A Salvation Issue

by Bobby Graham In more recent years some have responded in this way with increasing frequency to our insistence upon adherence to the Scriptural pattern:  “Well, it’s not a salvation issue.”   It might be a matter of the organization of the local church, the use of women in roles of leadership, or the use of…

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Different Doctrines

https://www.lavistachurchofchrist.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/DifferentDoctrines.mp3 by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Text: I Timothy 1:3-11   I.         All of us have friends and family who have vastly different beliefs from our own. It is hard to think of them possibly not reaching heaven.             A.        This desire is exploited by false teachers who have no desire to be bound by God’s laws – II…

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The History Behind “Freedom’s Ring”

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton “While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage” (II Peter 2:19). My first encounter with the doctrine promoted by Freedom’s Ring was when the congregation where my wife and I met got pulled into apostasy…

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The Appeal of Ketcherside’s Teachings

by Herschel Patton via Truth Magazine – April 1974 We have been saddened lately by a few brethren, mostly among the young, abandoning strict adherence to a “thus saith the Lord” and casting their lot with liberal brethren, even to the extent of “open fellowship” with the denominations – as advocated by Carl Ketcherside. Several young preachers,…

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Do abuses prove that preachers are being overused in congregations?

Question: I suppose my reasoning for my concerns with the article on preachers is rooted in other issues.  I see so much abuse of the preacher position in the churches of Christ, in general.  We are expecting these men to do everything while many members feel their role is to put their check in the plate as…

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What is “mutual edification?”

Question: Is the term “Mutual Edification” associated with the Ketcherside movement?  We had a couple come into our services today, and they seemed to go out of their way not to tell us exactly where they attend. It seemed to me that he was indicating that he was trying to find a place to preach.  In a…

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Must a Preacher Move?

by Jeffrey W. Hamilton Over the years, I have heard various individuals argue against preachers being located in a particular area and working with one congregation. Typically, they will point out that Paul, and those with him, worked with many congregations, moving from city to city. In their view, elders should do the bulk of…

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