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Sonny posed five "wrong" situations and declared they were man-made rules. The clear implication is that Sonny takes the opposite view and that he would substitute "RIGHT" instead as follows:Brother Crump,
You are beyond conservative, and definitely beyond biblical. You are dogmatic. Below are a few examples of man-made rules. Furthermore, I would surmise that your own congregation alone, not to mention any others, is not able to abide by all of your man made rules, nor should they.
It is wrong to ever acknowledge/honor someone's anniversary in an assembly, including from the pulpit or from the bulletin.
It is wrong to ever acknowledge/honor someone's graduation in an assembly, including from the pulpit or from the bulletin.
It is wrong to ever acknowledge/honor someone's birthday in an assembly, including from the pulpit or from the bulletin.
It is wrong to ever acknowledge/honor someone's lads to leader accomplishments, including from the pulpit or from the bulletin.
It is wrong to ever acknowledge/honor someone's service to the military, including from the pulpit or from the bulletin.
Just from these 5 teachings alone, most of the 40,000 C of C congregations would be unacceptable to God if these teachings are/were accurate. Even the most conservative of congregations I am aware of (which are many) include these and other information in their bulletins and often share in public announcements from the pulpit.
I wonder if Brother Crump believes God's grace will cover these congregations' alleged sins/disobedience?
[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Dave,Sonny,
Do you see what I mean? Some people don't care for meaningful dialogue.....they want to get in their jabs and feel superior in doing so.
You seem to be obsessed with this birthday-and-anniversary bit. Whether the setting is the home, the middle of the street, a bus terminal, a train station, a supermarket, atop Mt. Everest, flying in a 747, deep in a mine, the Sea of Tranquility on the moon, in a "church building," etc. etc., a group of people meeting to take Communion (whether it's just one person or all), sing hymns, and offer prayer are engaging in worship. Surely you don't think that worship must only be confined within a "church building." Therefore, don't cheat God in worship by bringing in worldly matters such as singing "Happy Birthday" and blowing out candles on a cake. How long will it take before you are able to understand that?An elder at our congregation takes the Lord's Supper to an elderly shut-in member each Sunday afternoon. Friday was this lady's 98th birthday. She is the oldest member of our congregation this side of heaven. Today after services and lunch, twelve members of our congregation visited her in her home. She took communion, then we sang a few songs ("When We All Get To Heaven", etc.), followed by singing happy birthday and having her blow out ten lit candles on the cake. After eating cake with her, we had a prayer and left.
Did we "cheat" God (Brother Crump's term)? Did God exit the home during the birthday celebration and then return when we had prayer? The elder organized this event - is he a change agent?