Issue 1


Prove All Things


“Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.” (1Th 5:21)


This scripture is a clear admonition for everyone to take the time to study and prove what is taught by the religious leaders of the world.  The Bible clearly tells us that we should not sit idly by and be told what to believe.  God's word clearly states that we are to: "study to show thyself approved unto God… rightly dividing the word of truth." (II Tim. 2:15)  Are the teachings of the world’s religions, in fact, God’s truth or cunningly devised fables?  God commands us to study His word to educate our minds in His principles, so we will know His true shepherds from the  men who teach the religion of men.


You would be surprised to know that much of what is taught in churches today has a weak scriptural foundation.  You may scoff at this notion, you might say, “When I go to church, I always hear such exciting sermons,” and these sermons might make you feel really good.  But are you being taught the judgments and statues of God? 


Many of these same ministers who can preach such moving sermons have a very poor understanding of the scriptures.  Even the greatest minds in the world are human, fallible, and still imperfect.  This realization is the first step in searching for the truth.  We must recognize that we are human and can be deceived.  God says: “prove all things.” That means we are fallible. That means all the "great men" are fallible! All can be wrong, and nearly all are. The whole world is deceived: “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”  (Rev 12:9)  Here the Bible plainly states that the world, its churches and religious leaders are deceived!

The second step is to be willing to admit that you could be deceived.  Ask yourself, “Am I willing to admit it when shown that I believe something that is wrong?”   Are you willing to accept the truth when you find the proof in your Bible?  Following the word of God, as you find it in the Holy Scriptures, will not be popular.  Most of your family and friends will not understand and may even condemn you for following the truth.  Standing for the truth will bring its own rewards; remember the words of Jesus, “And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.”  (Mat 19:29)  So, are you willing to act on the truth and obey God, no matter what the cost in this life?


God wants us to understand His way.  The way of God is found within the Holy Scriptures.  “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2 Tim 3:16)  The entire Bible should be used to gain a clear understanding of God’s truth.  When studying, most people will look at one scripture and mix in their human ideas to come up with what they think the scripture means.  We must avoid this type of study.   The Bible is complete; it has explanation, interpretations and answers.


We must remember the purpose for studying the Bible is to show ourselves approved unto God.  We need to ask God for guidance; ask Him to reveal His way. Then, we must believe God, believe His word and accept it in its plain, natural meaning.  Be careful to prove all things.