Archive for January, 2019

Should Congregations Have A Regular Contribution?

January 18, 2019

For about the last 30 years, I have known about “church at Birmingham” type congregations starting up. And the one thing they all have in common is that they don’t have a regular collection … because they interpret I Cor 16:1-2 to be only a one-time thing for a one-time need. I cannot and will not judge anybody’s heart in particular, but there seems to be an ulterior motive at play here (for some). You could see how those who are tired of giving a considerable part of their income for the Lord’s work as they should (Matt 6:33) might be attracted to such type churches. I doubt there would be enough people for these type congregations to exist if it weren’t for this one issue.

Their argument is that (per I Cor 16:1-2) we should only have a collection when we see a particular need. Well, isn’t there always a need to preach the gospel? Through the years the North Huntsville congregation (where I attend) has used almost all of our income for supporting preachers in different places, radio programs, benevolence, etc. There has never been a time when we didn’t see a need in one or more of these areas.

If congregations back in the first century only had a collection (and resulting treasury) every once in a blue moon when a specific benevolent need came up (as the church at Birmingham types say), then how did the first century congregations have the money to support preachers as recorded in passages such as Phil 4:15-16 and II Cor 11:8? How did they finance regular (ongoing) benevolent needs like we read about in I Tim 5:4-16 and Acts 6:1ff? Don’t those four passages (and others like them) imply the church had money (in its treasury) and therefore imply they had some means of getting money into that treasury? And there are other passages like Acts 4:35 which talk about a collection. Perhaps they are not as well known because they don’t mention the first day of the week.

It seems that texts like I Cor 16:1-2 and Acts 11:27-30 tell us how to get money into the church treasury, and those and other passages tell us how that money should be spent. Meaning I Cor 16:1ff is not the only passage that tells us how to spend church money. Let’s don’t let a “love of money” (I Tim 6:10) get in the way of us serving the Lord faithfully.

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Matt 5:32 Teaches There Is Only One Scriptural Cause For Divorce (Even If No Remarriage Follows)

January 11, 2019

To see that fornication is the only scriptural reason for divorce (even if there is no subsequent remarriage), fill in the blanks …

Matt 5:32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication …

or ___________________

or ___________________

or ___________________

causeth her to commit adultery.

A Plug For The Bible Crossfire Radio Program

January 3, 2019

The Bible Crossfire radio program is on 45 local radio stations across the nation, and SiruisXM radio which completely covers all of the United States and Canada. Because people like James Dobson and Charles Stanley appear on these stations daily, probably over 95% of my listeners are from denominational churches – so it is a great opportunity. Chances are you can pick up the program on your radio, but if not, you can listen to the program live via the internet at http://wwwbibledebates.info/BibleCrossfire/index.htm

Following is a typical response from what Anton Bergen of Winnipeg, Manitoba (Canada) wrote on Facebook on Jan 2, 2017 regarding one of my previous programs: “So my friend Patrick Donahue actually believes that unless you’re baptized, you can’t be saved, you can’t get to heaven. What say you, my Facebook friends, do you agree with Patrick? I do not, and I’m willing to stand alone on this. … Why do I keep pointing this out? Patrick has a megaphone, a half hour program on satellite radio with possibly millions of people tuned in on Sunday nights. … Most of the calls he gets is from people who disagree with him and argue his points. …”

Regarding Anton’s stance, what do the following passages clearly teach on whether or not a sinner has to be baptized to be saved?:

· Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be [condemned].

· John 3:5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

· Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

· Acts 22:16 And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.

· I Pet 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:

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