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  1. There is not one single contradiction anywhere in The Bible....... And there are literal and figurative passages......thats why the Holy Spirit said the following: 2 Timothy 2:15 English Standard Version (ESV) 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
  2. Eli and Being Soft on Sin There are many things to admire about the man Eli. He judged Israel for 40 years. During that time he was God’s spokesman. We find no record of any outward evil or sin in his life. When Eli learns that Samuel will take his place, Eli does not rebel, grow bitter, become envious, or spiteful. Instead, Eli teaches Samuel. Yet listen to God’s message to Eli through the young Samuel. I Samuel 3:11-14 In spite of all the good things we can say about Eli, God pronounced a serious judgment against Eli. It was not for what Eli did, but for what he did not do. Eli was not guilty of any great sin, but his sons were. These weren’t secret sins, either. Eli was fully aware of them. I Samuel 2:22-25 Eli’s sin was a failure to restrain his sons. I Samuel 2:29 Eli did not completely fail to restrain his sons, because he did actually take time to deliver a mild rebuke. However, Eli did not follow through when they didn’t pay attention to him. His sons should have been thrown out of the priesthood. Their sins were worthy of death by stoning under the Law. If nothing else, their rebelliousness earned them the punishment for disobedience to parents. Deut. 21:18-21 Eli was too soft. He was too easy toward his children. No doubt Eli loved his sons, but he did not love them enough to restrain them. As a result God punished Hophni, Phinehas, and Eli. Pious softness is not the way of God. Jesus threw out the money changers from the temple. John 2:13-17 He harshly rebuked the Pharisees in Matthew 15 and Matthew 23. Pious softness fails in the home. Christians should bring their children up in the Lord. Eph 6:4 This includes giving them proper instruction. Deuteronomy 6:7 Deuteronomy 32:46 Proper instruction includes restraining them from evil. Proverbs 3:12 Proverbs 13:24 Proverbs 29:15-17 Children are growing up today without seeing any boundaries to their actions. Some parents just cannot seem to say “No!” to their little munchkin. Many say “No” when irritated, but they never follow through with a punishment if the child disobeys. Pious softness fails in society. Over the years, we have become very soft on crime. If you don’t believe me, then why was the nation upset that a young hoodlum was caned for spraying graffiti? Governments are suppose to punish evil-doers. I Peter 2:13-14 This includes carrying out a death penalty. Romans 13:3-4 Genesis 9:6 Oh, some states have reinstated the death penalty, but the punishment comes 15-20 years (at best) after the crime. Ecclesiastes 8:11 Pious softness fails in the church. When a Christian refuses to live in accordance with God’s Law and will not repent of his sins, we are commanded to withdraw from him. I Cor 5:1-5, 11-13 Eph 5:11 II Thess 3:6, 14-15 Yet, so many people object. Or they demand more time to encourage a person to repent to the point where withdrawal comes months or years after the event. How have we come to believe that withdraw is the end of encouragement to live right? Take for instance the sin of false teaching. Romans 16:17 I Timothy 6:3-5 Titus 3:10-11 There is no delay when the sin is recognized. There is no endless number of chances. These days, there seems to be much pious softness toward denominations. I have seen churches advertise meetings which are held jointly with the Christian Church, the Disciples of Christ, and Baptists. I have seen preachers repeat the doctrines of men, saying there is no harm in using instruments to worship our God, or that baptism is not really essential for salvation. You find that hard to believe? I’ve got a lot of examples if you want to see them. Man may change his beliefs, but God remains the same. Heb 13:8 His words will not pass away. Matthew 24:35 Jesus came to give us life. John 10:10 Jesus’s way gives us peace. John 14:27 Phil 4:6-7 But it must be Jesus’ way. John 14:6 John 5:39-40 Will you not come to Jesus this day?
  3. Vol.VIII No.I Pg.3 March 1971 Change Of Signs Jim R. Everett The pool hall was a hang-out for the local riffraff. The joint wasnt classy enough, so a billiard table was added, carpet was laid over the cracked, wooden floor and the sign out front was changed to read Billiard Parlor. The same people frequented the place. As always, they gambled and boozed a little on the side and the townspeople knew that Billiard Parlor was a highfalutin way of saying pool hall — its practice hadnt changed at all. Someone persuaded the community, shade-tree mechanic, who knew motors inside and out, that he should present a better image for the sake of community. He went to a mechanics school and paid good money to learn what he already knew. After graduating, the sign on the fence which used to read Joes Garage said Doctor of Mechanics — Joseph C. Jones. A certificate hung on the wall to prove that Joe was a qualified mechanic. Of course, Joe still tuned an engine by sound and smell while the electronic gadgets stood in the corner gathering dust. And if you stood just right when you looked through the knothole in the new sign, you could still glimpse a worn, chain hoist which hung from the shady, old oak out back of the place. On some buildings hangs a sign cracked and weather beaten by time — Church of Christ. This sign is supposed to signify that Christs people meet there to worship God and do His work. They are supposed to respect His authority, preach just what The Book says and give book, chapter and verse for everything believed and practiced. However, in addition to sounds of worship and Bible teaching. one hears kindergarten nursery rhymes, the pitter-patter of tennis shoes in the basement gymnasium, the click of billiard balls in the upstairs recreation room and the banging of pots and pans in the newly acquired kitchen and fellowship hall. These are strange and divisive noises coming from meeting places where once echoed a unifying plea — We speak where the Bible speaks and are silent where the Bible is silent. In attempting to defend feeding, recreation, and entertainment programs being conducted by the church, a preacher told me that the N.T. does not say how the church building is to be used. I agree, hut this is only a quibble — the real issue is determining the scriptural work of a congregation. If a person understands what the work of a congregation is, he has no difficulty understanding how its facilities are to be used. Neither is the issue what individual Christians may or may not do, hut rather what a congregation may practice by Gods authority. I do not find scriptural authority for church kindergartens. gymnasiums, baseball teams, fellowship halls, etc. Methinks that not only does the practice not fit the sign (church of Christ) but also that the practice is a sign of change. In this instance there should be a change of signs to fit the practice.
  4. Vol.VIII No.I Pg.2 March 1971 Cultivating Oddities Robert F. Turner An old professor, a scientific genius, absent-mindedly worked on an equation at a banquet. He heard none of the speeches honoring him. It was thoughtless and people noticed it. Yet in deference to a great man, they overlooked his inconsiderateness. A young admirer watched the professor and mimicked him. He missed the point of greatness and cultivated being absent-minded and inconsiderate of people. It is a common blunder. It was not thoughtlessness that made the professor great. Dedicated work made him an exceptional man in spite of being thought- less. Oddities — being so obvious — are often emphasized and cultivated. Genuine virtues are not dramatic and are often overlooked. Legends of the pioneer preachers reveal the same problem. Their jokes, pranks, and personal peculiarities endure and are constantly retold. It is sad that some of the most dedicated men are remembered only for their jokes and stunts. Young preachers get the idea that such was what made them great preachers. Far from it. Their quirks were tolerated because of the good work they did. We forget the undramatic but sound teaching, the selfless sacrifice, the midnight oil burned in study, and a genuine love for souls. These things make great preachers. Enlarging oddities distorts proper perspective. Remember, you can be an odd ball without being a great man. There are more absent-minded dunces than absent-minded geniuses. There are lots of rude, prank-pulling, and otherwise weird preachers who have nothing else to offer. Come to think of it, a man does not even have to be odd to be great. All geniuses are not absent-minded. An exceptional preacher does not have to be a nut of some sort. Being a peculiar people does not require Christians to become a clan of kooks. It is rather a people who belong to God and are dedicated to his service. (Note ASV —a people for Gods own possession 1 Pet. 2:9). We will all have oddities enough without cultivating them. Joe Fitch **************************** Reports from Robert indicate that the meeting work in Australia is producing fruit. We will have some reports in Plain Talk when Robert gets home. Pray the Father for his safety and success. **************************** This issue of Plain Talk begins the eighth year of publication. It is still sent free to all who request it. We try to make it worth reading.
  5. ALL of this crap is set up by the Rothschilds to get intelligent minds focused on it instead of what they are really doing........
  6. Send me a link to that emoji that will work on an android phone.....i miss it.....
  7. To be fair I give him laughs too....especially when he zings you a good one lion......
  8. Biden is a racist like most dims.....he gets a pass from the propagandist media because he is a communist......
  9. Here is the TITLE: Christian, don’t rationalize Trump’s sins... So you wanna try that again???
  10. Normal......prolly pick up some more when school starts.....
  11. Jesus called out such hypocrites all the time......
  12. I got that the author is unrighteously judging an imperfect man while not revealing his own imperfections.......
  13. Wow.....see we All can find at least one thing to agree on......
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