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RELIGION AND WORLD GOVERNMENT: PART 1
By Dennis L. Cuddy, Ph.D.
October 23, 2006
On Being BEREANS
The quote for the day comes from Gospel Fear: Developing a Tender Heart that Trembles at the Word of God by Jeremiah Burroughs (1599-1646) (www.SDGbooks.com):
Yes, if ever your souls are to be saved, it must be the Word that saves you. Therefore take heed how you despise it. Oh, it will lie upon your conscience most dreadfully, upon both your sickbed and death bed! Oh, fear the Word of God now!
OBJECTION. "Yea," you will say, "we will fear the Word of God; but is everything that a minister speaks the Word of God? If we were sure that it was God's Word, then we would yield to it. But we know that one man is of one opinion and another is of another opinion."
ANSWER. When anything comes in God's name, do not slightly case it off, but try it and examine it. Suppose one should come to you with the broad seal [the official seal of a country or state, ed.] ; will you say, "I do not know it to be the broad seal, and therefore I will not yield obedience to it"? It may cost you your estates then, yea, that which is near and dear unto you. So do not lightly case off that which comes in the name of God, but yield so far unto it as to examine it. Search the Scriptures; test whether it is according to the divine rule or not.…
QUESTION. But you may say, "Will you have us take in all that is delivered?"
ANSWER. No, not so. The Bereans are commended in Acts for searching whether those things were so or not which Paul delivered unto them. And it is a very good and commendable thing for a people to examine whether that which is delivered by a minister is the Word of God or not.
OBJECTION. But you will say, "Many of us are poor, ignorant people."
ANSWER. I would therefore speak to the most ignorant of all, to tell them how they may come to know what is the Word of God and what is not.
First, if you would know, be willing to come with a heart willing to yield to what you do know. John 7:17: "If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." If there is a heart resigned up to God to yield obedience, you shall know the doctrine that is delivered, whether it is of God or man. There is a promise, oh, make use of it!
Then, in the second place, plead this promise before the Lord; get alone and cry to God, and entreat the Lord that He would make it known to you. Oh, go and pray to God, "Lord, I hear such and such things spoken, and I think they begin to come to my heart; but I am weak and ignorant. Lord, if it is Thy Word, cause it to come home to my heart."… (pp. 23-25)