Cooljc – Refuge Bibleway Church

Cooljc – Refuge Bibleway Church

Refuge Bibleway Church is located in Summerville, SC and is part of a worldwide church organization called the Churches of Our Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. 

 

We believe in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ
We believe in the ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ into heaven after His resurrection from the dead
We believe in confession, repentance, water baptism in the name Lord Jesus Christ, and the infilling (baptism) of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance
We believe that there is salvation in no other name – that the Lord Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life

 

Along with many other doctrinal teachings, we focus on spreading the love and compassion that God has towards men through the gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

It is the goal of Refuge Bibleway Church to bring:

 

spiritual revival to the city of Summerville through the preaching of the truth of God
community service to those in need
ministry to the youth of this generation that will inspire them to seek the kingdom of heaven first and to have a plan for their lives
ministry to those who are abused physically, mentally, and emotionally through counseling and fellowship with believers
unity in the community of Christians in Summerville, SC to promote the furtherance of the gospel
peace to our violent stricken schools, communities, and surroundings
ministry to business owners to promote the uplifting of the church in the community through constant, consistent support and dedication

 

COOLJC has several churches in the State of South Carolina and one of Refuge Bibleway Church’s goals is to continue to bring these churches closer together in fellowship and help grow the congregations through community exposure (via internet, street meetings, house to house witnessing, etc).

 

By all means, our main goal is to preach salvation from sin through the gospel of Jesus Christ the Lord. 

 

So we would like to invite you to our website to find out more information about our church and we hope that you will take the opportunity to visit us soon!

 

http://www.refugebiblewaychurch.com

 

We are also looking for local business owners to donate funds to the completion of our 1 million dollar educational center that is being built in Summerville, SC.  We are in the last phase of completion.  The Mother Inez Heyward Educational Center has classrooms, conference room, dining facilities, commercial kitchen, restrooms with shower stalls, and a ladies lounge to accomodate upcoming workshops and events.  Please send all donations to:

 

Refuge Bibleway Church
215 East 4th North Street
Summerville, SC 29483

 

Make all checks payable to:

 

Refuge Bibleway Church

 

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

Tetris Theme on Church Organ during Service

To mark the first anniversary of me playing the Super Mario Bros. Theme Tune during a church service, I decided that this year I would play the Tetris theme. As is customary in my church, the concluding voluntary was written down in the service booklet, which I wrote down as “Tetris Theme Tune”. I don’t think anyone got mad, and I was booked to play a carol service pretty soon after playing the piece – so I lived to play another day. Enjoy.

The Church – Under The Milky Way (HQ music video)

Official promo music video for “Under The Milky Way” performed by The Church in HQ. Released on Arista Records. This video is posted courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. “Under the Milky Way” is a 1988 song by Australian alternative rock band The Church. Written by the band’s vocalist and bassist, Steve Kilbey, and his then-girlfriend Karin Jansson, the song was originally released on The Church’s Starfish album and won the Australian ARIA award for best song in 1989. The song was the band’s only international hit, staying in the US top 40 for several weeks, and charting in Canada (#69) and the UK (#90). In their native Australia, “Under The Milky Way” was also a hit, peaking at #22 (source: Wiki) The Lyrics are posted below: Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty, Sound of their breath fades with the light. I think about the loveless fascination, Under the milky way tonight. Lower the curtain down in memphis, Lower the curtain down all right. I got no time for private consultation, Under the milky way tonight. Wish I knew what you were looking for. Might have known what you would find. Wish I knew what you were looking for. Might have known what you would find. And its something quite peculiar, Something thats shimmering and white. Leads you here despite your destination, Under the milky way tonight (chorus) Under the milky way tonight.
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Look What They’ve Done to My Church

Look What They’ve Done to My Church

Whatever happened to that early church — the one that Jesus founded and Paul helped promulgate throughout the known world of the first century? It changed. Slowly and surely, it changed.

Warnings of Departure from the Faith

Yes, they warned us. Both Peter and Paul said it would happen. And it did.

Paul in his first letter to Timothy: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.” (1 Timothy 4:1-3 NKJV)

And in his second letter to Timothy, Paul repeats his dire warning: “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” (2 Timothy 4:2-4)

Again Paul, in his farewell address to the elders of the church at Ephesus: “I know that when I am gone, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise who will distort the truth in order to get disciples to break away and follow them.” (Acts 20:29-30 REB)

The apostle Peter adds this warning: “. . . there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them-bringing swift destruction on themselves. Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute.” (2 Peter 2:1-2)

Early Church Rumblings

During Paul’s lifetime, we find divisions in the Corinthian church. Paul pleaded with them: “I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; another, ‘I follow Cephas’; still another, ‘I follow Christ.’

“Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?” (1 Corinthians 1:10-13)

In Revelation, the resurrected Jesus addressed another drifting church — the church at Ephesus: “You have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Revelation 2:4-5) In Revelation 1:20, we discover that the lampstand meant the church itself.

