Ex-Church of Christ Review  The Ex-Church of Christ forum seems to cater to people who have a twisted view of Scripture as used by the Church of Christ which agrees with all recorded history on music.  

The Pharisees and Instrumental Music: Ex-Church of Christ: did the Pharisees outlaw a capella singing because they were legalists? Do people who do not use instruments just latter-day Pharisees?

Our Comfort Zones.  One of the common mantras over the internet these days springs from Liberation Theology which must be grouped with feminist theology where "patriarchial religion is destroyed by small acts of treachery." But, Jesus died to give us a Comfort Zone called the church for rest, reading and study of the Word of God free from the discord of hypocritic religion: rhetoric, singing and playing instruments."

 The Church of Christ

Scripture makes it clear (Romans 14) that most spheres of life are not subjects of dialog or "disputation" as the business of the church of Christ. In Romans 15 Paul defines the ekklesia or synagogue which Jesus died to found. The Church of Christ: A CHURCH of CHRIST is a ONE-ANOTHER ASSEMBLY of believers freed from the ANXIETY OF RELIGIOUS CEREMONY and enabled to teach one another. It is not for MUSICAL PERFORMANCE engaged in THE IDOLATRY OF TALENT. We have outlined those HANDS OFF spheres here.

Restoration of the church is always an effort to resist attempts to merge the church with all religious groups by those who may have high ideals but a low regard for the church and the Word. Therefore, these articles speak to those efforts to divide the church and institute a "new wineskins revival."

The Church of Christ is The Kingdom of God is within you. If the Levitical warrior noise makers would be executed if they dared to enter into the Holy Place as a type of the body or church of Christ, OR if they went into the Most Holy Place which typifies worship which happens ONLY in the new PLACE of the human spirit devoted to the truth. The "spirits" are "pseudo-prophets" or musical prophesiers: God does not even know your name!

God in Christ promised to build an ekklesia. This Greek word is similar to various Greek words defining the Synagogue in various forms. The building or the group is known as the EKKLESIA which was like a county court in Greek society. However, when one gathers Paul uses a form of the SYNAGOGUE. In his Jewish background that spoke of the Jewish Synagogue. The Synagoge was organized for prayer and for listening to the Biblical text read. The reader or president might explain any unclear passage in Aramaic or other languages. Because it was a SCHOOL of the Bible there "was no praise service." Indeed, we don't make music when we go to school.

As background you may want to read some background to the synagogue. Click here. As the "church in the wilderness" or the Qahal the assembly was only for instructions. The term triumph or alarm meant to "play instruments and/or make a joyful noise before the Lord." This was not worship but boasting in battle to try to panic the enemy into running away.

The word CHARISMATIC while worshiping Chara-the Grace-only goddess, is most often attached to perverted sexuality Charismatic ecstasy is speaking as "prophets." The only background for "threskia" form of ceremonial worship was founded by Orpheus one of the "fathers" of music and what Paul identified as MADNESS or speaking in tongues in 1 Cor 14. Chara or GRACE was a goddess. Charismatic connected directly to attempting to bind spirit and flesh together in the "harmony" principle of Apollyon or Apollo: "moving together" involved only two persons and was acted out in homosexuality: usually in pederasty (sodomy) which was common in ALL priesthoods or brotherhoods of religious performers.

A church history timeline. 

Is THERE A PATTERN FOR The Church of Christ?

DOES THE GOSPEL "APPLE" HAVE MORE THAN JUST A CORE?' church of christ, churches of christ,
Behold The Pattern - It's Scripture's or Yours! church of christ, churches of christ,
Rubel Shelly - ACU - Restoration Forum XII - Core Gospel cches o
Romans 14 Must All Things Be Tolerated church of christ, churches of christ,

The model of the Temple, Synagogue and church puts musicians on the far side of the Sacrificial Altar, the Laver of washing, the door to the Holy Place or church and the Most Holy Place where we worship God before His throne ONE WORSHIPER at a time with God.

THE DAY OF WORSHIP for The Church of Christ

Sunday and Sabbath Observance 
Sabbath worship (as opposed to rest) began in Babylon.
The Babylonian Sabbath--Feast of Marduk
Sunday and Sabbath: Rest or worship
The True Fast and Sabbath
Josephus Against Apion II The Commonality of The Sabbath for Rest

Alfred Edersheim: Sabbath at the Temple

Augustine

What Churches of Christ Say About the Sabbath
Sabbath Worship Is Saturn Worship: the True Sun God
Connection Between Catholic Sabbath and Saturn Worship
Saturn (Sabbath) The Mark of The Beast
Rhea (ZOE): The Female Musician Counterpart to Sun Worship

THE SYNAGOGUE AS PATTERN

The Synagogue helps define the "contract" 11/17/2K
WHEN THE CHURCH WAS ESTABLISHED

The entire nature of the church depends upon whether it is founded upon John the Baptist or after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ -- That is, on the day of Pentecost.

THE GOSPEL

Max Lucado: FALSE GOSPEL

Max Lucado: Saved by Trust or Prayer Only 12/5/02
Max Lucado: The Thief on the Cross
12/5/02

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The Gospel Means "Good News." Gospel includes being freed from the bondange common to all ancient religions organized like national, human institutions. The best way to illustrate freedom is to examine some of the world's attempts to restore legalistic, set-aside clergy claiming their ordained choice and training by "God's Sovereign Grace" and your "free will" tithe to support them.

BECOMMING A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF CHRIST

You cannot Join Christ's Church: Christ must add you. Only those who were baptized believers were said to have been baptized into Christ or added by Him to His church. This is the request to God for a CLEAR CONSCIENCE (1 Peter 3:21). In Acts 2:38 the promise of the gift of A holy spirit is defined in 1 Peter as a clear CONSCIOUSNESS which remission of sins gives you as you can come boldly fefore the throne of grace. The word means "co-perception" or the ability to discern the Holy Spirit which is the Mind of Christ (1 Cor 2)

First you must believe in the God Who came fully in the flesh of Lord Jesus Christ. That is, you must repeat the Shema confirmed by Jesus that There is Only One God.

The triad of gods or a family of gods is the ancient Babylonian trinity. No one prior to our generation saw God as three, separated persons. Therefore, to become a Christian you must believe that Jesus Christ is the image of a spiritual person God wants you to become.

One ceases to be a believer when one denies that Christ came fully in the flesh. The new "god family" or incarnation views permits the direct operation of the Spirit which gives you the right to ignore everything but the Core Gospel and just make up your own narrative theology.

If you do not believe and trust Jesus Christ to be your One and only Teacher and mediator then you will not obey His will. If you are a believer then you cannot sign up with Jesus the Carpenter until you turn away from Willie the Wine Maker. If you give your "school money" to a pretender then you are disloyal to the Master Teacher and He will turn away.

Becoming a member of the church is like the ancient apprenticeships where you are baptized into the name of your teacher. Jesus didn't send evangelists out to make ritual worshipers or religionists. Because Christianity is not a religion but a discipline, He wants you to become a DISCIPLE which means that only He is the teacher.

Dipping into water has no value unless you abandon your own rights and agree to suffer as a result of walking in His blood stained steps.

When you have "signed on" to the TRADE of being a Christian then Chrisit gives you A holy spirit or the ability to hear His Words. For instance, to the multitudes Jesus spoke in parables to keep the mysteries of the Faith out of their hands.

The Gift of A Holy Spirit, co-perception of spiritual discernment.

INSTITUTIONAL FINANCING

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST WORSHIP

Jesus did not prescribe worship similar to that created as "A uniquely American Worship." Worship is in spirit (mind) based upon truth (the words of Christ in song and sermon). He stressed the private and inward nature of worship. Paul, on the other hand still saw "worship" as falling on your face in awe as the result of speaking the Words as forth-telling "prophesying." "Church" was for edifying (education) and preaching through the Lord's Supper.

