Praise Team

The "praise team" is one of the sinful innovations that some of the congregations of the Lord’s church have copied from the denominations.  Whenever the denominations come up with new innovations, some congregations of the churches of Christ are only one step behind them and are anxious to try anything they do.  It does not matter if it is not scriptural.  Just as the children of Israel in Samuel’s day wanted to be "like all the nations" around them (1 Samuel 8:5) with their sinful practices, today many congregations of the Lord’s church also want to be like all the denominations around them with their sinful practices.

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Speak To Us Smooth Things

We are living in a "politically correct" world today.  Much of this "political correctness" has made its way into the Lord’s church just as it did in Isaiah’s day.  God says in Isaiah 30:9-10, "This is a rebellious people, lying children, children who will not hear the law of the Lord; who say…do not prophesy to us right things; speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits."  Many people did not want to hear God’s truth then, and they do not want to hear it today.  Paul says that people "will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap to themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned to fables" (2 Timothy 4:3-4).  This is happening in the Lord’s church today.  There are those who are tickling people’s ears with their teaching and preaching in all the stories (fables) they tell as they strive to entertain the people.

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

Our Lord, in trying to get us to go to Heaven and to warn us to not go to Hell, gives a true account of what happened to two men in Luke 16:19-31.  In verses 19-21 Jesus says there was a "certain rich man who fared sumptuously every day" and "there was a certain beggar named Lazarus full of sores who the dogs came and licked his sores".  These are not fictitious characters but were "certain" people.  Satan would like for us to reason Hell out of existence.  There are those today who falsely teach that there is not going to be a Hell.

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What Is Hell Like

People very seldom consider what it will be like to be lost in Hell.  Jesus taught more on Hell than He did on any other subject.  Hell is something Satan would like for us to forget about.  Satan would like for us to reason Hell out of existence.  Death is not the supreme tragedy because there is life after death.  Everyone will continue to live either in Heaven or Hell after this life is over.  But to stand before the Lord in judgment and to hear Him say, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire prepared for the Devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41) will be the supreme tragedy.  The tragedy of tragedies is a person lost in Hell.

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Speaking In Tongues

Many in the religious world today are obsessed with "speaking in tongues".  According to the Bible, one of the miracles of the first century was the miraculous speaking in understandable foreign languages, which the speaker had never learned.  In Acts chapter 2, on the Day of Pentecost only the twelve apostles could miraculously and intelligibly speak the 16 different foreign languages listed there in Acts 2:9-11 as they communicated with the Jews at Jerusalem who had come there from all over the known world.  Many of these Jews only spoke the language of the country from which they came.  Acts 2:6 says the people "were confused because everyone heard them speak in his own language".  This was not the "jibberish" that is passed off today as "speaking in tongues".  The Jews knew that the twelve apostles were not very learned because they said in Acts 2:7, "Look are not all these who speak Galileans?"  The people were amazed because the twelve unlearned Galilean apostles could fluently speak in all these different foreign languages which they had never learned.  This was a miracle.

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