Church Organization Departures

Elders and Bishops

History records the slow but steady movement of the church from its scriptural foundation. The first departures were in organization. In the first century church, no distinction was made among elders in rank and authority. That was not to last. During the second century, we find congregations selecting one elder to preside over the meetings as a permanent president. Along with the new position came a change in title. The presiding elder is called “bishop.” (The New Testament applies both words “elders” and “bishops” to the same men in the church.)

Bishops’ authority and power increased over time, up to the point where each was assigned a territory called a “diocese.” With that change, bishops controlled not only their own local churches, but a group of local churches within their geographic area. This was the beginning of the church hierarchy with “city bishops” in top positions, “country bishops” below them, and “elders” of local congregations below the bishops. So began the apostasy.

Temporary conventions were selected to settle disputes between congregations of the church. General Synods and permanent councils followed. These conventions eventually assumed legislative authority. “Metropolitans”, diocesan bishops from the larger cities, presided over the councils.

The ecclesiastical men who governed the five largest districts were called “patriarchs”, which means “chief fathers.” In 606 A.D. the Roman Emperor designated Boniface III, the Patriarch of Rome, as the “Universal Bishop of the Church.”

From a simple organizational plan of equal elders to a single elder presiding as bishop, to country and city bishops, to metropolitans, to patriarchs, to a single Universal Bishop presiding over all the church, we find the church evolving step by incremental step into the apostate church with an organization vastly different from the one Jesus established and Paul proclaimed.

Preachers

The local elder position of the first century church eventually developed into bishops, country bishops, city bishops, metropolitans, patriarchs, and popes in the centralized apostate church. So what happened to the preacher position of the first century church? Remember Peter, Paul, Timothy, and Titus? In another departure from the New Testament pattern, preachers became priests in the apostate church.

Towards the end of the second century, a distinction grew between those who preached and the other members of the church. Clergy became a higher order than laity. In various ways and in varying degrees this idea is widespread among many religious groups today. Those in the clergy often dress differently, many call themselves “priest”, which is borrowed from Judaism, and wear titles such as father or reverend.

Of course, this distinction between “clergy” and “laity” is not authorized by the scriptures and it was not practiced in the first century church.

In stark contrast, Peter, and Paul showed great humility in carrying out their evangelistic missions. They never claimed to be different or exalted. Nor did they ask to be called father or reverend. Surely the Bible records their humility as examples for us to follow.

Moreover, Jesus explicitly warned us: “Do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9)

Church Doctrine Departures

Head of Church and Authority

Along with this centralization of power, with its hierarchy of archbishops, cardinals, and popes, came fundamental changes in church doctrine. Christ was no longer head of the apostate church. The Pope assumed that position. In the First Vatican Council in 1870, Pope Pius IX declared the doctrine of Papal Infallibility. That means when the Pope speaks ex-cathedra (from the chair) on matters of faith and morals, he speaks the law of the Lord.

Nor is the Bible the final word of authority. Church tradition approved by the Council usurps that authority.

Baptism

From the very beginning of the church on the day of Pentecost, baptism was for repentant sinners who came to believe in Christ. (Acts 2:38) That practice continued through the first century. However, by the second century, baptism of infants had begun. Many at that time believed babies were born sinful. To prevent them from dying in sin, babies were baptized on the second day of their lives.

Still, no scriptural basis can be cited for the claim that babies are born in sin. And all the baptisms enumerated in the New Testament were of repentant believers.

Baptism is immersion; that’s the meaning of the word. And that was the practice in the early church. So it remained until exceptions began for the ill. “Clinic baptism” was the name given for sprinkling one physically unable to be immersed. Sprinkling for baptism was not fully approved until the Council of Ravena in 1311 A.D. It has never had the approval of Christ.

Other Doctrine Departures

Absolution from sins by earthly priesthood

Adoration and prayers to the Virgin Mary

Celibacy – Popes and priests are forbidden marriage. Paul predicted it: “The Spirit explicitly warns us that in the time to come some will forsake the faith and surrender their minds to subversive spirits and demon-inspired doctrines . . . . They will forbid marriage. . . .” (I Timothy 4:1-3)

Confessing sins to a priest for forgiveness

Doctrine of indulgences – whereby prayers, gifts, or self-sacrifice mediate sins

Doctrine of purgatory – whereby souls of those who have died in a state of sin are made fit for paradise by temporary banishment, suffering, or punishment.

Doctrine of transubstantiation – whereby the prayer of the pope or priest changes bread and wine into the flesh and blood of Jesus.

Extreme unction – sacramental rite of anointing those in danger of death

Holy water- water blessed and sanctified by the priest

Images and prayers to saints and martyrs

Penance – inflicting punishment in payment for sin as evidence of penitence

Church Worship Departures

Human Creeds

The first General Council was called by Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 A.D. This council was

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