By Robert F. Turner
In my boyhood days my hometown in Kentucky was a trade center. Each Saturday and on county court Mondays farmers brought their produce to town for sale. They used the opportunity to trade pocket knives, hound dogs, two-dollar pistols, and hard liquor.
Most farmers were proud of their products. They guaranteed fresh eggs, and if you wanted a watermelon you could “plug it” before you paid for it. That sweet red sliver from deep inside the melon was your earnest of good things to come.
Even today a reputable dealer stands behind his merchandise. He is happy to have you investigate his wares, for he believes in them. What would you think of a store that refused to allow its weights and measures to be checked against the standards? Who is angered by your desire to “plug” his product? Hmmmmm!!
But you and I know churches that are angered if their practice is questioned in the light of God’s word, the admitted standard in religion. Is a preacher or elder to be trusted who by sheer weight of position or popular approval states his case then denies all appeals for proof fromthe Scriptures? And what of those who refuse to read or study any other view?
We hold that truth is verified by an appeal to the standard of truth. My conceptions of the church, its organization, and work will shine more brightly when investigated in the light of God’s word if my conclusions are right. If I am wrong, yet truly desirous of serving God, the uncovering of my error is my gain something devoutly desired.
A proper attitude (humility) welcomes investigation and correction. But the arrogant, puffed with “party” pride, and those uncertain and fearful of their position cannot afford to have their doctrines “plugged.” Plunge the sword of the Spirit into this melon, and its source of human tradition or social gospel is revealed. “Come Let Us Reason Together” is an empty slogan for decoration of bulletins, etc., but not for use. They are few who welcome the cry: “Sure, you can plug it!” (Reprint from Robert E Turner, Stuff About Things, p. 75, by permission)
Guardian of Truth XL: No. 20, p. 4
October 17, 1996