About Jeff

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Hey…my name is Jeff Lash and I hail from the great city of Nashville, TN.  I am a graduate of Union University with a B.A. in Christian Studies.  I am married to a beautiful woman named Annie.  I am currently employed at A to Z In-Home Tutoring as a Billing Specialist with plans to pursue my Master’s degree in a theological discipline in the fall of 2008.  I thoroughly enjoy reading books, writing literature and music, rock music, theological discussions, games, sports, and good company.  I hope that you will find this blog helpful, encouraging, and thought provoking.  So visit regularly and join in the discussion. 

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6 responses to “About Jeff

  1. Hey Jeff,

    Reading your blog sure reminded me of those days of fellowship at sojourn. keep it up!

  2. Hey, Jeff, I thought you’d enjoy this…go to http://www.samshawonline.org and check out “25 ways to slow church growth”. Dr. Sam Shaw was pastor of my church back in Memphis. He quotes another guy, but these are hilarious. I thought you’d enjoy.

  3. I Love you…….I mean seriously love you!

  4. Bro Jeff:
    I occasionally work for WyzAnt tutoring Math.
    You may like my blog AdamsLostDream at blog spot – most of it is on origins, but i also deal with stuff like Fight Club and “evo emo.”
    You may reach me at WebOfTruth at yahoo.
    Keep the faith. //Heb 3^4\\
    OnWord, Jay “ice-j” “NOA” Hall

  5. Jeff you seem a decent guy but your history and theology does not coincide with the truth, and my ardent desire is that all come to the fullness of truth.

    You claim to be Protestant but ever since the protestant reformation over forty thousand different protestant denominations have come into existence, this now being the year 2015.  Each one has its own competing theology and interpretations of the Bible and every one of them claims to be
    following the Holy Spirit and the plain meaning of Scripture.  If then
    the Bible, led by the Spirit, is the only things we need to know for
    salvation and truth, then why is it no one can agree on what the Bible
    or what the Spirit of God is saying?  There is no such thing as forty
    thousand different truths.  This denies logic and the basic
    philosophical principle of non-contradiction.  There is one truth.
    Jesus our Lord and God, in His infinite wisdom, and knowing our human
    weakness knew we needed something more.

    This is why He left us His Church built, as Sacred Scripture says, on the shoulders of St. Peter whom He gave the “keys of the kingdom of heaven and whom the gates of Hell will not prevail”. If you look more closely at that scripture passage you will see when Jesus speaks of the “keys of the Kingdom”, He is referring to an important Old Testament passage, Isaiah 22:20-22, where Hezekiah, the royal heir to David’s throne and king of Israel in Isaiah’s day, replaced his old Prime Minister, Shebna, with a new one named Eliakim. Everyone could tell which one of the royal cabinet members was the new Prime Minister since he was given the “keys of the kingdom”.  By entrusting to Peter the “keys of the Kingdom of heaven”, Jesus establishes the office of Prime Minister for the administration of the
    Church as Jesus’ kingdom on earth.  The “keys” are a symbol, then, of
    Peter’s office and primacy to be handed on to his successor; thus it
    has been handed down throughout the ages from one Pope to another,
    unbroken succession to this very day.  (Pope means papa in Latin).  In
    promising that the gates of Hell will not prevail Jesus is giving the
    assurance of divine assistance that it would never error because it is
    HIS Church.  It is an undeniable fact that the Roman Catholic Church is the
    Church Christ established, easily discernible through first century
    secular history, sacred history and Sacred Scripture. 

    Many may dispute this but if you look at all of the Fathers of the Church, whether Apostolic or later (Called Apostolic Fathers, as they either lived in the time of the Apostles, or who had learned the faith directly from them).  Or to the Fathers of the Church, who were those second to fifth century Bishops and Saints who produced many writings.  They were all fully Roman Catholic without exception. They all submitted to the authority of the Seat of Peter, the Bishop of Rome, who was called the Pope, in whom rested the final judicial authority in all matters of faith and morals, as led by the Holy Spirit, just as Jesus had promised. You will find not one
    exception to this. 

    Not only that, the belief in the Sacraments (Holy Eucharist, necessity of Baptism, Holy Orders, Anointing of the Sick, Marriage, Confirmation, Penance and Reconciliation), the Communion of Saints in heaven, on earth and in purgatory, etc.  Everything that the Roman Catholic Church teaches
    today was exactly what those first century Christians believed.
    Nothing has changed.  All of the writings of the Fathers of the Church
    supports everything Roman Catholic, for that is exactly what they
    were. If unfamiliar with the Fathers of the Church here are a couple to reference by (St. Ignatius of Antioch, 1st c. A.D) ““Where the Bishop is, there let the multitude of believers be; even as where Jesus is, there is the Catholic Church” . (St. Iranaeus, Adversus haereses 180 AD, Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul, now Lyons, France) “In order that the full and living Gospel might always be preserved in the Church the apostles left bishops as their successors. They gave them their own position of teaching authority.” Some other names such as St. Justyn Martyre who wrote to the emperor in around the year 155 defending the Catholic doctrine on the Eucharist (the changing of the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ). St. Clement wrote letters to different churches during the time that St. John the Apostle was still alive. He was the 4th bishop of Rome (the Pope) and is another good read in which we clearly see the authority of the Seat of Peter as was exercised by him.

    Lets turn to Sacred Scripture for a moment and view it in its proper context. When it comes to Scared Scripture, from nowhere in scripture does it reduce God Word’s down to scripture alone (Sola Scriptura).  Instead, the Bible tells us in many places that God’s authoritative word is to
    be found in the Church, her tradition, as well as her preaching and
    teaching.  Look at: First Timothy 3:14-15  I hope to come to you soon,
    but I am writing these instruction to you so that, if I am delayed,
    you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is
    the church of the living God, the pillar and bulwark of the truth”.
    One can see specifically that “the church” is the pillar and bulwark
    of truth that the Gospel writer is referring to, not the Bible.
    Besides this, Church historians all agree that the New Testament came
    from the Council of Hippo in 393 and the Council of Carthage in 397,
    both of which sent off their judgments to Rome for the Pope’s
    approval.  This means that from the year 30-393 there was no New
    Testament as we know it today.  Thus for over 300 years the Christian
    congregation of followers were led not by the Bible but by the Church.
    Besides, there were many other books that people back then thought
    might be inspired, such as the Epistle of Barnabas, the Shepherd of
    Hermas, and the Acts of Paul.  There were also several New Testament
    books, such as Second Peter, Jude and Revelation, that some thought
    should be excluded.  The historical truth of the matter is; it was the
    Roman Catholic Church, led and inspired by the Holy Spirit, who
    compiled and pronounced, what books were divinely inspired and which
    were not, and which were to be included and excluded from the New
    Testament.  And all submitted ultimately to the Bishop of Rome, the
    Seat of Peter, the Pope for approval.

    I will attach a link below where you have a
    highly educated man who is a doctor (not a medical doctor but a doctor
    in Sacred Scripture or such, I cant remember exactly which) who
    absolutely hated the Roman Catholic Church but was a true seeker of
    Christ and of Truth.  He believed the Roman Catholic Church was
    anti-Christ.  In his thirst for knowledge and truth he stumbled upon
    some very frightening realities.  That the first century Christians
    were Roman Catholic.  This shook him to his very core.  He then
    compared all the writings to the early Fathers of the Church, to
    Scripture, to the Great Councils and they were identical.  This was a
    man who, if converting to the Roman Catholic faith would commit
    financial and professional suicide.  But the Lord drew him to the
    truth and he converted.

    Please find the truth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5NT32Y-Mrk

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