I am sending money for the year which I have received THE EXAMINER and for the coming year. When we moved into this house a copy of THE EXAMINER was in the mailbox. I tossed it aside believing it to be another HATE PUBLICATION which I have seen far too many of over the years. After awhile another one came which I took the time to glance at. I am so glad I did. After I read it I mailed in the card asking you to send it to us on a regular basis.
I was "Raised in THE Church." I have two children which have also been "Raised in THE Church." My husband has been a Deacon or an Elder for thirty years. I can give you a good Church of Christ answer for most any question you want to ask. Some years back (maybe about five) my answers began to seem very inconsistent even to myself. The more I prayed about it, and the more I began to stop and back up and really read what the scriptures say instead of what I thought they said, the more I began to question my "Pat" little answers. To forget what you are so sure the Bible says and read it with an open mind is very, very hard. I am sure you already know this.
Your EXAMINER has accomplished what you intended because it has helped us and made us search the scriptures in a way that we had never done before.
At this point we had to get away from being so involved with the organized church in order to get close to God. Please send us the names or have some one contact us who has been going thru a similar experience. We could sure use some encouragement.--- A sister in Christ (Texas)
I just finished reading the May, 1989 issue and I must tell you how much this, and other issues have meant to me.
Apparently, the writers for this publication are some of the precious few who bother to study for themselves, rather than accept the myth that our fathers and fore-fathers could not be wrong in any of their interpretations of the scriptures.
I "worship" with a very large congregation. We have several different "Bible study" classes twice each week. However, I cannot find even one, where there is in-depth study. Our "Scholarly" teachers read the same verses, interpret them the same way, and there is no room for questions. The majority of the members grew up "In the Church", as did their fathers and grandfathers. So this is OK with them. But I did not grow up in the Church, and finally, I decided that if I were going to learn and grow in Christ's favor, I would have to do it on my own. When I started this, I found that many assumptions and traditions are being taught as Gospel. Most "Church of Christers" accuse the denominational churches of using scriptures out of context, and we never do. Not so! We are as guilty as anyone else of adding to and taking away from the Written Word, to make it fit our teaching.
My faith and trust in the Lord has not waivered, nor has my faith in what I believe the Church of Christ Church is supposed to stand for. However, I do not feel comfortable in this institutional environment, and I don't know what to do about it. i have been associated with other congregations in this city, and they are all the same.
Please do not be discouraged when you are criticized. A lot of us benefit greatly from your efforts. --- A sister in Christ (Tennessee)
I received the March issue yesterday and sat down and read it through before bedtime.
There are several articles which mentioned the teaching of Acts 20:7. I have a few thoughts on that subject. It says, "they came together on the first day of the week to break bread." It does not say the first day only. We add that word just as Martin Luther added it to faith (Rom. 3:28). It was brought into being by the Lord Himself on a Thursday night (1 Cor. 11:25-26). He said, "This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes" (NKJV).
He did not say how often it was to be done, but just "as often". If Acts 20:7 refers to the Lord's Supper, as is traditionally supposed, then we have an example of it being observed on the first day of the week. From that we know that it is right to do it then; but my question is, does that exclude all other days? First, you have to prove that the breaking of bread is the Lord's Supper. Then, you have to prove that it is wrong or a sin to take it on any other day.
Also, if this refers to a common meal, can we add the word only to the first day of the week as is implied concerning the Lord's Supper? If so, does that mean that they could eat a common meal only once a week and then only on the first day of the week? How ridiculous!
Don't get me wrong! I believe it is right to take the Lord's Supper on the first day of the week. The Lord arose on that day and it seems appropriate to remember Him on that day. It has been ingrained into me from my youth up that Acts 20:7 is the proof text for Sunday only observance, but I wonder!
I really enjoy THE EXAMINER. It is like a shot in the arm. This March issue was especially good.
May God's richest blessings be on you and the others who are so valiantly fighting for a "thus saith the Lord." ---A sister in Christ (Texas)