Posts by Joe David Wilson

One True Church Part 5

When Noah was told of the plan of God to build an Ark, a part of God’s plan for the church was revealed. Of all the stories related in ancient history, Noah and the Ark is always given.
The preaching of “grace” had come down to one man. This man had to hide away from the main-stream of society, in a mountainous area to begin construction. Jude vs. 15 Like all things God has done, He has explicit instructions on how it was to be built, of what it was to be built, and by whom. Noah was told of God’s plan (in other places called grace) because of his faithfulness. “The end of all mankind is before Me” God had spoken because the “thoughts of man’s heart was evil continuously.” Noah built the Ark “by Faith”, or instruction from the Holy One so teaches Hebrews 11:7. As far as we can know, Noah had only 2 other men to help him build this gigantic boat (for it was to hold ALL life). This boat, perfect for carrying safely large loads, had only ONE window and ONE door. It must have looked very weird for one man and his sons to be building a boat far away from any body of water. When anyone came in his hearing, Noah would tell them of something that they had never seen before, rain, and that it was coming and the earth was to be flooded and (here was the weirdest) everyone that was not in his Ark would drown!! I am sure this provoked many a laugh for everyone knew that the Roman Catholic boat would be built just 3000 years later, then the Greek Orthodox boat, then the Lutheran, Wesleyan, Baptist, and on and on. Everyone would have a “choice” of boats then and it would be as to how they felt as to which boat they got aboard! Surely, they could not be serious in thinking there would only be ONE??
The day came (no doubt it was sunny and fair) when Noah was told of God to “Get aboard”. As they were loading the boat, Noah was still preaching—“he that believeth and is baptized shall be saved”. Other boat builders gathered around and mocked Noah (you see, his boat did not even have a piano on board, or as the heathen put it, “there was no music”). All their boats had multiple windows and doors of entrance (every one could do it THEIR way). God had told Noah to “get aboard” on a certain day like He tells His children to “meet Him around the Table of Remembrance every first day of the Week” and like today, they ignored Him—-yet, they said they “loved God”!! Many planned on boarding, some never intended, others would have IF they had gotten all their overtime hours at work done. Besides all this, it was sunny with not a cloud in the sky that day!! ONE BOAT AND BUT ONE??? With all the laughing, mocking, and revelry there that day it must have been real hard on poor old Noah until that first drop of rain hit his old bald head!! Most of the crowd did not even notice the difference in the gait of Noah; he was hurrying his daughters-in-law now, and finishing with the final animals when the first crack of thunder sounded over the mountains. As Noah looked on, Noah saw what his eyes would never forget—God began to shut the door!!
Friends, family members, in-laws, influential congressman, and others began to cry aloud, “hold the door for me”, but Noah had no control; God was handling things, now! Somebody cried aloud, “don’t worry, get on the Baptist (Methodist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and Muslim) boat down the hill, besides theirs have “music”!! These ‘other’ boats were not built of the right wood, pitched with the right pitch, nor were there any Noahs on them!! Oh, yes, they filled up fast, the music was bellowing from their multiple windows and doors, BUT, they were already beginning to take on water!!” Somebody cried; “just pray”. They did, as they were drowning.

