North Boulevard Church of Christ Elders Vision

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I post this white paper  (with effort) to minimize commentary on the original message but any good Bible student will know that David does not and need nor give honor to the LOGOS or Regulative Principle of speaking where the writers wrote.   The command to the elders is to "teach that which has been taught and eject those who oppose that which has been taught." Because God said that the imagination of man is only evil continually He ordained that the WORD be spoken without changes just as Jesus spoke what the Father breathed (spirit) into Him.  It certainly denies the recorded purpose of the church to so slander God saying that He could not reveal Himself independent of culture.

Accusations against the Historic Church of Christ (the Rock) which is defined inclusively and exclusively as the Qahal, Ekklesia or Synagogue. The Spirit OF Christ further defined God's Purpose Driven Church in the Prophets.  Jesus of Nazareth was made both Lord and Christ through whom God breathed (Spirit) the Word or LOGOS which is the Regulative Principle denounced by the Progressive Church of Christ built upon the foundation of the Jacob-cursed and God-abandoned tribe of Levi.

This statement makes the following charges clearly directed a Church of Christ now denouncing all of the tenets of the Historic Church which was defined by Chrisit for the synagogue and all of the Bible as a School of Christ with the educational text "that which is written for our learning" specifically the Prophets and Apostles.

God was not ignorant: there is nothing that can possibly happen which would make the DOCUMENTS obsolete. 

If you say that NOT ever in recorded history ever even thinking that musical performance had a role in THE SCHOOL OF THE WORD is based on ignorance or "traditionalism" you are Purpose Driven to, as the music words mean, make the lambs dumb before the slaughter.  There is no role and no dole in a church of Christ other than to teach that which has been taught after ejecting those who OPPOSE that which is written for our learning.

The elders and "leader" makes the following accusations intending, as they boast, to infiltrate and divert your congregation to their own wicked purposes.

  1. Legalistic 2 times
  2. Just our Tradition or Traditional 20 Times.
           
    [This is a lie: vocal and instrumental rejoicing was outlawed for the Church of Christ in the Wilderness.
  3. Style or Styles  of WORSHIP 16 Times
     Jesus said that the kingdom does not come with religious observations: the School of Christ is the antithesis of the always-pagan worship rituals.  Jesus named self-speakers, singers and instrument players hypocrites.
  4. Method or Methods 9 Times
  5. Customs 2 [Not using instruments is a Direct Command known by all bible students]
  6. A NEW Language 7 Times [They claim that the Bible is to be interpreted by a NEW REVELATIONS]
  7. Just our Heritage 2 [That's a lie]
  8. Freedom 22 Times--is something WE give YOU. [Christ freed us from laded burden and burden laders: performance musicians a a TAX not in time of war.
  9. Just our Opinions 11 Times [That's a lie]
  10. Pharisee 2 [Jesus called preachers for hire, singers and instrument players PHARISEES]
  11. Continuity with the Past 2 [He means WE will OFFER both vocal and instrumental]
  12. Judgment 8 [Judgment is the Purpose Driven Cults Infiltrate and Divert your newly financed property]
  13. Not using INSTRUMENTS HINDERS the Work of God
In David's first sermon on Revelation 1 he claims that Churches of Christ are the object of the Judgment. In fact, the "lusted after fruits" are speakers, singers or instrument players are called SORCERERS (David's Vision Casting] and WILL BE or are being CAST ALIVE INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE.

If you say that God commanded something
And God did not command that something
Then the Spirit OF Christ in Jeremiah calls that despising the Word or blasphemy.

Elders, North Boulevard Church of Christ: (there are no elders apt to have written this paper)

Unity in a Changing World
A Statement from the North Boulevard Elders and

A Statement from the North Boulevard Elders and Preachers
February 1, 2009

In the last recorded prayer Jesus offered before His crucifixion, He spoke these words: “I pray also for those who will believe in me ... that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you …. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me” (John 17:20, 23).1

Jesus as the SON Spoke (opposite to ODE) that which the Father breathed (spirit) into Him. He did not ADD anything of his human nature. Jesus told the Apostles that they must speak the WORD or Logos or Regulative principle and the WORLD would hate them. The WORLD VIEW of the Kosmos is the reign of Satan and is the Ecumenical. The Spirit OF Christ in the prophets marked those who do NOT speak the Word as THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM.  Jesus has a Little Flock called the SECT that is called the WAY: it is narrow and fools cannot even stumble into it.

Ever since our beginning in 1947, the North Boulevard Church of Christ has sought to live up to Jesus’ prayer for unity among our members. WE seek to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph. 4:3). WE want to obey the biblical exhortation
        “that all of you agree with one another
        so that there may be no divisions among you
        and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought” (1 Cor. 1:10).

