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Before or after Justification

By Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

The word of God can not be our guide if we seek to twist its meaning to serve our own made up beliefs. Too many times a practice is begun by men then the search for justification begins. This is the reverse of what God intended when He gave us the scriptures. All power and authority comes from Christ for that is whom it was give too. Just as God did with the Jew He has given through Christ and His apostles the perfect law of liberty that brings men to Christ for salvation and has set forth a blueprint for man to live by.
 

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Stand firm

By Jim Miller
Gray, Maine

Donald Townsley once wrote…… There is the trend toward neutrality in preaching today. The preacher knows the truth, but he also knows if he takes a stand and preaches it "right down the line" he will lose his popularity, his friends, his meetings, and he may have to move: so, many preachers fail to deal with issues and popular sins of the day. They stay away from such subjects as marriage, divorce and remarriage (only for the cause of fornication -Matt. 19:9); social drinking; dancing; gambling; lascivious dress; worldliness; the "social gospel"; materialism; church discipline; attendance, giving, etc. They fail to deal with issues such as the "Kenotic theory" (which teaches that Christ emptied himself of his divine attributes when he became flesh, and denies his deity – the very foundation of our faith, Matt. 16:16-18); the doctrine of "individualism" (which denies that there is a local church); the "grace-fellowship" theory and the "continuous cleansing" theory (which minimizes sin and doctrinal error and advocates fellowship with those in error), and the "positive thinking" philosophy in preaching.

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What to do with a heretic and his heresy…………

Try them – 1 John 4: 1: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.

 Mark them – Romans 16:17: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. And to keep away from them."

Rebuke them – Titus 1:13: "This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith. Correct them sternly."

Have no fellowship – Ephesians 5:11: "And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Expose them.

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Debate on the Preterist Heresy

AD 70 Preterest Heresy……. Chowning/Baisden Debate 8/9/2014

 

Christmas…. Facts and History

By Ferrell Jenkins

“Christmas time” is almost here. Lights are already up in town and signs indicating that December 25 is not far off are to be found almost everywhere. No doubt you have already bought a new doll for Sue and a bike for Johnny. It’s the time of the year when people are singing, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town.” Many denominations are making announcements of their “Christmas program.” Since Christmas is practiced as a “religious” holiday it is necessary that we make an investigation concerning this festive occasion.

In particular, two questions are in order: (1) Where did Christmas originate? and (2) Who authorized it? Since the term “Christmas” clearly indicates that there is some connection with Christ we ought to be able to turn to the historical books writ-ten by inspiration that tell the life of Christ and learn of this holiday. When we study Matthew and Luke, the only two gospels that record the birth of Jesus, we learn that no date (year, month or day) has been given for his birth. In order to determine the origin of Christmas we must turn to the appropriate place in the available encyclopedias and histories.

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