Frequently Asked Questions

Why do we take communion and why every first day of the week?

Why do we not use instrumental music?

Why do we contribute to the work of the church only on the first day of the week?

How does one obtain salvation?

Why do we not call our preacher a pastor?

Are all "christian" denominations the church?

Is the church the kingdom?

Why are the Ten Commandments not applicable to us today?

What is the general answer that applies to all of these questions?


Why do we take communion and why every first day of the week?

On the night He was betrayed, Jesus blessed the bread and fruit of the vine and gave it to his disciples saying to them "do this in remembrance of me". This certainly implies that it was a command he wanted us to obey.
     I Corinthians 11:23-29
I Corinthians 11:23-29
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you: that the Lord Jesus on the same night in which He was betrayed took bread;
24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “Take, eat, this is My body which is broken for you; do this in remembrance of Me.”
25 In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, This do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”
26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes.
27 Therefore whoever eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.
29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

The early christians were guided into all truth by the Holy Spirit (or comforter as Jesus called him). Following the instructions of the comforter and the apostles, they met on the first day of the week to take the communion. Therefore, since it was what Jesus wanted us to do, we follow their example and do the same.
     Acts 20:7
Acts 20:7
Now on the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul, ready to depart the next day, spoke to them and continued his message until midnight

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Why do we not use instrumental music?

There is no authority for the use of instrumental music in the entire New Testament.  There was music used in the Old Testament, but the New Testament and the teaching of Christ has replaced the old Testament.  We are told to sing in many New Testament passages but never a mention of instrumental music.

The issue is not a question of finding the use of instrumental music in the Bible.  That is easy.  It is not a question of finding its use in worship.  That is easy also.  But the task of those who use it is to find where the New Testament authorized its use in the church.   That is not so easy -- it cannot be done.

If we go back to the Old Testament and King David to justify instrumental music, we of necessity must also bring with it animal sacrifice and burning of incense.

I can find where circumcision was commanded and practiced in the Bible.  I can find where the burning of incense was commanded and practiced in the Bible.  I can find where animal sacrifice was commanded and practiced in the Bible.  So, if somebody wants to put it on the basis of merely finding where music was mentioned and used, that would be easy to do.  But to prove that the use of mechanical music has been authorized and sanctioned in the New Testament church, the church of Christ, as part of the system of worship revealed in the gospel -- that is the issue. 1

The following passages are the embodiment of the whole new testament on the subject of singing 2

At the institution of the Lord's Supper Matthew states that when Jesus and the disciples "had sung" an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives      Matthew 26:30
Matthew 26:30
And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

Paul declared that David foretold in one of the prophetic psalms that Gentiles would acknowledge Christ "and sing" to his name      Romans 15:9
Romans 15:9
and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written:
“For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your name”

The apostle taught that in the church one should "sing with the spirit," but that he could be understood by others, to sing with the understanding also      I Corinthians 14:15
I Corinthians 14:15
What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding

The Ephesian church was told that in speaking to themselves in the psalms and hymns and spiritual songs they should "make melody in the heart to the Lord"      Ephesians 5:19
Ephesians 5:19
speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord

The Colossian church was instructed to teach one another in the psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, "singing with grace in your hears to the Lord"      Colossians 3:16
Colossians 3:16
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord

Again, Paul declared that David foretold in another prophetic psalm that Christ would sanctify the Gentiles and "in the midst of the church" they would "sing praise"      Hebrews 2:12
Hebrews 2:12
I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You

The apostle states that the "sacrifice of praise to God" is "the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name"
     Hebrews 13:15
Hebrews 13:15
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name

The apostle James admonishes those who feel disposed to give expression to spiritual joy to "sing psalms" -- he said to sing the psalms; and if playing a "psalm" was ever a part of the spiritual exercise of Christians, here would be the place where the mention of it should have been expected      James 5:13
James 5:13
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms

1An excerpt from a book by Foy Wallace, BULWARKS OF THE FAITH Vol II, page 231
2An excerpt from a book by Foy Wallace, BULWARKS OF THE FAITH Vol II, page 289

  See the entire book text online

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Why do we contribute to the work of the church only on the first day of the week?

The early christians took up a collection on the first day of the week.
Therefore, we follow their example and do the same.

Note also, this is an individual responsibility.

     1 Corinthians 16:1-2
1 Corinthians 16:1-2
1 Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, so you must do also:
2 On the first day of the week let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.

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How does one obtain salvation?

HEAR the Gospel
BELIEVE in Christ and God
REPENT of sins
CONFESS faith in Christ
BE BAPTIZED for the remission of sins
Live faithfully the rest of your life on this earth

This subject is detailed on our        Salvation Page

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Why do we not call our preacher a pastor?