God has largely granted North Boulevard a spirit of unity and peace throughout the past six decades.
        As the congregation grows larger, however, and as more people come to us from diverse backgrounds,
       
WE must work harder to maintain the unity of the Spirit.

Today more than ever WE find among our members different expectations, maturity levels, styles, customs, needs,
        and ideas about how to do the work of the church.
        The call to connect the message of Christ to so many different people challenges us every day at North Boulevard.

A Church of Christ is built upon the teachings of the Prophets and Apostles.  The command is to PREACH the Word by READING the Word for Comfort and Doctrine. That purpose driven church can be changed only by those who, like the Scribes and Pharisees, prevent people from entering into the narrow gate. The Scribes and Pharisees are called hypocrites and the Spirit OF Christ defined how they take away the key to knowledge.

If you believe that you have any decision making part in the purpose of God it may be that you have never read the PROPHETS where Christ defines a Church of Christ both inclusively and exclusively.

The Prototype of Babylon-Tyre Israel. Sodom not spiritual Israel. Jesus referenced Isaiah and Ezekiel to define the national Worship of the Starry Host--Abaddon The End-Time Fulfillment
For thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will bring upon Tyrus Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, a king of kings, from the north, with horses, and with chariots, and with horsemen, and companies, and much people. Ezek 26:7

They will plunder your wealth and
    loot your merchandise;
    they will break down your walls
    and demolish your fine houses

    and throw your stones, TIMBER and rubble into the sea. Ezek 26:12
Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses,

and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying,

Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord. Eze 33:30

Rev 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured BEAST, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
   Rev 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
   Rev 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
   Rev 17:6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music [sound] of your harps will be heard no more. Ezek 26:13

The LXX is more forceful in showing that both the music and the musicians would be silenced---





"And he shall destroy the multitude of thy musicians, and the sound of thy psalteries shall be heard no more." Ezek. 26:13 L

My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to listen to your words,
   but they do not put them into practice.

With their mouths they express devotion (Lord, Lord as amorousness - inordinate love),
     but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain (commerce or trade or attendance). Eze 33:3 

Ezekiel 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song
of one that hath a pleasant voice,
and can play well on an instrument:
  for they hear thy words,
     but they do them not.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird

And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; Rev 18:22

I will make thee a terror, and thou shalt be no more:
    though thou be sought for,
    yet shalt thou never be found again, saith the Lord God. Ezek 26:2
When all this comes true--

and it surely will--

then they will know that a prophet has been among them." Eze 33:33

Revelation 19:19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
   Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone

THE BEAST THE MOTHER OF HALOTS RIDES TO USE SORCERY TO TAKE AWAY YOUR INHERITANCE

da^pa^n-aō  2. consume, use up, phusis d. ton thoronArist.GA757a25; “khronon eis
of persons, to be destroyed,hupo thēriōnPh.2.43; kathaper hupo puros ib.433; “pros thēriōnApp. BC5.79; “en tartarois kai barathrois
puri kai phonō kai sidērō panta dapanēsasthai   en tartarois kai barathrois dapanōmenous

WASTE THE PUBLIC'S MONEY

thērion , III. as a term of reproach, beast.
kolaki, deinō thēriōPl.Phdr.240b;
mousikē aei ti kainon thērion tiktei

Meaning: A new style of music or drama!

Tarta^r-os , the nether world generally,

And altogether the ancient philosoj)hy of the Greeks appears to have been very much addicted to music; and on this account they judged Apollo to have been the most musical and the wisest of the gods, and Orpheus of the demigods. And they called every one who devoted himself to the study of this art a sophist, as
Aeschylus does in the verse where he says — And then the sophist sweetly struck the lyre.

Musae (Mousai). In Greek mythology the Muses were originally the nymphs of springs, whose waters gave inspiration, such as Hippocrené, Castalia, etc.; then goddesses of song in genera. They are all female and are considered goddesses dwelling in Olympus, who at the meals of the gods sing sweetly to the lyre of Apollo. They are the nine daughters of Zeus. 

Sophis-tês , ou, ho, master of one's craft, adept, expert, of diviners, Hdt.2.49; of poets, meletan sophistais prosbalon Pi.I.5(4).28 , cf. Cratin.2; of musicians, sophistês . . parapaiôn chelun A.Fr.314 , cf. Eup.447, Pl.Com. 140; sophistêi Thrêiki (sc. Thamyris) E.Rh.924, cf. Ath.14.632c: with mod

II. from late v B.C., a Sophist, i.e. one who gave lessons in grammar, rhetoric, politics, mathematics, for money, such as Prodicus, Gorgias, Protagoras, a quibbler, cheat,  a RHETORICIAN as the primary meaning of a HYPOCRITE.

hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn” A sophist, serpent, makes MUSICAL MELODY with a congregation AS a harp and cannot grasp that IN THE HEART is a place.

