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THE JAMESTOWN CONGREGATIONJanuary 2017


THE JAMESTOWN CONGREGATIONPost: January 2017


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My name is James Daniel. I'm an evangelist, and a member of the church of Christ. Did you know that the church of Christ is the only church the Bible teaches? As Paul once said, the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. - Galatians 1:20Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.. Despite what false teachers may claim, even the Catholic church (an apostate church) as we know; is that the church of the bible exists by virtue of the faith of Christ. Furthermore, the church that the Bible teaches is of the seed of the word of God - Luke 8:11Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.. Nothing else can replace that, not if you want to be numbered among the saved, that is. Moreover, the scriptures declare that the record of the faithful is kept in heaven - Revelation 20:15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.. If you obey the gospel, and live faithful in Christ; then you have the promise of God - Matthew 25:34Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:. If you follow the traditions of men, and expect to receive the same of God; then you are gravely mistaken, my friend. The Bible teaches only one way, and that one way is Jesus Christ - Acts 4:12Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved., John 14:6Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.. Are you willing to risk the faith of Christ for the sake of those that teach contrary to the will of God? Are you willing to risk the salvation of your soul because you want to believe something else? Jesus said, "What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" - Mark 8:37Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?. Did you know that stubbornness is as the sin of iniquity and idolatry? - 1 Samuel 15:23For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the Lord, he hath also rejected thee from being king..


What is an evangelist? Well, an evangelist is a gospel preacher, and a Bible teacher. An evangelist is not an elder, nor does he preside over a congregation as one that hath authority. That belongs to the elders. They are the one's that have God's approval in terms of oversight. However, their oversight is limited to within the ranks of the local church. Their oversight is also limited to within the authority of scripture. I suppose one of the reasons why Paul left Titus in Crete, that he should set those things in order - Titus 1:5For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee:. The phrase "churches of Christ" which we read in Romans 16:16Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you., is a biblical term, and refers to the interrelation of local congregations (churches) that make up the one body. Local congregations are found all over the world, and indeed, are the mechanism by which the gospel is preached. Once the conditions of the gospel are met, and where two or more are gathered together to worship God - Matthew 18:20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.; then you have a local church. Just remember, that local churches of Christ make up thee church of Christ, as in, the one body, or church - Romans 12:5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.. What sets the church of Christ apart from dead religions like Roman Catholicism is how she is patterned after the church in the Bible. There's tangible evidence of this in the form of the record of scripture. Like Paul said, "For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." - 1 Corinthians 12:12For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.. However, and to avoid confusion, we need to determine the plurality of the church, in the form of local churches that make up the one body. The individual local congregations are wholly accountable to the Lord. That means, they are self-governing, and responsible for what they teach and practice. That's why Paul instructed that elders should be appointed in all the cities. The first century church is for a perpetual archetype to all generations of those that should follow after. The Bible declares God's will in determining the pattern that the church must follow. Anything outside of this has no place amongst the redeemed in Christ. This is what sets the boundary of the habitation of those within the kingdom of God; from those that are caught up in the traditions of the religions of men. Now unless they too, obey the gospel, repent, and are baptized for the remission of sins; they will go to their own place as did Judas - Acts 1:25That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.. Those that should be saved are the same that have obeyed the gospel of Jesus Christ, and are added to the church by the Lord - Acts 2:47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.. The rest will do what they want.


Now concerning what Bible to use: Well, we choose the King James Bible, and for very good reason. I suppose the most obvious reason would have to be its trustworthiness, not to mention, the authenticity of the translation. In fact, there are several interesting studies into the King James Bible, and how it was produced. One of those studies will be available on this website later in the year. For those that contend that the King James Bible is difficult to read, let alone, understand, well I counter that, in exposing such a claim to be nothing more than loquacious babbling at best. The fact is, the language used in the King James Bible is easier to understand than most will give it credit for. What's more, the King James Bible will not allow for the apostate doctrines of the liberal and digressive elements that have infiltrated the church, and defiled certain of the ranks of God's heritage. Furthermore, the average size of a word in the King James Bible consists of no more than five letters. There is no such thing as resting on one's laurels concerning salvation, my friend. I suppose, another reason to be ever more vigilant in terms of the leaven of false doctrine. Therefore, I suggest, if you haven't a King James Bible, go and get one. Then you will possess something that can indeed be called, God's word.


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IS THE BIBLEABSOLUTE?


IS THE BIBLEABSOLUTE?

