Stan Grandberg: A disturbing prospect looms before us as the fact of our decline of Churches of Christ (CoC) has moved from unbelievable to undeniable. The question we must answer is no longer, “How are we doing;” our question is now, “What shall we do about it?”
When the Pope called for Jubilee 2000 Stan's LEADERS jumped right in and began Jubilee 1899
1823 Preaching for pay? "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).
1860 The Organ: The Christian Repository. Hickman Creek
1883 Nashville. "From the North, where the Society system was deeply imbedded in the churches, people moved into Nashville and many filled the Woodland Street church. By the end of 1882, a woman from Kentucky asked Sewell about forming an auxiliary society to the Christian Woman's Board of Missions. Sewel objected, and gave his reasons.
Myhr made his goals clear about promoting the Society and Instrumental music
even though it would divide the churches. Myhr's goal, Lipscome believed, was to
"ostracize, boycott, and starve every preacher that does not APPROVE the society."
1890 CHRISTIAN STANDARD PROMOTES A NATIONAL CONVENTION IN TENNESSEE
In 1890 the first convention was called at Chattanooga to organize the state society. The only churches in the state of Tennessee were those who had already adopted the organ in their worship. The Christian Standard pumped up the news and "it is reported that the brethren in Nashville, Tennessee are desirous of entertaining our National Convention next year."
This of course was just two congregations. A survey showed that out of 2500 members in Nashville, less than one hundred wanted the society.
Lipscomb noted that among the Society people "the Bible is as popular as last year's almanac."
1890 CHRISTIAN STANDARD PROMOTES A NATIONAL CONVENTION IN TENNESSEE
In 1890 the first convention was called at Chattanooga to organize the state society. The only churches in the state of Tennessee were those who had already adopted the organ in their worship. The Christian Standard pumped up the news and "it is reported that the brethren in Nashville, Tennessee are desirous of entertaining our National Convention next year."The Nashville Jubilee was chartered on February 16, 1989. The first being held July 6- 8, 1989. Steve Flatt gives an account of how the idea for Jubilee originated
This of course was just two congregations. A survey showed that out of 2500 members in Nashville, less than one hundred wanted the society.
Lipscomb noted that among the Society people "the Bible is as popular as last year's almanac."
New Theology and Antichrist
Dec. 1988, “the Nashville meeting”. Hundreds of “institutional” and “non-institutional” brethren met to hear a program of representative speakers on “the issues”, and to ask questions. From the more liberal speakers there emerged a plea for a “new hermeneutics” (a new set of rules for interpreting the Bible). For these ultra-liberals, direct statement, apostolic example, and necessary inference, for establishing authority, can no longer be accepted.
1. The “expanded role for women” was introduced and pushed. Now there are women filling the pulpits and women elders are beginning to be installed. All this is an avenue to pure, classical modernism. More and more of the Bible is being discarded as the verbally inspired word of God. A young Ph.D., Andre Resner, of Abilene Christian University, in an article entitled, “Christmas at Matthew’s House”, wrote that Mary was a sexually questionable woman, and called Matthew, sneaky! This is pure modernism!
2. The Nashville Jubilee (Inc.), which is really from its incipiency a corporation, had its beginning in 1989. Associated with its name in the beginning was the Madison church of Christ, and Rubel Shelley. Max Lucado’s services were employed in the 1994 Jubilee to enhance interest. 10,000 were expected for attendance. Change agents were employed to conduct seminars. The leaders of the Jubilee also have been editors and writers for the publication, “Wineskins”, which promotes a constant barrage on conservatism.
Mike Cope boasts
1989-and-churches-of-christ1989 was an interesting time in Churches of Christ. Three books had just been published that stirred the conversation: Discovering our Roots and Illusions of Innocence by Leonard Allen and Richard Hughes, and The Worldly Church by Leonard, Richard, and Michael Weed. (In 1990 Leonard’s The Cruciform Church would come out; and in 1996 Richard’s Reviving the Ancient Faith: The Story of Churches of Christ in America would be published.)
STAN GRANDBERG SAYS "WE BROKE YOUR CHURCH" BUT IF YOU SIGN IT OVER TO USE WE CAN REPURPOSE THE MONEY. When the Instrumental Sectarians began to be fellowshipped, Churches refused to respond to the Census. So, Stan's Witche's Refluction from "boiling frogs" may not work.
1989 was the first big Push by Rubel Shelly: Using the Aztec burning down the houses pattern the goal was to RESTRUCTURE all churches. of Christ. The Lipscomb radical of the trinity was published by H. Leo Boles in 1942. Historically even at Nicea [We] also [believe] in the Holy Spirit.
1Cor. 8:5 For though there be that are called gods,
whether in heaven or in earth,
(as there be gods many, and lords many,)
Simple reading proves that a LORD is not a GOD.
But to US there is but
ONE God [Theos], the Father, OF whom are all things, and we in him;
and one Lord [Kurios] Jesus Christ, BY whom are all things, and we by him.
