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Message - IM Newspaper Ad Posted By Steve Thomas on 3/20/2008 11:49:00 AM - Subscribe to this discussion here - Subscribe

It seems you have left the restoration path and are on a course of sectarianism and factionism.  One of the Restoration Movement's primary objectives was unity (not uniformity).  Your advertisement, while certainly explaining your own opinions and interpretations regarding the IM issue, completely underscores why there can be never be any real unity between many Churches of Christ and other brothers and sisters in Christ.  This is very sad.  

A simple rewording of one particular passage in Romans may help us see the issue more clearly:

Romans 14:1-8

1 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One manís faith allows him to worship with instruments, but another man, whose faith is weak, worships without instruments. 3 The man who worships with instruments must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not worship with instruments must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone elseís servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

5 One man considers a non-instrumental worship service more sacred than another with instruments; another man considers both types of worship services to be the same . Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who regards non-instrumental worship as best, does so to the Lord. He who worships with instruments, worships to the Lord, for he gives praise to God; and he who abstains from instrumental worship, does so to the Lord and gives praise to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

Your brother in Christ,

Steve Thomas
Greenville TX 75402

Current Replies -  Main Board
Re: IM Newspaper Ad - Larry Binion 5/13/2008 7:09:00 PM
Re: IM Newspaper Ad - Steve Thomas 5/22/2008 4:31:00 PM

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