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June 22nd, 2013, 11:23 pm #31

The presbyterians continue with responsive reading: that is a traditional thing that churches of Christ are not good at because it has little practice. The Presbyterians then and now at some level call "lining out" where the leader reads a part and the congregation repeats this. Without song books I will bet that people would actually learn something: I have been "sanging" about 78 years and I cannot repeat a single line to a single song in any COLOR song book.

Because singing or chanting was based on a number of syllables, someone with talent could set the Text to some kind of rhythmic prose so you can TEACH and ADMONISH. Singing metrical psalms would help since they were never used for "congregational worship" but were TEACHING songs: If you sing about bashing out the heads of infants as worship rather than LEARNING the poetic history that would not be a good thing.
After the local congregation got virtually destroyed, I have written for not these 16 years that:

The Spirit OF Christ defined the Qahal, synagogue, ekklesia or Church of Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness as

INCLUSIVE of Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word of God
EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing or self-speak preaching.

http://www.piney.com/Synagogue1.html

And Calvin's version when he proposed RESTORING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST:

http://www.piney.com/Calvin.Numbers.10.html

That was never violated by the godly Jews nor Jesus nor anyone for about 400 years when SINGING as an ACT was discordingly imposed.

Thomas Campbell defined the MEANING of Restoration

http://www.piney.com/RMTCWorship.html

"let us, with an open bible before us, distinguish and contemplate that religion which it enjoins and exhibits--I mean the religion of christianity, for it also exhibits the religion of Judaism;
but with this, in the mean time,
we christians have nothing directly to do--
we derive our religion immediately from the New Testament. TC

"The author and ultimate object of our holy religion, is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by his Spirit, speaking in Christ and his holy apostles."The principle of this holy religion within us, is faith, a correspondent faith; that is, a belief, or inwrought persuasion by, and according to, the word of truth,

in all points corresponding to the revelation which God has made of himself through Jesus Christ by the Spirit.

1. Hence, being rooted and grounded in the truth of this revelation, by faith in the divine testimony,

2. we contemplate and worship God inwardly;
that is, adore and reverence him in our souls, according to the characters and attributes under which he has revealed himself to us.

Thus we have the internal religion, the habitual worship of the real believer, the sincere bible-taught christian with its principle; which is the faith above described. See Rom. x. 12-15.

"But that this may be the case, the next immediate ordinance of the christian religion, namely,

the reading, I mean the musing upon, or studying the Holy Scriptures;
taking them up in their connexion, and meditating upon the subjects they propose to our consideration, with a fixed contemplation of the various and important objects which they present.

This dutiful and religious use of the bible, (that most precious, sacred record of the wonderful works of God, the only authentic source of all religious information,) is inseparably connected with, and indispensably necessary to, the blissful and all-important exercises of prayer and praise.


After these 16 years I know of NO recently-spawned and diverted preacher who can confess that: they have all bought into the Shelly etal folly that "the only role of Church is to worship" meaning THEY perform and YOU pay.

Those who PRAY TOGETHER as legal ritual STRAY TOGETHER. That is why the DIRECT COMMAND for PRAYER as a major RITUAL is outlawed by Jesus:

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites (actors perform acts) are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matthew 6:5

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6

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June 22nd, 2013, 11:33 pm #32

As I said earlier, there is no law in the New Testament that states, "Thou shalt only speak hymns, for it is sinful to sing them." However, that is the basic idea that Donnie and Ken are pitching. Because they have become so enamored with the etymology of "hymned," they would have us drop all singing of hymns and have them spoken instead.

Earlier, Ken told us that Paul said singing is "sorcery." That is really amazing; however, since I do not find Paul stating anything of the kind in the KJV New Testament, then we must conclude that Ken alone concocted that idea, unless he found it in one of the Catholic Bibles.