2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, [Zoon, Zao, Zoe]
          made to be taken and destroyed,
          speak evil of the things that they understand not;
          and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

Natural: G5446 phusikos foo-see-kos' From G5449 [natural descent] ; “physical”, that is, (by implication) instinctive:--natural. Compare G5591
Bruit: G249 alogos [Anti-Logical] al'-og-os From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3056 ; irrational:--brute, unreasonable.
Beasts: G2226 zōon dzo'-on Neuter of a derivative of G2198 [Zao, Zoe] ; a live thing, that is, an animal:--beast.
căprīle , is, n. caper, like equile, ovile, bubile, etc., I. an enclosure or stall for goats, Varr. R. R. 2, 3, 8; Col. 7, 6, 6; Plin. 28, 10, 42, § 153; Vitr. 6, 9.—Adj.: căprīlis , e, of or pertaining to the goat: “semen, i. e. capellae,

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness,
          as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.
          Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves
          with their own deceivings [delusions] while they feast with you;

          All musicians and rhetoricians are equated to parasites.

Entrupo (g1792) en-troo-fah'-o; from 1722 and 5171; to revel in: - sporting selves.
gamêliôi lechei [marriage couch-bed] hêdonais, playing in the wind, exult over, treat haughtily or contemptuously, made a mock of, tinos sumphorais, III. use or abuse at pleasure
Entru^ph-aō

Paison paizô [pais]
4.
to play (on an instrument), Hhymn. II. to sport, play, jest, joke, Hdt., Xen., etc.; p. pros tina to make sport of one, mock him,


Paul silences the Cunning Craftsmen or Sophists (rhetoricians, singers, instrument players) before the TEACHING of the Word (only) can take place.

Ephesians 3 The Nature of The Holy Spirit
Ephesians 3:1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ 
 for you Gentiles Ephesians 3:2  If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to youward:
Ephesians 3:4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
Ephesians 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; Ephesians 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Ephesians 3:7 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Ephesians 3:8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;
Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:  [The Word]
Ephesians 3:10 To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,  Ephesians 3:11 According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord:  Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
Ephesians 3:13 Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

Ephesians 3:14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; being rooted and grounded in love,




Is Parallel To


Ephesians 3:18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye,
Ephesians 3:19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Ephesians 3:20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly
          above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Ephesians 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church
      by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

The Scriptures provide certain non-negotiable guidelines for how to live out the message of Christ, including how to do ministry, how to witness to the culture around us, how to live holy lives, and how to conduct our assemblies.

The Scriptures are God breathed and are not subject to having judgement passed on them: If you grasp that the PATTERN is to PREACH the Word (only) by READING the Word for Comfort and Doctine a Godly disciple does not have a need to NEGOTIATE with God.

Beyond these non-negotiable instructions, however, the Scriptures permit Christians and churches
to exercise considerable freedom and to apply God’s Word in merciful ways.
“Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom,
because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” (James 2:12-13).

The "leaders" think that Jesus died to give THEM the liberty to impose THEIR "human imagination" and anyone who objects is "sowing discord."

Jesus died to give us rest FROM the laded burdens and burden laders: preachers have no local role to play and they do not get the LIBERTY to take everyone CAPTIVE to their anti-Biblical practices.

Cyclopaedia p 133
In music, the burden is an archaic term[1] for the drone or base in some musical instruments, and the pipe or part that plays it, such as a bagpipe or pedal point in an organ. Burden also refers to a part of a song that is repeated at the end of each stanza, i.e. the chorus or refrain. The term comes from the French bourdon, a staff; or a pipe made in the form of a staff, imitating the gross murmurs of bees or drones. This is what was anciently called proslambanomenos.

Refrains are found in the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead and are common in primitive tribal chants. They appear in literature as varied as ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Latin verse, popular ballads, and Renaissance and Romantic lyrics. Three common refrains are the chorus, recited by more than one person; the burden, in which a whole stanza is repeated; and the repetend, in which the words are repeated erratically throughout the poem.

How do WE exercise the freedom Christ has given us in such a way that reaches the most people with the Good News
        while at the same time maintaining the unity of the body? Most churches wrestle with this tension. So do
WE at North Boulevard.

The Jesus pattern was for evangelists to GO into all the world, preach, baptize and preach what HE COMMANDED TO BE TAUGHT.  If you are wrestling maybe you need an exorcists.

ALEXANDER CAMPBELL A READER OF JESUS: "Give money to make poor pious youths learned clergy, or vain pretenders to erudition; and they pray that they may preach to you; yes, and pay them too.

Was there ever such a craft as priestcraft? No, it is the craftiest of all crafts. It is so crafty that it obtains by its craft the means to make craftsmen, and then it makes the deluded support them!" (Campbell, Alexander, Christian Baptist, Dec. 1, 1823, Vol. 1, p. 91).

