what authority do you practice the things that you do in religion? Let
us observe the following questions:
"the majority" the correct standard of authority?
not. Through time the majority has been wrong. Where was the
majority in the flood? What about Sodom and Gomorrah? Jesus said many
travel the broad way that leads to destruction [Matthew 7:13-14].
"kinsmen" the correct standard of authority?
not. If they were, then every religion, even those that deny the
divinity of Christ and reject the Bible as the infallible guide in
matters of religion, would be all right if such was accepted by
"the creeds of men" the correct standard of
authority? Surely not. They contradict the inspired and
infallible Word of God. [II Timothy 3:16-17]. they contain the
doctrines and commandments of men, concerning which Jesus said,
in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrine the commandments of
men" [Matthew 15:9].
"I think" the correct standard of authority?
not. Jeremiah wrote,
"O Lord, I know that the way of man
is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his
steps" [Jeremiah 10:23]. Also, observe,
"There is a
way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways
of death" [Proverbs 14:12].
and His testament are the correct standard of authority. All
authority in heaven and in earth has been given unto Christ [Matthew
28:18]. His testament is complete, final, and all-sufficient [John
14:26, 16:13; Jude 3]. Religious practices are to be based on His
Word. Peter wrote, "If any man speak, let him speak as the
oracles of God" [I Peter 4:11]. In view of this, can you give
for what you practice in