How many times have we heard someone say, “I know what the verse says, but I think?” It may be they have not considered the implications found in that statement. They are in essence saying their thoughts, ideas or conclusions are better than that which is found in God’s word! That is thinking too highly of one’s own intellect. How can we have the idea that our thoughts are above the thoughts of God? Isaiah wrote, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).
People often make the mistake of listening to what men say or think about doctrinal matters rather than asking, “What does the Bible say?” All religious error comes because people make this mistake. The Bible challenges us to, “Prove all things, hold fast to that which is good” (1 Thessalonians 5:21). John exhorted men to “… believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 John 4:1). Jesus warned, “Take heed that no man deceive you” (Matthew 24:4). Therefore, we should compare men’s sayings with what inspiration says.
When discussing salvation, we turn to Mark 16:15-16 and read, “… Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved…” Those who do not believe that baptism is necessary for salvation will say, “I know that is what it says, but I do not believe a person must be baptized so as to be saved.” Really? How can it be good to say that what Jesus said is not true? Jesus said, “… and is baptized shall be saved…” To say otherwise is to contradict the Lord’s own words. How could anyone read the Lord’s words and then say, “I know… but I THINK?”
Our determination should be to learn what God said and then obey what He instructed us to do. We must ask ourselves one simple, yet profound question, “Yea, hath God said…?” The Bible is the FINAL word, His final revelation to men (Revelation 22:18-19), and His Word will have the final say on Judgment Day (John 12:48).
Can you imagine anyone saying at the Judgment scene, “I know what you said… but I think?”
- Toney Smith
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