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Lloyd-Jones, Martyn

Reading the Bible Through

Yes, I thought I knew my Bible,
Reading piecemeal hit or miss;
Now a part of John or Matthew,
Then a bit of Genesis;
Certain chapters of Isaiah,
Certain Psalms, the 23rd;
First of Proverbs, 12th of Romans;
Yes, I thought I knew the Word.
But I found that thorough reading 
Was a different thing to do
And the way was unfamiliar
When I read my Bible through.
You who like to play at Bible, 
Dip and dabble here and there
Just before you kneel aweary
Yawning through a hurried prayer;
You who treat the Crown of Writings
As you treat no other book;
Just a paragraph disjointed,
Just a crude, impatient look,
Try a worthier proceure,
Try a broad and steady view.
You will kneel in awesome wonder
When you read the Bible through!

   Author Unknown

God once spoke through the mouth of an ass....I am bound, not only to assert, but to defend the truth with my blood and death. I want to believe freely and be a slave to the authority of no one, whether council, university, or pope. I will confidently confess what appears to me to be true, whether it has been asserted by a Catholic or a heretic, whether it has been approved or reproved by a council.

  Martin Luther, When accused of spiritual pride in elevating his own opinions over those of the Church

[I cannot recant] unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason. I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other—my conscience is captive to the Word of God...[and] to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me.

   Martin Luther, When ordered to recant at the Diet of Worms

You cannot "hold on" to the truth unless you know what the truth is.

   D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones