John T. Willis
I first became a member of the denomination called
The Churches of Christ, a big issue was the
In fact a denomination is not just a named
group but they will have headquarters, address, a head, and a
set of laws sent out to all of the preachers under their
control. John T. Willis uses "denomination" to deny any
uniqueness. It is a fact that John Calvin called for a
Restoration of the Church of Christ: this would happen when
you pry off all of the laded burdens and burden laders.
"the lazy asses can be fed while the
ploughing oxen starve" (John Calvin.)
Many preachers and author of written articles in PULP MAGAZINES argued that the ONLY way the Holy Spirit works is THROUGH the written word of God, that is the present Bible. These advocates based this on two texts:
1. Ephesians 6:17: "Take the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD of
Jesus defined Holy Scripture as the
prophets and other prophecies CONCERNING ME. When
these were fulfilled the law would lose it's power and the
Priests and Levites would be excluded from the LAOS or the
fellow-members of the Church.
Is. 59:12 For our transgressions are
multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us:
for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
Is. 59:13 In transgressing and lying against the Lord,
and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and UTTERING from the heart WORDS of falsehood.
Is. 59:14 And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off:
for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
Is. 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:
and the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
Is. 59:16 And he saw that there was NO MAN, and wondered that there was NO INTERCESSOR
his arm brought salvation unto him;
and his righteousness, it sustained him.
Is. 59:17 For he put on
righteousness as a breastplate,
and an helmet of salvation upon his head;
and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
Is. 59:18 According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay,
fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies;
to the islands he will repay recompence.
2Pet. 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2Pet. 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now,
by the same WORD are kept in store, r
Reserved unto FIRE against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
Is. 59:19 So shall they fear the name
of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of
When the enemy shall come in like a flood,
the SPIRIT OF the Lord
shall lift up a standard against him.
Is. 59:20 And the Redeemer shall come to Zion,
and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
Is. 59:21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord;
My SPIRIT that is upon thee,
and my WORDS which I have put in thy MOUTH,
shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed,
nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord,
from henceforth and for ever.
Eph. 6:14 Stand therefore, having your
loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate
Eph. 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Eph. 6:17 And take the helmet of salvation,
and the sword of the Spirit, which is the WORD of God:
Heb. 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The TESTIMONY OF
JESUS is the SPIRIT of the Prophets. Jesus said MY
WORDS ARE SPIRIT.
Rev. 19:10 And I fell at his feet to
worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I
am thy fellowservant,
and of thy brethren that have the TESTIMONY of Jesus: worship God: for the TESTIMONY of Jesus is the SPIRIT of prophecy.
Rev. 19:13 And he was clothed with a
vesture dipped in blood: and his name is CALLED The WORD of God.
Word is LOGOS and
outlaws personal opinions or experiences, rhetoric,
singing, playing instruments or ACTING.
Rev. 19:15 And out of his MOUTH goeth a sharp SWORD, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
The Word or Logos is called the Regulative Principle: it is the oppposite of rhetoric, singing, playing instruments, acting or dancing. Isiah 8 says that if you do not SPEAK the word There is No Light in you.
John 6:62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing:
the WORDS that I speak unto you, they are SPIRIT, and they are life.
Spirit is almost
always the Spirit OF something or some one. OF is a
Preposition and the Spirit OF Christ is the Spirit OF God
which is God's Mental Disposition and can never be a
Jesus said that Doctors of the Law "take away the key to knowledge." They do that by ignoring that the "the church is built upon or educated by the prophets and apostles." You can get a bucked of Phds without having read the Prophets: that is where the Spirit OF Christ defined the Church of Christ (the Rock) both inclusively and exclusively. The godly preachers before the good sister took the leadership at Highland and filled the elders with false teachings.
SPIRIT in Hebrew. Holy just means WHOLLY with no flesh, bones, or blood.
SPIRIT in Greek. Spirit can never define a PERSON but only the Mental Disposition or MIND OF That person
H7306 rûach roo'-akh A primitive root;
properly to blow, that is, BREATHE;
only (literally) to smell or
(by implication perceive
(figuratively to anticipate, enjoy):—
accept, smell, X touch,
make OF quick understanding.
nephesh From H5314 ; properly a BREATHING creature, that is, animal or (abstractly) vitality; used very widely in a literal, accommodated or figurative sense (bodily or mental): MIND
G5594 psuchō psoo'-kho A primary verb; to BREATHE (voluntarily but gently; thus differing on the one hand from G4154 , which denotes properly a forcible respiration; and on the other from the base of G109 , which refers properly to an inanimate breeze), that is, (by implication of reduction of temperature by evaporation) to chill (figuratively):—wax cold.
G5590 psuchē psoo-khay' From G5594 ; BREATH, that is, (by implication) spirit, abstractly or concretely (the animal sentient principle only; thus distinguished on the one hand from G4151, which is the rational and immortal soul; and on the other from G2222 , which is mere vitality, even of plants: these terms thus exactly correspond respectively to the Hebrew [ H5315 ], [ H7307 ] and [ H2416 ]:—heart life, mind, soul, + us, + you.
