Concerned MembersConcerned Members of Bible Based churches assume the right to preach the gospel to oppose preachers and elders Purpose Driven to turn their property into a spiritual Crack House: A theater for holy entertainment.
See Worship for Sale: most historic division has been over the use of musical performance
Disciples of Christ are the only ones called Christians: they have been commanded to teach what Jesus Christ commanded to be taught: The Spirit of Christ was in the prophets so that the church is built upon the foundation of the prophets:
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets,Peter identified the prophecies made more perfect by Jesus Christ as supernaturally validated by the Apostles who were eye-- and ear--witnesses and those who "left a memory." This is to mark and avoid anyone who does not teach that which has been taught. Both in 2 Peter 1 and 2 Peter 2 Peter affirms that WORSHIP is giving heed to the Word of God: both repudiate all of the hypocritic arts: self speak preaching, singing and playing instruments.
Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
2 Peter 1
2Pet. 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy;
whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
as unto a light that shineth in a dark place,
until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
2 Peter 2 Peter identifies all of the theatrical performances as INTENDED to silence the Word of Christ.
- Prosekhō (Cypr. poekhō (q.v.)) and prosiskhō : aor. proseskhon:—
- b. metaph., devote oneself to the service of any one, esp. a god, Pi.P.6.51 (dub.).
- let him take heed, as a warning,
- “p. tēn dianoian hōs praxei megistē” Plu.Num.14;
- “p. tē dianoia eis to rhēma Kuriou” LXXEx. 9.21.
- to be on one's guard against, Ev.Luc.12.1;
- prosekh' hois phrazō attend to what I shall tell you,
- Mnesim.4.21 (anap.), ; tois khiliarkhois take orders from them, Plb. 6.37.7;
- p. nomon theou” LXX Is.1.11, cf. Ex.34.11:
- also p. apo tōn hagiōn, tōn grammateōn, ib.Le.22.2, Ev.Luc.20.46;
- “p. tou mē phagein haima” LXX De.12.23; p. hina mē mastigōthēs ib.2 Ch.25.16.
- b. metaph., devote oneself to the service of any one, esp. a god, Pi.P.6.51 (dub.).
We Have a Stump for You THEY who have taken up bare theorems (theōrēmata） immediately wish to vomit them forth, as persons whose stomach is diseased do with food.
Theorema A. sight, spectacle, “logoi kai theōrēmata” D.18.68; “th. kai akroamata” Aristox.Fr. Hist.15; “th. kai akousmata” D.C.52.30: generally, festival, “hosa Mousōn ōsin ekhetai theōrēmata” Pl.Lg.953a.
II. of the mind, speculation, theory, Arist. Metaph.1083b18, Top.104b1; ta kata phusiologian th. Metrod.Herc.831.8; speculative proposition,
Akou-sma , atos,A. thing heard, such as music, “hēdiston a.” X.Mem.2.1.31, Men.660; “a. kai horamata” Arist.Pol.1336b2, cf. EN1174b28, Posidon.23, Plu.Crass.33.2. rumour, report, S.OC518 (lyr.), Jul.Or.3.110d.3. oral instruction, in the Pythag. school, Iamb. VP18.82.
Plat. Laws [952e] and, like birds, the most of these cross the sea, just as if they had wings, for the sake of making gain by their trading, and fly over to foreign cities during the summer season; this stranger must be received, when he comes to the city, at the markets, harbors, and public buildings outside the city, by the officials in charge thereof; and they shall have a care lest any such strangersWhy, as if by command, did so many hired preachers and professors turn and rend the group which hired them as a servant? Why would professed elders and preachers use stealth and deceit to do a hostile takeover of the church house and church family of widows and honest working people? Can they believe the "voice" that gave them the authority to do what would land them in prison if not done in the name of religion?
953a introduce any innovation, and they shall duly dispense justice to them, and shall hold such intercourse as is necessary with them, but to the least extent possible. The second type of stranger is he who is an inspector, in the literal sense,
with his eyes, and with his ears also of all that appertains to musical exhibitions:
for all such there must be lodgings provided at the temples, to afford them friendly accommodation,
and the priests and temple-keepers must show them care and attention,
until they have sojourned for a reasonable length of time
and have seen and heard all that they intended;
Isn't there a prophecy somewhere about God sending strong delusions when people lose the love of the truth? Not only did a host of intentional discorders lose the love of the truth: they said that there WAS no truth. And furthermore, a "spirit" commissioned them to work out a new plan of salvation. Why would they have this sudden need? Because, they said, all truth had been sucked up into a black hole and only fractured fragments of the olden Biblical text was still available. Therefore, you would have to write yourself in as a greather-than Moses or a greather-than Jesus.
When preachers suddenly saw visions, heard audible voices or had the "spirit" tell them that the old facts of the Bible had expired and they had "new spectacles" through which they were receiving a new vision for YOUR church, Concerned Members became a haven for silenced voices to teach their own members the truth.
The following free discussions were set up for voices to cry in the wilderness. Dozens of churches of most persuasions being suddenly and viciously attacked have joined in one of these forums. When widows who helped found the congregation of various groups began to "cry" they were told to "get over it or get out."
These web sites are not part of or approved by the respective Churches listed below. They are the effort of concerned members within these churches alarmed when they saw truth trampled underfoot by people newly-commissioned to deliberately sow discord.
North Boulevard Church of Christ, Murfreesboro, TN
John Mark Hicks: Rules replaced by Spiritism?
The Grace - Spirit Harding patternism
8.27.10 Holy Spirit Presence of the Coming Age.
Why is old faith an evil virus we contracted from our Bible-believing ancestors?
They were "modernists" in that by the practice of writing their own texts they denied inspiritation even as they profited from people who believed in the exclusive nature of Scripture. Now, they call themselves postmodern because they believe that everyone has the truth: same vine, different fruit.
To fill PULPITS, you don't have to be a disciple of Christ--the only meaning of a Christian--and obey the command to teach what He taught through the prophets and made more perfect by Jesus whom God the Father made to be both Lord and Christ. Peter says that MARKS you as a false teacher but having "boiled the frogs" about half of the OWNERS jumped out of the cook pot of spiritual cannibals or Khana-Baal or Priests of Baal. The rest keep smiling as they have -- as in one church -- "had their car switched to where WE gonna take them." They are not SUPPOSED to catch on.
I have updated some of the links to my paper reviewing Ronnie Norman at First Colony. No one could ever have been permitted by Christ to see with their eyes and hear with their ears without knowing that they are standing in the holy places BOASTING that they being deluded are performing lying wonders.
Writers of the Bible pointed to well known morality and righteousness to make sure that we had a PATTERN so we could recognize those who eat the flesh and craunch the bones.
ALL RITUALS CLAIMING INFLUENCE WITH GOD ARE LYING WONDERS
Lying Wonders: -Thaumatourg-eô, A. = thaumato poieô, X.Smp.7.2; work wonders or miracles, Ph.2.18,185; but ta perigeia th. 'play tricks with', of Xerxes, Id.1.674; tatethaumatourgêmena wonderful phenomena
AN EXAMPLE OF A LYING WONDER
-Xenophon, Socrates, Symposium 2 When the tables had been removed and the guests had poured a libation and sung a hymn, there entered a man from Syracuse, to give them an evening's merriment. He had with him a fine flute-girl, a dancing-girl—one of those skilled in acrobatic tricks,—and a very handsome boy, who was expert at playing the cither and at dancing; the Syracusan made money by exhibiting their performances as a spectacle.  They now played for the assemblage, the flute-girl on the flute, the boy on the cither; and it was agreed that both furnished capital amusement. Thereupon Socrates remarked: “On my word, Callias, you are giving us a perfect dinner; for not only have you set before us a feast that is above criticism, but you are also offering us very delightful sights and sounds.”  “Suppose we go further,” said Callias, “and have some one bring us some perfume, so that we may dine in the midst of pleasant odours, also.”WHICH IS THE OPPOSITE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS.
3 After this the boy, attuning his lyre to the flute, played and sang, and won the applause of all; and brought from Charmides the remark,
“It seems to me, gentlemen, that, as Socrates said of the wine,
so this blending of the young people's beauty and of the notes of the music
lulls one's griefs to sleep and awakens the goddess of Love.”
 “Very well, then,” said Callias, “I will now tell you what I take greatest pride in. It is that I believe I have the power to make men better.”
“How?” asked Antisthenes. “By teaching them some manual trade, or by teaching nobility of character?”The latter, if righteousness is the same thing as nobility.”“Certainly it is,” replied Antisthenes, “and the least debatable kind, too;
for though courage and wisdom appear at times to work injury both to one's friends and to the state,DANGEROUS WISDOM IS:
righteousness and unrighteousness never overlap at a single point.”
Sophia, in music and singing, tekhn2 kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117, Ar.Ra.882, X.An.1.2.8, in divination, S.OT 502
ALL OF THE HYPOCRITIC ARTS AND CRAFTS INTEND TO REPLACE LEARNING AS COMMANDED.
Beginning as the Church in the Wilderness the PURPOSE was MATHEMA or learning which is opposite to THEMA.-The-ama , Ion. theêma , atos, to, ( [theaomai] ) A. sight, spectacle, orchoit' eu, theam' ên Pl.Com.130 ; Opposite mathêma, Th.2.39; freq. of a sight which gives pleasure, theamata kai akroamata hêdista parecheis X.Smp.2.2 , cf. 7.5; orchêseis kai theamata the seven wonders of the world,
-X.Smp.2.1 When the tables had been removed and the guests had poured a libation and sung a hymn, there entered a man from Syracuse, to give them an evening's merriment. He had with him a fine flute-girl, a dancing-girl--one of those skilled in acrobatic tricks,--and a very handsome boy, who was expert at playing the cither and at dancing; the Syracusan made money by exhibiting their performances as a spectacle.
