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Divine Versus Human

June 30, 2013

Divine Versus Human

There is an ongoing conflict between God’s divine arrangements and the worldly plans of human beings. God is not answerable to us, but we are answerable to God. It is also true that even in those instances when God has told us what to do, but has not told us why we are to do it, we must respect his will and honor his wisdom by doing what he has commanded. Divine arrangements always trump human arrangements. Man is finite; God is infinite. Man is limited; God is limitless.

When God expresses his mind to us in the scriptures, we should be committed to respect it without addition, subtraction, or any other modification whatever. Yahweh is Lord and we are his willing servants.

“It is not in human beings who walk to direct their own steps.” (Jeremiah 10:23)

“There is a way that seems right to a person, but the end result are the ways of death.”(Proverbs 14:12)

Notice the following areas in which the divine will is in conflict with the human will.

God has specified the religious “group” or organization that is to teach and uphold the gospel. It is the work of the local congregation to support the preaching of God’s gospel. The local is described as “pillar and foundation of the truth.”(l Timothy 3:15) No human missionary society, denomination, nor any other man-made arrangement has any right to compete with God’s specified divine arrangement. The local congregation is designed to do all that God has assigned to her, and the addition of human schemes is not only perversion, but a challenge to what God has instituted. The local congregation is equipped to teach (I Thessalonians 1:8), assist and edify needy believers (Acts 6:1-6), and worship God. (1 Corinthians 11). A conflict is inevitable when there is dissatisfaction with God’s arrangement, and other arrangements are “added.”

God has specified the kind of music we are to use in worship. He tells us “singing and making melody with your heart.” (Ephesians 5:19) “Singing and making melody” are the what, and “with your heart” is the means or the instrument. There is resistance to the simple plan in most religious groups. Mechanical instruments are added either as an accompaniment to or replacement of the singing. But the word divine arrangement that we can read in the scriptures says “sing.” God did not say play on a mechanical instrument. There is a conflict when something is added to our worship. The Bible is right, and God always wins.

God has also specified the parties in marriages that he accepts. God has decreed that a marriage is the union between a man and a woman. No matter how many laws are passed by local, state, and the federal government allowing same sex marriages, God’s word teaches that they are unacceptable and wrong! Jesus said the marriage relationship that has God’s stamp of approval is that which consists of a man and a woman! (Matthew 19:4-6) The divine arrangement is pure, plain, and simple. The human arrangement is impure, confused, and complicated.

Ron Daly

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Some Facts About The Lord’s Church

October 9,2011

Some Facts About The Lord’s Church

The word “ church” is the translation found in most English bibles for the Greek word ekklesia. Ekklesia does not mean “called out” in the New Testament as is often alleged. It means assembly, congregation, or group. In religious contexts it refers to the people, who have been saved from sin by grace through faith and the application of the precious blood of Christ (Ephesians 2:5, 8-9; 1 Peter 1:17-19). Now let us notice some facts about the congregation of Christ.

(1) Its existence was planned by God. Daniel speaks of the days when the kingdom of God would be established. He said, “In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed … ” (Daniel 2:44) We learn from the New Testament that the kingdom about which Daniel wrote was the congregation that Jesus promised to build. (Matthew 16: 18-19) God established it through the work of Christ. Please notice that God and Christ are the ones who built the wonderful body of Christ. Neither John the Immerser, John Wesley, Ellen G. White, Charles T. Russell, or any other mere human being built the Lord’s congregation. It has the touch of the divine hand of deity! No other religious institution on earth can rightly make such a claim. God had nothing to do with building any denomination on earth.

(2) The Lord’s congregation was purchased with his own blood. The blood of bulls and goats could not take away sin. (Hebrews 9:12-13; 10:4) The precious blood of God’s own Son was poured out on the cross of Calvary for the sins of the world. (Matthew 26:28; John 1:29; 1 John 2: 1-2) The Lord Jesus did not die in order to build or purchase denominations. He did not shed his blood in order for people to join denominations. The Lord is not the founder, deliverer, or preserver of any denomination on the face of the earth! The fact that the Lord shed his blood for his congregation and no other should encourage us to have holy hatred for the sin of denominationalism! There is no ground on which to compromise. Jesus’ blood was pure and he died to enable people to be purified from sin. He did not die to establish man-made, sectarian, and divisive systems of religion. His blood was shed for the one body of Christ. (Ephesians 2:13-15) (More to follow)

Ron Daly

Announcement: God willing, I intend to begin teaching a class on The Fundamentals of New Testament Greek in a few weeks. This class has been requested by some of our young men. It will not be an “academic” approach, but the focus will be on how to accurately use Greek in study, sermon preparation, responding to false doctrine, and the proper use of basic research books and other material.

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