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Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 6 (Reasons to Believe #202)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #202. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Matthew 7:15-23. It reads, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “Is it easy to convince someone that the Bible is the Word of God on the basis of its unity, its scientific, historical accuracy, its miracles, its archaeological evidence? I haven’t found that to be the case. In a special series spread over a three-week period I presented such data at a private college in California. I felt the proof was overwhelming and not one person became a believer. Why doesn’t it convince all unbelievers when it’s so convincing to us? Paul said it when he wrote, “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14). Only when the Holy Spirit does His regenerating work, only as He opens the mind, tears off the scales of blindness, gives life where there is death and plants the marvelous understanding of the revelation of God, only then do people come to believe and trust in the Bible. The reason I know the Bible is true is that the Spirit of God has convinced me of it.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 6.

4. Only the Spirit of God Can Make the Wicked Heart Open to the Bible

Bettex says: “The entire theory that science is free from presuppositions rests upon the great, false presupposition that man can be without presuppositions. Only the Holy Ghost can make man free from his presuppositions.”

Saint Augustine, the Bishop of Hippo, said, “The dark places in the Bible come from the dark places in our hearts.” A heart surrendered to God and penitently, earnestly seeking to please Him is needed if one is to understand the Bible. Bettex says:

And Luther wrote to Spalatin, who asked him concerning the best method of studying the Bible: “Above all things it is quite certain (primum id certissimum est) that one cannot search into the Holy Scriptures by means of study, nor by means of the intellect (ingenium). Therefore begin with prayer, that the Lord grant unto you the true understanding of His Word. There is no interpreter of the Word of God, except the Author of the Word, God Himself.” (L. Ep. I, p. 88.) In another place he says, “Scripture without any commentary is the sun from which all Doctors receive light.”

Those who do not believe the Bible are guilty of a bias, a prejudice, a preference against the Bible and against God.

II. ENEMIES OF THE BIBLE ARE WICKED, DECEITFUL MEN

We face a sad fact, stated above, when we consider the pronouncements of unbelievers in the Bible, unbelievers in the virgin birth, the bodily resurrection, the sinless deity of Christ and His blood atonement. Shocking as it may seem, this is one of the clearest teachings of the Bible, and honest men who care about what the Bible says and about what Jesus Christ said must consider this fact.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Beware of Scholars Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word Part 5 (Reasons to Believe #201)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #201. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Jude 17-20. It reads, “But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Stott. He said, “We must allow the Word of God to confront us, to disturb our security, to undermine our complacency and to overthrow our patterns of thought and behavior.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 5.

3. Dr. Fosdick an Example of the “Feigned Words” of Enemies of the Bible

Since Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick has been for a generation perhaps the best known of the modern or unbelieving churchmen who are the enemies of the Bible, here is a reference to him. Dr. Wilbur M. Smith says:

The So-called Contradictions in the Resurrection Narratives. One of the inexcusably weak and logically unjustified ways that modern rationalists have of getting rid of the whole problem of the Resurrection of our Lord, and the evidence supporting it, is to slurringly speak of what they call the “contradictions” in these narratives, as though just the use of the word “contradiction” is enough to destroy the whole great massive structure built up by the evidence of the Gospels.

This is the way Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick deals with the subject, in his widely-used and strangely overrated work, A Guide to Understanding the Bible: “Certainly if the idea of Jesus’ risen life started with any factual elements associated with an empty tomb, that element was never clearly visualized, even in the imagination of the first disciples, and is now confused for us in narratives that contradict each other in every important detail.” Now these narratives do not contradict each other “in every important detail.” The truth is that in every important detail they are in total agreement and when, in spite of this, Dr. Fosdick dares to make the statement we have just quoted, he is saying something that is not true, and because Dr. Fosdick has really been reading and studying the Bible for many years, — well, I leave the sentence unfinished.

“Feigned words,” “deceitful words,” “wolves in sheep’s clothing,” the Bible says of such men. The enemies of the Bible are unregenerate men, evil men who deliberately reject the light. Their opinion is not to be trusted about the Bible. They do not have the honesty of heart and the humility of mind to approach with any scientific objective viewpoint the great spiritual truths about the Bible and Christ and the Christian religion.

