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  1. Minister Murdered, Truth Trampled Acts 28:22 [David Halbrook Revised Ron Halbrook]

  2. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Acts 28:21-24 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

  3. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Acts 28:21-24 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not.

  4. Minister Murdered, Truth Trampled Matthew Winkler, Minister of 4th St. Church of Christ, Selmer, TN found dead Mar. 22, 2006 Tenn. Minister's Wife Charged With Murder SELMER, Tenn. (AP) Friday, Mar. 24, 2006

  5. Nancy Grace (CNN) interviewing Tom Rukala, Baptist Pastor NG: I’ve been researching the Church of Christ. I don’t know that much about it. What can you tell me? TR: Well, the Church of Christ is a relatively new church. It was started about 150 years ago by Alexander Campbell. And it’s, unfortunately, a very legalistic sect, and they tend to use methods of intimidation and pressure tactics. They claim that they are the only ones going to heaven, and all other people are condemned to hell. Mar. 27, 2006 - 8:00 PM ET

  6. TR: Well, they claim that if you’re not baptized by one of their ministers, that you’re doomed to hell, even if you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, which, of course, breaks completely from the traditional Christian view that all those who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved because we’re saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, who died for our sins and rose again. For the Church of Christ folks, that’s not enough. You have to be a member of their narrow sect. It’s a very exclusive group. And if you’re not a member of their sect, you’re condemned.

  7. NG: You know, Pastor, you keep saying "sect." "Sect." You make it sound like a cult. TR: It kind of is a borderline cult, unfortunately. I don’t want to make it out to be some kind of Hare Krishna group, but it has cult-like characteristics and... NG: In what sense? TR: Well, in the sense of the exclusivism, the attitude that they are the only ones who know the truth. The tactics that they use are sometimes just -- not only un-biblical but unethical, and they can be very ungracious, unfortunately.”

  8. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Minister Murdered, Truth Trampled Acts 28:22 Acts 28:22 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against.

  9. Truth Trampled • Church of Christ Started 150 Years Ago

  10. Nancy Grace (CNN) interviewing Tom Rukala, Baptist Pastor TR: Well, the Church of Christ is a relatively new church. It was started about 150 years ago by Alexander Campbell. Mar. 27, 2006 - 8:00 PM ET

  11. Truth Trampled • Church of Christ Started 150 Years Ago • Historical markers and materials refer to churches of Christ far back in history

  12. Campbell came to U.S. in 1809 Rumney Marsh (Chelsea, later Revere), Mass.

  13. Truth Trampled • Church of Christ Started 150 Years Ago • Historical markers and materials refer to churches of Christ far back in history • What church was established in Acts 2? Acts 2:47; 5:11; 8:1; 9:31

  14. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Acts 2:47 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Acts 5:11 11 And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things.

  15. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Acts 8:1 1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. Acts 9:31 31 Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied.

  16. Truth Trampled • Church of Christ Started 150 Years Ago • Christ promised to build his church in Matt. 16:18— what church did he establish in Acts 2?

  17. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Matt. 16:18 18 And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Acts 2:47 47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

  18. Truth Trampled • Church of Christ Started 150 Years Ago • Rom. 16:16 Churches of Christ existed, grew, & spread in the 1st century— long before Alexander Campbell!

  19. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Rom. 16:16 16 Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

  20. Truth Trampled • Church of Christ Started 150 Years Ago • Christ built what church in the 1st century? • Church of Christ Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:47; Rom. 16:16 • Catholic? 606 (first pope) • Lutheran? 1520 • Presbyterian? 1536 • Baptist? 1607 • Methodist? 1739

  21. Truth Trampled • Church of Christ Started 150 Years Ago • Christ built what church in the 1st century? • Church of Christ Matt. 16:18; Acts 2:47; Rom. 16:16 • Mormon? 1830 • 7th Day Adventists? 1860 • Christian Science? 1866 • Jehovah’s Witnesses? 1872

  22. Truth Trampled 2. Legalistic and Narrow Sect

  23. Nancy Grace (CNN) interviewing Tom Rukala, Baptist Pastor TR: “And it’s, unfortunately, a very legalistic sect, . . . You have to be a member of their narrow sect.” Mar. 27, 2006 - 8:00 PM ET

  24. Truth Trampled 2. Legalistic and Narrow Sect • Define Sect • a religious denomination, especially a small group that has broken away from an established church (Webster's 20th Century Dictionary Unabr.)