Timothy wants male and female "self-authoring" (Authentia) silenced because BOTH believed and the women practiced the craft of, in their madness, claiming that they were the MEDIATORS (preachers-musicians)
1Tim. 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. [The Word]
1Tim. 2:5 For there is ONE GOD
and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Tim. 2:6 Who gave HIMSELF a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Speeches On Holy Spirit At Jubilee
Year Speaker Subject -------------- ---------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------- 1991 Doris Black Rejoice in the Spirit 1-2-3 1992 Lindsey Garmon Identifying & Deploying Spiritual Gifts 1992 Lindsey Garmon Identifying & Deploying Spiritual Gifts 1992 Lindsey Garmon Identifying & Deploying Spiritual Gifts 1993 Steve Flatt Does the Spirit Move You 1993 Steve Flatt Does the Spirit Move You 1993 Steve Flatt Does the Spirit Move You 1994 Jeanine Reese Leadership & Spiritual Gifts 1994 Jeanine Reese Leadership & Spiritual Gifts 1994 Jeanine Reese Leadership & Spiritual Gifts 1994 Earl Lavender Allowing God's Spirit to Grow the Church 1995 Randy Harris God the Spirit-Powerful Presence 1996 Bob Harrington The Spirit and Spiritual Growth 1996 Bob Harrington The Spirit and Life Experiences 1996 Bob Harrington The Spirit and Spiritual Discipline 1996 Bob Anderson The Compassion of the Spirit 1996 Earl Lavender Walking With the Spirit 1996 Tom Riley The Sweet Fruit of the Holy Spirit 1996 Tom Riley The Sweet Fruit of the Holy Spirit 1996 Joe Beam Discerning the Holy Spirit 1996 Joe Beam Releasing the Spirit's Power 1996 Joe Beam Bring the Spirit into the Current Crises
THE ONLY PERSONIFIED SPIRITUS IN THE LATIN LITERATURE IS APOLLYON WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE END-TIME "LOCUSTS" OR HIS MUSICAL WORSHIP TEAM. It took about a decade, according to Rick Atchley. to Teach our Youth to LEAVE OUR MOVEMENT. Not that many left but a huge number of congregations refused to be listed with the instrumental sectarians. The non-institutional churches have moved into the slot of Leader-Lead apostasy. The Musical Worship teams are called "locusts" and they are proven to drive the faithful into the Covert or UMBRELLICUM Jesus promised for His Church until the storm passes.
Stan Grandberg: Last year I published an article describing the decline of CoC in the Great Commission Research Journal (Fall 2018). This year, Tim Woodroof and I wrote a paper that looks into the crystal ball of the possible future of CoC in 2050. At the present, the best analysis is that each month six CoC congregations close their doors. Given the current trends, we expect that rate to double—or even triple—before we arrive at 2050. If this does occur, we could see the fellowship of CoC drop from just over 12,000 churches to under 3,000.
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
[313e] good or bad for the soul; and in just the same case are the people who buy from them, unless one happens to have a doctor's knowledge here also, but of the soul. So then, if you are well informed as to what is good or bad among these wares, it will be safe for you to buy doctrines from Protagoras or from anyone else you please: but if not, take care, my dear fellow, that you do not risk your greatest treasure on a toss of the dice.
Here is Tim Woodroof's Prophetic Peep Stones. He and Stan use thee historical "your are loosers" best illustrated by Adolf Hitler who used Wagner as his Musical Worship Minister and Wagner's wife for whatever. Tim Woodroof was an early leader diverting churches into the Instrumental Music Sectarians.
SPIRIT is literally a blast of wind or hot air or FLATULENCE. God always uses the ANTITHESIS to Hide from the Wise, Sophists or speakers, singers or instrument players.Unless you simply put the Words of Christ in the Prophets and Apostles, Apollyon the leader of the Locusts-Musicians is the only personified SPIRITUS.
1Kings 22:22 And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth,
and I will be a LYING SPIRIT in the MOUTH of all his prophets.
And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.
1Kings 22:23 Now therefore, behold,
the LORD hath put a LYING SPIRIT in the MOUTH of all these thy prophets,
and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
God never uses A holy spirit person to make His words INTELLIGIBLE.
Psa. 36:3 The words of his MOUTH are iniquity and deceit:
he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.
Ex. 4:15 And thou shalt speak unto him,
and put words in his MOUTH:
and I will be with thy MOUTH,
and with his MOUTH, and will teach you what ye shall do.
Num. 22:38 And Balaam said unto Balak, Lo, I am come unto thee:
have I now any power at all to say any thing?
the word that God putteth in my MOUTH, that shall I speak.
Is. 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of MY SPIRIT:
it shall not return unto me void,
but it shall accomplish that which I please,
and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
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.
Matt. 28:16 Then the ELEVEN disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them
Stan Grandberg and those standing in holy places claiming to be APOSTLES were not there. They deny that God was competent.
Matt. 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,Jer. 1:9 Then the Lord put forth his hand,
ALL power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Matt. 28:19 Go ye therefore,
and teach all nations, [enroll disciples]
baptizing them in the name [Name is singular]
of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matt. 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things
whatsoever I have commanded you:
and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the END of the world. Amen.
