Sermons by Marlin Harless

HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH

Why A Faithful Christian Should Not Worship
With An Unfaithful Church!
By Steve Klein; Revised by Marlin L. Harless

INTRODUCTION: If you consider yourself a faithful Christian, I hope the title of this article caught your eye. This is an issue you thoroughly need to thoughtfully and prayerfully consider! By "unfaithful" churches I refer to churches that (as churches) are not true to God's plan for the work and worship of the local church. These are often churches that have been confronted with God's way of doing things and have decided not to follow it. This would include churches [called churches of Christ] which financially support human institutions like colleges and orphan homes, churches which support or encourages innovations in worship like clapping of hands, musical instruments, or women taking a leading role in worship, and churches which view common meals, and recreational activities as legitimate works of the church.

You could also add to this list churches that have open fellowship with denominational groups. By "unfaithful" I am not referring to a church that has some unfaithful members or some problems. There is a difference between a church with some unfaithful members in it, and a church that teaches, supports and practices error as a church, and is unwilling to correct it. Virtually every church would fall into the former category, but no "faithful church" would fall into the latter!

A "faithful Christian" is one who clings to God's Word, and with faith and love in his heart, does his or her best to follow it in every aspect of life. The faithful Christian does what Timothy was exhorted to do in (2 Timothy 1:13) "Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast herd of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus." Such a faithful Christian would certainly not want to be a permanent part of an "unfaithful church." Yet, the faithful Christian may occasionally be tempted to worship with an erring church while traveling, or even locally, at the bidding of family, friends or loved ones. Why should a faithful Christian not do this?

I. IT IS TANTAMOUNT TO "FOLLOWING A MULTITUDE TO DO EVIL!"

It hurts your influence by destroying your credibility. A strong Christian may well know what is scripturally wrong with the practices of an unfaithful church. Visiting the unfaithful church may not cloud the truth in a faithful Christian's mind. But a weaker Christian, who is just learning the truth on these issues, will have a problem with the stronger Christian's actions. If the strong can do it once the weak Christian will think it's OK for them all the time. This was the case with eating meats in an idol's temple in (1 Corinthians 8:10-12). The strong Christian who realized that "an idol is nothing" might not be influenced to become an idolater by eating, but the weaker Christian, seeing the actions of his stronger brother, would be so influenced. The strong Christian needs to avoid any action that would encourage the weak Christian to fall into sin. And, worshipping with an unfaithful church is just such an action.

It may influence you. "Be not deceived, evil communications corrupt good manners" (1Corinthians 15:33). In the context, the "evil communications" referred to as Christians who said there is no resurrection "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. "…What advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die" (1 Corinthians 15:12, 13, 32). Being in the worship assembly of an unfaithful church can and does have a corrupting influence on the convictions of the faithful!

It is supportive of false teachers. We are commanded to "mark and avoid" those who have caused division over unscriptural practices (Romans 16:17, 18). The leaders of unfaithful churches often fall into this category. If attending the services of an unfaithful church lends encouragement to false teachers [and it does], then attending makes one a partaker in their evil deeds. "Whosoever trangresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds" (2 John 9-11).

It is participating in unfaithfulness. If you visit the assembly of an unfaithful church and give when the collection plate is passed, you directly support their unfaithful practices. If you partake of the Lord's supper, you fellowship that local body; those taking the communion meal together declare by so doing that they are "one body" "The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. "Behold Israel after the flesh, are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?" (1 Corinthians 10:16-18).

To consent with those in error, is to partake of their error "When thou sawest a thief, then thou consentedst with him, and hast been partaker with adulterers" (Psalm 50:18). Faithful Christians are in the light, and it is against the nature of those in light to fellowship darkness. We are to "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11). Those desiring to remain in the light have no business participating in the fruits of darkness! But that's exactly what they do when they give to and commune with unfaithful churches.

Naturally some (perhaps many) will object. They will ask, "What if the faithful Christians tell members of the unfaithful church that he doesn't agree with their practices?" "As long as they know where he stands, wouldn't it be proper for him to visit an unfaithful church?" No, it isn't proper. It is hypocrisy---saying one thing, and doing another. We need to lay aside "all hypocrisy" (1 Peter 2:1).

But someone else will object, "What if you are trying to teach them---wouldn't it be proper to visit an unfaithful church for the purpose of teaching them about the error of their ways?" The answer is, of course, yes! We need to avail ourselves of every opportunity to teach the truth to those who need to hear it most. Paul regularly went into Jewish synagogues with just such motives, "Now when paul and his company loosed from Paphos, they came to Perga in Pamphylia: and John departing from them returned to Jerusalem. But when they departed from Perga, they came to Antioch in Pisidia, and went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and sat down" (Acts 13:13, 14).

