LA VOZ ETERNA

1963 - 2014 (52 years serving the Lord)

"All the churches of Christ greet you" (Romans 16.16)

La Voz Eterna English Report

"The Eternal Voice"

OCTOBER 2014

 

Books in English:

The story of the Restoration -

B. J. Humble, PhD

The church and its work -

Batsell Barrett Baxter

There is a way that seems right to a man... -

Tony Dupree

Plus:

Great Slogans of the Restoration Movement

and articles in English

 

"The Eternal Voice Publications" - An electronic publishing house dedicated to proclaiming "The Eternal Voice of God - The Holy Scriptures"

An electronic publications ministry on the Internet thru website teaching with Bible studies, correspondence courses, articles, tracts, books and poetry: teaching, edifying, educating and evangelizing the Spanish world!



Teach the Word - every possible way!

During 2014 the La Voz Eterna web site received page views in 141 countries! Usually 85 to 90 countries view it each month, but the total of all countries in 2014 amounts to 141. This is according to our web host's statistics provided monthly.

The web site has been prepared in an old, simple program since most Spanish preachers, if they have computers, have machines discarded by Anglo preachers who have replaced their equipment with more modern computers. 

Not to be outdone in antiquities, our site was prepared, and continues to be prepared, on a 2001 Macintosh OS 9 with Claris Home Page (1998). The site was constructed free by a brother in Puerto Rico. The site name is "www.lavozeterna.org". Contents are biblical articles and books featuring the restoration movement, mostly in Spanish but with one section in English also. Almost all are from the pages of La Voz Eterna publications and all are biblically based.

A "pdf" listing by our web host of these 141 countries is available by email for anyone who would like to receive it. Please email: "lavozeterna@aol.com".

We pray that everyone will encourage each contact to spread the Word of God electronically as well as personally and in print. Perhaps we can reach "every creature" with God's saving gospel thru all these resources, new and old, that the Lord has given us this 21st century.



La Voz Eterna Publications

Directors (2013)

Lawndale church of Christ:

Carlos Perales (713-203-9029) ("lawndalecoc@yahoo.com" or

"caperales1@hotmail.com")
Sue Mozley (Tel. 713-806-5290) ("lavozeterna@aol.com")

 

TO CONTACT US BY MAIL

For matters concerning printed literature: please write Carlos Perales, P. O. Box 230346, Houston, TX 77223

For matters concerning this website: please write Carlos Perales at the same address above or Sue Mozley at P. O. Box 10835, Houston, TX 77206

OFFICE ADDRESS: We have no street address now. Our address at 6011 Lyons Ave. here in Houston was available free for the printed ministry for over 40 years! What a blessing! But the owner of the building needed the space for his business.



Articles in English
Worship and the mediation of Christ - Doyle Kee

Guilty or Not Guilty? (If Christianity was a crime in America, and you were accused of being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you?) - Neal Talmadge

The new hermeneutic: A sign of apostasy? - Howard Norton

Since the beginning, marriage is of God - Harris Goodwin

Plus an article on the beginning of Baxter Institute in Mexico: "A young man's dream - Evangelizing Latin America"


WE AFFIRM:

- The all-sufficiency of the Scriptures.

- A "thus says the Lord" in matters of faith and practice.

- Christian unity based on the New Testament.

- Rejecting all human creeds. Christ is the only creed.

- The autonomy of each local congregation.

- Liberty in matters of opinion.

- Restoration of the church of the New Testament in creed, name, organization, worship and life.

- Practicing only those things authorized by the Scriptures. Some churches practice things not prohibited by the Scriptures. When we practice only those authorized by the Scriptures, we can be sure that these doctrines are accepted by God.


Great Slogans of the Restoration Movement
Across the ages those successful in communicating their ideas to others have been able to couch their doctrines in simple, easily remembered slogans. Solomon put it beautifully when he said, "A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a network of silver" (Prov. 25.11). In this lesson we will notice some of the great slogans of the Restoration pioneers of the nineteenth century.

1. "No creed but Christ, no book but the Bible."

In a world of warring sects, each with its own human creed and tests of loyalty, our brethren confessed no human creed; only Jesus as the Christ the Son of the living God (Matt. 16.18). They acknowledged no document as authoritative in matters religious but God's book. That confession all sincere souls of every stripe can confess without reservation, shame or embarrassment. With the inspired Bible as their guide, they can "be complete, furnished completely unto every good work" (2 Tim. 3.16-17). To confess Christ and follow the Bible is a way that is right and cannot be wrong.

2. "Do Bible things in Bible ways; call Bible things by Bible names."

This simple statement struck at the corruptions of the Christian faith as practiced by the spokesmen of denominationalism. Across the ages Catholicism had corrupted every item of the faith. Protestant sects still held to many Romish practices and spoke her corrupt language. Like the Hebrews in Nehemiah's day, "the children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language..." (Neh. 13.24). To bring all believers to unity in Christ, the restorers saw the need to "turn the people (to) a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of Jehovah with one consent" (Zeph. 3.9). Rather than human names of identification they took the God-given name, Christian (Acts 11.26). Laying aside the terms "mass" and "eucharist" they spoke of "the Lord's Supper" (1 Cor. 11.10). Rather than affusion, sprinkling or pouring they spoke of baptism as a "burial" (Rom. 6.3-4). No longer were preachers called pastors, reverends, or fathers; rather they were called ministers, evangelists, brethren (Matt. 23.8-9; 1 Tim. 4.6; 2 Tim. 4.5). Baptism by immersion was administered to penitent believers not to guileless infants (Acts 2.38; 8.38-39). The whole vocabulary of the faith had to be restored. In so doing they cleared away most of the dreary mist that had confused the people.

3. "Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent."

This truth sets forth the fundamental difference between the Lord's church and the whole of denominationalism. The pioneers correctly learned that we can only do what Christ has authorized in his New Testament. We are specifically told to teach men to observe Christ's commandments (Matt. 28.20). Again we are warned, "not to go beyond the things which are written" (1 Cor. 4.6 ASV). They recognized that to please God we must respect "the silence of the Scriptures." This principle is illustrated in the case of Nadab and Abihu. They were struck dead for offering "strange fire before Jehovah, which he had not commanded them" (Lev. 10.1-2). Christian preachers who taught Gentile brethren that they must be circumcised were rebuked by the apostles because they had not been given commandment to do so (Acts 15.1, 23-24). We do not ask where does the Bible forbid infant baptism or instrumental music; we ask where is such authorized. Those who ignore the silence of the Scriptures opened a flood gate through which a thousand corruptions pour in unchecked.

4. "In matters of faith, unity; in matters of opinion, liberty; in all things, charity (love)."

These words, first spoken by Rupertus Meldenius, were drafted by Thomas Campbell and placed in his Declaration and Address. They form a workable plan of unity in a world of divided believers. All devout souls accept the Bible as God's Word. All agree on the fundamentals. It urges men to humbly accept what is plainly taught in Scripture. Love for Jesus means keeping his commandments (John 14.15). Christ saves those that obey him (Heb. 5.8-9). In unclear areas and in matters of judgment all are urged to grant the fullest liberty to others (Rom. 14.4-5). It is this area of Christian faith and practice where we have stumbled most. Campbell's slogan urges brotherly love as the essential nutrient for unity (John 13.34-35). We can be most patient, forgiving and tolerant of those we love dearly.

5. "Truth first, union afterward; and union only in truth."

This saying of David Lipscomb was voiced when a large segment of our brethren departed from Scriptural ground to embrace missionary societies, instrumental music, the denominational pastor system, women preachers and a host of other departures. While so doing, they expected our brethren to tolerate their innovations and fellowship them under the guise of maintaining unity. Our fathers responded with John's warning that "Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ hath not God; he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son" (2 John 9). To receive the false teacher and give him greeting made one a partaker in his evil works (2 John 9-11). They noted Paul's charge to "mark them that are causing divisions and occasions of stumbling contrary to the doctrine which ye learned; and turn away from them" (Rom. 16.17). True unity can never ignore error; it can only be attained when men meet on God's divine truth.

6. "Be true to the truth, oppose the error, but bear with humanity".

