Loop 287 Church of Christ | Lufkin, TX https://lawofliberty.com Christians in East Texas Serving God Wed, 30 Mar 2022 13:53:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.2 https://lawofliberty.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/cropped-clipart-cross-transparent-background-2-32x32.png Loop 287 Church of Christ | Lufkin, TX https://lawofliberty.com 32 32 Thank God for Watchmen https://lawofliberty.com/thank-god-for-watchmen/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=thank-god-for-watchmen https://lawofliberty.com/thank-god-for-watchmen/#respond Sat, 02 Apr 2022 11:09:00 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=8180 When I was in the United States Army, one job that I had occasionally was guard duty. I was a watchman for the army. The first guard duty I can remember was during basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Our standard-issue weapons was a billy club. I am sure criminals would have been really scared of two guys carrying clubs instead of guns! Although guard duty during basic training was not difficult, being a watchman or a guard is usually a very important job.

In the Bible, God gave prophets, apostles, evangelists, and elders the job of being His “watchmen.” Even to this day God has appointed those who preach His Word as watchmen or guards. Because God loves us, He has given us these watchmen, and we should be thankful for them!

In Ezekiel 3:17-21, Ezekiel is given a good description of being one of God’s watchmen. There are several responsibilities in being a watchman.

First, a watchman must protect against sin, false teaching, and discouragement. Of course, a watchman can only warn. The decision to obey is up to the person hearing the message.

Second, a watchman patrols. The watchman will move about, being on the alert for trouble.

Third, a watchman perceives. A good watchman is always on the alert. A good watchman can perceive problems.

Fourth, a watchman proclaims. He is not silent when he spots trouble. He takes action, warning the violator and notifying those who can help stop the violation. The preacher proclaims words of warning to those who have sinned against God. When necessary, he warns others of the potential danger of listening to someone who is sinning.

A good watchman also has orders to follow. He is enforcing the rules of another. Preachers must get their message from the word of God (Ezra 7:10; Jeremiah 15:16). Furthermore, just as the watchman reports to those who are breaking the rules or who might break the rules, the preacher is responsible to proclaim the rules to those who have or might violate God’s word. Over the last several years, violations in doctrines such as divorce and remarriage, the deity of Christ, the eternal nature of hell, the role of women in the church, the “radical restoration” of the first-century church, etc.

A good watchman is rewarded with pay and compliments for doing his job. A poor watchman will lose his job and might even be punished for breaking laws himself. The faithful preacher will not be held accountable if he has faithfully warned the righteous and the unrighteous (vv. 19, 21). He will also be rewarded at the judgment seat of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:10). The unfaithful preacher will be held accountable if he has not delivered God’s message to the righteous and the unrighteous (vv. 18, 20; Isaiah 56:10).

Adapted from Jack Peters

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“Peripheral Issues” https://lawofliberty.com/peripheral-issues/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=peripheral-issues https://lawofliberty.com/peripheral-issues/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2022 11:07:00 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=8177 Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the campus of Abilene Christian University during their lectureship. Although I was aware of the college’s historic endorsement of institutionalism and other avenues of digression, it did not prepare me for what I heard from two of the speakers. The university had invited Dr. Montie Cox, an associate professor, and director of missions from Harding University, to speak on the topic of “Renewing Our Identity: Seeking and Saving the Lost.” I was not ready for what I heard!

He addressed the church’s pursuit of “peripheral issues.” Starting with the Restoration Movement, Dr. Cox listed several “peripheral issues” such as the missionary society, instrumental music, and premillennialism. He bemoaned the notion that the church had become encumbered in these issues instead of spreading the gospel. During an open forum later that day between F. LaGard Smith and Mike Armour, Smith outlined several points that are hampering the communications between Christians. In this list, he said that those who label individuals as false teachers are “demonizing” them and that using their tapes, bulletin articles, and Internet writings are doing so as a means of “entrapment.”

