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  1. 1. 0………. 4 --article continued from page 1— Are we confident that our light is bright Vol. 47 August 9, 2022 Number 31 The Permissive Society By Andrew Connally The permissive society has entered the church. There was a time when men who taught instrumental music was a matter of opinion, that sincerity in worship was enough...had at least the common courtesy to get out of the church. They at least had the courtesy and conviction to know that they did not stand with us, and they got out. But no longer is that true. Under the guise of the brotherhood and orthodoxy and under the coattails of their elders, they are harping and carping and sniping at the doctrine that men have defended for hundreds of years, not because it is traditionalism, but because it is true and, brethren, I say that permissive psychology is responsible for it. It is time our brethren felt that they could pick up the Bible and they could begin to look at it and see that what they have been doing is true. And if you do not think it is, you need to restudy your Bible. If it is true, you need to rise up against preachers, elders, and anyone in the brotherhood that teaches otherwise (2 John 9-11). Again, the very lifeblood of the church, its purity and simplicity are decried and denied, and the tragedy is that some brethren love to have it so (Jer. 5:31). They like it that way. They want a form of godliness (2 Tim. 3:5), but they do not want it to confine them. They want to enjoy orthodoxy; “I’m a Christian, my membership is there; oh, I don’t stand for anything; I don’t go except when I want to, and I don’t really sacrifice, but I get all the blessings of a good clear conscience,” when in reality their life is a shame and a disgrace. And, in many instances, gross immorality prevails, and we sit around and allow it to continue. Now I ask the question: Why has permissiveness become the standard? Because of the pursuit of worldly pleasure. “That in the latter days grievous times shall come and men shall be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:1-4). Brethren, that is the state we are in. Men love their pleasure more than they love God. First, whether it is Hell’s Angels, the devotees of James Bond, or Hugh Hefner, founder of Playboy magazine, the uses of LSD (or methamphetamine), or the weak church member who sits at home on Sunday night watching a TV program instead of going to worship God, all exemplify our pursuit for pleasure! Oh, it may be a certain different degree, or you might say that watching TV on Sunday night is not like that, but it is still sin! It’s still sin! And on Wednesday night, our buildings look like most of our brethren feel that some of us have caught smallpox and they do not want to be associated with us. They are out because they are devotees of pleasure. They are in a hundred thousand places, doing anything their hearts desire; and woe betide the eldership or the Gospel preacher that stands up and preaches against it! The pursuit of sexual pleasure is just another avenue of the same old sins: self- gratification; selfishness; serving the god of pleasure. That’s why we have to teach our young people that their bodies are vessels unto honor and, therefore, they must sanctify themselves and keep themselves for the Master’s use (Gal. 5:19-21; 2 Thess. 4:3-5). --article continued page 2-- ELDERS Mike Childers ............. 397-6453 Dennis Hallmark......... 255-5557 Mark Hitt .................... 322-0917 Bobby Lindley ............ 260-9193 DEACONS Wade Bryan ................ 419-5552 Ricky Lindsey............. 255-8136 Jeff Mansel.................. 871-0357 Jimmy Spearman ........ 840-8957 Michael Wilson........... 891-0891 MINISTERS Barry Kennedy....(931)787-7108 Alex Blackwelder 706-1888 SECRETARY Renee Childers Office.......................... 842-6116 Fax .............................. 842-7091 E-MAIL eastmaincoc38804@gmail.com WEB PAGE eastmaincoc.com SUNDAY SERVICES Worship........................9:00 a.m. Bible class..................10:15 a.m. Worship......................11:15 a.m. Singing or Devotional Last Sunday of the Month MID-WEEK SERVICES Wednesday Classes......7:00 p.m. 1606 East Main Street P. O. Box 1761 Tupelo, Mississippi 38802 “Thou shalt observe to do all that they inform thee” (Deut. 17:10)
  2. 2. --article continued from page 1-- Our preoccupation with sports is another example of our permissive society. How long do you think it would take to rally a hundred thousand Christians for a Gospel meeting? We can get a hundred thousand out to watch the Dallas Cowboys play, can’t we? It is because of our preoccupation with sports because pleasure is our god and the god of so many others. It reached an all-time high in 1967, when the Green Bay Packers and the Dallas Cowboys played the NFL championship, and people by the thousands sat in minus 17-degree weather to watch that football game. You could not get children of God to go out and sit in zero-degree weather to hear a Gospel sermon, at least in the majority of instances. It is because we have a preoccupation with pleasure. Our attitude is that our only real sin is just being bored. Therefore, anything that keeps me from being bored is worthy of my greatest ambition. Whole cities are dedicated to its pursuit. Las Vegas, long the domain of illicit sex, immorality, gamblers, quick marriages, and quicker divorces has now become the “whole family’s” city. Now you can take the entire family there, baby-sitter for the children, ski lodges for the young people, while Mama and Daddy can gamble and watch the nudie shows, all included with the whole family plan. Brethren, if this is the “family plan” in America and if this represents American society, then we are gone already. It is time that we recognize that our people must stand up and cry out against it. Because our jaded appetites must constantly be tugged, pushed, and beaten into a new frenzy of pleasure, we feel that anything is worthwhile, if it satisfies what I want to do. What is the church’s obligation to the permissive society? Mid McKnight can get himself into some real situations where young preachers come and ask him, “Well, what will I do if I find an elder unqualified?” Mid says, “Preach the Word!” “What will I do when I find a man