READ: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter” 2 Thes 2.15.

THINK: Without the live teaching of the apostles, we have their holy writings in the NT. The traditions are the teachings that Christ gave to the apostles and prophets in the first century. One must not go beyond what is written, 1 Cor 4.6, add to the word of God nor take away from it, Deut 4.6; Prov 30.11; Rev 22.18-19. What was transmitted by the apostles must be practiced exactly, 1 Cor 11.2. Continue reading

What a sad day when no one was found who cared enough for the people of God to keep them from being destroyed.

I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one.
Ezekiel 22.30 NLT

The people of Israel were destroyed because no one sought to stop the idolatry and injustice in their midst. Continue reading

The world is always moving beyond and below the disciple of Christ. Many a saint expresses surprise that society is changing, but such surprise betrays an expectation of the world that can only be true of heaven. The world is in a state of constant degradation (not stasis, and certainly not evolution), while heaven provides the only safe and stable environment for humans. That is why we must work to get to heaven, rather than focus our energies on improving society.

• To what point does a faithful saint attempt to stop the doctrinal seepage that invades the church generally? Or does one just stay at home and work with the local family of God, and let the rest of the brotherhood slide? That was the question a friend asked recently. Obviously, God is in charge of his kingdom, but how far does he want his people to go when the walls are breached elsewhere?

• No good, recent Portuguese Bible version is free to copy and reproduce. Copyrights, which I appreciate and respect, as a writer and publisher, have them all tightly bound up. Should the Word of God be treated differently from the way we work with other books? (English Bible versions aren’t in much of a better situation.) Continue reading

The fact God has specified in the New Testament ways in which we are to worship him indicates that he still cares about the form of worship, that it is not a matter of indifference to him. If he simply had said “worship me” and not identified ways in which he desires to be worshiped, everyone would agree that all ways of worshiping him would be acceptable. But since he commanded specific ways of worship, one devoted to pleasing him should not risk displeasing him by worshiping in ways he has not commanded.

This seems to be a good and fair statement, from Ashby Camp, in a PDF review of Milton Jones’s work on instrumental music. His review is enlightening.

We were visiting in another state on a Sunday morning years ago. We went into a Bible class being taught by a well-educated young man. He would soon be on the staff of one of our Christian colleges. As we left the class our son asked, “Do you think the gospel is safe in his hands?” via The Fellowship Room.

Read more at the link above, where Fellow Glenda Williams asks her own question.