In the book mentioned above by Dr. Wilbur M. Smith, there is an especially strong chapter of forty-six pages on “Some Reasons for the Unbelief of Men and Their Antagonism to God.”

Note the following subtitles in this tremendous chapter by Dr. Smith:

Man Fallen Away From God Has a Bias Against God
The Darkness of the Mind of Natural Man
Early Manifestations of Hatred to God
Educational Influences That by Their Character Must Create an Attitude of Skepticism

The subtitle of another section is “The Will Not to Believe.” Yes, unsaved men have “the will not to believe.”

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 4 (Reasons to Believe #200)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #200. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Psalm 50:16-17. It reads, “But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and casteth my words behind thee..”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from A. W. Tozer. He said, “The Bible is the inevitable outcome of God’s continuous speech. It is the infallible declaration of His mind.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 4.

2. Such Unbelieving Scoffers at the Scripture Are Foretold (contd.)

Here are such examples of animosity to the Bible, given by Byron Nelson:

That dislike of the idea of the creation is in fact the underlying reason for belief in evolution by many leading evolutionists is apparent from the following statement of evolutionists. Prof. Louis T. More of the University of Cincinnati says, “When we examine the causes of our belief [in evolution] we find that, excepting our desire to eliminate special creation and, generally, what we call the miraculous, most of them can be considered only as secondary proofs to confirm a theory already advanced.” He also says, “Our faith in the idea of evolution depends on our reluctance to accept the antagonistic doctrine of special creation.”

Prof. Bateson who, on account of his high standing in the scientific world, often angered his fellow evolutionists by his frank confessions of the weaknesses of the theory, said, “The evolution theory finds its support not in direct observation, but in the difficulty of forming an alternate hypothesis.” On one notable occasion Bateson, at the close of an address entitles “Evolutionary Faith and Modern Doubts,” in which he had made some surprising acknowledgements of the weakness of the theory, showed his contempt for the Biblical idea of creation in these words, “When such confessions are made, the enemies of science [believers in the Bible are not enemies of science, but of science ‘falsely so-called’] see their chance. If we cannot declare here and now how species arose, they will obligingly offer us the solutions with which obscurantism is satisfied (i.e., creation). Let us then proclaim in precise and unmistakable language that our faith in evolution remains unshaken….The obscurantist [a term of derision applied to the creationist] has nothing to suggest which is worth a moment’s attention.”

The statement of Dr. More was in a lecture at Princeton University, January, 1925.

Dr. William Bateson, named above, who was professor in Cambridge University, England, and was once president of the British Association for the Advancement of Science, was accepted worldwide as a leading authority on evolution. The statements quoted above are from Materials for the Study of Variation, and from an address before the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Toronto in 1922, published in Science, January 20, 1922.

It is obvious that these liberal deniers of the Bible hate the idea of creation and so hate the Bible which calls man to give account to God, and so they do not seek truth with an open mind. They are unrepentant sinners and resist the truth because it is unpopular with their crowd and unpalatable to carnal hearts.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Beware of Scholars Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 3 (The Reasons to Believe #199)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #199. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is 2 Peter 3:3-7. It reads, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Dave Hunt. He said, “The only “Scripture” most of today’s uncertain souls know is an emasculated, paraphrased “Bible,” rewritten to eliminate conviction of sin and catering to the rebellion of those who insist upon having the gospel modified to suit their unbelief. God will not accommodate their rebellion!”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 3.

2. Such Unbelieving Scoffers at the Scripture Are Foretold

We are told in II Peter 3:3-7 that scoffers shall arise who “willingly are ignorant” of direct creation and of the world cataclysm of the flood in Noah’s day. That Scripture says:

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

So people snatch at the unprovable fantasy of organic evolution instead of believing in direct creation of this world as the Bible reports it. So people choose to suppose millions, even billions, of years of life on the earth as the reasons for fossils instead of believing what the Bible tells of a worldwide flood which caused them and caused the strata in our layers of the earth’s surface. Why do they so believe that which is not provable? Because they are “willingly ignorant” of God’s revealed truth in the Bible.

