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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016
THE BEREAN APPROACH BY STEVE FINNELL
The Bereans wanted to confirm that they were being told the truth concerning the gospel of Jesus Christ. What did they do?
Acts 17:10-11 The brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea, and when they arrived, they went into the synagogue of the Jews. 11 Now these were more nobleminded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.
THE BEREANS TRUSTED THE SCRIPTURES!
What men do to establish what they perceive to be the truth.
They examine the Nicene Creed.
They examine the Abstract Principles.
They examine the Book of Mormon.
They examine the Augsburg Confession of Faith.
They examine the Articles of War for the Salvation Army.
They examine the Book of Discipline.
They examine the Statement of Fundamental Truths.
They examine the Catechisms.
They examine the Westminster Confession of Faith.
They examine Bible commentaries.
They examine statements of faith.
They examine religious books written by men.
They examine their own opinions.
They examine ways that seem right to men.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
The Bereans knew that the Scriptures were inspired by God and that is where they placed their trust.
Any book or writing that is contrary to Scripture would have failed the BEREAN TEST for truth!
THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT TRUTH IS FOUND IN THE BIBLE, AND THE BIBLE ALONE!
GOD ONLY WROTE ONE BOOK!
EXTRA-BIBLICAL WRITINGS ARE A COMBINATION OF TRUTH AND THE OPINIONS OF MEN.
Is it possible for Christians to read the Bible and comprehend it without church leaders interpreting it for them? Did God intend for the clergy to search the Scriptures; then write their private interpretation in a creed book so the laity could understand His doctrines?
Colossians 4:16 When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.
The apostle Paul instructed that his letters be read to the churches. Paul did not tell the church leaders to interpret his letters and write them in a creed book so the common church member could understand them. NOTE: PAUL'S LETTERS WERE SCRIPTURES.
Revelation 1:3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hears the words of the prophecy, and heeds the things which are written in it; for the time is near.
The apostle John said blessed is he who reads the things written, he did not say interpret my letters, then write them in a catechism so the laity can understand them.
2 Timothy 3:15 and that from childhood you have know the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The apostle Paul told Timothy that the Holy Scriptures were able to give him wisdom that leads to salvation. Paul did not mention anything about the church hierarchy writing their opinions of Scripture in a creed book, catechism, or statement of faith, so he could understand the Scriptures.
God wrote the Bible so all men might know and understand His doctrines.
GOD DID NOT AUTHORIZE CHURCH LEADERS TO WRITE PRIVATE INTERPRETATIONS OF THE BIBLE IN THE FORM OF CREED BOOKS, CATECHISMS, STATEMENTS OF FAITH, ETC