Sometimes Christians are forced to chose between being accepted by others and being a good servant of Christ Jesus. We will cease to be a friend to many who love error, if we insist on truth, or we will cease to be Christ’s good servants, if we cave in to demands.

By pointing out such things to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, having nourished yourself on the words of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed.
1 Timothy 4.6 NET Continue reading

DoctrineAnother earthquake in the world yesterday, this time in the eastern U.S., 6.0 on the Richter Scale, happily, with no deaths. Any tremor, and I’ve felt several there and here, reminds us that the earth isn’t exactly terra firma (in Portuguese, that would be terra firme).

However, God’s solid foundation remains standing, bearing this seal: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from evil.”
2 Timothy 2:19 NET Continue reading

GospelYesterday, a pundit wrote that a politician understood something about governmental power: Use it or lose it. Jesus said that the people of the world often are more shrewd than the children of light (Luke 16:8). This use-or-lose principle is forgotten by Christians.

O Timothy, protect what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the profane chatter and absurdities of so-called “knowledge.”
1 Timothy 6:20 NET Continue reading

Earlier, on the Christian Hub and, today, on The Fellowship Room (I keep wanting to say in TFR), I highlight George Jensen’s timely warning about supporting unworthy works. George names one of those unworthy works as an example of his point. In another example, he refrains from naming. I suppose he thought one example was sufficient.

George is right to name names. The problem of dishonest, unscrupulous, or (note I said, or) compromising missionaries is serious and widespread enough to warrant attention on the part of overseeing and supporting churches.

I have not done what George just did, name names. From what I know of him (I’ve not had the pleasure to meet him and Joy personally), George is not a heretic detector. He and I both have other, better things to do. But there are moments when it’s appropriate to mention, as Paul did in his letters, people and efforts who damage the work on the field. Continue reading

Patterns, groupings, clusters. They exist, though sometimes it seems they’re the elusive aliens hiding among the humans.

One pattern of groupings is the Johannine epistles. John’s three letters, together, contain a message that is greater than any single one. The apostle’s concern is not to support false teaching and to be sure to support the preaching of the gospel, by means of three imperatives. Continue reading

kenneth-starrFirst, it was a Nashville newspaper, with its slanted article featuring one digressive church, touting that churches of Christ are shedding their isolationist position. “Isolationism” is always bad. It’s a cousin of intolerance.

Then, Abilene Christian University announced its new president, Phil Schubert, who had promised to continue the university’s direction toward a general evangelical position, when he stated,

“We need to strike an appropriate balance between a quest for academic excellence and an unwavering commitment to the spiritual development of our students; between the need to honor our own Church of Christ heritage while embracing the growing influence from broader Christian circles; and between the need to ensure a firm grasp on our values and traditions while promoting a culture which encourages new ideas and an innovative spirit.”

Then, just days thereafter, Ken Starr, who started among us but left us long ago, promises to become a Southern Baptist on (or was it before?) becoming president of that denomination’s largest center of learning, Baylor University. The Baptists are fractured, and though there are many among them qualified for the position, the power brokers decided on his star power (no pun intended) for potential fundraising ability as much as anything. “… Baylor regents chairman Dary Stone took the attention given Starr in stride, saying he will raise the university’s national profile.”

Faithful brethren sometimes feel embarrassed or ashamed when the world and the media point to people in our midst, like these, who deny the Lord who bought them, or when ministries or schools abandon biblical teaching to merge into the religious world at large, looking to establish themselves as a legitimate entity. Continue reading

How terrible it will be for them! For they follow the evil example of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they will do anything for money. And like Korah, they will perish because of their rebellion.
Jude 11, NLT

Join the names of the most terrible men, whose mention provokes horror and aversion. Hitler. Stalin. Mao. The revulsion we feel at these is close to what the Jews felt when speaking of the rebellious of the Old Testament. Continue reading