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    • Darryl Scott (Login Darryl.Scott)
      Posted Jun 16, 2006 12:32 PM

      TMP,

      “However, the one point of continention I have is where you write "We can’t have one group saying, 'you don’t have to obey Christ commandments to be saved', and another group saying, 'you must obey Christ commandments to be saved'" To my knowledge there isn't a group even distantly related to the cofC that is saying you don't have to obey Christ commandments to be saved.”

      I understand what you are saying. What I mean is they do not actually say, “you don’t have to obey Christ’s commandments to be saved”, they just say things like, “you don’t have to be baptized to be saved”, or on the other hand “you only have to be baptized to be saved.” (Leaving off repentance, and a new walk in life.) I have heard both from “cofC” members. That is the equivalent of “you don’t have to obey Christ’s commandments to be saved”. Sorry for the confusion. ;O)

      But I'm interested in exactly what is required to be an apostate?

      I might not have been clear in my post but the answer is in this. “Teaching for doctrine the commandments of men.” If a congregation or individual chooses to set aside biblical doctrine, they have crossed a line. Not out of ignorance, but setting it aside. They have become the objects of their church and the objects of their worship. To some degree I would say it is intent. Ignorance of God’s will, and weakness of man is forgiven when as you quote I John, “when we walk in the light as He is in the light”. But, what I might do in ignorance becomes rebellion when I learn the truth and continue on the same path. The sin is not only the error, but now the error + rebellion. A path that was formerly done in ignorance becomes a path that leads to destruction.

      I have a friend that relayed a couple of events of his childhood that he did not understand. He was confused about the discipline that he received as a child. In one event he was told by his father not to go down to the pond in his church clothes. Of course he did and received a hard “whippin” for it. (been there and done that) The other event was when he was around 8 he decided to get the keys to their car and take it for a spin on the ranch. He related how his father only scolded him for his poor decision. His confusion was that the harsh punishment was for something not very dangerous, (A trip to the pond), and the lesser punishment was for something that could have cost him his life. (Driving the car) The answer lies not in the physical danger but in the spiritual danger. One was an act of rebellion, and the other was an act of an 8-year-olds stupidity. One path will get you killed, the other path (rebellion) will kill the body and the soul.

      So when people teach there are many churches (denominations) and they have learned from God’s word that there is “one church” they are left with a decision. Do I (1) proclaim one church, or (2) in order to keep the peace, spare feelings, and/or remain popular I continue to proclaim all denominations are OK? Which one is rebellion?


      ”I do believe that it is good to have a conversation and share our convictions, but is it possible that we can read the exact same scriptures and come to different conclusions?

      I agree! That is why we study. If I already had it all figured out I would leave my Bible at home. ;O)

      ”What if I conclude the wrong way?”
      Is my conclusion based upon truth and the searching for it, or is it based upon, what I like, what Mom and Dad would like, or how can I please the people around me.

      Stephen,

      Thank you for your kind words.

      ”Why take anyone elses word for what the truth is other than what we believe in our personal studies that God is telling us.”

      Amen. Let’s let God tell us through His word. Let’s follow Paul’s admonition (commandment) that we “Test all things, and hold on to the good” I Thes 5:21.

      Darryl Scott
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