WHO AM I?

Raymond Elliott  I customarily read the obituaries in the local newspaper and one morning I observed something unusual.  A lady who recently died and in mentioning her kindred, the point was clearly made that she was the great, great, great granddaughter of George Washington.  It was evident that her family members wanted the fact of… Read More ›

ISOLATIONISM IN REVERSE

Raymond Elliott  I can vividly recall a statement made by some members of the Lord’s church during my high school days at a Christian school that went something like this:  “You shouldn’t send your children to a Christian school because you will isolate them from society.”  And I suppose that some amount of isolationism was practiced… Read More ›

MORALITY ALONE CANNOT AND WILL NOT SAVE!

 Raymond Elliott There is the tendency among many people to equate morality with being a Christian.  While it is true that every devout Christian is a good moral person, it does not follow that every good moral person is a Christian. The moralist, separate and apart from Christ is a sinner.  The apostle Paul, quoting… Read More ›

Acceptable Music in Worship

Raymond Elliott There are many individuals who think that the churches of Christ do not have music in our periods of worship to God. However, that is a misconception. We do in fact have music always in our homage to the Heavenly Father. In fact, this writer has never attended a worship period wherein there… Read More ›

HEARING BUT NOT BELIEVING

Raymond Elliott One of the frustrations experienced by preachers is knowing that the gospel has been taught, yet there have been no responses by the hearers to obedience. This may occur when sinners refuse to obey the gospel of Christ and/or when members of the church fail to comply with the teaching of Christ to… Read More ›

“I COULDN’T CARE LESS”

Raymond Elliott While in a conversation with a brother in Christ the subject of pioneer gospel preachers was discussed. This brother was hyper-critical of a detailed study of the lives of such men as Alexander Campbell, Barton W. Stone, John Smith and others. This brother exclaimed, “I couldn’t care less what Raccoon John Smith did.”… Read More ›

MUSIC IN WORSHIP

Raymond Elliott There are many individuals who think that the churches of Christ do not have music in our periods of worship to God. That is a misconception. Christians do in fact have music always in doing homage to the Heavenly Father. But, please understand that the word “music” is generic. The specifics of music… Read More ›

“FOR THE REMISSION OF SINS”

Raymond Elliott Jesus Christ, on the night of his betrayal, instituted the Lord’s Supper. In reference to the fruit of the vine, he said: “For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28). Jesus spoke in prospect, that is, his blood was to… Read More ›