching what He taught? Can we preach Christ without preaching the doctrine of Christ? Philip the evangelist preached Christ to the Ethiopian eunuch and the eunuch asked to be baptized (Acts 8:35-39). How did the eunuch know that he needed to be baptized unless in preaching Christ to him Philip had told him what Christ said one must do to be saved? Jesus said: “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:16).

    The apostle Paul did not subscribe to the idea that doctrine is not important or that there was no such thing as heresy. He named “heresies” as one of the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-22). He further warned that “the time will come when they [the professed people of God, hf] will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn away their ears from the truth, and be turned aside to fables” (II Timothy 4:3-4). In this respect, the ones of whom Paul spoke were like the wayward people of God in the Old Testament who said, “Do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things…” (Isaiah 30:10). Translation: Don’t tell us what we need to hear; tell us what we want to hear. Don’t rebuke us for our sins; rather, show us how we can continue in our sins and still be good church members. Show us how we can be religious without having to be righteous! Make us feel good about ourselves! Such are the times in which we live.

    hugh’s news & Views
    Hugh Fulford
    March 7, 2012

  • philsanders 4:18 pm on 2009-12-08 Permalink | Reply
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    Books I’m Reading 

    Already Gone by Ken Ham & Britt Beemer

    I’m also reading Deceiving Winds by Bruce Morton, just published by 21st Century Christian. An excellent read about culture and Christianity.

    • Richard Mansel 4:20 pm on 2009-12-08 Permalink | Reply

      I forgot to mention that I am also reading Morton’s book. Thanks for the suggestion that you made to me recently.

      • mark mcwhorter 3:38 am on 2009-12-09 Permalink | Reply

        I am also reading Morton’s book. I agree with Woodson’s review, you may not agree with everything he says, but it does incite deeper thought.

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