may we understand the Lord's words to signify where He says--"I
know thy works, that thou art neither cold or hot. So then because
thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot.
So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will spue thee out of my mouth."--`Rev. 3:15,16`. (J.E.D.)
<ANSWER>--The seven churches in Asia represent the seven
stages of development, or epochs in the history of the one true
Church of Christ. The message to the church in Laodicea relates,
therefore, to the last or present period of the Church's existence.
It is during this final stage of the history of the Christian
Church that we may expect the repudiation or spewing out of
relationship with the Lord as his mouthpiece, and of recognition
as members of His true Church, of all those who are "lukewarm"
and indifferent in the service of the Lord--Christians in name
only and not heart-devoted followers of the Lord. It is daily
becoming more manifest to all careful observers that there is
a wide distinction between real Christianity, and the great
mass of professing Churchianity. Perhaps the most reprehensible
class of people on the earth is that which is formed of those
who are half-hearted and indifferent to the great and important
affairs of life.
is the Church's message to the world at this time? This is a
day of transition; new lines of thought and new conditions are
rapidly superseding the old, and does not this apply to ecclesiastical
affairs as well? (Reverend)
<ANSWER>--This is one of the fundamental questions of
the times. Ministers everywhere are asking themselves and each
other as to the proper course to pursue in their efforts to
keep abreast of the times. Many are making the mistake of ignoring
the foundation teachings of the Scriptures, and are devoting
themselves to setting forth the theories of "Evolution"
and "Higher Criticism," which are nothing more or
less than insidious forms of skepticism and infidelity. Any
clergyman who proclaims these theories from the pulpit, has
no right to the title of "Minister of the Gospel."
He is either a knave or a hypocrite if he continues to pose
as a Christian minister, while undermining the faith of his
hearers, in proclaiming that which is in direct opposition to
the teachings of the Bible. It is no cause for surprise that
so few people attend church services now-a-days, when we reflect
that many clergymen are preaching anything but the Gospel. The
duty of all true Christians is to make known the wonderful tidings
of salvation through Christ and His coming Kingdom which, when
established in the earth, will result in the blessing of all
the race of mankind. The message of the Church to the world
now is-- "THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS AT HAND"; that
kingdom for which all earnest Christians have prayed. "Thy
Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth even as it is done in
am the financial secretary of a church and, as such, I have
the responsibility of raising funds for the various expenses
of our regular church work. I must confess that I am strained
past the compass of my wits to know how to get any more money
out of our members than we are doing at the present time. The
difficulty with us is that our expenses are increasing every
month. We have some high-priced singers in or choir and must
continue to raise their salaries, or else they will leave us.
We must have a new organ and keep up with the other churches
all around us or lose our membership. Kindly suggest some up-to-date
methods of getting money. We have tried suppers, and sociables,
and fairs, and grab-bags, etc., and our congregation seems to
be a little tired of these methods; so please give us some new
<ANSWER>--There are two methods by which the modern church
may be made a success. One of these is to popularize the church
membership by transforming the church into a "social club."
Have elaborate musical programs with very brief sermons for
the regular services, and at other times, theatricals, smokers,
balls, and entertainments. The other method is to adopt the
one used by the Lord Jesus and His Apostles.
is the oldest church? (C.D.A.)
<ANSWER>--There is but one Church, from the Scriptural
standpoint. In the language of the Apostle, it is "The
Church of the First-Born which are written in heaven;"
or the "Church of the living God;" or again, "The
Church of Christ."--`Heb. 12:23`; `1 Tim. 3:15`; `Rom.
16:16`. It was this Church which our Lord established and He
gave it no party name. It was merely the Church of Christ. Since
then good people, more or less confused by the errors of the
Dark Ages, have separated themselves into various bands and
churches of human organization and bound themselves together
by human creeds. These are known by various names. None of these
Churches of men are authorized by the Bible nor mentioned in
it. However, the one "Church of the Living God" is
composed of the saintly people of God in all of these denominations,
or outside of all of them, as the case may be. Hence, the oldest
Church is the Church of Christ; and it is the only Church, in
the Divine estimation. Each saint must desire and strive for
membership in this Church as his greatest privilege. Consecrated
believers join this Church in a probationary sense now, but
an entrance into full membership in that Church, which is the
Body of Christ, will be granted only to the "overcomers,"
after they shall have finished their course and have become
participants in the First Resurrection.
do we understand by the 144,000 mentioned in the seventh and
fourteenth chapters of Revelation? (J.A.D.)
<ANSWER>--For more than sixteen centuries the Lord dealt
exclusively with the Jewish nation. They were His specially
chosen people and favored above every other nation in the earth.
The Lord told them on one occasion that He recognized them only
of all the families of the earth (`Amos 3:2`). The Israelites
were informed that if faithful to the Lord, and obedient to
His commands, they would be a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
and that His favor would never depart from them. But they became
disobedient to the Lord's instructions and consequently, the
time came when they were cast aside and no longer recognized
as His people. The Divine favor was then turned to the Gentiles
and these were granted the opportunity to become members of
the Royal Priesthood. This Priesthood would have been completely
made up from the twelve tribes of Israel--twelve thousand from
each tribe--had there been a sufficient number of faithful obedient
ones to make up the predestinated number of 144,000. As only
a remnant of that nation of the Jews accepted Christ, as their
Savior when He presented Himself to them, the invitation went
to the Gentiles, and all throughout this Gospel Age the selection
has been going on amongst the nations of the earth aside from
the Jews. When "the fullness (the full number) of the Gentiles
be come in," then favor will once more return to the Jews
and all Israel shall be saved (`Rom. 11:25-27`). The elect 144,000
will be kings and priests unto God and shall reign with Christ
during the thousand years mentioned in `Rev. 20:1-6`.