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Ruffner Letter to ACU’s Brown Library

By Roelf L. Ruffner

“Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets” ( Luke 6:26).

March 5, 2016

Abilene Christian University
Brown Library

To Whom It May Concern:

I read in the Winter-Spring issue of ACU Today that ACU will be adding the papers of Max Lucado to an honored place in the Milliken Special Collections and Archives of the Brown Library. As a Christian, a preacher of the Gospel, a student of Restoration history and an ACU alumnus (’76) I wish to express my profound disappointment in the University’s decision.

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About Errors at Harding University

By Walter Pigg

Harding University

With regard to spiritual problems, Harding had some quite a number of years ago, which resulted in a teacher firing. Though that was a step in the right direction, the school would be plagued by a number of false teachers in the years ahead who would be allowed to teach their error to young men and women who were students of the school. We have had a son, a daughter and daughter-in-law who received degrees from Harding in the 1970s. There were danger signals appearing then, which would become more pronounced in more recent years.

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HIGHER “CHRISTIAN” EDUCATION— WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT YOUR CHILD TO BE TAUGHT?

By Dub McClish

Introduction

In his helpful, but obsolete book on the history of “Christian Colleges” (1836–1949), the late M. Norvel Young astutely observed:

Two fundamental dangers recognized by students of the Christian college movement are these: The schools might become organically united with the church, which would not be after the New Testament pattern, and thus gradually dominate the church. On the other hand there is the danger that there may develop too wide a gulf between the schools and the church and that the schools may not be kept close to the fundamental principles which the Bible teaches (33).

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Was Jesus teaching the Old Law in the Sermon on the Mount, or the Gospel?

Mike Conner

I have heard several times from preachers that Jesus was NOT teaching the Gospel in the Sermon on the Mount, but was “just correcting the false interpretations of the Law, by the Pharisee’s.” We all understand and agree that the Church was not yet established, because Jesus said in Matt. 16:18 “upon this rock I WILL build my Church.” And we all agree that the Church was established on Pentecost in Acts 2. And Jesus never violated the Law, or He never taught others to violate that Law, because they were still amenable to the Law of Moses at that time. For instance, Jesus told the Pharisee’s that they were right in paying tithes. (Matt. 23:23) In another place Jesus instructed the man healed of Leprosy to go and show himself to the priest and offer a gift that MOSES commanded. (Matt. 8:4)

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Hermeneutics and Silence

Frank Jamerson
Lakeland, Florida

The proper attitude toward the silence of God has become a problem with many in interpreting Scripture. Some believe that "silence gives consent," while others believe that authority gives consent. Which attitude does the Bible teach?

The very nature of revelation answers this question. Paul said, "For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God" (1 Cor. 2:11). He went on to say that the things of God were revealed "not in words which man's wisdom teacheth; but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words" (v. 13). Just as a man cannot know what pleases me from silence, he cannot know what pleases God from silence. The very purpose of revelation is to reveal God's mind. If we could have known it from silence, he could have remained silent!

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