We will be using Judges 2:10 as the starting point. Here, we read that the generation that followed the generation that was victorious in the general conquest of Canaan, was igorant of the LORD, and of His works. The chlidren were not taught by their parents, as they should have been. Unprepared, they failed to stand. As the saying goes, "If you fail to prepare; you prepare to fail." The Old Testament injunction was that they were to be faithful in the teaching of the Principles of the Faith, both day and night, to their children. The next generation needs prepared, and trained, or else, as seen here, there is guaranteed failure and collapse. If we love our children, and want to provide for their future, we should be in the business of education. This can't be done by turning them over to the atheistic government schools. The words, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me," involves the actively bringing them in to hear of Him. The Great Commission states, " Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them..." (Matt. 28:19) indicating that we are not to passively wait for them to come to us. Those to be taught are all nations. These are to be brought in and taught that His House might be full. "Compel them to come in," is not hard to understand, Luke 14:23. Paul, through the Holy Spirit, thought this to be important when he penned, "And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others, also," II TIm. 2:2. What this generation seems to be content to do, is leave no Christian heritage behind for their children, so that it will be forgotten by the next generation or two. What the future may hold is empty church buildings in America. They are empty, not because of the Rapture, but, because of our failure of faith. Possible Epitaph over the doors of empty church buildings of the future: "I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul." Ps. 142:4. KJS
1. Scripture Only: The Holy Bible, the only infallible rule of faith and practice, is all sufficient in matters of the Faith once delivered to the Saints. It is it's own Interpreter. The Holy Bible was written by the Inspiration of God, and is the only verbal revelation given to man. It is the supreme sole authority, and can not be superseded, or outdated. As a translation, it has the full authority of the original, on and for which It stands.. The Holy Bible is divinely preserved. It has sixty six books, containing 31,101 verses, no more, no less.
2.Grace Only: Salvation is by grace, alone, being given as unconditional favor, and not based on merit, present, or foreseen,.It is not by any action, work of righteousness, or charity on our part (including any and all rituals, or sacraments), nor family line, or race. It is solely by the free gift of God, given for reasons only found in God, Himself, by His free choice. The Wind bloweth where it listeth.
3.Christ, Only: Jesus Christ, the divine second member of the Holy Trinity, alone is King of Kings, and Lord of Lords. He is the Sole Head of the Church, both in Heaven and on Earth, and will not be usurped. The Savior, being the only way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father, except through Him. He alone, is the Lord of Salvation, being the Author and Finisher of our Faith. It is in Christ, alone, and His Work of shedding His blood on the cross, that Justice is satisfied. It is He Who saves us, and not we ourselves. He mediates for and keeps His Sheep, and loses none.
4.Faith Only: Salvation is by Faith, alone, and that not originating in us, but is of God. "The Just shall live by Faith," teaches that salvation is a daily living, trusting, working faith, not just a one time decision. We simply trust Him for all our needs, both daily and eternally.
5.God's Glory, Only: to God be the Glory, First. Only He is worthy! A Christian's motivation is to glorify the Savior, having Him ever first, and not draw attention to himself, on purpose, or his efforts, accomplishments, talent, past, present, or future. He is not left on earth to honor himself with impressive positions, titles, and accolades, though not excluded from them, but, rather, to humbly glorify and honor the Only Wise God, our Father, with thanksgiving and service. A Christian should manifest grace and a life of virtue.for his Savior, til He Comes.