Church of Christ (Demonination)

I didn’t know which category to list this under. It’s not Final Season, and I don’t consider the Church of Christ to be “Wolf-like Sheep”. So I put it under Misperception just because why not. I really should make a Miscellaneous category (this post inspired the Miscellaneous category)…

Anyway, I have been considering making this post for a very long time, but I didn’t know how to do it without making it seem like I was calling the denomination a satanic cult. True, I have tons of criticisms about them, but I don’t think that low of them. I believe many of them are still saved, it’s just that their teachings can be very dangerous.

As I’ve said in previous posts on this site, I was raised in the Church of Christ. I grew up being told that that is the only right denomination, and that if you are a Baptist or Methodist or anything other than Church of Christ you’re going to hell. I remember one time in particular at the church I went to when I was in high school. The youth minister took the youth group to a youth retreat (youth youth youth youth youth…yeah, how many more times can we squeeze that word into this sentence), but he didn’t know until we got there that it was being sponsored by a Baptist Church. When we got back home the church body (the parents and elders) yelled at him for “endangering the souls of our children!”.

While at that retreat, after the youth minister realized his “mistake”, he forbade us to sing along with the songs they sung, which was accompanied by music. This is another major issue with the denomination. They claim that because the Bible doesn’t mention using music during worship, that it’s a sin to do so. There was even one time when one of the elders of the church went up after service to announce he was stepping down as elder and as member of the Church of Christ to go start a new church. The only difference was the use of music. During his announcement, he called out two other elders who felt the same way, as well as a few regular members. Immediately after service, those elders and members were kicked out by the remaining “musically pure” elders.

In the 25 years I attended Church of Christ, I never heard a preacher really dig into the Word. They would read the “popular” verses and talk about why those are good verses. Now only that, but every single Church of Christ I’ve been to have been filled with judgmental people. They’d judge for the littlest thing. I’d wear a hat in the lobby of the building and be told it’s disrespectful to God to wear a hat in the building. I’d point out that when Moses approached the burning bush God told him to remove his sandals, and that they’re wearing shoes in the building. They’d glare, then huff and storm off. I’ve been asked to leave more than one Church of Christ simply because I was tapping my foot along with the beat of the song. Even though there’s no music, there’s still timing in the song, but apparently musical logic is a sin.

It wasn’t until 2014, when I willingly stepped into a Baptist Church for the first time, that I finally found the real Truth. You’re saved by faith in Jesus, not by not playing music or being a member of the Church of Christ (denomination). You have to be a member of the Church of Christ (body of Christ), but no one denomination is right.

The first couple of weeks at Grace Baptist Church, I felt very uncomfortable during the singing part, because they used music. But within a month I relaxed and now it feels weird NOT having music when singing to God. It’s been a year and a half since I made the switch, and I’m still struggling with a lifetime of conditioning to believe a certain way. It was pretty much discouraged in the Church of Christ to study for yourself, because the preacher will tell you everything you need to know. At my church, and in the podcasts I listen to and other pastors I listen to, they all tell you to not just take their word for it, to research this for yourself.

The pastor at my church (and the podcasts and everything mentioned above) not only covers more of the Bible than I’ve ever heard covered in Church of Christ, but they dive deep and get to the true meaning of the Scriptures. Not only by looking at the original Greek and Hebrew to figure out what was actually being said, but also looking at the scientific, archaeological, and historical evidence that backs up the Bible 100%. When I shared all of this with some of my Church of Christ friends, they turned it all away, saying it’s wrong to go by anything other than what the Bible itself says.

Which is why I say that even though I attend a Baptist Church, I am not a Baptist. I am a Christian. If the pastor says something that goes against the Bible, I’m going to go with what the Bible says.

The Last Days: Part 1 (Grace Baptist Milford)

My church has been filming Sunday morning sermons and uploading them to YouTube and Godtube since September 2014. This past Sunday, my pastor started a series about the Last Days. Since this subject was the reason I started this blog, he told me after service I could post it (and the others in the series in the coming weeks) here.

Joel Osteen’s Christless Ministry

Galatians 1:8-9(KJV)

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

Joel Osteen is the leader of the biggest church in America. Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, has over 43,000 members.

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When I see the above picture, I find it mind-blowing. How can so many people be brainwashed by this guy? If they read their Bible, they’d know that Joel Osteen was a wolf-like sheep.

Why do I call him that? Because he’s not a pastor, he’s a motivational speaker. Joel doesn’t use Jesus’ name, doesn’t talk about being saved by the Blood, doesn’t even talk about going to hell for not believing. So what does he talk about, and why are so many people flocking to him?

“When you focus on being a blessing, God makes sure that you are always blessed in abundance.”

“It’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty. It’s God’s will for you to pay your bills and not be in debt.”

“If we say it long enough eventually we’re going to reap a harvest. We’re going to get exactly what we’re saying.”

These are just a few of his quotes. They don’t even sound scriptural. But they sure do sound good, and if you didn’t know your Bible, that’s the sort of nonsense you’d want to hear. That’s why so many people attend his church, he makes them feel good about themselves.

What he’s doing is called “New Age“, and not only isn’t biblical, it strongly goes AGAINST the Bible. Do not be fooled by this wolf-like sheep!

The Truth About Christmas (Part 4)

Matthew 2:11(KJV)

11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.

What was it that the unknown number of wise men brought Baby Jesus? Seems a bit random, if you ask me. What would a baby do with gold? And what on Earth are those other two things? If I didn’t know better, I’d think there some kind of symbolism there.

You know where this is going.

Genesis 24:30(KJV)

30 And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister’s hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well.

It’s traditional to give gold in some form when you become engaged. In modern times, it’s now usually a diamond ring, but in the past the groom-to-be would give his bride-to-be a gold ring or bracelet. When Rebekah’s brother saw the gold earring and bracelets, he knew she was engaged to be married.

What about frankincense and myrrh?

Song of Solomon 1:13(KJV)

13 A bundle of myrrh is my well-beloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts.

It’s a little known tradition that frankincense and myrrh are used in weddings, especially in olden times. The groom-to-be would smell of it, and everyone would know he’s engaged.

But what do these have to do with Baby Jesus?

Ephesians 5:25(KJV)

25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;

The Church is the Bride of Christ. So what now looks like inappropriate gifts for a baby turns out to actually be symbolic.

Denominations

1 Corinthians 1:10-13 (KJV)

10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you. 12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. 13 Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted. I have actually gotten a few messages asking if I’m okay. Well, I didn’t start this series to post in it fifty times a day. I actually said in the introduction post that I’d space them out. I hadn’t been doing that. So I posted a bunch in the course of a week, then abruptly stopped. Not because I ran out of ideas, i simply had writer’s block. I’d been planning this topic since before I stopped, even telling someone in a comment that I would be covering this. But then every time I sat down to write, my mind would go blank. I hate writer’s block. I couldn’t even work on my novel.

Anyway, as the opening verse points out, we’re called to be joined together as one. Denominations are unscriptural I go to a Baptist church, but I do not consider myself a Baptist. Because I don’t go by what my pastor says, I go by what the Bible says. I am a Christian. Most people ask “Which denomination is correct?”. Which ever ones accept that Jesus is the Son of God and that He’s the only way into Heaven. There’s going to be little differences between different churches, but as long as the core is the same throughout, there is nothing wrong with going to a Baptist church or Methodist or Lutheran or [fill in the blank].

Music in Church

1 Corinthians 6:12 (KJV)

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

I was raised Church of Christ. In the Church of Christ churches, music is looked upon as being evil. Because God didn’t tell us to do it, therefore, it’s pure evil. I’ve been to several of those churches throughout my life, and it seems that all of them at some point were split over whether or not to allow the use of musical instruments. By split I mean some or most of the members left to start a new church where the only difference would literally be that they played musical instruments.

Back in April of this year (2014), I moved from Texas to Ohio and started going to a baptist church. They play instruments. The first couple weeks I was so uncomfortable that I sat there rigid expecting the place to be destroyed any second. But soon I found that I preferred the music. It enhanced the worship for me. It didn’t hinder the worship.

Romans 14:2-3 (KJV)

For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs. Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

Paul isn’t talking about literal herbs. The context is talking about worshiping God. Verses 2 and 3, and the verse I opened this with, are basically saying, “If it enhances your worship without hindering it, and doesn’t go against the Bible, go ahead and do it”. You’re saved by believing in Christ and being baptized, not by playing music or singing A Capella.

Besides, Paul instructed us to use instruments. At least, he said to use string instruments. What? You didn’t know that? That’s because you don’t know Greek.

Ephesians 5:19 (KJV)

19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Speaking to yourselves in psalms. The original Greek, psalmos (or ψαλμός) means “a striking (of musical strings)“. So Paul, through whom God spoke, tells us to strike a sting instrument and sing spiritual songs.

So we’ve seen here that not only does scripture give us the freedom do enhance our worship as long as it doesn’t hinder, but we’re also instructed to use string instruments.