Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The "church of christ" vs the dying thief

All Campbellites believe that the thief on the cross (Luke 23:39-43) "may" have been a disciple of Christ that was water baptized by John the Baptist. However, they say he "may" have erred from the truth and became a thief shortly after conversion. However, if the thief was a believer baptized by John the Baptist, why was he railing on Christ at the beginning of the crucifixion? The Campbellites can't explain it. 

Matthew 27:
[38] Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.
[39] And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads,
[40] And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.
[41] Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,
[42] He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him.
[43] He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God.
[44] The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth
Mark 15:32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

That argument fails, so the Campbellites move on to something else. One Campbellite told me that the thief died "before the blood of the New Testament was SHED", so his salvation does not matter today. What? How was Christ scourged and nailed to the cross without shedding any blood? Then he said, "What I meant was that the thief died under the Old Testament, not the New." Therefore they say his salvation was OT Law salvation and not New Testament salvation by Grace. If that is true, then show me in Genesis through Malachi where salvation is by calling upon the Lord after realizing that you are a sinner and that the Son of God was crucified without sin? Did Moses give that plan of salvation? Where? Is it in Exodus? No, Deuteronomy maybe? Show me please. 

In response to this, the Campbellites will say that there was more than one plan of salvation during the Gospels and ministry of Jesus Christ. That is a lie. There was only ONE plan of salvation and anyone who tried to get saved any other way was a "thief and a robber"!

John 10:
[1] Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
[2] But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep.
[3] To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
[4] And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
[5] And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
[6] This parable spake Jesus unto them: but they understood not what things they were which he spake unto them.
[7] Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
[8] All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
[9] I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
[10] The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
[11] I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

In response to this, the Campbellites will agree that Christ was the only way to be saved, but they say that there was more than one way to Christ in the Gospels. That is not true. There was only ONE way to come to Christ in the earthly ministry of Christ and that was by believing on Him.

John 6:
[35] And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
[36] But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not.
[37] All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out

But the truth is, the thief was saved after the blood of the New Testament was shed and died under the New Testament.

Hebrews 9:
[11] But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
[12] Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
[13] For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:
[14] How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
[15] And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
[16] For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.
[17] For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth

John 19:
[31] The Jews therefore, because it was the preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the cross on the sabbath day, (for that sabbath day was an high day,) besought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away.
[32] Then came the soldiers, and brake the legs of the first, and of the other which was crucified with him.
[33] But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they brake not his legs:
[34] But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
[35] And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe

--Eli Caldwell

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