“Whoso is armed with the Text, the same is a right Pastor, and my best advice and counsel is, that we draw water out of the true Fountain; that is, diligently to read in the Bible. He is a learned Divine that is well grounded in the Text; for one text and sentence out of the Bible is of far more esteem and value than many writings and glosses, which neither are strong, sound, nor armour of proof.” — Martin Luther (as quoted in Girdlestone’s Synonyms in the Old Testament — Their Bearing on Christian Doctrine, E-Sword Edition)
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“Some religious editors in Kentucky call those who are desirous of seeing the ancient order of things restored, ‘The Restorationers,’ ‘the Campbellites,’ and the most reproachful epithets are showered upon them because they have some conscientious regard for the Divine Author and the divine authority of the New Testament–This may go down very well with some; but all who fear God and keep his commandments will pity and deplore the weaknesses and folly of those who either think to convince or to persuade by such means.”
– Alexander Campbell, Christian Baptist, Buffaloe (Bethany), Brooke County, Virginia (West Virginia), Volume 4, Number 4, November 6, 1826.
I was pleased to be able to interview Phil Sanders, Speaker on In SEARCH of the Lord’s Way on my TV program now called “Light From Above”. Brother Phil was conducting a series of gospel meetings at the Vermilion Church of Christ where Mark Weaver preaches regularly. He was our guest speaker at our area preachers/elders/men meeting and stayed long enough to go into the studio too.
You can watch this on WCTV’s portal with this link:
The Lord’s Day, The Lord’s Hour, The Lord’s Half Hour, ….
by David R. Kenney
Growing up as a child of a preacher, I have often heard the expression “This is the Lord’s Day”. I was sometimes confused by how a “day” in other contexts meant 24 hours, but on Sunday it was a shrinking phenomena from member to member in church. At one time, I heard a good man (whom I love) state that worship should be 60 minutes because it was “The Hour of Worship”. I laughed and said, “Are you serious with that?” I stopped laughing when I saw the expression on his face. How are we going to be able to withstand an eternity in heaven if we cannot bear the time in worship here on earth? If we are not better stewards of our time, we won’t have to worry about the answer to that question! I suspect we are too busy with too many other things (good and bad). You can crowd God out with other “good things” by failing to recognize the “better things” as Martha failed to do with her sister Mary and Jesus. Don’t make that mistake!
I have been enjoying Eva Jean Wrather’s Alexander Campbell — Adventurer in Freedom the past several weeks. I have completed the first volume which covers Alexander Campbell’s birth, coming to American, printing of Thomas Campbell’s Declaration & Address, and his first debate which was with John Walker, Seceder Presbyterian. I just finished her writing on the debate with W. L. MaCcalla in Kentucky, and Alexander Campbell’s launch of his new periodical The Christian Baptist in Wrather’s second installment of her Alexander Campbell Trilogy.
I can understand why Alexander Campbell’s writings generated so much controversy then, as I have been discussing various points of doctrine with friends who do not agree with my teaching’s of the New Testament. I am struck by how forceful and powerful Alexander Campbell’s writings were in his day which motivates me to read more about him and his writings. For example, Alexander Campbell attacked the Presbyterian Moralists Societies for their binding of Sundays as a “Christian Sabbath” even going so far as having people fined by magistrates for not adhering to their view on “Christian Sabbaths” and other matters. If a citizen witnessed someone doing work on Sundays, then they could report them for a portion of the fine imposed.
Alexander Campbell’s essay on the subjection of “Christian Sabbaths” in 1823 was very powerful, and it would bring people to the discussion who may have otherwise never meditated on such matters. Consider this statement from his essay:
“No two days are more unlike in their import and design, than the Sabbath and the first day. The former commemorated the consummation of the old creation, the cessation of creation work; the latter commemorates the beginning of the new creation. The former was to Israel, a memorial that they were once slaves in Egypt—the latter assures us that the year of release has come. The former looked back, with mournful aspect, to the toils and sorrows entailed upon the human body, from an evil incident to the old creation—trie latter looks forward, with en eve beaming with hope, to perpetual exemption from toil, and pain, and sorrow. The sabbath was a day of awful self-denial and profound religious gloom—the resurrection day is a day of triumph, of holy joy, and religious festivity.”
