By Dr. Tobert Moore
Just a little while ago, my secretary, Miss Sue, called and said, “Mrs. Jessica is working on the copy for The Eagle magazine, and she lacks about a page and a quarter of having enough. Would you write an article that would fit the space?”
I must say that since I was about 21 or 22 years old, somebody has been saying to me, “Write,” write this or write that. When I was 22 years old, I was working with three weekly newspapers. I was the news editor and had a press card with the Georgia Press Association.
The general editor, managing editor, of those papers was Gaines Brewster. He came to Georgia from Salt Lake City, where he worked with a newspaper. He hired me to be his helper and maybe the editor. He would tell me to write a particular story or go visit where there was a wreck. He would send me to attend some gathering to write a report or story about it. I would go and write the story.
Then I began to write things that concerned the Word of God because I was already an ordained pastor, serving as pastor in different churches and preaching the Gospel around in different places. I began to write down things. I have some things I wrote many years ago.
Then, a while ago, I thought, the Lord told John to write when he was on the Isle of Patmos. John recorded in Revelation 1:10-11, I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Then in Revelation 2:1 He said, Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; . . . . He was saying, “Unto the messenger of the congregation or assembly in Ephesus, write this.”
In fact, many times, He said, “Write.” In Revelation 21:5: And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
The Word of God is faithful, and when it is written down, it will stay true through the ages. The Word of God is as true today as when the Lord spoke it.
In writing to Timothy, the apostle Paul brings up the writing of the Scriptures. Paul in writing to Timothy the second time, says in chapter 3, verses 14-17: But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
Writing has always been important in the Kingdom work of the Lord Jesus Christ. However, we must be very careful. I learned early on in writing—be sure of your sources. Be sure of what you are writing down. In fact, in journalism back then (not that I am a journalist, I am just a writer) the rule was, confirm your facts or your information with at least two different places, or voices, or Scripture. It is good to write.
Jesus condemned over and over the Pharisees, scribes, and hypocrites, because the scribes many times wrote or copied the Word of God slanting it to their own ideas or thinking. They became very arrogant. They were the judges of everything because they were able to write down what they thought, or what they believed, or the interpretation of Scriptures. Christ said in Matthew 23:14: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! . . . .
I have learned that you had better be careful what you write, because a lot of people can read, and a lot of people are going to read whatever they find. If they are searching for a subject, and you have written on the subject, they are going to look and see what you had to say. You will either be able to prove it or not be able to prove it.
Many things are being written today among Independent Baptists, among Fundamentalists, that can’t really be proven. Much of the writing, not all of it, but a good portion of it, too much really, has been slanted, or as the apostle Paul writing to the Galatians said, “It’s perverted.” Galatians 1:7: . . . there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
A perversion will last if it is written down. There were things written down by Constantine in the forming of the Church in the Nicene Conference. In those years during the forming of the Roman Catholic Church, much perversion took place, and much of it is still carried on today. Even a lot of the Reformed Churches, Reformed Roman Churches, are still carrying on some of the errors that were incorporated into the Catholic Church. These things were not borne out or supported by Scripture, but rather the Scriptures were perverted.
Now, I am not just reminding us of what happened with the Catholics and the Anglican churches. You see the Anglican Archbishop, Richard Bancroft, was the supervisor in the translating of what we call the King James Version of the Bible. I won’t go into that. I am just saying there are perversions, which came into the church hundreds and even thousands of years ago, that are still there because it was written down somewhere.
For instance, I have a Douay Bible. That is a Catholic Bible. I also have a larger one that has all of the dogma teaching in it. As they quoted from Matthew 16:19 and wrote in their dogma, they make this interpretation, “Keys, a symbol of authority. Peter has the power to admit into the Church and to exclude therefrom nor is he merely the porter; he has complete power within the church ‘to bind and loose’ seems to have been used by the Jews in the sense to forbid or to permit; but 1818 as well as the present context requires a more comprehensive meaning. In Heaven God ratifies the decisions which Peter makes on earth, in the name of Christ.”
Now, that is deep, and I don’t think the Baptists agree with that. Of course, Baptists don’t have an Archbishop. We don’t even have bishops. We don’t have a bishop who, in the meeting of the Association, appoints the pastor to various churches as the Methodists, the Presbyterians, and, possibly, the Lutherans do. I don’t know all the workings of those different denominations. I don’t even understand all the Baptists, and I have been a Baptist for seventy odd years.
Anyway, what I am saying is, sometimes errors are written down and acclaimed by a body of believers, even born-again Christians. People make errors, so we have to be extremely careful. Scribes should never be arrogant in believing that what they say is the final authority, because it is not. We are not the final authority. The final authority has already been written, recorded, and preserved through the centuries.
I hope this will challenge you and be a blessing. Maybe it will challenge you to do a lot of research and study on your own. I trust that you will believe the Word of God, as it is, where it is.