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For Your Thought 50 — Power Brokers

Recently I received an e-mail from a brother in Christ in which he referred to those leaders who control the various parties in the Churches of Christ as “power brokers”. Who are these people? They are the editors and staff and writers of party or sectarian journals, some elders, some prominent party evangelists and preachers. They are the ones who control and seek to control the rank and file through coercion, intimidation, and threat. They are dogmatic and domineering. Continue reading

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“Called to be saints”

Dear brethren,

As we are blessed to begin a new year it is a propitious time to examine our lives and seek to increase our devotion to God and serving Him. With this in mind I want to call your attention to some things the apostle Paul said in the Roman letter relative to sainthood. Continue reading

For Your Thought 49: Myths of the Churches of Christ

1.) The membership of our party constitutes the one true church.

2.) We represent the restored New Testament church.

3.) We are not a denomination.

4.) We are not sectarians. Continue reading

Question 32. What is Christ’s attitude toward any individual or group of believers outside of our own group doing good in his name?

Who in their right mind would think that Jesus Christ would be negative toward any believers doing good in his name? Does Jesus oppose anybody, believer or unbeliever, doing good at anytime? Somehow some of our brethren seem to think that brethren who do not agree with us on certain issues and are not of our party do good for naught and have no right to do so in the name of Christ. Continue reading

Bibliolatry, Churchianity, And Religiosity

December 2011

Dear brethren,

As we close another year I feel blessed despite my thinking that the world has waxed worse in my sunset years compared to earlier decades. It is my thought that believers have contributed to the present conditions of the world by having morphed belief in Jesus and discipleship into religious systems characterized by sectarian partisanship and rivalry that repels people instead of drawing them to Christ. Thank God I see this changing as more and more brethren are challenging and questioning some traditional attitudes and practices. They are seeing that brotherhood and unity are a result of being in Christ and to be maintained by “bearing with one another in love” rather than by blackballing, “disfellowshipping,” and dividing. Continue reading

For Your Thought – 48 (Two Quotes Relative To Two Citations)

Recently I finished reading King’s Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus by Timothy Keller, which book is of the same caliber of reading as his The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism– challenging, forceful, inspirational, insightful, knowledgeable, needed, pleasurable reading. Relative to the former book I want to call to your attention some thoughts he conveyed with reference to two sources he cited. Continue reading

Question 31. Where in the Bible does it identify the New Testament writings in a strict sense with the word of God?

Hopefully to assuage the reaction of any critics of my answer to this question let me say up front that I believe the New Testament writings to be the written word of God. I do not think though that the Bible identifies these writings in a strict sense with the word of God. I doubt if the authors wrote their letters with the knowledge that they would later be canonized and constitute what we call the New Testament, a part of the Bible, the written “word of God”.  When the New Testament writers used phrases like “the word of God” and “the Word” they did not refer to their writings, but to oral messages, the gospel, or to the person of Christ himself. Robert Richardson noted this in an article he wrote for “The Evangelist “in 1834. So this is not something I just dreamed up on my own. Continue reading