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The Courage To Stand

April 22, 2012

The Courage To Stand

One of the distinguishing characteristics that separates Christians from denominational people is we have the courage to stand.Telling people the truth is not always easy, as there are often consequences for doing so, but God’s will must be done, and it must be done without apology.

We live in a liberal society, where not only does anything go, but there is a lack of faith in God and his word. As the Hebrews writer penned,

“But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” (Hebrews 10:39)

Modern religion usually patterns itself after the “climate” of society. The tolerance, compromise, and procrastination that forms the basis of the thinkng of society at large nearly always finds its way into the minds of those who “profess” religion. Many among the Lord’s own people adhere to the idea that having the courage to stand is arrogant, mean-spirited, and unkind. Pay close attention to the following.

The Bible teaches that there is only one true religion, and it is the only one that has the right to exist!

Some folks consider it arrogant to affirm this fact even though it is exactly what the New Testament teaches! Paul said, “There is one body.” (Ephesians 4:4)

In the same letter he identified the “one body” as the congregation over which Christ reigns as head. (Ephesians 1:22-23) Therefore, when we teach that there is one church (or assembly of the saved), we are teaching exactly what the Bible says, and it is not arrogant to do so. It is right to teach this. The “one body” is the group that Jesus himself promised to build. (Matthew 16:18) No other religious group on earth has any right to exist. All others are wrong! Why? Because the Bible teaches they are wrong.

All of the saved are in the body of Christ which is the church of Christ, the congregation of God’s dear Son. (Acts 2:47) The Lord adds the saved together in “one body,” and that one body is not a denomination. Every denomination on the earth is man-made, stands in opposition to God, and according to God’s word they will be destroyed. (Matthew 15:13-14) The Psalmist said, “I gain understanding from your precepts; therefore I hate every wrong path.” (Psalm 119:104) If a path is wrong it should be hated, and no apologies should be made for hating evil! There is no record in the New Testament of any true apostle of Christ ever consorting with the religious heretics of their day! They hated all religious error and for good reason; their Master and the Spirit of God who spoke through them hated all false doctrines. (John 14:25-26; 15:26-27; John 16:13) They spent their lives teaching the truth and exposing the errors of their day.

The time is long overdue that we demand that those who preach and teach “mount up”  and tell it like it is without fear or favor!

Proclaimers of truth must be bold. (Ephesians 6:18-20) We should expect no less and God will accept no less. All of us should have the courage to stand. Can you be counted on to take your stand with God and those who stand with him? Those around us may think we are arrogant, but in reality we are bold and showing true love for God and human beings. (Ephesians 4:15)

God’s way is the only right way in the world. His way is the way of righteousness and truth. He says there is only one body, and there are no saved people out of it. It is bought by blood and will be delivered to heaven in the end. (Acts 20:28; Ephesians 5:23-25) No denomination has any such hope.

Ron Daly

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Some Facts About The Lord’s Church (No.2)

October 16, 2011

Some Facts About The Lord’s Church (No.2)

We began this series of studies in last weeks bulletin. It is a very important study because of a lack of knowledge among the Lord’s people and those who are members of the denominations.

(3) The Lord’s congregation is comprised of people who have been immersed in order to have forgiveness of their sins. There are no non-immersed people who are members of the body of Christ. The New Testament is clear about this. Paul wrote, “For, in one Spirit we were all immersed into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether bond or free; and were all made to drink of one Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:13) Paul also wrote to the brothers and sisters in Galatia, “For as many of you as were immersed into Christ have, put on Christ. (Galatians 3 :27) If a person has not been immersed in order to have the forgiveness of sins, and in order to get into Christ, he is not a member of the Lord’s congregation!

(4) The Lord’s congregation is composed of people who obeyed the gospel, without regard to race, national origin, economic or social status. God shows no partiality! (Acts 10:34-35; Romans 2:11) This is a lesson that all mankind should learn. Paul wrote, “There can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male and female; for you all are one in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:28) Black, white, rich, poor, slave, free, male or female all enjoy the same privileges of forgiveness and all other spiritual blessings in Christ. (Ephesians 1:3) God’s congregation is the true “rainbow coalition,” and a beautiful one at that!

(5) The Lord’s congregation has no man-made creed or any other human document that constitutes a guide in all religious matters. The word of the living God is its only rule of faith and practice. We have been given everything that pertains to life and godliness. (2 Peter 1:3) The New Testament tells us everything that we need to know to live a godly life on earth in preparation for heaven. There is no authorized place in religion for the Baptist manual, the Methodist discipline, the Catholic catechism, and all other human creeds! God’s word is the all-sufficient guide in every way. (2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Peter 4:11)

Ron Daly

Announcement: God willing, I intend to begin teaching a class on The Fundamentals of New Testament Greek in a few weeks at the request of some fellow preachers and others.

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