"Those who lord it over the people will soon begin to destroy Them. The word Balaam means 'the destroyer of the people.' If we turn back to the history of this strange figure as recorded in the book of Numbers we find that which clarifies three passages in the New Testament where 'the error of Balaam' (Jude 11), 'the way of Balaam' (II Pet. 2:15) and 'the doctrine of Balaam' are discussed." (Barnhouse, D.G., Revelation, Zondervan, p. 54

It has been said: "From late Jewish sources we learn that rabbis were expected to support themselves by some form of labor. Rabbi Zadok said, "Make not of the Torah . . . a spade wherewith to dig . . . whosoever derives a profit for himself from the words of the Torah is helping his own destruction" (Pirqe 'Abot 4.7). Rabbi Gamaliel III declared, "An excellent thing is the study of the Torah combined with some secular occupation, for the labor by them both puts sin out of one's mind. All study of the Torah which is not combined with work will ultimately be futile and lead to sin" (Talmud Pirqe 'Abot 2.12 p 213). BUY THE BOOKThe Moral Maxims of the Sages of Israel: Pirkei Avot

IF THEY WANT YOU TO FEED THEM AND A HUGE "STAFF" IN ORDER TO GIVE YOU LIBERTY WHICH JESUS FAILED TO DO...

2 Peter 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness,  
        as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.  
        Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves  
        with their own deceivings [delusions] while they feast with you;  
13 hēdonēn hēgoumenoi tēn en hēmera truphēn, spiloi kai mōmoi entruphōntes en tais apatais autōn suneuōkhoumenoi humin,
 
-Hedone A. enjoyment, pleasure, first in Simon.71, S.l.c., Hdt.1.24, al.; prop. of sensual pleasures,

The leader of the songs, chorus or playing instruments is part of the RIOTING to silence the Word.


-Hēgeomai
, rule, have dominion 2. c. dat. pers. et gen. rei, to be one's leader in a thing, “theios aoidos . . hēmin hēgeisthō . . orkhēthmoioOd.23.134; . tini sophias, ōdēs, Lead, command in war.
sophia , Ion. -, , prop. A.cleverness or skill in handicraft and art in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, in divination
Abaddon or Apollyon is the LEADERS OF THE MUSES or LOCUSTS.

Truph-ē ,softness, delicacy, daintiness, 2 Ep.Pet.2.13; II. luxuriousness, wantonness,tōn gunaikōn t.Ar.Lys.387; t. kai akolasia, t. kai malthakia,

Paison paizô [pais] 4. play on a musical instrument, h.Ap.206: c. acc., “Pan ho kalamophthogga paizōnAr.Ra.230; dance and sing, Pi. O.1.16. 5. play amorously, “pros allēlousX.Smp.9.2; “meta tinosLXX Ge.26.8; of mares

2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water,
          clouds that are carried with a tempest;
          to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity,
          they allure through the lusts of the flesh,
          through much wantonness,
          those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.
2Pet. 2:19 While they promise them liberty,
        they themselves are the servants of corruption:
        for of whom a man is overcome,
        of the same is he brought in bondage.

Paul commanded that Timothy WORK so that he as a minister could sponsor the agape or feeding the day workers before they went out hoping to earn a little money. If your minister wants YOU to work to feed HIM when there is no command then YOU are in bondage.

This document and the accompanying spoken lessons delivered at North Boulevard on February 15 and 22, 2009,
        represent the general position of the North Boulevard elders and preaching ministers
        regarding how to maintain the unity of the body
        while at the same time exercising the freedom Christ has given us
        in order to communicate the message of Christ to a changing world around us.

This document is not a creedal statement, nor is it intended to summarize every core belief at North Boulevard. There are many important matters of faith not treated in this document.

Rather, this document is intended to explain to the congregation the spiritual criteria the leadership at North Boulevard
        uses to make decisions about how to do ministry,
        how to communicate the Good News,
         how to conduct our assemblies, and the like.
        Furthermore, this document is not a planning document intended to prepare the
        church for any particular changes
WE might make as a church.

Rather, the document is intended to describe our general approach to the work of the church—an approach that WE hope honors God both by engaging our heritage and by speaking intelligibly in a changing world.

The document is also intended to encourage you, the members of North Boulevard, to join the leadership
        as
WE seek a balance between this continuity with the past
        and a sincere effort to communicate the Good News in the language of the present.
       
WE know that such an effort may pose a constant challenge,
        but with God’s help and with patience and forbearance on the part of the church,
        
WE believe taking the challenge head on will be well worth the effort in reaching the lost and helping the saved to mature.