Then Paul stood up, and beckoning with his hand said, Men of Israel, and ye that fear God, give audience. "Be it known unto therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins. And by him all that believe are justified from all things from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren" (Acts 13:16, 38, 39; 14:1, 2).

But most of the time he could not stay long because of the plainness and forcefulness of his teaching. If you have an opportunity to teach an unfaithful church the truth, then go and teach! But leave no doubt about your purpose. Be like Paul, who, in writing and visiting churches with problems, made clear his intentions and spoke directly to the pertinent issues, "What will ye? Shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?" (1 Corinthians 4:21).

When faithful Christians worship with unfaithful churches it raises issues of consistency and compromise. Consistency would suggest that if I worship with an unfaithful church some of the time, I can do it all the time. If I can do it because I am traveling and it is convenient, or friends and relatives have given me a special invitation, I can do it anytime. I could not justify ever making any distinction between faithful and unfaithful churches. And, there would be little justification for failing to go worship on a regular basis with the Christian church denomination. No one wants to lose all contact or influence with those in unfaithful churches. Many of these folks are friends, neighbors, family and loved ones. But compromising our convictions by worshipping with them will help neither the faithful nor the unfaithful! As Tyron Edwards said, "Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another---too often ending in the loss of both." 1

II. A CHRISTIAN SHOULD NOT FELLOWSHIP UNFATHFUL CHURCHES FOR THE SAME REASON ISRAELITES WERE NOT TO FELLOWSHIP GENTILES!!

Note: God strictly forbade Israel to have communion or alliances with the heathen or Gentile nations!! God charged His people to "destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire." Thus, very early in their history, God warned the Israelites to beware of the many sins that were associated with their customs of intermarriage, idolatry or false worship, and the making of alliances, covenants and commitments with heathen nations!! Carefully observe the following text: "When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land, whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites and the Girgashites, the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them; and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them" (Deuteronomy 7:1, 2).

Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly. But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth" (Deuteronomy 7:4-6; Cf. Exodus 34:11-16). To put it succinctly, God has always wanted His people to be separate from sinners, and He still does, today!!!

III. (1 KINGS 11:1-13. SOLOMON'S DEFECTION---The observant reader will have already remarked in this history some intimations of Solomon's approaching fall. Among these are, first, the repeated warnings that are addressed to him, especially in (1Kings 9:6-9), "But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them: Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people: And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the Lord done this unto this land, and to this house? And they shall answer, because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the Lord brought upon them all this evil."

And, second, his repeated transgressions of the law by which he ruled. We have already heard of the multiplication of silver and gold (1 Kings 10: 14-25), in defiance of the following warning "Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold" (Deuteronomy 17:17; cf. 1 Kings 10:3), However, to the contrary, notwithstanding, we read, "And the king [Solomon, emphasis, mine, MLH], made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones…" (1 Kings 10: 27a), Even so, today, You just can't warn some Christians!!! And of the multiplication of horses (chapter 10:28, 29), in disregard of (Deuteronomy 17: 16). We now read how the ruin of this great prince was completed by the multiplication of wives. The historian obviously had the words of (Deuteronomy 17) in his mind as he wrote. It is remarkable that the chronicler is altogether silent as to Solomon's fall, as he is also to David's sin. 2

IV. SOLOMON'S WIVES AND CONCUBINES IN HIS OLD AGE DRAW HIM TO IDOLATRY!

"But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites; of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surly they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart. For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father" (1 Kings 11:1-4)

"For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and sfter Milcom the abomination of the Amonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father. Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon. And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods. And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice, And had commanded this thing, that he should not go after other gods: But he kept not that which the Lord commanded. Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my covenant and my statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant" (1 Kings 11: 5-11).

Beloved let us take a very careful look at verses 1, 2, 3, & 8 of the preceding text, for our personal admonition and exhortation! (1) Consider this, [the polygamy was but a part of his worldliness, like the chariots, gold, &c.] It is perfectly clear that it cannot have been mere sensuality led to this enormous harem. This is evident from (a), his time of life. It was "when he was old"---i.e., when passions are not at their strongest---that his wives turned away his heart. (b) The number---if the numbers are to be trusted---of his wives, [and they can be, because the Word of God is inspired,] (emphasis, mine, MLH), a thousand concubines cannot be kept for mere purposes of passion. (c) The large number of princesses, which shows that the object of this array of mistresses was to enhance his state and renown. As he exceeded other kings in glory, wisdom, and power, so must he excel them not only in armies, chariots, and horses, but also in the number of his wives! It is clear, therefore, that the "lust of the eye" and "the pride of life" had their part in this huge establishment!