H7307 rûach roo'-akh From H7306 ;
by resemblance BREATH,
that is, a sensible (or even violent) exhalation;
figuratively life, anger, unsubstantiality;
by extension a region of the sky;
by resemblance spirit,
but only OF a rational being
(including its expression and functions):—
air, anger, blast, BREATHE, X cool, courage, mind,
tempest, X vain, ([whirl-]) wind (-y).
G4151 pneuma pnyoo'-mah From G4154 ;
a current of air,
that is, BREATH (blast) or a breeze;
by analogy or figuratively a spirit,
that is, (human) the rational soul,
(by implication) vital principle,
or (superhuman) an angel, daemon, or
(divine) God, [God IS Spirit or Mind]
Christ’s spirit, the Holy spirit:—ghost, life,
spirit (-ual, -ually), mind. Compare G5590
G4154 pneō pneh'-o A primary word; to BREATHE hard,
that is, breeze:—blow. Compare G5594
The Spirit OF Christ BREATHED or INSpirited the Prophets.
The Prophets radically repudiated the Civil-Military-Clergy complex as robbers and Parasites (PARASITE defines religious instrument noise makers such as Miriam and the Levites. And those who do NOT speak that which HAS been taught.
Christ in the prophets warned about the mercinary prophets who stole words from workshops and told lies.
God made Jesus TO BE both Lord and Christ so that He said My WORDS are SPIRIT. He made the prophecies more certain and the inspired writers left us a memory or THEIR PART.
Peter said this eye-- and ear-- witnessed record is NOT subject to private interpretation or further expounding.
Peter said that the MARK of a false teacher is one who does not speak that which is written for our LEARNING.
Isa 59:14 And judgment is turned
and justice standeth afar off:
for truth is fallen in the street,
and equity cannot enter.
Isa 59:15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from
evil maketh himself a prey.
And the Lord saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
Jas 5:6 YE have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you.
Isa 59:16 And he saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no intercessor: [come between]
therefore his ARM brought salvation unto him; [yasha]
and his righteousness, it sustained him.
WILL BE means that he WAS NOT before WILL BE. That would mean that the Son is NOT eternal. Secondly, "I will be TO HIM a Father" means that the Invisible God Who is the Father of the Thought (in classical trinity) BEGAN to be a Father. And the begotten (not hatched) Son became or came into being at a point in time. Therefore, people with A holy spirit do not try to make the ONE DEITY into an idolatrous "family of people."
1 Cor. 1:30 But of him are ye IN Christ Jesus,
who of God is made unto us
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory, may give unto you the
spirit of wisdom and
[spirit of] revelation in the
[spirit of] knowledge of him:
Heb 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Heb 1:5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son,
this day have I begotten thee?
I will be TO HIM a Father, and
he shall be TO ME a Son?
Isa 59:17 For he put on righteousness as a
and a helmet of salvation upon his head;
and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
Eph. 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in
the power of his might.
Eph. 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Eph. 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph. 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
We do NOT wrestle against flesh and blood:
Pale (g3823) pal'-ay; from pallo, (to vibrate; another form for 906); wrestling: - / wrestle
Pallô, poise, sway a missile before it is thrown, sway, brandish, she drove it furiously, tripped on the shield-rim, quiver, leap, esp. in fear, II. Pass., swing, dash oneself, Pi.N.5.21; vibrate, of strings, Pl.Phd.94c (psalloito ap. Stob.); leap, bound, quiver, quake, phrena deimati pallôn S.OT153 (lyr.); dash along, of horses, E.El.477 (lyr.).
Canto: III. In the lang. of religion, as v. n. or a., to use enchantments, charms, incantations, to enchant, to charm, cantata Luna, exorcised by magic, ignis, Cantus With instruments, a playing, music: in nervorum vocumque cantibus, citharae, horribili stridebat tibia cantu
Euripides, Bacchae: Already like fire does this insolence of the Bacchae blaze up, a great reproach for the Hellenes.
But we must not hesitate. Go to the Electran gates, bid all the shield-bearers and riders of swift-footed horses to assemble, as well as all who brandish the light shield and pluck bowstrings with their hands, so that we can make an assault against the Bacchae. For it is indeed too much if we suffer what we are suffering at the hands of women.
Pi.N.5.21 Pindar, Nemean 5.
how indeed they left the glorious island, and what divine power drove the brave men from Oenone. I will stop: it is not always beneficial for the precise truth to show her face,
- and silence is often the wisest thing for a man to heed.
- But if it is resolved to praise wealth, or the strength of hands, or iron war,
let someone mark off a long jump for me from this point. I have a light spring in my knees, and eagles swoop over the sea. The most beautiful chorus of Muses sang gladly for the Aeacids on Mt. Pelion, and among them Apollo, sweeping the seven-tongued lyre with a golden plectrum, led all types of strains. And the Muses began with a prelude to Zeus
There joyful bands welcome the god with the cry of reed-pipes, and contend with the bold strength of their limbs.
The fortune that is born along with a man decides in every deed. And you, Euthymenes from Aegina, have twice fallen into the arms of Victory and attained embroidered hymns.
