WHY I BELIEVE IN THE
INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE
Roderick L. Ross
There are various ways in which the inspiration of the Bible
can be verified. Some of these evidences, by themselves, may not
be completely convincing; but, when all the evidence is compiled
together, no honest person can deny the conclusion that the Bible
is inspired of God in its entirety.
A more accurate record of ancient events and places cannot
be found. In fact, there is not one single inaccuracy that can be
found in all the Bible. Whether it is a record of the miraculous,
a record of historical fact, a record of geography, a record of
topography, a record of sociology or a record of scientific fact,
the Bible is correct in its record.
There are no errors. From the grain bins of Egypt in
the days of Joseph, to the title for magistrates in Grecian
cities during Pauls journeys, the supposed errors of the
Bible have proven to be the errors of the doubters. Upon every
occasion the spade of archaeology has been able to shed light
upon Biblical accounts, the Bible has proven to be 100% accurate.
Can such accuracy from forty different authors over 1600 years be
a mere coincidence? Or, is it the unmistakable mark of the
inspiration of God?
The Bible allows the actions of its characters to speak for
itself. A minimum of commentary is found in its pages. Compare
this with the history books written by men, either ancient or
modern, and the Bible becomes a wonder. This dramatic form,
especially in consideration of the importance of the subject
treated in the eyes of the human authors, makes the Bible even
Is this the result of the combined human genius of
forty men over a period of 1600 years? Or, is this an
unmistakable mark of the inspiration of God?
If God is no respecter of persons, then one would rightfully
expect his word to exhibit this characteristic; and, the Bible
does. Both the strengths and weaknesses of its characters are
portrayed -- both their righteousness and their wickedness.
Abraham is shown as the great patriarch of faith, but also as a
liar. David is portrayed as a man after Gods own
heart, but also as an adulterer and murderer. Peter is
recorded as an apostle of Jesus Christ and a proclaimer of the
Gospel, but also as a coward who denies Jesus and becomes a
respecter of persons.
Such frankness and impartiality about major religious
personages is not a human characteristic, especially upon the
part of those who are supportive of their positions. Look in the
library at the biographies of the worlds religious leaders
written by their followers and supporters, and the Bible stands
in dramatic contrast.
Is such impartiality in recording the actions of these
men the result of human wisdom? Or, is it the mark of the
inspiration of God?
In addition to the dramatic form and impartiality, the
dispassionate manner of the narrative of the Bible is a mark of
its inspiration of God. Especially in dealing with a subject that
is perceived to be a matter of graver concern than life and death
-- a matter of heaven and hell -- it is common for men to be
overcome with their emotions -- their passions being fired by the
importance of their subject. Yet, the Bible reads as the words of
an uninvolved observer.
The emotions that must have swelled within the hearts
of Moses, Joshua and the other historical writers of the Old
Testament are repressed.
The passions of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John that must
have burned within their very souls are not apparent in their
Is this dispassionate manner another example of
combined human genius? Or, is it the hallmark of the Bible being
composed by the inspiration of God?
The Bible covers over 4,000 years of human history. The book
of Genesis covers over 2,500 years of history by itself. Yet, how
brief are its records! The biographical accounts of the lives of
Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and the other great
heroes of the Old Testament are in essence but sketches of their
characters, leaving many questions unanswered to the inquiring
mind; yet, containing all the material necessary to give us the
knowledge of their lives.
The same is true of the lives of the memorable
characters of the New Testament such as Peter and Paul, including
Jesus of Nazareth.
How much could have been recorded concerning the lives
and deeds of the most memorable and important personages to ever
walk the face of the earth?
Yet, through the brief sketches given in the Bible,
millions and even billions have come to intimately know these
great men of faith. When you stop to consider the biographies
written by mere men, the brevity of the Bible is no less than
Is this brevity to be considered the result of mere
man? Or, is it the stamp of the inspiration of God upon the
Hand in hand with the unaccountable brevity of the Bible are
its remarkable omissions. How many volumes have been written of
what lies between the lines of the Biblical account?
Facts and stories men usually include, and deem absolutely
necessary, have been omitted from the Biblical record without
harming its credibility or affecting its purpose and power.
What of the life of Abraham before he left Ur of the
Chaldees? What of the first twelve years of Jesus life, or
the next fifteen years? How many are the places men might wish to
add facts or explanations? Yet, the Bible has without these
additions been read and studied by more people than any other
book in the history of the world.