(2) [Of the nations just enumerated, the law expressly forbade marriage with the Hittites alone (Exodus 34:11-16; Deuteronomy 7:1-4), though the Zidonians are probably to be included, as being Canaanites (Genesis 10:15). But the principle which applied in the case of the seven nations of Canaan, applied equally to all other idolaters. "They will turn away thy son from following me," &c. (Deuteronomy 7:4). The spirit of the law, consequently, was as much violated by an Edomite or Ammonite as by a Hittite alliance].

(3) [These may have been members of royal or princely houses of neighboring nations. Evidently they enjoyed a distinguished rank]. It is true that Rehoboam had only 18 wives and 60 concubines (2 Chronicles 11:21), but then Rehoboam was not Solomon. If his harem was but a tithe of his father's, so also were his wealth and his power]: and his wives turned away his heart. [Satan hath found this bate to take so well that he never changed since he fell from heaven] that is, from his throne of evil dominion. It was Satan's own heaven or dominion of ruler-ship from which he would fall, and it would come soon and swiftly as lightening---and it did. (Isaiah 14: 4-27; Luke 10:18).

(8)---And likewise did he for all [having done it for one, he must needs do it for all. "No hill about Jerusalem was free from a chapel of devils" (Hall)], [rather, demons, emphasis, mine, MLH] His strange wives, which burnt [Heb. Burning, Ewald, 335a] incense and sacrificed unto their gods. Observe, as bearing on the question of Solomon's apostasy, that Solomon built the altars; his wives sacrificed, &c. According to Keil, incense is here mentioned before sacrifice, because vegetable took precedence of animal offerings in the nature worship of Western Asia (Bahr, Symbolik, ii pp. 337 sqq.) But it is very doubtful whether this idea was in the mind of the writer.]3

V. SUPPOSING YOU WERE A FAITHUL CHRISTIAN, LIVING IN FIRST CENTURY LAODICEA, WHEN JESUS WROTE THIS UNFAITHFUL CHURCH!

Just imagine that you had read the letter that our Lord sent to this church, and that you thoroughly understand, and are keenly aware of His assessment of the spiritual status of His body in Laodicea!! Moreover, let's assume that you have never visited this church, and a friend invites you to a worship service; how are you going to answer your friend? Supposing you were a Bible class teacher, preacher, or elder. Remember, you have recently moved into the city; you are fully committed to Christ; and that you want to go to heaven more than you want to breathe!!

(Revelation 3: 14-22)---The words of Christ to the Church at Laodicea. "And unto the angel of the Church of the Laodiceans," etc. "Laodicea is in the south-west of Phrygia, on the river Lycus, not far from Colossae, lying between it and Philadelphia, destroyed by an earthquake A.D. 62, rebuilt by its wealthy citizens without help of the state. This wealth (arising from the excellence of its wools) led to a self-satisfied, lukewarm state in spiritual things. In (Colossians 4:16) it is mentioned. The Church in later times was flourishing, for one of the councils at which the cannon of Scripture was determined was held in Laodicea in A.D. 361. Hardly a Christian is now to be found near its site" (Fausset). We have here certain solemn and significant facts concerning a corrupt church as that which was existing at this time in Laodicea.

VI. ITS REAL CHARACTER WAS THOROUGHLY KNOWN. There was an eye that peered into its deepest depths, knew well its moral elements and temperature. He who thus looked into and through it is thus described. 1. He is "the Amen." This is the Hebrew word for "verily," or "truly"---a word of energetic assertion and familiar use. In Christ, we are told, "is Yea and Amen." He is positive and declarative Truth. What He predicates is true to reality; what He predicts will be realized, whether lamentable or otherwise.

He is "the faithful and true Witness." What is a true witness? (1) One who has an absolute knowledge of the subject of which he affirms. (2) One who is absolutely above all temptation to misrepresent. Christ has no motive to deceive, no evil to dread, no good to gain. 3. He is "the Beginning of the creation of God." He seems not only to have been the First of the creation, but in some sense the Originator. He is the Beginning, the continuance, and purpose of all. This is a mystery unfathomed, perhaps fathomless. This is the transcendent Being who knew thoroughly this Laodicean Church, and who knows all Churches. "I know thy works"---know them in their hidden germs and ever multiplying branches.