Needless to say, these two attitudes are troubling. To consider doctrinal matters of the Lord’s body as “peripheral issues” minimizes the impact of the scriptures and negates the church’s ability to maintain doctrinal purity (1 Timothy 4:6; Romans 16:17). However, such digression is necessary in order for the change agents to spread their errors. Without the fear of discipline, false teachers may continue to spread their fables to the spiritually unstable (2 Timothy 4:3-4).

In essence, some churches have traded their doctrinal purity for the glamour of the denominational world. Faithful brethren must have no fellowship with these digressions and demand accountability of those who teach error (Ephesians 5:11). Many preachers use the Bible for doctrine or instruction in righteousness, but fail to use it for reproof or correction (2 Timothy 3:16-17). Are we afraid to offend or alienate? Instead, we need to do the Lord’s bidding.

Adapted from Kelly G. Spence

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Speak to Us What Is Right? https://lawofliberty.com/speak-to-us-what-is-right/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=speak-to-us-what-is-right https://lawofliberty.com/speak-to-us-what-is-right/#respond Thu, 31 Mar 2022 11:05:00 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=8175 I guess that it is part of human nature for us to not want to hear that we do is wrong. I know from experience that when I was a child, I did not like to hear my mother telling me what I could and could not do. It did not get any better when I was a teenager, either. You see, pride had entered my heart and was altering the way I felt about discipline and authority, even when I could see that it was for my best interest.

Pride has never been a great human attribute. Very often, it keeps us from reaching our potential because of its stifling and selfish nature. Because of pride, we never like to be chastened or disciplined. Hebrews 12:11 says that discipline yields “the peaceable fruit of righteousness.” I always had a problem seeing that fruit through discipline when I was younger. Now, it all seems much clearer.

Just like most of us, the children of Israel did not like to be told they were wrong. When Amos was delivering the prophecy against Israel, God brought up the sin of the Israelites (2:12). When we read of instances like this in the Bible, we are immediately surprised or offended. We have a great urge to don our judgmental hats and declare that what they have done is absolutely sinful. However, we fail to sit back and realize how sometimes we are the same way.

In Amos 3, God gave the Israelites a series of rhetorical questions in order to show them how their sin had separated them from God. In verse seven Amos said, “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” In chapter 2, we learned that Israel had told their prophets to be quiet. This same pattern is easy to follow today. How many times have you heard of preachers getting fired for teaching or preaching on scriptural subjects that the congregation had no desire to hear? How many people have you seen get mad because they felt the preacher was “preaching right at them?”

I wish that it were not so, but I have seen and heard of many who fall into the above categories. How hard it is to approach a brother or sister in Christ anymore with genuine concern and not walk away from their Public Enemy Number One! It should not be that way. We should restore one another in a “spirit of meekness,” looking lest we too are tempted (Galatians 6:1; cp. Isaiah 30:10)

Kyle Campbell

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Does the Social Gospel Really Work? https://lawofliberty.com/does-the-social-gospel-really-work/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=does-the-social-gospel-really-work https://lawofliberty.com/does-the-social-gospel-really-work/#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2022 11:04:00 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=8173 I suppose people can really get tricked into believing that the social gospel approach in a church really works. When one surveys the attendance garnered by all the free meals, hayrides, retreats, gymnasiums, counseling centers, daycares, birthday parties and anniversary parties, one would naturally conclude that the social gospel approach is the sure-fire method for church growth in the twenty-first century.

Setting the obvious question of its lack of authority aside for a moment, let’s ask the question, “Does the social gospel really work?” That is, does it really make an enormous difference in the congregation which chooses to use the Lord’s money for catering to the “outer man”?

I would like to suggest that one very vital measure is the number in attendance in services other than the Sunday morning worship service. Now I know this is not the perfect measurement, but it is useful. The number of people who come back on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening demonstrates the strength of a congregation’s membership. If this is a large percentage, the church will be strong in general because it will be made up of members who are really dedicated to the Lord. This is supposedly the purpose of all the fellowship halls and dinners, gymnasiums, retreats, etc.

