Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Reason de Entre

but in case I am delayed, I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth(I Tim 3:15).

Far more than God's means of present edification and sanctification, the Scripture has been entrusted to Christ's Church that she might both exhibit and safeguard it, amidst all of the turmoil and change in the world around her.
The church does not invent the truth, and alters it only at the cost of judgment. It is to support and safeguard it. It is the sacred, saving treasure given to sinners for their forgiveness, and to believers for their sanctification and edification, that they might live for the glory of God. The church has the stewardship of Scripture, the duty to guard it as the most precious possession on earth. Churches that tamper with, misrepresent, depreciate, relegate to secondary place, or abandon biblical truth destroy their only reason for existing and experience impotence and judgment.
- John MacArthur, I Timothy, 136-37.

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