why the church of christ is wrong
An argument based on too narrow of an example can be just as false as an argument based on no evidence at all. As an example, I once has someone argue that baptism could not be necessary since it is never mentioned in John. He was wrong, baptism is mentioned in John, but the basis of his argument was also wrong because he created an artificial restriction on where baptism could be justified for no particular purpose. Yes, Jesus taught disciples to pray in Matthew 6:9-13. So because Jesus didn't mention praying for the sick in this example, does that mean we can't do so? The answer should be obviously false:
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord (James 5:14). To understand prayer and to understand how God should be addressed, all prayers and all names for God should be examined. The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever (Psalm 119:160). The name Jehovah came into the English language through a mistranslation of the Hebrew word Yahweh. (See YHWH for details. ) Regardless of how the word came to be, the name Jehovah is now an English word for the name of God, just as God, Lord, Father, and the Almighty are also words for God. The importance of addressing a prayer to God is to hallow or given reverence to God's authority. All the names for God do so in the Bible. Each addresses some aspect of His nature. Yahweh, Jehovah, and I Am all are reference to God's eternal nature and His right to rule as the one who always exists. God refers to is right to be worshiped. God Almighty refers to His supreme power. Lord God refers to His supreme authority over all creation. Father refers to His relationship and authority over His children. None of God's names degrade His being in any way. Then King David went in and sat before the LORD; and he said: Who am I, O Lord GOD? And what is my house, that You have brought me this far? (II Samuel 7:18).
Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the assembly of Israel, and spread out his hands toward heaven; and he said: LORD God of Israel, there is no God in heaven above or on earth below like You, who keep Your covenant and mercy with Your servants who walk before You with all their hearts (I Kings 8:21-22). Then Hezekiah prayed before the LORD, and said: O LORD God of Israel, the One who dwells between the cherubim, You are God, You alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth (II Kings 19:15). And I said: O my God, I am too ashamed and humiliated to lift up my face to You, my God; for our iniquities have risen higher than our heads, and our guilt has grown up to the heavens (Ezra 9:6). And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments (Daniel 9:4). A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet, on Shigionoth. O LORD, I have heard your speech and was afraid; O LORD, revive Your work in the midst of the years! In the midst of the years make it known; In wrath remember mercy (Habakkuk 3:1-2). Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest (Matthew 9:38). And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is, My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:46). Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You (John 17:1). And they prayed and said, You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen (Acts 1:24). Notice that Jesus did not use Father exclusively in his prayers.
БThen He came to Capernaum. And when He was in the house He asked them, БWhat was it you disputed among yourselves on the road? Б But they kept silent, for on the road they had disputed among themselves who would be the greatestБ (Mark 9:33-34). Have you ever got into a fight or dispute with someone over something that turned out to be rather trivial? During such times, did you later look back and regret fighting over such things? As Jesus gets nearer to the end of His earthly ministry, we see his disciples beginning to fight with each other and even other people over trivial things. For example, as the opening passage above indicates, they began to dispute with each other over which of them would become greatest in JesusБ kingdom (Mark 9:33-34; cf. Matthew 18:1). Sadly, this was not the only time they would fight about this. Later, as Jesus and his disciples are heading to Jerusalem shortly before JesusБ arrest, trial, and crucifixion, James and John create a dispute among the disciples by asking Jesus to give them a high position in His Kingdom and let them sit down one on His right hand and the other on His left hand (Mark 10:35-37; cf. Matthew 20:20-24). In His response to the first instance above, Jesus reminds his disciples that they need to focus on serving one another and having the humility of a young child. Б And He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, БIf anyone desires to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all. Б Then He took a little child and set him in the midst of them. And when He had taken him in His arms, He said to them, Б Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, receives not Me but Him who sent MeБ (Mark 10:35-37). However, the disciples were not done finding things about which to fight. John, the Бdisciple whom Jesus lovedБ (John 13:23), tells Jesus of another dispute into which they had gotten themselves: Б Now John answered Him, saying, БTeacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow usБ Б (Mark 9:38).
For no other reason than that person was not a part of their БgroupБ, John, and the other disciples who were with him, were spending their time picking fights with others who were doing a good work for God! Again, Jesus has to correct His disciples for their divisiveness. БBut Jesus said, БDo not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side. For whoever gives you a cup of water to drink in My name, because you belong to Christ, assuredly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward. But whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the seaБ Б (Mark 9:39-42). Throughout the centuries Christians have, at times, found themselves fighting with each other in the wrong fight. Our fight is to be against Satan and his allies, not with each other (Ephesians 6:10-12). Today, I will guard against picking the wrong fight and not fight or be divisive with my fellow brethren who are trying to serve God. Instead, I will strive to be united with my brethren because they are my fellow allies in Christ. I will fight the good fight by standing with God against my adversary the devil! БI have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearingБ ( 2 Timothy 4:7-8).
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