The North Boulevard Elders, John Risse, and David Young

STATEMENT FROM THE NORTH BOULEVARD LEADERSHIP

1. WE intend to be obedient to the Scriptures.

WE Believe

All of North Boulevard’s leaders want North Boulevard to be a church that obeys the clear teachings of the Bible and that seeks the same experience of Christ that the New Testament church sought. WE believe what the Psalms declare:

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. (Psalm 19:7-11)

Our desire to be a biblical church is so strong that none of us,
        including any elder or preacher, would want to remain in the North Boulevard congregation
        if the North Boulevard church were knowingly and deliberately to abandon its biblical foundations.
       
WE believe that “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking,
        correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

When WE approach the message of the Bible, WE want to accept it “not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe” (1 Thess. 2:13).

WE Acknowledge

WE acknowledge that because of our sinfulness and imperfect human judgment,
         there are areas where
WE have not fully obeyed Scriptures or have not fully understood their implications.

This will always be the case since WE remain weak and our world constantly changes. As James reminds us, “WE all stumble in many ways” (James 3:2). To say that WE are a New Testament or Bible based church is not to claim perfection. It is to describe our commitment to take the Scriptures seriously and to submit to them as the Word of God as fully as WE know how.

WE Commit

As leaders at North Boulevard, WE commit to the ongoing process of studying the Scriptures, seeking to submit to them, and measuring what WE do as a congregation by the teachings of the Bible. WE want to be like the people of the ancient city of Berea, who possessed noble character because “they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day” (Acts 17:11).

The New Testament teaches us to test ourselves: “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Cor. 13:5). WE pledge to the church that WE will continually test ourselves using the truth of 3

Scripture. We also pledge that WE will not deliberately lead the church away from the Word of God.

WE Ask

WE ask the congregation to make this same commitment to follow the Scriptures in life and in doctrine. WE ask the congregation to study the Word of God, to integrate it into your hearts and minds, and to walk daily by its precepts. “Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart” (Psalm 119:2). WE also ask the congregation to work lovingly and gently with the leadership as together WE continue to seek to become everything the Scriptures teach us to be. WE want the entire congregation to practice Paul’s admonition: “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers” (1 Timothy 4:16).

2. WE want to extend freedom in matters of opinion.

WE Believe

North Boulevard has a heritage of granting freedom in matters of opinions, styles, and methods. WE believe that North Boulevard should continue to practice the freedom of Christ where no clear teaching of the New Testament is involved, so long as that freedom is guided by appropriate principles of love for others, godly wisdom, justice, and mercy.

Freedom is a central theme in the New Covenant of Christ:
        “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17).
        “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery”  (Gal. 5:1). “
        You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love” (Gal. 5:13).

For this reason WE believe that God wants us to extend freedom in areas of opinion and that God is dishonored when WE create a legalistic or judgmental environment or an environment dominated by human traditions or frequent controversy.

“The entire law is summed up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other” (Gal. 5:14-15). “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Col. 2:8).

“But avoid foolish controversies and genealogies and arguments and quarrels about the law, because these are unprofitable and useless. Warn a divisive person once, and then warn him a second time. After that, have nothing to do with him” (Titus 3:8-10).

WE believe in practicing liberty in matters of opinion, and we seek to speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where it is silent. We will try to honor the ancient maxim: “In matters of faith, unity; in matters of opinion, liberty; in all matters, love.”

WE Acknowledge

WE acknowledge that this is not an easy commitment to keep. As humans, each of us has strong feelings for particular styles and traditions that WE, for various reasons, don’t want to give up. As humans, WE acknowledge that some of us simply do not like change but instead value stability. And as humans WE confess our tendency to want to have things our own way, even in church.

Just as the early church faced tensions over various cultural and traditional issues, WE know that WE will face the same. WE also acknowledge that it is not always easy to determine whether a particular issue is a clear biblical teaching or a mere private interpretation or stylistic preference. Knowing what is a matter of faith and what is a matter of opinion is difficult in some cases and may often require long periods of prayer, study, and conversation, but the result is worth the effort.

WE also acknowledge that, though many things may be permissible, not all things are helpful (1 Cor. 6:12). There are things that the Scriptures allow Christians to do in theory that may be harmful or even wrong in our particular context. 2 For this reason, WE acknowledge the need to balance Christian freedom with Christian responsibility, exercising our freedom in love (1 Cor. 16:14), for edifying others (1 Cor. 14:26), and for the glory of God (1 Cor. 10:31). In matters of opinion or judgment, WE acknowledge the need to ask the question, “Will this help us to do what God wants done?” WE do not wish to create an environment where freedom is exercised without concern for how such freedom will impact others.

WE Commit

As leaders at North Boulevard, WE commit to the instructions of Ephesians 4:2: “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”
       
WE pledge to extend freedom in matters of opinion and to encourage people to flourish within the freedom that Christ offers,
        so long as this freedom is used responsibly and in loving ways that edify others and glorify God.