For example, in most conservative, sound congregations, the percentage of the Sunday morning attendance who return on Sunday evening and Wednesday evening is 75-90%. The attendance percentages for the Loop fall right in that range. In churches that use the social gospel approach, one would assume the percentages are higher, right? Yet, most “social gospel” congregations have percentages of around 50-60% of those that return for other services.

Surprising? It might be to you, but in a way, it should not come as any surprise. Do you think that the reason this great difference exists is because of the conflicting message those at “social gospel” congregations hear? On the one hand, they hear watered-down “sermons” which are full of broad references to God’s love and grace, and on the other hand, they hear how great and wonderful it is to focus on more physical and carnal matters. The net result is perhaps larger numbers, but a very weak membership spiritually.

Congregations that do not espouse the “social gospel” theory are stronger simply because their emphasis is on the gospel and its ability to change and reform a life of sin. Following God’s ordained pattern is the only way to develop strong, faithful churches. Paul wrote, “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love” (Ephesians 4:15-16). Brethren, keep preaching the gospel, for that is what will make strong churches!

Kyle Campbell

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Are You Missing Bible Class? https://lawofliberty.com/are-you-missing-bible-class/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-you-missing-bible-class https://lawofliberty.com/are-you-missing-bible-class/#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2022 11:09:50 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=15125 Did you drift away from attending Bible classes when COVID came along? We’re all creatures of habit, good or bad. Form good habits and good things can happen — and vice versa (Galatians 6:7-9). Has it become a habit for you to come to worship on Sunday morning but leave when Bible study starts? Do you stay at home on Wednesday night? Which of the following fits you?

  1. I come to Bible study every once in a while.
  2. I used to come but have quit.
  3. I don’t need to come. I know enough already.
  4. I don’t think it’s important.
  5. I really ought to come but I’m out of the habit.
  6. I really want to come, but just haven’t done it yet.

While you are pondering the categories, see if you disagree with or dismiss the following biblical principles:

  1. Every Christian needs to grow (2 Peter 3:18).
  2. God’s word causes us to grow (1 Peter 2:2).
  3. In time we should be able to teach others (Hebrews 5:12-14).
  4. We should grow and help others grow (Hebrews 10:24-25).
  5. We have personal responsibility to share our time, influence, talents, and knowledge with others (Ephesians 4:16).

It’s said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions. The road to heaven is paved with good intentions, immediate action, and consistent effort. Why not get on the right road now? Start attending Bible classes regularly. The soul you save may be your own.

John Clark

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Are There More Books of the Bible? https://lawofliberty.com/are-there-more-books-of-the-bible/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-there-more-books-of-the-bible https://lawofliberty.com/are-there-more-books-of-the-bible/#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2022 11:04:34 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=15123 The question of the authenticity of the Bible is challenged by the existence of other books that seem to have a flavor for Holy writ. There are the apocryphal books written during the years separated by the Old and New Testament. Some of the books include the books of Maccabees, Tobit, Judith, Susanna, and others. Through the years other books surface that create an interest in whether the sixty-six books of the Bible (as we have them divided) are complete and why other books are not included. As with the apocryphal books these are not considered canonical or belonging to the canon for a number of reasons. The Jews were the keepers of the Hebrew scriptures or “oracles of God” (Romans 3:2) and never accepted them as part of the book of Scripture. The New Testament was established as canon by textual scholars who followed the same pattern of establishing which books were canonical.

