The Northfield

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  Northfield, NJ 08225


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You Say Yes... I Say No

"Is Christ divided?" (I Cor.1:13). "There is one body and one Spirit ---- just as you were called to one hope when you were called ---- one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all" (Eph.4:4-5).

Hypocrite: A person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings; a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion. Nobody likes to be called a hypocrite because it says that we believe one thing yet do another. If a preacher got up in the pulpit and preached one doctrine one time, and the very opposite the next time, you would say that he is is a hypocrite. According to the above definition, you would be correct. If this is true, what does it make God if he is the origin of all these contradictory doctrines? The answer is obvious, so are you ready to call God a hypocrite? God simply cannot take the rap for this, for it is of man's doing... Today's 2nd verse makes a clear and true statement. There's one (1) body and one (1) Spirit... Along with this there's one (1) Lord, one (1) faith, one (1) baptism, and one (1) God and Father of all. Paul goes on to say this; "However, let us keep living by that same standard (rule) to which we have attained" (Phil.3:16). Here is the last point I would like to make... Some folks would promote that none of us view the Bible exactly alike, so lets revisit the scripture that spurred the question of Christ's division; "Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgement" (I Cor.1:10). In matters of opinion, we may all seem alike. If we are talking politics, you may say yes and I may say no, but in matters of faith, we must all be alike. The Bible is our final authority. All of our religious practices must coincide with those things that are found there. If we think one of our practices may be wrong, we must seek it out in God's Word to find the answer. Why? Because outside of the Bible we are divided, and Christ is not divided....

Have a great day... Let His light shine through you.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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