Sat, April 15, 2017
We need to cultivate a healthy skepticism toward everything that cannot be supported by the plain teaching of the Bible. Belief is faith only when it has God’s revealed truth for its object; beyond that it may be fully as injurious as unbelief itself.
Many of the stories brought forward to justify the ways of God to men actually prove nothing except the unsoundness of the speaker’s intellectual fiber. Yet if all chimney-corner Scripture and old wives’ tales were forbidden, many a preacher would have to get out of the ministry. It is a deep pity that the Christian public must be forced to listen to so much nonsense and be helpless to do anything about it.
The point is, the Word of God needs no support from men. It stands alone, strong and majestic as the Matterhorn. When we call in the aid of childish stories and shaky illustrations to prove its truth, we do no more than to reveal our hidden unbelief and air our weak credulity.
Test everything. Hold on to the good.
First Thessalonians 5:21
There is the danger of putting out the Spirit's fire and treating valid prophecies with contempt. That necessitates truth-testing so that we avoid the evil but hold on to the good.
Thank You, Father, for Your Spirit and Your Word. May I lean heavily upon both.