Sermon Outline By Brian A. Yeager
A. There are people that worship with so-called “conservative” churches. They do not have a clue why they’re there. They don’t know the difference between faithful and unfaithful (Isaiah 5:20).
1. These people parrot what “their preacher” (ASHDOD) says about “liberalism”, without searching the Scriptures for themselves (Acts 17:10-11).
2. These people love their *version of “hard preaching” (Ezekiel 33:30-33). *Preaching Against denominationalism, eating in the building, etc…
3. However, when they travel, move, etc. they worship with any and all divisions within churches of Christ (Ephesians 4:14).
4. One’s faith must be grounded in more than just truth by chance membership in a congregation (Colossians 1:23).
B. To be clear, you cannot please God by accidentally partaking in truth, for true obedience requires understanding (Matthew 13:23 and Ephesians 5:17).
1. Joining in with that which appears good, because in part it is (James 2:10), does not please the Lord (II Timothy 3:5).
2. The ignorance that leads to the problems we’ve discussed and will further discuss, stem from a lack of diligent self-studies of God’s word (II Timothy 2:14-18). *Plenty of commentaryism, preacher following, and human traditions rather than studying.
II. Body: So many desire to “stand for the truth”, yet they are clueless (I Timothy 1:3-7).
A. There are those opposed to “eating in the building”, because they are accidentally “conservative”. * Though they eat in the building every 1st day of the week (Acts 20:7).
1. The real issue is not about the building, but about the local church sponsoring or overseeing social events (Romans 14:17; cf. John 6:26-27).
2. The ignorance is in that Christians are to practice hospitality as individuals, not the collective body (I Peter 4:9).
3. Even when the local church is assembling in a person’s home (Romans 16:3-5), the church still has no authority to organize a social function (consider - Luke 6:46).
4. The Lord’s Supper was being abused in Corinth. Paul did not instruct the local church to just eat their common meal “after services” in some special room. He told them to eat at home (I Corinthians 11:22; 34).
B. There are those opposed to “Institutionalism”, because they are accidentally “conservative”.
1. They say they’re “NI”, but they attend FC, buy into the GOT, etc. (Romans 2:1-3).
2. They do not understand that God authorized two “institutions” to teach His word and do His work:
a. The home is authorized, as an organization, to teach God’s word (II Timothy 1:5; 3:15), build up (Ephesians 6:4), and to assist in physical needs [a.k.a benevolence] (I Timothy 5:4-8).
b. The local church is authorized, as a collective body of believers, to teach God’s word (I Thessalonians 1:7-8 and I Timothy 3:15), edify (Ephesians 4:16), and to limitedly (I Timothy 5:16 and II Thessalonians 3:10) assist in the physical needs of FAITHFUL (Ephesians 5:11; cf. II Corinthians 8:4) BRETHREN [a.k.a benevolence] (I Corinthians 16:1-4).
3. In ignorance about needing authority for all we say and do (Matthew 28:18-20 and Colossians 3:17), they THINK the issue is only about the Lord’s money being used.
C. There are those opposed to “Instrumental Music”, because they are accidentally “conservative”.
1. When asked why they don’t have instruments, they have no idea how to go through the pattern to show the Lord wants singing (Matthew 26:26-30, Mark 14:26, I Corinthians 14:15, Colossians 3:16, etc.).
2. Their ignorance is shown in that they oppose I.M. for a lack of authority, but they do MANY other things without being to show the authority for them.
a. Make-up L.S. (I Corinthians 11:33).
b. Pitch pipes (Ephesians 5:19).
c. Having “men’s business meetings” wherein unqualified men take on authority that only belongs to elders (Acts 20:28).
d. Any and all traditions upon which there is no authority (Mark 7:8-9). – If you cannot turn in your Bible and make the case, don’t practice it (Romans 14:23).
D. There are those opposed to “false teachers”, because they are accidentally “conservative”.
1. These think that being a false teacher is determined by being “NI” or “PI”, as though this is the only “litmus test” (Matthew 23:23-24).
2. These people hate preachers that set things in order (Titus 1:5), but they love those who tickle their ears with THEIR idea of conservatism (II Timothy 4:1-5).
3. They refuse to mark and avoid all who do not teach the entire truth of Christ (Romans 16:17-18 and II John 9-11).
E. There are those opposed to “unity in diversity”, because they are accidentally “conservative”.
1. Here is the catch… These are opposed to unity in diversity as far as fellowship with denominations, etc.; but they have their abuses of Romans 14 with regard to “conservative issues” that are not “tests of fellowship” (ASHDOD) in THEIR book.
a. I.E. - The artificial veil is ignorantly accepted rejecting the Scriptures (I Corinthians 11:14-15).
b. I.E. - One cup, rejecting the Scriptures (Luke 22:17-18).
2. God expects unity on all issues (I Corinthians 1:10), without compromise (Jude 3), UNLESS HE says they are AUTHORIZED LIBERTIES that HE doesn’t deem significant (I Corinthians 10:35-33).
III. Conclusion: Bringing it home – Brethren, we cannot stand on the truth of authority, etc. just because we are the “conservative congregation in town”. It has to be because each one of us has searched out the truth (John 5:39) and made a decision to stand for it (II John 4).
A. If you were to move, would you still stand for the same things you stand for now even if there were not others to stand with you (Jeremiah 15:16-17)?
B. Have you committed to God, not just to men, that you’ll never compromise (Proverbs 23:23)? Not even for an hour (Galatians 2:1-5)?
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager