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HOW TO KILL A CHURCH: 1) Don't come, 2) Come late, 3) Come bound to find fault, 4) Never pray for fellow brethren, 5) Don't sing, 6) Don't attend prayer meetings, 7) Tell your pastor's faults to other people, Don't offer to shake hands with a visitor, 9) Refuse to bring anyone to church, 10) Refuse to contribute money for church missions, 11) Try to run the church by maintaining that your views be adopted in all areas, 12) Speak ill about active workers and volunteers, 13) Be concerned with your personal affairs and not on church welfare, and, 14) Never tell others about Christ and the coming kingdom.
Greetings in the name of Jesus!
I am the Pastor of the Church of God (Seventh Day) in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
Today, I visited our sister conference website www.cog7aus.com and found the link to your website. I am very happy to inform you that the information in your website are very useful and I downloaded the Telugu tranlation of the Bible.
In this connection, I would like to inform you that I am also the Zone-4 (Asia) Representative of the Church of God (Seventh Day) and there are more than 250 churches in different states of India. Many of the church members are poor and they cannot afford to buy a bible nor do they access to computers. In view of the above, we would be very grateful to you, if you can send us 100 printed bibles in Telugu (India language) for free distribution.
For more details of our ministries in India and beyond, you may visit our web site www.cog7india.org or find us at face book www.facebook.com/COG7India
I look forward to your kind reply at your earliest convenience. God bless you.
Yours Brother in Christ,
I meant why is this so prevalent in the church of God today.
Why do so many Christians desire titles in front of their names? It is wrong and it is contrary to Jesus' teachings, "it shall not be so among you".
I was in one church denomination where the "men in charge" demanded to be called "Mister". Do you find this disturbing? Good, but why do so many want to be called "Pastor" or "Elder". A pastor is a job in the church not a leadership position, as is an elder. Why do men want to be called Pastor Smith, or Pastor Jones, or Elder Smith or Elder Jones? It's wrong. It's coveting power or position.
I'm a bricklayer by trade but I don't go around signing my papers, Bricklayer Kevin McMillen.
Why is this so relevant in the Church of God? It's wrong people!
Why do so many Christians neglect clear scriptural quotes to follow their church denominations doctrines? Which should take precedence, a denominations doctrines/theology or scripture?
When one chooses denominational doctrines over scripture they break the first commandment by placing doctrine above the clear word of God. This is idolatry.
The bible clearly says that Paul was a Feast keeper. 1 Cor. 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Now, read this cripture, forgetting all theological arguments. What does it clearly say? "Let us keep the Feast!" We can argue the symbolism, then intent all day long but we can't argue those clear five words, "Let us keep the Feast". Now only did Paul include himself in this "Let us" he included gentile Corinthians. He's clearly telling them to keep the Feast. Argue your denominational doctrines all you want, but you're only arguing against clear scripture.
Another scripture that proves clearly that Paul was a Feast keeper is:
Act 18:21 But bade them farewell, saying, I must by all means keep this feast that cometh in Jerusalem: Again, doctrinal arguments should be moot against this clear scripture. What's more important, your denominational pet doctrines or scripture?
So why do so many Christians reject the Lord's (YHVH's) Feasts? Scripture is clear that the Passover won't be completely fulfilled until the Kingdom of God.
Luk 22:15 And he said unto them, With desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer: 16 For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God.
Jesus here tells us two crystal clear things, first the Passover won't be completely fulfilled until the Kingdom of God, second, in the Kingdom even Jesus himself will eat of the Passover.
Scripture is also clear that in the Kingdom that all nations will keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Zech. 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Again, at least for a while lay aside your denominational teachings and just read the scripture, what does it say? All nations, even Egypt will keep the Feast of Tabernacles. Are we going to continue to argue our denominations doctrinal theology or are we going to allow scripture to speak for itself?
The bible is clear on the subject of whether or not we are to keep the Lord's Feasts, it's denominational theology and a persons stubborn adherence to that theology that confuses the subject.
Are we as Chjristians to follow a denomination or are we to follow the Word of God? We commit idolatry when we reject clear scipture to follow a specific denomination!
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