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The Corruptions of the New Testament

H.L. Hastings was a prolific writer in the late 1800s, with literally millions of his booklets being published.  Most of them dealt with the topic of the reliability and inspiration of the Bible.  He put out a regular publication called “The Christian,” and a series of booklets called “The Anti-Infidel Library.”  Several of these booklets are on list to add to the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary in the coming weeks.

But for now, we’d like to present to you his book called “The Corruptions of the New Testament.”  It shows that the claims of the skeptics are completely overblown when it comes to supposed “corruptions” of the New Testament text.

Contents

  • How Old Is The English Bible?.
  • Old Bibles In Other Languages.
  • Uncial And Cursive Manuscripts.
  • Various Readings.
  • The Most Ancient Manuscripts.
  • The Variations In Different Editions.
  • Various Readings In The Sermon On The Mount.
  • The Preservation Of The Manuscripts.
  • No Record Of Apostles’ Death.
  • What, Then, Are Our Conclusions?.
  • Genuine And Spurious Books.
  • Eusebius On The Sacred Canon,
  • The Testimony Of Origen On The Canon.
  • The Muratorian Fragment On The Canon.
  • The Earliest List Of The New Testament Books.
  • The Disputed New Testament Books.
  • The Epistle To The Hebrews.
  • The Conclusion Of The Matter.
  • The Fountain Head.

To read this book, simply click the link below, or you can download it to save for later reading.  Enjoy!

The Corruptions of the New Testament (H.L. Hasting)

The Holy Spirit and the Word of God

I’m assuming you’ve all already seen this post from a couple days ago, so you know about the new Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.  If not, click on the link and read about it.  We’ll wait for you.

Among Jimmie’s many books was a copy of “The Spirit and the Word: A Treatise on the Holy Spirit in Light of a Rational Interpretation of the Word of Truth” by Z.T. Sweeney.  I think it’d have been better titled simply “The Holy Spirit and the Word of God,” but I wasn’t around a hundred years ago when it was written.

This book is all about the Holy Spirit, His work, and His indwelling in the Christian.

Chapters

  1. The Spirit in the Old Testament
  2. The Spirit in the New Testament
  3. The Personality and Divinity of the Spirit
  4. The Spirit and John the Baptist
  5. The Spirit and Jesus
  6. The Spirit and the Apostles
  7. The Spirit and the Apostolic Church
  8. The Spirit and the World
  9. The Spirit and the Christian
  10. The Parting Word (Blasphemy against the Spirit, Fruits of the Spirit, The Spirit of God at Work Today)

This book contains a list of every verse in which the Holy Spirit is mentioned, which is very handy.

For those who are interested in the Holy Spirit, and especially His indwelling in the Christian, this book is for you.  It will make you think.

Click on the link below to read or download this book.

The Spirit and the Word (Z.T. Sweeney)

The Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary

Let me quickly tell you about a man named Jimmie Beller.  From the first day that I stepped into the building of the congregation here in McLoud, Jimmie was one of my best friends and biggest supporters.  He always had a smile on his lips, was always happy to see you, and was a great encouragement.

He was also fighting against cancer.

The cancer Jimmie had was incurable, and I can’t tell you how many experimental treatments they tried on him to keep it at bay.  But earlier this year, Jimmie went on to his eternal reward.  I (along with everyone who knew him) still misses him greatly.

But Jimmie’s legacy still lives on.

He discovered that I run the Gravel Hill church of Christ website, and absolutely loved the sheer amount of free material that is available there.  In fact, he loved it so much that he allowed me to scan several books from his own library to put online.  One of those books was very brittle, and I told him that I couldn’t scan it because it would destroy the book.  His response was classic Jimmie Beller: “So, destroy one book so thousands of people can read it.  I don’t see the problem.”

After his passing, his entire library was donated to me with the hope that Jimmie’s desire of spreading useful books to as many people as possible would continue.  Special thanks to Robbie, Jamie, and Jeremie Beller for their immense kindness in making those books available to me.

It is today that we announce the creation of the Jimmie Beller Memorial eLibrary.

The books contained in this free eLibrary have all been scanned, completely reformatted, proofread, and “prettied up” so that you can have a better and easier reading experience.

If you’ve been following our posts the past few weeks, you’ve already seen the first two books:

Both Sides of the Music Question (A Debate)

The Eldership (M.M. Davis)

The Newest Addition to the Library

In 1947, Howard Hilliard (H.H.) Gray, a black brother from Dallas, TX, wrote a book titled “The Music of the New Testament Church.”  I only mention that he was a black brother because that helps explain some of the things he says in the book.  He dedicates it to the “White churches of Christ in Dallas” who helped support his preaching work and who made it possible to get the book published.  He also mentions things which were common in the “colored churches.”

H.H. Gray was led to the Lord by his wife just over six months after they were married.  Within a year, he preached his first sermon in Haskell, Oklahoma.  In 1939, they moved to Dallas to work with the Lawrence and Marder congregation, and rapidly brought people to the Lord.

It is a book that is worth your time to download and read.  It deals with the issue of instrumental music, but it is much more than a book on that topic.  You will find it interesting and even challenging in some areas.

From the Jimmie Beller Library, we now present the latest addition.  Simply click on the link below to read it, or right-click the link and select “save target as.”

Music of the New Testament Church by H.H. Gray

How You can Help

If you would like to help this eLibrary grow quickly, we would welcome your participation.

First, please share this post with your friends, family, and brethren through email, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever other means you would like.  Jimmie’s desire was for as many people as possible to be blessed by these books.

Second, we are in need of proofreaders.  We can quickly scan these books, but we want the final product to look nice (and not like a cheap photocopy of an old book).  The real time-consuming part of getting these books ready is reading through them to catch the punctuation and typographical errors.  If you would be willing to aid us by proofreading, please contact us.

The Eldership

One of the important parts of the early church, according to the Bible, was having trustworthy, godly men to serve as shepherds, overseers, bishops, elders.  All these names refer to the same office in the church.

The apostle Paul, along with Barnabas, made sure to ordain elders in each congregation that they had established and built up.  Timothy was given instructions on what to look for in a man who desired to be an elder.  Titus was left in Crete to ordain elders in each congregation.  Peter himself was even an elder in the church.

Suffice it to say, the eldership is an important biblical topic.

And that’s why today’s “THANK YOU” post contains another free book–this time on the subject of elders.

The Eldership, by M.M. Davis, was originally published in 1912, and was reprinted a few times after that.  Even though it is over a hundred years old, it is still full of plain Bible teaching on this subject.  And it’s not really all that long, either, so don’t think you’re going to have to trudge through some extended dissertation on this, that, or the other.

It has been completely reformatted and proofread (special thanks to Jerry Sturgill for his assistance in those areas), so it looks really pretty on your PC, tablet, iPad, or whatever other device you have.

Enjoy!  Just click on the link below to download it.

Davis. MM – The Eldership

Episode Five – FREE!!!

Those of you who have listened to the Cobb Kids Audio Show know that it is great!  It’s good, clean fun starring Paul, Ivy, Savannah, and Deserae Cobb.  But, though thousands of people have heard the first four episodes, very few have gotten to hear Episode Five – Puck’s Farm.

But today, that all changes!  It’s been available in our store for just 99 cents, but in today’s post, you can listen to it for FREE! (see, I told you that we appreciated you!)

Just click the “play” button below (or click on the link if you’re seeing this via email), and enjoy!  We know you’ll like it, or your money back.

 

And when you’re done listening, you can go listen to the other episodes (including a blooper reel) by clicking here.

Why We Believe the Bible

It is Wednesday, which means that saints will be gathering somewhere near you to study the Bible and sing praises to the Lord God.

But some people might wonder, “Why do you believe the Bible?”  George DeHoff wrote a book specifically to answer that question.  It serves as a great brief guide to the inspiration of the Bible.

Table of Contents

  1. Why We Want to Believe the Bible
  2. Why We Believe in God
  3. Genesis 1
  4. The Origin of Religion
  5. The Bible and Scientific Foreknowledge
  6. Archaeology and the Bible
  7. The Influence of the Bible
  8. Prophecy and Its Fulfillment
  9. The Messianic Prophecies
  10. Proof from Secular Writers
  11. The Other Sacred Books
  12. Internal Evidences of Inspiration
  13. The Indestructibility of the Bible

To download it FREE, just click the link below.

DeHoff, George – Why We Believe the Bible

A reminder–we really appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time to read our posts and for sharing them with others!

History of the church in Canada

Since we’re on our way to Canada, we thought we’d make this week’s first post Canada-related.

In 1942, a man named Reuben Butchart wrote a booklet entitled “A Primer of Disciple History in Canada.”  In it, he shows how the Restoration Movement moved into the North Country and spread.  In short, it’s a brief history of the church of Christ in Canada.

And it is FREE to you, our readers.  Just click the link below:

Primer of Disciple History in Canada

We appreciate each and every one of you for taking the time to read our posts and sharing them with others.