He (God) gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.   The function of a pastor is not here specifically identified, but is distinguished from that of the evangelist (or preacher).      Ephesians 4:11
Ephesians 4:11
And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers

For more information:

An article from Truth Magazine March 24, 1977       Truth Magazine March 24, 1977

An article from Truth Magazine June 2, 1977       Truth Magazine June 2, 1977

An article from Truth Magazine February 4, 1982       Truth Magazine February 4, 1982

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Are all "christian" denominations the church?

Jesus said He would build His church.      Matthew 16:18
Matthew 16:18
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

The church He built is not an earthly church.  It is a spiritual church or Kingdom
Identity of the church and kingdom as one and the same is revealed in Matthew 16:18,19 where the Lord declares, "I will build My church" and said to Peter, "I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven." In one breath He calls it "My church" and in the next "the kingdom of heaven."

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION SEE FAQ "IS THE CHURCH THE KINGDOM?"
which includes all the saved people since the beginning of creation, both living and dead.

The Lord adds to this church those who were being saved.      Acts 2:47
Acts 2:47
praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.

Those who have been baptized, and have been added by the Lord to the spiritual church, will gather together as the early christians did, and worship according to the pattern defined in the New Testament. The New Testament identifies the gathering of these groups by several different names, anyone of which would be scriptural to identify them. Therefore, only those who follow the teachings of Jesus in the New Testament, using one of the scriptural names for their group, will remain part of the spiritual church.

If a religious practice is not defined in the New Testament, it is a vain commandment of men.
                 Matthew 15:9
Matthew 15:9
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

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Is the church the kingdom?

Over the years there have been arguments made that the church is not the kingdom of Christ based on the misinterpretation of some scriptures. These arguments are based on scriptures which define the kindgom to be other than the church. However, every time the word "kingdom" occurs in the Bible it does not refer to the kingdom of Christ on earth or the church. It was pointed out by H. Leo Boles in the Boles-Boll Debate (page 57) that "as applied to God's power or dominion" ... the "kingdom of God" may have five applications:

1.  God's eternal kingdom -- heaven
    Acts 14:22;
Acts 14:22;
strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

     II Timothy 4:18
II Timothy 4:18
And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!

     II Pet. 1:11
II Pet. 1:11
for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2.  God's kingdom of Christ -- the church
       >  The kingdom referred to in these scriptures
        Daniel 2:44
Daniel 2:44
And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.

   Daniel 7:13-14
Daniel 7:13-14
13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him.
14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.

   Colossians 1:13
Colossians 1:13
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love

   Hebrews 12:28
Hebrews 12:28
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[a] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear

   Matthew 16:19
Matthew 16:19
And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosednin heaven


       >  is the same as the church of the New Testament referred to in these scriptures
        Matthew 16:18
Matthew 16:18
And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it

   Ephesians 1:22-23
Ephesians 1:22-23
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all

   Ephesians 5:23-25
Ephesians 5:23-25
23 For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.
24 Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her

   Colossians 1:18, 24
Colossians 1:18, 24
18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence.

24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church

   I Timothy 3:15
I Timothy 3:15
but if I am delayed, I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth

3.  God's ethical or moral kingdom. Moral government in the world argues a moral governor
      Psalms 103:19;
Psalms 103:19;
The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all

   Daniel 4:25, 32, 34-36;
Daniel 4:25, 32, 34-36;

25 They shall drive you from men, your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make you eat grass like oxen. They shall wet you with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over you, till you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses.

32 And they shall drive you from men, and your dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field. They shall make you eat grass like oxen; and seven times shall pass over you, until you know that the Most High rules in the kingdom of men, and gives it to whomever He chooses

34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever: For His dominion is an everlasting dominion, And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
35 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven And among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand Or say to Him, “What have You done?”
36 At the same time my reason returned to me, and for the glory of my kingdom, my honor and splendor returned to me. My counselors and nobles resorted to me, I was restored to my kingdom, and excellent majesty was added to me.

   Psalms 22:28; 93:2
Psalms 22:28; 93:2

22:28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s,And He rules over the nations

93:2 Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting

4.  God's kingdom of fleshly Israel
      II Samuel 5:12
II Samuel 5:12

So David knew that the Lord had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel

   I Kings 9:3-7; 11:11
I Kings 9:3-7

3 And the Lord said to him: “I have heard your prayer and your supplication that you have made before Me; I have consecrated this house which you have built to put My name there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually.
4 Now if you walk before Me as your father David walked, in integrity of heart and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded you, and if you keep My statutes and My judgments,
5 then I will establish the throne of your kingdom over Israel forever, as I promised David your father, saying, ‘You shall not fail to have a man on the throne of Israel.’
6 But if you or your sons at all turn from following Me, and do not keep My commandments and My statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods and worship them,
7 then I will cut off Israel from the land which I have given them; and this house which I have consecrated for My name I will cast out of My sight. Israel will be a proverb and a byword among all peoples.

