Quotes and Notes for the Day
THE BATTLE OVER THE BIBLE IX
(Closing Remarks: Is There Not A Cause?)
Quite often those who believe the Bible to be the very Word of God are looked down upon, as the odd ones, and certainly as not being too intelligent. Bible believers have nothing to be ashamed of, and they need to take a back seat to no one! Anyone who accepts the Bible for what it is and as it is, assuredly stands in the best of company. As Bible believers we don’t place confidence in man’s intellect. We are thankful for those who were brilliant in their own right, who did not assume that they were smarter than God, but who humbly believed and stood upon the Word of God. The best of these men have died defending the Bible.
The ages have also seen those who would have peace at any cost; men who have little courage and they seek the road of compromise rather than ” contending for the faith.” They tell us ” it does not matter if we have an accurate copy of the original Bible or not. As long as it is similar, it is good enough.” They tell their followers that is it of no consequence if the bible has some historical errors, as long as the message of salvation is true. It never occurred to such intellectuals that if God can not record and preserve a simple record of history factually, is it not risky to accept the account of salvation and one’s eternal destiny?
We have ample warning about these last days in the Word of God. Shall we ignore the issue and hope they will go away? One very disappointing thing in this day is the silence of so many of the people of God concerning the apostasy sweeping over the Church. Ignorance is no excuse. The problem is not essentially ignorance, but rather it is the silence of many who know what is taking place but who refuse to speak and warn the people of God.
What should we do? Should we get in step with the unbelieving so that we do not stand out in the crowd? Or will we obey God, and ” preach the Word in season and out of season”. Will we bow down to the golden image of scholarship or shall we stand up and be counted for God like Daniel’s three friends? No, but with David of old we cry loud and say, “ Is there not a cause?” For it makes a great deal of difference to God, and it should to us as to whether we have an inspired, infallible and preserved Word of God or not. Can you and I be sure that the Bible we follow today is the same Word of God that God gave in the first place? our answer to this question determines whether we are standing on a sure foundation or on a sinking sand; whether we are drinking from the pure fountain or the corrupted and polluted stream.
C.H. Spurgeon said many years ago, ” The craving to alter the Word of God is accursed. This the crime of the present days. The Lord preserve us from it.” How many in our day, are kept busy in rewriting the Word of God, and their basic desire is to change the Scriptures and make them say things that God never said?. Even those who are sincere in their attempt, have this vague idea that by watering down the truth of God they can some how reach more people with some sort of a message and there by turn people into something of a Christian. But corrupt seed will not bring spiritual fruit regardless of the sincerity of those who sow it. It is not possible to get saved with a wrong message.
Will Christians ever learn that it is not loving to compromise – that we don’t please God when we try to please everyone. That admonition given in 2nd Timothy chapter 4 was given for such a time as this, when men would have ears that itch to hear some thing new, some thing different.
Child of God, the battle rages; on which side do you stand? Are you on the side lines? Or do you stand at all? A good many sing, “ standing on the promises….” while they merely sit on the premises and raise no protest whatsoever, while so many wolves in sheep clothing work hard night and day to remove from us the only sure thing we have; the Word of God and life itself.
to be continued………………….
From The Staff of The Peoples Gospel Hour
The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).
There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”
But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)
“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!” – The PGH Staff