Speaking where the bible speaks, and silent where the bible is silent.

If the denominations of the world are right, then the Bible is absolutely wrong! The churches which men have built contradict the word of God in almost every aspect of their teaching. When someone or a group of people move into the mainstream of a denomination with a particular sin they are not willing to repent of, then the creed is adjusted to accommodate that person or group. The Bible is never consulted because it has been cast aside in the interest of satisfying the opinion of the majority.

There is either a standard of right and wrong or there isn’t. There is an absolute truth, and if we continue in it we can be freed from sin (Jn 8:31,32) Jesus said, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (Jn 17:17). We cannot have it both ways. For the few who believe the Bible to be the infallible word of God, then the Bible is the Standard. The Bible claims to contain God’s righteousness, and those who do the righteousness of God are righteous (Rom. 1:16-17 f; 1 Jn. 3:7). Now, if the Bible is right, then its claims to contain the righteousness of God are right, and those who practice the righteousness that it teaches are right.

The denominations claim to follow the Bible, but they cast it aside and trample it under their feet as soon as they see it condemns a practice they are not willing to give up. They claim the bible is an outdated book that fit in a particular part of history, but has no real relevance to our day. The Bible contends that “the faith” has been revealed and confirmed as the complete will of God (Jude 3 f; Heb. 2:3-4). Furthermore, a curse is placed on those who alter its teaching in any form whatsoever (Gal. 1:8-9). Either we believe the Bible, or we do not believe it. Either we obey all the gospel and are righteous as it teaches, or we disobey and are unrighteous. There is no compromised position which is acceptable with God (Rev 3:15,16). In other words, God’s Word is non-negotiable.

We are commanded to love God (Mt 22:37). If we love God we will keep his commandments (Jn 14:15). Anyone who obeys not the commandments of God has not God (2 Jn 9). Denominations transgress God’s laws and casts them aside for their own doctrines and commandments (Tit 1:14). Jesus taught that worship which originates with man, either by man-made commandments or traditions, is vain (Matt. 15:8-9). Worship that is pleasing and acceptable to God must be offered from a sincere heart according to the truth revealed in his word (Jn. 4:24). We are also not to call Jesus our Lord unless we are obeying the commandments which he has given (Lk. 6:46). Jesus gives us a glimpse of the Judgment where there will be many people who claim him as their Lord, but in actuality they are unknown by God because they have been workers of iniquity (Matt. 7:21-23).

What’s the answer? The answer is to forsake the commandments, teachings, traditions, and assumptions of man and obey God. We may not know the reason behind every command that God has given in the Bible, but we do know that we will be rewarded for faithful obedience to all of his commands and punished for disobedience (2 Thess. 1:7-9). We also know that everything God requires of us is for our own good (Deut. 6:24). Bottom line is this: human reasoning produces denominations (Col 2:8); while godly reasoning produces the body (the church) of Christ (2 Tim 2:15). Godly reason is speaking where the bible speaks, and remaining silent where the bible is silent (1 Pet 4:11). Godly reason is giving a ‘thus saith the Lord’ for all that we say and do (Col 3:17). “Indeed, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That you may be justified in your words, and may overcome when you are judged” (Rom 3:4).

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