There is an old proverb, not in the Bible but which sums up the wisdom of the ages as found by millions: “Convince a man against his will, he’s of the same opinion still.”

So men lively affirm that they do not believe the Bible, that it could not possibly be the infallible Word of God. Yet these same men never read and will not read the works of Robert Dick Wilson, of Machen, of Allis, which demolish the Graff-Wellhausen theory and other theories of unbelief about the Bible. They stay on the side of unbelief because they choose to stay there.

An example of this bias against the Bible and the essentials of the Christian faith often appears in proponents of evolution who, despite continuing lack of proof, insist on natural origin and development of men from brutes, instead of direct creation as taught in the Bible. …

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 1 (Reasons to Believe #197)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #197. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is John 3:18-20. It reads, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from R. A. Torrey. He said, “Every type of destruction that human philosophy, human science, human reason, human art, human cunning, human force and human brutality could bring to bear against a book has been brought to bear against this Book, and yet the Bible stands absolutely unshaken today. At times almost all the wise and great of the earth have been pitted against the Bible, and only an obscure few for it. Yet it has stood.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 1.

It is part of the apostasy of this day that unconverted men, not Christians by experience, unbelieving men, not Christians in the historic Christian faith “once delivered,” are accepted in many Christian circles. That is wrong morally and it is foolish from the viewpoint of scholarship. Those who do not revere the Bible as the Word of God are not good men and are not reliable scholars.

THERE IS A MORAL GUILT IN UNBELIEF ABOUT CHRIST AND THE BIBLE

It is true that God invites the sinner to come and that God meets all who draw nigh. God is found of all who seek Him sincerely with their whole heart. Since one who chooses to do God’s will and follows on to know God may know Him, there is a moral guilt to those who do not believe the Bible. A sinful heart blinds a sinful mind. A perverse will that chooses darkness will not find the true light of God.

Jesus stated this great moral law in John 3:18-21:

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

One who does not believe in Christ, who does not lovingly trust Him for salvation, “is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” God pronounces a moral condemnation on unbelief in Christ and thus unbelief in the Bible.

We see that the heart that does not trust Jesus Christ is condemned because it chooses not to believe. The deeds of such an one are evil so he does not seek the light. There is no way to divorce the heart attitude choosing sin, from the mind that does not approach Christ in loving trust. And so a love for sin and a choosing of sin blinds one to the truth about the Bible.

There is much talk about “honest doubters.” An honest doubter cannot stay a doubter. He can know, if he chooses Christ and righteousness. To choose Christ and to choose righteousness is the same choice. And to choose Christ and righteousness is to come to the light so one’s mind can see clearly the spiritual truth.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 2 (Reasons to Believe #198)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #198. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Matthew 11:15. It reads, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Smith Wigglesworth. He said, “There are four principles we need to maintain: First, read the Word of God. Second, consume the Word of God until it consumes you. Third believer the Word of God. Fourth, act on the Word.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 2.

A Bias Against the Bible Blinds the Unbeliever

The heart attitude tends to dictate the mental choice. There are many illustrations of how one’s preference influences one’s judgment.

For example, the American Cancer Society and the American Medical Society have proved beyond any reasonable doubt that cigarettes tend to bring lung cancer and that several times as many heavy smokers have lung cancer as non-smokers. They say that scientific research definitely connects smoking with increased heart disease and other causes of death.

But at great cost the tobacco companies have set up a foundation to study the same problem. And they keep reporting that a causal relation between cigarette smoking and lung cancer is not yet proved! Why? Because tobacco companies and those who live on the sale of the poison weed do not want to see that they are helping kill their victims. I do not mean that these tobacco men are wholly and maliciously lying. Rather, they deceive themselves and then they hope to deceive others. Men do not willingly believe that they ought to give up their livelihood, give up their profits, give up what they want. They choose to believe what they would rather believe. Men who continue in sin and prefer sin do not willingly consider how bad is their sin.

