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[color=#0000FF" size="3" face="times]Brother Sonny,TMP, we rigid-ultra-rigid-ultra-legalistic-ultra-conservatives here at concerned members are 100% biblically correct, righteous and Christ-like in all our posts. We follow "the pattern" faithfully without any questions, uncertainties, or misunderstandings. We not only have the instrumental issue figured out (except for whether it is ok in one's home and whether it's ok if others are present and whether playing a Christian song would be worship), but also no handclapping (Scripture does not support), no lifting hands (Scripture does not support), showing emotion in worship (Scripture never condones), not to celebrate birthdays in our homes if we worship in them, not to have praise teams (and Brother Ken does not say no singing is permitted, readers just misunderstand and twist his statements), and a plethora of other issues. We believe any disagreement or different thought on any of these matters means you are the one wrong and not us and you have fallen from good standing with God.
Furthermore, Brother Bill Crump is our finest ambassador. He never acts immature and unlike Jesus. We unequivocally support and promote his remarks. He is compassionate, gentle, loving, positive and respectful in all his posts. Regardless of how others treat him, he always takes the high rode. Liberal malcontents need to take the plank out of their own eye and they will then see we do not even have a speck in our eyes.
Donnie....William......what else would you expect???Most Christian websites reference the Bible and provide aids for using and understanding it. This particular Church of Christ site does not try to help people grow in their faith. It attempts to destroy faith and unity and goodwill. It degrades people. Dehumanizes people. Demonizes people. It does not respect people nor their ideas and beliefs. It does not speak truth in love. Contributors are arrogant and rude. You cannot outpuke a buzzard. Most of what Fred reads here is "the leaders" religious puke. Then they return to it again and again. The Bible mentions fools returning to their vomit.
Sonny,Dave, the winking eye from Brother Crump is to always remind you that you have a plank in your eye and we here leaders at Concerned Members do not believe we have a speck in our eye.
Also, our second finest ambassador following Brother Crump is Brother John Waddey. He writes superior articles on all Christian doctrines and issues of morality. Furthermore, his life, character, and service to the Lord's Church is 100% commendable and blameless. We should imitate him as he imitates Christ, especially in his lack of showing mercy to people who disagree with his biblical views on virtually any matter, because he has a biblical mandate to mark them, plus, Jesus is the ultimate marker. We must always mark and never edify or admit a matter as "disputable." No matter is too small to overlook, and we would never miss a major matter. Never.
Augustine:Donnie....William......what else would you expect???
The responses are fitting and appropriate. Nothing good can come from this site with your attitudes and behavior.
"As it stands, Jesus limited our worship music ONLY TO SINGING.""And if [any] mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, Burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe" (Exodus 21:23-25 KJV).
The passage above is inspired by God. Do we Christians practice that today? No. Here's why we don't:
"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also" (Matt. 5:38-39 KJV).
Jesus overrode the Old Testament's directives with His own directives. Likewise, Jesus through Paul overrode the Old Testament's directives about IM with His own directives for music in Christian worship:
"Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord" (Eph. 5:19 KJV).
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Col. 3:16 KJV).
When denominationalists and change agents insist on resorting to Old Testament practices like implementing IM in Christian worship, they override Jesus' directives in preference for their own worldly desires.
When denominationalists and change agents insist that IM is OK because it "accompanies" and "enhances" singing in Christian worship, they override Jesus' directives in preference for their own worldly desires. Jesus never directed us to "accompany" or "enhance" our singing with anything more than the melody made in our hearts.
When denominationalists and change agents make a pretense of saying that multiple harmonies are "sinful" because Jesus never "authorized" them, they conveniently forget that Jesus only authorized SINGING. He left the physical HOW of singing to us (loudly or softly, fast or slow, in unison or in harmony). Again, the ONLY type of accompaniment/enhancement Jesus authorized was the melody made in our hearts.
When denominationalists and change agents support IM with the premise of, "It is a sin to condemn what Jesus does not," they conveniently forget that it is a sin to override, change, or alter what Jesus has already authorized. Had Jesus said, "Worship me with music," then we would have had carte blanche to use any and every form of music with which to worship Him. As it stands, Jesus limited our worship music ONLY TO SINGING.