OK, let's just suppose, for the moment, that all singing is sorcery as Ken says. That means the "singing and making melody in your hearts" from Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16 is sorcery. Even if we take that passage and turn it into a metaphor in which the melodious singing is done only in the heart, and if we apply Ken's reasoning, that form of metaphorical "singing" would also be sorcery. If we believe Ken, then any and all forms of singing, literal and metaphorical, are sorcery, whereupon we would have to dispense with the latter half of Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16 altogether. Of course, that would be ridiculous.

I think we know where to file Ken's idea that singing is "sorcery." Of course, there's nothing wrong with "speaking" hymns, if that's what a congregation prefers, but if Ken or Donnie try to tell us that singing hymns is in some way sinful, we know where to file that, too.
[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]Bill,

One should not have a habit of using the word "only" or "all" riskily -- that's what you are doing to distort and mislead.

Hopefully, you are a very happy man now as you continue to reject the significance of the etymology of words and expressions. Evidently to you, hymning in the first century (chanting or simple, monotonic singing as in recitation) is of the same meaning and context as hymning today (including contemporary "Christian" music). But I really think you know so much better than that.

You can redeem yourself by researching it; let us know. Why? Because you are boring when you put words in someone else's mouth.

Musicology does not equate with what the New Testament commands.[/color]

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June 23rd, 2013, 1:34 am #33

I've included the following in my message to Bill above (earlier):
[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]The New Testament will not allow anyone to MAJOR in vocal music in order to conform to its teachings. On the other hand, the New Testament will continue to command "to let the word of Christ DWELL in you richly." "Vocal music," which is only a type of music, is not the command. In your argument, you have drowned out "the word of Christ" with your musical emphasis.[/color]
Donnie, I guess you've already talked with the "worship leader" (song leader) at Madison about the necessity of speaking the hymns instead of singing them. I'm sure he agreed to replace all the hymnals with text-only versions.
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June 23rd, 2013, 2:18 am #34

After the local congregation got virtually destroyed, I have written for not these 16 years that:

The Spirit OF Christ defined the Qahal, synagogue, ekklesia or Church of Christ (the Rock) in the wilderness as

INCLUSIVE of Rest, Reading and Rehearsing the Word of God
EXCLUSIVE of vocal or instrumental rejoicing or self-speak preaching.

http://www.piney.com/Synagogue1.html

And Calvin's version when he proposed RESTORING THE CHURCH OF CHRIST:

http://www.piney.com/Calvin.Numbers.10.html

That was never violated by the godly Jews nor Jesus nor anyone for about 400 years when SINGING as an ACT was discordingly imposed.

Thomas Campbell defined the MEANING of Restoration

http://www.piney.com/RMTCWorship.html

"let us, with an open bible before us, distinguish and contemplate that religion which it enjoins and exhibits--I mean the religion of christianity, for it also exhibits the religion of Judaism;
but with this, in the mean time,
we christians have nothing directly to do--
we derive our religion immediately from the New Testament. TC

"The author and ultimate object of our holy religion, is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by his Spirit, speaking in Christ and his holy apostles."The principle of this holy religion within us, is faith, a correspondent faith; that is, a belief, or inwrought persuasion by, and according to, the word of truth,

in all points corresponding to the revelation which God has made of himself through Jesus Christ by the Spirit.

1. Hence, being rooted and grounded in the truth of this revelation, by faith in the divine testimony,

2. we contemplate and worship God inwardly;
that is, adore and reverence him in our souls, according to the characters and attributes under which he has revealed himself to us.

Thus we have the internal religion, the habitual worship of the real believer, the sincere bible-taught christian with its principle; which is the faith above described. See Rom. x. 12-15.

"But that this may be the case, the next immediate ordinance of the christian religion, namely,

the reading, I mean the musing upon, or studying the Holy Scriptures;
taking them up in their connexion, and meditating upon the subjects they propose to our consideration, with a fixed contemplation of the various and important objects which they present.

This dutiful and religious use of the bible, (that most precious, sacred record of the wonderful works of God, the only authentic source of all religious information,) is inseparably connected with, and indispensably necessary to, the blissful and all-important exercises of prayer and praise.


