I long for the day when people who ask Bible questions are serious to find the answers. It is
by far more often to have a Bible question asked by someone who is looking for a loophole in
God’s instructions rather than just wanting to submit to what God says. In fact, you can often
see it coming from a distance. The person asking the question will almost try to set you up for a
rebuttal from the start. These aren’t people searching for the truth with an honest and good
heart (Luke 8:15). At times I feel like Abraham and Jeremiah, wondering if there are even a few
truth seekers left to find (Genesis 18:23-32 and Jeremiah 5:1). While it is certain there is a
remnant (Romans 11:1-5), it’s easy to get Elijah syndrome (I Kings 19:8-18).
Let me give some examples of what this article shall be about. We study with some among
“churches of Christ” which practice the “social gospel”. We try to help that person see that God
does not want the local church practicing social activities in His name. In this effort we might
present Romans 14:17, John 6:26-27, and I Corinthians 11:18-34 to show this point. It seems
that those we try to teach who hold the false view of the “social gospel” will not accept the truth
and repent. Instead, they start trying to find inconsistencies in the person trying to teach them.
The person worshipping with a congregation providing social
meals as a work of the church will first smile. Then, they ask:
“where’s your authority for a ‘church’ building”? At this point they
think they’re clever. This one has started climbing out the little hole
they think they’ve made. Sound brethren will often show the authority
for a central meeting location (Acts 20:7-11 and I Corinthians 11:20-22;
34; cf. Hebrews 10:25) and close the loophole of inconsistency.
That will not always keep the liberal from climbing and looking for
other loopholes however. What if the liberal finds you to be inconsistent?
Does that authorize others do things which God has not authorized?
If we err, will that authorize others to as well?
We do not want to be inconsistent (Romans 2:1). However, what if we were? If I am
inconsistent, will that excuse the inconsistency of others? Will we not all have to answer for
ourselves (John 5:28-29, Acts 17:30-31, Romans 14:11-12, and II Corinthians 5:10)? Men such
as Mike Willis sure think that someone else’s inconsistency results in Bible Authority for them.
You see, Mike wrote an article about a preacher in Akron, Ohio who taught against the
Guardian of Truth Institution’s Annual Lectureship. Mike maintained that if this preacher could
speak at a human institution, G.O.T. was doing nothing different and therefore was not wrong
wrote several articles exposing the G.O.T. and other human institutions among “NI” churches of
Christ if you are unaware of these issues - http://www.wordsoftruth.net/studyofinstitutionalism.
htm). Anyone in error, like Mike Willis and his other G.O.T. associates, have no Scriptural
authority for what they do. So, they have to try and shift the direction of questions for their
authority (cf. Matthew 21:23-27).
Those seeking to find loopholes by the inconsistency of others will often use human
wisdom in what should be Biblical discussions. I once had a discussion with a preacher about
“benevolence”. He asked me how I could say that the local church had no authority to give aid
to alien sinners out of the treasury of the local church. I reversed the question and asked him
for the authority to do so (Ephesians 5:10 and I Thessalonians 5:21). I asked him: “where does
God say it is RIGHT to use His money in aiding alien sinners”? This man could offer nothing
else after we discussed the abuses of the contexts of Galatians 6:1-10, James 1:18-27, and II
Corinthians 8-9 (which he attempted to use). In fact, he admitted that the contexts he used
were abused for his view after I posed II Thessalonians 3:10 and I Timothy 5:3-16 to him among
other passages. Now, after all his “arguments” were shot and killed, guess where the
discussion went... He did not repent for twisting the word of God (II Timothy 2:14-18 and II
Peter 3:16-18; cf. Luke 13:3; 5). He said: “Is the electric company a Christian? Does the
church pay an electric bill?” Well, I must say he got me there - NOT REALLY. We have
authority to have lights in the meeting house (Acts 20:7-8). Additionally, the electric company is
not getting “benevolence funds” from the church. Yet, he thought if he could find an
inconsistency, then his practice is okay! NOT SO!
The plain fact is, no matter how people on the opposite sides of an issue are inconsistent
(which some are), that does not give anyone authority for that which God has not spoken
(Leviticus 10:1-2, Proverbs 30:5-6, Matthew 15:1-9, Galatians 1:6-12, II John 9, and Revelation
22:18-19). Human argumentation does not establish a “thus saith the Lord” nor does human
inconsistency (Hebrews 5:8-9 and I John 2:3-6; 5:2-3).
Some of the logic I have heard in the discussion of inconsistency would open doors of
authority that could not be shut. Imagine if someone said that Judas, an apostle of Jesus, was
a thief (John 12:1-6) and argued that this allows for theft today! We know that stealing is in
opposition to the word of God (Romans 13:9), but one could argue those passages were written
by Apostles who once had fellowship with a thief. Does the argument hold water? NO! The
arguments made today for unauthorized practices are claimed to be valid when they are just as
ignorant. Consider the wisdom of those making such arguments (Proverbs 19:3).
If you want to do what is right in the sight of God, do not use men as your standard whether
they are hypocrites or not (I Corinthians 4:6). To please God, you just simply need to do what
He says (Genesis 6:22 and Luke 4:4). If God has NOT said it, shown an approved example of
it, or has left a conclusion that cannot be misunderstood; DON’T say it or do it (Joshua 1:7-8
and II Timothy 3:16-17).
|Volume IX ~ Issue IV ~ October 19th, 2008
|Edited by: Brian A. Yeager
|The Loophole of Inconsistency
By: Brian A. Yeager
|The Loophole Of Inconsistency In Others
|The Loophole of Inconsistency is not of God!