Slander is of the Devil
The Devil’s name in Greek is Slanderer, the Greek word itself being Diabolos meaning, literally, Through-caster, slanderer. It is from diabolloo, which means to cast aspersions because of (the accusative form of THROUGH), slander, Diabolos is often used as a name of Satan, as the Slanderer of the Saints, as in Job 1:9. “Slander, a false or malicious report; verbal defamation” (Webster).
Jesus said to the slanderous Jews: “Ye are of your father, the Devil, and the works of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it” (John 8:44).
There is entirely too much slander in the Brotherhood. Last summer, while in Indiana, I heard it boldly declared that Bro. R. H. Boll, Editor of the Word and Work, was teaching “the second chance theory of Russelism.” This report is false - it is a slander! I do not agree with Bro. Boll on several things, but I hate to see him slandered. A jealous and envious spirit is evidently behind it.
Bro. Daniel Sommer has been slanderously misrepresented because of his opposition to Bible Colleges. Many brethren say: “He does not believe in education.”
The whole body known as the “church of Christ” has been slanderously accused of not believing in doing mission work. This accusation is made by those who advocate Missionary Societies to do Church work. This is a wicked slander.
We have been unmercifully slandered because of our opposition to Sunday Schools. Many brethren say: “They do not believe, in teaching the Bible to children.” Some have gone so far as to say: “They think it is wrong to teach the Bible!” The fact about it is, we believe in teaching the Bible to all classes of mankind just as strongly as anyone on earth. The Commission says: “Go, disciple all nations”' - and we believe it. But, as other brethren oppose a Missionary Society as a means of preaching the gospel to the heathen, so we oppose a Sunday School society to teach people in the homeland. We insist that the church is “the pillar and support of the truth” (1 Timothy 3:15-16) and that the work be done through it, thus preserving “the unity of the Spirit” (Ephesians 4:3) and giving God the “glory through the church”' (Ephesians 3:21): for it is through the church that “the manifold wisdom of God” should “be made known” (Ephesians 3:10).
Some good honest brethren have been maliciously slandered on the cup question. They have been represented as saying that the “drinking vessel alone is the cup of the Lord”! Nothing is farther from the truth. We teach, and so did the primitive church, that it takes both a drinking vessel and the fruit of the vine to constitute “the cup of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 10:21).
Brethren, let us leave all slander with the Devil, where it belongs. God shall bring all things into judgment, and all liars shall have their part in the lake of fire. I am glad that we who stand on the truth do not need to resort to slander to uphold our teaching. “Strong is the truth and mighty above all things, and will prevail.”
Homer A. Gay
Keeping the Record Straight
The church of Christ was established in Eola, Texas, by Bro. H. O. Freeman, about eight years ago. Bro. Freeman being a one-cup man, he started out on the sound platform of' Where the Bible speaks, we speak; where the Bible is silent, we are silent”; and hence we have never used more than one cup in the Communion service.
We had no controversy on the question until about four years ago when Bro. Alva Johnson preached a sermon here advocating the use of two or more cups. Later on, L. W. Hayhurst advocated the cups both publicly and privately. Bro. J. W. Kelly then did much private teaching on the subject in most every home represented in the congregation, contending strongly for two or more cups! As a result of this teaching, several of the members became cups folks.
Just recently Bro. J. D. Phillips held a meeting at Lometa, Texas, and while that close decided to visit with me. The Elders decided to have him preach a few times while here. As several others had talked on the cups question, Bro. Phillips decided that he would, too. Now, it was perfectly all right for Brethren Johnson, Hayhurst, Kelly and others to talk on the subject; but for Bro. Phillips to show up the truth on the matter was more than the cups people could stand. So, they fled for refuge to Bro. Hayhurst. He came, and after flaying the Elders for one night, decided to discuss the question with Bro. Phillips. Hayhurst tried to get Bro. Phillips and me to agree that we would not advocate the cup anymore. We told him that we had never locked our mouths nor subscribed to a human creed. So, the discussion began. Bro. H. Coble kept time for both speakers.
Bro. Hayhurst, like all others I have heard try to defend a false doctrine, evaded the issue all the way through. He argued that if “drink of 'the cup” had to mean they picked up the cup and drank from it; that those who drank of Jacob’s well would have had to pick up the well and drink of it. Bro. Phillips showed that, though the same expression is used, the surrounding circumstances, as indicated by the context, will not allow the same usage; as, “He rode on a stick horse”; “He rode on a train,” etc. He showed that when he rode the stick horse, he got astride the stick and took one end in his hand, and tore out down the road, running and carrying the stick horse; then, according to Bro. H., when he rode on a train, he would have to get astride the train, grab the engine up in his hand and tear out down the road with it, running and kicking up his heels. Many arguments were made which are familiar to our readers, so I will not mention them.
The discussion lasted only one night (June 2), though Bro. Phillips told them to carry it on as long as they wanted to as he had plenty of time. I predict that there will not be another discussion here on the cup question, and if there is I doubt if Bro. Hayhurst will be chosen to represent the cups people.
Bro. Phillips is powerful in debate. We surely enjoyed his visit with us and we look forward to another visit from him soon.
When sound congregations learn to use sound preachers only, and the leaders learn to be watchful, we will have less trouble in the churches.
Homer A. Gay