"Oh may these thoughts possess my breast,

Where'er I roam, where'er I rest:

Nor let my weaker passions dare

Consent to sin, for God is near."

VII. ITS SPIRITUAL INDIFFERENTISM IS DIVINELY ABHORRENT. "I would thou wert cold or hot." Cold water is refreshing, hot water is sometimes pleasant, the tepid is always more or less sickening. Well does an old writer say, "Lukewarmness or indifference in religion is the worst temper in the world. If religion is a real thing, [rather, Christianity, emphasis, mine, MLH], it is the most excellent thing, and therefore we should be in good earnest in it; if it is not a real thing, it is the vilest imposture, and we should be earnest against it. If religion, [rather, Christianity, emphasis, mine, MLH], is worth anything, it is worth everything; an indifference here is inexcusable." "Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love" (Revelation 3:4).

Spiritual indifference is a most incongruous condition. All nature seems in earnest: seas and stars are on the gallop; plants and animals rush onward on the lines of decay or growth; the minds of all moral beings are flowing with more or less speed in one direction or another. 2. Spiritual indifferentism is a most incorrigible condition. Theoretical infidelity we may break down by argument, but moral indifferentism cannot be touched by logic. The spiritually indifferent man shouts out his creed every Sunday, dams the atheist, and yet himself is "without God in the world." Truly such a state of mind must be abhorrent to Him who demands that all should love Him with their whole heart, soul, and strength. What an awful supposition that man can sicken and disgust the Infinite! "I will spue thee out of my mouth." Moral depravity nauseates the holy universe, [rather, God, emphasis, mine, MLH].

VIII. ITS SELF DECEPTION IS TERRIBLY ALARMING.

"Thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods [have gotten riches], and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched [the wretched one], and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." 1. Look at the condition in which they fancied themselves. "I am rich and increased with goods." They fancied themselves rich and independent. "Have need of nothing." They wished to be all this, and the wish is evermore the father of the thought. Ah me! It is by no means uncommon for men to fancy themselves to be what they are not. The traffic signs tell us to stop, look, and listen! Beloved, consider this, the church of Christ at Laodicea presents a panoramic view of modern, present-day America, make no mistake about it!!! Who can deny it? God Almighty, is being mocked by many in America, when we imprint our monies with, "In God We Trust!" Why? Because, as a Nation, we do not Trust Him!!! "Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34).

If you go into lunatic spheres there you may see dwarfs fancying themselves giants and illustrious heroes, paupers thinking they are millionaires, and poor beggars kings of the first order. But elsewhere I find in all the departments of human life that are considered to be sane, scenes scarcely less absurd. 2. Look at the condition in which they really are. "wretched one], and miserable, And knowest not that thou art wretched [the poor, and blind, and naked." "Wretched," though they may dance and sing; pitiable, though lauded by princes, premiers, and peers; "blind," though the physical optics are sound; and "naked," though robed in splendor. Wretched, pitiable, blind, naked in soul: what a condition is this? What terrible self-deception! "The first and worst of all frauds," says Festus, "is to cheat one's self. All sin is easy after that." (Cf. 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; 2 Peter 2:1-3, 20-22).

VIV. ITS MISERABLE CONDITION NEED NOT BE HOPELESS. 1. Recovery is freely offered. "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried [refined] in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment [garments]," etc. Is there irony here? How can the poor buy gold, become rich, procure white garments, and salve for the diseased eyes? No; there is no irony here. The blessings here offered require no outlay of material wealth. All is to be won by true faith, and all can believe, [and obedience, emphasis, mine, MLH], "Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price" (Isaiah 55:1). 2. Recovery is divinely urged. "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock." Here observe: (1) Christ's attitude toward the soul. He does not come occasionally and depart. He "stands," implying His deep concern, His infinite condescension, and His wonderful patience.

He waits to be gracious. (2) Christ's action upon the soul. He stands not as a statue, but knocks---knocks at the door of intellect with truths, at the door of conscience with principles, at the door of love with transcendent charms. (3) Christ's purpose with the soul. His mission is not to destroy, but to save it. "I will come in to him." The language implies: (a) Inhabitation. "I will come to him." (b) Identification. "Sup with him, and he with me." Thus sinners are urged to deliver themselves from their miserable condition. 3. Recovery is divinely rewarded. "To him [he] that overcometh will I grant [I will give to him] to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set [sat] down with my Father in His throne."