Incentor, one who sets the tune or begins to sing, a precentor, singer, carminis, incentore canam Phoebo Musisque magistris. [Phoebe=fear=Apollo or Abaddon]
II. Trop., an inciter, exciter: igneus turbarum, rebellionis totius meaning "a renewal of war, revolt, rebellion"
Magicus, belonging to magic, magic, magical. superstitiones, vanitates, that were invoked by incantations:
linguae= skilled in incantations, cantus, magicae resonant ubi Memnone chordae, mysteriousEze.13:6 They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them:
2. 1 Corinthians 13:8-13: "Love never
ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as
for TONGUES [referring back to 1 Corinthians 12:10 and
expanded in 1 Corinthians 14], they will cease; as for
knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know only in part,
and we prophesy only in part; but when the complete comes,
the partial will come to an end. When I was a child, I spoke
like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a
child; when I became an adult, I put an end to childish
ways. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will
see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know
fully, even as I have been fully known. And now faith, hope,
and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is
In those days in the 1950s and 1960s, exponents argued that God empowered Christians to speak in tongues through the Holy Spirit (Acts 2; 1 Corinthians 14), but 1 Corinthians 13:8-13 CLEARLY teaches that after the deaths of the early apostles, speaking in tongues and other miracles cannot occur.
The Spirit OF Christ in the prophets defined the future
Church of Christ as REST or a Safe House away from the
sorcerers or witches who were marked by prophesying in an
alien language to make themselves seem supernatural. The
priest interpreted the gibberish to answer the question in the
"sealed envelope" and the musician set it to verse and sang
the lying prophecy. Speaking in tongues and Prophesying
has the same meaning. As the ANTITHESIS God empowered
the Apostles and those they placed their hands to speak
tongues or the minor dialects.
Zechariah 7:9 Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts,
saying, Execute true judgment,
and shew mercy and compassions every man to his brother:
Zechariah 7:10 And oppress not the widow, nor the fatherless, the stranger,
nor the poor; and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your heart.
Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to hearken,
and pulled away the shoulder,
and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
Zechariah 7:12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone,
lest they should hear the law,
and the words which the LORD of hosts
hath sent IN HIS SPIRIT by the former prophets:
therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
Therefore it is come to pass, that
as he cried, and they would not hear;
so they cried, and I would not hear,
saith the Lord of hosts: Zechariah 7:13
Peter said that Jesus made the prophecies more certain and that defined the church both inclusively and exclusively
Matt. 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father:
and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father;
neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son,
and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip?
he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
John 14:10 Believest thou not
that I am in the Father,
and the Father in me?
the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself:
but the Father that DWELLETH IN me, he doeth the works
2Pet. 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto youPeter left a WRITTEN MEMORY of His experiences proving that we would not hear beyond that revelation. And to guard against the sorcerers and witches:
through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2Pet. 1:3 According as his divine power
hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
2 Pet 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
Ep;ilusis means "further expounding" which would deny that the Spirit OF Christ spoke once for all times.INSPIRATION VERBALLY AND IN A WRITTEN MEMORY IS THE ONLY WAY TO MARK FALSE TEACHERS.
Sophisma A.acquired skill, method, stage-trick, claptrap, rhetorikos 2. of persons, skilled in speaking, fit to be an orator Pi.O.13.17 2. in less good sense, sly trick, artifice, dikên dounai s. kakôn E.Ba.489 , cf. Hec.258; eph' hêmas tauta paronta s. Th.6.77, cf. D.35.2; stage-trick, claptrap
Pi.O.13.17 Pindar Ode 0.13  the Seasons rich in flowers have cast ancient inventiveness. But the fame for every work is due to its inventor. Whence did the graces of Dionysus first come to light, with the ox-driving dithyramb?  Who invented the bridle for the harness of horses, or placed the double king of birds on top of the temples of gods? And in Corinth the sweet-breathing Muse blossoms, and also Ares, with the deadly spears of young men.
WHY YOU CANNOT DISPUTE OR EXPOUND WITH RHETORIC OR MUSIC AS MAGIC.
2 Pet. 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people,
even as there shall be false teachers among you,
who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
even denying the Lord that bought them,
and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2Pet. 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways;
by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
2Pet. 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you:
whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
Here are ONLY a few texts about the
work of the Holy Spirit in the Bible.
1. Romans 8:26-27: "Likewise the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words. And God, who searches the heart, knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God."
Paul never uses THE HOLY SPIRIT in connection with a god person.
Rom. 1:9 For God is my witness,
whom I serve with MY spirit in the gospel of his Son,
that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers;
Rom. 7:25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
So then with the mind [spirit] I myself serve the law of God;
but with [my] flesh the law of sin.
Rom. 8:26 Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities:
for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Rom. 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the MIND of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
2. Galatians 5:16-18: "Live by the
Spirit, I say, and do no gratify the desires of the flesh.
For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and
what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these
are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what
you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not
subject to the law." All of God's true people must LIVE by
the Holy Spirit and BE LED BY the Holy Spirit.
Gal. 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the SPIRIT, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the FLESH.
Gal. 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh:
and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
Gal. 5:18 But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
3. Romans 15:13: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Our hope, joy, and peace comes from the power of the Holy Spirit.