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No Loopholes (13 of 13)
Series: A Closer Look at the Book: Jeremiah
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
December 9. 2007
1. The Word Rejected!
A) The Precepts they Forgot
B) The Provision they Forfeited
C) The Promotion they Forsook
2. The Word Protected!
A) Divine Presentation
B) Divine Proclamation
1) The Fear it Created
2) The Fury it Caused
C) Divine Preservation
3. The Word Perfected!
A) The Folly of a Prince
B) The Favor of a Prophet
The famous actor W. C. Fields was a renowned atheist. He was a staunch opponent of the Bible, as well as anything that had to with the Christian faith. However, not long before he died, someone came into his hospital room and saw an amazing sight. They saw W. C. Fields browsing through the pages of the Bible. They asked him what he was doing, and W. C. Fields replied, "I'm looking for loopholes."
The great preacher, J. Wilbur Chapman was once called on the carpet by his deacons. As they sat before his desk, they said, "Dr. Chapman, we would like for you not to be so hard on sin, calling it by name; because, if you do, people won't like it. We would like for you to be a little milder. We want you to preach against sin, but make it a little more palatable so you won't run people off."
Dr. Chapman picked up a bottle of strychnine he kept on his desk. He said, "Sir, what you are asking me to do is to change the label on this and say that this strychnine is the spirit of peppermint. The milder you make the label; the more dangerous you make the poison."
This section of Jeremiah's sermon focuses on the inerrancy, infallibility, and incorruptibility of the Word of God. It reminds us that there are no loopholes in the Word; and, it also reminds us that you can change the label of it, but you cannot change the truth of it.
Billy Sunday once thundered about the authority of the Bible. He said, "Here is a Book, God's Word, that I will put up against all the books of the ag ...
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