Rude Invaders

What a terrible shame it is when we forsake the "fountain of living waters," and mess about in the muddy pools of human thought. There we seek in vain that which will quench our thirst.

Dr. Duff, in asserting the claims of the Bible on the attention of man, remarks that, "if other books are allowed to occupy our reading and study, almost altogether, instead of being friends and allies of the Bible, they must be accounted as the rude invaders of the sacred territory, that would drive the Bible from its commanding station in the foreground of our intellectual and spiritual landscape. These are the sacrilegious spoilers that would usurp the province of a Book replete with incense and redolent with the fragrance of heaven. These are the cruel monopolizers of time and attention that would feed our immortal souls with the garbage of secular knowledge, and leave them to famish amid the plentiful supplies of the bread of life and the water of life, fresh flowing from the fountain of paradise."

John Bunyan wrote, "Read the [Bible], and read it again, and do not despair of help to understand something of the will and mind of God though you think they are fast locked up from you. Neither trouble yourself, though you have not commentaries and expositions; pray and read, and read and pray; for a little from God is better than a great deal from man; also what is from man is uncertain, and is often lost and tumbled over by man, but what is from God is fixed as a nail in a sure place.… There is nothing that so abides with us as what we receive from God; and the reason why Christians at this day are at such a loss as to some things is because they are content with what comes from men's mouths, without searching and kneeling before God to know of Him the truth of things. Things which we receive at God's hand come to us as things from the mintinghouse, though old in themselves, yet new to us. Old truths are always new to us if they come to us with the smell of heaven upon them."

"Rude Invaders" taken from Royal Counsel. Copyright by Harvey Christian Publishers.