I Kings 11:11

Therefore the Lord said to Solomon, “Because you have done this, and have not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you and give it to your servant.

5.  God's physical kingdom. His natural laws govern all animal and vegetable life

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Why are the Ten Commandments not applicable to us today?

The prophets in the Old Testament spoke of the New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34)
(Jeremiah 31:31-34)
31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah
32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord.
33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

. Jesus himself said that there was a New Covanent (Luke 22:20)
(Luke 22:20)
Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.

. Jesus gave his life on the cross and with his death the New Covenant began. The New Covenant does not include laws that were required under the Old Covenant, nor did it have "formal" laws like the Old Covenant. Rather, it consisted of the teaching of Jesus while He was here and the Apostles (guided by the helper, comforter or Holy Spirit who Jesus sent after he left) once the New Covenant was set in place.

The ten Commandments are recorded in two books in the Old Testament:    Deuteronomy 5:6-21
Deuteronomy 5:6-21
6 ‘I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
7 ‘You shall have no other gods before Me.
8 ‘You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
11 ‘You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
12 ‘Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.
13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.
16 ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
17 ‘You shall not murder.
18 ‘You shall not commit adultery.
19 ‘You shall not steal.
20 ‘You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
21 ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.’

    Exodus 20:3-17
Exodus 20:3-17
3 “You shall have no other gods before Me.
4 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
5 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
6 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
7 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
8 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
10 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates.
11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

   For this study only the Deuteronomy reference is detailed

The ten commandments are shown below followed by the New Testament scriptures that replace each commandment

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1) You shall have no other gods before Me

Deuteronomy 5:6-7
Deuteronomy 5:6-7
6 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
7 You shall have no other gods before Me.

Matthew 4:10, Acts 17:16, Romans 1:25, I Corinthians 8:4-6, Philippians 3:19, Colossians 2:18, Revelation 19:10, 22:9

2) You shall not make for yourself a carved image ...

Deuteronomy 5:8-10
Deuteronomy 5:8-10
8 You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;
9 you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me,
10 but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Acts 15:29, Romans 1:22-23, I Corinthians 6:9-10, 10:14, Ephesians 5:5, I John 5:21, Revelation 21:8, 22:15

3) You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain ...

Deuteronomy 5:11
Deuteronomy 5:11
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain

Matthew 5:33-37, 22:16-22, James 5:12, 1 Timothy 6:1

4) Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy ...

Deuteronomy 5:12-15
Deuteronomy 5:12-15
12 Observe the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, as the Lord your God commanded you.
13 Six days you shall labor and do all your work,
14 but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your ox, nor your donkey, nor any of your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates, that your male servant and your female servant may rest as well as you.
15 And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstretched arm; therefore the Lord your God commanded you to keep the Sabbath day.

Not repeated in the New Testament:

Colossians 2:16-17

5) Honor your father and your mother ...

Deuteronomy 5:16
Deuteronomy 5:16
Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you

Matthew 15:4-9, Romans 1:30, Ephesians 6:1-3, Colossians 3:20

6) You shall not murder

Deuteronomy 5:17
Deuteronomy 5:17
You shall not murder

Matthew 15:19, 19:8, Mark 7:21-23, Romans 1:29, 13:9, I Timothy 1:9-10, James 2:11, I John 3:15

7) You shall not commit adultery

Deuteronomy 5:18
Deuteronomy 5:18
You shall not commit adultery

Matthew 19:18, Mark 7:21-23, 10:11-12, Acts 15:20, Romans 2:22, 7:2-3, 13:9, I Corinthians 6:9-10, 7:5, Hebrews 13:4

8) You shall not steal

Deuteronomy 5:19
Deuteronomy 5:19
You shall not steal

Matthew 15:19, 19:18, Mark 7:21-23, Luke 3:13-14, Romans 13:9, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Ephesians 4:28, James 5:4

9) You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

Deuteronomy 5:20
Deuteronomy 5:20
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

Matthew 15:19, 19:18, Luke 3:14, Romans 1:29-30, 13:9, Ephesians 4:31, I Timothy 1:9-10, II Timothy 3:3, James 4:11

10) You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife ...

Deuteronomy 5:21
Deuteronomy 5:21
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s

Mark 7:21-23, Luke 12:15, Acts 20:33, Romans 1:29, 13:9, I Corinthians 6:9-10, Ephesians 5:3, Philippians 3:19, Colossians 3:5, Hebrews 13:5

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What is the general answer that applies to all of these questions?

Jesus said to the apostles when He went away, He would send a Comforter, or Helper, which is the Holy Spirit of truth, to bring to their rememberance all that he had taught them and all things yet to come.

     John 14:16
John 14:16
16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever

              John 14:26
John 14:26
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

              John 16:13
John 16:13
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Therefore, we follow the teachings of Jesus and the Apostles as closely as we can from what is revealed in the New Testament.

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