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If I could only make one plea to the world, it would be to return to the Bible, the inspired word of God.
Over the years people have left the Bible and looked to other sources for authority in religion. Some have turned to creed books written by men, others to manuals and disciplines also written by men.
Many are even foolish enough to base their religious beliefs (their salvation) on their own “feelings.” I had rather place my soul’s salvation on what God says than on what man says. Solomon wrote, “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death” (Proverbs 14:12).
Almost two thousand years ago, Paul wrote, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3:16,17).
The Bible is the greatest book of all times. It is truly the “book of books!” It is unlike any other book because it is “inspired” (God-breathed). Through the Bible God communicates His will for us.
The Bible is important because we are going to be judged by it. Jesus said, “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48).
The Bible is the only source that provides us with all things that pertain to salvation. The Bible is our only reliable guide from this earth to heaven. We need to go back to the Bible for authority in all matters.
We read in Colossians 3:17, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.” Paul said that whatever we do must be done “in the name of the Lord,” that is, by His authority.
The confusion that exists today in the religious world certainly cannot be blamed upon God or upon the Bible. The Bible pleads for unity. We read in I Corinthians 1:10, “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”
Jesus prayed for unity in John 17. The only way to achieve unity is to listen to God’s Word, to go back to the Bible.
My friends, may we all learn to “speak where the Bible speaks,” and to be “silent where the Bible is silent” and “to call Bible things by Bible names.” Our salvation is too important and eternity far too long to be mistaken about it! We must go back to the Bible.
May I encourage you to continue “Searching the Scriptures.” Visit with us at the Rockford Church of Christ! Bible study is Sunday morning at 9 a.m., and worship is at 10 a.m. We are located at 8997 U.S. Highway 231 (near Dollar General).
David A. Bass has been preaching for the last 42 years and has preached in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Kentucky, and northern Russia. He began preaching for the Rockford Church of Christ in December 2022. He has done mission work in Costa Rica, Scotland, India, and Russia, as well. He is married to Kathy Isbell Bass, and they have 10 children and 11 grandchildren. If you have a Bible question or comments, please write to: Rockford Church of Christ; 8997 U.S. Hwy. 231; Rockford, AL 35136; or you may email Bass at: firstname.lastname@example.org.