Returning to the question of whether vital information is being excluded by the absence of the Old Testament and New Testament apocryphal books, should these books be considered part of scripture? When these “missing books” of the Bible gain a following, renewed interest in their stories and teachings create more of a curiosity than the very obvious question about the Bible. Should we take a book (for example) like the Book of Enoch and question if the Bible is all we need in the absence of this book? Could it be safe to say the critics of the Bible who desire inclusion of these other books have investigated the sixty-six books of the Bible and found lacking what they need to know about God’s will? The curious crowds who intently read and study the apocryphal books must be asked if they have intently read and studied the Bible with the same veracity. If after a complete examination of Genesis through Revelation there are questions of incomplete knowledge; who is to blame for such results?

The Bible itself claims to be complete. When men question the fullness of God’s message in the Bible in seeking other books they deny Genesis 1 and the power of God. The question is often asked, “How can we know we have all the books of the Bible?” That is suggesting God cannot create the world in six days. If the Lord cannot give mankind what needs to be known in a book secured through the centuries of time as complete, then the Lord cannot say, “Let there be light” and there be light. Would not the creation of the world be a more “powerful” event than keeping a book secure through time?

Peter writes to the early Christians and gives them assurance that the word of God is complete: “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). Jesus told His disciples, “When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth” (John 16:13; cp. 14:26). Paul declared, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17). What more can there be than “God was manifested in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen by angels, preached among the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up in glory” (1 Timothy 3:16)?

If the Bible is not complete then God is a liar and Jesus is a fraud. The Bible is given by the providential wisdom of God for all truth. Anything beyond that is false (Revelation 22:18-19). Salvation is found in one book alone — the Bible!

Kent Heaton

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“Sir, I Perceive That Thou Art a Prophet” https://lawofliberty.com/sir-i-perceive-that-thou-art-a-prophet/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sir-i-perceive-that-thou-art-a-prophet https://lawofliberty.com/sir-i-perceive-that-thou-art-a-prophet/#respond Wed, 30 Mar 2022 11:00:21 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=15121 These words were those of a Samaritan woman whom Jesus engaged in conversation near Sychar, a city of Samaria. The woman was astonished at Jesus’ request for water because she was a woman and Jesus, a Jew, had spoken to her, a Samaritan. Jesus and His disciples were passing through Samaria, returning to Galilee after He had preached in Jerusalem and Judaea. The fact that Jesus had commanded His disciples not to preach to Gentiles or Samaritans, but instead to go to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel” (Matt. 10:5), did not mean that should an occasion arise in which God could be glorified in interacting with these two groups that Jesus would not seize the opportunity which presented itself. And an opportunity had presented itself to Jesus when this woman came from the city to draw water from the well.

After Jesus asked for a drink of water, she astonishingly asked Him why He would ask a Samaritan for water. Jesus told the woman that had she known to whom she was speaking, she could have asked of Him and He would have given her living water — water which would forever satisfy her quench for thirst (Jn. 4:10). She misunderstood what kind of water He said He could provide, and she asked that He give that water to her. It was at that point that Jesus instructed her, “Go, call your husband” (Jn. 4:16). Jesus’ instructions brought honesty in her and she replied, “I have no husband.” Jesus then said, “Thou saidst well I have no husband for thou hast had five husbands, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband” (Jn. 4:17-18).

If the woman had been astonished that Jesus asked her for water, how much more that He knew these details of her past life! She responded, “Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet” (Jn. 4:19). The question she then asked could have been an effort to change an embarrassing question, or it could have been that realizing she was truly speaking to a prophet of God she could know the answer to a lifelong question deeply held within her heart. I believe the latter was the case with her. She said, “Our fathers worshipped in this mountain and ye say that in Jerusalem is the place men ought to worship …” (Jn. 4:19).

This woman knew that Jesus’ words, “You have had five husbands” were true. She also knew that this stranger whom she had never seen before could not have known her marriage status just on His own. He had to have had that revelation about the woman’s marital life from God. The fact that Jesus knew of her former husbands and present state did not, within itself, prove He was God. Nathan was just a man, a prophet, but he knew about David’s sordid relationship with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 12:14). Elisha was also a man (and prophet) like Nathan, but he knew about the deception of his servant Gehazi who had obtained money from Naaman (2 Kings 5:26). But both Nathan and Elisha, although just men, knew what men cannot know. What they knew had been revealed to them by God.

