What The Bible Says

What The Bible Says

“What The Bible Says - Vol. 2 / No. 1”

What The Bible Says

Vol. II - No. 1 / June 15, 2019


    No, I’m not talking about an investigation into something you had stolen or damage that was done to your personal property. I realize none of us are detectives or private investigators. Yet, there are two areas that I would like to challenge you to investigate.


    God has given us everything that "pertains unto life and godliness" in His word, the New Testament (2 Peter 1:3). God’s word is inspired of Him and we can be "thoroughly furnished...unto all good works" (2 Timothy 3:16,17). Have you ever investigated what you believe to see whether it is taught in God’s words or do you believe what you do simply because it is what the preacher teaches or what your parents have taught you. So much of what is taught in the religious world is believed to be God’s word when, in truth, it is nothing more than traditions that originated with man. How can you or I either one know if what we believe is a "hand me down" from man or is it’s God’s word unless we take the time to investigate? Are we safe to accept something to have originated with God just because it comes from a church, a preacher, or our parents? Is it not possible to be sincere and conscientious yet sincerely and conscientiously wrong? Saul was (Acts 23:1; 26:9)!

    God warns us that "many false prophets are gone out into the world" (1 John 4:1) and "there shall be false teachers among you" (2 Peter 2:1). We are even warned that the ministers of Satan will appear as "ministers of righteousness"(2 Corinthians 11:14,15). What if the things we believe and practice in religion is because of what has come about by a false teacher? Is it OK to believe and practice these things as long as we are sincere? Can we excuse ourselves from investigating what we believe with the statement that is so often used: "What I don’t know can’t hurt me!"? If an unlabeled bottle of poison gets misplaced in the medicine cabinet and we drink it, will it not hurt us if we don’t know it’s poison? Sure it will!! We ought to not apply such logic in the area of religion, either. How can we know who are the false teachers? It’s surely not going to be by their appearance. We’ve just seen in 2 Corinthians 11:14,15 that Satan’s ministers will be "transformed as ministers of righteousness". Even Jesus describes false teachers as wolves in "sheep’s clothing" (Matthew 7:15). We won’t be able to perform the investigation by means of their appearance or personality. The only way to investigate and know for a certainty is to compare what they teach by the word of God. God’s word is truth (John 17:17) and it will be God’s word that will judge us in the Judgement Day (John 12:48; Romans 2:2).


    I ask of you to do this for I fear that much has been said about the Lord’s church by people who are misinformed. Misinformation can cause prejudice and prejudice can turn people off. Maybe you’ve heard it said about us that, "They think they are the only ones going to Heaven" or "They think they are the only ones right and everybody else is wrong". If you’ve heard these statements in regards to us, what was your immediate thoughts. Let me guess! You thought, "Well, if they think that way, I don’t want to have anything to do with them!”

    Let me tell you about us. We believe as Jesus taught. He said, "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 7:21). Any person that "doeth the will" of the Father will enter into the kingdom of heaven. So, we put great emphasis on doing the Father’s will. His will is revealed in the pages of the New Testament and have been revealed so that we can read and understand (Ephesians 3:3-5). Anyone can read and understand! Anyone can do the will of the Father! Our sole desire is to read and understand God’s word and to do His will! If that is your desire, you owe it to yourself to come and investigate us regardless of what people may say. What they are saying may be something they are repeating. They may be very sincere but you owe it to yourself to see if we study the Bible, follow it in all we do, and live our lives in accordance to it. We believe that ought to be the same desire that everyone should have. If we can agree on anything, we ought to be able to agree on what God says.

    We just ask you to come, bring your Bibles, and study with us. You would be an honored guest. So why not come and investigate for yourself. Find out for a fact what we believe, teach, and practice. We believe that you might be surprised to find out that we are simply a group of people striving to do the will of the Father.
—E.R. Hall, Jr.



        In speaking about God’s commandments, Psalm 19:11 says, “Moreover by them Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward.”

    This text tells us that God's Word warns us. A warning is usually associated with danger. Parents, for example, warn their children when there is danger. Similarly, the Scriptures warn us due to the perils of sin and error. In Ezekiel 3:18-21, Ezekiel was told he must warn the wicked, and if he did not do so, the blood of the wicked would be upon his hands. Paul said (I Thess. 5:14) we must “warn the unruly”. In Colossians 1:28, Paul said his preaching involved, “...warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.” On one occasion, he made it clear he did not want his motives to be misunderstood saying to the Corinthians (I Cor. 4:14), “I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.”  The Bible has many warnings, and this is good as there are so many dangers.

    The text also says, “in keeping them there is great reward.”  There is a sense in which those who are faithful may receive earthly rewards (Eph. 6:3, Mt. 6:33). More importantly, however, faithful Christians will receive the reward of heaven. In Matthew 25:46, Jesus makes it clear that the righteous will have life eternal. However, salvation is conditional. Revelation 22:14 says, “Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city.”

    In addition, notice how the Psalmist refers to himself as a “servant” of God. In the earlier verses, he speaks of a two-fold testimony: the testimony of creation (1-6) and the testimony of God’s written Word (7-11).  Contemplating this, he identifies himself as a “servant” (or slave) of God.  The word “servant” describes the proper relationship, which should exist between a human being and his all-powerful Creator.

    We must heed the warning signs on the road to heaven so we can arrive at our heavenly destination.
    —E.R. Hall, Jr.





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