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31 May, 2012 18:52

May 31, 2012

THE ERROR OF PARTS.

Dr. Martyn Loyd-Jones could say more in one sentence than many preachers can say in an entire series of messages. One of his statements taken from the introduction to his book ‘The Sermon On the Mount’ has been especially beneficial to me over the years ever since I first read it. Here is what he wrote: “There is nothing so likely to lead to error or hearsay as to begin with the parts rather than the whole.” This is one of those statements that should act as a plumb line for every servant of Christ who has been called to preach and proclaim the matchless Word of God.

I’ve told Bible School students around the world that this statement has more wisdom behind it than an entire semester of lectures. Read it again and ponder the significance of what he is implying. OK, let me think for you if you will. America is guilty of building entire movements around ‘parts’. We have a faith movement, a prosperity movement. a signs and wonders movement, a holiness movement, and the list goes on and on. While these movements may have a solid scriptural basis, they are still only a part and not the whole, and as such this can ultimately lead to error. What is the error? The error is making the part the whole. Jesus said, ‘in the volume of the Book it is written of ME.’ Anything is error that supplants the majesty of the Son of God from His supremacy and centrality. Paul rightly declared, ‘We preach Christ crucified…’ (1 Cor. 1:23)

While healing, holiness, end times, and evangelism are all Biblical, and have their rightful place, we can never afford to focus solely on these truths alone. Our message must always be Christ centered.

What troubles me the most regarding these parts is that they reveal a sad and serious problem in the Church today; and that is that Christ no longer seems enough. Gone is the romance and thrill of listening about the One who created the heavens and the earth; our great and glorious Savior who loved us and gave Himself for us. What could ever replace the fact that we have been brought into fellowship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords? How is it that we mere mortals could have the privilege of loving, serving, and worshipping Him, not only now, but throughout all eternity. Nothing can ever compare to or come close to that highest of all honors.

Could it be that we have unwittingly left our first love and bought into the belief that these other parts are more important to us than the whole? I hope not, but if that is the case, I urge you to look again unto the Author and Finisher of your faith. He will never disappoint you, believe me.

Here is how the songwriter describes Him.

ON CHRIST THE SOLID ROCK I STAND

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

When darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale,
My anchor holds within the veil.

His oath, His covenant, His blood
Support me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way,
He then is all my hope and stay.

When He shall come with trumpet sound,
Oh, may I then in Him be found;
Dressed in His righteousness alone,
Faultless to stand before the throne.

Refrain:
On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand
.

—Edward Mote (1797-1874)

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Rickie Orchard permalink
    May 31, 2012 7:18 pm

    Thank you David…good word!!!

  2. June 1, 2012 7:02 am

    Thank you David, I so look forward to getting your post, so encouraging and uplifting of our Glorious Lord Jesus!

  3. June 7, 2012 9:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Revival Bible Study and commented:
    A great reminder by David Ravenhill that it is in Christ alone that we have our hope, wverything else stems from Him. He is the Root.

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