(Alexander Campbell, Editor, “Address to the Readers of the Christian Baptist, No. 3,” The Christian Baptist, Vol 1, No. 7, February 2, 1824)
By request of the TFR’s J. Randal Matheny, I am pleased to post this article by Randy Chapman about “Getting to Know God” from our weekly eBulletin from the Wadsworth church of Christ Wadsworth eBulletin-12092012
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Randy Chapman just completed an excellent series of lessons for our gospel meeting this Fall. He was generous in going into the TV studio and recording these lessons for my TV program. You can watch these lessons, while these are available, at the following links:
Bible Talk #36 Interview with Randy Chapman http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=e03219679f98975603b2ad2313113a0d
Bible Talk #37 Discipleship by Randy Chapman http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=12a17a38c8ed51a044987be7c087f68a
Bible Talk #38 Satisfied But Not Justified by Randy Chapman http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=19f5d0bf7f131a7164c66d1380975fc4
Bible Talk #39 The Basis of Salvation by Randy Chapman http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=eb88dfb7c2bb54fb25d518a8c5a45f60
Bible Talk #40 Okay, I Goofed, Now What? by Randy Chapman http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=2d881a38fb73f9e1a478c9f2904da282
Bible Talk #41 I See That Hand by Randy Chapman http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=f5ef8591aaea32eb1e1b82b280fbc44d
Bible Talk #42 God’s Dividing Line by Randy Chapman http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=50210b1dd3feb11ae3c98c886091f360
Bible Talk #43 God Has Always Provided a Shelter by Randy Chapman http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=e619909045d387c58f3490ac3373e61dAlso, thanks for all those who voted for Bible Talk on WCTV’s 2012 Clapper Awards program. The program was awarded “Runner-Up” (2nd place) for best religious program in 2012. The award was based both on popular vote and two independent TV programming boards (one in Toledo, Ohio and the other in Palm Beach, Florida). I was extremely pleased and thankful to have received this award; especially since this is my first effort at television work and have been doing the program less than a year. Thanks to all those who watch and voted!David R. Kenney
I have not been able to post to TFR as much as I would like primarily because I have been busy in preparation for the weekly TV program I deliver here in Wadsworth, Ohio called Bible Talk. The local station, WCTV, hosts an annual awards program, the Clapper Awards, and Bible Talk is on the ballot! Voting is open to anyone on the Internet. You do NOT have to be a resident of Wadsworth or Ohio.
Here is the pertinent information:
Bible Talk is in the sixth category, BEST RELIGIOUS. Other programs are competing including ones by the Lutherans, Catholics and others. So, I am asking you to vote for Bible Talk. I am asking you to pass this information onto others who would be in a position to vote online too, whether that is friends, family or other congregations. I would request one thing, although it is not required to vote for the program. I request you actually, at least one time, watch the program before voting for it. Once you watched it, please vote for it as often as you like. (Yes, you are able to vote more than once.)Here is the link to the Bible Talk program on the ballot, http://my.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=9ba364bbc9da50b98cd77e17dae60be2Here is the link to vote for the Bible Talk program, https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/23ZK95KThe final decision is determined by two factors–popular vote and an independent panel of judges. I am not as interested in the award for myself as the free press that the church will get in the community if we do win the 2012 Clapper Award.Voting has begun and will end on October 28th at midnight. Pass the word around!
Martin Luther (1483-1546) was one of the luminaries of the Reformation Movement. While he was mistaken about some things in his pursuit to reform the Catholic Church, he was correct on several particulars.
One particular that some may not realize was that Martin Luther did not hold the view that baptism was merely a washing that could be completed either by sprinkling, pouring or immersing. He recognized that the Greek word baptizo was specific to the action of immersing to the exclusion of the other two modes. There were other Greek words for sprinkling (rhantizo) and pouring (cheo), but these never applied to Christian baptism.
In a 1520 treatise entitled “A Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church” Martin Luther made the following observation about the meaning of the Anglicized word “baptism” in a section entitled “The Sacrament of Baptism”. He wrote:
The second part of baptism is the sign, or sacrament, which is that immersion into water whence also it derives its name; for the Greek baptizo means I immerse, and baptisma means immersion.
– Martin Luther, “A Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church,” Lane Hall, Works of Martin Luther with Introductions & Notes, Philadelphia, PA: A. J. Company, 1915, pp. 226-227)
If one examines the history behind King James and the translation he commissioned, they will learn that the king restricted certain words from being translated. Keep in mind one of the goals of the King James Version was to build a universal translation to harmonize the feuding religious factions in Great Britain in the various versions they used in their day; e.g., Geneva Bible, Bishop’s Bible, Miles Coverdale Bible and Matthews Bible. Among these “hot-button” words included the Greek word baptizo. King James insisted that this word was to be transliterated from the Latin Vulgate and Anglicized into English as “baptize”, not translated. This may have increased the acceptance of the King James Version in that time period; however, the lack of foresight in this action has perpetuated one of the more glaring religious errors—that we can pick and choose what mode we use when we “baptize”—sprinkle, pour or immerse. Baptism is a burial, and only one mode clearly matches that picture—immersion, not sprinkling or pouring (Romans 6:1-6).
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Alexander Campbell had completed a tour of eastern Virginia. In the May 1856 issue of the Millennial Harbinger he delivered a report of his tour. In the course of the report, he made an important statement which should serve as a reminder to us, including myself, when we pursue various works under the theme of “Systematic Theology”:
I also added, that I was led by parental authority to memorize much of the Christian Scriptures, and especially the Epistles of Paul; and pre-eminently, that to the Romans and that to the Hebrews. These were my systematic theology, or, rather, my doctrinal Christology, to which I owed more than to all my memorizing of the creeds and catechisms of the present Scotch orthodoxy. To this faith I pertinaciously adhered, and on it alone I founded all my future prospects, in time and eternity.
– Alexander Campbell, Millennial Harbinger, Volume 6, Number 5, May 1856
After spending some time reading & researching the lives of father and son–Thomas & Alexander Campbell, I noticed that Alexander Campbell was often displayed as bold, masterful at polemics and willing to take a firm stand. Some portray Thomas Campbell milder, softer or even quieter. That he would rather demure than take a stand. It would be a mistake to underestimate the strength of Thomas Campbell or his power with the pen.
After attempting to defend himself against the charges of libel made against him to the Chartiers Presbytery, he was suspended. Recognizing the injustice of the situation, Thomas decided to appeal, but with no satisfaction, to the North American Synod of the Seceder Presbyterian Church. After tolerating a censure and admonishment from the Synod, he returned to expect preaching assignments forthcoming. However, after the abuse of two hearings, censure, admonishment and given the “run around”, he could tolerate no more from the circus they were putting him through. He wrote his resignation letter to the Presbyterian Church never to return. Think Thomas Campbell could not deliver a proverbial punch with the pen? Here is part of what he wrote on September 13, 1808:
“It is with sincere reluctance, and, at the same time, with all due respect and esteem for the brethren of this reverend Synod who have presided in the trial of my case, that I find myself in duty bound to refuse submission to their decision as unjust and partial; and also finally to decline their authority, while they continue thus to overlook the grievous and flagrant mal-administration of the Presbytery of Chartiers. And I hereby do decline all ministerial connection with, or subjection to, the Associate Synod of North America, on account of the aforesaid corruptions and grievances; and do henceforth hold myself altogether unaffected by their decisions. And, that I may be properly understood, I will distinctly state that, while especial reference is had to the corruptions of the Presbytery of Chartiers, which constitute only a part of this Synod, the corruptions of that Presbytery now become also the corruptions of the whole Synod; because when laid open to this Synod, and protested against, the Synod pass them over without due inquiry, and without animadversion.” – Memoirs of Elder Thomas Campbell
Prior to writing this letter to the North American Synod, he had begun perhaps the greatest literary masterpieces of the Restoration Movement. Drawing from the culmination of disappointments, frustrations and aggravations of his experiences with creeds, religious hierarchies of denominations and combined with his careful study, meditation and desire to please the Lord, he formulated a blueprint to help people find their way out of denominationalism and back to the New Testamentism.
Among many of the powerful statemens in the Declaration & Address is one at the beginning:“From the series of events which have taken place in the churches for many years past, especially in this western country, as well as from what we know in general of the present state of things in the Christian world; we are persuaded that it is high time for us not only to think, but also to act for ourselves; to see with our own eyes, and to take all our measures directly and immediately from the Divine Standard; to this alone we feel ourselves divinely bound to be conformed; as by this alone we must be judged.” – Thomas Campbell, Declaration & AddressOn September 7, 1809, Thomas Campbell’s Declaration & Address was published and a movement launched on the Wester Reserve.
In Patrick Morley’s book, Devotions for the Man in the Mirror, he touches on a point that I have often thought about relating to commitment. He writes: “Over the past few decades, many of us started off on the wrong foot with Jesus Christ. It is the proposition that Jesus can be ‘Savior” without being ‘Lord’. It is the idea that one can ‘add’ Christ, but not ‘subtract’ sin. Many of us have merely added Christ to our lives as another interest in an already busy and otherwise over-crowded schedule…” (pp. 13-14)
When my son was learning to walk, we would walk behind him with our arms stretched out like guard rails with hands at the ready to catch him if he stumbled. We would wobble behind him as he wobbled across the floor for the first times. Eventually, we did not need to follow behind him any longer in this fashion. Why? Because he learned to walk on his own. It would be an odd sight for me to walk behind him in that fashion now. In fact, if I did he would probably say “Cut that out!”
When people first become Christians, they need mature Christians to walk beside them as I walked alongside my son ready to steady him if he stumbled. Just as babies learn to walk on their own as their bodies physically develop, so should new Christians be able to walk spiritually on their own. They ought to be able walk with Christ on their spiritual journey to live in the heavenly home with Him. They should not require the same level of “hand holding” from other Christians. Now, I am not speaking about needing encouragement. We all could use encouragement from fellow Christians—one of the reasons we assemble together. But there comes a time when we ought to be able to stand and walk on our own. We ought to become the mature Christians walking with new converts as they start their spiritual journey. If not, then something is wrong and out of place just as if I was still following my 11 year old son around as if he was 11 months old.
If a person is not maturing the way they should, then what might be the problem? Maybe they thought, as Morley suggests, that they accept Jesus as their Savior but were not looking for a Lord. Perhaps they need to be reminded that Christianity is not just something one adds to their digital calendar when they can fit it in. Christianity is a transformation of one’s entire life (Romans 12:1-2). If our calendars are just too busy for worship and service in the church, then we need to clean our calendars! Perhaps we need to be reminded that Jesus will not accept a life partially dedicated to Him! “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33, NKJV.) “And another also said, ‘Lord, I will follow you, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house.’ But Jesus said to him “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God’” (Luke 9:61-62, NKJV.) We need to remember that people are judging our commitment to Christ…they are watching us. Also, Jesus is judging our words, actions and our heart—“These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me” (Matthew 15:8, NKJV.) If you are able to do more for the Lord and His church, then do it! If you have to be asked to attend services, participate in the worship, teach class, or get involved, then perhaps you are not maturing. Could this stem from a commitment problem? Jesus is both the Lord and Savior of mankind! Be fully committed and dedicated!
“Another thing which checks the work of religion every where…is extravagance in worldly things. Thousands of bethren there are wasting the Lord’s goods. They seem to have forgotten, or never have been taught, that they themselves are living sacrifices to God. If they are Christians, their whole soul, body, and spirit are his, and all the substance they possess. They are but the Lord’s stewards, to manage to his interest and glory what he has entrusted them, and to render a just account to him in the day of judgment. Dare we then waste it, or sped it in the pride of life, and to please the lust of the flesh and of the eye? O, what an awful reckoning there will be at the last day! There must be a reformation here, else all our labors will be lost, and the work put into more faithful hands.” (The Cane Ridge Reader, p. 96)
What phrase of Jesus is the most striking?
There are three I would like to make mention of and integrate them for impact.
The first phrase that comes to my mind is in John 8:58. In this context, Jesus is explaining that Abraham longed to see Jesus’ day and was glad to see it. The Jews mocked Him, saying that could not be since Jesus was not even fifty years old and could not have lived in Abraham’s day. Jesus then responds, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” (John 8:58, NKJV). Some miss the significance of this statement. It is reminiscent of what God answered Moses when asked what name he should give for the God who sent him to deliver Israel. God responded, “’I AM WHO I AM.’ And He said, ‘Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14, NKJV). The name “I AM” speaks to God’s eternal divinity in all His glorious attributes. When Jesus made this statement, He was claiming to be of the same nature, thus have the same authority as God Himself. The Jews, failing to recognize Jesus’ divinity, picked up stones to stone Him for blasphemy (John 8:59). This was a very striking statement to them and to many today who see Jesus as less than the Son of God.
The second striking phrase by Jesus is “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32, NKJV). Notice that the definite article “the” is utilized which indicates there that truth exists and is exclusive. Not only does “the truth” exist, it is also liberating from bondage. Some fail to realize that they are enslaved to sin.
The third striking phrase by Jesus is “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6, NKJV). Here is probably the most striking phrase of our day. One cannot claim Jesus and maintain beliefs in other world religions outside of Christianity. Of course they can “claim” such, but claiming such and obtaining such are two different matters entirely.
When you combine these three phrases, it delivers a coup de grâce to universalism, pluralism, ecumenicalism, post modernism, and a whole host of other –isms. Contrary to popular philosophy…
- the truth exists
- the truth is exclusive
- the truth is definable
- the truth is discernable
- the truth will set us free IF we know the truth
- the truth will cause us to be lost IF we refuse to know
Jesus is the only way to the Father, Jesus’ word is the only truth and outside of His word is spiritual death. These three statements probably would rank at the top of the list as offensive to today’s world.
There are several verses one could pick, but for me, none surpasses this one–“The last enemy that will be destroyed is death” (1 Corinthians 15:26, NKJV.) Death is an enemy that will be destroyed by Christ!
It reminds me of the promise Jesus made about the church–“I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18b, NKJV.) The gates of Hades are the gates that hold the righteous and unrighteous dead. When I compare these two verses, Revelation 20:12-15 has even more intense implication–“And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and the books were opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were judged in them. And they were judged each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (NKJV.)
Perhaps all of us have heard lesson about the severity of punishment of the rich man who mistreated Lazarus. I recall, before I became a Christian, shifting in my seat as I had it brought to bear on my mind the agony of the rich man. I was impressed that he wanted Abraham to send Lazarus back to warn his household not to make the same mistake–“I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment” (Luke 16:27-28 NKJV.) I reflect on Abraham’s reply after the rich man said Moses and the prophets were insufficient of warning–”If they not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rises from the dead” (Luke 16:31, NKJV.) Think of that–since that time Jesus actually triumphed over the tomb and has warned us, but people still reject Him.
When I preach/teach on this subject, I make sure to point out that as hot as the fire was for Lazarus, the eternal fires of hell are such that these will burn up Hades! May God give us the opportunity and courage to speak to those we have access to warn them that they are not just merely lost but the worst of fates await them as they continue to put off obeying the gospel, resist being added to the church, and forfeit living in the abode of the righteous.
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What is my favorite Bible book to teach? I have always enjoyed studying and teaching Hebrews. It has so many pertinent concepts that need reinforced continually–Christianity is superior to Judaism, there has always been a pattern for God’s people to follow, the lessons of the Old Testament are relevant for us today, the old covenant has been replaced by a new covenant, this new covenant is special in that it is a testament of Jesus Christ, and others points that the world need to hear proclaimed. I was blessed to have Clyde Woods (AKA Doc Woods) for this class at Freed-Hardeman University. I never tire of studying from this epistle.
Within the past few days, I have been fortunate to share time with several true evangelists which are vital to the work in the State of Ohio. This would include evangelists such as Mark Weaver of Vermilion, OH; Ralph Price of Streetsboro, OH; Phil Grear of Springfield, OH; Brad Poe of Proctorville, OH; Jack Gilchrist of Massillon, OH; Steve Wilsford of Carollton, OH; Chuck Hopkins of East Sparta, OH; Steve Healea of Orrville, OH; Jim Duty of Medina, OH; and others. Plus, I was able to spend the a few days with my favorite evangelist, my father, Warren F. Kenney of Martinsburg, WV.
I love preachers of the gospel and their wives who support them!
My favorite story outside of the Bible of marital sacrifice is “The Gift of the Magi” by William Sydney Porter (aka O. Henry).
