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· Our Basic Proposition. Every responsibility found in the word of God has been assigned to the individual; and in harmony with his/her ability "each one of you" (II Corinthians 5:10) will be held accountable in the day of judgment. If this proposition is true, the following conclusions can be made:
(1) The church will not be judged as an organized institution, a corporate body.
(2) The church will not be held accountable as an organized institution, a corporate body or entity;
(3) Therefore, the church as an organized institution, a corporate body, has not been assigned a single responsibility by the Lord!
· Today the idea prevails that the great plan of God for evangelizing the world is through what is now called "the Lord's treasury." Christians are content in thinking that because they contribute into the corporate church treasury they are thereby fulfilling their personal obligation toward converting the world to Christ. This is a deception. Most disciples do nothing on their own to reach the lost. What do you do about this great need? The early disciples went everywhere preaching the word (Acts 8:4). No wonder the number of the disciples multiplied. This is a responsibility of each and every disciple; not the hired, professional pulpit minister only. If you are a disciple of Jesus, you must be engaged in making disciples &others. Don't wait for an organized personal work program to be set up by the church institution. It is your responsibility and mine, to be engaged in this work on our own initiative. We had better be up and about our Father's business. Merely attending all the "Church Services" will not suffice!
· "It should be added that Christians in a given city were considered as constituting one church, whether they met in one place or many" --The Disciples of Christ, A History, W.E. Garrison & Alfred T. DeGroot.
· Number I Killer. Cigarette addiction is the No. 1 killer in the U.S. with an estimated 350,000 Americans dying each year from the smokes. At least 5,000 non-smokers die annually from inhaling cigarette pollution from smokers in their homes, offices and other locations. Patrick Reynolds, son of R.J. Reynolds (who died at 58 of emphysema) and an heir to the Reynolds' fortune, has become an ardent crusader against the foul addiction. -- The Witness.