In brief review the first article in this series concerned the old Rubik’s Cube in that there was a right way to solve it and a wrong way to solve it. The wrong way was to take it completely apart and piece by piece put it back together so that it looked solved.
The issue with Rubik’s Cube Interpretation concerns the Church of Christ pulling sentences, phrases and verses through out the Scriptures to prove their various points. However, the result is not a lot of wrong interpretations, a faulty way of looking at the Bible and a very bad theology.
The first example of faulty interpretation concerned instrumental music. The second example, among MANY that can be provided, is a Pelagian Theology. This theology can be summed up by saying we are all born sinless, perfect and it is later that we sin. It is from this state that when we are presented with the Gospel of Jesus we can choose God or reject God which ever we want. To paraphrase his thoughts is to say he felt that we need no Divine aid to respond to Jesus.
When encountering a hard core Church of Christ individual one of the first responses to the depravity of man is that we are NOT born in the sinful nature of Adam. They will dance all around Psalm 51:5 making every effort to teach that this does not mean man is born sinful from birth. But one can’t dance around a very large number of passages in the Bible that teach exact fact that because of Adam’s sin we are born sinful and fully deserving the wrath of God.
These passages include: Genesis 8:21; Job 15:14-16; Ezekiel 16 (which is a parable on this principle); Psalm 14:3; Psalm 58:3; Matthew 11:25-27; John 3:19; John 5:21; John 6:44, 65; Romans 3:10 and following; Romans 5:12-21; Ephesians 2: 1 and following; 2 Timothy 2:26 combined with Luke 11:21-22. These are just a few passages.
Because of the Church of Christ belief that water baptism is the exact point one become a Christian it is then that the hard core Church of Christ primary concern is what about babies. If we are born in sin and a baby dies, then they will go to hell. They also feel that this gives credibility to infant baptism. So to defend their view on baptism, they will go out of their way to teach that the Bible does NOT say something that it clearly states. THIS IS PULLING TEXTS, PHRASES, PASSAGES AND VERSES OUT OF CONTEXT TO PROVE THEIR POINT. One can’t honestly read Romans 5:12-21 and then teach that the sin of Adam had NO effect upon humanity.
No one can come to the Son unless the Father draws him. (John 6:44). The ill effects of the fall of Adam means that spiritually I am dead. There needs to be Divine aid imparted to me, which is grace, for me to respond to Him. This is one of the most beautiful parts of God’s love towards His children, the redeemed. The hard core Church of Christ simply denies this reality.
There will be one more article on Rubik’s Cube Interpretation. Even though many more could be written, I think the ideological foundation has been properly set. We will spend more time in other articles reviewing Baptism. There are several resources on this site which explain about the New Birth.