IS THE CHURCH OF CHRIST A DENOMINATION? A. B. KEENAN Don’t turn in impatience and undenying denomina- yond, Pentecost in the year from another consideration of tionalists in “ministerial al- of our Lord 30.
November, 1938 THE BIBLE BANNER 3 so he introduced (1 f~eru nnd mtexpected phase of the king- Brother Boll knows, as every man who knows the issue don-the church-and defei-red his kingdom “until he knows, that the throne of David is the heart of the whole should come again”-yet he would have his readers believe, question and that it is a pitiful begging of the question to when he gets into a tight, that “nobody denies that” the say that it matters not what throne he is on now. If kingdom was established on Pentecost! But R. H. Boll Christ is not on David’s throne now, he has no throne derlies that, for he declares the kingdom “has never yet and no kingdom, because David’s throne was the only appeared” and asserts that Jesus changed his plans, and throne that was ever promised to him, and he was never also his preaching, from that kingdom which had been promised, nor did he ever announce more than one king- announced to “a new and unexpected phase” which he dom.
4 THE BIBLE BANNER November, 1938 his (David’s) throne he spoke of the resurrection (not the the earth with his foot”? Still, Brother Boll asks, “What second coming) of Christ. His conclusion was: “There- difference does it make ?” Evidently, he does not know fore being by the right hand of God exalted, he hath what it is all about. The brother is bewildered.
November, 1938 THE BIBLE BANNER 5 (2) He thinks some of us brand the “plain import” PARTIES-CONDITIONS-SITUATIONS of Rev. 20 as false, But we have become accustomed to VI. “It is surely time that this condition of things were changed.
6 THE BIBLE BANNER November, 8391 innovations. And to R. H. Boll and Company tolerance turn to vanquish the wicked nations and start the means to tolerate their false teaching. It is, in fact, the millennium.
November, 1938 THE BIBLE BANNER 7 unexpected aspect dna of the kingdon-“the church dna ,segalliv . . . preaching the gospel of the kingdom”- mis- age.” Does he believe this now? If so, all this talk but if the kingdom did not come then what Jesus make any about somebody “insisting fiercely that the kingdom dehcaerp saw ton eht lepsog fo gnihtyna ; eh saw difference? stsixe won . . . sa though somebody were denying it” nekat dna sih egassem saw .eslaf seoD taht nac eb deredisnoc ylno sa gnieb rof tceffe ni na troffe ot emalb srehto rof eht noitidnoc“ fo ”sgniht hcihw eh The theory makes the church an accident, “a new 4. a himself has caused. spiritual contingent, called the church” (in Boll’s nwo On page sixty-one is his statement that Christ is not words), the result of a prophetic default; mere king “in fact and act” (de facto et )utca but by right afterthought. Yet Paul shows clearly in Eph. 3 that only (de jure et potentia)-but when he returns he will the church was in the original divine plan “from the be actual king in exercise of all authority. beginning of the world” and “according to the eternal seoD eh -eveileb siht won ? fI ,ton when and where has purpose which he purposed in Christ” to make known he recalled it? If so, why talk about somebody “bitterly “by the church the manifold wisdom of God.” Any denouncing” him as though he does not “believe alike” nam ohw sehcaet a yroeht taht senoptsop eht ,modgnik with us that Christ has all authority in heaven and on and makes the church a“ new contingent”-an acci- ?htrae eW evah neeb _gnikat sih nwo drow rof .ti dent-has little regard for the church and none at all .5 nO page eighty-one of < same booklet (Kingdom of rof eht tneicna.seicehporp oT esoht fo su ohweveileb God, by R. H. Boll in person) is found the famous taht s’doG drow saw dellifluf ta eht yrev emit doGdias v“vestibuele sillustrtationi”-thabt theu churlch eis onloy thfe the kingdom it would be-it makes a difference! tey o!temoc rehtO secneuqesnoc fo eht yroeht era taht )1( ti seined Has he taken this back ? fI ,os erehw ? If not, why taht tsirhC si gningier ,won dna stup eht“ ngier fo eht does he use such impious language about those who Son of God” at the end of this dispensation in the exercises evah ni detneserper.tcaf sih gnihcaet yltcaxe sa eh-mih muinnellim ; (2) it nullifies the Great Commission