Jesus didn't leave a GAP to be filled by latter day apostates.
Jesus certified the Prophets who defined the Kingdom of Christ both inclusively and exclusively. The Apostles were Eye-- and Ear--Witnesses of these teachings and proven by Signs and Wonders. Peter outlawed private interpretation or FURTHER EXPOUNDING.
and touched my MOUTH. And the Lord said unto me,
Behold, I have put my words in thy MOUTH.
Micah 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob,
is the spirit OF the Lord straitened? are these his doings?
do not MY words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
Stan Grandberg: There are several responses LEADERS in our fellowship have made to our challenge of decline.
Some say its time to leave and join forces in a broader, more ecumenical fellowship,
advancing the unity plea of our heritage.
Stan and all of the planters such as Jimmy Adcox, Russ Adcox, David Young, Miltion Jones (my first Picked Pocket) want YOUR congregation to be ECUMENICAL which means THEIR property. They offer to REpurpose your property.
Iamblichus Art of Divination: 26. With the Korghantians, this represented a guard about the Demiurgos or Creator; with the Kuretes, it denoted a protecting of the divine maid Kora.
26. Servius remarks that the Sacred observances of Father Liber, the Roman Bacchus, related to the purification of souls. This cleansing, as here declared, was considered to be not only from contamination acquired by coming into the conditions of physical existence, but also from guilt actually incurred.
Thou seemest to think that those who are enrapt by the Mother of the gods are males, for thou callest them, accordingly, "Metrizontes"; yet that is not true, for the "Metrizontesæ" are chiefly women. A very few, however, are males, and such as may be more delicate. This enthusiasm has a power that is both life-engendering and perfective, in which respect it differs from every other form of frenzy.
The ancient Middle East constituted an ecumene. The term ecumene comes from the Greek word oikoumene, which means the inhabited world and designates a distinct cultural-historical community. The material effects of the commercial and cultural interconnections that permeated the component regions of the ancient Middle Eastern ecumene are richly supplied by archaeological excavations, which provide evidence of the spread of architectural, ceramic, metallurgical, and other products of ancient Middle Eastern man's industry.
Manufacturing and services tended to be monopolized by professional guilds, including religious personnel specializing in sacrifices, oracles, divination, and other kinds of priestcraft. The mobility of such guilds throughout the entire area helps to explain the spread of specific religious ideas and techniques over great distances. Just as guild potters spread ceramic forms and methods, so also guild priests spread their religious concepts and practices from the Indian Ocean to the Aegean Sea, and from the Nile River to Central Asia. The Greek poet Homer, in the Odyssey, noted the mobility of guildsmen, mentioning religious personnel as well as architects, physicians, and minstrels. Guild priests called kohanim were found at ancient Ugarit on the Mediterranean coast of northern Syria as well as in Israel. Moreover, Mycenaean Greek (late Bronze Age) methods of sacrifice are similar to the Hebraic methods, which are preserved in many countries to this day in the traditional techniques of Jewish ritual slaughter.
"The ancient Middle East made a place for homosexuality and bestiality in its myths and rites. In the Asherah cult the qedeshim priests had a reputation for homosexual practices, even as the qedeshot priestesses for prostitution. Israel eventually banned both the qedeshim and qedeshot, while in Ugarit the and kohanim were priestly guilds in equally good standing. Baal is portrayed in Ugaritic mythology as impregnating a heifer to sire the young bull god. The biblical book of Leviticus (18:22--27) bans homosexuality and bestiality expressly because the Canaanite population had been practicing those rites, which the Hebrews rejected as abominations. Middle Eastern ReligionAristot. Pol. 5.1313b  in fact the close watch upon all things that usually engender the two emotions of pride and confidence, and the prevention of the formation of study-circles and other conferences for debate
And it is a device of tyranny to make the subjects poor, so that a guard2  may not be kept, and also that the people being busy with their daily affairs may not have leisure to plot against their ruler. Instances of this are the pyramids in Egypt and the votive offerings of the Cypselids,3 and the building of the temple of Olympian Zeus by the Pisistratidae4 and of the temples at Samos, works of Polycrates5 （for all these undertakings produce the same effect, constant occupation and poverty among the subject people）; and the levying of taxes, as at Syracuse （for in the reign of Dionysius6 the result of taxation used to be that in five years men had contributed the whole of their substance）. Also the tyrant is a stirrer-up of war, with the deliberate purpose of keeping the people busy and also of making them constantly in need of a leader. Also whereas friends are a means of security to royalty, it is a mark of a tyrant to be extremely distrustful of his friends,
LEADERS means preachers who have left Scripture and assuming APOSTOLIC office over Elders who FLEE. First, Unity was not UNITING with the denominations. If there were Christians (upper case) then they should COME OUT OF BABYLON. Jesus was sent to search out and rescue LOST SPIRITS. He didn't pray for the WORLD and God hides from the wise or Sophists: speakers, singers or instrument players. The NARROW ROAD which Stan cannot find is:
Acts 19:9 But when divers were hardened, and believed not,
but spake evil of THAT WAY before the multitude,
he departed from them,
and separated the disciples, [ mathētas]
disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.
