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By Dr. Robert Lightner The following article, written by Dr. Robert Lightner, was originally published in Foundation magazine, Volume 39, Issue 1. Long before the canon of Scripture was completed, heterodoxy, or false doctrine, was evident. The fact is, as soon as God’s truth was given, it was distorted and opposed by some. Wherever on earth there has been truth, there has also been error. It is the mixture of the two that causes the greatest problem. The pages of Scripture and the record of secular history both verify these truths. The longer error is condoned, the easier it becomes to compromise the truth. Somehow a conditioning process goes on. An unhealthy toleration of false doctrine usually leads to accommodation to it to one degree or another. When that which is false is left unchecked, unexposed, or unopposed, it gradually appears to be less and less objectionable to more and…

If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with Me.John 13:8 It was the last hours of our Lord’s ministry. Within twenty-four hours He would be in the tomb. It was His final discourse to His disciples before His death, which was His highest self-revelation in speech, even as the Cross is His most perfect revelation in act. John thirteen to seventeen has been well called the Holy of Holies of the New Testament. But, alas, the disciples were in no condition to receive our Lord’s message. An unhealthy heart prevailed among them, unfitting them to listen to what the Lord had to say to them that last evening. “There had arisen among them a contention, which of them is accounted the greatest” (Luke 22:24), beginning, perhaps, by discussing the prospects of the Master’s kingdom, and ending by personal allusions, and even the direct pitting of man against man.…

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