Saved?

Posted February 15, 2020 by SandreS
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When I was just a young child I remember being compelled, by the influence of Evangelical teaching, to ask playmates if they had been “saved.” This must have been one of my friend’s first encounter with a would-be “soul winner,” because he responded with great sincerity that he had not, for he was never near drowning, or anything like that.

I had simply asked him if he was “saved.” I had not asked him from “what.” The only context of being saved that he could think of was “drowning,” so he answered, “No.” Herein enters the “problem” with the words “save,” “saved” and “salvation.” All of these words are in need of a context.

There are two dimensions of the concept of something being “saved.” One can be “saved” from something, and/or “saved” for something.

Overall, Christianity has reduced the term “saved” to a general term related to the erroneous idea of deliverance from eternal torment.

When the Scriptures use the word “saved” is it a reference of being “saved” from something (if so, what?), and/or are we being “saved” for something (and if so, what?)? A faithful study of the context of each Scripture usage of the word “saved” will reveal to us the answer we are seeking.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Religious Superstition

Posted February 13, 2020 by SandreS
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Religion is steeped in superstition!

Acts17:22 tells is that,

Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ Hill, and said, “You men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious” (Acts 17:22).

As superstitious as the Anthenians were, Christendom has mastered pagan mythology and heathen fables. We see the results of this all about us. Christianity wallows in fantasy and superstition. It’s been “turned unto fables.” Believers have lost their scriptural bearings due to a flood of unsound teaching.

There are two thousand years of a thick maze of twisted tales masquerading as the truth, the result being that the overwhelming majority of Christendom is found to be deeply superstitious.

It is not a small task for the student of Scripture to study and sort through “Christian superstition” to actually find the truth; but it is a noble and rewarding journey. It requires a diligent, faithful, lifelong dedication to the actual words of God. It involves never allowing ourselves to be locked into any manmade creed or systematic theology, while cultivating an ever-adjusting heart and mind to what we learn afresh from the Scriptures. It requires an attitude and spirit of adjustableness.

Don’t spend your life following religious superstitions – even supposed “Christian” ones. Join the noble sons of God who are diligently searching the Scriptures to see if those things are so.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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The Sabbath and the Sunday Question

Posted January 28, 2020 by SandreS
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If any man thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know; but if any man loves God, the same is known of him (I Corinthians 8:2-3).

When we’re young and immature we imagine that we know everything. As we gain a measure of spiritual maturity it begins to dawn on us that we know nothing as we “ought to know.”

Unlike the divinely inspired authors of Scriptures, we students of it, at best, merely offer the results and opinions from our studies. We’re researchers of the treasure house found in God’s Word.

Perhaps, on occasion, we envision that we fully understand some small facet of God’s truth, demanding that others agree with our assessments; but we can’t truly be sure that the next enlightenment granted to us by God will not throw an entirely greater understanding on all that we thought we knew. While we all have our own different perspectives and insights, let’s never be deceived into imagining that we’ve finally arrived at some mystical summit where we are somehow the source of all truth. Honest seekers of God’s truth continually refine and change their understanding over the course of their lives. They submit themselves to the superiority of God’s Word.

Sadly, many attach themselves to teachers and organizations which have their understandings chiseled in stone. These understandings often develop into traditions which are seldom questioned or explained – they “just are.”

The establishment will always resist the “spirit of truth.” The truth of Scripture has been veiled; it requires a divine quickening of the mind to be freed from reading into Scripture our own particular creeds, dogmas and traditions.

We all possess a flawed understanding of Scripture. Grasping truth is a gradually unfolding, lifelong process. As fellow-travelers on this spiritual journey, may we ever seek to help each other through a meek and uncontentious attitude.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Take What You Can Use

Posted January 22, 2020 by SandreS
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I have been on the steady pursuit of Scripture truth for over 45 years now. I started this journey deeply indoctrinated by a narrow strain of Fundamentalist Christianity. So, admittedly, my course began greatly skewed and confined.

As a result, much of my path has been about discarding inaccuracy, and undoubtedly I have accumulated additional error along the way. I am sure that a similar story can be said for many, if not most of our readers. Nonetheless, I am content that our way has been decreed by God.

My writings are a record of my own personal voyage of faith, as well as that of a handful of adventurers who have been in and out of my life along the way. Why do I make mention of this? To stress to you, as I have repeatedly over the years, that my writings have never been intended to be a creed for anyone. I have absolutely no corner on the truth whatsoever. Of course, neither does anyone else, regardless of how confidently and forcefully they may present their findings.

It is my simple desire that my material be merely a source of assistance to you in your own personal studies – nothing more, or nothing less. So, take what you can use; and use what you take profitably in your own journey.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Where Do You Stand?

Posted January 11, 2020 by SandreS
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“Where do you stand?” is a question I often receive related to various scriptural and social subjects. I know that in part it is asked in a quest for understanding on the part of many inquirers.

If asked such a question on any subject at some point in my distant religious past, I would have either offered an answer or at least felt obligated to provide one. This is because I was raised “with all the answers”: the brand of Christendom in which I was brought up assumed to have everything all figured out.

Years ago I set out on a course that would allow my “positions” to fall by the way, with a heart to know what the Scriptures actually taught. Since then, I have been quite satisfied not even to have a “position” on any certain subject until my own studies of Scriptures convinced me of one. I no longer have shame or guilt in not taking a “stand” or having an opinion on every issue that arises. I feel no pressure to pick a “side,” unless I am “fully assured” in my own mind (Romans 14:5). In the meanwhile I continue to plug away in my investigation of the Scriptures.

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Re-Establishing – Clarifying – Advancing

Posted January 9, 2020 by SandreS
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We have the honored privilege of picking up where other great men of the past left off: re-establishing, clarifying and advancing the great truths that they so diligently recovered and proclaimed for their generation.

The realization of truth grows “more and more” (Philippians 1:9, CV), pushing and widening the limits of human paradigms to accommodate the broadness of the divine revelation found in Scripture (cf. Ephesians 1:17-19; 4:13-16; Colossians 1:10; 2:2-3; Philemon 6).

This alone is the heart and passion of our labors. Ours is not merely a rehashing of the teachings of the past, but a seeking to locate the furthest perimeters of the borders of such past teachings so that we may grow and expand beyond them.

Just as the revelation of God’s truth in Scripture is progressive, so also is the illumination and realization of His truth within the Body of Christ over the course of time.

Our heartfelt prayer has been, and remains, that Father may ever keep us dedicated and vigilant to the re-establishment, clarification and advancement of His glorious truth!

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
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Ephesians via Romans

Posted December 26, 2019 by SandreS
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A believer needs to be fairly well grounded in the doctrinal portions of Romans before approaching the Mystery of Ephesians. … Paul had been charged with introducing innovations, preaching a self-evolved message, of altering laws and customs, and therefore before he defines his gospel he turns aside to declare that it was entirely in harmony with the Old Testament Scriptures, and indeed was the fulfillment of its promises. In Romans 1:17 he picks out one verse from an Old Testament prophet and makes it live for all time: “The just shall live by faith.”

Charles H. Welch (1880-1967)
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