WE Ask

WE ask the congregation to be discerning between matters of faith and matters of opinion.

WE ask the congregation to be willing to accept that some of the things WE have done in the past at North Boulevard are only traditions and that these traditions may not be necessary for following Jesus.

Indeed, WE ask the congregation to join us in recognizing that, from time to time, our traditions may eclipse the Word of God or even hinder God’s work. Jesus found the traditions of the Pharisees to do just that: “Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition” (Matt. 15:6). WE do not want to be like the Pharisees. WE ask the members of the body
        to appreciate that WE have many different opinions and traditions
        and that WE ought not to give our traditions the same weight as WE do the Word of God.
        WE ask every member to be open to consider when a tradition no longer serves its original purpose
        or when it is preferable to alter a tradition or adopt a new custom or method.

WE further ask that every member exercise care not to judge other members merely on the basis of cultural, traditional, or stylistic norms. As Paul concludes “So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment

2 Paul’s discourse on eating meats that had first been sacrificed in the name of idols demonstrates this truth. Paul admits that there is nothing wrong with such meat and that Christians may eat it with clear consciences. At the same time, however, Paul warns his Corinthian readers that they might inadvertently lead a former idolater back into paganism by exercising this freedom. He even expresses concern that one might end up mixing the table of Christ with the table of demons by eating such meat. Paul shows a careful balance between freedom in Christ and Christian responsibility—a balance WE must practice today as well. See 1 Corinthians 8-10.

on one another. Instead, make up your mind

not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother's way” (Rom. 14:12-13).
WE remind ourselves that WE will be judged with the same strictness WE apply to others.
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Matt. 7:1-2).

“Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor?” (James 4:11-12). And WE remember that God takes our complaints about one another very seriously. “Don't grumble against each other, brothers, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:9).

WE ask every member to practice the fruit of the Spirit in our dealings with one another. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law” (Gal. 5:22-23).

3. WE want to stand firm on the unchanging Gospel while constantly seeking culturally sensitive ways to communicate the Gospel to an ever-changing world.

WE Believe

WE the leaders of North Boulevard are committed to the timeless Gospel as revealed in the Scriptures.

WE believe that the Scriptures cannot be changed and that the Gospel must not be compromised.
At the same time,
WE acknowledge that the way WE communicate the Gospel, including the language WE use, the styles and methods of communication, even the moods, methods, and technologies of our assemblies, must constantly be adapted to our ever-changing culture if WE are to communicate the Gospel in a way to win people to Christ and help the saved continue to mature.3 WE believe that speaking the Gospel in fresh, contemporary ways can help others, even our own members, appreciate its profound beauty and truth and respond in life-changing faith. WE stand on Paul’s ministry philosophy:

Though I am free and belong to no man, I make myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free

3WE acknowledge that a primary purpose of our Sunday assemblies is to encourage and inspire those who are already Christians (this is implied in such texts as 1 Corinthians 14 and Hebrews 10:24-25).

Ephesians 4

Nevertheless, even those who are already Christians need the message of Christ communicated to them in understandable, relevant, challenging, as well as appropriate ways.

As Paul says regarding the Corinthian assemblies: “Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a foreigner to the speaker, and he is a foreigner to me. So it is with you.

Since you are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church” (1 Cor. 14:8-12). For this reason, WE should continually test our assemblies to assure that they are speaking Christ’s message in styles, methods, and languages that twenty-first century people, including Christians, can understand and appreciate. from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. (1 Cor. 9:19-22)

Just as Paul was willing to change his method in order to connect with his audience,4 in the same way WE are willing to explore and try new traditions, new styles, and new methods of communicating the Gospel to an ever-changing culture around us if it helps bring people to Christ and mature them as disciples and so long as such changes do not dishonor God or prove to be ineffective in accomplishing His will.

This applies to our ministries, our leadership styles, our preaching and teaching styles, our singing, and the general feel of North Boulevard. WE want to be like the men of Issachar, who “understood the times and knew what Israel should do” (1 Chronicles 12:32). Not a single leader at North Boulevard is willing to see the congregation or the Lord’s church at large suffer under ever-increasingly archaic, obscure, or irrelevant styles, methods, or traditions just because our fathers practiced those same styles, methods, or traditions.

WE Acknowledge

WE acknowledge that change is painful. WE acknowledge that many of us wish WE did not have to make any changes to communicate to people, even though WE are committed to making the effort. WE also acknowledge that WE leaders often don’t know the best way to communicate the Gospel in an age that is becoming more vulgar and more hostile to Christ.

