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12-13-2016 Getting Jesus Right-Word Of God

The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ.  A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.”  “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13 NKJV).  Only the Word of God should be our source of faith, everything else should not be!  Since the Bible was written by God through inspired men, “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar” (Proverbs 30:5-6 NKJV).   Don’t rely on false translations or traditions!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#false-translations, #traditions, #word-of-god

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12-16-2016 Getting Jesus Right-No Mass

The New Testament writers, “did not follow cunningly devised fables” (2 Peter 1:16 NKJV) when they wrote about Jesus Christ.  A “fable” is a “myth, fairy tale, or falsehood.” “Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle” (2 Thessalonians 2:15 NKJV).  A “tradition” is “a practice handed down, or passed along,” so Christian “traditions” must come from the Apostles, themselves.  No “tradition,” then, that cannot be found in God’s New Testament, should be practiced by Christians, for “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17 NKJV).  In the New Testament, Christians did not: 1) celebrate Jesus’ birth; 2) say He was born during some pagan time change of seasons; 3) mix up Bible events; 4) mix Bible records with myths or fairy tales! Take Christ out of the mess of “Mass!”

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#christians, #mass, #traditions

Daily Nudge: Breaking traditions — and news

Yesterday a brother preacher wrote about an elder-teen retreat in his congregation and mentioned they sometimes did things differently. Then last night I read Matt. 15 for our daily reading, where Jesus gives the Pharisees and scribes a shellacking for putting their traditions above God’s commandments. A happy confluence of modern practice and pristine doctrine.

So here’s today’s Nudge: how does your congregation, or one  you know about, do things differently, not for the sake of different, but for the sake of doing a better work for the Lord, from some of the non-binding ways we often have of doing things in the church?

I’m not saying we set traditions up over God’s commandments, mind you, just that it is possible to get in a rut with the way we work and worship. A few object to changing our customary routines. And many of us feel the downward pull of comfortable habit.

Perhaps the law of inertia is at work in this: “Every object in a state of uniform motion tends to remain in that state of motion unless an external force is applied to it.”

The news I know got mentioned in the first paragraph, and I’ve invited the brother to write it up for BNc. Here’s praying he gets to it. Looking forward to reading about your news. And your reply to the Nudge.

#nudge, #traditions