Thus Saith the Lord

The articles of this section were written by Wayne Teel, and have been published in the local newspaper of Clendenin, West Virginia.




"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.


God is Light PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

“God is light, and in him is no darkness at all” (1John 1:5b)


In our ongoing study on the subject of truth, we notice the Bible teaches that truth is light. When we walk in the light of God’s word we are obeying the truth. Truth is light and anything opposite of truth is error or darkness. Where would you rather be, in light or darkness? I believe we would all prefer the light. Why, then, do we not make a more serious effort to walk in the truth, which is the light of God’s word?


"I Thought" PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

In the last article we discussed the danger of jumping to false conclusions. In my limited space I cannot go into a great deal of detail but must be as brief as possible. Brevity is often a good thing. Sometimes we get too long winded and so we should be able to say what we want to say in as few words as possible. There is an art to that.


Everyone can be guilty of making false assumptions if they are not careful. Even Saul of Tarsus (apostle Paul) was guilty of that and he admitted it publicly. He persecuted Christians and put them to death thinking they were a false religion, so he said, “I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth”(Acts 26:9-11). But he thought wrong! Think what a burden he would have to bear for killing Christians under a false assumption.


Making False Assumptions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 02 April 2014 00:00

There is a real danger of reaching false conclusions when reading the Bible if we are not careful how we think and reason. One of the reasons for religious division today is caused by folks making false assumptions about what the Bible truly teaches. This danger must be guarded against as it can be fatal to a person’s soul.


Example 1: Many people make the false assumption that it is wrong to judge. If you try to point out sin in the lives of people they will often say, “Who are you to judge me? Don’t you know it is wrong to judge?” Almost everyone knows the scripture that states; “Judge not that ye be not judged” (Matthew 7:1). They simply ignore the rest of that passage as they stop right there. As Paul Harvey used to say, “And now, the rest of the story.”


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United in Christ PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wayne Teel   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

Jesus prayed that those who would be His followers would be united (John 17:20-21). If Jesus’ followers were united, then the world would know He was from God. The Bible says we must have a “thus saith the Lord” for all we do in religion. In other words, we must be able to give book, chapter and verse to show what we do in the name of the Lord is indeed found in the New Testament and approved by Christ (Colossians 3:17).


It is very obvious to any serious Bible student that God condemns religious division (1 Corinthians 1:10). We cannot be united if we do not stand on the same foundation, and that foundation is Christ and His teaching (1 Corinthians 3:11). The church of Christ is built upon that one foundation. The Bible says that “Christ is the head of the church” which is His body (Ephesians 1:22-23; Col. 1:18). If Jesus were the head of hundreds of different bodies or churches, what kind of monstrosity would that be? Can you picture that?


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