With these omissions the power of its message
has changed individual hearts and lives, changing the entire
course of history and the way in which man perceives himself.
Can these omissions be the result of human
genius? Or, are they the design of divine inspiration
unquestionably drawn upon the pages of the Bible?
Angels are the messengers of God. Whether cherubim (cf. Gen.
3:24), seraphim (cf. Isa. 6:2,6), or other, the angels of the
Bible stand in complete contrast to the messengers of the gods of
mythology. Read the mythological accounts of demigods, fairies,
geniis, etc. But angels stand alone. Unlike men, they are
always like themselves. The holiness, might, humility and
compassion of the angels of the Bible commend themselves to the
human mind in contrast to the ridiculous of the products of the
ASSUMPTION OF INFALLIBILITY
Can humanity account for the angelology of the Bible?
Or, is it the result of the direct revelation and inspiration of
No experience is more common to all of the human family than
the realization of each individuals fallibility. Especially
is that true of those who present their views or facts to the
public, either orally or in writing. A public presentation
presents the invitation for public scrutiny. Thus, a claim for
infallibility is either bold, or the height of stupidity. If
error is to be found, it is stupidity!
POWER OF THE WRITINGS
The writers of the Bible from Moses to John on Patmos
make the claim of infallibility for what they have written in
making the claim that it was given by the inspiration of God. For
generations and centuries and millennium, men have inspected and
dissected the writings of the Bible to expose the stupidity of
the claim it makes to infallibility; and, many of those
inspectors have been convinced of the truthfulness of that claim
which they thought to be false.
Could, and would such men as were the penmen of the
Bible, make the claim to infallibility if it were not true? and,
could their claim to infallibility have been made and sustained
had they not been inspired of God?
Since, and even before the invention of the printing press,
the Bible has been the most widely published, the most widely
read, and the most widely studied book in the world. Its contents
have reached almost, if not every nation upon the face of the
earth. Every culture, from the most highly technically advanced
to the most primitive in respect to technology and modern
education, has been profoundly changed as the hearts, minds and
the very souls of men have been transformed by the power of its
The advances in social equity and benevolence, which
have transpired where the Bible has held sway, speak dramatically
of the difference between the power of the Bible and the writings
of men. That is not to say, however, there have not been
occasions when men have attempted to twist and pervert the Bible
to suit their own ends, for they have. However, in spite of the
hypocrisy and wickedness of certain men, the general effect of
the Bible upon society and its specific effect upon the lives of
individuals has been positive and good.
Its message has transformed lives of wickedness,
ungodliness and unrighteousness into lives characterized by good
deeds, godliness and righteousness. Its words and message have
forever changed the course of history.
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and
sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing
asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is
a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ:
for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that
believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek (Rom.
Is this power and influence upon the minds, hearts and
souls of multiplied millions throughout the centuries the result
of the human mind in originating its words and message? Or, does
the unparalleled power and influence reveal the divine power and
influence which brought about the Bible by the inspiration of
Of all the evidences of the inspiration of the Bible, none
is more compelling and convincing than its prophecy of things to
From Moses records to the closing words of
Malachi, prophecies concerning Israel, the nations surrounding
Israel, and the coming Messiah, the Old Testament perfectly
portrays the future. From the prophecies concerning Israel,
Judah, Babylon, Egypt, Media, Persia, Greece, Rome and other
cities and nations which were fulfilled in minute detail; it is
evident that the writers of the Bible had more than mere human
knowledge of the events of the future.
Within the Gospel records, as well as within the
preaching and teaching of the apostles and evangelists, an
understanding and perfect portrayal of future events is clear.
The minute details prophesied hundreds of years before
the facts concerning the coming Messiah (his birth place, his
birth, his flight into Egypt, his preaching, his residences, his
parables, his miracles, his betrayal, his death, his
resurrection, his ascension, his purpose, and his influence) are
a convincing testimony of the divine origin of the scriptures.
Yet, when the prophecies of the Old Testament are combined with
the prophecies of the Mew Testament; the evidence of inspiration
One prophecy might be attributed to mere chance; two or
three prophecies might even be a coincidence; but, when hundreds
of prophecies are fulfilled to the smallest detail with not one
single failure, only the dishonest could attribute the origin of
the prophecies to anything other than the inspiration of God.
But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a
word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that
shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall
die. And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word
which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the
name of the Lord, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that
is the thing which the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath
spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of
him (Deut. 18:2O-22).