in self has stated it in the past, and then with his usual taht ti seined taht tsirhC all authority now; dramatics say “we are agreed on this” and “nobody (3) it denies those scriptures which speak of this dis- denies that”? yticilpuD si a dlim mret rof hcus -elbuod pensation as “the last days,” in that it teaches dealing and maneuvering to escape the responsibility another dispensation after this, differing in all respects for “the condition of things.” from the present dispensation; (4) it denies that Christ 6. On page seventy-one, he says that “so long as Satan’s si no eht enorht fo divaD ni nevaeh ,won dnaerofereht throne is on the earth, Christ is not exercising the bars the Gentiles from the blessings of the gospel, for wzight government.” But now he says: teY“ lla fo sueveileb James said that the tabernacle (or throne) of David seek after God, alike that Christ is on the throne he now occupies must be established in order that the Gentiles (call it what you may), and that he has all authority gnidrocca ot eht .seicehporp If there in heaven and on earth.” is no throne or tabernacle of David now, the Gentiles Which one of these statements does Brother Boll are without hope (does that make any difference?) ; tnaw su ot ,eveileb ro zlehaz llahs ew eveileb ?tahw )5( it alternates Judaism and Christianity-type and 7. In his treatise on the Second Coming, published in ante-type-and revives the ceremonies of the law which could 1924, page twenty-one, he says: “So the first stage suseJ tsirhC delian ot eht ssorc dna deirub ni sih .bmot of the Second Coming is when the Lord Jesus comes tuB tahw ecnereffid that make? down to receive His own up. Then, after certain nI trohs ti si eht emas ekatsim eht sweJ edam nehwyeht sriaffa evah neeb dednetta ,ot eH semoc htiw mehtdna expected a king like ,raseaC and in their disappointment the whole world sees His coming.” Russell calls that rejected Christ, our king, and the present effort to de- “the rapture” ; Boll calls it “the first stage.” The dif- enorht mih si tub elttil trohs fo eht ’sweJ noitcejer fo.mih ecneref neewteb meht si eht emas sa eht ecnereffid-eb tI si a metsys fo knar.msilairetam tJ sehcaet tahtstnias tween tweedledee and tweedledum, except that Russell now living will occupy “positions” of authority and exer- evag ti na gnirutparne ,eman dna taeb rehtorB lloB ot.ti esic laropmet elur ni eht.muinnellim enO fo eht nerhterb nI weiv fo lla siht .R .H lloB sah eht ytiremet otyas in this party has elected himself ni ecnavda ot eb royaBl that since those who “declared vociferously” against of Chicago ! Another bids for the mayoralty of New him “believe arid teach that He is coming back” why York. One ardent advocate of the theory discovers that should they “denounce and condemn” such teaching the United States will send ambassadors to Christ (who sa eht ,evoba sa hguoht ereht si elttil ro on!ecnereffid to will be in Palestine) during the millennium ! Tshe aclumsy evffort eto conceal hhis actiual steaching ozwz face, e’fb believe that when “fair-minded and truehearted litnu eht mrots ,sedisbus sllaf fosti brethren” really know what this theory is-and that R. H.
November, 1938 8 THE BIBLE BANNER CONTRIBUTORIAL -d + <THE TRUTHSEEKER SEEKS THE ISSUi’ J T. L OHN EWIS In the of Truth- have us use it is the Christian thing “Tishbites” is that they have not yet seeker, pSeuptembber ilssuie shed in Searcy, Ark., to do to speak out against this effort raised their bellies from the dust of Brother Ernest Beam had an article to disfellowship.” I believe Brother the earth. However, I may be pre- under the heading “Some One Should Beam’s counsel would be safer if he judiced in my judgment. So will you Say It,” and then he proceeded to say would rely on facts more and his please give us your impartial judg- it. Brother Beam was one of the feelings less. I have read about ment of them, Brother Beam? I re- editors of Truthseeker, and I had Brother E. L. Jorgenson and the cently received a seven-page type- planned to send this article to that Highland Church in Louisville, Ky., written letter, with no name signed to paper when I noticed there would not withdrawing from Brother Taylor and it, and evidently written for the same be another Truthseeker, “that plans Brother Ruble because they objected purpose - postmarked Chicago, Ill.