 

Both Sides of the Music Question Discussed

We’re going to be gone for close to three weeks, but we want you to know that we haven’t forgotten about you.  In fact, most of the posts while we’re away are going to show our appreciation to all of you for taking the time to read what we’ve written.

Today’s post starts it off by giving you a FREE download, not available anywhere else!

This book is called “Both Sides of the Music Question Discussed,” and is a written debate between Robert Bunting (church of Christ) and J.D. Marion (Christian Church) dealing with the issue of instrumental music in the church.

We hope you find it educational, interesting, and worthwhile in your studies.  Just click on the link below to read it (or right-click and “save target as” to download it).

Both Sides of the Music Question Discussed

Special thanks to Edwin Walker for taking the time to proofread this one for us.

Friday Freebie

Last week’s Friday Freebie was so well-received that we’ve decided to do it again (and we might even make this a regular feature).

Today’s special freebie is…

The Sabbath or the Lord’s Day, Which?
By D.R. Dungan.

David Roberts Dungan was a preacher/teacher/writer in the late 1800s/early 1900s.  His book on Hermeneutics is still the standard on Biblical Interpretation in most preaching schools and Christian colleges.  His novel On the Rock was reprinted several times and was that generation’s Muscle and a Shovel.

Today’s free book was written to answer the question about whether the church is commanded to meet on the Sabbath or the first day of the week.  Dungan approaches the topic with a level head and an open Bible, and deals with every claim that the Sabbath-keepers produced.  When you finish this book, you will have no doubt as to the answer to the question: The Sabbath or the Lord’s Day?

Just like all of our other books, this one has undergone updating in spelling, correction of typos, and a complete reformatting to make it much easier on the eyes.  We hope you will find it useful.

Chapters

 

PART ONE:

  1. The Statement of the Question.
  2. Reasons for Keeping the Sabbath Examined Upon the Hypothesis of a Pre-Mosaic Requirement
  3. To Whom was the Law of the Sabbath Given?
  4. Was the Law of the Sabbath Perpetuated in Christ?
  5. Is the Decalogue Yet Binding?
  6. The Law, of Which the Sabbath was a Part, was Done Away in Christ.
  7. The Conclusion of Part First: The Law Containing the Sabbath Having Passed Away, The Sabbath Itself has no More Claim upon Christians than any other Feature of the Law Given to Israel at Mt. Sinai.

PART TWO:

  1. The Source of Knowledge.
  2. The View Entertained by Christians in General.
  3. Unfair Methods of Advancing the Cause of the Sabbath, and of Opposing the Lord’s Day.
  4. History Shows that the Lord’s Day, or First Day of the Week, has been Regarded as a Sacred Day in All Ages of the Church.
  5. The Teaching of the Scriptures Respecting the Day on Which Christians Should Meet for Worship.
  6. How the Apostles Understood the Subject of the Lord’s Day.

Download it by clicking here (or right-clicking here and choosing “save link as”): Dungan – Sabbath or Lords Day

Friday Freebie!

The past few weeks have been busy, and we’ve been on a somewhat erratic schedule with posting articles and such.  For that, we apologize.  We hope today’s post makes up for it.

Lord willing, we will be able to have several of these “Friday Freebie” posts this year.

Today’s Freebie is…

The Christian System by Alexander Campbell

This 447-page book is Campbell’s contribution to the world of systematic theology.  We’ve taken the time to correct and update spelling, adding bold font to set apart headings, changing ALL CAPS into bold font, setting apart quotations and several other small formatting changes to make this book more visually appealing.

The download link is at the bottom of this post, but before we get there, here’s the contents of this excellent book:

Part I: The Christian System.

  1. The Universe.
  2. The Bible.
  3. God.
  4. The Son of God.
  5. The Spirit of God.
  6. Man as He Was.
  7. Man as He Is.
  8. The Purposes of God Concerning Man.
  9. Religion for Man, Not Man for Religion.
  10. Sacrifice for Sin.
  11. The Attributes of a True Sin-Offering.
  12. Christ: the Light of the World.
  13. The Lordship of the Messiah.
  14. Faith in Christ.
  15. Repentance.
  16. Baptism.
    1. Of The Action of Baptism.
    2. The Subject of Baptism.
    3. The Meaning of Baptism.
  17. The Christian Confession of Faith.
  18. Conversion and Regeneration.
  19. Christians are Persons Pardoned, Justified, Sanctified, Adopted, and Saved.
  20. The Gift of the Holy Spirit.
  21. The Christian Hope.
  22. The Doom of the Wicked.
  23. Summary of the Christian System of Facts.
  24. The Body of Christ.
  25. The Christian Ministry.
  26. The Christian Discipline.
  27. Expediency.
  28. Heresy.

