BECAUSE IT ACCEPTS THE BIBLE ONLY
Is the Bible a safe guide in religious matters? I suppose that practically every person who claims to be religious would answer that question in the
affirmative. And yet, the vast majority of people do not believe it is necessary
for us to follow the Bible only.
Many claim that one's conscience is a safe guide. As long as they do not violate their conscience, they think everything is all right. While they freely admit
that the Bible should be used, they feel in addition that one should have the right to do whatever he feels is good, even though the Bible may not teach certain
things. Still others believe in following their feelings. Their reason for believing they are saved is that they "feel it." They too will agree that we should
follow the Bible; but, in certain instances, if you "feel you are saved," nothing else matters. Then we are reminded by some of the value of church creeds,
disciplines, confessions of faith, etc. They argue that these items are necessary to a proper understanding of the Bible. They also claim that these items help
pronounce and define certain Bible doctrines that are rather obscure. Of course, they do not completely object to or reject the Bible, but they definitely feel
these additional helps are necessary. At the extreme end of this position are those who claim that other books such as the Book of Mormon, The Koran, and
the writings of Mrs. Ellen White are inspired like the Bible and are to be taken with equal weight and consideration.
In view of all the facts, we are constrained to stand opposed to all the foregoing reasoning. We believe the Bible only should be accepted and followed by
man. Anything else constitutes an addition or a change in that which has been given and approved by God. We believe that:
THE BIBLE COMPLETELY FURNISHES US TO EVERY GOOD WORK.
2 Peter 1:3, "as His divine power has given to us all things that [pertain] to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and
virtue." If in the Bible we have been given all things, then there is no need for additional creeds or books. Notice 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (KJV), "All scripture is
given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect,
throughly furnished unto all good works." If the Bible furnishes us to all good works, what need is there for further revelation? What can a church creed or
discipline do for us that the Bible cannot? Such questions in the face of such scriptures make readily visible the uselessness of human works. Another
objection we have to human creeds is the fact that they:
CHANGE EVERY FEW YEARS.
Since this is true, one never knows from year to year what he will believe about a certain thing. A leading denomination that for years had held to the idea
that infants were born totally depraved and thus needed to be sprinkled, had a meeting of the church council and completely changed their view. Now all the
people who subscribe to the doctrines of this denomination will be forced to change their views. Can we afford to anchor our soul and hope of heaven on
anything so unstable? So, as a result of this:
HUMAN CREEDS CANNOT BE DEFENDED.
|A human creed is objectionable if it contains more than the Bible.|
|A human creed is objectionable if it contains less than the Bible.|
|A human creed is objectionable if it differs from the Bible.|
And if a human creed is the same as the Bible, it would be useless since it would contain the same thing that the Bible contains. Upon what grounds then can
we defend and insist upon the use of human creeds? The answer is none. They cannot be defended under any circumstances.
HUMAN CREEDS CAUSE DIVISION.
Human creeds are responsible for much of the division in the religious world today. They have erected walls and barriers that include all who agree with their
teachings, and exclude all who disagree. Not only do they cause division, but also they perpetuate it. If all these human documents could be removed, a great
stride in the direction of unity will have been made.
WHY THE BIBLE ONLY?
Perhaps you are wondering just why we insist upon the Bible only. There are several good reasons which we will discuss now.
|It is the seed of the kingdom.
Luke 8:11, "Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God."
A seed is an amazing thing. It contains the germ of life,
and the power of reproduction. Without it we could have no life--plant, animal, or human. God decreed in the beginning that every seed would bring forth
after its own kind. In keeping with this natural law, when we plant beans we reap beans. Since every seed produces after its own kind and the word of
God is a seed, then it follows that the Bible produces or brings forth after its
kind--or in other words, the Bible produces Christians only. Another thing
about a seed that we should notice is that it brings forth only one thing. Never have you seen a seed that produces two things. There is no vine in
existence that produces beans and peas at the same time. It just cannot be. So it is with the Bible. It produces but one thing.
| But someone says:
about all the different churches in existence today?"
The answer is forceful and simple. The Bible did not produce
them. They exist as a result of another
seed being planted. The seed of the kingdom is not responsible for them.
|It is a light.
One of the most powerful forces known to man is light. It banishes darkness immediately. Wherever there is light, there is no darkness.
David says, "Your word [is] a lamp to my feet And a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105). Again, in verse 130, "The entrance of Your words gives light."
It is the Bible that lights the dark corners of the pages of history. Such questions as "Where did man come from?" "Where is he going?" "Is there life after
death?" are all answered in the Bible, but nowhere else. The brightness of this light has dispelled the darkness of ignorance, error, fear, and death.
|It is the sword of the Spirit.
Hebrews 4:12, " For the word of God [is] living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the
division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart." A sword is a weapon of warfare. It may
be used to defend one's self or to defeat the enemy. However, one unskilled in its use might do great harm to himself. The Word is much like this. It is
the Christian's defense, and destroys the false and untrue. However, many who do not properly handle it use it to their own destruction. In the language
of Paul, they "wrest the scriptures." This is both dangerous and serious. Many an enemy of the Lord has felt the keen razor sharp edge of the Spirit's
sword. It can do what no other sword can, penetrate to the depths of the human heart, even divide asunder soul and spirit, joints and marrow.
|The Bible is the mirror of the soul.
James 1:25, "But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues [in] [it], and is not a forgetful hearer but a
doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does." By looking into the Bible we are able to see ourselves as we really are. No mirror shows our
reflection as we would like to see it, but exactly as it is. If I look in a mirror and see that my tie is soiled, I do not get mad at the mirror and blame it, for I
realize that it is only reflecting what is there. Why then should I get upset when I see something in my life that should not be, shown me by the Bible, and
try to change the Bible instead of self? This should not be. Used as God intended, the Book can aid and help us greatly in living a life pleasing to Him.
Yes, friend, we must follow only the Bible. We have no need of human creeds and manuals. The Bible alone is able to lead us through this life and
ultimately to the pearly white city.
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