When you stop to consider the men who wrote the Bible
and the circumstances under which the Bible was written; when you
stop and consider the character and content of the Bible; when
you stop and consider all the evidence of the inspiration of the
Bible; reason and logic allow for only one conclusion:
THE BIBLE IS GIVEN BY THE INSPIRATION OF GOD,
WORD-FOR-WORD, EVERY WORD OF IT.
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Most people live as though they cannot disobey God, or that
at least it doesnt make any difference if they do. There are
at least five ways in which people disobey God.
1) By doing what is specifically forbidden.
People have always been guilty of violating Gods Will.
Thats what sin is -- violating or breaking Gods Will.
First John 3:4 says, Whosoever committeth sin
transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the
Sin, any sin, all sin is condemned in the Bible:
adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
and such like (Gal. 5:19-21). Many other lists of sins are
recorded in the Bible. Men must learn of and stay clear of every
sin (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:18-32; Col. 3:5-9; and many more).
There is not enough paper and ink to list all those who
have sinned. Romans 3:23 says all have sinned and come short
of the glory of God. In the Old Testament we read, And
God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and
that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually (Gen. 6:5). Also in the New Testament we read,
the whole world lieth in wickedness (1 John 5:19).
People love sin. They love evil. They love doing their own
We must take great care to do our best to not sin (cf.
1 John 2:1). But, even with our best efforts we still sin (1 John
1:8). We often end up doing that which is specifically forbidden.
2) By refusing to do what God has commanded.
There are times when we are not directly involved in breaking a
specific law of God. But instead, we ignore and/or fail to do
what God commands us to do. These are sins of omission.
We omit doing what God says. James 4:17 says, To him that
knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.
God commanded king Saul to utterly destroy the
Amalekites along with all they had. But instead, Saul spared
their king and claimed it was the Israelites who brought back the
spoils along with many sheep and oxen. When confronted with his
sin, his excuse was that he brought them back to offer as a
sacrifice. He sinned in not doing what God commanded him to do.
We can read about it in 1 Samuel 15.
Whatever God commands, we must do, no questions asked!
It is our task to do Gods will. It is not burdensome to do
so. First John 5:3 says, For this is the love of God,
that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not
3) By adding to what the Bible says. God has
never allowed men to add to his word. Near the beginning of the
Bible we read: Ye shall not add unto the word which I
command you...that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your
God which I command you (Deut. 4:2). In the middle of
the Bible we read: Add thou not unto his words, lest he
reprove thee, and thou be found a liar (Prov. 30:6).
And, at the close of the Bible we read: For I testify
unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this
book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto
him the plagues that are written in this book (Rev.
Men today add to Gods word when they refer to
themselves by names not found in the Bible, such as: Methodist,
Baptist, Presbyterian, Holiness, Catholic, Mormon, etc. Men add
to Gods word when they use mechanical instruments of music
in worship, when they burn candles and incense, when they have
creeds and manuals, etc. All these things go beyond (add to) that
which is written. Such is forbidden in 1 Corinthians 4:6. Those
who add to Gods word bring upon themselves Gods
4) By taking away from what the Bible says. God
has never allowed man to do so. In respect to Gods word,
Deuteronomy 12:32 says, Thou shalt not diminish from
it (see also Deut. 4:2). In Revelation 22:19 we read,
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book
of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of
life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are
written in this book.
Denominational churches take away the name of the
church and add man-made names (Rom. 16:16; 1 Cor. 1:2). They take
away scriptural worship by adding mechanical instruments of music
to singing (Col. 3:16), by eating the Lords supper on any
day of the week and/or only occasionally (Acts 20:7), by teaching
the doctrines and commandments of men (Matt. 15:8-9), by not
worshipping in spirit and in truth (John 4:24). They take away
the Lords plan of salvation of faith (John 8:24),
repentance (Acts 2:38), confession (Acts 8:37) and
water baptism (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38; 22:16). Woe be to
those who take such liberties with the word of God!
5) By substituting something else for what God
commanded. Nadab and Abihu substituted a different fire than
what God had commanded (Lev. 10:1-2). Jeroboam substituted the
cities of Dan and Bethel as places of worship instead of
Jerusalem (1 Kings 12:25-19). Denominations today substitute fund
raisers in place of the first day collection (1 Cor. 16:1-2),
sprinkling instead of baptism (immersion) (Col. 2:12; Rom. 6:4),
entertainment and recreation instead of Gospel preaching (1 Cor.
