Last night I greatly enjoyed the fellowship of some brothers in the faith. Our conversation turned toward the Bible - its inspiration, preservation, and importance in our lives. I praise the Lord for men who take the Word of God seriously.
Here is an important exhortation along those lines, penned about 50 years ago by E. J. Young, which is still as relevant today as when it was written.
"The majority of professing Christendom does not take seriously the Word of God. He, however, who has fled to Christ for refuge from the accusing finger of God's law must take that Word seriously. It may be a very unpopular thing today to base one's life upon such an authority as the Bible. But if it is unpopular, it surely is a very blessed thing. To know that the words of Scripture are not merely the words of men, but that in them a Divine authority resides, is indeed strengthening to one's faith...."
"A return to the Bible is the greatest need of the day. Unless the Church turns to this authoritative Word of the sovereign God as - let us say it boldly - an external authority; unless the Church is willing to hear the Word of God in the one place where that Word may be heard, she will soon cease to be the Church of the living God. When, however, in humble submission to the gracious, loving Word of her glorious King, she bows to His will, she may courageously challenge all opponents. Far and wide, with majestic boldness, she may proclaim the truth: I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it was given me of Him who is the same, yesterday, today, and forever. He tells me that this Book is His, and this Book tells me about Him. Come, then, ye wise of this world, ye doubters, ye disputers of the age. Come with your whisperings of doubt, your mockeries of uncertainty. I take my stand upon the solid, unchanging rock of His eternal truth, and in the everlasting Name of Him who brought into being the fair fields of earth and the blue heaven above, I command you,
Hear Him, ye deaf, His praise, ye dumb,
Your loosened tongues employ.
Ye blind, behold your Savior come
And leap, ye lame, for joy."
(Thy Word is Truth, pp. 272-73)