So scientists, paid by the liquor industry, do not find that about half of the fatal traffic accidents are caused by drink or that a great percentage of major crimes involve drink as a factor. But unbiased police and government agencies do so find.

The fact that the heart, opposed to light, does not get the light is the reason Jesus gave for teaching in parables.

In Matthew 13:9-15, we are told:

“Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”

Jesus said it was true in Isaiah’s day and it was true in our Lord’s ministry also that “this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.” You see, those who rejected Christ and His truth then, did so because of their choosing to dull their ears and close their eyes. They did not want to be converted so they were not converted. Many, many times the Lord Jesus said, in effect, “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” It is clearly understood that only those who tune their ears to hear God, hear Him; only those whose will chooses to know God, know Him; only those who are open to believe the Bible come to believe the Bible.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 1 (Reasons to Believe #197)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #197. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is John 3:18-20. It reads, “He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from R. A. Torrey. He said, “Every type of destruction that human philosophy, human science, human reason, human art, human cunning, human force and human brutality could bring to bear against a book has been brought to bear against this Book, and yet the Bible stands absolutely unshaken today. At times almost all the wise and great of the earth have been pitted against the Bible, and only an obscure few for it. Yet it has stood.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 1.

It is part of the apostasy of this day that unconverted men, not Christians by experience, unbelieving men, not Christians in the historic Christian faith “once delivered,” are accepted in many Christian circles. That is wrong morally and it is foolish from the viewpoint of scholarship. Those who do not revere the Bible as the Word of God are not good men and are not reliable scholars.

THERE IS A MORAL GUILT IN UNBELIEF ABOUT CHRIST AND THE BIBLE

It is true that God invites the sinner to come and that God meets all who draw nigh. God is found of all who seek Him sincerely with their whole heart. Since one who chooses to do God’s will and follows on to know God may know Him, there is a moral guilt to those who do not believe the Bible. A sinful heart blinds a sinful mind. A perverse will that chooses darkness will not find the true light of God.

Jesus stated this great moral law in John 3:18-21:

“He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.”

One who does not believe in Christ, who does not lovingly trust Him for salvation, “is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” God pronounces a moral condemnation on unbelief in Christ and thus unbelief in the Bible.

We see that the heart that does not trust Jesus Christ is condemned because it chooses not to believe. The deeds of such an one are evil so he does not seek the light. There is no way to divorce the heart attitude choosing sin, from the mind that does not approach Christ in loving trust. And so a love for sin and a choosing of sin blinds one to the truth about the Bible.

There is much talk about “honest doubters.” An honest doubter cannot stay a doubter. He can know, if he chooses Christ and righteousness. To choose Christ and to choose righteousness is the same choice. And to choose Christ and righteousness is to come to the light so one’s mind can see clearly the spiritual truth.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 10 (Reasons to Believe Episode #196)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #196. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is John 7:17. It reads, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from R. A. Torrey. He said, “The truly wise man is he who believes the Bible against the opinions of any man. If the Bible says one thing, and any body of men says another, the wise man will decide, “This book is the Word of him who cannot lie”.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 10.

3. Thousands Have Proved That the Honest Heart Can Know Whether the Bible Is True

Anyone who really wants to know whether the Bible is true or not, whether Christ is deity, virgin born, an atoning Saviour, can find out.

Dr. A. T. Pierson says:

There have been many candid doubters, but never one who had carefully studied the Evidences of Christianity. Mr. Hume confessed himself the prince of sceptics, as Voltaire was the prince of scoffers, and dark indeed were those depths of doubt into which his speculations plunged him. He said of those speculations: “They have so wrought upon me and heated my brain that I am ready to reject all belief and reasoning, and can look upon no opinion even as more probable or likely than another.” And yet, though pretending to great diligence in the search after truth, and using all his fine powers and culture to destroy faith in the Gospel, he confessed, as Dr. Johnson tells us, that he had never read even the New Testament with attention.

