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Are We There Yet? Text: Isaiah 58.9-12 God Promises To Hear When We Cry Unto Him… We Must Cease Evil Speaking And Any Form Of Oppression… We Must Be Benevolent.

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1 Are We There Yet? Text: Isaiah God Promises To Hear When We Cry Unto Him… We Must Cease Evil Speaking And Any Form Of Oppression… We Must Be Benevolent And Caring… We Must Seek The Souls Of The Lost…

2 God Will Guide And Bless Us… We Will Be Satisfied… Old Things Will Become As New… We Will Be About The Business Of Repairing And Restoring… The Restoration Of Righteous Paths In Which People May Dwell!

3 Our Last Lesson— “True Restoration” Restoration Is Completed… God’s Will Is Here And Will Continue… We Must Restore Men & Women Back To It

4 This Lesson— Examine What Some Men Say The Current Agnostic Point Of View The Current Apostasy In Process

5 Some Questions: Is There A Church That Is Acceptable To God? Is There Only One? Does It Physically Exist On Earth Today? Does It Have Unsaved People In It? Are Unsaved People In Christ?

6 Some Questions: Is There One Way To Correctly Understand The Bible? Can Two People Be Correct And Acceptable To God If Their Doctrines Are Different And Contrary To Each Other? What If They Are Contrary To The Bible?

7 Some Quotations: “Restoration Is A Process, Not An Accomplished Fact. We Are Never ‘There’ But We Must Always Be Moving In That Direction” “The Church’s Structure And Mission Is Yet To Be Fulfilled” “The Church Will Be Restored In The Future, Not Now”

8 Some Quotations: “Restoration Of The Church Is A Human Ideal” “The So-called Restoration Principle Is One Theological Method…There Are Others” “Many Today Are Not Proclaiming The Gospel, But A System Of Tradition, Interpretation, And Opinion”

9 Some Quotations: “The Bible Is Shackled To A Culture Of Its Day Of Production, Thus Is Not A Standard For Today” [Proclaimed At The “Christian Scholars’ Conference” Which Included Professors From Pepperdine, ACU, OCUSA, LCC, Lipscomb]

10 Some Quotations: “The First Century Church Is Bound To Its Customs And Culture” “We Deny There Exists Absolute Authority, Absolute Truth, Revealed And Interpreted Once And For All”

11 Hmmm…. II Peter 1.20,21 Jude 3 “Restoration Thinking Says That The Church Was Given By God In The New Testament, To Be Created By Following A Fixed Pattern” Denny Boultinghouse, Editor Of Image Magazine Said Similar Things To Me In A Personal Letter Exchange…

12 More Quotes… “There Should Not Be ‘Pat’ Answers To Biblical Questions… …We Must Recognize The Fact That Men Cannot Understand The Bible Alike” II Timothy 1.13 Hebrews 8.5 Ephesians 3.4

13 What If What These Men Say Is True?? How Shall We “Move In That Direction” If You Never Get There? How Does One Know They Are Moving In The Correct Direction? How Can We Know We Are Saved? If “Restoration Efforts” Are Never Complete (Or Are Failures)…

14 How Can Anyone Be Saved? Past Generations Are Not Saved… We Are Not Saved… There Is No Hope For Our Children! I John 5.13 Is Meaningless!

15 Why This Kind Of Thinking? To Blur The Lines Of Distinction Between The Lord's Church And Denominationalism Some Want To “Restructure” The Church Some Want A Combo Of “God” And Their Own Thinking… II Kings 17.33…41 But…Matthew 6.24!

16 Men Cannot “Understand” The Bible Differently And Both Be Correct! Irrational…Like “Going To Different Schools Together”

17 Is The Church Here? Yes…Ephesians 3.11 Is It’s Relationship To Christ The Same? Yes…Ephesians 5.23 Is It’s Ownership The Same? Yes…Matthew Is The Name Of It’s Members The Same? Yes…Acts 11.26…I Peter 4.16

18 Is The Church Here? Are The Terms Of Entry The Same? Yes…John 3.7 Has Its Worship Changed? No…John 4.24 Has Its Structure Changed? No…Ephesians 4.11…Philippians 1.1 Has Its Standard Of Conduct Changed? No…God Still Demands Holiness And Obedience

19 Yes, We ARE There! Are You There With Us?


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