Several months ago I attended a lectureship on the historicity of the Bible that was hosted on UTA’s college campus near to my house. I attended the presentation with Clint DeFrance, Jimmy Cating, Matthew Barnes, and Eric Riser and unlike the rest of my group knew nothing about Timothy McGrew who was scheduled to be the speaker, and little about the material he would cover.
Advocates of multiple cups often tout the Jerusalem church as proof that the early church used more than one cup. One man put it this way, “There is a question which leaves "one cup" adherents silent. Acts 2 tells us 3,000 were added to the Jerusalem church on the Day of Pentecost. How large would that cup have been?”
If you have ever had a conversation with anyone about the Bible, there has likely come a point where you and the other person came to a disagreement. Having a discussion from two different points of view is not sinful (Acts 17:2-3), but the purpose of such discussions should be a searching for truth (1 Thess. 5:21). In many instances, unfortunately, one side or the other sells out on the pursuit of truth and simply tries to win at all costs (most importantly the cost of truth).
In political discussions “winning at all costs” is called “mud slinging”. If one candidate cannot meet the other candidate’s position, the losing candidate with jump ship and attempt to salvage a win by attacking the other candidate’s reputation, shortcomings, or intelligence. Unfortunately, the tactics employed by political candidates often mirrors those used by people claiming to be Christians in “defending” the truth.
The following list, though by no means complete or exhaustive, exposes several deceitful tactics used in religious discussions.
In the following sermon we take a look at the institution of the Lord's Supper and defend the Biblical pattern for proper observance. If you would like further material beyond what is presented in this sermon, please contact us or pick up a copy of "The Cup of the Lord" by J. D. Phillips by clicking HERE.
is an evangelist of the Church of Christ in Arlington, Texas.