Whenever an honest doubter comes to me, I feel perfectly safe in calmly saying, to his face, “You have never studied the evidences, and it is likely never attentively examined the Bible.” And that arrow never misses its mark.

Some five years since, I was brought into contact with a man who took pride in his sceptical opinions and made a boast of not being misled by the credulity of Christians. I ventured to take the old arrow out of my quiver. I said, “You have never thoroughly studied the Bible, sir.” He turned my arrow aside, saying very positively, “You are mistaken there; for I have been familiar with the Bible from my boyhood.” And yet within ten minutes he had shown that he did not know the difference between Job and Lot, but thought it was Job that lived in Sodom and dwelt with his two daughters in the cave!

If there is one candid doubter living who has faithfully studied the Bible and the Evidences of Christianity, he has not yet been found. Before this course of argument is concluded, your attention will be called to two prominent Englishmen who agreed to assault Christianity; but in order to conduct the assault the more successfully and skillfully, they agreed also first to examine it thoroughly; but when they began honestly to search the scriptures, they could no longer doubt that the Bible was the Word of God, and so Gilbert West and Lord Lyttleton became converts and defenders of that same faith they were about to attack.

Just as Gilbert West and Lord Lyttleton set out to study the Bible to answer the claims of the resurrection of Christ and of the conversion of the Apostle Paul, and through the Word of God were convinced and wrote books to preach the truth they once scorned, so may any honest man be convinced who approaches the Bible with an open heart.

Dr. R. A. Torrey again and again faced infidels and skeptics with a challenge that he could show them how to know for sure that the Bible is true and that Christ was the Son of God, the Saviour. Those who accepted his challenge were happily saved; those who backed down, of course, were those who did not want to know the truth because they did not want to turn from their sins.

D. L. Moody, Sam Jones, the late Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., Billy Sunday, along with this writer, have come face to face with unbelief and have challenged the skeptic to face the Word of God and turn with a penitent heart from sin and to see if the Bible were true. And always, the honest heart who seeks light comes to Christ.

Do not count the scholarly unbeliever as being forced by actual evidence to disbelieve the Bible and reject the claims of Christ. No, his trouble is heart trouble, not head trouble, a wicked bias of the heart that chooses darkness instead of light, and by feigned words pretends honesty and scholarship and morality.

Lord willing, we will begin the topic “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 9 (The Reasons to Believe Episode #195)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #195. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Hosea 6:3. It reads, “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Martha Kilpatrick. She said, “Spouting scripture has no magic to dispel the devil. Scripture has phenomenal power but unless you submit your mind to its inerrant truth, its power is largely lost to you.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by Dr. John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 9.

2. The Tremendous Testimony of Dr. B. H. Carroll (cont.)

So, when he invited all who were willing to make an immediate experimental test to come forward and give him their hands, I immediately went forward. I was not prepared for the stir which this action created. My infidelity and my hostile attitude toward Christianity were so well known in the community that such action on my part developed quite a sensation. Some even began to shout. Whereupon, to prevent any misconception, I arose and stated that I was not converted, that perhaps they misunderstood what was meant by my coming forward; that my heart was as cold as ice; my action meant no more than that I was willing to make an experimental test of the truth and power of the Christian religion, and that I was willing to persist in subjection to the test until a true solution could be found. This quieted matters.

The meeting closed without any change upon my part. The last sermon had been preached, the benediction pronounced and the congregation was dispersing. A few ladies only remained, seated near the pulpit and engaged in singing. Feeling that the experiment was ended and the solution not found, I remained to hear them sing. As their last song they sang:

O land of rest, for thee I sigh,
When will the moment come
When I shall lay my armor by
And dwell in peace at home.

The singing made a wonderful impression upon me. Its tones were as soft as the rustling of angels’ wings. Suddenly there flashed upon my mind, like a light from Heaven, this Scripture: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” I did not see Jesus with my eye, but I seemed to see Him standing before me, looking reproachfully and tenderly and pleadingly, seeming to rebuke me for having gone to all other sources for rest but the right one, and now inviting me to come to Him. In a moment I went, once and forever, casting myself unreservedly and for all time at Christ’s feet, and in a moment the rest came, indescribable and unspeakable, and it has remained from that day until now.

