It is a divinely inspired book, and as far as it has been correctly transcribed and translated, it is infallible—the Word of God. It was spoken and written by holy men of old, as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Peter 1:21, and 2 Tim. 3:16.)
By Oscar Vouga
If we did not have a definite and distinct message to preach to the world, we would have no excuse for our existence. No minister, church assembly or organization can long continue as such, where there is not a clear, clean, scriptural message being presented to the lost, and those inquiring for a deeper life, and truth in the way of life. It is also necessary that this message be absolutely founded upon the Bible as the Word of God, or it cannot stand against the tests of eternal judgment. Only that message which is a clear presentation of Bible truth and doctrine can bring lasting peace to the troubled souls of men.
We have no need of sham in declaring what we believe to be the true teaching of God’s blessed Word. Neither do we think of saying that we are infallible in our view; neither arc we ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. (Romans 1:16.) And again the Scripture saith, “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? . . .” Romans 10:14-15.
It is with this prayer upon our hearts that these lines are written, that men may through the pages of this booklet hear of Him, and believe on Him, and be saved by calling upon His name. And may the truth presented here be accepted or rejected only on the proving grounds of the Word of God, which so beautifully pictures the grandest character of all times—Jesus Christ our Lord.
Upon our faith in Him depends our eternal destiny, and our faith in Him depends upon our doctrine. It has been said that doctrine is the skeleton of religion, which makes it the foundation about which the living body is built; certainly of no value by itself, but yet the very strength and support of the body. As the skeleton cannot stand by itself, or upon itself, so doctrine cannot stand by itself, but must take upon itself the body, or life and power of Jesus Christ through faith in Him, and it must stand upon the Word of God. Only inasmuch as our teaching is based upon the Scripture are our hopes stedfast and sure. Those whose hopes are based on anything which is not according to the Scripture, are doomed to disappointment.
Because we- believe that God has brought us into being as a people, we feel that we owe it to the world to tell them what the message is that we are proclaiming, and give Bible references for each thought that is presented as a part of our Gospel Message. We read in 2 Cor. 4:3, “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:” Therefore, we should not hide any part of the Gospel, but proclaim the whole Gospel of complete salvation for the whole man, as it is plainly given to us in the Bible.
What glorious truths have been hidden for generations under the heap of the traditions of men, and what wonderful promises have been, and are to this day, of no avail because of human blindness. Souls crying for deliverance who, but for the lack of knowing the truth of God, could find peace and rest by coming to Him who is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him. (Heb. 7:25.)