Some say, “You can prove anything by the Bible.” Usually the one who says such cannot prove anything by the Bible, except that he is woefully ignorant of it! Even so, it is an insult to the Lord and a slap in the face of God to say, “You can prove anything by the Bible.”
Have those making this statement proved by the Bible that their denominations are right, or that the names of such are even found in the Bible? Have they ever proved that a man is justified by faith alone, to the exclusion of the love, mercy, and grace of God, repentance of sins, and obedience to the gospel of Christ? These same people contend that a person can be saved out of the church as well as in it; but does the Bible prove such to be true?
I can’t prove “faith only” by the Bible. I can’t prove infant baptism by the Bible. I can’t prove denominational doctrines by the Bible, but I can prove the law of Christ. Despite what denominations cannot prove by the scriptures, here are some things I can prove by the Bible without supposition and the doctrines of men.
1. The gospel of Christ saves. “With the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Rom 10:10).”He who believes and is baptized will be saved” (Mk. 16:16). “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). “Be faithful unto death and you shall receive a crown of life” (Rev 2:10). All who obey not the gospel shall be condemned (2 Thess 1:7-9).
2. We are to sing in worship to God. “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Eph. 5:19). “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord” (Col. 3:16).
3. A child of God can fall from grace, and eventually be lost. “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by the law, you have fallen from grace” (Gal. 5:4). “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1 Cor. 10:12). “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins” (Jam. 5:19-20).
4. The church is not to provide social meals as one of its works. “What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and shame those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I do not praise you” (1 Cor. 11:22). “But if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home” (1 Cor. 11:34).
5. In benevolent work, the church is to relieve needy saints. “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given orders to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye” (1 Cor. 16:1). “But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints. For it pleased those of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem” (Rom. 15:25-26 f; 2 Cor. 8-9).
If these things are proven by the Bible, then all teaching and practice contrary to them is wrong! The Bible does say, “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good” (1 Thess. 5:21); but it does not say that you can prove all things by the Bible!