One True Church Part 4

Every time you quote Romans 16:16, “The churches of Christ salute you.” most people thinks that means that EVERY DENOMINATION IS APART OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST. This is alright with me as long as the Lord approves. If He does not, we are plagiarizing His name and that of His bride.
A lot of times things that seem unable to be answered are easily seen when we use the scriptures to explain them. We often can look in the Old Testament and find what is called “types” which explain the New Testament teaching called “anti-types”. This language may be un-familiar to those who have not studied much, but to those who have they become a real tool to understanding what a lot of times seems hard to understand.
A “type” is a pattern, an example, it is always physical and tells HOW God intended to carry out His Will. The “anti-type” is the fulfillment of the type in that it plays off the “type” using its story-line to explain the “anti-type”. When God uses a “type” EVERY PART OF THE STORY MUST FIT. Today, we will use stories, types, examples to answer the serious student of the Word and leave all of us without ANY question as to the truth. This takes the argument by the gainsayer out of the discussion.
Adam and Eve were the first, on earth, to be married. You will need to read Genesis 2:15-25 Adam went looking for a help-meet, one like himself, with whom he could find compatibility, verses 18-20. He found none. God caused a deep sleep (operation) to fall upon Adam, He took a rib (a part of his anatomy-in this testament it would have to be physical) and made him a woman (help-meet, one to support him, love him and help him). And Adam said, ‘This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called ‘Woman’, because she was taken out of man’. Therefore shall a man leave his father (Adam did not have a physical father or mother), and shall cleave (be joined physically) to his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”verses 23-24 Question: how many women were Adam speaking of, how many operations did God perform on him, and who named his wife/help-meet? For one to qualify as the bride/wife of Adam would she not to have lived in the same century, area, speak the same language as Adam? Do we have any problems, yet? Have we made any progress, yet? This is the “type”.
When Christ came to the world, He came seeking “one like Himself-sinless, pure, without fault. Like Adam, he went among men (Adam among animals) and found NONE. God put Christ into the operation called the “deep sleep” which was death and took from Him apart of His being. He did not take a rib, He took BLOOD. It was not to purchase anything physical, it was to purchase something like Christ, spiritual. She had to be compatible, alike, of the same as Christ—she had to be sinless for God cannot sin and Christ is/was God!! The reason with Christ it was BLOOD is simple; the Old Testament had taught that “life was in the blood…for it is the BLOOD that makes an atonement for the soul.” Leviticus 17:11 Jesus purchased the church with His BLOOD; Acts 20:28. We have to be washed in His blood, Revelation 1:5, and are so washed when we are ‘arise and are baptized, washing away our sins’. Acts 22:16 We become ‘bone of His bone, flesh of His flesh (we are made sinless, we are compatible to Him) in this marriage ceremony called baptism. Ephesians 5:23-32 He then adds us to His family, the church, which, by the way, He has NAMED. Acts 2:38-47, Romans 7:4 and Romans16:16 Since Christ is God, He also calls her the Church of God, God being the name of a nature—Christ tells which being called God to whom she is married. How many women/churches? In what century did she begin? Christ was in the first century!!

One True Church Part 3

There are many of the ‘religious’ that have such a kind heart they can conceive of no one being lost that professes a kindness toward and a belief in the Lord Jesus. They are so overwhelmed with their own guilt they want to believe their friends and loved ones, like themselves, are those who, in the denominations of man, are going to Heaven in spite of their disobedience to the Law of God!! After all, they claim, “God is love!”
There many ways to PROVE that Christ has just one wife/ bride/ body/ kingdom that those of us who study the Bible are mystified as to how they MISS the clear message therein taught!! For example: the bride of Christ wears His name as any wife wears the name of her mate (unless you are in today’s society where the woman does not respect the man enough to wear his name), the kingdom has only ONE king as any kingdom, the body is singular as is it’s Head (one body, one head) as is the bodies of all men. No man’s head EVER wore a different name than his body!! Jesus is the ONLY being I know of who came to this world with the proscribed mission to DIE for the sins of those He could redeem by His blood!! He is the only church-builder, beginner, originator that actually DIED to bring His church into existence. No denominational church beginner, organizer, originator actually died so his or her church comes into existence!! Jesus is the only being that possessed the nature called God who purchased a church. Acts 20:28, John 3:16 All other churches are started by a man, a group of men, or a country and ALL OF THEM were sinners. Jesus Church is the ONLY church I have read about that came from the side of a dead being!! The Roman soldier thrust his spear into the side of Christ and “forthwith came there out blood and water.” John 19:34 It is this same “blood and water” that ‘bears witness’ (affirms, supports, teaches, continues the story) as is used in 1 John 5:8. Christ’ Church is the ONLY church to have started in the city of Jerusalem, AD 33, at 9:00am on the Pentecost Sunday morning immediately AFTER the resurrection of Christ from the grave!! Acts 2:1-4, 38-47. The Church of Christ is the ONLY church that began WHILE the middle wall of partition was STILL IN POWER, the Law of Moses. Ephesians 2:14-18, Colossians 2:14-18 It is the ONLY church that began during the reign of a king of kings. Daniel 2:44 (A king of kings was a king who reigned over kings of other nations, they were WORLD kings. There had been four world conquerors: the Babylonian with Nebuchadnezzar and Belshazzar, Medes and Persians with Darius, Greeks with Alexander the Great, and the Romans with the Caesars) The Church of Christ started in the days of the Caesars! Christ kingdom was to “come out of Zion” Isaiah 2:2-4, Micah 4:2. It is the ONLY church the disciples of John the Baptist could ALL be baptized out of John’s movement and into the kingdom of God’s dear Son. Colossians 1:13. It is the ONLY church to which ALL of the apostles belonged, all other churches started hundreds of years later and they were all dead. Acts 10:47-48, Acts 22:16. It is the ONLY church that for the first TEN years of its existence the only members of it were Jews!! Acts 10. No denomination existed early enough to have men or women who could trace their blood lines back to Abraham!! The Church of Christ pre-existed time!! Ephesians 5:32. These are but a few of the distinguishing ear-marks of the Lord’s Church—get some denomination to match on two of them, if you can and please inform the writer, he needs this kind of information !!
After ALL this proof, they will still cry; “the Church is one great big combination of all the churches, Romans 16:16 just means ALL the churches collectively.”

