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They/Them

They say Christianity isn’t about following rules. That’s religion not relationship.

They say Christianity isn’t about attending Church services. That’s religion not relationship.

They say Christianity isn’t about doing good deeds. That’s religion not relationship.

They redefine religion, so millenials and Gen Z can feel more comfortable doing what they desire.

My relationship with Christ is built on things labeled religion. My relationship with Christ is keeping his Commandments. My relationship with Christ is fellowship and worship at a local Church. My relationship with Christ is good deeds and works. My relationship with Jesus is living out my Christianity. It is my religion.

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Pickers

Nothing inspires me to write more than hearing bad doctrine. I’ve heard it before and you may have as well, but following are some corrections to errant COC doctrines and beliefs.

The Church of Christ is a denomination, though they claim direct heritage from Christ’s day.  What makes them a denomination? They were created out of the Protestant Revolution, just like any non- Catholic church around today. They have unique doctrine, man picked from the word of God. Additionally, they have schools of preaching where new preachers are indoctrinated with their bad theology.

Singing a capella. They (the Church of Christ denomination) congratulate themselves on a regular basis for not using musical instruments. They site that there are no examples of musical instruments in the New Testament. To me it just shows lack of discernment. Play on Bertha.

There are only 9 Commandments. What? Many denominations including the Church of Christ proclaim we do not need to keep the Sabbath. I would like to respond with; ask the world over, how many Commandments are there? I think most would answer 10, not 9.

Confess your sins, just not to me. They don’t want to hear your specific sin. Just confess you’re a sinner and we’ll pray for you. The Church of Christ denomination even makes a distinction between public and private sin. There is no such distinction in the Holy Bible.

Trust in 1 John 1:9, and don’t let any preacher dissuade you from actually confessing. If you’ve sinned against someone, confess it to them, confess it to your spouse, confess it to the police, confess it on the internet.

Jesus is faithful to forgive, but only if we confess.

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Then and Now

Context is important, but so is the big picture. The Holy Bible KJV was written by God and his servants both for you and to you.

There are those that take a chainsaw or wrecking ball to their Bible, picking and choosing what they like. They say the Ten Commandments were for the Jews. Exodus and Deuteronomy were written to them. New Testament commandments don’t apply because letters like Corinthians were written only to the church at Corinth and it only applied then.

If it was good to follow then. It’s probably good to follow now. Rightly dividing the word of God does not mean removing entire books and laws just because you don’t like them. It means correctly identifying God’s commands, teaching them to others, and doing them yourself.

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Do You See What I See

Keeping the law is not intended to be difficult.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. [29] Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. [30] For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Is it work to not murder? Is it a pain to not steal?

Write the Commandments upon your heart and the rest will follow.

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Who We Are

You’re probably going to think I have something against Kathy Lee Gifford. Actually I’m a bit of a fan – I really enjoyed the music video “oratorio” The God Who Sees with Nicole C. Mullen.

That being said, she has a penchant for being wrong. On her most recent promotional tour she has a clip on TBN which goes something like this: Why do we think it’s our job to tell others how they should live out their faith? After befriending them, if they ask, then give your advice. Tell them in love as the Bible instructs.

So why is Ms. Gifford wrong? Jesus told us in Matthew 28:19-20 KJV, Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

We are Christians. If we teach the commandments, by necessity we’re going to tell you what your doing wrong. After we remove the log in our own eye we have the right and duty to try to remove the mote in yours.

Keep in mind, 2 Timothy 3:16 KJV, which says, All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

12/21/21 Author’s Note I’ve been rethinking this post. Perhaps I am being too hard on Ms. Gifford. Her version of evangelism is still evangelism.

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Reform School

What is more important to the modern day Church, reform or revival?

I think the answer is reform. What good does it do to have 10,000 or 10 million new potential Christians if you will not teach them the fundamentals of baptism and the law?

Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20 KJV,
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: [20] Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Paul in Galatians describes the law as a school master. Why then do none of the modern churches teach and in many instances even fail to comprehend what is the law? They can divide it into patriarchal, Mosaic, Old, and New, but they can’t tell you correctly which ones to follow.

Let the Church go back to its schoolmaster the law. And if through faith they can let the Lord write his Commandments on their heart, then a flood of revival will come.

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More or Less

Another disappointing Wednesday night service of people preaching and teaching that we are no longer under the law.

However, Jesus said he came not to destroy the law but to fulfill and if you love me keep my Commandments. Did he need to rename all of them? The New Testament says keep the commandment you have heard from the beginning.

They (errant preachers) claim we are under love and not under the law, but I say if you truly love the Lord why not let him write all his Commandments on your heart.

I once argued with a preacher, why would you keep nine commandments and not all ten. I told him I wanted to do more for the Lord. He said keeping the Sabbath, which admittedly I’m not doing well at, was not doing more.

You be the Judge, is Ten more than Nine?

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Conditions Too

Some claim the love of God is unconditional. They do not know God nor the scriptures.

In an earlier post we discovered the first condition of Christianity in John 3:16. It is belief.

What are some other conditions? Mark 16:16 tells us that in addition to belief in Christ we must be baptized to be saved!

Let’s look at some other verses to see if we can spot the condition:

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 KJV Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing ; and I will receive you, [18] And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

If we want to be a son or daughter of God Almighty, what must we do? The condition is clear. Be separate and touch not the unclean thing.

John 14:21 KJV He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

If we want the Father and son’s love we keep his commandments.

Learning to spot conditions in scripture will help teach you proper discernment and help you in rightly dividing the Word of God.

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With One Excuse

I’m not a judge and I don’t play one on TV, but I imagine the excuses for not following the law range from far-fetched to hilarious.

There’s nothing funny about not following the laws of God. Yet so many of us make excuse.

It was the law of Moses, the Ten Commandments don’t apply today.

It was written to the Church at Corinth and only applied to them.

It was written only to the church back then.

You didn’t say it twice.

I thought it was just a suggestion.

We’re under grace, we don’t have to keep the law.

All our sins are already forgiven, so why does it matter.

It’s just a little sin.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Matthew 7:24 KJV
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

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