[Biblemat] S> And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor
ZekeFlores1 at cs.com
ZekeFlores1 at cs.com
Mon Sep 27 08:40:24 CDT 2004
Here's another lesson on liberalism. Old saw, same tree.
Unfortunately, still needed.
Rio Grande Valley church of Christ
"And Now, A Word From Our Sponsors"
Intro Last lesson (Orphan Hater) focused on one facet of
division begun in 30's-60's in churches of Christ regarding orphan's
A. The whole thing was over whether a church can support
a human institution (orphanage) from its treasury.
1. Both sides claimed authority & battle raged
heatedly and bitterly until division split many churches.
B. The real issue is actually much older.
1. In 1849, Christian Missionary Society was founded.
a. Alexander Campbell was founder & 1st president.
b. Solicited $$ from churches in order to fund
c. Its support was actually made a test of fellowship
in some areas.
2. The Missionary Society thus became the impetus
for other organizations formed to do the work of
a. Today some churches act as the
1) Solicit $$ from other churches in order
to undertake some evangelistic effort
they couldn't otherwise afford.
2) Thus, they are called the "Sponsoring Church"
b. People asked, "What's wrong with that as
long as people hear the gospel?"
c. They asked the same thing about orphanages,
hospitals, and nursing homes.
d. Remember, the real issue: A "middleman"
organization standing between the church
and the work.
C. Today, we'll look further into the "sponsoring church"
I. The Sponsoring Church Arrangement - A Brief History
A. Broadway church of Christ - Lubbock TX
1. After WWII, there was tremendous interest in
evangelizing Germany, the nation defeated in the war.
2. Broadway church elders solicited money with
the intent on having the oversight of the work
a. Thus, you have churches sending $$ to a
church that will oversee work in another
B. Union Ave C of C - Memphis, TN
1. About same time, Union Ave church wanted to
do the same thing with evangelism in Japan.
2. The same thing happened: One church eldership
overseeing the work of many churches in a
3. The same pattern replicated over & over throughout
the 20th century.
C. Some may ask, "Well, what's wrong with that?"
D. Remember the need for authority
1. 2 Tim 3:16-17, Col 3:17, 2 John :9
E. Further, there are boundaries given to the oversight
of an eldership. Elders are limited.
1. Acts 20:28
a. Ephesian elders were to oversee the
2. 1 Peter 5:1-2
a. Notice again the limitation in oversight.
"The flock of God among you"
3. The Broadway and Union Eve elders were
NOT limiting themselves to the oversight of the
flock among them.
a. They overstepped and took on more than
what God had given them as elders (2 John :9)
F. Notice also the divine pattern for supporting evangelism:
1. Local church selected preacher -
2. Local church sent preacher forth -
Acts 11:22, 13:1-3
3. Local church supported preacher directly -
Phil 4:15-16, 2 Cor 11:8-9
II. Consider some other examples with a slight twist
A. "One Nation Under God" Campaign
1. Sycamore church on Cookeville TN wanted to
send out literature to every home in the U.S.
2. Original goal was to collect $17 million, then $10 mil.
B. The Herald of Truth
1. Highland church in Abilene, TX solicited $$
for radio & television.
2. Interesting sidenote: At first, preaching on
Herald of Truth was very doctrinal, then got softer
& softer focusing on a more positive self-image.
As result, preaching in churches got softer & softer.
C. In Search of the Lord's Way
1. Edmond C of C solicits $$ for national TV show.
D. Worldwide Evangelism Satellite/Cable TV Network
1. Liberty C of C - Dennis, MS solicited $$ for a
worldwide TV network teaching the truth on salvation.
2. Diverse programming from sermons to puppet shows
E. Again, what's wrong with that?
1. After all, didn't the churches in Macedonia & Achaia
send to the Jerusalem church?
2. Yes, BUT the church in Jerusalem was IN NEED.
3. By and large any of these churches previously
mentioned are not needy. Most, if not all, are
large churches with huge contributions.
a. Edmond church alone averages over $20K/wk!
4. The problem is churches & their elderships taking
on work that is too big for them.
a. Sponsoring church arrangement cuts the autonomy of
the local church.
b. The local church is sufficient for its own work.
5. The largest scope of pooled funds is that of the
local church's treasury - 1 Cor 16:1-2 for the needy
F. Remember the question?
1. Where is the authority (CENI) for any local church
to send funds to any "middleman" organization,
institutional board or sponsoring eldership?
G. There is a pattern whereby we can know what is right.
Conc. Let us always choose God's way in performing the work He's given us.
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