THE SECT OF THE WAY:
THAT WAY HODOS 3. method, system,Id.Sph.218d, Arist.APr.53a2, al.; “hodō” methodically, systematically,Pl.R.533b, Stoic.2.39, etc. ; so “kath' hodon” Pl.R.435a ; “tēn dia tou stoikheiou ho. ekhōn egraphen” Id.Tht.208b (cf. “diexodon” 208a).
4. of the Christian Faith and its followers,Act.Ap.9.2, 22.4, 24.14.
The WAY is the METHOD is the SYSTEM is the PATTERN is the PARADEIGMA of God--not the NEW one. The METHOD
Method-os , hē, (meta, hodos)
II. pursuit of knowledge, investigation, Pl.Sph.218d, 235c, al.; m. poieisthai to pursue one's inquiry, ib.243d; “en tē prōtē m.” Arist.Pol.1289a26: hence, treatise, Dam.Pr.451.2. mode of prosecuting such inquiry, method, system, Pl.Phdr.270c, Arist.EN1129a6, Pol.1252a18, etc.; “hē dialektikē m.” Pl.R.533c,
Ekhō 9. possess mentally, understand, “hippōn dmēsin” Il.17.476; “tekhnēn” Hes.Th.770; “pant' ekheis logon” A. Ag.582, cf. E.Alc.51; “ekhete to pragma” S.Ph.789; ekheis ti; do you understand? Ar.Nu.733: imper.ekhe attend! listen! Pl.Alc.1.109b; e. oun ib. 129b: with imper., “ekh', apokathaire” Ar.Pax1193; “e. nun, aleipson” Id.Eq.490; ekheis touto iskhurōs; Pl.Tht.154a;
THIS IS CONTRARY TO THE THE ECUMENICAL SECT Ekhō know of a thing, “mantikēs hodon” S.OT311; tina sōtērian; E.Or.778 (troch.)
10. keep up, maintain, kanakhēn ekhe [clanging brass] made a rattling noise, Il.16.105,794; boēn ekhon, of flutes and lyres, 18.495.
ka^na^kh-eō crowing, Id.259: c. acc. cogn., k. melos to let a song ring loud, A.R.4.907.mantikos , ē, on, A.prophetic, oracular, m. phēmai oracular sayings
ka^na^kh-ē k. aulōn sound of flutes, Pi.P.10.39 (pl.), B.2.12, cf. S.Tr.642 (lyr.); ofthelyre, h.Ap.185.
2. tekhnē m. faculty of divination, prophecy, S.OT709, Arist.Pol.1274a28, etc.; more freq. hē mantikē alone, Hdt.2.49, 4.68; hē . . m. hē tou daimoniou, of Socrates, Pl.Ap.40a: in Poets without Art., A.Pr.484, S.OT311; also in Pl., “mantikēn Apollōn anēuren” Smp.197a; “m. entheos” Phdr.244b, cf. Th.5.103.
Stan Grandberg: Others are hanging onto the ways and TRADITIONS of the past for dear life,
leaning into the restoration ROOTS of our fellowship.
As an Apostle Stan speaks for the 40,000 congregations in the world and the tiny FEW who boast about "Infiltrating and Diverting Your property.
That lies to the Holy Spirit which means that God put His WORDS into the MOUTHS of the Prophets.
Is. 58:4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness:
ye shall not fast as ye do this day,
to make YOUR voice to be heard on high. [No]
Is. 58:5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? [No]
a day for a man to afflict his soul?
is it to bow down his head as a bulrush [No]
and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him [No]
wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord [No]
Is. 58:6 Is NOT this the fast that I have chosen?
to loose the bands of wickedness,
to undo the heavy burdens,
and to let the oppressed go free
and that ye break every yoke?
Is. 58:7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry,
and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house?
when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
Is. 58:8 THEN shall thy light break forth as the morning,
and thine health shall spring forth speedily:
and thy righteousness shall go before thee;
the glory of the Lord shall be thy rereward.
Is. 58:9 Then shalt thou call,
and the Lord shall answer;
thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am.
If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke,
the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
Is. 58:10 And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul;
then shall thy LIGHT rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noonday:
Is. 58:11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought,
and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden,
and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.
thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations;
and thou shalt be called,
The REPAIRER of the breach, The restorer of PATHS to dwell in.
Jer. 6:16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the OLD PATHS
where is the good way, and walk therein,
and ye shall find REST for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Randy Harris working to support the NACC which did not form until 1927 and Christian Churches were not removed from the Disciples until 1971 when the Hate Mongers began
Stan Grandberg: The MAJORITY of church LEADERS are struggling to find some way forward
that satisfies both the desire of their members
for the safety of what we have been in the past
and the need to present a relevant Christianity to our increasingly unbelieving world.
HE IS NOT SPEAKING OF A SINGLE APT ELDER WHO HAS NOT BEEN NEUTERED BY CLAW AND FANG.
As an APOSTLE he thinks that Pulpit Preachers meaning Senior Pastor MUST be THE leader.
He knows nothing of the almost total number of faithful churches with TEACHIING PREACHERS.
Stan Grandberg: For the past fifteen years, as the executive director of Kairos Church Planting, I have worked extensively within Churches of Christ, promoting, calling and pleading with churches
to engage the future through the planting of new congregations.
From this perspective, I present here three hard challenges I believe we must address to set a foundation for our future and three bold strategies that could change the course of our future.
He has had little success but claims that 60% of his plant are INSTRUMENTAL meaning APOSTATE.
Stan Grandberg: The following three challenges are hard because they are deeply embedded, DNA level aspects of CofC
that seem to hold us back,
even cripple us, from engaging 21st century America,
confident that we can be useful ambassadors,
harvesting new souls for the kingdom of God.
I AM AWARE OF AND HAVE ATTENDED SEVERAL DISTINCT PRACTICES BUT NOT A SINGLE GROUP EVER CHANGED FROM THEIR HISTORIC POSITION.
Challenge #1: reorient our hermeneutic from a closed to an open perspective.
The CofC through the 20th century have practiced
a case LAW hermeneutic described under the rubric:
Command, Example, and Necessary Inference.
While “thus saith the Lord” is an appropriate operating principle,
we have added a subtext that says, “what is NOT addressed is not allowed.”
God didn't attend school of theology: language is inclusive and exclusive. NO, Churches of Christ stand on the hand God has dealt. It is the APOSTATES who insist that YOU approve of THEIR new practicing KNOWING that it is not commanded and will sow discord.
Our case law hermeneutic requires explicit permission to do something. Without explicit biblical command, example or necessary inference we are forbidden to do anything different, a situation that keeps us stuck within our own past.Commands, Examples, and Necessary Inferences
Looking for God's inferences
John 8:29 And he that sent me is with me:
........... the Father hath not left me alone;
........... for I do alway those things that please him.
You don't have to!
John 8:30 As he SPAKE these WORDS, many believed on him.
John 8:31 Then SAID Jesus to those Jews which believed on him,
........... If ye continue in MY WORD, [Logos: regulative principle: CENI]
then are ye my disciples indeed;
John 8: 35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever:
but the Son abideth ever.
John 8: 36 If the Son therefore shall make you free,
ye shall be free indeed.
You don't have to!
John 8:32 And ye shall know THE TRUTH, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:37 I know that ye are Abrahams seed; but ye seek to kill me,
........... because my WORD (logos) hath no place in you.
John 8: 38 I SPEAK that which I have seen with my Father:
........... and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. [the Devil]
John 8: 39 They answered and SAID unto him,
........... Abraham is our father. Jesus SAID unto them,
........... If ye were Abrahams children, ye would do the works of Abraham.
Aristot. Nic. Eth. 1175b.1
But things that are akin to things of different kinds must themselves differ in kind.
 A still clearer proof may be drawn
from the hindrance that activities
receive from the pleasure derived from other activities.
For instance, persons fond of the flute
cannot give their attention to a philosophical discussion
[The LOGOS or Regulative Principle]
when they overhear someone playing the flute,
because they enjoy music more than the activity in which they are engaged;
therefore the pleasure afforded by the music of the flute
impairs the activity of study.
Worship of God is giving all of our attention to God and the LOGOS
-prosekhō The ONLY worship concept in A Church of Christ
3. turn to or towards a thing, “p. omma” E.HF931: mostly, p. ton noun turn one's mind, attention to a thing, be intent on it,
ou prosekhei ta pragmata” “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.
Arnobius, Heresies IV May it not happen, may it not come to pass, although you craftily conceal it, that the one should take the other's place, deluding, mocking, deceiving, and presenting the appearance of the deity invoked?If the magi, who ares o much akin to soothsayers [Levites], relate that, in their incantations, pretended gods steal in frequently instead of those invoked; that some of these, moreover, are spirits of grosser substance, who pretend that they are gods, and delude the ignorant by their lies and deceit,- why should we not similarly believe that here, too, others substitute themselves for those who are not, that they may both strengthen your superstitious beliefs, and rejoice that victims are slain in sacrifice to them under names not their own?
33. Your gods, it is recorded, dine on celestial couches, and in golden chambers, drink,
and are at last soothed by the music of the lyre, and singing .
You fit them with ears not easily wearied;
and do not think it unseemly to assign to the gods
the pleasures by which earthly bodies are supported,
and which are sought after by ears enervated by the frivolity of an unmanly spirit.
Stan Grandberg: To change our course of decline in the 21st century we must explore the other side of this hermeneutic coin, the side of freedom and openness.
On this other side, unless something is expressly forbidden,
WE are free to explore it based upon biblical principles.
This hermeneutic approach is based upon a narrative-historical interpretation of scripture,
most readily expressed in our faith stream through the writings of John Mark Hicks.
This is part of our faith HERITAGE.
Our cousins, the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, operate with this open hermeneutic. On the mission field of Kenya, I discovered that, at our best, CofC are a fellowship that deeply desires to obey the God of the Word, implicitly trusting the Word of God to guide us to creatively engage the world of God. We are at our best when we live out of this open hermeneutic perspective.
XIX I do not indeed, deny that Plato learned from certain Hebrews the words quoted from the Phaedrus, or even, as some have recorded, that he quoted them from a perusal of our prophetic writings, when he said:
See how Phaedrus defines the Greek practice SINGING their text to inspire people into a charismatic feeling: that is actively promoted as the WORSHIP WARS invaded happy congregations to turn them into theaters for "holy entertainment."
"No poet here below has ever sung of the super-celestial place, or ever will sing in a becoming manner," and so on. And in the same passage is the following: "For the essence, which is both colourless and formless, and which cannot be touched, which really exists, is the pilot of the soul, and is beheld by the understanding alone; and around it the genus of true knowledge holds this place."
Our Paul, moreover, educated by these words, and longing after things "supra-mundane" and "super-celestial," and doing his utmost for their sake to attain them, says in the second Epistle to the Corinthians: "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are unseen are eternal."
Origen XLI In the next place, as if he had forgotten that it was his object to write against the Christians, he says that,the latter told him, with respect to magic arts,
"having become acquainted with one Dionysius, an Egyptian musician,
that it was only over the uneducated and men of corrupt morals that they had any power,
while on philosophers they were unable to produce any effect,
because they were careful to observe a healthy manner of life."
Vulgate translates, "They turn thy words into a song of their mouths." heart goeth after covetousness--the grand rival to the love of God; therefore called "idolatry," and therefore associated with impure carnal love,
as both alike transfer the heart's affection from the Creator to the creature.
Challenge #2: restore apostolic leaders as part of our leadership system. For a non-centralized, non-denominational fellowship, CofC have a strongly held congregational leadership system. In our most traditional form, a congregation is led by a committee of elders with deacons and teachers as permanent workers. Pastoral staff are hired to work under the oversight of the elders, who can also fire on any pretense or personal discretion. This structure creates a maintenance orientation designed to keep the system stable. This maintenance, stability-oriented leadership system is not capable of creating or releasing the innovative, growth producing activity necessary to change our decline trajectory. We must adopt the Ephesians 4:11 understanding that restores the full circle of biblical leadership. This will mean a recognition of the personal leadership giftedness God provides the church.
Irenaeus (ca. 150)
Against Heresies 3.1.1
“We have learned from none others the plan of our salvation, than from those through whom the gospel has come down to us, which they did at one time proclaim in public, and, at a later period, by the will of God, handed down to us in the Scriptures, to be the ground and pillar of our faith.”
Clement of Alexandria (d. 215)
The Stromata, 7:16
“But those who are ready to toil in the most excellent pursuits, will not desist from the search after truth, till they get the demonstration from the Scriptures themselves.”
Gregory of Nyssa (d.ca, 395)
“On the Holy Trinity”, NPNF, p. 327
“Let the inspired Scriptures then be our umpire, and the vote of truth will be given to those whose dogmas are found to agree with the Divine words.”
Athanasius (c. 296–373)
Against the Heathen, 1:3
“The holy and inspired Scriptures are fully sufficient for the proclamation of the truth.”
Basil the Great (ca.329–379)
On the Holy Spirit, 7.16
“We are not content simply because this is the tradition of the Fathers. What is important is that the Fathers followed the meaning of the Scripture.”
Ambrose (340–397 A.D.)
On the Duties of the Clergy, 1:23:102
“For how can we adopt those things which we do not find in the holy Scriptures?”
St. Augustine (354–430)
De unitate ecclesiae, 10
“Neither dare one agree with catholic bishops if by chance they err in anything, but the result that their opinion is against the canonical Scriptures of God.”
Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
Summa Theologiae, Question 1, art. 8
“For our faith rests on the revelation made to the Prophets and Apostles who wrote the canonical books.
Challenge #3: enliven the experience of God among us. CofC have typically been a heady, intellectually oriented movement. Both our places and practices of worship are designed to strip out emotional content and symbolism. The rule of “decently and in order” (1 Cor. 14:40) has been used to emphasize hearing the word of God to the neglect of experiencing the presence of God. Creating a worship experience that recognizes the power of the human senses as vehicles through which God makes himself present challenges our rejection of anything that smacks of the danger of entertainment. If we expect “not-yet” believers to find anything of worth in the sacramental event of our gathering together, the experience of God must become our new scorecard of our worship. When God shows up, lives will never be the same.
Stan Grandberg: History and research have proven true C. Peter Wagner’s assertion, “Planting new churches is the most effective evangelistic methodology known under heaven.” Timothy Keller further expands Wagner’s view about church planting,
Stan Grandberg: The vigorous, continual planting of new congregations is the single most crucial strategy for (1) the numerical growth of the body of Christ in a city and (2) the continual corporate renewal and revival of the existing churches in a city. Nothing else—not crusades, outreach programs, parachurch ministries, growing megachurches, congregational consulting, nor church renewal processes—will have the consistent impact of dynamic, extensive church planting.
