You Can't Play the Game Without the Rules!
Glenn Goodwin

Whether it's a woman baking a cake, a contractor building a house, a lawyer arguing a case, or boys playing marbles, we have to go by the rules. There are rules, patterns, recipes, or blueprints for nearly everything constructive we do. This is accepted as normal and right.

It is the expected thing. In fact, life would bog us down if we didn't have standards to live by. The wheels of industry would stop without the formulae and standards of manufacturing practice. Commerce and trade would cease if we didn't have laws, treaties, and monetary standards.

The courts of law would close if there were no legal precedents or judicial regulations. There could be no games, businesses, municipal organizations, and very little else if we did not have recognized and duly constituted authority by which these things could function. And there must be authority in religion as well. Conflicts in religion arise from different sources of authority.

There must be the divine standard to which we can appeal in deciding our religious activities. God has given us that standard or rule of religion in the commands of His Son. The religious leaders of Jesus' day asked Him - "By what authority doest thou these things?" Matthew 21:23. God's answer for all time was: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." Matthew 17:5. God gave Christ all authority in heaven and on earth. Jesus, by this authority, said: "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." Matthew 28:19-20.

The commands of Christ, therefore, are the authority in religion. His Word alone must be the eternal criterion of faith. The apostles of Christ recorded His will in the form of the New Testament; its pages contain the commands of the Master. Paul writes, "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual." 1 Corinthians 2:12-13. The revealed will of God must be our sole authority in religion.

We must not add to, or subtract from , the divine revelation. 2 John 9. We will be judged by the things that are written in this book. Our Lord plainly says, "He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day." John 12:48.

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