1:18-21; 2 Tim. 4:2). There is no end to men substituting for
Gods divine arrangement!
Men everywhere must love, respect and obey what God
says in His holy book, the Bible. You will never be saved any
other way than obeying Gods commands. The apostle Paul wrote
by inspiration, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of
Christ: for IT is the power of God unto salvation to every one
that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek
(Rom. 1:16). Jesus made clear that the inspired word is what will
be used to judge us in the last day. He that rejecteth
me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the
word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last
day (John 12:48). The only way we can be saved is by
obeying the truth, the Gospel. Peter wrote, Seeing ye
have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit
unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently (1 Peter 1:22).
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HIS THEOLOGY IS DIFFERENT
Upon inquiring about a speaker at an upcoming youth rally,
the youth director at the host congregation said of the speaker,
His theology is different but he is good at communicating
with young people.
Is being able to communicate the only prerequisite to
speak at a youth rally? What about the words of the apostle Paul,
And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with
excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the
testimony of God (1 Cor. 2:1). Paul may not have had an
excellent way of speaking, but his theology was right. He said,
For I determined not to know anything among you, save
Jesus Christ, and Him crucified (1 Cor. 2:2). It seems
to me this youth minister was saying, We dont care what
he believes and/or teaches as long as the kids like him.
Does it not matter any more what we feed our young
people? Remember when Paul marveled that the Galatians had so
soon turned away from the Gospel? Some had perverted the Gospel
of Christ. He follows by saying, For do I now persuade
men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet please men,
I should not be the servant of Christ (Gal. 1:10).
I like to hear good speakers. Not every speaker has the
ability to gain and keep the attention of an audience but when it
comes to the message of the Bible a man must speak the truth
in love (cf. Eph. 4:15). But it must be the truth!
Unfortunately, some congregations select speakers based on their
ability to speak, not on the message to be delivered. Their
thinking is: Who is the most popular speaker among us? Find
out and get him. I much prefer to hear a man stutter through
Acts 2:38 than to eloquently preach men into hell with a false
Paul said, ...it pleased God by the foolishness
of preaching to save them that believe (1 Cor. 1:21).
The power of God is in the Gospel (Rom. 1:16), not the speaker.
The word of God is quick and powerful (Heb.
4:12), not the speaker. I charge thee, therefore before
God and the Lord Jesus Christ...preach the word... (2
Elders and preachers, wake up! Why, oh why will you
take a valuable asset like your young people and turn a false
teacher loose on them? The different theology teacher
will lead them down the broad way that leads to destruction and
following close behind will be the elders and preachers who
endorsed it. You wouldnt think of turning a prostitute loose
to spend the night with your fourteen to eighteen year old boys,
but you will turn them loose with a false teacher.
It doesnt make sense! But what does an old
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ONLY THE TRUTH CAN
FREE ONE FROM SIN
Marvin L. Weir
Bible truth cannot be destroyed. Skeptics and haters of the
Word of God have tried for years to destroy truth. Gods
Word, however, abideth for ever (1 Peter 1:25). Jesus
clearly states that heaven and earth shall pass away, but
my words shall not pass away (Matt. 24:35). The truth
Christ taught does not change from society to society or with the
passing of time. One can reject and run from the Word of God, but
he cannot hide from it. Jesus says, He that rejecteth me,
and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word
that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last
day (John 12:48).
The Bible says, the wages of sin is
death (Rom. 6:23). Error cannot free one from the
bondage of sin. This is the reason truth is so precious and
important. The words of the Savior will ring for an eternity in
the ears of those who refuse to heed and hear. Then said
Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my
word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the
truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:31-32).
Please note that it is the truth and not perversions,
speculations, feelings, or partial truth that saves one from sin.
One must not make light of or refuse to abide by Gods Word
-- the truth (John 17:17).
One is not saved just because he believes he is saved.
One is a child of God (a Christian) only when he chooses to obey
and abide in the Word of God. Acting upon feelings is not the
same thing as acting upon Gods Word. In fact, the wise man
warned, There is a way which seemeth right unto a man;
But the end thereof are the ways of death (Prov. 14:12).
