The following article was written as a term paper at Harding School of Theology on the topic of "Pacifism Within Churches of Christ". I hope our readers will consider the topic and learn what many throughout the history have rejected due to their emotions. May we always be a people who settle for nothing less than the word of God.
To what does the term "The Last Days" refer in Scripture? Does the Bible give clues to when the end of the world will occur, or does is speak of something else when predicting what will occur in "The Last Days"? Brother Ron Courter explores these questions and more in this thought provoking study. Enjoy and share.
The term "Anti" is used in the religious world to label an individual or a group that is opposed to a certain teaching or practice. It has long been a practice of digressive brethren to label those who disagree with them as “Antis” in an attempt to discredit a certain position without having to meet the issue. For example, it is easier to write someone off as an “Anti-cups” or “Anti-class” brother than it is to meet the issue and find Scriptural authority for either the use of multiple cups in the Lord’s supper or the use of Bible classes as an alternative to the single assembly of the church. The use of the “Anti” term is not only used to discredit a certain group of individuals, but is also used to place the cause of division over a certain issue on the individual or group who are “anti” a certain practice or innovation.
In recent years there has been a growing trend for young people in the Lord's church to attend "Christian" universities when they go off to college. It is the feeling of many that such "Christian" universities are "safer" than sectarian schools and will help promote Bible principles. It is out of deep concern for the welfare of many souls and the future of the Church that I urge people to consider the following quotes from men such as N. B. Hardeman, W. W. Otey, G. H. P. Showalter, and J. N. Armstrong concerning the "Christian" colleges in the 1930's-1950's. These preachers believed Bible colleges were Scriptural in nature (I disagree; the Scriptures neither imply, mention, nor approve of such innovations) yet they had great concerns about "Church of Christ Colleges" such as David Lipscomb University, Harding University, Abilene Christian College, and others. The concerns these preachers had about "Christian" colleges paled in comparison to the reality of what is now being taught in each of these universities.
A few weeks ago I sat down with Brother Richard Degough while I was in California did a few recordings. I asked Brother Richard to tell some stories about the early days of the church in California, the preachers who had an influence on it, and how he and his family came out of digression.
I hope some of our younger followers will listen to these recordings and gain a greater appreciation for the history of our brotherhood. I appreciate brethren like Brother Richard for all the work they have done in the kingdom and the trials they have faced. A brotherhood does not come about by chance; it is the result of hard working brethren who love the truth and one another. May we learn to appreciate our heritage and the labors of faithful brethren. May God bless the church and may she shine brightly for His glory.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.