After these 16 years I know of NO recently-spawned and diverted preacher who can confess that: they have all bought into the Shelly etal folly that "the only role of Church is to worship" meaning THEY perform and YOU pay.

Those who PRAY TOGETHER as legal ritual STRAY TOGETHER. That is why the DIRECT COMMAND for PRAYER as a major RITUAL is outlawed by Jesus:

And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites (actors perform acts) are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. Matthew 6:5

But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Matthew 6:6

One of the reasons for not having instrumental music according to Daniel Sommer was that the words to the song were not understandable. I think another reason was that it violated the simplicity of the worship.

These were not the reasons that most people gave after that time--that it was wrong because there was no mention of it in the New Testament (that is from Acts 2 through Jude).

If Sommer were to enter this discussion, he might reason from understandability and simplicity. Any change that made the words less understandable would be objected by him. Any attempt to make changes that were complex would be a step toward vanity.
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June 23rd, 2013, 2:30 am #35

SILENCE for women which forbids TEACHING beyond the command to PREACH the Word by READING the Word also applies to men.

http://www.piney.com/Gender.Inclusive.a ... hrist.html

Si_ga , means silent and not just VOCAL while being ORDERLY. Men have NO AUTHORITY to transmit to women to TEACH in the self-referenced or authentia authority form.keep silence, used by Hom. only in imper. siga, hush! be still! I 2. metaph. of things, sign d' olethros kai mega phnount' . . amathunei A.Eu.935 (anap.); surigges ou sigsin Id.Supp.181;

The command SILENCES: phn-e , (phn) Anaxarch.1: abs., cry aloud, as in joy, S.Tr.202; of a singer, aoidos . . aiola phnen Theoc.16.44:Pass., ta phnthenta sounds or words uttered, Pl.Sph. 262c, Ti.72a, cf. Longin.39.4.
4. of a musical instrument, sound, E.Or.146 (lyr.); of sounds, hdu phnein sound sweetly, Plu.2.1021b; but bront ph. it has a voice, is significant, X.Ap.12.

The command SILENCES: surigx , iggos, h, A.shepherd's pipe, Panspipe, auln suriggn t' enop Il.10.13; nomes terpomenoi surigxi 18.526; suriggn enop h.Merc.512; hupo ligurn suriggn hiesan audn Hes.Sc.278; ou molpan suriggos ekhn S.Ph.213 (lyr.); kalamin s. Ar.Fr.719; kat' agrous tois nomeusi surigx an tis ei Pl.R.399d.


Heritage Church of Christ: White Paper filled with 100 percent false teaching.

Jim Hackney keeping up with a small band of Texans IMPOSES instrumental music in HIS congregation. He says that God maybe IMPOSED this discord and violation of all recorded evidence or at least USES it as His only way to GET AT people and make them change.

Jim says that God USES ALL THINGS for good.

Paul said that God uses all things for good to those
Who LOVE HIM and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.

http://www.piney.com/Jim.Hackney.Romans.8.html

http://www.piney.com/Heritage.Church.of.Christ.html

Jim Hackney is one of the ACU band dedicated to RESTRUCTURING churches of Christ into Instrument Churches: as usual the promise is that we will still do A Cappella does not--dear fools--that we will NOT impose instruments over your head.



First what WE are going to do to YOU:

http://www.piney.com/Heritage.Church.of ... Music.html

Next we are going to lie about all of the Biblical evidence and prove that WE have the authority to BIND and lOOSE just like the olden Apostles

http://www.piney.com/Jim.Hackney.Instru ... rship.html

Like the Atchley promise that he violated, he could say THAT was THEN but THIS is NOW.




ALL of those who have stolen or tried to steal the church house of widows and honest workers have CLAIMED that a "spirit" commanded them to do what they knew would sow DISCORD and Silence the voice of the lamb. Here is a Latin SPIRITUS which proves that the only 'person' identified is Apollo, Abaddon or Apollyon. The BEAST is defined as "a new style of music or drama"



Do I believe anyone cares? Nope: not my job.
We have shown over and over that the direct command is to speak that which is written for our learning. A Disciple of Christ is a STUDENT of Christ by the Spirit of Christ in the Prophets (only) and the prophecies made more certain by Jesus of Nazareth and left for our memory as the eye-- and ear-- witnesses wrote their PART of the PERFECT.

Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon [Educatled] the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;

HERE IS THE INCLUSIVE AND EXCLUSIVE COMMAND FROM THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS ONWARD.

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


A sorcer lies about the CENI because they will NOT obey this direct command for ANY person who has a role to play. If Jesus commanded what to TEACH, which is judged by the SCHOOL FOR DISCIPLES, only a fool would say "but HE didn't tell me NOT to steal your property and make it into a Theater for Holy Entertainment. If you look for angels of LIGHT or BLIGHT where else would you find them other than a confiscated pulpit: they think that YOU cannot see them and they are MOSTLY right.

However one twists the "singing" concept, as Donnie noted, the PURPOSE is to Teach and COMFORT and Rebuke:

Colossians 3:16

1.Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; [Logos is opposite to poetry or music]

2. teaching [instructing] and admonishing [warn, rebuke] one another [No professional usurper]
in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

3. singing with grace IN your hearts TO the Lord.


FACT:
I know of no one who either uses the WORD of Christ (what He commanded to be taught) nor anyone who engages in SINGING the Psalms: Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs are ALL types of songs in the BOOK of psalms. Today HYMNS are considered self-composed ditties.

Psalms teach and WARN us what not to do.

I know of no one who does not use human compositions out of their own imagination: most are limp wristed and sentimental junk.

1. Since NO one sings to TEACH the Word or WARN with the message of the Psalms.

2. Since, everyone rushed to procure them a worship leader skilled in dramatic presentation to ATTRACT the world.

3. The defacto use of rhetoric, singing, playing or drama (the hypocritic arts and crafts) is proven by the Biblical text to be SORCERY or ENCHANTMENT: that is trying to SAVE MORE SOULS through external means of manipulating their fickle sentiments.

4. Therefore, all recorded history defines ANY and ALL human means beyond the command to the elders to TEACH THAT WHICH HAS BEEN TAUGHT as SORCERY: that Pharmacy word because complex music keeps ALL of the brain cells diverted trying to keep track of each overtone. It is a scholarly fact that the falling over to the next measure MASKS the HURT with a delusional mass of overtones so that what HURTS you can be sold as PLEASURE or even the SPIRIT'S influence and that is spelled BLASPHEMY.

Those whom the musicators EXCLUDE including many youth feel DAMAGED and barely able to face the work world on Monday after Sunday as the most WORKS-INTENSIVE and anxiety-producing day. Satan loves it.



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June 23rd, 2013, 2:41 pm #36

SILENCE for women which forbids TEACHING beyond the command to PREACH the Word by READING the Word also applies to men.

http://www.piney.com/Gender.Inclusive.a ... hrist.html

Si_ga , means silent and not just VOCAL while being ORDERLY. Men have NO AUTHORITY to transmit to women to TEACH in the self-referenced or authentia authority form.keep silence, used by Hom. only in imper. siga, hush! be still! I 2. metaph. of things, sign d' olethros kai mega phnount' . . amathunei A.Eu.935 (anap.); surigges ou sigsin Id.Supp.181;

The command SILENCES: phn-e , (phn) Anaxarch.1: abs., cry aloud, as in joy, S.Tr.202; of a singer, aoidos . . aiola phnen Theoc.16.44:Pass., ta phnthenta sounds or words uttered, Pl.Sph. 262c, Ti.72a, cf. Longin.39.4.
4. of a musical instrument, sound, E.Or.146 (lyr.); of sounds, hdu phnein sound sweetly, Plu.2.1021b; but bront ph. it has a voice, is significant, X.Ap.12.

The command SILENCES: surigx , iggos, h, A.shepherd's pipe, Panspipe, auln suriggn t' enop Il.10.13; nomes terpomenoi surigxi 18.526; suriggn enop h.Merc.512; hupo ligurn suriggn hiesan audn Hes.Sc.278; ou molpan suriggos ekhn S.Ph.213 (lyr.); kalamin s. Ar.Fr.719; kat' agrous tois nomeusi surigx an tis ei Pl.R.399d.


