Archive for January, 2021

I John 3:24 Says God Gives The Holy Spirit To Christians

January 29, 2021

I John 3:24 reads “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

In this passage the Holy Spirit himself is what is given; He is the gift. It is not a gift or power from the Holy Spirit. This confirms that in Acts 2:38, the “gift of the Holy Ghost” is the Holy Ghost himself.

Who is given the Holy Spirit according to I John 3:24?:

• those whose prayers are answered, v.22

• those who believe on the name of Christ, v.23

• those who are keeping God’s commandments, v.24

• those who dwell in God and He in them, v.24

All Christians, right?

This passage teaches ALL Christians are given the Holy Spirit (not just a select few – like the miraculous). Context is the determining factor.

Can The Congregation Do These Individual Activities?

January 21, 2021

Passages like I Tim 5:16 and Acts 5:4 show there is a difference in what an individual is authorized to do by the New Testament and what the church is necessarily authorized to do. Notice some practical differences:

Individual Church ?
eat common meals Acts 2:46 church social meals ?
bodily exercise I Timothy 4:8 church gymnasium ?
go into business Eph 4:28 church business ?
marital duties I Cor 7:3-5 church honeymoon suite ?

James W. Boyd (an institutional preacher):  “Brethren have for too long bought the false teaching that whatever an individual can do, the church can do.”

Are “Fellowship Meals” Really “Fellowship” Meals?

January 14, 2021

Many congregations eat what they call “fellowship meals” together. But are they really having “fellowship” when they do such? Just what is fellowship?

If eating food together is fellowship, then we would be forbidden from eating with unbelievers and denominational people, because Christians are not to have fellowship with anybody who is not a faithful Christian (Eph 5:11). But that would contradict I Cor 5:10 which teaches we can eat with unbelievers and the like.

Wigram-Green defines the word “fellowship” in this way:

verb (Strong’s #2841) – to share

noun (#2842) – partnership, fellowship

adjective (#2843) – generous, liberal

So a good working definition for church “fellowship” in the New Testament is “spiritual sharing.” There is not a single place in the New Testament where church “koinonia” (fellowship) refers to social meals or recreational activities.

Eating food does not edify spiritually (Rom 14:17); instead, feasting on the word of God does (Acts 20:32). The only “fellowship meal” the Bible knows anything about is the Lord’s Supper (I Cor 11:17-34).

The reasoning of those who advocate Church Social Meals would also allow for:

· church sponsored Super Bowl parties (you know, with giant widescreen TV)

· church sponsored piano recitals

· church sponsored Shakespeare plays

· church sponsored checker tournaments

· church sponsored basketball games (in church gymnasium)

· church sponsored swimming and pool

· church sponsored golf tournaments (and a church owned 18 hole course to play them on)

· church sponsored horse racing (along with a church built quarter mile track)

· church sponsored movies (including a theatre)

· church sponsored ??? (you fill in the blank)

Conclusion: We need a New Testament passage for authority for Church Social Meals just like anything else (Col 3:17).

I Cor 10:31 Do All To The Glory Of God

January 7, 2021

Compare: Colossians 3:17 … whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus …

To: I Corinthians 10:31 … whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God

If Col 3:17 (and Acts 2:38) teach we must say “I baptize you in the name of Jesus,” then I Cor 10:31 would teach we must say “I baptize you to the glory of God.”

If not, why not? (they have the same wording)

Are There Any False Teachers? by Steven F. Deaton

January 1, 2021

The Bible warns of false prophets, ones who pretend to be preachers of righteousness, but are actually agents of the devil. “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works” (2 Cor. 11:13-15). John warned, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world” (1 Jn. 4:1). However, in spite of these warnings, many today act as though there are few, or no, false teachers in the world. They will give their general approval to almost any man (or woman) who says he is preaching the gospel.

In contrast to the general feeling among religious people, the Bible teaches that false prophets abound. John said “many” have gone out into the world. Is it any different today? Right after Jesus stated that few would make it to heaven while many will go to h-e-l-l, He warned us about false teachers (Matt. 7:13-20). Do you suppose there is any connection? Many false teachers will deceive many people. Few teachers of righteousness will persuade few people.

Instead of endorsing everyone who is a “preacher” and accepting his teaching, we are to examine, test, and try what he says by the Scripture (1 Thess. 5:21; Acts 17:11). When it is true, accept it and live by it. When it is false, reject it and him (Gal. 1:8-9). When a man will not affirm that Jesus is the Christ, reject him (Matt. 16:16). When a man will not teach that salvation is offered to all men of all races, reject him (Mk. 16:15). When a man will not advocate the words of the Lord, that baptism is for salvation, reject him (Mk. 16:16; cf. Acts 2:38).

Please, dear friend, understand that there are false teachers in the world. Use some discernment. If what we teach is false, reject it. Only follow the Word of God! Yet, if what we teach is true according to God’s revelation, receive it and abide in it. We want to go to heaven and want you to go, too.