Archive for January 2009

Challenging Traditions

January 31, 2009

“Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread” (Matthew 15:2).

Challenge the assumptions with which you are asked to work. If a careful study [of Scripture] convinces you they are correct, follow them faithfully. If, however, you are convinced they are wrong, try either to revise them, or abandon them. Do not repeat proven errors!

John R. Mott (1865-1955)

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Nibbling at the Truth

January 31, 2009

“For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ” (Galatians 1:10).

This is one of the marks of our modern time – that many are guilty of merely “nibbling” at the truth …

I wonder if you realize that in many ways the … Word of God is being pulled down to the level of the ignorant and spiritually obtuse; that we must tell stories and jokes and entertain and amuse in order to have a few people in the audience? We do these things that we may have some reputation, and that there may be money in the treasury to meet the “church” bills …

A.W. Tozer (1897-1963)
I Talk Back to the Devil, pages 30-31

The Need for Adjustableness

January 22, 2009

Adjustableness on our part is a very important thing with God. Are we adjustable? The whole question is of what God is able to do with us – of determining what God is able to use – of His having a free way to reach His end by our being adjustable.

Many of the Lord’s people stop short at adjusting to the truth. It very often means breaking with something that we have regarded as very important and very precious. We have come to see that, after all, that was only our conception of it. In God’s view that does not occupy the place at all that we had thought it occupied, and it has to be left behind. We have to adjust to something higher and fuller than that, to a more spiritual and heavenly conception of things.

T. Austin-Sparks (1888-1971)
A Witness and a Testimony (May 1939)

Freedom in Reading the Scriptures

January 7, 2009

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Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye (Mark 7:13).

It is still difficult to gain release from the process of reading the Scriptures with a predetermined background of inherited Greek philosophy, medieval dogma, and youthful indoctrination.

G.T. Stevenson
Time and Eternity (page 10)
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Regrets

January 6, 2009

In Billy Graham’s autobiography, Just As I Am, he confesses some of his regrets. “I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family. … Every day I was absent from my family is gone forever.” He also says that he would “avoid any semblance of involvement in partisan politics.”

Faith and Human Reasoning

January 6, 2009

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned” (I Corinthians 2:14).

[Human] reason is the greatest enemy that faith has; it never comes to the aid of spiritual things, but – more frequently than not – struggles against the Divine Word, treating with contempt all that emanates from God.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
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Luther’s Recantation

January 4, 2009

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Martin Luther on trial before the Diet of Worms:

Inquisitor:

Doest thou admit that these books are written by thee?

Wilt thou retract these books and their contents, or doest thou persist in the things thou hast advanced?

Luther:

Unless I can be convicted of error by the Holy Scripture, I neither can nor dare retract anything, for my conscience is held captive by God’s Word. Here I stand, I can do not otherwise; so God help me. Amen.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)
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