New Gnosticism - Sophia / Zoe: "Sophia sent her daughter Eve (Eve-Zoe}, a female instructor. Afterwards, the authorities called it "Beast", so that it might lead astray their modelled creatures. The interpretation of "the beast" is "the instructor".

Review: Worship Minister, Woodmont Hills, Jubilee 98 A uniquely pagan concept (and Israel under the kingdom) is that a priestly class can mediate between God and the "audience' or can "lead" another person into worship.

Worship: Praise to Please and Appease or Equipping the Saints 8/14/99

Why is the church of Christ in such a frenzy over new worship schemes while ignoring the Word?

Daring to Dance with God - Hip or Heresy : Review of books on "Dance" as a paradigm for a new world order for church worship along with Biblical and historical commentary. These views are actively infiltrated into independent churches.

Charismatic Worship

Reviewed: A Pixel in a Greater Picture: The Emerging Church of Christ" by Fred Peatross.
Speaking In tongues from the Barbarians.
See how God destroyed them in Egypt. The instrumental music, hand clapping and visionary orgasm connection.
Heredotus and Hand Clapping: Background to Mount Sinai
Hand Clapping to Replace the Amen: Rubel Shelly
Worship in Raising Holy Hands?
Escaping God's Grace into Legalism: the Musical Burden
Christ Died To Give us Rest

CHURCH DISCIPLINE

Mark Them that Cause Division and Miss Services
Abortion -- The Six-Fold Holocaust. Enoch says that God will come with ten thousand angels to execute judgment.

CHURCH MUSIC

Musical Worship Index

Psalms-Hymns-Spiritual songs are ALL inspired Bible text

It was customary in, poetry to bring down heavenly powers on earth. Not to speak of Dante, in France, clerks, as well as

The monks in the monasteries, used to give regular performances in which the Madonna, the saints; the angels, Christ, and God Himself were brought on the stage. (Musical Praise Teams or Musical Worship Teams Can Still do it!)

In those days it was done in all simplicity. In Victor Hugo's 'Notre Dame de Paris' an edifying and gratuitous spectacle was provided for the people in the Hotel de Ville of Paris in the reign of Louis XI. in honour of the birth of the dauphin. The Grand Inquisitor 

And king Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty and two thousand oxen, and an hundred and twenty thousand sheep: so the king and all the people dedicated the house of God. 2 Chronicles 7:5
And the priests waited on their offices: (Religious)
the Levites also with instruments of musick of the Lord, which (Authorized for Civil-state)
David the king had made to praise the Lord,
because his mercy endureth for ever (To stop the plague! Not a song model for us!)
when David praised by their ministry; (Notice: not the congregation!)
and the priests sounded trumpets before them,
and all Israel stood (Those present must stand fast). 2 Chronicles 7:6
 
Did you get it? No? Well, take another look. David did not compose, invent and institute musical instruments under the commanders of the army for you! Nor did he do it for congregational worship. Hezekiah and David were stopping the plague.

THE LORD'S SUPPER

Singing or Clapping and Refusing To Tarry With One Another
E-Mail Still Wants to Eat Flesh and Drink Blood 10/9/99
Transubstantiation - Eating the Flesh and Blood Jesus 8/13/99
The Real Presence? Clement of Alexandria says no.
John Calvin: Mass Annihilates the Lord's Supper. Condemns "team" Clergy. 1/24/2000
Eucharist or Lord's Supper.
The New Eucharist "praise" song.
A Teaching-Outward Act, Not a "To God" Ritual. The bread and juice is not the literal flesh and blood of Jesus. Rather, these emblems are Christ's "will" written in His own blood. The Lord's Supper is our acknowledgement of His death, our claim to be His heirs and preaching it to one another.

The Agape or Love Feast

The Pagan Agape or Love Feast at Skyway Hills Church of Christ. Yale Canfield. As a national Jew, Jesus would not do BBQ and communion. Oh! Oh! Didn't Jesus bless the BREAD and SWINE! OINK, If you love Jesus!

