Our Authority Is The Word

By Dan Gatlin

Jesus said, “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak” (Jn. 12:47-49). Since we are to be judged by the words of Jesus, we must follow everything that He tells us to do. If we should add to or subtract from His words, we will give an account on the day of judgment.

Before His ascension, Jesus instructed His disciples to teach “them to observe all things that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:20). In Jn. 16:13, Jesus told the disciples that they would be guided “into all truth.” This guidance would come from the Holy Spirit and, as such, would come from the mind of God (1 Cor. 2:10). We will be judged by the words of Jesus, but also by the rest of the inspired writers of the New Testament.

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The All-Sufficiency of the Church

Cecil Willis

“And such confidence have we through Christ to God-ward: not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:4, 5).

This is the sixth article in this series on All-Sufficiency. Previous articles have dealt with the All-Sufficiency in Worship, and the All-Sufficient Mission of the Church. Succeeding articles will discuss the All-Sufficiency of the Church in Evangelism, Edification and Benevolence. However, before we begin these more specialized studies, we would like to consider the general theme, “The All-Sufficiency of the Church.” We remind vou that by “All-Sufficiency” we simply mean wholly adequate, completely capable. The church is wholly adequate, completely capable, all-sufficient for every purpose God had for it.

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"The Voice Of The Pioneers" … And Current Problems

Robert H. Farish, Tarrant, Alabama

“The Voice of the Pioneers on Instrumental Music and Societies” is the title of a book written by Brother John T. Lewis in 1931. The book was published by the Gospel Advocate in 1932. I have just re-read the book and am so impressed with the valuable material which brother Lewis has collected, and his pointed comments on the matters discussed, that I write this to introduce the book to younger brethren, and to excite the interest of older ones to re-read the book. The book is replete with significant material which has current value in its bearing on present day issues.

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The Need of Parental Authority

H. Leo Boles

Perhaps few subjects need to be stressed more than this one. Parents have lost sight of their responsibility to their children, and children are growing up to disregard all restraints and parental authority. In the general decline of respect for authority, both human and divine, which prevails to an alarming extent at the present time, and which threatens to involve in social anarchy and confusion all of the elements of society, it is woeful to observe an almost total failure on the part of parents to exercise their authority in controlling their children. One of the great causes of disrespect for all authority by young people today is the failure of parents to exercise authority over their children. The parent stands to the child, in the years of its character and habits, in the place of God and of all other authority. God has enjoined upon parents that they exercise His authority over the child while it is young and tender. Children are most impressionable in youth, and the parent should not neglect the opportunity for training them.

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A Profile of the Liberal and The Conservative

Ken Marrs

Whatever the issue, the liberal and the conservative stand fundamentally at opposite ends to one another. Clearly, these “labels” come with some fairly emotional baggage, and at times have even over-shadowed the issue(s) at hand. Yet, neither of these “words” is perfect or perhaps even completely understood by the other. I believe a good heart and a better understanding of some of their respective tendencies would help to bring together the best in both of them as well as to eliminate the worst.

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“Patterns” in the Scripture

by Phillip Owens

In the Old Testament

Early in Scripture we learn that God placed a premium on obedience and punished disobedience (Gen. 2:16-17; 3; 4; et al.).

God expected His people to do things exactly how He said to do them. He told Moses, “And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell among them. According to all that I show thee, the pattern of the tabernacle, and the pattern of all the furniture thereof, even so shall ye make it” (Ex. 25:8,9). At the conclusion of those instructions, God warned, “And see to it that you make them according to the pattern which was shown on the mountain” (Ex. 25:40).

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