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Modest Apparel


Connie W. Adams
Akron, Ohio

"In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works" (1 Tim. 2:9 10).

I know of no more timely subject for an article or a sermon than this one. So many members of the church have imbibed the spirit of the world around them that very little difference is to be observed between those who profess to serve Christ and those who admittedly serve Satan. For that reason, the passage cited above needs periodic attention.

God's Standard Not Provincial or Seasonal

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To Judge Or Not To Judge


Marc W. Gibson

You have probably heard someone say, "The Bible says, `Do not judge! ' when their ungodly words and/or practice is questioned. Their reference is to Matthew 7:1, but their use of this scripture is actually a misuse due to their misunderstanding of the context. Context is important in studying any passage of scripture. Consider some thoughts on this passage.

I do not believe Jesus is condemning all judgment in this passage, but rather warning against hypocritical judgment. He warns all of us in verse 2 that judgment goes two ways, toward another

person and back to us, "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you." This is a basic principle of life: A person is expected to uphold in his own life the judgment that he applies to others' lives. If you are not willing to live up to your own standards, then do not use them to judge another:

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How Scriptural Authority Is Established

Richard Weaver

Murfreesboro, Tenn.


"Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is" (Eph. 5:17). There must be scriptural authority for everything we believe, teach and practice. This is true because "We walk by faith, not by sight" (2 Cor. 5:17). Faith is produced as a result of hearing the word of God. (Rom. 10:17). Scriptural authority-the will of the Lord-, therefore, is determined by command, approved apostolic example or necessary inference derived from the command or apostolic example.

To illustrate: we have a command for the observance of the Lord's supper: "This do in remembrance of me" (I Cor. 11:25). However, for the time of its observance no command can be found, but an approved example teaches us when we should assemble to obey the command of Jesus. Note: "And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread . . ." (Acts 20:7). For the frequency of its observance it is necessarily inferred that we are to meet upon the first day of every week, since when God commanded in Exodus 20:8: "Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy," the people understood that as regularly as the seventh day arrived, they were to keep it holy. "The first day of the week to break bread" means therefore, every "first day" as regularly as it arrives.

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The Apostles and Hermeneutics

Frank Jameson
Lakeland, Florida

Some of the articles that I have read lately have confused ridicule with reasoning. They seem to think that if they ridicule commands, examples and necessary inferences as the basis of authority, they have given a scholarly refutation of pattern authority. One such article concluded: "It seems to me that we ought to do less interpreting of Scriptures and just read and understand them more instead." I wonder how you are going to "read and understand" Scriptures without "interpreting" them, and how will you interpret them without understanding how to establish authority?

Reading and understanding Scripture includes accepting what the Bible teaches about how to establish authority. The appeal to commands, approved examples and necessary inferences was not only used by Jesus to teach God's will, but also by the apostles and other Spirit guided men of the first century.

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Edifying the Church

Barney Keith

The edification of the saints is one of the objectives of our assemblies. We are made to wonder at times just how much of this is accomplished. The church at Corinth was instructed to conduct assemblies in such a manner "that the church may receive edifying" (1 Cor.14:5). Paul admonished, "Let all things be done unto edifying" (v. 26). His concern was that certain disorder in their meetings would prevent edification.

While Paul was dealing in 1 Corinthians 14 with a kind of assembly that cannot be duplicated today (one where spiritual gifts were being exercised), this chap-ter does set forth some lessons that clearly are applicable today in making our own assemblies more profitable. True edification can occur only when conditions are conducive to such. We shall consider some of them briefly.

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