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   THE BATTLE OVER THE BIBLE  VII

(What is the Real Issue?)

There has been little light on the subject of the Bible issue (make no mistake, this is an all-important issue). Some would have us to think it is a mere trifle or a matter of preference. And without giving too much thought to the subject many believers have swallowed  the “oldest and best manuscripts” line.  Many Bible schools and Bible colleges want everyone to think that they have  just as much to offer as the world and that they are in the main stream of modern thought. We believe that we don’t have to keep up with the world for we are already far ahead of it.

We believe that preservation is just as important as inspiration -both are taught in the Scriptures. So we ask, ” Can we say that we hold in our hands, the true, inspired, infallible, Word of God?”  Many, say that we can not, and contend that only the originals were inspired and that a version can not be inspired. They hold that all  versions have some errors in them and that God did not  perfectly preserve His Word. Many a preacher almost universally tell us that no version of  the Bible is inspired. If that is true, then there is no Word of God on the earth today.

Then there are those who say that some Bible versions are bad, but there are others which are good ones.  They tell us just chose the one you like best. But then we ask  that, “these Bibles are all different and how can they all be the Word of God?”  ” has God given us His authoritative Word in different  “flavors”  so we can just take that one which suits us best?” These people who promote  this sort of thing say that those of us who stand for KJV, and believe that it alone is the Word of God, are illogical. They attack believers who are fixed on and upon the inspired, infallible book, and spoke of them us ” The King James only ‘cult’.

But God promised He will preserve His Word; Let God be true and every man a lair.”  In Psalms 12:6-7 we reads ” The Words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in the furnace of earth purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.”  Isaiah 40:8 ” The grass withereth , the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” In the Gospel of Luke 21:33 Jesus said, “ Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” Do you believe that God could ever fail to do something He promised? Does it seem reasonable that God would give an infallible record to man and allow it to be lost?

In the light of the testimony of the Scripture, the whole issue boils down to this: Do we believe God’s Word? He said He would preserve it.  We can not explain everything to the satisfaction of every one. We don’t try to, but we simply believe God!  There is no substitute for the believer’s  absolute certainty concerning the Word of God!!  Never mind what people think. Be not concerned about what the scholars say. The scriptures declare that ” GOD HAS MAGNIFIED HIS WORD ABOVE ALL HIS NAME” Psalm 138:2 We are sent for to preach and magnify that glorious Word; that Word which alone brings salvation and blessing to all people.

to be continued…………………………..

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The Bible reveals two ways which people are following to get into heaven. One way, the true way, is God’s way. God’s way into heaven is the way of peace and truth and righteousness. It is the only way approved of God. This way centers in the Lord Jesus Christ who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). The Bible declares that there is another way. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Prov. 14:12).

There are so many popular ways today filled with lost multitudes all over the land, such as the way of morality, the way of respectability, the way of religion, the way of churchianity, the way of baptism, the way of christening, the way of confirmation, the way of penance, the way of confession, the way of “doing the best I can”, the way of self, the way of education, the way of philosophy, the way of false isms and cults that crowd the street. Little wonder then when we speak to people about the way of salvation, that so many have asked, “How can I know which is the true way? There are so many different ideas and so many religions.”

But there is ONE difference between God’s way of salvation and man’s way, and that difference is found in a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. You will notice that man leaves Christ out of the center of his way. You will discover that the modern false cults and isms demote Christ to a mere man and add something to what He has already done for your salvation and mine. We become children of God through a supernatural birth. Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus also said, “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” (John 3:7)

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