Go To The Source :: By Alice Childs

Brethren, if ever there was a time to share the truth of the Word of God, the saving gospel of Christ to a lost and Hell-bound world, it is now. If ever there was a time to shake off our fear and timidity to warn the lost that certain judgment is at the door, it is now. If not us, then WHO? If not now, then WHEN? Time is QUICKLY running out.

There is a burden that has been laying heavy on my heart for a while now. My spirit is heavy over the lack of scriptural knowledge that we—the Church, exhibit. My dear fellow believers, we should not waste what precious little time we have left depending upon outside extra-Biblical resources for our own knowledge, nor should we be sending the lost, the babes in Christ, or just the Biblically ignorant to ANYONE, ANYTHING, and ANYWHERE other than the Word of God alone.

As followers of Christ, we should NEVER depend on anything other than the written and preserved Word of God to find answers to any question or deal with any dilemma we may face, or to determine what sound doctrine is or is not.

Scripture alone above ANY website, blog spot, TV personage, YouTube teacher or anything else is the plumb line against which EVERYTHING must be measured. We must go the scriptures ourselves, and we must point all those we wish to reach there as well.

We all must learn to go to the Word of God Itself. Scripture ALONE must be our “go to” source for all things so that we may ALL be equipped to KNOW the truth ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES – NOT some maybe-maybe-not doctrinally sound Biblical alternative. Only when we KNOW the truth inside and out can we spot false doctrine and heresy. Only then are we Biblically equipped to expose that which is false and “earnestly contend for THE faith” (Jude 3).

If we’ve got questions about what the Word of God teaches on any matter, then – my soul, folks – let’s GO TO THE SOURCE to get them answered – not to some website, blogspot, TV personage, mega pastor, writer, singer, YouTube guru, or anyone else.

We must learn to check EVERYTHING and EVERYONE by the Word of God. We are fallible. God is not. His Word is infallible, inerrant, and immutable. He ordained its translation into our language, and He has PRESERVED the verity, accuracy, and reliability of His Word. We can trust it. We can rely on it. We SHOULD rely on it alone.

Sadly, most believers today are LAZY. We don’t WANT to take the time and effort it takes to really STUDY the Word. It’s far quicker and easier for us to go to some other source to see what THEY SAY God says. Studying the whole counsel of God (how scripture aligns together from both Testaments Old and New) takes time. It takes diligent study and effort. We must learn to take the Bible literally at face value. We must learn to examine everything within its proper context.

We must learn to cross-reference passages, compare scriptures, wade through the Word to find out how SEEMINGLY contradictory or difficult passages are resolved once they are fit into the proper context of WHO is being addressed and placed into their correct dispensational time frames.

Diligent Bible STUDY takes much prayer and many long hours spent in getting to know well the foundational Biblical doctrines FROM SCRIPTURE for ourselves – not relying on someone else’s ideas, opinions, assumptions, or biases.

This laziness on our part to actually and consistently examine scripture daily is why there is so much heresy, misapplication, and misinterpretation of scripture in the Church today. This extreme doctrinal ignorance has happened because WE have been lazy. We are not being good Bereans or searching the scriptures daily FOR OURSELVES to see whether or not all that we are hearing or are being told is true ACCORDING TO THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF SCRIPTURE. What is worse, we are leading the very people who NEED to learn from scripture AWAY from scripture itself and into some man-made alternative whose teachings are most likely unsound and error-filled.

Again, the responsibility lies upon each of us individually to verify everything that is being taught by anyone according to the scriptures – including what is taught here.

We urge you to check what I or any one of us writes to make SURE that what we teach aligns with the whole counsel of scripture rightly divided. This is our due diligence. God will hold each of us accountable for what WE have done or not done with the truth He has given.

My beloveds, time is far too short for us to do anything less than point a lost and Hell-bound world to the ONLY gospel that can save them. We don’t have time, nor should we EVER send anyone to any other place than the inerrant, infallible, immutable Word of the Living God.

NO PLACE ELSE has the answers that those in danger of being left behind to face the coming Tribulation and an eternity in Hell need to hear. They need to hear what GOD says, not what someone else SAYS He says. Let’s learn to take them to the scriptures – the SOURCE; for only in them can any of us find truth.

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15, KJV).

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works ” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

“Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life”
(John 6:68).

“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life” (John 5:39-40).