Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
April 5, 1956


Gene Frost, Las Cruces, New Mexico

Recently it was charged that all who oppose or question the present day "brotherhood projects" are guilty of another form of "Anti-ism" (an attitude such as is manifest by the opposers of Bible classes). Let us see if this is so, or but a prejudicial tactic.

It will not be denied by those who make this charge that the command "teach" authorizes arrangements for teaching. All arrangements for teaching are authorized, inherent in the command. Since the Lord authorized all arrangements (specific) in the generic command, for any specific to be wrong, it will be so stated. In absence of limitations, all arrangements remain authorized. This includes the arrangement in classes. Since the command "teach" authorizes Bible classes, et. al., it is unnecessary to find authorization elsewhere; however, classes are also authorized by example and necessary inference.

"Anti-ism," as some popularly describe the human law which opposes arrangements of teaching God has authorized, is therefore sinful ... because it opposes a divinely authorized practice! But is the opposition to "brotherhood projects" another form of "anti-ism", i.e., is a divinely authorized practice being opposed? This is the point which must be proved, namely that God authorizes the "brotherhood projects" as now being practiced by some brethren.

Perhaps it will be said that the command "teach" authorizes such projects. But to so reason is to succumb to the attitude of "anti-ism", for men of this persuasion reason that if "teach" is generic (and it is), then the missionary society, et. al. are authorized — but they are mistaken! Their mistake lies in the fact that they fail to distinguish that "teach" includes all things necessary to teaching, but does not include the "who." God has not authorized just anyone and everyone to teach His Word (in every arrangement). There are limitations on the "who." "Teach" does not authorize the missionary society, the government, or any denominational body to teach. Jesus said, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations ..." (Matt. 28:19) "Teach" is what is to be done; "ye" is the who. (See chart.) The "ye" authorized to teach is the church (with limitations placed upon the women). If "brotherhood projects" as are now being promoted are divinely authorized, this authorization must be produced: by command, example, or necessary inference.

Those who attempt to justify an organization by the authorization for teaching make the same mistake as the "anti-ism." And in such cases, promotions in "brotherhood projects" is "anti-ism" and not the opposition.

Too many charges (with intent to prejudice) have been hurled (as that of "anti-ism" herein discussed), and not enough attention given to scriptures. I cannot speak for others, but I can speak for myself, and I for one would appreciate hearing from anyone who is able to point out the scripture(s) that authorizes "brotherhood projects" in evangelization. I care not what Brother A, B, or C did or said in 1832 or any other time, nor what my best friend has said or done, but I am vitally interested in what God says about this matter. Where is the scripture that authorizes inter-congregational organizations to teach the gospel? Address me: 800 North Miranda, Las Cruces, New Mexico.