and woman living in adultery in the congregation?” “Preach the Word!” “What do you do when you find liberalism galloping in?” “Preach the Word!” “What do you do in the face of a permissive society?” “Preach the Word!” And, brethren, we all ought to do it. It is not just a preacher’s obligation, or an elder’s or a deacon’s. It is the obligation of every child of God. All of us are Christians and, therefore, every one of us has spheres of influence that no one else has. The Bible says to the young man Timothy, in 2 Timothy 4:2-5: “Preach the word, be urgent in season, and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but having itching ears will heap to themselves teachers after their own lusts and turn aside from the truth unto fables. Be sober, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill thy ministry.” Sympathy Our sympathy is extended to Larry Presley in the loss of his sister, Eva White, on July 27 in Pelahatchie, MS. Funeral services were held July 31. Tuesday Mornings with the Master Don’t forget Tuesday Mornings with the Master every Tuesday in the multipurpose room from 10-11 am. Anyone who can come, and help is welcomed. Ladies’ Fellowship The ladies’ monthly fellowship will be held this Thursday, Aug. 11 at 6:00 pm in the multipurpose room. Berta Kennedy will teach the devotional. Afterwards, plans are to go out to a restaurant for supper. 40s & 50s Fellowship The next 40s and 50s fellowship will be held this Friday, Aug. 12 at 6:30 pm in the multipurpose room. Please bring finger foods and games. Our Family Retreat East Main’s family retreat has been planned for September 2-3 at Maywood Christian Camp. Michael Bates will be speaking on the theme “Unplugged. Plug into the Power of Prayer.” We hope everyone will be able to attend! Our Fall Gospel Meeting Our fall Gospel Meeting will be held October 2-5 with Allen Webster speaking. Mark your calendars and plan to attend every service!
  3. 3. Daily Bible Reading August 10..........................................Jeremiah 34-36 August 11..........................................Jeremiah 37-39 August 12..........................................Jeremiah 40-45 August 13..........................................Jeremiah 46-49 August 14..........................................Jeremiah 50-52 August 15.............................................Lamentations August 16................................................ Ezekiel 1-6 Birthdays & Anniversaries Birthdays: Norma Deaton (Aug. 10), Pat Putt (Aug. 11), Sky Ray (Aug. 13). Anniversaries: Mike & Renee Childers (Aug. 10). Our Sick Debbie Duke is undergoing chemo. Greg Hughes & Bob Smith are from the hospital. Betty Long hopes to complete her therapy at Cedars Thursday. Russell Deaton’s great-niece, Jacy Rayburn, is at St. Jude with a rare bone cancer. It’s localized in her leg, and they feel confident they can remove it all. Brian Carver will undergo surgery Tuesday to remove some cancer. Annie Martin is in room 6606 at NMMC. She is over Covid but the meds they gave her messed up her blood. Bettye Davis, Bill Martin, John Mounce, and Andy & Susan Killian are recovering from Covid. On-Going Illnesses Mary Lou Walden, Evelyn Thompson, Steve Kelly, Barbara Bishop, Doug Wallace, Frankie Estes, Shirley Lyons, Stella Pittman, Caroline Willis, Carol Hood, Bill Goff, Sheba Tuggers, Michelle Maclean, Ricky Britt, Nathan Hale, Dawn Brown, Terry Blackmarr, Freida Gardner, Willie Bob Gates Nursing Homes Randy Attaway, Shirley McCarthy, Bob McClure Don’t forge to check your mailbox in the foyer! EMYG News Does Jesus care when my heart is pained Too deeply for mirth and song As the burdens press and the cares distress And the way grows weary and long Oh, yes He cares I know He cares His heart is touched with my grief When the days are weary, the long nights dreary I know my Savior cares Does Jesus care when I've tried and failed To resist some temptation strong When for my deep grief I find no relief Though my tears flow all the night long Oh, yes He cares I know He cares His heart is touched with my grief When the days are weary, the long nights dreary I know my Savior cares I know my Savior cares As you begin your semester and begin to feel the anxieties that school and relationships bring, remember that you have a God above who cares and wants the very best for you. 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” Remember that God is a prayer away and I am a text away. He loves you and so do I! Alex Don’t forget about our Back-to-School bash this Saturday from 4:00-8:00pm. Bring desserts and chips. Thanks. Area Youth Meeting is this Sunday, Aug. 14 at Zion’s Rest at 5 pm. The bus will leave the building at 4 pm.
  4. 4. Men to Serve Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022 a.m. Announcements..........................................Mark Hitt Bible Reading....................................... Paul Blansett Opening Prayer .......................................Jeff Mansel Lord’s Supper Jalon Mansel Lead Singing......................................Donny McKay Closing Prayer..................................... Dale Dulaney Ushers ........................Larry Long & Andy Baldwyn Please meet in the library by 8:45 a.m. Sunday 11:15 a.m. service Opening Prayer .................................... Greg Hughes Closing Prayer........................................ Chad Willis Lead Singing....................................Michael Wilson Wednesday, August 17, 2022 Opening Prayer .....................................Wesley Bass Lead Singing.................................Alex Blackwelder The elders kindly request that men leading in public worship wear the best dress clothes they have. Contact Jimmy Spearman (840-8957) if unable to serve. Attendance & Contribution Mid-Week, 8-3-22 ...................................................... 116 Sunday 1st Worship, 8-7-22 ........................................ 182 Sunday Bible Class..................................................... 171 Sunday 2nd Worship.................................................... 119 Contribution (budget $9,334) ................................ $8,318 *This does not include the livestreamed views. Pantry item........................................... Peanut butter

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