You know, some teach that there is no such thing as truth, let alone, absolute truth. Are they absolutely sure about that? Others teach that truth is subjective. Sounds a little one-sided don't you think? Then there are those that deny all truth except their own. Talk about burning the candle at both ends. Pilate said, "What is truth?" - John 18:38Pilate saith unto him, What is truth? And when he had said this, he went out again unto the Jews, and saith unto them, I find in him no fault at all.. In contrast, the Son of God said, "Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." - John 8:32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.. He also said, that truth is attainable. In like manner, the apostle John said, that no lie is of the truth - 1 John 2:21I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.. Who are you going to believe? Just you remember how the words of the Bible came about. Was it not by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit? who heareth, and speaketh the things of God - John 16:13Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.. For what man knoweth the things of God save the Spirit of God - 1 Corinthians 2:11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.. Remember Paul's words? For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ - Galatians 1:12For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ..


Now the Bible teaches that the Lord has only one church. It also teaches that it belongs to him, and is the pillar and ground of the truth - Colossians 1:18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence., 1 Timothy 3:15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.. The problem today, however, is the spread of false religious beliefs, wherein all claim to be Christian. Man made religions. Yet none of them contend for the truth at any time, because if they did, they would have no part in the religious division they have an affinity to. Interestingly, they all have their own traditions, and doctrines, wherein, each claims to have the edge over the other. Looks to me like history repeating itself. Wherein times past, men violated the commandments of God thinking they were doing service to God. Why, even the apostle Paul spake of such things - Galatians 1:13For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it:. Then you have those that claim that all religions are essentially the same. They say, no one religion is better than another. I guess whoever believes that doesn't read the Bible to often. Jude claimed, that the faith that was once delivered, was once delivered - Jude 1:3Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.. So where did all the other faiths that claim to be Christian come from? I'll tell you where they came from. Men invented them. Men made them up. They certainly didn't come from heaven, that's for sure. For crying out loud, they don't even agree with each other, so what does that tell you? Any man in his right mind will see the confusion in that. Yet the Bible teaches that God is not the author of confusion - 1 Corinthians 14:33For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.. They might well have fooled me only I read the Bible.


The Lord's church is patterned after the new testament, and rightly so. And why shouldn't it be, since it is the Lord's church? I suppose, that is one of the marks that distinguishes the Lord's church from all the rest. Paul said, the Lord knows them that are his - 2 Timothy 2:19Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.. I guess that rules out Catholicism, and all her denominational progenies. The sad fact, is that Ireland is predominantly Catholic. The majority of Irish Catholics are so ignorant of what the Bible teaches about the gospel of Christ, it beggars belief. In spite of that, some inroads are being made in terms of engendering the truth. Needless to say, our battle is not with flesh and blood - Ephesians 6:12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places..


Now the Bible teaches that for one to become a member of the Lord's church; he must first believe - Hebrews 11:6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.. The Bible calls belief, "faith." So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God - Romans 10:17So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.. This in turn furnishes us with the understanding that the faith in question is what we read from the Bible. What we read from the Bible is the faith of Christ, and rightly so, since Christ is the one who does the saving. Christ shed his blood for many for the remission of sins - Matthew 26:28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.. We come in contact with the saving blood of Christ when we obey the gospel, and are baptized - Acts 22:16And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord., 1 John 1:7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin., Romans 6:3Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?, 1 Peter 1:19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:. Did you know that when a man obeys the truth he purifies his soul? Well the apostle Peter thought so - 1 Peter 1:22Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:. Jesus said, that God's word was truth - John 17:17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.. Therefore, when one is baptized; he obeys the truth. Now that doesn't rest well with the change agents; but what of that? Peter and John said, whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto men more than unto God, judge ye - Acts 4:19But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye.. Joshua spake concerning his house, and who they were going to serve - Joshua 24:15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.. Peter said, "For of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." - 2 Peter 2:19While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.. Who do you serve? Is your religion from man or from God? Paul said, if we seek to please men, we are not the servants of God - Galatians 1:10For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ..


You see, the verity of scripture is undeniable. The correctness of scripture is unsurpassable. The truthfulness of scripture is absolute. If taking heed unto oneself, and unto the doctrine is able save one's soul; the assertion is therefore, absolute - 1 Timothy 4:16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.. You do realize that all prophecy relating to Christ in the old testament has been fulfilled? Therefore, the prophecy of scripture was absolute. The same is being fulfilled in our time. 2 Peter 3:10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. testifies to that. What I'm trying to show you is that absolute truth exists. Absolute means, total, pure, perfect, unchanging, and so on. Remember what Paul said concerning the full counsel of God? When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away - 1 Corinthians 13:10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.. That came to pass, my friend. That which is "perfect" in verse 10, is neuter gender. That means it did not refer to a person. This is proven in the fact that Christ had already come, and returned back to heaven by the time Paul had received this revelation. The only other answer that is fitting is that it refers to the object of the full counsel of God's word. We now possess that in the form of the Bible. Jesus said, "Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me." - John 5:39Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me..



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