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STRANGE RECORD: John Wesley, while in America, was tried by a jury of forty-four men, in 1737, in a church trial, one charge being, "By refusing to baptize Mr. Parker's child except by dipping." Here is a strange record. The father of Methodism found guilty for refusing to baptize a baby. Record of trial can be found in court proceedings of Georgia. Also Wesley's Journal, Vol. I, page 24.
THEY DID NOT GIVE IT: "Did the Roman Catholic church give us the Bible?" No. God, through inspired men, gave us the Bible more than 500 years before there was a Roman Catholic church. If the Catholic church had given us the Bible, it would have been a different kind of book -- a book that would make Roman Catholics. If reading the Bible ever made any man, woman, or child want to become a Catholic, I never heard of it. The Roman Catholic church makes many claims, but there is one claim it does not make and never did make. It never made the claim that a study of the Bible would cause one to want to be a Roman Catholic. The Bible is not a Catholic book; not one doctrine, peculiarly Catholic, is mentioned in it, except to condemn it.
What the Bible teaches on the subject of election, predestination, and foreordination is not any problem at all, unless one's mind is blinded with the teaching of man-made creeds. The "elect" are the whosoever will, and the "non-elect" are the whosoever won't (Matt. 11:28-30; John 5:40).
It is hard for some people to see the harm in bringing into the work and worship of God anything that appeals to them. They fail to realize that to mix the human and divine makes void that which is divine. (Matt. 15:7-9).
If we knew whose eyes were
In the sleep that knows no dream,
If we knew whose feet were standing
Close beside the narrow stream;
We would be so kind and tender,
Lightly judge and gently speak,
Let us act as though we knew it,
For the links so swiftly break:
He who cannot reason upon religion is a fool; he that dares not is a coward; and he who will not is a bigot. "Prove all things; hold fast that which is good" (1 Thes. 5:21). Are you one who is willing and able to reason upon religious matters seeking the truth? God urges men to "come now and let us reason together" (Isa. 1:18).
'Tis a fact that many a child of God would be scared to death if he could feel his spiritual pulse and find out how nearly dead he really is. "Examine yourself whether ye be in the faith, prove your own selves." How is it with you?
"What if I say--
'The Bible is God's Holy Word,
Complete, inspired, without a flaw' --
But let its pages stay
Unread from day to day,
And fail to learn therefrom God's law;
What if I go not there to seek
The truth of which I glibly speak,
For guidance on this earthly way
Does it matter what I say?"
-- Maud Frazer Jackson
I read you, kills a sin,
Or lets a virtue in
To fight against it."
-- Izaak Walton
"I wonder what our world would be like if men always had sacrificed as freely to prevent wars as to win them." -- Frank A. Clark