“Back to the Bible” Still the right thing to do, Carl B. Garner (Part 2)

Back to the Bible for our Authority

That which “authorizes” most worship today is “I like it” rather than “God said it.” Entertainment is high on every agenda, and how ‘pretty” it sounds has become the major criterion for how and where a person worships today. Going back to the Bible will cause us to follow the Holy Spirit’s imperative that we worship God “in spirit and in truth,” John 4:24, and “decently and in order,” I Corinthians 14:40. When we recognize God’s authority, He will be pleased while we are edified and strengthened.

Back to The Bible for our Moral Standards

It appears that righteous, moral behavior has become the exception rather than the rule. Dead-bolt locks, security systems, “white collar crime,” divorce, pornography, child abuse, spousal abuse, and various forms of addiction are the defining terms of our society today.

We are told that trying to enforce “objective” standards is bound for failure. Some are now warning us that “hard, fast rules of morality won’t work today,” and we have, as a nation, accepted that viewpoint. We have bought into the “If it feels good, do it” mentality. And where has it taken us? Just exactly where McGuffey predicted we would be: Chaos, Injustice, Vengeance. In I John 5:2-3 we are instructed:

“By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not burdensome.”

Back to the Bible for Our Hope

When danger threatens us, it is tempting to look for a hope that rests in military or political strength. They have their place, but our hope is not in bombs and ambassadors, but in the God of all the earth, Jehovah of the Bible. Israel had an army of over 600,000 men, but their hope rested not in their army, but in God, His promise through Isaiah the prophet is still true today:

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusts in thee,” Isaiah 26:3.

Our hope and our faith are in the God that created us and redeemed us by the blood of His Son. McGuffey’s Reader was correct back in 1854, not because McGuffey was right, but because the Bible is right. For our own sake, and for that of our nation, I hope it is not too late for us to “go back to the Bible.”

 

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