The best lesson for marital sacrifice is Christ (the Bridegroom) and His sacrifice for His Bride (the Church):
22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. 24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. 28 So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. 30 For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. 31 “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 33 Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Ephesians 5:22-33, NKJV)
It may be asked again–Have you no creed or confession as a common bond of union? We answer, yes. We have a perfect one, delivered us from heaven and confirmed by Jesus and his Apostles–we mean the New Testament. We have learned from the earliest history of the church to the present time, that the adoption of man-made creeds has been the invariable cause of division and disunion. We have, therefore, rejected all such creeds as bonds of union, and have determined to rest on that alone given by divine authority, being well assured that it will bind together all who live in the spirit of it.
At the 2010 Freed-Hardeman University Bible Lectureship, William Woodson spoke on “Inconsistent Approaches to Deciding Fellowship: Spirit-led Approaches.” It was an excellent presentation and one is encouraged to obtain a copy either in manuscript, audio or both. During his lecture he concluded with an important Postscript in reference to the use of Barton W. Stone by the agents of changes to liberalism.
Woodson wrote, “In recent years change agents have made much of the views of Barton W. Stone. He is set forth as the virtual apostle of unity; his words are elevated as of supreme importance. He was, so they imply, not one so legalistic and harsh as to refuse fellowship or unity with those who held to some unauthorized practices. Perish the thought! In fact, we are led to believe by their profuse praise, an unauthorized practice(s) does call for, let alone justify, the refusal of fellowship or prevent a united cooperation with them in all good things. Consider the following words from Stone in light of this alleged insight concerning unity.”
He then quotes Barton W. Stone:
As might be expected, on some points there is a diversity of opinion among ourselves. But these opinions have no effect in severing our union; because we are constituted as churches on the New Testament, and not on a system of opinions, as others are. True, a few, not understanding this distinguishing trait of our profession, and not entirely stript [stripped, ww] of the spirit of sectarianism, appear to be verging towards Egypt again. A few years ago, our brethren in the east, forgetting that the churches were independent, and dazzled with the pomp of a general Conference, resolved among themselves to constitute one in the East—one in the South and another in the West. We in the West were solicited to co-operate in this measure. We saw it unauthorized by the New Testament, and therefore refused our cooperation. The Eastern brethren soon discovered what we had plainly seen, and have lately dissolved the unscriptural thing among themselves. We hope that they will also, before long, see how unauthorized is that small Confession, drawn up in many conferential resolves some months past. This increasing light will consume, or it must be the cause of another sectarian establishment. So we think; and the history of the church confirms our opinion. We have no doubt but our brethren will soon be convinced that this measure is also inconsistent with their profession, and will abandon it. –Barton W. Stone, “Editor’s Address,” The Christian Messenger, Vol. 7, No. 2, Page 2.
I am in search of noteworthy quotations by Barton W. Stone and wondered if anyone would like to assist?
For example, I have the following quotation attributed to Barton W. Stone in a church bulletin on my desk:
“I suggest we restore the church as it was in the New Testament day, rooting it firmly in the pattern set by the early disciples. With its roots there, it can sway and bend to adjust to the times, but fundamentally it would always be the same. A strong tree is still a tree whatever winds blow. And the church would still be the church despite men’s opinions blowing about it.”
I really like this quotation but would really like to have the bibliographical information–book, year, page number, etc.
Please feel free to add quotes by brother Stone but please include the bibliographical detail too. Perhaps running a few of the quotes from the pioneers in our bulletin will keep our efforts to restore New Testament Christianity afresh.
Tag them “Barton Stone” so these can be grouped.
I was named after three preachers:
David = David Myers, Sr. of the Columbus, OH area
Raymond = Raymond Straight of the Monroe County, OH area
Kenney = from my dad Warren F. Kenney
Maybe I should be a preacher…
I grew up with the King James Version, but I primarily use the New King James Version. I switched so I could help direct young people to a modern translation with the word “new” in it that was more reputable. Plus I had General Epistles with Winford Claiborne, and he frequently pointed out more up-to-date words over the KJV I was carrying. The suggested word was either in the NKJV text or a center column footnote. I also like the American Standard Version, Berkeley Version and the English Standard Version. I really appreciate “The Bible in 26 Translations”, but it is hard on my wrist lugging it around. I still love the King James Version. If you think it is too hard to read, do not look at those “Reading-Level Charts for Bibles”. It may hurt your feelings. (To save someone embarrasment–the KJV is rated at the 9th grade reading level, the NKJV the 7th grade reading level.) Also, don’t tell my children it is too hard since that is what they are reading from.