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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
MAY 3, 2015
BUD MORRIS
MAY 10, 2015
PHILIP DOSSETT
MAY 17, 2015
TIM VAN RYN
MAY 24, 2015
JOHN PLASTERER
MAY 31, 2015
RICHARD COOLEY
SPEAKERS IN MAY
“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are
foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually
discerned,” (1 Cor. 2:14)

The natural man is the one who has never been born again. He does not have the
Spirit of God. He is disinclined to receive spiritual truths because they sound like
nonsense to him. But that is not all! He cannot understand spiritual truths because
they can only be understood by the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

This must be emphasized. It is not just that the unsaved man doesn’t want to
understand the things of God. He cannot understand them. He has a native
incapacity for doing so.

This helps me in properly evaluating the scientists, philosophers and other
professional people of the world. As long as they speak about mundane matters, I
respect them as experts. But as soon as they start intruding into the spiritual realm, I
write them off as unqualified to speak with any authority.

I am not unduly surprised if some college professor or even some liberal clergyman
grabs the headlines with doubts or denials concerning the Bible. I have come to
expect that and disregard it. I realize that the unregenerate have gone beyond their
depth when they talk about the things of the Spirit of God.

F. W. Boreham likened the great men of science and philosophy to second-class
passengers on an ocean liner, barred from the first-class promenade. “Scientists and
philosophers—as such—are, so to speak, ‘second-class passengers,’ and they must
be kept on their own side of the barrier. They are not authorities on the Christian
faith…The fact is that we have a faith which cannot be shocked by the contempt of
second-class passengers, and which derives no real support from their corroboration
and patronage.”

Of course, there is the occasional scientist or philosopher who is a saint. In such a
case, Boreham said, “I always discover a ‘first-class ticket’ peeping out of his pocket;
and as I stroll the promenade in his delightful company, I no more think of him as a
scientist than I think of Bunyan as a tinker. We are fellow passengers—first-class.”

Said Robert G. Lee, “Men may be critical and scholarly and scientific, knowing all
about rocks and molecules and gases, and yet be utterly incompetent to sit in
judgment upon Christianity and the Bible.”
Below is a meditation by William MacDonald 1917-2007
RICHARD COOLEY will be our speaker on May
3
1,2015 for the Family Bible Hour service at 11:00
a.m. Richard and his wife Nancy have fellowshipped
at Grace Bible Chapel from childhood. They have
two adult children and two grandchildren. Richard is
a graduate of Bob Jones University and a retired art
teacher.  He is also a teacher in one of our elective
adult Bible classes currently studying in the Acts of
the Apostles. He and his t
win brother David take part
in our singing groups. Richard is also an avid golfer.