  25. Truth Trampled 2. Legalistic and Narrow Sect • Was Paul in a sect when he left Judaism & obeyed the gospel of Christ, or was he in the true church of Christ? Acts 24:14

  26. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Acts 24:14 14 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:

  27. Truth Trampled 2. Legalistic and Narrow Sect • Legalistic • strict, often too strict and literal, adherence to law (Webster's 20th Century Dictionary Unabr.)

  28. Truth Trampled 2. Legalistic and Narrow Sect • Legalistic • strict, often too strict and literal, adherence to law (Webster's 20th Century Dictionary Unabr.) • 2 Thess. 3:6 God requires strict obedience— is He legalistic?

  29. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) 2 Thess. 3:6 6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us.

  30. Truth Trampled 2. Legalistic and Narrow Sect • Legalistic • 2 Thess. 3:6 God requires strict obedience— is He legalistic? • Disorderly: “The proper idea of the word used here (atakton), is that of soldiers who do not keep the ranks; who are regardless of order; and then who are irregular in any way. The word would include any violation of the rules of Christ on any subject.” (Barnes, Notes on the N.T.)

  31. Truth Trampled 2. Legalistic and Narrow Sect • Legalistic • strict, often too strict and literal, adherence to law (Webster's 20th Century Dictionary Unabr.) • 1 Tim. 4:11; 2 Tim. 1:13; Tit. 2:15; Phil. 4:9 God requires strict obedience— is He legalistic?

  32. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) 1 Tim. 4:11 11 These things command and teach. 2 Tim. 1:13 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

  33. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Tit. 2:15 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. Phil. 4:9 9 Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

  34. Truth Trampled 2. Legalistic and Narrow Sect • Narrow: The church of Christ as narrow as the teaching of Christ Matt. 7:13-14; 19:23; Eph. 4:4-6

  35. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Matt. 7:13-14 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

  36. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Matt. 19:23 23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

  37. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Eph. 4:4-6 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

  38. Truth Trampled 3. Borderline-cult, Cult-like Characteristics, Exclusivism (Only One Truth, One Right Way)

  39. Nancy Grace (CNN) interviewing Tom Rukala, Baptist Pastor NG: You know, Pastor, you keep saying "sect." "Sect." You make it sound like a cult. TR: It kind of is a borderline cult, unfortunately. I don’t want to make it out to be some kind of Hare Krishna group, but it has cult-like characteristics and... Mar. 27, 2006 - 8:00 PM ET

  40. Nancy Grace (CNN) interviewing Tom Rukala, Baptist Pastor NG: In what sense? TR: Well, in the sense of the exclusivism, the attitude that they are the only ones who know the truth. The tactics that they use are sometimes just -- not only un-biblical but unethical, and they can be very ungracious, unfortunately.” Mar. 27, 2006 - 8:00 PM ET

  41. Truth Trampled 3. Borderline-cult, Cult-like Characteristics, Exclusivism (Only One Truth, One Right Way) • Jesus cult-like, exclusive? • Jn. 8:31-32; 14:6 One truth, one way!

  42. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Jn. 8:31-32 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Jn. 14:6 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

  43. Truth Trampled 3. Borderline-cult, Cult-like Characteristics, Exclusivism (Only One Truth, One Right Way) • Jesus cult-like, exclusive? • Matt. 7:13-14 Must choose: only one way right!

  44. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Matt. 7:13-14 13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

  45. Truth Trampled 3. Borderline-cult, Cult-like Characteristics, Exclusivism (Only One Truth, One Right Way) • Peter cult-like, exclusive? • Acts 4:12 Only one Savior!

  46. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Acts 4:12 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

  47. Truth Trampled 3. Borderline-cult, Cult-like Characteristics, Exclusivism (Only One Truth, One Right Way) • Paul cult-like, exclusive? • Eph. 4:4-6 Emphasize ONE seven times!

  48. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) Eph. 4:4-6 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

  49. Truth Trampled 3. Borderline-cult, Cult-like Characteristics, Exclusivism (Only One Truth, One Right Way) • Paul cult-like, exclusive? • 1 Tim. 1:3 No other truth!

  50. Acts 28 21 And they said unto him, We neither received letters out of Judaea concerning thee, neither any of the brethren that came shewed or spake any harm of thee. 22 But we desire to hear of thee what thou thinkest: for as concerning this sect, we know that every where it is spoken against. 23 And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (KJV) 1 Tim. 1:3 3 As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine