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[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]Curly,The Son of God himself endorsed the reliability of the Old Testament record regarding the flood (Matthew 24:37-39). Since he is an eternal being (Micah 5:2; John 1:1) and therefore witnessed the flood (cf. John 8:58), his testimony must be accepted as fact.
Churches of Christ have held the TRADITIONS taught by God.[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]Curly,
"The flood." Why are we discussing Noah's flood? It appears that we may be deviating from the topic of your own thread?
But other matters you've brought up must be addressed.
We've discussed John 1:1 quite extensively. Let's keep in mind that the Scripture speaks of "THE GOD AND FATHER OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST" (II Cor. 11:31; Eph. 1:3; 4:6; I Peter 1:3). (Let Bill Crump explain the grammatical significance of the conjunction "AND" and the preposition "OF" in those passages. Problem is that Bill is likely to ignore those passages because he knows that the truth in those passages will debunk the assumption that Jesus is God and/or that the Son is the Father.)
Let's also keep in mind John 20:17 -- Jesus himself said: "I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God."
Micah 5:2 does not say what Trinitarians are saying. In fact, Jesus had/has a beginning/an origin -- his birth and birthplace in Bethlehem and to be "the ruler" -- whereas the true God is without origin. Why would we expect God (instead of the Messiah) to be ruler from Bethlehem and have brothers? There's more to be said about this and other passages misused by those who try very, very hard to prove that Jesus is "God incarnate."
Shall we return to the topic of your thread -- traditions of the church?[/color]
[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]OK, it's been explained that Ken's question about Noah's flood was directed to Donnie (whose memory was severely tested ) ... and was not intended to be part of the discussion of "church traditions."Sorry, Ken brought up Noah and the Flood. Church Singing a Tradition?
[color=#0000FF" size="4" face="times]Ken,Churches of Christ have held the TRADITIONS taught by God.
There are many different statements that make the ASSEMBLY the Assembly of Christ.
If we take the name OFF our public confession we refuse to confess Jesus THE CHRIST OF GOD and He will-has refused to confess you.
Before the year 2000 prophesied end of the 2 days and beginning of ANOTHER Day claiming that "the only role of church is WORSHIP." Of course that calls all of Scripture and the VIEWS of the historic church of Christ liars. Church was always a more or less place to worship God by giving heed to THE WORD of God.
Historic churches of Christ have held that the Word or Logos is the REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE and no disciple should have the need to DEBUNK Jesus as our only Teacher.
Historic churches of Christ (the Rock) from the wilderness onward understood that noise-making machines are forbidden even if most preachers do not understand why.
Historic Churches have always observed the Lord's Supper each Lord's Day which is the only day God has called us out of the ANOTHER DAY of REST.
Historic Churches of Christ have always read the simple text in prophecy and fulfilment that Batism is FOR or in order or SO THAT Sins are washed away.
Historic Churches of Christ have denied that the Gift of A holy spirit (Ours according to Scott and the Campbells) and however the Spirit OF God lives in the faithful or baptized believer, it was not a person who "guided you beyond the sacred pages" as Fudge and the Fudgitesbelieve.
Historic Churches of Christ have held that as claimed by Jesus the SPIRIT of God is now in the WORD of God. No: no one ever said that the Bible was THE Holy Spirit Person. I was stupified when I returned to Middle Tennessee in 1980 and discovered that God is a trinity of three persons or people each with their own skills and ranking 1, 2, 3.
If you SPEAK where the Scriptures you will be a Christian-Disciple-Student even if the Lipscomb-Gospel Advocate teaching a view which the clergy taught but the "customers" found disturbint
Historic Churches of Christ have always understood that the Gospel is not a few facts ABOUT Jesus but the Gospel of the Kingdom or Church.
Historic Churches of Christ have always understood that the Church IS the Kingdom of God because Jesus REIGNS as King over His Kingdom: that reign will END and not begin when Jesus Returns.
Historic and still-faithful Churches of Christ believe Ephesians 4 that the APT vocational elders are the Pastor Teachers over the flock. Rubel Shelly perhaps invented the idea of a Located Missionary. An Evangelist must have a GO button or he is nothing. The Terminal-Terminated progressives have imposed the Senior Pastor as THE Leader while elders are just "shepherds of the preacher."
Your format is better: We have listed most of the differences with the Word, Logos or Regulative Principle at the heart. Most of those boasting about two things which causes God to HATE THEM is sowing discord and having "singers" in the holy places turned into HOWLERS. They rejoice in "upsetting your comfort zones" in order to turn school into a SEEKER CENTER which was the CORE of Mein Kampf.Please be civil.