Burton Coffman quote on “Thoughts Regarding Another Gospel”

THOUGHTS REGARDING ANOTHER GOSPEL

Paul’s times were not unique in producing advocates of “another gospel,” which in reality is “no gospel,” but falsehood.

Some advocate the gospel of salvation by morality, supposing that the only requirement for eternal life is to live respectably before one’s contemporaries. Others advocate the gospel of an infallible church, whereas no church was ever infallible, not even any that were founded, or planted, by the apostles themselves, as detailed in the first chapters of Revelation. Still others preach the gospel of salvation by faith only, notwithstanding the fact that such a so-called gospel is anti-Scriptural, delusive, deceitful and contrary to everything in the New Testament. The great fad of our own times is the gospel of humanism, which deifies man himself, leaves the Son of God completely out of consideration, and equates humanitarian and charitable works with God’s unqualified approval, despite the truth that no present-day humanitarian may lay claim to any better service than that rendered by Cornelius, who was a lost man until he obeyed the gospel.

Contrasting with all such false gospels is the only one true and eternal gospel of Jesus Christ revealed in the New Testament; and if one desires to know what it is and receive its blessings, he must find it here, and having found it: (a) believe the great facts it reveals, (b) obey its commandments, and (c) receive its glorious promises! Amen!

(James Burton Coffman New Testament Commentaries: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, Volume VIII, P. 25-26, Paragraphs 4,5,1, ©1977, A.C.U. Press)

#denominational-errors, #quote, #the-gospel-of-christ

Burton Coffman quote on “faith only”

Any person familiar with the meaning of ordinary words must know that salvation “by faith alone” means salvation without obeying the Christians ordinances, without holiness, without moral conduct, without respect for any Christian duty, without the church and without the new birth or anything else. Such is the meaning of the word “alone” or its equivalent “only.” The only religious error ever known which rivals that of so-called salvation “by faith only” is the Christian Science proposition that there is no pain, sickness or death!

(James Burton Coffman New Testament Commentaries: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians, Volume VIII, P. 14, Paragraph 3, ©1977, A.C.U. Press)

#faith-alone, #faith-only, #quote

Serving others by standing-up for them

When it comes to displaying godly behavior, the ways of doing so are numerous. In the latest issue of Gospel Minutes the following point was made after noting Joseph’s willingness to stand-up for his brother Benjamin during his incognito interaction with the rest of his brothers:

This is one of our principle duties as Christians. We are not here to just go through the motions of worship and religious activities. We are here to protect the weak. We must act when we see children abused. We must act when we see domestic abuse. We must act when we see people at risk or in danger of maltreatment and do all we can to protect them. In the process, we may (like Joseph) discover what it is in the hearts of others. In the meantime, we will be rescuing a helpless victim. (Taking Responsibility by David Thurman – Gospel Minutes – Volume 66, No. 16)

The social justice movement abuses the essence of the gospel, but the essence of the gospel comes with the responsibility of societal justice. In other words, we have a responsibility to love our neighbor, and that includes not only doing right ourselves but also helping others when they are wronged. This responsibility can be seen in the lessons of the Good Samaritan, the woman taken in adultery and even in the interaction between Jesus and Simon the Pharisee (not to mention Jesus’ crucifixion and everything that surrounded his injustice).

As Christians, we cannot “fix” the world but we can help others by being a light that reveals the difference between right and wrong.

But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.” (Ephesians 5:13 NKJV)

#christianity, #help-others, #joseph, #quote

Alexander Campbell & New Testamentism

Cool Alexander Campbell

“We have no system of our own, nor of others, to substitute in lieu of the reigning systems. We only aim at substituting the New Testament in lieu of every creed in existence; whether Mahometan, Pagan, Jewish, or Sectarian. We wish to call Christians to consider that Jesus Christ has made them kings and priests to God. We neither advocate Calvinism, Arminianism, Arianism, Socinianism, Trinitarianism, Unitarianism, Deism, or Sectarianism, but New Testamentism.”

Alexander Campbell, Christian Baptist, Vol. 1, No. 5,  1 December 1823 

#alexander-campbell, #quote

Quotable Quote on Faith, the Bible and Jonah

Can’t say I know everything about his politics, but I can say this quote by a former popular American politician is worth quoting:

“If the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.” – William Jennings Bryan

#jonah, #quote, #william-jennings-bryant

Resisting Temptation

“A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means. This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is… A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people, in one sense, know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in.” [C.S. Lewis].

#faith, #quote, #resist, #temptation

If you were to take the sum…

“If you were to take the sum total of all authoritative articles ever written by the most qualified of psychologists and psychiatrists on the subject of mental hygiene–if you were to combine them and refine them and cleave out the excess verbiage–if you were to take the whole of the meat and none of the parsley, and if you were to have these unadulterated bits of pure scientific knowledge concisely expressed by the most capable of living poets, you would have an awkward and incomplete summation of the Sermon on the Mount” [Psychiatrist, J.T. Fisher]

“More Evidence That Demands a Verdict” by Josh McDowell, page 162].

#apologetics, #jesus, #quote, #sermon-on-the-mount, #teaching

Local Churches Expand As Membership Falls

An article from the Amarillo Globe News: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2011-03-13/local-churches-expand-membership-falls

A quote from the article: “What we need to give people is an experience of the holy, allowing them to come as they are.”

Question: Is allowing folks to “come as they are” giving people an “experience” of the holy?

#allow, #article, #experience, #holy, #people, #quote

Favorite Non-Biblical Quote

My favorite non-biblical quote is from William Wordsworth’s, “The World Is Too Much With Us”: http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15878 – especially the first four lines:

“The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!”

As the poem suggests, many human beings are too preoccupied with the material (“The world…getting and spending”) and have lost touch with the spiritual and with nature. What a sad commentary on our society today.

Here’s a commentary on the poem: http://www.sparknotes.com/poetry/wordsworth/section4.rhtml

#biblical, #favorite, #quote, #wordsworth, #world

What Kills Us

My favorite non-biblical quote comes from the philosopher Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche.

While I don’t agree with about 99 percent of Nietzsche, I do agree with, “What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.”

Of course, Peter said it much better when he wrote, “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ,” (1 Peter 1:6-7 ESV).

We may be tested by fire, but when we come out: we’re pure GOLD. It’s a difficult process, but yields a good result.

#quote, #stronger

Something Unique In My Life

The most unique part of life that God has blessed me with, is a sense of humor. Without it, I would have probably ended up in some mental institution long ago. I’m reminded of this humorous quote: “Don’t take [this] life too seriously, you won’t get out alive.”

#alive, #blessed, #humorous, #life, #quote, #serious, #unique

Is it truly in the past?

           Emily Dickinson is famous for the poem, “Because I could not stop for death,” but she is also famous for numerous quotes.

            One of Dickinson’s quotes is, “The past is not a package one can lay away.” Such is a striking saying in view of the popular misconception that “It’s all in the past and over and done.” Those things done in the past are to be forgotten forever, some think.

            That, however, is not the Bible’s teaching. Paul wrote the Galatians, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap,” (Galatians 6:7).

            A practical lesson of this can be found in 1 Kings in the example of Joab. The general of David’s army had served the king faithfully for many years. But Joab had done some intemperate things in his youth. He had killed two good men for nothing more than revenge and jealousy.

            Joab was guilty of killing Abner, Saul’s general, although Abner changed his mind about King David and determined to serve him (2 Samuel 3:21). Since Abner had reconciled with David, and since it might have been possible for Abner to continue as general of Israel’s army, Joab might have decided to eliminate Abner. Joab was also angry with Abner over the death of his brother (2 Samuel 3:27).

            After Absalom’s failed attempt to take the throne, a man named Sheba mounted his own drive to become king. David told Amasa, a commander of the army of Judah, to deal with the insurrection and present himself before the king in three days. Amasa failed to discharge his duty in the time allotted, but really had done nothing wrong. Joab found Amasa and killed him (2 Samuel 20:4ff).

            Both deeds were unwarranted, done in peacetime and also done surreptitiously. Therefore, the murders were punishable by death for violation of God’s command, “Thou shalt not kill,” (Exodus 20:13).

            The consequences of Joab’s actions came visiting at the time of David’s illness and impending death. The general decided to back Adonijah, the half-brother of Solomon, as the new king. In explaining why Joab was to be executed, King David told Solomon it was because of the murders Joab committed (1 Kings 2:5).

            God had worked out the recompense for Joab’s cruel killings. Even though these deaths had happened years before, God had not forgotten. We can’t treat our sin as if it has an expiration date. If we fail to repent, we can be assured sin’s wages will be paid.

            God is not mocked. If we think we can use time as a means of covering sin, we are sadly mistaken, just as Joab was. If we sow to the flesh, we shall of the flesh reap corruption, the apostle wrote (Galatians 6:7-9). We can’t sow sin and hope for a crop failure.

#past, #quote

There are many things that catch my atte…

There are many things that catch my attention when I think (read) of the words of another. Today, the following caught my attention: “The fixed knowledge of those things would fortify their minds against the seductive insinuations of false teachers, who mix just so much truth with their fallacies as often to give them the fascinations of honesty and candour, and who impose them as the result of superior enlightenment, and of an extended and advantageous research” (p. 112).

These are the words of John Eadie (commentary on Colossians, 1856). Currently doing some work on Colossians that I will submit, in due time, to P Sanders. However, as a result of an assignment given to me (others), I took note of these words and have liked them. Thus, I have cut and pasted them in a document (article) that I am working on. I have been quite aware of this approach for some years, but it was good to read it from a man who lived over 150 years ago.

#john-eadie, #knowledge, #quote