"Holy Spirit Hoe-Down"

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"Holy Spirit Hoe-Down"

David McPherson

        I recently saw an advertisement by a local denomination for a “Holy Spirit Hoe-Down.” I’m not sure what they mean by that, but it caused me to reflect on my childhood days.

        Growing up on the farm in Kentucky, daddy often had us clean out the garden rows. We didn’t use the herbicide, but the “hoe-beside” approach. With an ole grubbing hoe we would hoe down the weeds.

        In the denominations today, “Holy Spirit Hoe-Downs” are common place. That is, like we use to hoe down the weeds and take them away - they are hoeing down what the Holy Spirit has revealed and taking away the truth of God’s word.

        The Holy Spirit had James write that man is justified “NOT by faith only” (Jas. 2:24). However, many in the denominational world have “Hoed-Down” the Holy Spirit there and teach that “faith only is a most wholesome doctrine.” Similarly, the Holy Spirit told Peter that “baptism doth also now save us” (1 Pt. 3:21). Many denominations hoe that down and teach that baptism doth also NOT save us.

        “Holy Spirit Hoe-Down?” That’s exactly what’s going on with the denominations today. Brethren, beware.

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