Excerpt from What the Bible Teaches: A Systematic Presentation of the Fundamental Principles of Truth Contained in the Holy Scriptures
The preface of a book is usually written last, and read last - or never read at all. This one, however, was mainly written first, and I trust that it will be read first; for if the special design and object of this work is understood by the reader, its usefulness will be thereby greatly increased.
A careful study of the signs of the times in which we live shows the necessity of an exact statement of doc trinal truth, especially of those underlying principles known as fundamental truth. The controversial wars of the past have now given way to a compromising senti ment which demands peace and union even at the ex pense of true doctrinal convictions. But while we must avoid the Spirit of bitter strife and controversy, still we can not consent to a course which in the end seeks to rob us of the true doctrinal standards of the Bible. The apostolic command Preach the Word comes ringing down through the ages, and every holy minister of God is obligated to respond to the best of his ability. This is important. We are exhorted to speak the things which become sound doctrine (tit. 2: to be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gain sayers (tit. And in language still stronger the apostle says: Give attendance to doctrine take heed unto thyself and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee (1 Tim. 4: 13, The Word of God presents the true standard of teaching. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.
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