Serving an international
Vol. 10 No. 5 May 2008
Since You Asked By Louis Rushmore
Use of Teaching Literature
Hi, I have used articles in personal bible studies that I have with certain people. I use them so that I can have “structure” in my studies, and not just open the bible without direction as to what we’re talking about. For some reason, though, I started thinking that I would be opposed one day for not just using the “bible only” in my teaching. This lingers in my mind at times, and I wonder if I’m not thinking for myself when using other’s articles. What are your thoughts concerning this? Am I thinking too much of myself rather than in imparting spiritual information to another soul? Thank You, Anthony Grigsby
Certainly, the Bible needs to be the basis of all worthwhile religious instruction. However, every comment about and explanation of Scripture is categorically comparable to using literature. Every sermon is categorically comparable to using literature, due to observations and comments beyond simply reading Scripture.
The Bible itself expects explanations in addition to simply reading of Scripture. Consider these two examples, one from each testament of the Bible. “So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading” (Nehemiah 8:8). “And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. …Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus” (Acts 8:30-31, 35).
One may use the Bible without literature when teaching
someone if he is able to comfortably and effectively do so. Yet,
(which is simply words written) that is true to what the Bible teaches
assists one teaching and/or one being taught is biblically defensible.
That being said, I am not aware of any commentator,
preacher or other student of the Bible, among the churches of Christ or
who is on record as supposing that lust by itself constitutes biblical
for divorce because of fornication or adultery (and possible subsequent
While one’s spouse viewing pornography and chatting on
the Internet with members of the opposite sex may well be sinful, as
well as a
source of contention between marriage partners when discovered, the sin
point is not public beyond the marriage partners. Repentance by the
spouse and the willingness of the offended spouse to forgive the other
begin mending the wounded marriage as well as satisfy the offending
responsibility to God; irrespective of the sin, repentance and prayer
constitute what one might call the second law of pardon for a Christian
sins (Acts 8:22;
If the publicity of the marriage partner’s sin was to family members or other supposed confidants by the other marriage partner, why could not the guilty one’s repentance be made known to the same confidants also by the other marriage partner? However, if through the impropriety of one’s spouse and confidants or otherwise one’s sins are generally known, then, a sinning Christian ought to acknowledge sin in his or her life before the congregation against which one’s sins may bring shame and reproach, or adversely affect a congregation’s confidence in a fellow Christian. Neither Scripture nor common application of Scripture about repentance require one to specify the specifics of the sins for which a brother or sister is repenting (James 5:16 notwithstanding); those who know what the sin is don’t need to be apprised of what it is, and those who don’t know what the sin is don’t need to know. Brethren only need to know that a brother or sister repents of sin that may bring shame and reproach on the Lord’s church.
is to be continued unless it is not possible
to do so (e.g., death,
McGarvey, J.W. and Philip Y. Pendleton. Four-Fold Gospel.
Can you give me some general advice
when it comes to picking a
candidate to be President? I’m young (22) and kind of
inexperienced at this. In
asking this, of course, I know that everyone may have something that
they see personally
in a candidate, so I’m not asking for any personal
information from you (unless
you desire to share it). From a Christian’s perspective, I
need general advice.
Though the Lord will ultimately pick who gets in office (Daniel 4:17
Hardly anything could be added to this scenario to make
it better advice for anyone readying himself to vote for the next
is unfathomable that a professing Christian would do his or her part
the electoral process to promote the very sins that God through the New
Testament condemns. Aside from the economy, national security, etc.
there may be lively debate respecting the pros and cons of various
candidates, for the conscientious child of God there can be no debate
what political parties and their candidates may promote, in direct
to what the God of heaven opposes! I cannot imagine a faithful
contributing to the election a political candidate who espouses