Reprinted from the March 2016 issue of Gospel Advocate Magazine, this article discusses the fact that if we lose our conviction in the authority of Scripture, we will have lost the light of His presence.
“If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” Jesus warns in Matthew 6:23 (ESV). When that which is supposed to provide light becomes darkness, the darkness is overwhelming. Spiritual light comes from God. When those who claim to be spiritual abandon the Word of God, they become the source of devastating darkness. As David Lipscomb warned his readers:
“There is one great danger in seeking union among men – that is, in uniting with men we may separate from God. Often when we seek to get closer to one body we move away from another. We must be careful not to separate from God, because a union without God is a union in falsehood, a union with death. In any union of Christians, God must be the center and the head. We come into union with God by doing his commandments, by following his directions, and by walking in the light, as he is in the light” (Gospel Advocate, 1909, pp.1486-87).
The church of Christ is dividing into two irreconcilable camps. On one side are those who have kept the same faith. On the other side are those who are experimenting with a broad range of differing faiths. And there is a vast gulf between these two sides, separating the light from the darkness.