TWO GOSPELS

The Bible records that throughout history every time God sent forth prophets Satan also sent forth prophets, “false” prophets. The purpose was to sabotoge the message and produce a pseudo doctrine. The people had to recognize the difference and make a choice. According to 2nd Peter 2 we have that same situation. Peter said “There […]

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RESTORATION MOVEMENT

A reader asked, “Olan, can you give me a text or two that tell us we must restore something? That might help clear up this shoving match over the word “restoration.” Thanks.” My response: That is a great question. I am very glad you asked it. It points us to what the Bible says or does not […]

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RESTORATION MOVEMENT–HOW URGENT?

How important is Restorationism? Our previous article treated the question, “What is Restorationism? It was well received by many. In this one we treat a follow up question, “How important is it to embrace the ideals of restorationism?”We cited the Bible answer to our first question in three passages, one in the Old Testament, one in […]

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Al Maxey opposes restorationism

In Al Maxey’s writings he has said much in opposition aginst the restoration idea. He says that it once was  his heritage but that over a period of many years he has “studied his way out of it.” In a private message to me he said, “I no longer consider myself church of Christ.” “In […]

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FINAL WORD ON DENOMINATIONALISM

THE “DENOMINATIONALISM” ISSUE A lot of arguing has been done about the word “denominational” and how it relates to the church Jesus built. Hugh Fulford in a very good article on the subject, said,“The church (the aggregate of all who have been saved by obedience to the gospel) is the spiritual body of Christ, of […]

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THE SALVATION BEFORE OBEDIENCE DOCTRINE

QUESTIONS LIBERALS NEED TO ANSWER BUT NEVER HAVE Scripture tells us to be concerned about persons who have been drawn away from the truth and try gently to restore them. (Gal. 6:1, James 5:19-20 etc.) The Bible says this is done by “holding fast the faithful word and by sound doctrine to exhort and convict […]

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THE ABCs OF GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION

Each time I think Al Maxey has gone as far out as he can in denying scripture he takes another step even further. In past issues of his “Reflections” he has denied virtually all Biblical specifications, the meaning of the assembly, the purpose of baptism, the significance of the Lord’s Supper, the value of works of obedience, […]

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THOMAS JEFFERSON ON CHURCH & STATE

WHAT THOMAS JEFFERSON SAID About religious freedom and the government  In a letter to a friend Jefferson said that his words about the rights of conscience were constantly being misinterpreted. That certainly is true now.“This I now send you as the only discharge of my promise I can probably ever execute.  And in confiding it […]

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ARE WE LETTING THEM DOWN?

Most denominational churches are right on half of the Bible message. From those pulpits the people hear legitimate truths about daily Christian living, being kind, benevolent toward the needy, tolerant etc. But the half of the Bible that gives instructions about getting into Christ, making a covenant with God, is omitted and often outright denied. […]

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TO SET THE RECORD STRAIGHT

Today’s church of Christ bashers includes some of our own members. Accusations are being tossed around without regard for the facts. They misconstrue what we who claim membership in the church of Christ believe and they seem not to understand what questions are at issue. To make responsible judgments we need to know where of […]

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