-Xenophon, Symposium II.  They now played for the assemblage, the flute-girl on the flute, the boy on the cither; and it was agreed that both furnished capital amusement. Thereupon Socrates remarked: “On my word, Callias, you are giving us a perfect dinner; for not only have you set before us a feast that is above criticism, but you are also offering us very delightful sights and sounds.”
-Thauma , atos, to/, Ion. thōma (cf. thaumazō): (v. theaomai): 2. in pl., also, puppetshow, toy theatre, mechanical devices,ALL INTENDING TO SILENCE THE WORDS OF CHRIST IN SONG AND SERMON AND STARVE PEOPLE TO DEATH.
At no time in church history has so many (numerically) lies been told by so few who were PURPOSE DRIVEN to restructure Churches of Christ into instrumental churches. It is simply NOT possible to see MUSIC as part of the School of the Bible of Christ without performing some supernatural signs and wonders. Paul warned that the "elect" or the true members of the ekklesia would come close but NOT fully deceived.Thema is OPPOSITE to Learning.
-Math-êma , atos, to, ( [mathein] ) A. that which is learnt, lesson 2. learning, knowledge
-Math-sis ,, (mathein) A. the act of learning, getting of knowledge
-Amath-2s , es, (mathein) b. of moral defects, unfeeling, inhuman, “a. tis ei theos” E.HF347.
2. of things, a. parr2sia boorish freedom of speech, E.Or.905; a brute force, Id.Fr.732; “a. dunamis” Plu.Demetr.42; a. phron2ma barbarous pride, E.Heracl.459.
Why do people LOVE TO HAVE IT SO? Paul said that fools love to be fooled.
Mic. 3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel;People are taken captive to spiritual terrorists and most simply lack courage to object because they have been spiritually neutered by perhaps a decade of effeminate preaching and singing.
Is it not for you to know judgment?
Mic. 3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil;
who pluck off their skin from off them,
and their flesh from off their bones;
Mic. 3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people,
and flay their skin from off them;
and they break their bones,
and chop them in pieces, as for the pot,
and as flesh within the caldron.
Mic. 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD,
but he will not hear them:
he will even hide his face from them at that time,
as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.
Mic. 3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets
that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace;
and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
David Lipscomb on Church Authority
"Whenever a man or set of men . . . assume to exercise authority in a church by virtue of some official appointment, or to assert, they have rights and authority as officers above others and assume to exert their rights without the full consent and approval of the members, they should be resisted even to the disruption of the body. They are lording it over God’s heritage, and are exalting their authority at the expense of the authority of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. One man, in the assertion and maintenance of the Divine will, has as much authority as another, more than a thousand ordained ones in disregard of that will. The only reason we have seen from Scripture for appointing certain individuals to special work was to see that neglected work was performed. The seven at Jerusalem were appointed to see that the Grecian widows, neglected in the daily ministration were fed. Titus was sent to set in order the things "wanting," and to place Elders in their proper work.
Whenever a man in the church of Christ claims authority or exercises power merely on official ground, he is essentially a pope and claims the prerogatives of papacy as fully as does he of Rome. He may be a smaller one, his sphere of action may be more limited, but the principle is the same. All the evils of the papacy arise out of the claim of the Pope and his council to decide questions by virtue of official position.— Gospel Advocate, 1877, Page 232Sophists: Among the ancient Greeks was a class of teachers and orators known as "Sophists." The first of their order was Protagoras of Abdura who flourished in the 5th century B.C. Their primary function was to instill worldly wisdom in the sons of the wealthy.
Among their beliefs, they denied that man was capable of reaching objective truth.
So for Sophists, the search for truth was never a high priority.
Their interest was to persuade people to believe what they (the sophists)
desired for them to believe.
"They boasted of their ability to make the worse appear the better reason, to prove that black is white." To attain their end in arguments, they resorted to quibbling and by applying new or different definitions to words they used.
"They sought to dazzle by means of strange or flowery metaphors, by unusual figures of speech, by epigrams and paradoxes, and in general by being clever and smart, rather than earnest and truthful." To win a dispute they would try to entangle, confuse or entrap their opponents with their specious arguments. The sophists were very successful at their profession. Great crowds received them with enthusiasm. (All the above quotes are from the International Encyclopedia of Philosophy, art. Sophists).
Str. Take music in general and painting and marionette playing and many other things, which are purchased in one city, and carried away and sold in another-wares of the soul which are hawked about either for the sake of instruction or amusement;-may not he who takes them about and sells them be quite as truly called a merchant as he who sells meats and drinks?
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