Part II: Foundation of Christian Union.

  1. Fact.
  2. Testimony.
  3. Faith.
  4. Confirmation of the Testimony.
  5. Fundamental Fact.
  6. Purity of Speech.

Part III: Kingdom of Heaven.

GENERAL ESSAYS. 171

  1. Patriarchal Age of the World.
    1. Abraham.
    2. Two Promises?
    3. Covenant of Circumcision.
    4. Sinaitic Covenant.
    5. Two Seeds.
    6. The Blessings of Abraham.
  2. The Jewish Institution.
  3. The Kingdom of Heaven.
    1. The Elements of a Kingdom.
    2. The Name.
    3. Constitution.
    4. The King.
    5. The Subjects of the Kingdom.
    6. The Laws of the Kingdom.
    7. The Territory of the Kingdom.
    8. Manner and Customs of the Kingdom.
    9. Induction into the Kingdom of Heaven.
  4. The Coming of the Kingdom.
    1. The Ascension of the Messiah.
    2. Coronation of the Messiah.
    3. Present Administration of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Part IV: Remission of Sins.

  1. Proposition 1. Converts were called Pardoned.
  2. Proposition 2. Converts were called Justified.
  3. Proposition 3. Converts were called Sanctified.
  4. Proposition 4. Converts were called Reconciled to God.
  5. Proposition 5. Converts were said to be Adopted into the Family of God.
  6. Proposition 6. Converts were to consider themselves Saved.
  7. Proposition 7. A change of views must come before a change in state–and they are not the same thing.
  8. Proposition 8. The Gospel has a command in it, and thus must be obeyed.
  9. Proposition 9. Only an action resulting from our faith can change our state.
  10. Proposition 10. Immersion and the Washing of Regeneration are the same thing.
  11. Proposition 11. The early Christian writers uniformly connect immersion to Regeneration and Remission of Sins.
    1. Barnabas.
    2. Clement and Hermas.
    3. Testimony of Dr. W. Wall, Author of the History of Infant Baptism.
    4. Justin Martyr.
    5. Tertullian.
    6. Origen.
    7. Cyprian.
  12. Proposition 12.  Even the denominational creeds agree to this, though they won’t carry it out in practice.
    1. Episcopalian.
    2. Presbyterian.
    3. Methodist.
    4. Baptist.
  13. Objections.
  14. Recapitulation.
  15. Conclusion.
  16. Effects of Modern Christianity.
  17. Immersion Not a Mere Bodily Act.
  18. Justification Ascribed to Seven Causes.
  19. Peter in Jerusalem, Paul in Philippi, Reconciled.

Part V: Regeneration.

  1. Regeneration.
    1. Repentance.
    2. Reformation.
    3. Regeneration.
  2. The Bath of Regeneration.
    1. New Birth.
    2. Renewing of the Holy Spirit.
  3. The New Life.
  4. Physical Regeneration.
  5. The Use of the Theory of Regeneration.
  6. The Regeneration of the Church.
  7. The Regeneration of the World.
    1. Regeneration of the Heavens and the Earth.
  8. A Word to the Moral Regenerators of Any Age.

Part VI: Breaking the Loaf.

  1. Proposition 1 – There is a house on earth, called the house of God.
  2. Proposition 2 – In the house of God there is always the table of the Lord.
  3. Proposition 3 – On the Lord’s table there is of necessity but one loaf.
  4. Proposition 4 – All Christians are members of the house or family of God, are called and constituted a holy and a royal priesthood, and may, therefore bless God for the Lord’s table, its loaf, and cup–approach it without fear and partake of it with joy as often as they please, in remembrance of the death of their Lord and Savior.
  5. Proposition 5 – The one loaf must be broken before the saints feast upon it, which has obtained for this institution the name of “breaking the loaf.”
  6. Proposition 6 – The breaking of the loaf and the drinking of the cup are commemorative of the Lord’s death.
  7. Proposition 7 – The breaking of the one loaf, and the joint participation of the cup of the Lord, in commemoration of the Lord’s death, usually called “the Lord’s Supper,” is an instituted part of the worship and edification of all Christian congregations in all their stated meetings.
  8. Objections Considered.

Part VII: Concluding Addresses.

  1. ADDRESS TO THE CITIZENS OF THE KINGDOM.
  2. A WORD TO FRIENDLY ALIENS.
  3. ADDRESS TO BELLIGERENT ALIENS.

We truly hope you find this book to be useful and worth the time to read!

Campbell, Alexander – The Christian System