“Unless I’m mistaken, the most radical of all the changes from the old wineskin to the new wineskin is this: the amount of spiritual authority delegated by the Holy Spirit to individuals. The two operative words are authority and individuals.”
C. PETER WAGNER
A heretic who thought he was an apostle.
A tare who thought he was sowing wheat.
A bramble who thought he was producing fruit.
A goat who thought he was building the church.
A blasphemer who thought he was going to heaven.
A wandering star who thought he was offering direction.
A salt water spring who thought he was offering fresh water.
A lost soul who thought they were leading the church
through the gates of the Kingdom of God…
Lest we forget Wagner –
so that none ever forget the dangers of heretics in Christ’s church,
may his gravestone be a millstone.
Spiritual Formation, which Stan endorses, invaded the major universities when Fuller Wives began to neuter the new preacherlings. From personal experience these groups go not "go into the world and preach the gospel: Planting or collecting institutions is the end."The New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) is a movement which seeks to establish a fifth branch within Christen
distinct from Catholicism, Protestantism, Oriental Orthodoxy, and Eastern Orthodoxy.
The movement is largely associated with the Pentecostal and the Charismatic movements
and advocates the restoration of the lost offices of church governance,
namely the offices of prophet and apostle. Inspired by the G12 movement,
it grows by recruiting pastors of independent congregations and nondenominational churches,
by assimilating members from other churches through cell group meetings,
and by frequent Church planting and rapid expansion, including foreign missions around the globe
John Mark Hicks: It illustrates how the church legitimately CO-CREATES meaning
- Apostolic governance – The Apostle Paul's assertion that Jesus appoints apostles within his church continues to this day.
- The office of the prophet – There is within the church a role and function for present-day prophets.
- Dominionism – "When Jesus came, He brought the kingdom of God and
- He expects His kingdom-minded people to take whatever action is needed
- to push back the long-standing kingdom of Satan
- and bring the peace and prosperity of His kingdom here on earth."
- Theocracy – Not to be confused with theocratic government but rather the goal to have "kingdom-minded people" in all areas of society.
- There are seven areas identified specifically: religion, family, education, government, media, arts & entertainment, and business.
- Extra-biblical revelation – There is available to all believers the ability to hear from God.
- "The one major rule governing any new revelation from God is
- that it cannot contradict what has already been written in the Bible. It may supplement it, however."
- Supernatural signs and wonders – Signs and wonders such as healing, demonic deliverance,
- and confirmed prophecies accompany the move of God.
- Relational structures – church governance has no formal structure
- but rather is by relational and VOLUNTARY alignment to APOSTLES.
that is beyond the explicit statements in the text.
Stan Grandberg: If CofC expect to make a reversal from decline to growth, church planting must be our core strategic activity. Given this fact, the following three bold strategies would, from my perspective, provide the most immediate leverage to accomplishing kingdom expansion through our fellowship and congregational renewal within our churches.
Strategy #1: deliberately close older, declining churches to repurpose the resources from their lands and buildings for the planting of new churches. CofC can expect to see as many as 8,000 congregations, two-thirds of our total number, close in the next thirty years. If the average real estate revenue were just $350,000 per church (a very conservative amount), these closings would produce $2.8 billion. Investing half of that into new churches, supporting each new church with $250,000, would result in 5,600 new churches. God has already provided us the financial endowment we need to reinvest into our future! Most Christian fellowships and denominations already fund much of their church planting through such repurposing efforts. As a step to accomplish this strategy, the Heritage 21 Foundation (Heritage21.org) was founded in 2016, “To partner with declining churches to help them faithfully preserve and repurpose their resources for new kingdom work.”
Strategy #2: develop an apprentice leadership system to train Next generation leaders to plant new churches and missionally lead existing churches.
Missional is a LIE Word. He doesn't mean Missionary but Purpose Driving because the existing Churches are NOT THE RIGHT KIND. Missional as proposed by Stan Grandberg RESTORES the five-fold gifts of Ephesians 4. Paul commanded Elders to EJECT (that troubles Stan) the cunning craftsmen or Sophists: speakers, singers, instrument players who PREVENT speaking the TRUTH or Word one to another. These "hypocritical" and "parasitic" acts are LYING2 IN WAIT TO DECEIVE.
Jeff Walling The Christian Church Today REpurposed "his" congregation on the Next Generation Preachers
Jeff Walling Youth Leadership Initiative The COHORT is God's word as "a way of escape" because Pepperdine bonded with the NACC doesn''t bother to define words.
Beginning in 1995 but perverts the whole Bible trying to get the youth to BETRAY their teaching
SEE how Jeff Walling told the NACC how he TRANSISTIONED HIS church to instrumental "worship" after the NACC transistioned Jeff Walling
Jeff Walling Instrumental Music in Worship. The problem with preachers getting their information from other preachers intent on converting them is that they never get around to reading the story line and defining words. Jesus said that parables had hidden the truth from the Scribes and Pharisees from the foundation of the world. He called them hypocrites (actors) by referring to the Ezekiel version byChrist who named slick speakers, singers and instrument players.