So while what Jesus knew about the woman’s past didn’t necessarily mean Jesus was God, it did mean that God approved of Him. Nicodemus saw the signs Jesus worked and said, “Rabbi, we know thou art a teacher come from God for no man doeth the things thou doest save God be with him” (Jn. 3:1). The blind man, when given sight by Jesus and then asked of others, “What do you say of him?” responded, “He is a prophet” (Jn. 9:17). It was not until later — after he had received further revelation from Jesus of that truth — that he acknowledged that Jesus was the Son of God (Jn. 9:35-38). The signs Jesus worked proved Him to be from God. Those signs, coupled with His words that He was the Son of God, were sufficient evidence for honest hearts to accept His claims as true.

Not everyone would see the significance of Jesus’ signs. Faced with the fact that the miracles Jesus did were genuine, some said, “The man doth not cast out demons but by Beelzebub, the prince of demons” (Matt. 12:24). These had already made up their minds about Jesus, and there was nothing Jesus could have said or done to convince them otherwise. Isaiah had spoken of such when he wrote, “By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand, and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive” (Isa. 6:9; Matt. 13:14). But honest hearers, seeing the marvels Jesus worked, exclaimed as did the Samaritan woman, “Sir, I perceive thou art a prophet” (Jn. 4:19). This was the reaction God intended His miracles to produce (Jn. 20:30-31).

Jim McDonald

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What Calvinism Does https://lawofliberty.com/what-calvinism-does/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-calvinism-does https://lawofliberty.com/what-calvinism-does/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2022 11:03:00 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=8171 Calvinism’s view of salvation, i.e. that salvation is completely and totally in the hands of God and has nothing to do with man, has serious implications. Anyone with a cursory knowledge of God and His revelation will recognize the absurdity of the following points:

First, it implies that man has no free will whatsoever and that everything we do, good or bad, is completely predetermined and controlled by God against our will.

Second, it implies that, when we sin, we are not willfully sinning, but are being forced to sin by God against our will. Thus, every sin committed by mankind was ultimately caused by God.

Third, it implies that man cannot seek God on his own, but must be forced to seek God against his will.

Fourth, it implies that salvation cannot in any way be conditioned upon any act of obedience. In other words, Calvinism nullifies repentance, confession, faith, and baptism.

Fifth, it makes evildoers not responsible for their sin. If God is forcing them to sin against their will, then they cannot in any way be held guilty.

Sixth, it makes God an arbitrary respecter of persons, choosing certain people to go to hell and others to heaven for no reason. It makes God contradictory, confusing, evil and cruel.

Seventh, it makes the death of Christ pointless, as it was not really for everyone, but only for those arbitrarily chosen by God. Eighth, it makes the Bible pointless. If actually knowing God’s will and doing it has no part whatsoever in salvation, then we do not need the Bible.

This Calvinistic view also contradicts several scriptures:

First, the scriptures clearly teach that man has free will and the ability to seek after God (Romans 2:5-8; Galatians 2:17; Matthew 16:24).

Second, James 1:13-16 states that God does not tempt us to sin. He does not desire that we sin. We sin because we succumb to lust.

Third, not only does God not force anyone to sin against his will, but He actually wants everyone to be saved (1 Timothy 2:3-4). If He wants everyone to be saved, but not everyone will be saved, then we must have the free will to choose salvation or not.

Fourth, there are conditions of salvation set forth by God, including repentance and baptism (Acts 2:38; Mark 16:16). These are not presented in the scriptures as actions forced upon us against our will.

Fifth, Matthew 25:31-46, along with other passages, teaches that our obedience plays a part in determining our eternal destiny.

