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William Andrew Dillard

Apostasy simply means the losing of one’s salvation. It is the multiple-emphasized declaration of the Holy Word that salvation is everlasting. Still some have trouble with such passages as Matthew 5:22, “But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.”
It is important to establish context. Verse one of the chapter set it. It is the inaugural message of Jesus to His newly called out church. The burden of the message is the difference between the Old Covenant and the New one. As He spoke about personal relationships, this verse that is problematic to some is spoken. The idea of judgment is not a problem; the idea of the council is not a problem, but to be put in danger of hell fire for using the label “fool” to a brother is a problem that few know how to understand. The exposition of its meaning is herewith offered as true and harmonious with the non-contradictory nature of the Holy Word.
The problematic terminology is “in danger of hell fire.” A survey of original language of the scriptures shows this “hell fire” to be an English translation of the Greek word, “Gehenna.” The hell fire to which unbelievers,,the devil, and his minions will be assigned is “Hades, hell” in the Koine Greek of the New Testament. It is a place that born again people can never experience on the merits of the Lord Jesus Christ.
On the other hand, “Gehenna” is the name of the city dump of Jerusalem. In it were discarded all things of no intrinsic value to be consumed by fire. 
If one can say to his brother (spiritual brother in Christ; remember the context) you are a fool; a moron for living as you do in/for Him, then it is open proof that the value system of life of the one so saying is so far afield from God and the teachings of Holy Writ that such life will be lost in the judgment fires of God when ALL His people stand before Him, 2 Cor. 5:10. The apostle Paul taught in I Cor. 3:9-16 that all the words and deeds of life would be as six categories: wood, hay stubble, gold, silver, precious stones. All will be tried in judgment fire. Of course, wood, hay, stubble are consumed. And, there are some who will be saved, yet so as by fire. They will be without reward of life lived on earth. The judgment of a fellow brother in Christ as a moron is herewith underscored as wood, hay, stubble, and not the life that will be rewarded. That in itself is a catastrophe no believer should have, but it is a far cry from apostasy.


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No Stumbling Block


Romans 14:13


Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way,” Romans 14:13.



Paul joins the idea of judging a brother to putting a stumbling block in one’s way. Paul was writing to people aware of the arguments over holy days and eating meat offered to idols which could be bought cheaper in the market place.


If we cannot do something without worrying about it, it’s best not to do it. If we violate our conscience, that is sin. Often the things that make us feel guilty have nothing to do with morals, but are merely preferences foisted upon us by the culture that raised us. “Stumblingblock” comes from the Greek word scandalon from which we get scandal.


Jesus taught that if the Bible doesn’t clearly forbid something, and it is not harmful, illegal or immoral, don’t make a big deal out of it. “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you” (1 Cor. 11:15-19).


When people go to church to find fault and squabble with worshipers, God does not take it lightly.



Just Saying


When the king is coming to town and you come across stumbling stones in the road, cast them to the side and straighten up the place …that you may be found in love at His appearing.


Robert Brock




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J. R. GRAVES Life, Times, and Teachings 6


That brother, Z.C. Graves, with the enterprise which marked the family, had gone West and was teaching a little school on the shore of Lake Erie near Ashtabula, Ohio. Nearby was a town named Kingsville with an academy in it. Through the influence and upon the recommendation of his brother and some friends at home, J.R. Graves was elected principal of this academy, and with his mother and sister he left his Vermont home for the distant West. This was when he was nineteen years old.

His nightly studies after his day’s teaching, in order to keep ahead of his classes, impaired his health. He abandoned the school, after two years and went to Kentucky seeking a milder climate. He located near Nicholasville in Jessamine County and took charge of a country school called Clear Creek Academy. The school was begun in a small house, but the attendance grew so rapidly and so large that they had to fut up a tobacco barn in order to accommodate the throngs of pupils who waited upon his teaching.

Here took place a new era in his life which changed its character and current. When he went there he was a shy, reticent youth with little religious knowledge and scarcely any acquaintance with Baptists or their distinguishing principles. His mother was a member of the Congregational Church. He was not aware of the latent abilities within him He had never taken a prominent part in social meetings and never had a religious periodical to read. There was a small but active Baptist Church near by called Mt. Freedom. Dr. Tyland D. Dillard was pastor. There were honest, earnest men in it. He joined the little church and came by and by to take part in its prayer meetings and in the Sunday School activities.

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Daughter: But Mommy, My Brother Was Born in Your Belly | LifeNews.com

Daughter: But Mommy, My Brother Was Born in Your Belly | LifeNews.com.

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