What are the thrones here? Are they some material seats in some radiant and remote part of the universe---the one provided for the Father and the other for the Son? The question is childish, sensuous, and unspiritual. What is the true throne of a human soul? (1) It is the throne of an approving conscience. That mind alone can rest whose conscience applauds him, and that soul alone can feel exalted and dignified whose conscience chimes to Him, "Well done." (2) It is the throne of moral rule. He subordinates the material to the spiritual, the animal to the intellectual, the intellectual to the moral, and the moral to God, occupies the true throne. He is king, and none other---D. T4

CONCLUSION: In the foregoing assessment of the spiritual status of the Church at Laodicea, His Majesty, King Jesus, laid bare "the spiritual wickedness in high places" by removing the facade or vail which cloaked the hypocrisy, and corruption, that was in His spiritual body! Accordingly, some members might have been surprised to hear His Soul searching words being directed to them, but, not necessarily, because some will not take warning from any one, including the Lord!!

Beloved, consider it a possibility, that the Church at Laodicea, was no more corrupt than some of our modern Churches in America, today! Many Modern day Churches have their great cathedrals, and plenty of money to throw at any thing they want; Moreover, they have a knack for "making merchandise of everything they touch, including lost souls! You might think they are truly concerned for lost souls, but they aren't! Why? Because they are not concerned about their own souls; and are content to be members of a man made church, and a preacher who preaches the doctrines and commandments of men, rather than the Word of God!!! Some appear to be willing to go to any length, to avoid a faithful gospel preacher in the Church of Christ!!

Beloved, can you consider yourself being a member of the Church at Laodicea, or one of the Modern day Churches? If you needed comfort, prayer, and encouragement, could you trust the minister, deacons, or elders? The question is: "Should a faithful Christian worship with an unfaithful Church?" The unfaithful Church will very likely destroy your faith in God, and lead you into apostasy!! Jesus said, "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in truth" (John 4:24).

Beloved, I submit to you, that there is no way that a faithful Christian can worship in an unfaithful Church, and worship God in Spirit and in truth! Why? (1) To "worship in Spirit," Is to have the right attitude toward God! This means we must reverence Him, and do what he has authorized. Then, too, all the worshippers engage in the same act of worship simultaneously, this applies to each of the five acts of worship: singing, prayer, teaching, Lord's supper, and contribution: As Paul said, "Let all things be done decently and in order" (1 Corinthians 14:40). (2) To "worship in truth," We do what God has authorized, nothing more, and nothing less, and do it precisely as He has instructed or directed!! For example: All are singing; all are listening to teaching or preaching!! Clapping hands; and instrumental music, etc., not authorized!!

There are certain Change Agents who will try to convince you that, the faithful Christian is in no danger, if he desires to fellowship an unfaithful church; this is some more of that "phony baloney," my friends, hear me, are you listening? "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). When a faithful Christian worships with, or fellowships an unfaithful church; here is what happens: (1) It hurts your influence, and destroys your credibility; (2) It may influence you to drift from God, rather than, "to tremble at His Word;" (3) It is supportive of false teachers, and change agents; (4) It is participating in unfaithfulness; (5) It is fellowshipping "the unfruitful works of darkness, rather than reprove them" (Ephesians 5:11). Moreover, the Christian must "Abstain from all appearance of evil" (1 Thessalonians 5:22). My friends: Are you absolutely sure of your eternal salvation? If not, please give me a call, at (304) 247-6895; or E-Mail me, (mlharless@kvinet.com)

BIBLOGRAPHY:

1. King James Version of Bible: The New Thompson Chain-Reference Bible, Fifth Improved Edition

2. The American College Dictionary

3. The American Heritage Dictionary

4. Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, W. E. Vine

5. Theological Dictionary of The New Testament

6. The New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology

ENDNOTES:

1. Steve Klein

2. Pulpit Commentary, (1 Kings 11:1-13), page 220, Exposition and Homiletics, J. Hammond

3. Pulpit Commentary, (1 Kings 11: 1-13), pages 220-222, Exposition and Homiletics, J. Hammond

4. The Pulpit Commentary, (Revelation 3:14-22), pages 141-143, Homilies by Various Authors, J. Thomas

(E-Mail Address: (mlharless@kvinet.com) Dear reader: In the event you find errors or mistakes in this sermon, spelling, scripture reference, etc., please feel free to inform me of the same, as I intend to have it as accurate as possible! Thank you! (MLH)



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