There is a growing mindset in the church that there are many doctrinal issues that should not be addressed publicly from the pulpit, but should rather be taught in private settings only. Does such a mindset reflect the tenor of Scripture or today’s culture? Does Scripture restrict the doctrinal issues that can be addressed in the assemblies of the church, or are leaders free address any matter of truth?
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.
Indeed the world is flat as Thomas Friedman pointed out. The internet has taken away many of the barriers that limited communication and has allowed us to see into different parts of the world on a daily basis. Not only are we discovering how the rest of the world lives, the world is watching how we live. With the privilege of greater communication and insight come challenges many fail to realize, especially in relation to the church and how the church evangelizes in mission fields.
"Baptism is not necessary for salvation!" is the common cry of our religious world, but does it reflect the teaching of Scripture, or does it reflect a disobedient spirit? Though the Bible has a lot to say about baptism, most are unclear about its purpose and do not see a need for it in their lives. The goal of this article is to consider some of the Bible’s teaching on the subject of baptism and answer the following questions:
What is God’s plan of salvation according to the Bible?
Is salvation by faith alone and by grace alone?
Must one pray the “Sinner’s Prayer” in order to be saved?
What is the purpose of baptism? Must one be baptized in order to be saved?
If baptism is necessary does one still need grace and faith?
Why didn’t the thief on the cross have to be baptized?
The Old Paths Advocate From 1932-2005
By clicking on the tab below you will be taken to a site where you can download all of the back issues of the Old Paths Advocate paper from 1932-2005. This paper contains a wealth of Bible knowledge as well as history of our brotherhood. Special thanks goes out to George Battey and Richard Bunner for making this possible. Use, share, and enjoy!
Within the last couple of years a door of opportunity has opened in Cambodia. The beginning of a new work in a new country is always an exciting time and for this reason we want to share with you a glimpse into this new work. Below we have provided you with Brother Michael Bolton's work report from his recent trip. Brother Bolton has recently been appointed as an evangelist by the Paris, Texas congregation and was asked to take part in the Cambodia work by the Denton Co. Congregation. Please keep the work in your prayers and pray that God may send forth reapers unto the harvest.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.