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1 Review I : Modernism, inherited membership, compromise, indifference II : Prejudice; lack of qualified elders; half-converted members; hireling preachers; lack of zeal and enthusiasm

2 I I Tendency To Lose Sight Of Plea April 25, 1957, A. C. Pullias lecture, Where There Is No Pattern Printed as tract, T.1:16; 2 T.1:13 If no pattern, cannot oppose denominational baptism, Roman Catholic organization, etc.

3 “We do many things w/o authority” 2 Jn.9 Not different from denominational attitudes? E.g.: “NT doesn’t mention church buildings” Ignorant of general authority E.g.: “NT doesn’t mention church buildings”

4 The next generation… Goebel Music, Behold The Pattern! (1991) The Nashville Meeting Reuel Lemmons Reuel Lemmons: establishing authority by CENIis 18th century man-made rule Bill Swetmon Bill Swetmon: establishing authority by CENI has led to hardline patternism; the early church did not determine right and wrong in this way NT canon did not exist until 4th Century

5 II II Worldliness In The Church NT is replete w. warnings. E.g.: Ro.12:1-2 1 Jn.5:3-4, world = the evil sphere opposed to God, controlled by satan (2:15-17) If we don’t overcome the world, we lack faith; if we lack faith, we neglect the Word (Ro.10:17)

6 A Worldly Questionnaire: 1. Which would you rather do: spiritual or worldly things? 2. What would you rather talk about: the soul or the body? …earth or heaven? 3. Who would you rather please: God or peers, fashion crowd?

7 III III Opposition To Negative Preaching Bible preachers could not speak in many congregations today Jesus, Mt.23 Apostles, Ac.8:…20-23 Stephen, Ac.7:51-53 Epistles, 2 Tim.4:1-4 2 Sm.12

8 Preaching must be balanced Jesus did not say everything nega- tively (Mt.5-7; Rv.2-3) Everything He said challenges us to do better than we have been doing Je.6:14-20 Do you want an all-positive doctor?

9 Larry King – Joel Osteen King: “How about issues that the church has feelings about? Abortion? Same-sex marriages?” Osteen: “Yeah. You know what, Larry? I don't go there. I just” King: “You don't call them sinners?” Osteen: “I don't.” Ac.20:27

10 Young people are vulnerable Led into error through Bible studies Ga.4:17-18 Ep.4:14 Many don’t see the problem Some “gospel” meetings don’t help

11 IV IV Lack Of Love Among Members 1 Jn.4:20-21 There is something wrong when someone claims to love God but hates a brother or sister 1 Co.13:7 To protect by covering Many ways to violate this

12 “Affection cannot be commanded” Wrong! Ro.1:31, w/o natural affection (family love) Ro.12:10, pertaining to love or affection for those closely related to one, particularly members of one’s immediate family or in- group…fellow believers [L-N, 25.41] Love one another with brotherly affection Love one another with brotherly affection (ESV)


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