Sixth, Calvinism says that Christ only died for those predestined for salvation. Yet John 1:29 and 1 John 2:2 say that Christ died for the sins of the world. The entire world will not be saved, but the potential for salvation exists for everyone.

Seventh, if Calvinism is true, then all of the passages which exhort people to stop sinning and to do right are meaningless (cf. 2 Corinthians 6:17-18).

The truth is that salvation is based completely on God’s undeserved grace, yet conditioned upon our effort and obedience to His will (Ephesians 2:8-9). Salvation does not give us a license to sin, or revoke the need to do right. Instead, it forgives us of our sin and gives us another chance to do what we were supposed to do (Luke 17:7-10).

Kyle Campbell

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The Traditions of Men https://lawofliberty.com/the-traditions-of-men/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-traditions-of-men https://lawofliberty.com/the-traditions-of-men/#respond Mon, 28 Mar 2022 10:54:00 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=8166 The traditions of men cause people to turn away from the word of God. There are a number of passages which forbid us from adding to or taking away the Bible (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Galatians 1:6-9; Revelation 22:18-19). Several other passages tell us to “turn not from it to the right hand or to the left” (Deuteronomy 5:32; 17:20; Joshua 1:7; 23:6).

Jesus enumerated three consequences in Mark 7:1-23 which people did to the word of God just to keep their traditions: First, they laid aside the commands of God (vs. 8). Second, they rejected the commands of God (vs. 9). Third, they made void the commands of God (vs. 13). Given the gravity of the situation, would you want to believe in and follow the commandments of men?

Because of the importance of avoiding the traditions of men, you need to know more about them. To that end, the following list is provided; however, it is impossible to give an exact date for the beginning of some new teaching or practice, since many changes came gradually. The parenthesis denotes the fact that the exact date is not known. The list was collated from lists by Boettner’s book entitled “Roman Catholicism,” Reece’s “Chart Of Chuch History” and a chart on the history of the church released by “The Voice Of Evangelism.”

