God's Rule Book
Isn’t it amazing that most people will accept some rule book written by men over the rule book written by God? Countless millions profess to believe in God and the Bible and then put their trust in man-made creeds. It is also amazing that these people either cannot or do not desire to see the error in their reasoning. The Scriptures plainly declare, “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 ASV). It was Hosea who wrote, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will all reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I also will forget thy children” (Hosea 4:6).
People who enjoy sporting events have absolutely no problem in comprehending the fact that there are rules that govern these events. After three strikes in baseball, one is declared to be “out.” Do the fans become upset and complain that this rule should be ignored in some cases? Surely there are circumstances where a batter can benefit from “four strikes” before returning to the dugout!
In football, the team with the ball has four attempts to travel ten yards in the proper direction for a “first down.” What if, after four attempts, the running back is within “one inch” of a first down? Does the referee say, “Because this is such an important game and you have come so close to picking up the first down, I’m going to give it to you?” No. Such a statement is not made because everyone understands that the teams must abide by the rules of the game.
Does one really believe in the games of baseball and football who will not abide by the rules of those games? Not at all! They may believe in another version of the game, but they do not believe in the game as outlines in the rule book that governs it. Why cannot people see this same truth in the spiritual realm? One does not really believe in God who refuses to accept His Word as truth on any matter.
The players on a sports team must abide by the rules that govern that sport. The rule books for sports were not designed to conform to the players’ whims and wishes. The same thing is true regarding the Bible - God’s Holy Word. The Bible does not conform to the thoughts and wishes of men, but men must conform to the Word of God (Romans 12:2). One will not save his soul or incur God’s blessing by refusing to live by the Holy Scriptures. Man must accept the truth that his thoughts are not God’s thoughts and his ways are not God’s ways (Isaiah 55:8). Let us note some areas where men profess to follow Christ but do not abide by God’s rules.
The majority of those who profess to be Christians believe they are saved at the point of belief. They do not believe baptism (immersion) is necessary for salvation. They conclude that “he that believeth as is not baptized shall be saved.” But the Word of God says, “He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved” (Mark 16:16).
The majority of people who profess Christianity believe there are many roads (ways) leading to heaven. But God’s Word says, “Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. For narrow is the gate, and straightened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it” (Matthew 7:13-14 ASV).
Man believes he can join “the church of his choice” and be saved. But the Bible says “And the Lord added to them day by day those that were saved” (Acts 2:47 ASV).
Most churches today wear man-made names, honoring their human founders. But the Bible shows Christ’s church is to wear His name (Romans 16:16) and honor belongs to Him who purchased the church with His blood (Acts 20:28) and is its builder (Matthew 16:18).
Most professing Christians today believe in salvation by “faith only.” But God’s Word says, “Ye see that by works a man is justified, and not only by faith” (James 2:24 ASV).
God’s rule book (the Bible) says that Christ is the “head over all things to the church, which is his body” (Ephesians 1:22-23). It also says there is only “one body” (Ephesians 4:4) and Christ promises to save only “the body” of which He is head.
One is not a Christian and cannot go to heaven who refuses to follow God’s rule book!
IF God promised to give faith when asked for it, without conditions, why did Paul tell us that faith comes by hearing the word of God? (Romans 10:17)
IF faith alone is a most wholesome doctrine and very full of comfort, why did James say faith without works is dead? (James 2:20)
IF God has promised to save man regardless of the kind of faith he has, why did Paul make it so plain that there is ONE faith? (Ephesians 4:5) IF one becomes a Christian when he believes, why was King Agrippa not aChristian (Acts 26:27-28)
IF one can be saved without wholehearted obedience to the Lord, why did Paul say, “...obeyed from the heart?” (Romans 6:17-18) IF sprinkling and pouring are scriptural baptism, why did Paul say there is ONE baptism? (Ephesians 4:5) IF the Lord has promised salvation without baptism, why did Peter say it saves? (1 Peter 3:21)
IF we can receive remission of sins without baptism, why did Peter say that baptism is for the remission of sins? (Acts 2:38)
IF we can get into Christ without baptism, why did Paul say that we are baptized into Christ? (Galatians 3:27)
IF we are born again of the Spirit only, why did Christ say be born of the water and the Spirit? (John 3:5)
IF infant baptism is scriptural, why did Christ command to baptize those who believe? (Mark 16:16)
An infant cannot believe! IF infants are sinners, why did Christ teach that we must become like them to be saved? (Matthew 18:3)
IF God has promised salvation out of the church, why did Christ die for it? (Acts 20:28)
IF the church has nothing to do with our salvation, why does the Lord add the saved to the church? (Acts 2:47)
IF the kingdom of Christ is yet to be built, why did Paul say he was in the kingdom? (Colossians 1:13)
IF Christ is coming to earth to set up a kingdom, why did Paul make it so plain that Christ is coming for it and deliver it to the Father? (1 Corinthians 15:24)
IF the word of God is able to save man, what need have we for another saving power? (John 8:32)
IF musical instruments are to be used in connection with the worship in songs, why did Paul omit the and teach us to sing? (Colossians 3:16)
IF there is nothing in a name, why did the writer of the book of Acts say that salvation is in the name of Christ? (Acts 4:12)
IF a child of God cannot be lost eternally, why did Paul, when writing to the church at Corinth, tell them that no fornicator or adulterer shall inherit the kingdom of God? (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
IF God has promised to save man without a condition on man's part, why did Jesus say, "I tell you, nay, but except you repent, you shall all likewise perish?” (Luke 13:3)
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