Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #207. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II John 9-11. It reads, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from James Montgomery Boice. He said, “Some persons think they can know God by means of their own human reason. But reason is a blind ally spiritually. It has always been the great minds exercising their powers apart from the Word of God who have produced the great heresies. Some think they can discover God by listening to a so-called ‘inner voice.’ But the voice is often nothing more than an expression of their own inner desires. Quite a few think that spiritual truths can be verified by supernatural events or miracles. But the Bible everywhere teaches that even miracles will not lead men and women to understand and receive God’s truth unless they themselves are illuminated by the Bible (see Luke 16:31). I believe that we can state categorically that there is no knowledge apart from Jesus Christ and that there is no knowledge of Jesus Christ apart from a knowledge of the Bible.”
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 11.
3. Disbelievers in the Bible Are Unconverted Men
In II John, verses 9 and 10 we find that the man who does not abide in the Bible doctrine about Jesus Christ “hath not God,” that is, he is unconverted. We find that Jesus said that false teachers would come at the judgment to say they had cast out devils, they had prophesied in Christ’s name, and He will say to them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” And in II Peter, chapter 2, and in Jude, we have a description of the awful wickedness of these men who are unsaved.
So since enemies of the Bible, unbelievers in the Christ of the Bible, are unconverted men and natural men, we learn that “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The unconverted man cannot know the things of God revealed in the Bible.
Oh, if anybody wants to know whether the Bible is true, he must trust in Christ and have his poor, wicked heart changed and have the Holy Spirit of God to live within. Then he can have help and understanding of the Bible.
No unconverted man ought ever be allowed to teach a Sunday school class or fill a pulpit or teach in a Christian college or teach in a theological seminary. No unconverted man who writes on religion ought ever to have his books read or regarded. He does not know and cannot know the best things God reveals until he himself is forgiven and changed.
We do not reject scholarship. We do reject the biased false scholarship of infidels. We are open to all truth but not to the partisan claims of men whose hearts are closed to God’s truth.
Bible truth is for saved people and all saved people ought to seek God’s truth more and more. But the unconverted man needs first of all to come with a contrite, penitent heart, to be born again.
In a little cow town in West Texas where I lived as a boy, there was the town infidel. He was a crude and uneducated man, a profane, drinking man with a criminal record, though a strong personality. He talked long and loud in his criticism of the Bible to all who would hear. He used the same kind of argument that Paine and Voltaire and Ingersoll used, the same kind of arguments that infidels in the church today use. He used the same kind of arguments that Fosdick and Buttrick and Oxnam used against the inspiration of the Bible, the virgin birth and deity of Christ, and he had the same kind of wicked heart. He was no more intelligent than others, no more scientifically trained; he just had a more wicked, Christ-rejecting heart than many and so he spewed out his infidelity.
Unconverted men cannot understand spiritual truth. They are not good men, they do not have good hearts, they are not to be trusted, and they are not to be regarded as scholars on the matters concerning the Bible.
This is holy ground, to be humbly, reverently approached with a penitent, believing heart and open ears to hear what God says.
Oh, you who read the Bible, I beg you, take the shoes off the feet of your heart as you read.
Dyson Hague has this sweet word here:
Let me say this one word more. Oh, do not think and do not say, as you have heard men say they think, that we ought to read this Book as we read any other book; we ought to study it and analyze it just as we do any textbook in literature or science. No, no! When you come to this Book, come to it with awe. Read it with reverence. Regard it with a most sacred attention. “Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” Never, never compare this Book in the terms of human comparisons with other books. Comparison is dangerous. They are of earth. This is from Heaven. And do not think and do not say that this Book only contains the words of God. It is the Word of God. To say the Bible contains the Word of God, instead of saying the Bible is the Word of God, is inadequate and misleading as Saphir declares. Everything that is in Scripture would authenticate itself to us as the Word of God, if we understood it in its right connection with the center. Therefore, think not of it as a good book, or even as a better book, but lift it in heart and mind and faith and love far, far above all, and ever regard it, not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the Word of God; nay, more, as the living Word of the Living God; supernatural in origin; eternal in duration; inexpressible in value; infinite in scope; divine in authorship; human in penmanship; regenerative in power; infallible in authority; universal in interest; personal in application; and as St. Paul declares, inspired in totality.”
Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.
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!