After having heard a most disparate sermon by Jack Hyles last week, on who or what constitutes the "church," where being a Baptist was a primordial consideration, as much as referring to "belonging to an organization such as this," which I believe to have been a slip of the tongue, for he repeated it no more, while he was quite emphatic denigrating non-denominational bodies... this comes very apropos!
As I have stated many-a-time, I belong to no denomination, and never will!
Christ did not die on the cross to bring us religion nor any one denomination!
For God so loved the world,
I highlight that to which my attention was drawn.
By the way, David Cloud is a Baptist, with more rational views, and not afraid to expose many a baptist in his writings/preachings.
From time to time I receive inquiries from people asking me if I am a “Baptist Brider” and inquiring further about my views on the church. Let me say in the strongest terms that, no, I am not a Baptist Brider and I have no sympathy with it.
> > Look at these scriptures;
> > Ephesians 1:22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
> > Ephesians 1:23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
> > Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:
> > Please notice that both places refer to the church as being Christ's BODY. Now how can you leave Christ's body? You see Vadim, that you and I are members of the same church. We FELLOWSHIP with different groups and in different countries, but we are both members of ONE church, which is the BODY of Christ!
> > Hebrews 10:25 is just saying that a believer shouldn't totally separate themselves from other believers. We NEED to fellowship with other Christians!
> > But this verse does NOT force you to stay in a church building. I know MANY Christians who live in an area where local fellowship is NOT possible. They have to "assemble" with other like-minded Christians on the internet. Again, look at what Paul writes;
> > 2 Timothy 4:9 ¶ Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me:
> > 2 Timothy 4:10 For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia.
> > 2 Timothy 4:11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
> > The great apostle Paul only had ONE other Christian to fellowship with! Paul knew Christians in MANY other countries, but he only had Luke to fellowship locally with! I believe this same thing is happening today. We are returning to the first century Christianity, because there is such a lack of good preaching in our world.]
[An excellent article on the subject of missions/tithing can be found in the post Tithing Fools! by David J. Stewart ]
and not in another.