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Grace Bible Chapel of Springfield, Illinois
|JUNE 4, 2017
|JUNE 11, 2017
|JUME 18, 2017
|JUME 25, 2017
|JULY 2, 2016
TO BE ANNOUNCED
“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 written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
Phil Dossett will be the Speaker at our 11
A.M. Family Bible Hour on Sunday, June 4,
2017. Phil and his wife Anne are the
parents of four grown children. Their son
Mark and his wife Karen served as
missionaries in Vienna, Austria for many
years. Phil serves as an elder and Sunday
school teacher in our adult elective class.
He and Anne have fellowshipped at Grace
Bible Chapel since the mid 1950s.