Author Archives: Jay Guin

Question 33.) If everyone would just put aside their preconceived ideas and take the Bible for what it is, would we be in agreement in everything?

From my experiences over the years the brethren who propose or suggest that we just take the Bible for what it says, and then we would have agreement or unity are some of the least likely to do this. I have found that they are really saying that they want you to change your interpretations or viewpoints and accept theirs. They really don’t want to hear your side. This is evident in some of the party publications. Editors and writers will make such proposals, but try to get them to print or publish your views in their papers. Their response is that we are not going to give you any access or an avenue to publicize your errors. Continue reading

Positives of grace in contrast to legalism

October, 2011

Dear brethren,

Like many in the Church of Christ I was raised in a legalistic atmosphere. Probably one of the most legalistic sects of which this denomination is comprised. I didn’t know it though as I really didn’t know what was meant by legalism. If anything it meant to me strict law-keeping which it is not. Then in December, 1965, my eyes were opened in a situation somewhat embarrassing to me at the time. Continue reading

For Your Thought – 40 (Which Church Of Christ Is Right?)

Christianity is essentially a proselyting religion, so to speak. The world is the field of harvest. The basis of its message or draw is the gospel – that Jesus Christ died for man’s sins, was buried, and was resurrected. Thus Paul could say, “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”(1 Corinthians 2:2). Further he said, “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”(1Cor. 3:11). Then in his second letter to the Corinthians he told them, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.”(2 Cor. 4:5). Continue reading

Question 26.) Advice for those moving to become more grace centered

26.) I have through my family history and myself over 90 years plus in the “one cup” Church of Christ and it’s very hard to have had to make the shift to grace centeredness. What advice would you give me and what I teach my children who only know about one cup Church of Christ and now dad is teaching something he has violently opposed for all of these years?

I can readily identify with the circumstances of the writer of this question. My family history in the “one cup” Church of Christ is similar in time. I was raised to be a legalistic, party member and early on vigorously opposed those “brethren-in-error”, digressive innovators who weren’t sincere and didn’t respect the authority of the scriptures. I learned better and the grace and love of God gradually changed me. During this change we had and raised three children. Continue reading

Two brief reviews

March 2011

Dear brethren,

In this letter I want to call your attention to two recent writings that caught my attention and make some comments relative to them. One is a “Guest Editorial” that appeared in the January, 2011, “Old Paths Advocate” and the other is a recently published booklet. Continue reading

Alexander Campbell on the basis on unity

February 2011

Dear brethren,

Many years ago I bought the complete set of Alexander Campbell’s second periodical named the “Millennial Harbinger.” At that time I started to read the forty-one volumes, but only “worked” my way through the first ten volumes and stopped. Well I’m back at it and reading number eleven, 1841. I want to share with you some quotes from this volume which are indicative of Alexander Campbell’s views on unity or disunity that bear upon or typify the characteristics of our divisions today and attempts to unite believers. Continue reading

Question 25.) Where is the scriptural justification for withholding fellowship from those who practice using multi-containers in the Lord’s Supper; the Bible class arrangement for teaching; and instruments of music in worship?

There is no “scriptural justification for withholding fellowship” merely because brethren use cups, classes, and instrumental music. To do so on this basis is anti-scriptural, unscriptural, and unreasonable. It indicates a lack of knowledge or understanding of fellowship and is usually justified by a misuse or twisting of the scriptures motivated by the party spirit. Continue reading