This wise saying of David Lipscomb spoke to those who were impatient in dealing with fellow Christians. Without discounting the value of truth or the duty to oppose error, it urged patience in dealing with those in error. Not all Christians are at the same level of maturity. Not everyone will see the danger that you may see. All will not have the strength of conviction that you have at this moment. Everyone has not had, or taken the time to study a given point which is at issue. "We who are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak..." (Rom. 15.1). We "must not strive but be gentle towards all, apt to teach, forbearing, in meekness correcting them that oppose themselves; if peradventure God may give them repentance unto the knowledge of the truth, and they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil..." (2 Tim. 2.24-26). We must recognize the difference between those who are coming out of error into truth and those who are leaving truth for error. There is a difference in those who are confused or misled on a matter and those who are deliberate, destructive false teachers. Our goal should be to salvage as many people as possible rather than cut them off.

7. "Back to Jesus, back to the Bible, back to Jerusalem."

These words declare the direction we are traveling. We are not progressives departing from Christ (2 John 9). We are looking for "the old paths" that we may walk therein (Jer. 6.16). The faith was once for all times delivered to the saints (Jude 3). Jesus is our savior, founder and head; we look to no other man. The Bible is our standard; we need no other book of doctrine. The church which began in Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago is our pattern.

8. "The only way to make progress in religion is by going back to the Bible."

This reminds us that we must not seek to modify the church to please modern man. We strive to please only Jesus (Gal. 1.10). We please God and reach our optimum effectiveness by seeking out "the old paths" and walking therein (Jer. 6.16). This would not be true of any other institution, law, book or system. What comes from man's hand is dated and is soon obsolete. But what the omniscient God creates is perfect, eternal and ever contemporary. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13.8). So is the Bible, and so may be the church.

These slogans are not inspired; they are not to be thought of as Scripture. They are truths that help us remember our commitment to be Christians only as were those saints in the first Christian century.

- John Waddey

"firstcenturychristian"



FOUNDER AND EDITOR

HARRIS LEE GOODWIN

1926 - 2013

 OBITUARY

Harris Lee Goodwin, veteran missionary to the Spanish speaking world, died at his home in Tegucigalpa on September 7, 2013 after a lengthy illness at the age of 87. Goodwin was buried beside his beloved adopted Honduran son Edwin, whose life was tragically ended by a tropical disease at the age of 35.

Goodwin was born in Fruitland, TN and attended schools in Tennessee including Lipsomb University in Nashville. He later attended universities in Mexico, where he began preaching as a teenager in the 1940s.

After returning to the States, he preached in Tennessee and California, and in California became a businessman featuring antique silver to help Latin American churches who had little income. He was extremely successful in this venture, and in 1963 moved again to Mexico City where he founded the La Voz Eterna Spanish publications ministry in 1963 and then founded Baxter Institute in 1964. The school was originally named "Leta Baxter School", in memory of an aunt of Batsell Barrett Baxter, a nationally known preacher in the churches of Christ, because of her great help to young people, new in Hollywood and yielding to temptations.

Because of difficulties with the Mexican authorities, Goodwin first moved the publications ministry to Houston, Texas in 1970, and in 1978 moved the school to Tegucigalpa, Honduras where it was named, "Baxter Institute of Biblical and Cultural Studies."

The printed magazine of the La Voz Eterna publications ministry was forced to close in 2012, after over 50 years of distributing magazines, BCCs, tracts and books to friends and brothers in 30 different countries where Spanish is spoken, because our international postage rates doubled in 2013. The ministry continues as an Internet ministry, and the printed BCC and tract ministries continue under the direction of the Lawndale Iglesia de Cristo, a long established Spanish church of Christ in Houston.

Goodwin also founded several medical, dental and nutrition ministries in Tegucigalpa. In 2000 he founded the beautiful home for abandoned street children in El Zamarano, Honduras called Jóvenes en Camino ("Children on the Way").

Sections of Baxter's funeral program in memory of Harris may be found on "Facebook.com /institutobaxter". Other articles are found in our web site, "www.lavozeterna.org" in the English section titled "Report in English".

Goodwin is survived by five sisters and one brother, all of whom live in Tennessee.

 


 

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