The churches of Christ Greet You (Romans 16:16)



1.  One of the greatest errors being perpetuated today
    a.  is that one may do any religious act that is not expressly forbidden in the Bible.
    b.  The truth of the matter is that one must have a “thus saith the Lord”
    c.  for what he does in religion.
2.  The silence of the Scripture is to be respected,
    a.  but one must understand that silence does not authorize.
    b.  The question is not “where does the Scripture forbid an action,”
    c.  but rather “where does the Scripture authorize an action.”

3.  Do you remember in 1 Samuel chapter 13
    a.  when King Saul decided to offer the sacrifice
  because he thought Samuel would not arrive in time?
4.  The issue was not whether Samuel would arrive in time to make the offering –
    a.  the issue was that King Saul was not authorized to make the sacrifice.
    b.  When Samuel arrived he said to Saul, “Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the
            commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee" (1 Sam. 13:13).
    c.  Sacrifice without obeying God’s word is worthless (cf. 1 Sam. 15:22).

5.  The eternal principle is made clear when Moses said, “Ye shall not add unto the word
            which I command you, neither shall ye diminish from it, that ye may keep
            the commandments of Jehovah your God which I command you” (Deuteronomy 4:2).
6.  John, in the last book of the New Testament, warns, “I testify unto every man
            that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto them,
            God shall add unto him the plagues which are written in this book: and if any man
            shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take
            away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things
            which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19).

7.  God’s word is truth (John 17:17),
    a.  and it is only truth that will save or set one free from his sins (John 8:32).
    b.  Truth must be taught not in part but in its entirety.
    c.  A little truth mixed with a little error is deadly!
8.  The apostle Paul knew the danger of only teaching partial truths and thus he proclaimed,
            “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men.
            For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God” (Acts 20:26-27).
     a.  Many who profess to be members of the body of Christ
     b.  need to resurrect this scripture from wherever they have buried it.

9.  Bible authority must be recognized as being absolute.
    a.  It is sad to realize that today even many who are members of the Lord’s church
    b.  will argue that one does not need authority for all that he does in religion.
        1.  Yet, the apostle Peter sets forth a principle regarding the necessity of authority
        2.  that will be binding as long as this earth stands.
        3.  Peter said, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God …” (1 Peter 4:11).
10. The Old Testament affirms this eternal principle regarding authority.
    a.  God told Jonah, “Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it
            the preaching that I bid thee” (Jonah 3:2).
    b.  Any teaching or preaching not authorized by God is in vain and for naught! (cf. Matthew 15:8-9).

11. Friends, the Bible teaches that we are to be judged by the words of Jesus (John 12:48).
    a.  Does this mean that only the words in the red letters (those spoken personally by Christ)
    b.  shall be our judge?
    c.  Certainly not!
12. We must also abide by the teaching of His apostles (cf. John 14:26; 16:13; 15:20).
    a.  The words of the apostles are the words of Jesus.
    b.  To reject their writings is to reject the words of Christ.
13. Many people will be lost because they refuse to obey the will of God (Matt. 7:21-27).
    a.  These people call Jesus, “Lord, Lord,”
    b.  yet they fail to abide by the authority of His word.
14. It is not enough to do wonderful works in His name.
    a.  We must do the will of the Lord!
    b.  The wonderful works must be His will and not works of our own while using His name.

15. For you and I to be saved,
    a.  it is God’s will that we hear the truth (Acts 15:7),
    b.  believe the truth (John 8:24; 14:6),
    c.  and obey the truth (cf. Luke 13:3; Rom. 10:9-10; Acts 2:38; Gal. 3:27).
16. We beg you to visit a congregation of the Lord’s people
    a.  (the churches of Christ)
    b.  and allow them to assist you in obeying the will of God.

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