One True Church Part 2

I guess the first question is did Jesus lie? In Matthew 16:13-18 Simon Peter confessed Christ as the Son of the Living God:”Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God”. Because of this confession Christ countered with a statement that had never been heard, a statement that should have shocked anyone who heard what He said. “I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock (statement of fact that I Am the Son of the Living God), I will build My Church, and the gates of Hell (death, both physical and spiritual, will not separate those in My Church from Me, anymore) shall not prevail against it.” Notice, Jesus did not say churches, in the plural. The sophistry of the day will retort; “all religious bodies make up the ONE church”. This might sound reasonable and plausible, the trouble is it is not true!!
Just because some confess they believe in Christ does not mean they belong to Him!! “Not everyone that saith Lord, Lord shall enter the Kingdom of God, but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in Heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I NEVER KNEW YOU (emphasis mine): depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.” Matthew 7:21-23 This does not take a genius to figure this out!! Why did He command them to depart (flee from His presence)? It was as He said—you worked iniquity!! What is iniquity? The word iniquity is the word in the Greek anomos, nomos is Law, with the “a” at the beginning of the word, it means against, contrary, with no respect to. These people did a lot of what they conceived “good works”, the only thing they did not do was yield to the Will of the Father because they inserted their own!! (They wrote creeds, manuals, prayer-books, disciplines, church covenants, or just had a “FEELING” they were right!) In the Greek language there is a synonym to the word anomos, it is the word adikos, it means to presumptuously and wickedly assert YOUR will. The person who disallows the Will of the Father and replaces it with their own registers a contempt for the ‘Will of the Father’!! In Mark 7:6-13, Jesus spoke openly defining His statement(s) made on other occasions: “Well hath Isaiah prophesied of you hypocrites (play acting, putting up a front),as it is written, ‘This people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. In vain (it is useless and without value) do they worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God (you can only have ONE captain per ship), you hold (obey) the tradition of men…..Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which you have delivered and many such like things do you.”
What is the Will of the Father? I thought you would never ask!! In John 7:16, Jesus defined it. “My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His Will, he shall know the doctrine (that is God’s doctrine, not man’s); whether I speak of Myself.” Where do you think one would find the ‘doctrine of the Father’? In the B I B L E, where else?? Where would you expect to find the doctrine of the Baptist denomination? Lutheran? Roman Catholic?, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and on and on??
They all would shout out, “the Bible”!! To that we retort; “FINE, TELL US WHERE IT IS IN THAT SACRED VOLUME?? You cannot even find their NAME in the Word of God, much less their doctrine!!
JESUS SENT HIS DISCIPLES INTO ALL THE WORLD PREACHING ONE MESSAGE,“He that believes and is baptized will be saved; he that believes not will be damned.” Mark 16:16. NO DENOMINATION TEACHES, THIS!!

One True Church

One of the hardest things some people have in understanding God is the question often asked; “is there really just ONE church”? Some people consider you and I bullies, cultists, egotists, and partially insane who think Christ is married to just ONE church, that only those in that ONE church have a chance of gaining that eternal home. They think God UNFAIR and we His children irrational and a little beside themselves who take His Word as our proof for this belief, after all “surely not ALL the people in ______ denomination are lost, are they?” These fair-minded, people loving kind are heard to say; “My cousin is a ‘good man’ and surely God will not send him to Hell just because he does not see the scriptures as you, will He?” I warn you our reply is often mighty disturbing. But, let me invite you into a conversation that occurred on this exact subject and you see the ploys of Satan and the answers to their questions.
“My best friend is a good woman, she has been in the Baptist Church all her life; if there is anyone who is better that she, I do not know them.” Answer: “Is she good enough to burn in Hell for eons of endless existence with you by her side?? Is she better than Jesus Christ, He was brash enough to claim, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life, NO MAN cometh to the Father, but by Me.’ He will died for you, He will call you in death; He said ‘He that believes and is baptized shall be saved’!! Do you not consider her life as one which every day calls Jesus Christ a liar? (Oh, I forgot that is unkind by those who do not study God’s Word and want to FEEL GOOD!!) Question: “Jesus would NEVER have been so unkind as to have said something like this, let alone have such come from His lips”!!, they contend. “My cousin just does not like the Church of Christ’ doctrine; are you sure you are justified in making the above statements, will you not run us away from the Church of Christ by making such statements, you are not much like Christ, are you? This seems so hard-hearted and judgmental”!! Answer: “Now wait a minute, you have picked on the best friend I have ever had in my life, Jesus Christ, you have called into question His motives, and you expect me not to defend Him?? When did your cousin get better, smarter, more qualified to know what MUST BE DONE than the written document called the Bible? How can you justify taking his word for something AGAINST the inspired Word of God? If he is that good, he will be too good to go to Heaven, Heaven is for the people Jesus had to die to save, that had to obey what Jesus said for them to do, and who considered it the greatest honor of their existence when Jesus added them to the Church of Christ!! Why should you be so concerned about every-ones feelings but Jesus, the God of Heaven and Earth?? Did this cousin you are so considerate of die for you? If he did, that is sad, his death will not make any difference in your soul’s station in eternity; but this Jesus—His death has made ALL the difference!! Are you sure you are choosing the right man to lead you into the shores of timelessness?? I recommend you follow the Man who created EVERYTHING”!!
“Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that findeth it.” Matthew 7:13-14 Question: “My cousin will not attend with me.” Answer: “Will they be with you beyond this life? “For it had been better for you not have known the way of righteousness, that, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.” 2 Peter 2:21 “They will not be with you in Hell, either, your fate will be far worse than theirs, you cannot win by your standards, only Jesus can win.”

