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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.…

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong. Let all your things be done with charity1 Cor. 16:13, 14 Herein lies the key to victorious and fruitful service. What was needful for the Corinthians to serve the Lord aright is also required of us. We should give careful heed to these brief, yet blessed, commands.’Watch ye”–Be circumspect in your walk and watchful of whatever would cause offense. The Corinthians were admonished to be on the alert lest the spiritual error which had so plagued them in the past should once again gain the upper hand. Believers who have come to grips with the devastating effect of sin, as was brought to the attention of the Corinthians in this Epistle, must be especially careful of falling prey to further deception. A wariness of sin is an essential fruit of repentance (2 Cor. 7:11). The philosophy of…

[The following article, written by Dr. William Evans, briefly describes the role the Holy Scriptures should play in the life of the church and of individual Christians today. When so many people–believers and unbelievers–are undermining the importance and sufficiency of God’s Word, it is more important than ever that true believers hold a high view of the Bible.] One of the prominent characteristics of the “latter days” is that there shall be a departure from the faith once for all delivered to the saints. Whether we are living in the “last days” or not may be questioned by some, but that many persons (preachers included) are leaving the old landmarks of Christian belief there can be no reasonable doubt. It seems as if the simple sound of the gospel were not sufficient; a gospel with variations is sought. It may not be out of place, therefore, to draw the attention…

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