Heritage Church of Christ: White Paper filled with 100 percent false teaching.

Jim Hackney keeping up with a small band of Texans IMPOSES instrumental music in HIS congregation. He says that God maybe IMPOSED this discord and violation of all recorded evidence or at least USES it as His only way to GET AT people and make them change.

Jim says that God USES ALL THINGS for good.

Paul said that God uses all things for good to those
Who LOVE HIM and KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS.

http://www.piney.com/Jim.Hackney.Romans.8.html

http://www.piney.com/Heritage.Church.of.Christ.html

Jim Hackney is one of the ACU band dedicated to RESTRUCTURING churches of Christ into Instrument Churches: as usual the promise is that we will still do A Cappella does not--dear fools--that we will NOT impose instruments over your head.



First what WE are going to do to YOU:

http://www.piney.com/Heritage.Church.of ... Music.html

Next we are going to lie about all of the Biblical evidence and prove that WE have the authority to BIND and lOOSE just like the olden Apostles

http://www.piney.com/Jim.Hackney.Instru ... rship.html

Like the Atchley promise that he violated, he could say THAT was THEN but THIS is NOW.




ALL of those who have stolen or tried to steal the church house of widows and honest workers have CLAIMED that a "spirit" commanded them to do what they knew would sow DISCORD and Silence the voice of the lamb. Here is a Latin SPIRITUS which proves that the only 'person' identified is Apollo, Abaddon or Apollyon. The BEAST is defined as "a new style of music or drama"



Do I believe anyone cares? Nope: not my job.
The churches of Christ will all be singing this morning. It is their doctrine.

The cracks between Concerned Members and the church of Christ grow larger.

Perhaps, it is time to go your own way.
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June 23rd, 2013, 3:44 pm #37

Could you supply the NAMES of the Cracks?

Very FEW will be doing CCM or Rock and Roll or having people claiming to be MEDIATORS standing in the"holy places."

The Spirit OF (preposition: not your SENIOR king set over us) Christ defined the INCLUSIVE and EXCLUSVE PATTERN for an Ekkleaia or Synagogue.

Even though Alexander Campbell select a song book (he was a publisher and not a parasite),

PSALMS, hymns, and spiritual songs, embrace the praises of christians. Psalms are historic compositions, or poetic NARRATIVES. Hymns are odes of praise directly addressing the object of worship, and declaring his excellencies and glorious works. Spiritual songs are such compositions as declare the sentiments derived from the revelations of God, and such as are adapted to communicate to others the views and feelings which God's revelations suggest. Thus we define them. The reasons of this distribution are not obvious to all, nor is it needful to go into a labored criticism to establish them, as the end will be gained much better by an attention to the classification we have made in this new selection of psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, than by any critique independent of such a specimen.

Our hymn books are, in general, a collection of everything under the sun in the form of religious rhyme


The Campbells speak of a local SOCIETY which was not a 'church' but Worship was defined as the UNIVERSAL pattern:

Church is A School of Christ (missed that in Phduh, Huh?)
Worship is READING and MUSING the Word.

The Campbells were out of PSALMODY ONLY and the pattern for faithful Presbyterians was called lINING OUT: you know in the MISSED factoid "teach and correct" ONE ANOTHER--the Levites as your Staff-infection PATTERNS were called soothsayers which also meant SORCERERS. So the PROGRESSIVES(all the way back to Babylon) are NOT remotely related to the Biblical and historic Church of Christ: An ASSEMBLY of Christ will be teaching WHAT JESUS commanded to be taught: Peter made that include the PROPHETS and APOSTLES. Now, if you plan to BUILD or EDUCATED on the profits and apostates you WILL BE (have) cast alive into the Lake of fire.

SO, it is logically illogical that you plan to spit in the fact of Jesus who died (not) for your sins:

Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Romans 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.