Jeff Walling Winterfest 2013 Denies that Scripture replaces BEING LED BY THE LORD. The leaders of this effort claim that they expose YOUR youth to lots of musical bands TO TEACH THEM TO LEAVE YOUR MOVEMENT.
Jeff Walling Daring to Dance with God One
John 14:17 Even the Spirit OF truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for HE dwelleth with you, and shall be IN you.
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.
1John 2:20 But ye have an unction [TEACHING] from the Holy One,
khrisma spiritual grace, Iēsous khristos
and ye know all things
A holy spirit or
A good conscience, consiousness.
John 14:9 Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? 1John 2:22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? Which is the same as: Which is the same as: he that hath seen me hath seen the Father;
and HOW sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?
He is ANTICHRIST,
God does not need another GOD PERSON to speak to His Son.
that denieth the
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. 1 John 2:23 Whosoever denieth the Son
he that acknowledgeth the Son
the same hath NOT the Father:
hath the Father also
Stan Grandberg: Experience in healthy, growing churches is the most predictive factor for successful church planters. We need to create a pipeline for missional leaders through apprenticeships in our healthiest churches. If our top one hundred churches would keep four apprentices in training on a two-year rotating basis, graduating two apprentices each year, in twenty-five years we would produce five thousand experienced, missional leaders.
Jimmy and Stan are successfully driving out the elders and members undoubtedly so they can be Apostles and Prophets.
Jimmy Adcox and family are DELIGHTING IN THE TRINITY.
Jesus called the Pharisees and Jimmy's Claim that Jesus was God BLASPHEMY.
John called it the mark of ANTICHRIST.
Simple Simon in Synagogue School would call it blind ignorance of Scripture.
Stan Grandberg: The Southwest Church of Christ in Jonesboro, Arkansas has trained apprentices within the church and its associated campus ministry which have resulted in those apprentices moving to Boston, Phoenix and Seattle to start new churches and campus ministries. A backbone of resources for apprentices called Emerging Leader Training has already been developed by Kairos Church Planting.
I knew Stan as a youth in Seattle which was one of the first to lie, cheat and steal the property of people I knew who went west on covered wagons. Because of the strong DISCIPLING in Kairos etal churches, watch out: we didn't grasp that they were part of the Boston or Crossroads given speaking time at the now defunct universities.
Stan will be working with my old Murfreesboro congregation: they plan A New Day Church which follows the pattern Stan recommends and discussed below.
Stan Grandberg: Strategy #3: work together in regional network relationships to plant new churches. The Christian Churches and Churches of Christ effectively practice this network strategy through over fifty evangelistic associations across the United States. If CofC would work together in networks of four to six congregations, these networks could pool resources, provide a new church nucleus from members, and receive the benefits of learning how a new church engages its community. Such networks would create pockets of regional church planting.
Stan Grandberg: The fact is we are at a crossroads between decline and advancement. Our generation, those of us who currently sit as elders within our churches or stand as preachers in our pulpits, have one, vital question to answer: What will we do with the inheritance which God has given us? We have been gifted with a valid spiritual heritage, a storehouse of financial resources and spiritually endowed leaders to use for His great purposes. While we could debate the need of God’s kingdom for a continuation of the entity we know as Churches of Christ, I believe God has invested Himself deeply in us. I would rather stand before God’s judgment throne having used well these talents God has given us rather than burying them in extinction.
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
 Stanley E. Granberg, “A Case Study of Growth and Decline: The Churches of Christ, 2006-2016,” Great Commission Research Journal, vol. 10, no. 1 (Fall 2018), 88-111.
 Tim Woodroof and Stanley E. Granberg. “Churches of Christ: Losing Our Hope, Seeking a Future”. Available to read at http://www.kairoschurchplanting.org/cocstudy2019.html, 2019.
 Williams, Stone-Campbell Movement, 159.
 This idea of APEST leadership from Ephesians 4:11 is thoughtfully engaged by Alan Hirsch, http://www.alanhirsch.org/books. A circle model of leadership that has strong research support is described by Stanley E. Granberg, “Circle of biblical leadership,” Kairos Church Planting, August 31, 2011, accessed May 29, 2017, http://kairoschurchplanting.blogspot.com/ 2011/08/circle-of-biblical-leadership.html.
 C. Peter Wagner, Strategies for Growth: Tools for Effective Missions and Evangelism (Ventura, CA: Regal Books, 1987), 168.
 Timothy Keller, “Why plant churches?” Redeemer.com, 2009, accessed May 29, 2017, http://download. redeemer.com/pdf/learn/resources/Why_Plant_Churches-Keller.pdf.
 Olsen, American Church, 126.
 Heritage 21, https://www.Heritage21.org.
 Stanley E. Granberg, Spiritual Formation (CreateSpace, 2015) and Sharing Faith (CreateSpace, 2015).