Agape was a goddess: the love-feast involved adultery between brethren and sisteren who offered the product or menstrul blood up to Christ and then consuming it in connection with the EUCHARIST. If you worship her (or Sophia-ZOE) she will make a fool of you. Be my guest because Paul said: "Fools love to be fooled" and the more you pay the more you deserve to be led by the blind.

Clement of Alexandria in Pedagogue II has some harsh words for the Agape and Instrumental music.

See the Funerary connection between the Agape and daily pagan meals which ideally was for the poor only.

The agape feast was from the first a survival, under Christian and Jewish forms, of the old sacrificial systems of a pre-Christian age. Sheep, rams, bullocks, fowls are given sacrificial salt to lick, and then sacrificed by the priest and deacon, who has the levitical portions of the victim as his perquisite.

See more of the Pagan Agape on the next index

CHURCH LEADERSHIP

Are Elders Hand Picked By The Holy Spirit?
Do Elders RULE?
Elders and A Cultic Covenant of Membership ----- Part Two

PRAYER
Prayer is personal and individual: praying in the spirit is praying in OUR spirit.
 

WOMEN AS PASTORS

The "pastor" is the person who is the primary "feeder" of the flock. God ordained senior males who were heads of families and totally competent teachers of the Word. After the period of inspired elders Paul's instruction was to "give yourself to reading the Word and prayer." The prohibition of "stand over" or "non-silent" or "non-sedantary" women also applies to men who are not inspired (1 Cor. 14).
Richland Hills Church of Christ and the Deaconess
The Deaconess - Rubel Shelly
Huldah - Prophetess - Librarian?
Ezekiel 13 - Women in Ministry - Rubel Shelly
1 Timothy 3:11 - Deaconesses
Deacon in The Catholic Encyclopedia
Deaconess in the Catholic Encyclopedia
Deaconesses in the Council of Nicea A.D. 325
Women Deacons (Deaconesses) - Didascalia
Women Deacons (Deaconesses) - Tertullian
Women in Worship - Deaconesses - Lifting Holy Hands

EUCEMENICAL MOVEMENT
Unity in Diversity: Romans 14-15: Vegetarian Pythagoreans
David Davenport, Pepperdine University: Romans 14-15 as Authority for Unity Enabling the New VISIONS.

PARA - CHURCH GROUPS

If we can build a "church house" and call it the 'house of God" with absolutely no command, example or even remote inference that it is necessary, we can probably band together in larger groups to minister mercy to people which no single congregation can do. However, any time any "institution" is added to the assembly upon the first day of the week the primary purpose of the church is diluted and minimized. For instance, take the Lord's Supper after sunset on Sunday night is probably doing so on the second day of the week. "Prayer circles" are a passing fad where the sheer force of prayer is superstitiously believed to "importune God" into doing something that a simple prayer would not work.

Too often prayer groups or home meetings are remedial: how do we "revive" the group? Prayer can be seen as a human substitute for God's answered prayer through the Word.

Wineskins - Cell Groups as Tentacles of Dominant Clergy: Frank Viola 5/3/99
PRAYER CIRCLES - Small Groups in the church of Christ
4/25/99

Some Good -- Some Evil: Fads always fail.

Deviation from Biblical norms in print or public forums can only be understood by comparing new creeds with the text of the Bible. These are the writer's views of teachings being recycled throughout the religious world

Alexander Campbell, Church Regeneration
Preaching, Expository, Dabney ---7/16/98
Hand Clapping To Replace the Amen a Show of Contempt
Inquisition Dostoyevsky and Dominant Clergy
Church of Christ or Family of God corrected

Review: Rubel Shelly - Faith Matters - Deaconess
Review: Mike Cope Lifting Holy Hands Second Timothy or Jubilee 98
Mike Cope - Jubilee 98 Hand Lifting - Steven Littlejohn's Report
First Corinthians 14: Women Silent in Corinth
Jubilee 98 Preaching as Performance

Review: Rubel Shelly - Faith Matters - Prophesying Women in the church of Christ
Review: Rubel Shelly - Faith Matters - Women Worship Teams
Review: Rubel Shelly - A Woman's Place - Church of Christ Assembly

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