If I Were the Devil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00

Back in 1964, the newspaper columnist and radio commentator, Paul Harvey, first wrote his famous column on the subject, “If I were the Devil.” While I don’t particularly care for this kind of thinking, he was able to make some very poignant points about religious problems as well as many other good points. By stating things from the Devil’s perspective, he was able to get people to open their eyes to the truth that other teaching methods seemingly could not do.


I hope you don’t mind if I attempt to use Paul Harvey’s way of reasoning in this column to try to make some points that perhaps will get the reader’s attention. While the comedian Flip Wilson coined the phrase, “the Devil made me do it,” the truth is we all do what we want to do by our own free will. We sometimes, however, fall into the devil’s trap of making excuses for why we disobey God. The devil doesn’t MAKE anybody do anything they don’t already want to do.


Religious Unity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 00:00

We have been discussing religious division.  Division is a terrible and disgraceful thing and God does not approve of it! The opposite of division is UNITY. God intended for all men to dwell together in complete unity and harmony in every way. “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Psalm 133:1).


The night before Jesus was crucified he prayed that all those who would follow Him would be ONE (John 17:20-23). How can religious unity be accomplished? Only by following the simple word of God! If all men would just follow the Bible alone, we could have religious unity and there would be peace and harmony among true believers of Christ.


Religious Division PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 08 January 2014 00:00

Today we have churches on almost every corner of town it seems, and sadly, each church is teaching a different doctrine. Why is this? Preachers are not willing to discuss this problem of religious division which is just the opposite of unity. The Bible plainly condemns division. Instead of wanting unity, religious leaders will talk about having “unity in diversity” whatever that means. This is really a contradiction of terms. How can we be united if we are determined to be divided? With that kind of mentality, religious division is assured and will continue to divide people.


Paul wrote about the sin of religious division as he sent his first letter to the Corinthians, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10).


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Why Religious Division? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 15 January 2014 00:00

Paul reprimanded the Corinthian church for being divided, showing them it was not right. He said they should be “perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment” (1 Corinthians 1:10). Religious leaders today will argue it can’t be done. Does God command us to do something that is impossible?


Why is there so much religious division in the world today? The answer is quite simple, really. False teachers are not content to abide in the teaching of Christ, therefore they do not have God (2 John 1:9). Sad as it is to say this, it is still the truth and it must be said.

"Nothing in a Name" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 00:00

I have been told by many religious people, “There is nothing in a name!” This statement came about in order for denominations to justify the hundreds of different names they use. This is a very deceiving and dishonest statement on the surface and it flies in the face of plain Bible truth. This is how far some folks will go to try to justify religious division.


Denominational people claim it doesn’t matter what the church is called. Where does this statement appear in the Bible? Let me suggest to you there is no Biblical basis for the concept that any name men choose to call the church does not matter to God. I can assure you that it matters greatly to God what name we use to call the church of which we are a member.


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