WORD OF WARNING
From the booklet in the 1890s, Science and Religion or Blatchford and Blasphemy, by “Zetetes.”
The Apostle Paul, who as a man was no mean scholar and reasoner, as proved by his Epistle to the Romans, when writing to the brethren at Colosse reminds them that “In Christ are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” And he reminded them of this “Lest any man should beguile them with enticing words.” If a man therefore reject the Christ of God, the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden from him. He becomes an unsafe guide or leader. Now what was Christ’s attitude towards the divine cosmogony revealed through Moses? He endorsed Moses’ writings; and the man, or minister, who does not believe the writings of Moses, cannot really believe the words of Christ. See John v. 47. Paul says: “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.” And again: “He taketh the wise in their own craftiness,” I Cor. iii. 19. When will Christians learn that there is a subtle and deep-laid plot for the overthrowing of their faith? There is a fascination and a subtlety in speculative sciences which, for a time, veils their sceptical trend. In schools and in colleges, without suspecting or calling in question their hypothetical character, we have unconsciously imbibed their false doctrines, before we could see where these “scientific” theories were leading us. Especially is this true with regard to cosmic theories, or cosmological “science.” We Christians have need to be on the alert, to watch, and to “prove all things”; especially those things which concern the revelation of God’s Word and His Works. His purpose, and our own hope of life and immortality through His beloved and resurrected Son require this. Apart from Jesus, the Christ, we have no hope of any immortality; for, as Paul says, Christ brought “life and immortality to life through the Gospel.” Let us therefore take heed to the warning of Paul, who says: —
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy amd vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” Col. ii. 8.
Once a man is spoiled through philosophical speculations, he becomes unfit for immortality. These speculations, or theories, abound at the present time. So that in the closing days of this dispensation we have more need than ever to give heed to the above apostolic warning. Faith is departing, and infidelity is waxing bold in the name of so-called “science.” It is as though some deep and subtle power were coordinating the various branches of “science.” So that their united influence might be directed to the undermining of all faith in God’s Word and in God’s Son. Bible doctrines are denied, or, what is perhaps worse, distorted. But one point is clear, Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life; and no man can come to the Father but by Him. Men of eminence in “science” are mostly infidels, because they trust in their own natural ability to find out all about the higher truths of the universe. If they heed not the warnings which God has graciously given through His servants they will be “taken in their own craftiness.” “The wages of sin is death”—not life in torment for ever, -and there are mental sins as well as physical sins, which lead to destruction or death. When a man, because of his scientific beliefs, loses faith in the Bible, and in the God of the Bible, what hope can he have of eternal life through our Lord Jesus? These considerations ought to show everyone, and especially the humble Christian.