Countless millions of people believe they are right with
God, but they have never obeyed the Gospel of Christ. There
are not many gospels. A perversion of the gospel will not save a
single soul. Paul warns, I marvel that ye are so soon
removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto
another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that
trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though
we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you
than that which we have preached unto you, let him be
accursed (Gal. 1:6-8). Thus, one must know, believe, and
obey the truth to be saved. Belief, in and of itself, will not
save a person. Jesus clearly states that one must abide
in truth (John 8:31).
One is not saved just because he believes in his
familys religion. Many people choose to worship as they do
simply because it is the way their family has always worshipped.
Do not forget the words of Joshua to his people: And if
it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom
ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that
were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites,
in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve
the LORD (Josh. 24:15). The apostle Paul could not
support family tradition and be pleasing to God. He says he,
...profited in the Jews religion above many my
equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the
traditions of my fathers (Gal. 1:14). To follow family
religion instead of the Word of God is to honor family more than
It is imperative that one find the truth as truth is
the only thing that can free one from the bondage of sin (John
8:32). Where will truth be found? Truth is not found in the
contradicting and ever-changing creeds of men. Can
truth be true one year and false the next year? This is
the plight of all man-made creeds that people are encouraged to
follow. Each year boards, councils, and synods meet to vote out
old laws and vote in new laws.
Gods truth is not revealed in the creeds of men.
Paul, speaking by inspiration, declares, Now we have
received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of
God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of
God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which mans
wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing
spiritual things with spiritual (1 Cor. 2:12-13).
Christ has all authority today (Matt. 28:18), and He
speaks to us through the inspired Word of God (Heb. 1:1-2). One
will never be loyal to Christ without being loyal to His Word.
This is why Jesus said, And why call ye me, Lord, Lord,
and do not the things which I say (Luke 6:46)? It is the
height of hypocrisy to acknowledge Jesus as Lord and ruler and
refuse to abide in His Word.
Will you yield to and obey the truth, the Word of God?
This is the most important question you will ever answer. The
destiny of your soul depends upon your answer. Remember that
Jesus said, Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord,
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the
will of my Father which is in heaven (Matt. 7:21,
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KING DAVID AS A FATHER
Roger D. Campbell
David, the son of Jesse, wore a lot of different hats in his
lifetime. He was a shepherd, armor-bearer and harp player for
King Saul, soldier, king, prophet of Jehovah, husband, and
father. While each of his roles had its distinct challenges,
surely nothing was more challenging to him than being a dad. As a
parent, David showed some traits that are worthy of imitation,
but he also demonstrated serious flaws that we would do well to
avoid. Consider these brief observations on King David as a
David did not properly restrain and discipline his
sons. When Davids son Amnon raped his sister Tamar, David
was very wroth (2 Sam. 13:21), but there is no
indication in the Bible that he did anything about it. Later, we
read that when Davids son Adonijah tried to steal his
fathers throne, David had not displeased [rebuked,
NKJV] him at any time (1 Kings 1:6). Tolerance and lack of
discipline helped corrupt Davids family. Remember Elis
failure to properly restrain his sons (1 Sam. 3:13).
David showed favoritism toward one of his sons. David
had a slew of children, but he made it no secret that Absalom was
Daddys boy. Jacob had made the same mistake in
loving Joseph more than his other sons. Davids elevated
affection for Absalom hurt Davids family, his reputation,
and adversely affected the nation. Are we listening?
David endured the pain of having a son turn against
him. That son was Absalom, the very one whom David loved so much!
Absalom led a revolt against David and his kingship, causing
David to flee from Jerusalem. Absalom made his choices of his own
free will, but the havoc that he caused in Davids family and
in the nation of Israel were, in part, a punishment for
Davids sin with Bathsheba (2 Sam. 11).
David endured the pain of losing a child. No parent
wants to see his/her child die, but David faced such sadness at
least three times (the first son that Bathsheba bore to him,
Amnon, and Absalom). To his credit, through his suffering and
weakness of the flesh, David time and again turned to the Lord
for strength: In God is my salvation and my glory: the
rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God (Psalm
Before he died, David showed interest in his sons
project. When God made it known that He wanted Solomon, not
David, to build a temple for Him, rather than pout and work
against that task, David worked diligently and did all that he
could to help rally the nation behind his sons project. Wise
dads today will take an interest in their childrens
activities at school, in recreation, and especially in the things
they do which are related to the Lords church.
