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Archive for July, 2016

CORRECTIVE CHURCH DISCIPLINE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

The requirement of corrective discipline is present in every area of our lives. If the state does not exercise it there, will be anarchy in the land. If it is not exercised in the school system, the result will be confusion instead of education. If it is not practiced in the home, there will be sore and sad delinquency to follow. If individuals do not exercise concerning themselves, wasted lives will be the outcome. The church cannot be what it should be, maintaining its moral and doctrinal purity, its Christ-pleasing unity, and fulfilling its God-given work, without the Scripture-mandated practice of corrective discipline. Likely no Scriptural injunction has been more neglected in the church of Christ over the years than this directive. Indeed, so many of the grievous problems that beset the church of God can be directly traced to negligence toward or re­jection of what the New Testament teaches on this subject. Some saints have lived to their mature years without ever seeing the congregation(s) of which they have been members withdraw fel­lowship from anyone. In some cases, their parents never did either.

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THE PLAN OF SALVATION—MCCLISH-CLARK DISCUSSION

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Philippians 3:1–2—Warnings About Dogs

“BYE BYE BABY”

A few years ago Hayes Carll wrote “Bye Bye Baby,” a country music song lamenting a broken romance. This title would serve well for a song about the Pharaoh who ordered the death of all Hebrew baby boys (Exo. 1:16, 22; Acts 7:19). It would also fit Herod’s decree that resulted in the murder of all the baby boys in and around Bethlehem (Mat. 2:16). Even irreligious folk right-y recoil at such inhumane blood lust.

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CHRIST CONFRONTED ERROR ABOUT MARIAGE, DIVORCE, AND REMARRIAGE

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ISAIAH 63–64—GOD’S VENGEANCE AND MERCY—By Andy McClish

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IS PREMILLENNIALISM “FATAL ERROR?”—By Andy McClish

         My assignment for this series of lectures centers around the issue of just how serious a matter is the doctrine of Premillennialism (from the standpoint of a person’s spiritual condition and destiny). Specifically, this presentation is concerned with the question, “Is the doctrine of premillennialism a ‘fatal error’?” This is a particularly timely and relevant matter, because the Doctrine has become extremely prevalent throughout the protestant denominational world in recent years. No longer is it confined to what we might call “fringe” holiness groups. Premillennialism can now be found in virtually all “mainline” denominations as well. In fact, it is not uncommon to encounter brethren, from time to time, who seem to believe that it’s a rather harmless theory (in the realm of opinion) and who don’t see any reason to get all that concerned about the matter.

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HOW WE GOT WHERE WE ARE—SOME RECENT CHURCH HISTORY

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HAS THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH BEEN RESTORED?

It has become popular among numerous religious elitists to guffaw at the very suggestion that the original church has been restored to its pristine state in modern times. Such scoffers utter a resounding “no” in answer to the question of our title, believing that only Neanderthal nincompoops would even entertain the notion. Behind the restoration denials of many of these folk lie two even more fundamental denials. They deny both the need for and the possibility of restoration.

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THE NECESSITY OF KNOWING CHURCH HISTORY, ETC.

            Seven hundred fifty years before Jesus’ birth, Hosea, on behalf of God, denounced Israel’s ignorance and its consequence: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children” (4:6). Ignorance of God’s law was their downfall, and it will cause the same consequence for any present-day saint or congregation of them if they persist in it. Moreover, one is greatly advantaged who has some knowledge concerning matters related to God’s Word, besides that Word itself.

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