For those of you who are new to this work, I would like to share with you, in brief, the foundation upon which it is built.
I believe that the original Hebrew and Greek of the Old and New Testaments are verbally inspired. “All Scripture (Gr. graphe, that which is written) is God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3: 16).
I, as an independent Bible student and teacher, “search the Scriptures daily,” and I publish the results of my findings regardless of the approval or the disapproval of anyone.
The Bible is infallible, but the searcher is not. I will make mistakes, but I trust that you, as a fellow Bible student, will search the Scriptures to see whether the things I say are so.
I will never apologize for the Bible, nor for any teaching which may from time to time come to light. While I want to avoid any appearance of callousness and desire not to wound the feelings of my brethren, yet I will not shrink back from anything I have learned.
I am not attempting to “start a church,” a “Meeting,” an “Organization,” or a circle of “Fellowship.” All are welcome here. I impose no code or terms of fellowship, neither do I declare as if I had apostolic authority, who is in or out of “the faith.” My joy is seeing those from different backgrounds being drawn together by their shared love of the word of God, and seeing those who were once enslaved by the fetters of tradition experiencing the truthfulness of the phrase, “the truth shall make you free.”
Let us not “bite and devour one another,” but taking our stand on God’s Word, “Let us stand fast in the freedom wherewith Christ has made us free.”
“Many and varied as the numerous attempts after ‘Unity’ may be,” wrote Charles Welch, “there are some things which they all seem to have in common, namely, they go to the Gospels and Acts for their doctrinal and ecclesiastical arguments, emphasize the ordinances of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, and either imagine they possess, or else desire to possess, ‘spiritual gifts’.”
“We believe that such are labouring under a false interpretation. Just as a stick appears bent in the water, so our understanding of Scripture will be distorted whilst we ignore the differing medium. In other words, if we stand in the dispensation of the mystery, and try to act as though we were in the dispensation of the kingdom, we shall in ‘that day’, if not here, be ashamed, through not rightly dividing the Word of truth.”
My grandson, Nolan, burst into my office while I was recording. I didn’t edit it out. You’ll enjoy meeting him!
Ur’s Death-Pits: Ghoulish Monuments To The Pagan “Afterlife” Theology.
In the early 1920s, archeologists uncovered over 2,000 tombs from ancient Ur – the place out of which God called Abram. The great archeologist and historian, Sir Leonard Woolley, believes they were the graves of wealthy aristocrats if not kings. He describes one of the most disturbing tombs he came across (see his sketch below).
“In it lay the bodies of six men-servants and sixty-eight women; the men lay along the side by the door, the bodies of the women were disposed in regular rows across the floor (all of them richly dressed in the style of their mistress), every one of them lying on her side with legs slightly bent and hands brought up near the face, so close together that the heads of those in one row rested on the legs of those in the row above.”
Were these ritually killed against their wills to serve their masters in the fictitious afterlife? Did they willingly die because of their religious beliefs? I don’t know. But what I do know is that their creed inspired their deed.
This “death pit,” this bone-chilling, awful, ghoulish scene, reminds us as to why God called Abram out of Ur. God wanted Abram, through his faith, to produce a people who would live as lights in the dark idolatrous world leading these nations into the knowledge of the true and living God. Abram’s faith exposed the false teaching of the afterlife, the gods, and of the prevailing views of the nature of man.
Let us be similar lights in our day.