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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Test of Truth

"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock" (Matthew 7:24)

Every activity now being carried on in the name of Christ must meet the last supreme test: Does it have biblical authority back of it? Is it according to the letter and the Spirit of the Scriptures? Is its spiritual content divinely given?

That it succeeds proves nothing. That it is popular proves less. Where are the proofs of its heavenly birth? Where are its scriptural credentials? What assurance does it give that it represents the operation of the Holy Spirit in the divine plan of the ages? These questions demand satisfactory answers.

No one should object to an honest examination of his work in the pure light of Scripture. No honest man will shrink from the light, nor will he defend beliefs and practices that cannot be justified by the test of truth. Rather he will eagerly seek to build according to the pattern shown him in the mount.

While the moral quality of any act is imparted by the condition of the heart, there may be a world of religious activity which would seem to have little or no moral content. Such religious conduct stems from the current cult of commotion and possesses no sound inner life.

~A. W. Tozer~

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