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by Fenter Northern

I have always had regard for the Lord our God, but age brings great compensations in the Spirit. While the body is perishing the inner man, as Paul said, is renewed daily. I now stand amazed in thought about the immensity of God and his majestic holiness. But at the same time I also marvel at the simplicity of his call to discipleship. He simply said, "Follow me." When he was talking to some fishermen he added "I will make you fishers of men." Think in what simple terms he calls all to be Christians. To everyone on all social levels-from PhDs to dropouts he says: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved..." And look at the simple memorial he instituted, a piece of bread and a sip grape juice to remember the greatest act of grace that has ever been offered to man. We sing about such simplicity when we sing Trust and Obey," Look at that-three words that will save your soul from eternal punishment and open wide the gates of heaven to you.

Now the most amazing thing I can think of about is this: People for centuries have tried to improve on God's word of Grace as if God made it too profound for us to understand. When I think of this it makes no sense at all, especially with the attached warnings in the Bible about losing your salvation if you trifle with the word of God. If God couldn't give us a scheme of redemption he would not be an omnipotent God. If He could but didn't on purpose he would be cruel--God forbid!

But leave it to man who has cluttered up religion with volumes of his amendments to the word of God. These people who butcher the Bible are not morally wicked, they are very good people morally speaking. But how wrong can good people be? There can be no greater incrimination, it seems to me, than for a person to preach the omniscience of God and then try to improve on what God has said. "Whosoever will may come" but the invitation is to come drink of the holy water of the river of life not the polluted streams of religious creeds that divide people over various doctrines. AMEN!

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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