What The Bible Says
“What The Bible Says - Vol. 6 / No. 10”
What The Bible Says
Vol. VI - No. 10 / September 10, 2023
Many people often ask me what I am religiously. When I reply that I am simply a Christian, they reply, "Oh, I know that but what church are you a member of?" To which I reply, "I am a member of the Lord's church." Acting a little put out at this point, they asked, “Are you Catholic or Protestant!?" I respond, "Neither one!”.
I am simply a Christian (Acts 11:26), a member of the church built by the Lord (Matthew 16:18), a church that bears His name (Romans 16:16), a church of which Jesus is the Head (Colossians 1:18), and follows only the Scriptures as its creed ( 2 Timothy 3:16-17).
I am not a Protestant because Protestantism is of man and not of God. Protestantism began as a "protest" against the Roman Catholic Church. I, too, protest the Catholic Church with its Pope, doctrines of purgatory, and prayer to virgin Mary but that's another article in another bulletin. But, I also protest Protestantism with its man-made names. When folks ask me what I am religiously they expect me to tell them that I'm a Baptist, Methodist, Lutherian, Presbyterian, or one of the other numerous religious organization. After all, there are only about +1,200 to choose from.
Jesus can not be responsible for Protestantism for He did not promise to build many churches; only His church (Matthew 16:18) which He did in Acts 2. Those who were willing to listen and believe the gospel Peter preached and be baptized were added to the Lord's church (Acts 2:41,47). Protestantism teaches other ways to be saved. Some teach grace alone, faith alone, or that baptism is not necessary. Thus, along with their man-made names they also have man-made doctrines that you cannot find in the New Testament.
The only organization for the Lord's church is that of elders, deacons, and saints (Philippians 1:1) but in Protestantism you find all sorts of titles and offices foreign to the Scriptures. Most Protestant churches give the title "Reverend" to their preachers and yet the only time the word 'reverend' is found in the Bible is in Psalms 111:9 and it is referring to God Himself. That is why, even though I am a preacher, I do not allow myself to be given the title of "Reverend" for I am not God, neither is any man. Neither will I refer to any man as such! —E.R. Hall, Jr.
WAS THE DEATH OF STEPHEN UNNECESSARY?
The title that heads this article may sound strange, but the actions and philosophies of some merit our consideration of such a question. It is true that we live in a country where we enjoy religious freedom. It is not against the law to preach Christ, in our country; whereas, it was against the law of the Jews for Stephen to preach Christ. There is a vast difference between the attitude of the officials in government in Stephen’s day; and the attitude of the officials in government in our day. Sometimes I wonder if there isn’t just as much a difference in the attitude of Stephen and the attitude of most preachers today. I don’t mean denominational preachers but those who claim to be gospel preachers.
How many “gospel preachers” do you know that would use the plain language that Stephen used in his preaching? Stephen said, “Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost; as your fathers did so do ye. Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers: Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.” (Acts 7:51-53). Every person who claims to be a gospel preacher needs to examine those words very carefully. We need to ask ourself the question: Would we preach like Stephen did? Would we say what he said or would we water it down and soften it up? Would we reason that it would not be using good judgment to preach the way Stephen preached? If Stephen had used some of this good judgment that we are inclined to think about, he might not have been stoned to death.
Couldn’t Stephen have used a little more of what we call diplomacy and possibly saved himself from being stoned to death? Sometimes I wonder if what we are doing, when we talk about good judgment and diplomacy, is excusing ourselves for compromising the truth. Don’t misunderstand me. I am not recommending that we do not use good judgment.
Could you image Stephen or Paul or Jesus Christ keeping quiet when matters of truth are at stake? Would they excuse themselves from speaking out against unscriptural practices under the pretense of using good judgment or diplomacy? Preachers who never say anything against church support of human institutions, church sponsored recreation, church sponsored ball teams, and kindergartens should certainly ask themselves these questions. Also, preachers who are afraid to say anything about worldly practices, immodest apparel, and etc.
Taken from The Sunny Hill Bulletin, May 25, 1972
If what you're working for really matters, you'll give it all you've got.
Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
This is true greatness: To serve unnoticed and to work unseen.
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