Final Authority?
by Ronald W Robey
People don’t care anymore what the word of God says. If their preacher speaks from the pulpit, they will automatically accept that message as Biblical fact.
Man: God, I love you. Your word is my final authority in all matter of faith and practice..
God: And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD. And if a man will at all redeem ought of his tithes, he shall add thereto the fifth part thereof. And concerning the tithe of the herd, or of the flock, even of whatsoever passeth under the rod, the tenth shall be holy unto the LORD. He shall not search whether it be good or bad, neither shall he change it: and if he change it at all, then both it and the change thereof shall be holy; it shall not be redeemed.
Preacher: Bring God’s tithe into the storehouse. God’s tithe is ten percent of your monetary income.
Man: God, I earned $1170 last month. Here is your tithe,… $117 dollars.
God: I thought you said my word was your final authority in all matter of faith and practice? Sounds like you accept the words of an extortioner as your final authority in all matters of faith and practice,… not mine.
Sadly, most church goers today are not as the noble Berean’s of the first Century A.D.. Those Berean’s accepted a message with readiness of mind, then searched the Scriptures to see if it was so.
Today, church goers accept a message with readiness of mind, but stop short of searching the Scriptures to see if it is so. When they do, they are placing their pastor’s word to be more authoritative than the word of God,…
In so doing, they are guilty of idolatry.