CHURCH GROWTH
Genuine Foundational Church Growth


NAVIGATION

There Is A Need
The Problem
The Purpose
How To Gather As Christians
Growing in Grace and Knowledge
Church vs. Cult
Definitions From Scripture


Textual Criticism
Majority Greek Text vs. Modern Translations

From Europe to the Near East, roughly 95% of the Bibles were based
upon the Greek text  known as Byzantine,  Antioch, Textus Receptus,
or Majority Text.
  The modern English versions since 1881 are from a
variant 4th-5th C. text from Alexandria, Egypt.  It reflects what you
might expect of the Alexandrian School of philosophers and Gnostics
which is (1) Jesus wasn't the Christ, (2)  Christ didn't come in the flesh,
or (3) Jesus didn't recognize God as his father.   (See 1 John 4:3, KJV) 
Modern versions identify with Westcott & Hort, Nestle-Aland, Critical
Text, Novum Testamentum Graece, and "most recent manuscripts"
only because of when they were discovered, irrespective of older mss. 
Some examples of textual varients.

See Les Garrett's videos for the evidence:
Which Bible Can We Trust?  VIDEOs Vol 1  Vol 2  Vol 3  Vol 4
Video of screencast presentation in Tualatin.  Apply to quickly get password.
Les Garret is not KJV-Only; He is Textus Receptus Only.


The Authority of Church Elders in the New Testament
It meticulously examines every relevant passage in the New Testament
scriptures.
Read the Abstract and introductory sections in Chapter I on 
Methodology, The Semantics of Authority, and Thesis. Next, read the 
Concluding Observations 
at the end of chapters 2 through 6.  Then delve
into Chapter 7 which sums up the subject of authority and the role it
plays as Position, Responsibility, Power and Influence.


The Great Ecclesiastical Conspiracy by Davis & Clark
The only real problem we see with the King James Version is that
the translation team was under the direction of Bishop Bancroft to
maintain the ecclesiastical terminology of the high church which
was designed to establish and preserve a clergy/laiety hierarchy
through abuse of the Greek.  Chapter 2 is a detailed exegesis of the
Greek words that were dis-translated.  Read/Printout (259K)  Listen


Jerry Benjamin  Sample MP3
"The church is not about us, it is all about Christ" 
Christ is not to be only prominent; He is to be totally Pre-eminent


Johannic Baptism by James W. Dale
John was preaching the Jewish Kingdom message and for Israel to
repent.
 Israel rejects the Kingdom.  John annointed the sinless Jesus
as Christ.  We can't copy Him!  There is no allegory we are to follow
Christ and get dunked. He took our place and did the work in our place!

Judaic Baptism  by James W. Dale
As shown by Jewish and Patristic Writings

Classic Baptism

  by James W. Dale

An Inquiry into the meaning of the word "baptism", not necessarily
water.  Maurice Johnson appreciated his interpretation of major
passages on baptism. Ed Stevens quoted from Dale's works. We found
them amazingly parallel with what we believed. However, Dale was a
Presbyterian and still held to the ritual of water baptism for infants.

Christic Baptism and Patristic Baptism 
by James W. Dale

The Baptism and Gifts of the Holy Spirit  by Merrill F. Unger
Lack of doctrinal precision for Pentecostalism and a second act of Grace.

"One Lord" - An Anthem by Alan Hemenway
Downloads of audio files and printed music parts.


Practicum
A Christian World View
Booknotes & Reviews
Cancer Alternative Therapies
Cancer Self-Help Support Program
by Dr. Jacob Swilling 
Voting 
by Bradley Schultz

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LINKS
The only sites we endorse

Maurice Johnson Archives (1893-1979)  
A phenomenal ministry

The Sin of Sectarianism
Quotes 51 famous clergy - 234K

CULT:  Robert A. Grove Ministries, Inc.
Destroyers of Christian lives, Christian homes, 
     and the Church which is Christ's Body


Dr. Stuart Crane (1930-2013)  He led me out of sectarianism in 1972.
The "Other" Religion, Wheat Receipts, Montreal Seminar 1976

Recommended reading at
LINKS:
"The Word Became Flesh" John 1:14
The Early Christians
Who is a Christian?
Who is the Church?
Who is a Saint?
Who is Reverend?
Saved By Dry Baptism
Why Christians Do Not Belong To Denominations

Easter and Christm
as Paganism
Lord's Supper and the New Covenant?
Baptism, Church,
and Kingdom
Three Passovers and the Lord's Supper
The Lord's Supper 
by Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Lord's Supper   
Rulers  - Hebrews 13
Tongues / Purpose of Holy Spirit Baptism   

Calvinism 
Denominational Landmines 
The New Covenant ...with Israel and the House of Judah. 
Seven Churches Not Related to Body of Christ Today
Was John's Baptism A Continuation of the Law of Moses?
Where In The Bible Can We Find Non-Essentials?  
Why Christians Should Not Observe Christmas  


BIBLE HELPS:


Bible Gateway   
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Christian Classics Ethereal Library
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Old Christian Radio
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