One Body of Christ Part 10

The Body has NEVER been allowed to tell the Head what to do about ANYTHING!! Though there is a strong relationship that exists between each member and the Head, the Head only GIVES ORDERS to the Body. Wound a member, and the brain knows it immediately; wound a member of the Body of Christ and Christ knows it, immediately!!
Some may ask; “are we that closely related to Christ?” On the way to Damascus, on a mission of persecution, Saul of Tarsus heard the voice of the Lord. Saul had made many such journeys unaffected by anyone and without anyone restraining him. This time it would be different. Saul thought he was doing the Will of God in restraining the growth of the Church of Christ. Saul was being true to the Law of Moses, only that Law had been abrogated by the blood of the only begotten Son of God. Saul had been a diligent student of the Law under Gamaliel in Jerusalem since a child; Paul would later be recorded as saying; “I stood in all good conscience before God until that day. I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. Which thing I also did in Jerusalem; and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.” Acts 26:9-11
Saul of Tarsus heard the voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” How was Saul persecuting Jesus, now crowned King of Kings and Lord of Lords? By persecuting His Body, not His physical, fleshly, personal body, but His spiritual Body!
As a man leaves his wife to care for and provide in his absence for his children, so Christ had left on the Earth His physical representative which was His spiritual Bride: and “no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord the Church.” Ephesians 5:29 IF YOU INJURE MY BODY, YOU INJURE ME. Jesus will say to those on His right hand at the fall of Jerusalem, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was an hungered, and you gave Me meat: I was thirst, and you gave Me drink: I was a stranger, and you took Me in: I was sick, and you visited Me: I was in prison, and you came unto Me. Then shall the righteous answer Him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered and fed Thee, or thirsty and gave Thee drink……. The King shall answer: Inasmuch as you have done it unto one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto Me.” Matthew 25:31-46 Don’t mess with the Lord’s anointed!!, you are treating Him as you treat them!!
I know no one who would not help the Lord if they found Him here on Earth without. We would gladly do anything we could for Him. There will never be this opportunity, BUT, HERE HE HAS HIS CHILDREN. There are needy children, disciples, and aged saints. Will you not give them relief?? This will be ministering to Christ. Do you refuse to associate with a brother because he is poor or without? Think of this text the next time you have opportunity, hear of an opportunity!! Think of this scripture: “You have done it unto Me.” You can help IF you cannot do anything else. Don’t wait until a child of God is in trouble and has to beg, if you see a need, investigate the need and see what you can do to remedy it. Don’t sit around and pray to be used of the Lord and let some child or saint of God do without: that is the Lord’s child!! You are helping the Lord!!

One Body of Christ Part 9

The body over which Christ is head is the Church. “And gave Him to be head over all things to the church which is His body.” Ephesians 1:22 “And He is the head of the body, the church.” Colossians 1:18 Paul suffered “for His body’s sake, which is the church.” Colossians 1:24 The Church of Christ is the spiritual body of Christ, there is nothing else He has on this earth that represents Him. In absence on the man, the wife ALWAYS represents the husband, so the Church, the Lord! “Unto Him be glory (through or by her Christ gains ALL the glory He desires) in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.” Ephesians 3:21
There is one body, one church. “For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5 “But now they are many members, yet but one body”. 1 Corinthians 12:20 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body: and be ye thankful.” Colossians 3:15
Jesus loves and nourishes His body and will save it!! He loved His fleshly body, but gave it for His spiritual body!! “Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself up for it.” Ephesians 5:25 “For no man ever hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Christ also the church; because we are members of His body.” Ephesians 5;29-30 “For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, being Himself the savior of the body.” Ephesians 5:23 Jesus loves His body with a tender love, He loves you with this love IF YOU are a member of His body. He adds all the SAVED to His body when one is baptized into Christ for the remission of sins, Acts 2:38, 47, and in the church He nourishes the redeemed with His word and cherishes the saints of God with a love unknown among mankind. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith: that you, being rooted and grounded in love may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height. And to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:17-19
As in every family, there is a close relationship existing between all the members of the body!! “And whether one member suffer, all suffer with him/her; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with him/her.” 1 Corinthians 12:25-26 There is union and harmony in the body by design as there is in any home that respects God!! Diversities of offices there are, yet a oneness of design and purpose-a wonderful harmony of action. “If one member suffers, all the members suffer with it.” If your arm is broken, the whole body sympathizes; the other members shield it; every member is discomfited when one member suffers!! When the body becomes diseased, everything possible is done to restore it to health. The mouth might not like the taste of the medicine proscribed, but it will not stop the body from receiving the medicine that will restore physical strength!! When all efforts in its behalf fail, and the life of the body is in danger because of the member that cannot or will not be cured, we then and then alone resort to amputation. Then, delays are dangerous; so should it be in the body of Christ. Everything possible should be done to restore to health a diseased member. But when all efforts fail, and he/she continues to grow worse, and the way of truth is evil spoken of because of him/her, we should not hesitate to withdraw from them!! The body will serve any member of the body, but the body cannot be destroyed just because one diseased, sinful member will not repent!!

