The Fountainhead of All Idolatry

Posted November 10, 2017 by SandreS
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Babylon is the fountainhead of all idolatry and systems of false worship. This is the “mystery of iniquity” (II Thessalonians 2:7) seen in all of the great “religions” of the world. All alike substitute another god for the God of the Bible; a god made either with the hands or with the imagination, but equally made; a religion consisting of human merit and endeavor.

E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
Companion Bible Notes, Revelation 17:5, (Bible Student’s Press) page 147
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The Letter of the Law

Posted October 20, 2017 by SandreS
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…The letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life (II Corinthians 3:6).

One mustn’t make the Christian life into a punctilious system of law, like the Jewish, for two reasons. (1) It raises scruples when we don’t keep the routine. (2) It raises presumption when we do. Nothing gives one a more spuriously good conscience than keeping rules, even if there has been a total absence of all real charity and faith.

C.S. Lewis (1898-1963)
Letters to an American Lady (1967)
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The Old Gnostic Heresy

Posted October 12, 2017 by SandreS
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There is an alarming and wide spreading recrudescence of the old gnostic heresy which teaches that matter is essentially evil and that those who are spiritual must ignore or seek release from the body. This scourge seems to be a punishment which falls on orthodoxy because of its spiritualistic teaching that man can live without a body. … Any piety that belittles or degrades the body is fraudulent and unspiritual. The body is for the Lord, and not to be discarded.

George L. Rogers (1869-1947)
Unsearchable Riches, Volume 27
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The Persecuting Persecuted

Posted July 26, 2017 by SandreS
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If we look back into history for the character of the present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practiced it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England blamed persecution in the Romish church, but practiced it upon the Puritans. These found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here [England] and in New England.

Benjamin Franklin
Toleration
Works, Volume ii., p. 112
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Making Our Glorious Hope a Subject of Mockery

Posted July 24, 2017 by SandreS
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Concerning unfulfilled prophecy and date prognosticators, an associate of E.W. Bullinger wrote,

That it is future, is all we know. No dates are given. God’s reckonings are not by dates but by duration. Satan’s craft is seen in getting men to fix dates; so that when the expected event does not transpire the subject may become one of ridicule and so the glorious hope has been made a subject of mockery.

William Tucker Broad (1860-1923)
Things to Come (May 1906)
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Being Out of Adjustment

Posted July 10, 2017 by SandreS
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There is everywhere, on part of believers, a sickish tendency to perceive of themselves as needing no adjustment in doctrine when once they have become settled in certain self-satisfying forms which they have been persuaded to be pure divine truth. They lose the mental and spiritual elasticity which is an imperative pre-requisite for continuous acquirement of truth. Our love dies in the cages of fixed forms and customs. Stagnation and petrifaction sets in. Before it is realized, we have been made mummies in petrified dogmatism. What we then consider progress and growth consists of being indoctrinated and established in the forms. We lose the ability and the desire to test and try what is, and what is not of God. An almost unavoidable consequence of such attitude is man-worship, even without being aware of it. We look to the teachers who have established our particular system that we are attached to, and dare not, or cannot, think for ourselves. We have become prisoners – slaves. We get into doctrinal ruts and grooves, and dare not (or are too lazy) even to try to get out of them. We are out of adjustment.

E.A. Larsen (1884-1978)
The Differentiator, Vol. 12, No. 5 (1950)

Death: Whom Do We Believe?

Posted May 16, 2017 by SandreS
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God said to our first parents “ye shall surely die” (Genesis 2:16). The old serpent said “ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4), and all of his “ministers” today with one voice repeat that lie, and teach it as God’s truth. Their creed is expressed for them in the words, “There is no death, what seems so is transition.”

Whom do we believe?

The Prophetic word declares concerning the resurrection of “the rest of the dead” that they “lived not again until the thousand years were finished” (Revelation 20:5). Man declares they are alive all the time without any resurrection.

Whom do we believe?

Dr. E.W. Bullinger (1837-1913)
Great Cloud of Witnesses
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