Originally posted by NOTurTypical
I just cannot stand the idea that a state or national body decides what is said or not said in the pulpit.
That's the first difference between us and denominations. We have no governing body, no standardized doctrine - no book but the Bible, no creed but
What is in bounds and what is out of bounds.
In our case, "in bounds" is Scripture and "out of bounds" is whatever is not Scriptural.
And I mean no disrespect but why did you say "NT based"? What about just as much emphasis on the OT as well? Everything in the book points
to Him, even every detail in the OT.
They say the devil's in the details. That would be the case here. So, allow me to expand on that (this is why we don't typically use mottos,
slogans, labels, or catch phrases like I did when I said "NT-based," because it causes confusion...we prefer descriptions and justifications).
When we teach, we put just as much emphasis on the OT as we do on the NT.
What we actually say about the churches of Christ is that we are "rooted in the New Testament and grounded in the Book of Acts." This means two
things: 1) we are New Testament churches because we are rooted in Church principles found throughout the New Testament (it's impossible to root a
church in the Old Testament because the Church didn't exist); and 2) we are grounded in the Book of Acts because Acts is where we find the birth of
the Church, on the Day of Pentecost (we can't go back further than that because, again, the Church didn't exist).
However, as I said, we teach from both Testaments. We exist in the age of Grace, but there is much to learn from the Law as well. For one, if you
don't know the Law, you can't know the reason for Grace. But, we don't live under or by the Law. We live under Grace, in accordance with the law of
love. That's entirely New Testament.
Example: For every 1 OT prophecy concerning His first coming there are 7 concerning His 2nd. Christ can be found literally on every
The Old Testament never once mentions the second coming of Christ (at least, not specifically).
P.S. I need to pick your brain if you are a teacher of the Word. I was called by God a Prophet 6 years ago. I don't have many friends, and
I mostly make enemies in the church, but that's okay, the Lord has said He didn't call me to make friends, but to be a "shaker of things that can
be shaken so the dead fall to the Earth and the things that cannot be shaken remain" and reminded me that Isaiah was called the "troubler of
Israel". The church is blessed tremendously to have a man of God in the pulpit who knows Greek, do you know much Hebrew also?
I don't get much into Hebrew, but I have spent a little time translating specific OT passages. Not enough to be overly familiar with it, though.