Before he died, David gave wonderful advice and
exhortation to his son Solomon. As his death approached, David
told Solomon, ...be thou strong therefore, and shew
thyself a man; And keep the charge of the Lord thy God, to walk
in his ways ... that thou mayest prosper in all that thou
doest... (1 Kings 2:2,3). Is there anything more
important that a father could express to his son?
Like the rest of us, David was flesh and bones, a mere
mortal. As a father, he endured hardships, made mistakes, and did
some things well. Let us learn from this famous father.
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DO YOU REALLY WANT TO
KNOW THE TRUTH?
Invariably, when religious people are asked, Do you
want to know the truth, the majority will answer in the
affirmative. They will whole-heartedly agree with John 8:32,
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free. Yet, when various denominational doctrines are put
under the spot-light of Gods word, they will reject the
truth? Why? It could well be the case these people mean,
Yes, I want to know the truth as long as truth agrees with
my views. It is not that many do not understand the truth,
they simply do not believe the truth!
In John 10, after Jesus had spoken, the text states,
Then came the Jews round about him, and said unto him, How
long dost thou make us to doubt? If thou be the Christ tell us
plainly (John 10:24). Jesus preceded to tell them
forthrightly that He indeed was the Son of Almighty God, I
and my Father are one (John 10:30). The next verse gives
their response, Then the Jews took up stones again to stone
him (John 10:31). Note, please, it was not the case that
they did not understand Jesus, rather they did not want to know
the truth! Their actions proved they were not honest nor
sincerely seeking truth.
Many today (including brethren), like the Jews of
Jesus day, cry tell us plainly, and when told,
My friend, do you really want to know the truth about
marriage, divorce and remarriage? Here is what Jesus said,
Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for
fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and
whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit
adultery. Therefore, Gods law of divorce and
remarriage is one man for one woman until death, with one
Do you want to know the truth about
denominations? The church of our Lord, the church of
Christ, is NOT a denomination! According to Matthew 16:18, Jesus
built only one church, Upon this rock I will build my
church. Christ is the only head of the church, which is
His body (Eph. 1:22-23). He purchased the church with His own
blood (Acts 20:28) and all of the saved are added to the one
church by our Lord (Acts 2:47). Denominations are man-made and
are NOT a part in any sense of the Lords church!
Furthermore, those in denominations are lost and have no hope of
eternal life unless they obey the Gospel of Christ and live the
Do you want to know the truth about instrumental
music in New Testament worship? The ONLY KIND of music
authorized in New Testament worship is vocal music (Eph. 5:19;
Col. 3:16)! The absolute fact of the matter is, one cannot turn
to the New Testament and find a direct command authorizing
mechanical instruments of music in Christian worship! If so,
where? Neither can one find an approved Bible example where
instruments were used in Christian worship! If so, where? And
neither can one find anything implied where mechanical
instrumental music was used in Christian worship! If so, where?
Since there is no Bible authority (Col. 3:17) for instrumental
music in New Testament worship, to use it is to go beyond that
which is written (Rev. 22:18-19) and stand under the curse of
Almighty God (Gal. 1:8-9)! To be even more pointed, let it be
clearly understood, that brethren who use the instrument or state
that instrumental music in worship is not a salvation issue, are
no longer in fellowship with God nor faithful brethren (2 John
Do you really want to know the truth about false
teachers? According to the Bible, we are to have no
fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
reprove them (Eph. 5:11). To fellowship false teachers is to
partake of their evil deeds, for he that biddeth him God
speed is partaker of his evil deeds (2 John 11). If 99.99%
of the brotherhood accepts any false teacher, that does NOT
change Gods mind and furthermore, they stand condemned of
Now you are faced with the dilemma of accepting or
rejecting truth! I have plainly told you the truth because I love
your soul (Gal. 4:16). Do not allow blood relations, long held
friendships, or schools to alter your stand for truth! Remember,
when you stand with truth, the Lord stands with you! May our
heavenly Father give us brethren who Buy the truth, and sell
it not (Prov. 23:23)!
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A young preacher was once told he was forbidden to teach or
preach anything controversial. That means he could not preach on
the subject of Jesus the Christ because Jesus is the most
controversial character in the history of the world. Jesus IS and
MUST be the center of our preaching (1 Cor. 2:2). There is no
salvation apart from the name of Jesus (Acts 4:12). At his name
every knee will someday bow (Phil. 2:10). That excludes all other
names of men, including Mohammed. Read John 8:21-24.
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