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Why I Left The Pentecostal Religion

Robert Sumpter
Urbana, Ohio

Why I Left The Pentecostal Religion

First of all, I would like to make clear that I was very sincere while I was in the Pentecostal religion. The apostle Paul was very sincere in the Jewish religion; he said:

I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the 'feet of Gamaliel, and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God, as ye all are this day (Acts 22:3).

Also Cornelius, a Gentile, a sincere man, insomuch that the scriptures says that he was a devout man, one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God always (Acts 10:2). Here we read of two cases of sincerely lost people: a sincere Jew, who persecuted the Christians thinking he was right and doing God's will and a sincere Gentile who was not under the Jewish religion who worshiped God in his own way. Yet, both of these men needed to be saved. Why? Because the Church of Christ was now built.

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The Impact Of The “Social Gospel” On The Church

Sewell Hall
Atlanta, Georgia

One of the largest trading companies in West Africa began as a religious mission sent from Switzerland to preach to the Africans. The evangelists had to bring their own supplies and they brought extra quantities to sell to the natives. As time went on these mercantile activities increased while their religious work diminished. Today, the only vestige of their original purpose is a 10% discount given to missionaries of other denominations.

Under the influence of the social gospel, many religious institutions have changed goals and activities as dramatically as that Swiss mission. Their change has not been as noticeable because they have continued to be called churches and operate under a religious banner. When all around us are changing it is easy for us to change without realizing it. "Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard lest we drift away" (Heb. 2:1).

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Is The Old Testament Binding?

Earl Fly

Valley Station, Ky.


We must "rightly" divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). Many have wrongly divided it by saying the old testament is as binding as the new, not realizing there is a great difference between the two. This misunderstanding is the cause of many false doctrines and practices such as Sabbath observance, eat – no – pork, incense burning, et cetera.

Since man cannot know his duty to God unless he knows what law is binding on him it is very important that he clearly understand whether the old law of Moses is binding. Not was it binding at one time (it was) but is it now? Not is it true (it is) but is it binding? Must we obey its commands to observe the Sabbath, burn incense, practice circumcision religiously and offer animal sacrifices on an altar? These instructions are recorded and true in the old testament and were binding therein, but are they now to be observed?

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Biblical Predestination

Mike Willis
Dayton, Ohio

Having rejected the Calvinist doctrine of predestination and election, we now propose to consider what the Bible actually does teach is predestined and what the Bible actually teaches about election. That the Bible actually does teach on these subjects is apparent from a cursory consideration of some of the following passages:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified (Rom. 8:28-30).

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Calvinistic Election

Mike Willis
Davton, Ohio

The doctrine of election as taught by Calvinists is a pernicious doctrine. To them, it is a doctrine which gives them comfort. The idea that God has predetermined that they would be saved, sent them the Holy Spirit to illumine their hearts in order that they might believe and repent, and made it impossible for them to fall from grace is a doctrine of comfort. It would be more comforting to them, however, if they had some genuine evidence that they were among the elect rather than the reprobate. Not ever knowing for sure whether they are among the elect or the reprobate, Calvinists have as much uncertainty about their salvation as any proponent of free-will ever felt. The difference is that the proponent of free-will knows what he must do to be saved whereas the Calvinist does not believe that he can do anything to effect his salvation or cause his damnation.

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