Sometimes in the short run, it would be easier just to stay the same, even though it might slowly deplete our spiritual fervor. WE also acknowledge that sometimes WE have difficulty agreeing even with one another on what changes are worthwhile and how best to implement them. WE acknowledge our need for grace and understanding from the body at North Boulevard as WE try to live by Paul’s premise to “become all things to all men” in a church that has so many different tastes, traditions, and strongly held feelings about how the work and worship of the church ought to be conducted.

Indeed, a church family as diverse as North Boulevard—in education, economics, ethnicity, generations and backgrounds—is a seedbed for potential disagreement. But our diversity also provides us with a great opportunity to demonstrate the unity of Christ by forbearing with one another and by learning to love one another in spite of our differences. Our diversity actually enhances our ability to demonstrate the beauty of the body of Christ:

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober

4 For an example of how Paul actually practiced this philosophy, compare his sermon in Acts 14 with that of Acts 17. In Acts 14 he preaches to Jews in a synagogue in the city of Antioch of Pisidia. His lesson is derived from the Old Testament, he quotes many Scriptures, and he shows that Jesus is the fulfillment of Scripture.

In Acts 17 Paul preaches on Mars Hill to pagan philosophers in a strikingly different style. Here, he quotes no Scripture, but instead quotes two pagan philosophers, whose quotations actually referenced the pagan god Zeus!

He begins his message not with a reference to the Old Testament, but with a reference to a pagan shrine. And he says little about Jesus, but rather speaks of the universal God in a language these philosophers could appreciate. Paul’s skillful adaptation of his message to the people around him helps account for Paul’s wild successes as one of the first Christian missionaries.

7
Quoting in part
(Rom. 12:3-5, 10, 16)

WE ADD
Rom. 12:1   I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
        that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice,
        holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 
Rom. 12:2  And be not conformed to this world:
        but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,
        that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God

Rom. 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you,
        not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think;
        but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
 
Rom. 12:4 For as we have many members in one body,
        and all members have not the same office
Rom. 12:5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

WE ADD
Rom. 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us,
        whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 
Rom. 12:7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 
Rom. 12:8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation:
        he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity;
        he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 
Rom. 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.  

 Rom. 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another

WE ADD
Rom. 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; 
Rom. 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; 
Rom. 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. 
Rom. 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 
Rom. 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 
Rom. 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things,
        but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

WE Commit

As leaders of North Boulevard,
       
WE commit to exercising WISDOM as WE strike a constructive balance
        between maintaining our continuity with the past
        while at the same time trying to speak a language that communicates to a diverse world in the present.

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said,
        I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
        that thou hast hid these things from the wise [sophōn] and prudent,
        and hast revealed them unto babes: even so,
         Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
1Cor. 1:20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world?
        hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
Sophia , Ion. -, h(, prop. A. cleverness or skill in handicraft and art, in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117, Ar.Ra.882, X.An.1.2.8,

Sophistes (Latin) A. master of one's craft, adept, expert, of diviners, Hdt.2.49;
        of poets, “meletan sophistais prosbalonPi.I.5(4).28,
        of musicians, “sophistēs . . parapaiōn khelun
        with modal words added, “hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn

WE remember the counsel of Solomon: “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established” (Prov. 24:3).
        Styles, traditions, and methods will change with or without us.
       
WE commit to making changes wisely, carefully,
        and with the consensus of the leadership team.

WE commit to seeking to give the church adequate explanation for changes WE make
        and to giving the church fair time to process the changes.

WE commit to listening to the church as it seeks to understand what the leadership at North Boulevard is doing. WE will try to work slowly and wisely so as to avoid disorder, disunity, and needless confusion as WE try to speak the Gospel in a world with multiple opinions and tastes.

WE want our roles as leaders to reflect God’s purpose for leadership as described by Paul:

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until WE all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

PAGAN THESIS: The Progressives or Kairos Church Planting where Kairos was the demon (spirit) son of Zeus and the end time Satan or demon spirit

Then WE will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves,
        and blown here and there by every wind of teaching
        and by the cunning and craftiness of men in their deceitful scheming
OR: whereby they lie in wait to deceive;

Wind of Doctrine
Venio A. In gen.: “vides, quo progrediente oratione venturum me puto,Cic. Rep. 1, 40, 62.
B. fin. and the passages there cited: “oratorum laus ita ducta ab humili venit ad summum, ut, etc.,
prava [crooked] ex falsis opinionibus veniunt,Quint. 5, 10, 34:
mercator venit huc ad ludos,parasitus modo venerat aurum petere,Plaut. Bacch. 4, 3, 18:

Outlaws:   -Oratio E. A prayer, an address to the Deity (eccl. Lat.): “respice ad orationem servi tui,Vulg. 3 Reg. 8, 28: “per orationes Dominum rogantes,id. 2 Macc. 10, 16: “pernoctans in oratione Dei,id. Luc. 6, 12.—Also absol., prayer, the habit or practice of prayer: “perseverantes in oratione,Vulg. Act. 1, 14: “orationi instate,id. Col. 4, 2; cf. Gell. 13, 22,

