"AS IT IS WRITTEN" - IN TWO BIBLES

he term, "as it is written," occurs 44 times in the Bible. This does not count the numerous references to what has been written using other wording. It would appear that the Lord wanted us to pay careful attention to what has been written. The last time I attended "the Sunday morning worship service of The Church of Christ", after the Lord's Supper was observed, the head man of the table service said something like this: "Separate and apart from the Lords Supper, we Christians are commanded by God to lay by in store on the first day of every week for the preaching of the gospel in this locality. We are going to do this now, and pray that the eldership will use the funds of this church treasury wisely". Have you ever heard anything like this?

In the following contrast, I will use two Bibles. On the left is the New American Standard Bible, and on the right is the "Church of Christ Bible." (Other denominations probably have a similar Bible to the latter one.) Notice carefully what God's Bible says, and how much different the "Church of Christ Bible" is, both in wording and meaning. After reading both of them, decide which one YOU want. Do you want the Lord's Word in the matter, or do you want the word of a human institution?

GOD'S BIBLE

 

CHURCH OF CHRIST BIBLE

"Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I directed the churches of Galatia, so do you also" (I Cor. 16:1 ).

 

"Now concerning the collection for the PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL, as I COMMANDED all the local churches the world over so do you also" (Not I Cor. 16:1).

"On the first day of every week let each of you put aside and save, as he may prosper, that no collections be made when I come" (I Cor. 16:2).

 

"Only on the first day of the week, never on any other day. If you are traveling, be sure and leave it with someone to put into the local CHURCH TREASURY for you. You must put into this treasury more than 10% in order to exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees. Obviously, your percentage must increase if you prosper more" (Not I Cor. 16:2).
P.S. Paul ain't coming!

"And when I arrive, whomever you may approve, I shall send them with letters to carry your gift to Jerusalem" (I Cor. 16:3).

 

"Since Paul is not coming, whoever the BOARD OF DIRECTORS (eldership) approves, support (not a gift) will be sent. You, the members have no say in the matter" (Not I Cor. 16:3).

"Begging us with much entreaty for the favor of participation in the support of the saints" (2 Cor. 8:4).

 

"WE command you and as your Elders you are to obey us. If you do not, you are disobeying Jesus. You must support the church treasury every week to preach the gospel (which WE may decide to spend largely on the building, its upkeep; and to support the Pulpit Minister and associate ministers" (Not 2 Cor. 8:4).

"Seeing that you abound in this gracious work also. I am not speaking this as a command" (2 Cor. 8:7,8).

 

"It is a MUST that you exceedingly abound in this work of giving to the church. WE elders are saying this IS A COMMAND from Paul, and therefore from God" (Not 2 Cor. 8:7,8).

"And I give my opinion in this matter, for this is to your advantage" (2 Cor. 8:10)

 

"This giving is NOT A MATTER OF OPINION. It is a law! And WE are making sure you do this. If you do not put into the treasury every week, you rebel against GOD'S ELDERSHIP, and are thereby rebelling against God. (Not 2 Cor. 8:10).

"But now I am going to Jerusalem serving the saints. For Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to make a contribution for the poor among the saints in Jerusalem" (Romans 15:25,26).

 

"It was not only Macedonia and Achaia who were taking up this contribution, for the COMMANDMENT WAS TO ALL THE LOCAL CHURCHES, everywhere, the world over, no church was excluded. In fact, this was a command from the first day each local church started, and you and they have already been doing it for many years. Why the Roman Christians did not know of it is not quite understood" (Not Romans 15:25,26).

"And in the proportion that any of the disciples had means, each of them determined to send a contribution for the relief of the brethren living in Judea" (Acts 11:29).

 

"According to its ability, THE LOCAL CHURCH out of its treasury in Antioch, sent relief to the saints only in JERUSALEM" (Not Acts 11:29).

"While it remained unsold, was it not your own? and after it was sold, was it not under your control" (Acts 6:4)?

 

"While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, you could do with it what you desired, EXCEPT, that at least 10% of the income must be put into the local church treasury where you are a member. God commanded it" (Not Acts 6:4).

"And the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables" (Acts 6:12).

 

"And the ELDERS summoned the congregation of the disciples, the members of the LOCAL CHURCH, and said, "It is not desirable for us TO CONTINUE to neglect the word of God and serve tables" (Not Acts 6:2).

"And they began selling their property and possessions, and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need" (Acts 2:45)

 

"And they began selling their property and were putting the funds into the CHURCH TREASURY" (Not Acts 2:45)

"But Peter said, '1 do not possess silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene - Walk" (Acts 3:6)!

 

"But Peter said, '1 do not have any money of my own, but I do have some "say-so" over the CHURCH TREASURY, but that is the LORD'S MONEY, which can be used only for Christians, and you cannot have any of it. WE elders decide which of the needy Christians get it, and only a few of them who ask actually receive any of it. Besides, it must be used primarily to pay the Preacher and for the building and its upkeep' " (Not Acts 3:6).

In order to be sure that I have understood properly, I have done what you have done. I laid the two "Bibles out side-by-side and compared (contrasted) both of them. They are very different. When I read them and saw the "great gulf" between them, I said to myself, "Well,

I.B. JOHN BROWN"

P.S. God's Bible is written. The Church of Christ Bible is an unwritten creed.