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Honest Questions

April 25, 2015

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In considering any subject, because of traditions and prejudices, we must exercise great care if we are to be honest in dealing with them. We should examine our beliefs by some questions such as these:

Are my beliefs and practices based upon the revelation God has given?

Do my beliefs and practices come from the Word, or have I read them into it?

Are my beliefs and practices the fruit of considering all the truth, or are they based upon consideration of only part of it?

Have I gone to the Word to secure the truth, or did I go to it to find support for opinions and practices already determined upon?

If upon turning to the Word to consider all that is revealed there I should be granted the truth as a result, would I receive it, walk in it and be willing to accept all the consequences that come from following such a course? Or, would I put it aside because it clashed with my established views and practices?

Otis Q SellersOtis Q. Sellers (1901-1992)
The Word of Truth, Vol. 8, No. 3, 1945


No Authorities

April 15, 2015

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The Bible is our only authority. There are helps (and hindrances), but no “authorities.” Expositions represent fallible human endeavors to grasp God’s truth as revealed in His Word, and are neither authoritative nor inspired. The opinions of the founders of evangelical movements, however great or godly, are no more authoritative than those of other Christians, are equally amenable to the tribunal of Holy Writ, and must stand or fall by its verdicts. To set up the teaching of any man, or set of men, as an “authority” is a return to Romanism.

KnochA.E. Knoch
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 1

A Humble Acknowledgement

April 14, 2015

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We must humbly acknowledge that even those writings that we deem our best and most faithful efforts are ones which still we wish were better. On rare occasions, due to some hindrance or inadvertency of circumstance, a statement may have appeared within our pages which was not in accord even with our own findings, which findings themselves, even at their best, are never infallible.

James R. Coram
Unsearchable Riches, Vol. 96

Differences of Doctrine Are a Blessing

April 12, 2015

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If we fellowshipped only with those who held identical doctrines it would soon come to pass that everyone who exercised some intelligence in the study of God’s word would be a little sect all by himself. Some minute truth or error would effectually bar him from [the fellowship of] all others.

Associations based on doctrine are most baneful deadly in destroying individual study and faith. All who are enclosed within a common creed are either callous on the subject of doctrine or galled by the bands that hold them. It takes a pope, Protestant or Catholic, to hold such a company together with the dictum of infallibility. What havoc has this ungodly course wrought among God’s servants! It is practically impossible for any of them to conscientiously study the Scriptures for fear that they may discover some truth which will disqualify them for their place and perhaps cause the loss of prestige and position, if not suffering and destitution. Truth is discounted. What slaves we have become!

On the other hand, witness the beneficial effects of fellowship based on a common desire to glorify God and a generous spirit of love and forbearance! The very differences of doctrine are a blessing, for mutual and loving discussion cannot fail to edify and instruct all who preserve the proper spirit. All of those finer graces which otherwise would be dormant are brought into full exercise. Love blossoms into lowliness and meekness and longsuffering and forbearance. These are not only a blessing in themselves, but yield a harvest of most precious and desirable fruit for His delectation.

KnochA.E. Knoch
The True Basis of Fellowship

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