What Is “A Different Gospel?”

by Jefferson David Tant In the Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatian churches, in the beginning, he deals with a serious problem in the churches concerning which he has knowledge, and that is “a different gospel.” “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for…

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How did the Presbyterians and the Episcopals come by their names?

Question: Recently we studied the qualifications of elders and I mentioned the Greek words, Presbuterous (elder, presbyter) and Episkopos (bishop, overseer), and one of the members here asked if this is how the Presbyterian and Episcopal churches came up with their names for identifying their churches. I did some research and have been unsuccessful in…

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If Christ Built Only One, Where Did They All Come From?

by Jefferson David Tant At the beginning of the gospel age, there was but one church, and now, 2000 years later, according to some reports, there are over 1,200. How did this happen? People wonder where they all came from. Is this division and confusion what Christ intended? Let’s examine this situation to see just…

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Can I be an Episcopalian and a Taoist at the same time?

Question: I am an Episcopalian. I believe in the one true God, the heavenly Father, and Jesus Christ, our Savior. I would like to know if I would be able to continue and worship at my church while using the philosophy of Taoism. Answer: I’m a Christian who follows the teachings of God. “If anyone…

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Fuzzy Doctrine

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/FuzzyDoctrine.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: Matthew 28:16-20   I.         God did not author confusion – I Corinthians 14:33             A.        But there are people running around today insisting that He did             B.        In July, 2012, the Episcopals approved transgender clergy and members, along with a service for blessing unions of homosexuals.                         1.         “We are entering into a time of…

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Why the Episcopal Church Is Collapsing

Source: Rob Kerby, “Why is the Episcopal Church near collapse?” BeliefNet 12 July 2012. Losing Membership “Somehow slipping out of the headlines is a harsh reality that the denomination has been deserted in droves by an angry or ambivalent membership.” “Among the old mainstream denominations reporting to the National Council of Churches, the Episcopal Church suffered the worst loss…

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Episcopals Approve Transgender Clergy

Source: “Episcopal bishops approve blessing for same-sex unions,” Associated Press, Omaha World-Herald, 10 July 2012. “In a separate vote Monday, the full convention approved new anti-discrimination language for transgender clergy candidates and church members. Some dioceses already ordain transgender people or elect them to positions of parish leadership. But advocates for the amendment argued that…

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Episcopals Approve Blessing for Homosexual Unions

Source: “Episcopal bishops approve blessing for same-sex unions,” Associated Press, Omaha World-Herald, 10 July 2012. Episcopals have been permitting marriages for homosexuals for many years. Where local politics don’t permit such marriages they have been getting around the roadblock by saying it is just a blessing on the civil union of the couple. In 2009,…

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An Open Door to Where?

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton The presiding bishop of the Episcopal denomination in the United States was in town this weekend. Katharine Jefferts Schori’s message throughout the day was an emphasis on an “open and not dogmatic” faith. “‘I read the Gospel to say that Jesus invited everybody into His community,’ she said in an interview.…

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Ascetic Vows vs. Scriptural Liberties

by Bryan Matthew Dockens Members of religious orders of the Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox churches, most prominently priests and nuns, commit themselves to particular ascetic vows. Asceticism, by definition, is extreme self-denial. Self-denial, of course, is enjoined upon all those who would follow Christ (Luke 9:23-24). However, the Lord never placed such restrictions as…

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