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I agree that one is to continue in the doctrine of Christ (2 John 9). What is this doctrine, that some there in Ephesus in the 1st Century were not keeping? 2 John 7 tells us (Also 1 John 2:18, 22, and 4:3) - "Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist."If the denominations, ultra-liberals, and others Sonny mentioned are to make it to heaven, they must put away their man-made doctrines and do-as-we-please attitudes and follow the teachings of Christ in the New Testament. That is what the "narrow way" is--the Gospel of Christ, not of man. Clearly, many denominations do NOT follow what is commanded in the New Testament. If they persist, how can they be saved? How can God forgive those who continue to ignore and scoff at what He has commanded in the New Testament? Christ has clearly warned us that such people will not be saved.
Sonny wrote to me: "You may not see me as making it...BUT YOU WOULD FIND SOME OTHER REASON..." By that, Sonny seems to have concluded that I have as much as condemned him to hell, when I have neither said nor thought anything of the sort. What a profoundly strange and judgmental attitude on his part! Sonny is right in one aspect, however: only God is the judge.
By "tolerance and acceptance," does that mean we embrace and encourage those who practice doctrines alien to the Gospel of Christ? Here's the answer:
"Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds" (2 John 1:9-11 KJV).
More to the point, Dr. Crump. People of your particular belief system, according to the teachings of folks like you, believe that somehow God only gave you and others with whom you agree the power to discern what the bible is teaching. I recon there are 1.5 billion Muslims who would totally disagree with you. On this point you and I would be on the same side. I only need to read about the crusades and what happened throughout Europe several centuries ago to see what happens when a few people get together and think they have all the answers.We are to follow the New Testament doctrine, for that does not change. Living with modern inventions has nothing to do with doctrine, unless we use those inventions to pervert and abuse New Testament doctrine. Apparently some folks think that worshipping as the first-century Christians did means we are also to live as they did, dress as they did, eat the exact same foods as they did, have the same jobs that they did; ditch electricity, cars, indoor plumbing, computers, cell phones, antibiotics, vaccines; in short, ditch everything invented, developed, or discovered after the first century. Yet all of those are material things that have nothing to do with New Testament doctrine as such.
If all Christians lived in communes, I suppose we would be dividing our means and distributing them evenly for the good of all, as the first-century Christians did. American society is more individualistic on the whole. If you feel the need to join a commune, however, go ahead. Nothing wrong with it. I'm sure that doesn't give you the answer you wanted. That might prompt you to give a sarcastic reply, and then again it might not. No matter. If you don't, somebody else will. It goes with the territory.
As for washing feet, there are groups who do just that. Maybe that practice should be revived throughout all of Christianity.
What sarcasm? There are others on this board who are "experts" in hyperbole, insults, and sarcastic responses. They know who they are.
I didn't say singing was a sin, I was and am saying that no one "SANG" any of the Bible in the modern "gay Troubadour" or ACappella fella style. A Cappella identifies the Pope's castrated opra "worship team" the Pope used in the Sistine because they were so much more true to the faith than the precenters singing FALSETTO like the Levites.BELOW ARE 2 CHURCHES WE MAY NEED TO ADD TO THE FOUL AND INFAMOUS "WALL OF SHAME".
Since a few brothers on this site have about as much intolerance and disdain for praise teams as they do IM, I wonder if you believe the Inner-City Church of Christ in Nashville is in right standing with God (or is a church of shame)? They do not have instruments, but do have a praise team of 4 men who stand with microphones on stage each Sunday morning.
Also, there is a congregation in Zambia that allows all the children (and just the children) to sing "Jesus Loves Me" and other songs in front of the congregation as part of Sunday worship. Is this acceptable or unacceptable worship?
If your answer is negative, you might want to look into that one and take concerned members globally.