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Reading Or Writing?
By Steve Higginbotham
October 20, 2004
In spite of the fact that the word
of God claims for itself to be perfect in converting the soul
(Psalm 19:7), throughout the ages, men have attempted to re-write
and revise what the word of God says. Today, there exists so many
contradictory doctrines, that I must wonder if people are reading
God's word or trying to write it.
Want some examples?
When one says that one church is as
good as another, he's not reading God's word, but writing his
opinion. Jesus said, "Every plant that my heavenly Father has not
planted shall be rooted up" (Matthew 15:13).
When one says that you don't have
to be a part of the church to be saved, he's not reading God's
word, but writing his own opinion. The apostle Paul said that
Jesus was the Savior of his body, the church (Ephesians 5:23).
When one says that Jesus is coming
back soon, he's not reading God's word, but again is simply
writing his own opinion. Peter said that the day of the Lord
would come as a thief in the night (2 Peter 3:10), and the Lord,
Himself said that no one knows the time of his return (Matthew
Friends, be careful with the word
of God. Approach its study with great respect and trepidation.
And above all, make sure that you're reading what God actually
said and not writing what you want him to have said.
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