  • 135: Modern theory of “Holy Ghost baptism” began.
  • 135: Prophets, visions, seasons of ecstasy.
  • 135: Doctrine of premillennialism began.
  • 150: “Infant baptism” first advocated.
  • (225): Elevation of the “clergy” over members.
  • 251: Pouring or sprinkling substituted for baptism.
  • (300): Prayers for the dead.
  • (300): Making the sign of the cross.
  • 320: Wax candles
  • 325: Nicene Creed established.
  • 375: Veneration of angels and dead saints.
  • 375: Use of images
  • 394: The Mass as a daily celebration
  • 400: Total hereditary depravity.
  • 400: Salvation by faith alone through grace.
  • 400: Once saved, always saved.
  • 400: Necessity of “infant baptism.”
  • 400: Unconditional election and reprobation.
  • 431: The term “Mother of God” first applied to Mary.
  • 500: Priests began to dress differently from “laymen.”
  • 528: Extreme unction (“last rites”).
  • 538: Priests say Mass facing East.
  • 552: Apostolic succession in the Eastern Church.
  • (552): Apostolic succession in the Western Church.
  • 590: The papacy (office of “Pope”) begins.
  • 593: The doctrine of purgatory established by “Pope” Gregory I.
  • 600: Latin language for worship imposed by “Pope” Gregory I.
  • 600: Prayers dedicated to Mary, dead saints and angels.
  • 600: Instrumental music in worship introduced but opposed.
  • 606: Title of “Pope” given to Boniface III by emperor Phocas.
  • 709: Kissing the “Pope’s” foot began with “Pope” Constantine.
  • 750: Temporal power of “Popes” given by Pepin, King of France.
  • 786: Worship of the cross, images, and relics authorized.
  • 796: Incense ordered into use.
  • 850: Holy water, mixed with salt, and blessed by a priest.
  • (869): Communion in only one kind in the Latin Church.
  • 927: College of Cardinals established.
  • 933: Invocation of saints.
  • 995: Canonization of dead saints by the “Pope.”
  • 998: Fish-eating, Lent and Good Friday.
  • 998: Fasting on Fridays and during Lent.
  • 1022: Penance instituted.
  • 1079: Celibacy of the priesthood decreed by Gregory VI.
  • 1079: The Rosary began by Peter the Hermit.
  • 1190: Sale of indulgences.
  • 1215: Mass declared a sacrifice of Christ.
  • 1215: Transubstantiation proclaimed by Innocent III.
  • 1215: Auricular confession of sins to priests began by Lateran Council.
  • 1217: Elevation of “Host” (the bread).
  • 1220: Adoration of the bread decreed by Honorius III.
  • 1229: Bible forbidden to “laymen” and placed on the index of forbidden books by Council of Valencia.
  • 1230: Bell ringing at Mass.
  • 1268: Priestly power of absolution of sins began.
  • 1311: Pouring officially substituted for baptism.
  • 1362: Triple-crown tiara first worn by “Pope.”
  • 1414: The cup is forbidden to the people at communion (Constance).
  • 1438: Purgatory proclaimed as a dogma (Florence).
  • 1439: Doctrine of the Seven Sacraments affirmed.
  • 1495: Papal control of marriage rights.
  • 1545: Tradition declared of equal authority with the Bible (Trent).
  • 1546: Justification by human works of merit.
  • 1546: Mass universally said in Latin.
  • 1546: Apocryphal books added to the Bible (Trent).
  • 1546: Papal interpretation declared authoritative.
  • 1547: Confirmation begun.
  • 1831: Use of the mourner’s bench began.
  • 1854: Immaculate Conception of Mary.
  • 1870: Infallibility of “Pope” affirmed by Vatican Council.
  • 1930: Public schools condemned by “Pope” Pius XI.
  • 1950: Bodily Assumption of Mary proclaimed by Pius XII.
  • 1973: Infallibility of the “Pope” reaffirmed by Vatican ruling.

Matthew 15:8-9 says, “These people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Men cross a serious bridge when they change the word of God! Let us never do it and encourage others as best we can to turn away from these false additions.

Kyle Campbell

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Is The Death Penalty Wrong? https://lawofliberty.com/is-the-death-penalty-wrong/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=is-the-death-penalty-wrong https://lawofliberty.com/is-the-death-penalty-wrong/#respond Sun, 27 Mar 2022 10:53:00 +0000 https://lawofliberty.com/?p=8164 The death penalty is a very controversial issue in our society. Every time there is an execution, we can expect the typical arguments to be made by those on both sides of this issue. People condemn the action by claiming that it violates the “Golden Rule,” fails to show true love, opposes the true spirit of Christ and that it is murder and thus it is a sin. Let’s see what the Bible says about the death penalty.
The death penalty predates the Law of Moses (Genesis 9:5-6). Also, several crimes that were punishable by death under the Law of Moses: idolatry, witchcraft, and sorcery, blasphemy, disobedience to parents, adultery, homosexuality, murder, and kidnapping. The death penalty a suitable punishment for murder because of the sacredness of human life. No one has the right to destroy what is made in the image of God!
Civil authorities are to ensure peace by punishing lawbreakers (1 Peter 2:13-14). They are authorized by God to “bear the sword” and to “execute wrath” on those who practice evil (Romans 13:1-4). The government is not to rehabilitate, recreate, educate or entertain criminals. Criminals are to be punished, and the New Testament certainly authorizes civil authorities to use the death penalty.
I have heard one say that they oppose the death penalty because they could not see Jesus executing anyone. However, on the last day, Jesus will be casting people into hell (Matthew 7:21-23, 25:41-46). Which is worse (Matthew 10:28)? According to the Bible, the execution of a murderer is not “murder” — it is justice.

Adapted From Heath Rogers

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