So, Paul said that THE WAY to glorify or praise is to MUTUALLY CONFESS Jesus by speaking HIS Word. I would say that it is PROPHESIED that you would FLAUNT that deliberate divisiveness. Elders are NOT elders if they are "more APT to chase a coon than APT to teach the Word (only) as it HAS BEEN taught. NOW, you know why Paul warned about people who cannot read BLACK text on WHITE paper.
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June 23rd, 2013, 4:15 pm #38

The churches of Christ will all be singing this morning. It is their doctrine.

The cracks between Concerned Members and the church of Christ grow larger.

Perhaps, it is time to go your own way.
In previous threads, Concerned Members advised church of Christ members who sympathized with the Change Movement to leave and start their own churches. Now Concerned Members has undergone its own form of "change" by presenting an unconventional idea that mainstream churches of Christ are certain to reject. If more unconventional ideas are forthcoming, perhaps it is time that the forces behind this website take their own advice and start their own church.
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June 23rd, 2013, 4:24 pm #39

Call that new church "The Etymological Church of Christ." Hymns would only be spoken there.


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June 23rd, 2013, 4:39 pm #40

In previous threads, Concerned Members advised church of Christ members who sympathized with the Change Movement to leave and start their own churches. Now Concerned Members has undergone its own form of "change" by presenting an unconventional idea that mainstream churches of Christ are certain to reject. If more unconventional ideas are forthcoming, perhaps it is time that the forces behind this website take their own advice and start their own church.
Veerrryyy-eee Slow, huh? This IS one of the two Ekklesias or Synagogues OF Christ which POSTS-for your annoyance--Bible and real true history.

It does not play BACKGROUND music to make UNDERSTANDING easier: maybe the sounds in people's head is what prevents hearing.

It does not MAKE SERMONS which violates all of the direct commands and proves that the preacher WILL NOT let the elders teach that which has been taught.

It does not compose it's OWN songs out of its own SPIRIT (1 Corinthians 14) Because God says that the imagination of man is only EVIL CONTINUALLY: so why do you keep investing with the Made-offs? Jesus said that the sons of the DEVIL speak on their own.

It does not observe the LAW of tithing or the EXTORTING laying by in store as ACTS. Once only, Paul did NOT command a offering of the first-days day wage LAID BY HIMSELF, and ONLY for the destitute.

It has NO staff infection: we PAY in order to teach "that which is written" to upset you in your dotage. That is what Paul COMMANDED: even though a person who establishes his OWN orchard has a right to live off the orchard, Paul said that you CANNOT accept a WAGE for teaching the Gospel: besides, Christ in Isaiah outlawed that as well as SPEAKING your own words. IT DIDN'T EVEN need to be said by the Spirit OF Christ "not to sing your own songs."

It has no STANDING ARMY (David's sin without redemption) to BURDEN your tight budget and your spiritual fragility by making certain that you have a PROGRAM when you get off work crying TGIF. Programs claiming Spiritual Formation is BLASPHEMY.

Like the ekklesia and synagogue, we assemble, DISCUSS, disassemble and leave a CONTACT elder until the next appointed hour, same time, same place on the NEXT LORD'S DAY.

Alexander Campbell defined a CHURCH OF CHRIST

The presiding elder then gives out a psalm or hymn, in singing which the brethren join, standing.

A chapter is read from the Old Testament, and a corresponding one from the New. (We go regularly through the Old Testament in the morning, and through the New in the afternoon.)

One of the brethren is called on by the elder to engage in prayer, and at the conclusion of this and all our prayers the church says Amen. Praise.

The elder, after a few observations on the Lord's supper, gives thanks, or calls on one of the brethren to do so. The bread is then handed about by the deacons. In like manner the cup, after giving thanks. Praise. The contribution is made for the POOR, and once a month an extraordinary collection for promoting the spread of the gospel. The brethren are invited to teach and to admonish each other. Praise. Prayer by one of the brethren. The church is called on to salute each other with a holy kiss, and separates.
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