One avenue of attack by the change agents among us is to attack our traditions. Certainly any tradition relating to the time and order of services, the number of songs that we sing are irrelevant and are subject to change whenever a congregation decides to change them.
In the King James version, the Greek word paradosis is translated 13 times as tradition(s) and once as ordinances. The first 8 are in the gospels and refer to the traditions of men.
There are also traditions of Christ as delivered by the apostle Paul. Consider:
COL 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2TH 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
2TH 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.
Beware, stand fast, we command you are very strong words and one would be ill advised to ignore them. One change agent on the internet recently referred to Jesus as "The original change agent" whereas the tradition we received from Paul is "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." Hebrews 13:8
One of the traditions of the Church of Christ that brought many of us into the fold was the phrase "we strive to speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where it is silent". We could invite our denominational friends to services by reciting this traditional phrase which is well supported by scripture. If change agents have obtained control of oneís congregation by convincing the majority of their doctrine, then it is best to seek out a congregation where one can serve the Lord more effectively.
Except for the name, the exact same declaration of doctrine that appears here at http://www.naples.net/~nfn12310 used to appear on the back of the bulletin of a congregation that I am familiar with. The very first thing that this change agent did was to remove this message and replace it with his own doctrine. Then he began to attack our traditions first by abruptly and without notice change the order of presenting the Lordís Supper which of course caused much confusion. Later, he suggested that there was no scriptural evidence for observing it every first day of the week. Finally, he taught that the New Testament was not meant to be taken in a legal sense. This of course clears the way for removing any of the traditions of the New Testament and replacing them with the traditions of men. Statements from the eldership that they have plans to adopt denominational practices and improve upon them appear.
"Beware, stand fast, we command you ........." firstname.lastname@example.org
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CHRISTIANITY IS NARROW (Matthew 7:13,14)
Christianity is a narrow religion. Make no mistake about it. This must be the case because truth is always narrow. Jesus defined his way as a narrow one. Our Lord knew that the multitudes would not care enough or love him enough to believe, obey and follow him faithfully unto death (Rev. 2:10). He knew the majority would favor the popular, the convenient, the comfortable kind of religion. Thus he states in Matthew 7:21-27 that many things would be done in the name of religion but he rejects them because they refuse to follow his instructions.
What or who are you following?
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