Pastor’s Thoughts

Many times when I’ve witnessed to lost people they tell me what they believe.  So I ask them, “What is your authority for what you believe?”  Many respond, “Well, that’s what I think.”  Some tell me that what I believe is truth to me just because I believe it.  However, I believe the Bible because it IS true!  It doesn’t become truth when I believe. It is always truth no matter who believes it or doesn’t believe it.  The Bible is the Final Authority.  In fact, it is the sole Authority for faith and practice.  It is the sole Authority for life and living.  Man is not my authority for what I preach or teach.  It is the Word of God, The Holy Bible.  I’ve been blessed to have the influence of many Godly men through the years and they have helped me in a greater understanding of the Word of God (cf. I Timothy 2:2).  They also held the Bible as their Authority.  I, too, continue to hold the Holy Bible as my Authority (Titus 1:9) and firmly believe that it is the answer to all matters of life and living.  As we witness to the lost we have the assurance that the Bible is true and the assurance of the work of the Holy Spirit reproving the world of sin because of unbelief (John 16:8-9).  Plus we have witness of the indwelling Holy Spirit of God that we are His (Romans 8:16)!  What a joy!  We have great confidence in the message of Salvation, The Gospel.  Yet as I deal with professing believers, sometimes, I am moved by the element of doubt in “Thus saith the Lord.”  Some claim the Bible is true but seek elsewhere for help in matters of life and living.  I’m reminded at times of the woman who had an issue of blood for many years (Luke 8:43-48).  She spent all her living on physicians but found no relief from her infirmity.  Finally she came to Jesus and He healed her.  When I was in Bible School a number of years ago a friend of mine told me of a difficult situation and said, “The Bible doesn’t have the answer for this one.”  I assured this individual that the Bible has the answer for everything we face.  Returning to Bible School the next fall my friend told me that the Bible did have the answer to that situation.  Oh that we would bend our ears to the Lord and hear His words – the Holy Bible – and find the answers to every need.  We CAN trust the Bible for the salvation of the soul (II Timothy 3:15).  We CAN trust the Bible for our daily needs (II Peter 1:3-4).  It is our daily Bread (Matthew 4:4).

Pastor Hoxie