Unbelief then stems from a stubbornness of the will. But one who chooses to do the will of God and humbles his heart to seek God can find out whether or not the Bible is the very Word of God and thus that Christ is the Son of God.

This truth is told in Hosea 6:1-3, as Dr. Carroll found:

“Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

O, Israel! Backslidden, defeated, punished Israel, return to the Lord and you can know His healing and forgiving and reviving! “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.”

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Inspiration: Holy Ground, Part 8 (Reasons to Believe Episode #194)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #194. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Acts 8:26-40. It reads, “And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “Scripture, because of its absolute clarity, brings understanding where there is ignorance, order where there is confusion, and light where there is spiritual and moral darkness. It stands in stark contrast to the muddled musings of unredeemed men, who themselves are blind and unable to discern truth or live righteously. God’s Word clearly reveals the blessed, hopeful truth they can never see.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 1: “Inspiration: Holy Ground: Pull Off Your Shoes!” Part 8.

2. The Tremendous Testimony of Dr. B. H. Carroll

In a most remarkable and moving article, “My Infidelity and What Became of It,” by B. H. Carroll, the great Southern Baptist theologian, founder of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, tells how, when he faced this verse of Scripture, it led him to give God an honest trial. Dr. Carroll tells how he heard the challenge by a humble country preacher who insisted that he take God up on this promise to be willing to know the truth. Dr. Carroll says:

I had sworn never to put my foot in another church. My father had died believing me lost. My mother—when does a mother give up a child?—came to me one day and begged, for her sake, that I would attend one more meeting. It was a Methodist camp meeting, held in the fall of 1865. I had not an atom of interest in it. I liked the singing, but the preaching did not touch me.

But one day I shall never forget. It was Sunday at eleven o’clock. The great, wooden shed was crowded. I stood on the outskirts, leaning on my crutches, wearily and somewhat scornfully enduring. The preacher made a failure even for him. There was nothing in his sermon. But when he came down, as I supposed to exhort as usual, he startled me not only by not exhorting, but by asking some questions that seemed meant for me. He said: “You that stand aloof from Christianity and scorn us simple folks, what have you got? Answer honestly before God, have you found anything worth having where you are?”

My heart answered in a moment: “Nothing under the whole heaven; absolutely nothing.” As if he had heard my unspoken answer, he continued: “Is there anything else out there worth trying, that has any promise in it?” Again my heart answered: “Nothing; absolutely nothing. I have been to the jumping-off place on all these roads. They all lead to a bottomless abyss.”

“Well, then,” he continued, “admitting there’s nothing there, if there be a God, mustn’t there be a something somewhere? If so, how do you know it is not here? Are you willing to test it? Have you the fairness and courage to try it? I don’t ask you to read any book, nor study any evidences, nor make any difficult and tedious pilgrimages; that way is too long and time is too short. Are you willing to try it now; to make a practical, experimental test, you to be the judge of the result?”

These cool, calm and pertinent questions hit me with tremendous force, but I didn’t understand the test. He continued: “I base my test on these two Scriptures: ‘If any man willeth to do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God;’ ‘Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord.’”

For the first time I understood the import of these Scriptures. I had never before heard of such a translation for the first, and had never examined the original text. In our version it says: “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God.” But the preacher quoted it: “Whosoever willeth to do the will of God,” showing that the knowledge as to whether the doctrine was of God depended not upon external action and not upon exact conformity with God’s will, but upon the internal disposition—”whosoever willeth (or wishes) to do God’s will.” The old translation seemed to make knowledge impossible; the new, practicable.

In the second Scripture was also new light. “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord,” which means that true knowledge follows persistence in the prosecution of it; that is, it comes not to temporary and spasmodic investigation.

Lord willing, we will continue “The Tremendous Testimony of Dr. B. H. Carroll” in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!