One Body of Christ Part 8

“For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members have not the same office, so we who are many are one body in Christ, and severally members one of another.” Romans 12:4-5 “For as the body in one and hath many members, and all the members of the body, being many, are one body; so also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12
Here the church is represented as a body, and is compared to a human body. In thinking of a body, the following divisions and relations suggest themselves; the head, the body; the members of the body, the relation of members to each other, and to the head. These divisions and relationships are found in the church. Jesus is head of the one body. God made Him head, “when He raised Him from the dead, and made Him to sit at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power, and dominion and every name that is named not only in this world, but also in that which is to come; and He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him that filleth all in all.” Ephesians 1:20-23 “And He is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things He might have the pre-eminence.” Colossians 1:18 The head is the guide to the body and the source of wisdom. It is the law making power. It controls the movements and actions of the body. Hence the authority of Jesus Christ in the church is absolute! His authority is above all other authority, and from it there sin NO APPEAL!! He alone has the right to make laws for the church. We HAVE NO RIGHT, therefore, singularly or collectively, to legislate for the church, or to try to regulate by our own authority man’s duties in religion!! To so do is to presume prerogatives that belong to Christ AND HIM ALONE!! It is approaching dangerously near the presumptuous sin to presume the right or qualification to govern, guide, or set principles for that which is not yours. Yet men aspire to rule where they have not been invited to counsel!! Jesus met with this spirit in His own followers. :”And there was also strife among them, over which of them should be accounted the greatest, And He said unto them, ‘the kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But you shall not be so; but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief as he that doth serve.” Luke 22:24-26 No member of the body is to exercise authority over another; but all alike are to submit to the Head, even Christ!! What about man who neither created nor designed man trying to take over what HE HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH MAKING?? What about man who would try to correct the Son of Man??
Why should I assume authority over my brother? Am I wiser than he? Has God delegated ME the right to rule my brother, to say what he shall believe or not believe, do or not do?? Have I been wiser than he and have NEVER sinned?? Have I lived in a fuller relationship with God than he, and so counsel him? Therefore, I cannot be a part of a body of men no matter what it is called, whose object is to make laws for the body of Christ!! Neither are we under obligations to submit to those who do!! We are under obligations not to submit to them if the truth is known. All man-made creeds, disciplines, prayer-books, and religious experiences are relegated to nothingness compared to the Word of God. In taking Jesus as our Lord, we pledge ourselves not to submit to any of them!! Peter and John in Acts 4 and 5 were commanded not to preach any more in the name of Christ. What did they say? What would you have said? Should there be any difference?? Found in written Word, no man can change it!!

One Body of Christ Part 7

The “Body” of Christ is fitly framed together! Many have often misunderstood this section of the Holy Book but it is plain to see God had in mind exactly what He intended in the Church of Christ from the Beginning! The leadership is distinguished from the rest of the family not by might but by service, the ministers are distinguished from the rest of the family not by might or position but by study and diligence to the Word, then there are the brethren, all equal, all saved by the same blood, all of one Seed who lovingly live their lives for nothing but to search and seek other members of their select group for an eternity of existence with their Lord. “Fitly framed together” every part functions exactly as He intended. There are no improvements on the plan, no adjustments mid-stream that had to be made, and no ‘voice of reason’ from man that God ever ask to receive. As every part of the body of man has its function, so with the Body. There are some parts that are not given the “glory” as the other parts, but leave off these parts and what you wouldn’t expect happens, the body miss-functions!! In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul tells how each part of the “body” is as important as the other parts and infers that God put them exactly where He wanted, needed them to be, and does not allow any change. Imagine, man trying to change the functioning of the physical body!! Now, imagine how denominationalism has tried to change the “Spiritual Body” by altering its doctrines to satisfy their own wants. They have a governing board not of the local body but from a collective, they make rules and regulations not for the good of the Body but for their positions of hierarchy, and they act as God ruling over a people they have never given anything, not even love, so they could deserve such a place.
The unceasing warfare that the world has declared on the Body of Christ has not been able to keep up with the desires of man. Man has NEW wants and NEW desires. Have you ever heard that old adage “give them an inch and they will take a mile”, can you ever known the depths of illicit desire: if so, you will understand the fickle mind of man and the insatiable demands of what he wants!! It is like alcohol to the alcoholic, food to the overfed, and an end to desire; man knows no satisfaction and has no boundary. What can stop him, but his God? When they resist His authority and placate their consistency with its desires, they make God their bellies and vanity their shrine!! Religion fits this mindset, category, man will always want to change, this is his forte; nothing ten minutes old can satisfy what he know wants and demands; to satisfy man is to allow him to be unsatisfied and this does not show the wisdom of the God of all the universe, God cannot, will not because He knows man who He created and for man to have his way is to destroy man!!.
There is kept for God the faithful. They are deigned “faithful” because of their desire to do His Will. It is not by might that they are faithful. Some are powerful men and women in their own right, yet they gladly yield to their Lord. It is not to concession that they yield. Some of our number yield only because of a deeper love for a Being so kind and gentle. We are not forced by a mightier strength or power to submit or die; we die and then submit our all. Lead and directed by His Spirit, this Body seeks no other truth than His, no other way but His, and suits no others favor but His. This is the redeemed, blood bought, ransomed family of Jesus Christ. Without parallel or peer in the History of mankind, these who truly seek “not their own but those things of the Lord who bought them” are a royal race, a chosen priesthood, and a chosen generation. They want not their own, never seek praise from others, and will NEVER, NEVER die!!