-cĭto . To put into quick motion, to move or drive violently or rapidly, to hurl, shake, rouse, excite, provoke, incite, stimulate, promote,

Outlaws: mercātor , ōris, m. id., I.a trader, merchant, esp. a wholesale dealer A dealer, speculator:  B. A buyer, purchaser: “signorum,

The Mark signum  a mark, token, sign, indication signa ostendam  dicere deos gallis signum dedisse cantandi,
The Mark:         canto  to produce melodious sounds (by the voice or an instrument), to sound, sing, play to use enchantments, charms, incantations, to enchant, to charm, prō-vŏco  poems that bring to tears.dum rota Luciferi provocet orta diem,lead up, call forth,

2 Cor. 2:17 For we are not as many,
............ which corrupt the word of God:
............ but as of sincerity, but as of God,
............ in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

kapēl-euō,  A. to be a retail-dealer, drive a petty trade Hdt. 3.89  ta mathēmata
sell
learning by retail, hawk it about, Pl. Prt.313d , 2 Cor. 2:17, of prostitutes,

Plat. Prot. 313d  For among the provisions, you know, in which these men deal, not only are they themselves ignorant what is good or bad for the body, since in selling they commend them all, but the people who buy from them are so too, unless one happens to be a trainer or a doctor.
        And in the same way, those who take their doctrines the round of our cities,
        hawking
them about to any odd purchaser who desires them,
        commend everything that they sell, and there may well be some of these too, my good sir,
        who are ignorant which of their wares is

CUNNING

Rev. 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle,
        that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place,
        where she is nourished for a time, and times,
        and half a time, from the face of the serpent.
Rev. 12:15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman,

        that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. {banqueting}

G3789 ophis of'-is Probably from G3700 (through the idea of sharpness of vision); a snake, figuratively (as a type of sly cunning) an artful malicious person, especially Satan:—serpent.
equiv. to drakōn in Hes.Th.322, 825: metaph., ptēnon argēstēn ophin, of an arrow, A.Eu.181. The "serpent" in the garden of Eden is defined as a Musical Enchanter(ess).  It is related to brass bell-metal and to the flutE

CHURCH MUST EXCLUDE ALL OF THE CUNNING CRAFTSMEN.
Panourgia (g3834) pan-oorg-ee'-ah; from 3835; adroitness, i.e. (in a bad sense) trickery or sophistry: - (cunning) craftiness, subtilty.

-Panourg-êma  A. knavish trick, villainy, S.El.1387 (lyr.), LXX Si.1.6 (v.l.); sophistry, Gal.5.251; cf. panourgeuma.

Cunning craftiness has the same meaning as SOPHOS:

1Cor. 3:18 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you
        seemeth to be wise [sophos] in this world,
        let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
1Cor. 3:19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.
        For it is written,
        He taketh the wise  sophia
        in their own craftiness. pa^nourg-ia

Luke 10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.
1Cor. 3:20 And again,
        The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, sophōn
        that they are vain.
matai-os 
   
-Sophia A. cleverness or skill in handicraft and art, as in carpentry, tektonos, hos rha te pasēs eu eidē s. Il.15.412; of the Telchines, Pi.O.7.53; entekhnos s., of Hephaestus and Athena, Pl.Prt.32 1d; of Daedalus and Palamedes, X.Mem.4.2.33, cf. 1.4.2; in music and singing, tekhnē kai s. h.Merc.483, cf. 511; in poetry, Sol.13.52, Pi.O.1.117

CHRISTIAN ANTITHESIS

Instead, speaking THE TRUTH in love,
        WE
will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.
        From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament,
        grows and builds itself up [Educates] in love, as each part does its work. (Eph. 4:11-16)

WE Ask

WE ask the congregation to join us in thinking as missionaries think—that is,
        trying to speak the Gospel in a language and a style
        that reaches as
many as possible in our increasingly diverse community as well as in our world.

WE ask the church to be patient and grace-filled as WE continue the ongoing work [Egron, Organ, Legalistic] of
        seeking to communicate the Good News in styles, languages, and traditions that include as many people as possible.

WE ask the church to join us in seeking to enjoy here on earth the great diversity of people who will worship God in heaven in the hereafter.

We add the implied message:

Rev. 5:8 And when he had taken the book,
        the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb,
        having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours,
                which are the prayers of saints.

The word HAVING never means PLAYING:  Having means Apprehending the Word of God I love to fall on my face and PLAY my guitar.

“And they sang a new song: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation’” (Rev. 5:9-10).

David young imported Jimmy Adcox and Jeff Walling to help boil the frogs.

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