|Written by Ben Winslett|
|Thursday, 24 May 2018 08:33|
|Point to consider: If we found an ancient manuscript of a portion of God’s word, and this manuscript was considerably different than what we’ve recognized as God’s word throughout the centuries, rather than embracing the new text and altering our Bibles, we would keep our current reading. Why?
It is a fundamental tenet of the faith that God keeps His word preserved and pure throughout all generations. This means that the word is preserved through being used by the Church. It is duplicated and distributed, and this is the process through which God has seen fit to preserve His word. The preservation of the scriptures has never been about maintaining a set of “originals”, obviously, because no originals exist! So we use what we have received, being trusted, and not that which is “lost and found,” being suspect.
Chiefly, this is a matter of faith. The church is “the pillar and ground of the truth.” This means the truth is preserved in the church. Libraries, museums, and universities are not Divinely charged with this task. It’s the job of the church. And we trust that God has preserved His word through the duplication and usage within the institution of the church.
Point To Ponder
It seems that we are all too concerned with our status. Everybody posts their status on facebook to strangers they probably have never met. People like a big house or an expensive car. A $300 watch will tell the same time as a %30 watch. A Ford car will drive you as far as a Bentley or Mercedes. It is just status it seems.
Verse Of The Week-01-21-2019
“God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.” (Psalm 62:11)
5th Sunday in March 2019
Elder James Hall is guest minister for 5th Sunday in March, 2019 (Mar. 31).