One Body of Christ Part 6

Why would the Savior describe His Church as a “body”? Maybe it is because He intended it to express exactly the meaning He wished to express! What association does the “body” have with its head in the physical sense? Can the “body” possess LIFE without the head? Can the “body” function without the head? Is the “body” of any worth without the head? Can the “body” move around, work, and be useful in any sense without the head? Physically, the head is to the “body” just what Christ is to the Church. This teaches us many principles.
The association of the head to the body is apparent. It sits on top of the body. The head has highest pre-eminence over any other part of the body. Although the head and the body are determined by different standards of beauty, yet the head is first part of the anatomy one looks to when addressed. In the Church, Christ is has no equal. No man, group of men, college of men are His equal. “Whatever He saith unto you, do it” is still the manner of obedience demanded in the “body”, the Church.
Denominationalism is not the same. They have conventions, rule committees, conferences, and doctrinal specialist that write and re-write their beliefs as they change from year to year. What was wrong in the 18th century (if they existed then) is not wrong in the 21st century. As an example: in the 18th century NO denomination that existed used instruments of music in their worship(?) services. They wrote against it, debated it, and stood in unison against the evils of Roman Catholicism and its use of an instrument of music. Today, ALL of them worship at the feet of big entertainment. Their worship(?) services are as close to Broadway musicals as they can afford. I have heard of church buildings where they have orchestras, moving stages, and a sound system that would make a concert hall envious. They are in the entertainment business. They draw crowds this way. When ask why they do not use the Bible as their only drawing card to the world, they look at you as though you are “behind the times”!! What makes them do these things-where do they get the ideas to do these-if it did not come from God, just who gives the orders around there?? If God does give the orders, why has He changed His mind in 100 years? Somebody (play on the word body) is giving the orders, who is it? Does not the body take orders from the Head?? If they cannot find the practice in the scriptures, where are they getting their ideas? It has to be from some-body where the Head of the body does not set on top of the body in pre-eminence or where the orders come from within among the members of the body!! If the members of the body are running the program, what function does the head possess?? In denominationalism, with its rules committees, doctrinal committees, and study groups to determine church doctrine, THE HEAD IS NOT NEEDED!!
Homosexuality is on every ones mind these days (mainly, because they are pushing it on us), 100 years ago, 50 years ago, NO major religious group would even consider allowing a member of their “clergy” to be homosexual, today all of them are researching their “doctrinal experts” to see how they can find it allowed. What changed? Did they consult the Head?
Contemporary worship services are the fad, now. 100 years ago for one to have even considered such a shift to the prevalent accepted style of music was unthinkable. Oh, yes, they still have the “old-timers” brand of service; it is just at a different time. Did the Head legislate on this? Did they consult Him (since they all claim Him as Head)? Did God send an e-mail from Heaven that some of us missed? Is He not the Head