“Now these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and Apollos for your sakes; that in us ye might learn not (to go) beyond the things which are written; that no one of you be puffed up for the one against the other” (1 Cor. 4:6_ASV).
Whether Paul is on one side and Apollos is on the other side, big preachers, little preachers, all preachers should ignore man’s opinion and follow that “which is written.” Following that which is written will remove all doubts of what is right or wrong.
The greatest preacher who ever preached, Jesus Christ, met his wicked adversary by saying, “It is written (Matt 4:1-11).” Can we improve upon this example? Forget what men say, but remember what is written in God’s Word.
An aged preacher once told about when his wife wanted him to go the store for groceries: He said to her, “Write it down.” He did not tell his wife to write down a list of “don’t get this” and “don’t get that.” He just said, “Write down what you want”. This preacher said he would be governed by what his wife had written. Well, that is all God wants us to do, be governed by what is written. Forget the variety of doctrines and commandments of men which turn us from the truth (Tit 1:14). Instead, follow what is written. If sprinkling and pouring for baptism are not authorized, then follow what is written (Col. 2:12). If the church met each first day of the week, so should we (Acts 20:7). If the church met to take the Lord’s supper and give of their means each first day of the week, so must we (1 Cor 16:1-3). If the church sang with their voices without the use of instrumental music, why not us? (Eph 5:19 f; Col 3:16).
Remember this, come the day of judgment we will not be judged by the opinions of men, but rather by what is written (Jn 12:48 f; Rom 2:16).