Posted By saintbenaiah

The liberal publication "Wineskins" is suggesting we need modern day apostles (April, 2013 Rethinking Apostleship in the Churches of Christ. Apparently, these apostles will just "emerge" because they have "felt" Jesus is "calling" them. Of course, the modern day apostles will not have to perform miracles because the "traditional church of Christ interpretation" regarding this particular point, we are told, is in error. No, according to Wes Woodell, who apparently has discovered this latter-day truth, the proof of apostleship is not the ability to perform miracles but the "fruit" produced in their "life and ministry." What this is exactly we are not told. Presumably, those who feel they are apostles will tell us that their fruit is proof. 

Sometimes the arrogance of man is breathtaking. Paul, a real apostle chosen by the Lord and who received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, stated by inspiration that miracles were "truly the signs of an apostle" (II Cor. 12:12). Woodell’s response to this – "it could be we’re putting words in Paul’s mouth." Someone is, indeed, putting words in Paul’s mouth. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit guided the apostles into all truth (John 14:26; 16:13) and they have revealed those things to us which were revealed to them (I Cor. 2; 11:1,2; Heb. 2:1-4). They and they alone awaited for the baptism of the Holy Spirit which the Lord promised them (Acts 1:8) and which they alone received (Acts 2:1-14). Those apostles whom Jesus chose continue to sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel (Matt. 19:28). 

I have a "feeling" that Woodell will sometime soon feel that he is being called to be an apostle. Eric L. Padgett


 
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