The people of God in some regions of the world, Brazil included, are locked in a necessary battle for their identity. Within their midst false teachings have arisen. Such teachings may emanate from newcomers. Often, however, trusted brethren change their message. Where they once proclaimed the truth, now they preach a modified gospel, which is no gospel at all, but a distorted version of it. Continue reading
A Forbes article stated that “upwards of 60% of links shared on social media were posted without the sharer reading the article first.” Facebook is now tracking how long users look at posts as they look to control what they term fake news. https://seenthis.net/messages/561034
I’ve seen people make comments on social media links that had nothing to do with the content, just a knee-jerk reaction. The 60% figure is not surprising, therefore.
One wonders if people do similar things in God’s kingdom.
Do some saints recommend people and works that aren’t true to Scripture? Do they approve of things that have no basis in the Bible? Do congregations support efforts they really don’t know much about?
Are we ourselves guilty of giving a stamp of approval to false doctrine and teachers? 2 Jn 1.
“But examine all things; hold fast to what is good. Stay away from every form of evil” 1 Thes 5.21-22.
SHOOTING FIRST, THEN DRAWING THE BULL’S-EYE
The story is told of a stranger driving through a small southern town and observing that many of the large trees along the streets, as well as the sides of old abandoned buildings, had a “bull’s-eye” on them with a shooter’s mark in the dead center of every one of them. Thinking there must be a “dead eye” shooter in the town the stranger stopped and asked a local citizen about the matter. The local explained that what the stranger was seeing were the exploits of the village idiot who shot first, then drew the “bull’s-eye” around his mark!
The story reminds me of how some folks approach the study of the Bible: they decide first what they want to believe about a matter; then they find the text that “supports” what they have already made up their mind to believe about that matter. My “News & Views” of last week (“We Have Re-studied The Issue“) is a classic example of what I am talking about. A few churches of Christ have decided to begin using instrumental music in some or all of their services. Under the guise of a “re-study,” they adopt a course of action they had already decided on: “We intend to have instrumental music in our services”! Continue reading
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.
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God’s grace not only saves, but teaches. It will not save unless we are teachable. We cannot welcome saving grace without accepting teaching grace. Grace is not a blanket to cover sin that is present, but removes both its guilt and its practice.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to the intent that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we would live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world; looking for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a people for his own possession, zealous for good works. Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you.
This Paul says in Titus 2:11-15 (WEB). Grace comes with conditions. It is spiritual and moral. Holiness belongs to grace. If godliness is not present, neither is grace. Continue reading
C.E.W. Dorris wrote these provocative words concerning Jesus’ departure from the temple in Mark 13:
“Sad the day for us when Jesus leaves our temple, and his voice is no longer heard pleading in our souls.”
His words evoke memory of Jesus standing at the door of the hearts of Laodicean Christians in Revelation 3. Do we sometimes ignore Jesus as we would an unwelcome guest? Do we mentally and spiritually pretend that we’re not home when our conscience senses his knocking?
Jesus calls us to follow him. That call requires attention in all areas of life, in making decisions and in forgiving as he forgives as well as in preaching sound doctrine.
Have we surrendered all? Is the voice of Jesus still pleading in our souls?
by Hugh Fulford
There was a time when all preachers in the church of Christ were known as “book, chapter and verse” preachers. By this it was meant that they endeavored to “speak as the oracles of God” (I Peter 4:11), and to prove every point they made by the Scriptures.They shunned the religious doctrines and commandments of men, they refused to preach their own opinions, and endeavored instead to set forth the will of God about any and every matter of which they spoke. I am thankful that we still have many such preachers, men who wish to be known simply as gospel preachers, men who can back up what they proclaim by a “thus saith the Lord.”
Unfortunately, “book, chapter and verse” preaching has sometimes been wrongly characterized as “proof texting.”Proof texting is an abuse and misuse of scripture.It ignores the larger context of a verse and uses the verse to “prove” a preconceived notion or point of doctrine. As someone has observed, a text taken out of context is a pretext. Every passage of scripture must be understood in the light of its larger context, including the total teaching of the Scriptures on a particular subject. For example, all the verses ascribing salvation to faith in Christ must be understood in the light of all that the New Testament teaches with respect to what one does in response to the saving grace of God. Continue reading