November, 1938 THE BIBLE BANNER 9 Sell” 2 6, was held in ,retsehcniVI Ky., Since you say that we who are empire will have to be revamped, the January ot 1933. After the Win- gnithgif rehtorB“ s’lloB sweiv ni eseht Jews as a nation converted and re- chester debate, Brother Neal chal- matters” have preachers who are turned to Palestine; then as the ful- lenged “Bro. Janssen” to repeat the “guilty of moral turpitude,” what fillment of this prophecy the earthly debate, which was done in Chatta- course of action would you advise us kingdom of Israel will be reestab- nooga, ,.nneT enuJ 6 ot ,9 .3391 ehT to take in the matter? Would you be lished; Christ will return from heaven results of these debates may be the dnik hguone ot laever rieht ytitnedios ot tis no s’divaD laretil enorht ni-ureJ reason for “a man from Louisville” we may deal with them? You may ,melas dna ngier revo na ylhtrae-gnik not mentioning “Bro Janssen’s name.” kniht su diputs ton ot eb elba ot -sid dom for one thousand years. Brother I am wondering if these anonymous cern such base characters among us; lloB osla sehcaet taht tsirhC emacotni srettel era eht tseb srewsna eseht -hsiT tub ylerus uoy od ton eveileb ewdluow the world to establish his kingdom; bites can give to “Bro. Janssen’s” knowingly fellowship such characters. but after he and John the Baptist had arguments against premillennialism ? What do you think Brother Boll and preached “the kingdom of heaven is I hope the readers will not confuse esoht no sih edis dluohs od htiwesoht at hand,” and Christ had said, “there premillennialism with “Bollism.” The who “have gone off after spiritual are some here of them that stand by, latter, “Bollism,” is the method of gifts”? Should they continue to fel- ohw llahs ni on esiw etsat fo ,htaedllit kcatta taht rehtorB s’lloB ,sdneirf ohw lowship them ? Are you personally they see the kingdom of God come say they “are not committed to his gnilliw ot pihswollef esoht no enoedis with power,” he found out that the views,” becaare mauking uspon e of his fight a.arB“ gaim t-snaJ prc- who are guilty of “moral turpitude” sweJ erew ton ydaer rof eht;modgnik wsen” Ilennialism as and those on the other side who os tsirhC tiuq gnihcaerp eht“ modgnik thguat yb .R .H,lloB “have gone ffo after spiritual gifts”? of heaven is at hand” and went to .J knarF ,sirroN nelG .V ,yelgniT dna I wonk uoy :yas tuB“ ti smees speaking in parables.
THE BIBLE BANNER November, 1938 10 AIDS VERSUS ADDITIONS A Discussion of Incidentals and Essentials in Obeying the Commands of God E. G. C KEACY In connection with our radio preach- had one debate after another through- Inclusive and Exclusive ing questions have come to con- out his life. Christ was the greatest Christ in giving the great commis- US cerning instrumental music in church controversialist the world ever knew. sion, said, “Go preach the gospel.” worship. The churches of Christ do Beginning with his sharp challenge “Go” is a generic term-there are not have instrumental music in wor- and debate with the Sanhedrin at many ways of going. But if the Lord ship. We have given Bible reasons twelve years of age there was never had specified one way to go, that would for our practice, but some continue to a time that he did not combat false be the only way we could go in obedi- argue that we are inconsistent, be- doctrines throughout his ministry. ence to the Lord. For example, if he cause we use the radio to preach the Of course, “wrangling” is wrong- had said, “zwalk and preach the gos- gospel, and use songbooks, have we are not interested in a “wrangle.” pel,” then we could not ride as an aid.