Good change is not inevitable.
It seemed for years that the battle against slavery in the British Empire would be lost. Those who fought to abolish the evil of slavery—men like John Newton, William Pitt, and William Wilberforce—felt at times a sense of the impossibility of the task. They knew that this change would not happen by accident. It must be fought for. And there would be a price to pay.
Last week, my book The Doctrine of Scripture was introduced to our readers here at InFocus. In it, I present a detailed defence of the position on KJV-onlyism for which I have been often singled out. It is with a heavy heart that I chose to publish this work seven years after the first draft was completed. And it is with sobriety that I ask you to consider its content.
For those of us holding to the historic doctrine of Scripture, there is a sense of inevitability in the demise of this new and strange doctrine of KJV- and/or TR-onlyism. New believers tend to intuitively recognise the convolution of the arguments that support it. And young people—young people within the Australian Fundamentalist orbit—are rejecting it, it seems to me, en masse. But good change is not inevitable.
Doctrinal error should not be allowed to saunter gracefully out the door. It should be punted out. It should leave whimpering in shame and licking its wounds. Because truth matters. And because good change is not inevitable.
Many have given their time, energy, and mental abilities—and for some, their reputation and relationships—to stamp out the false doctrines of KJV- and TR-onlyism. My regret in presenting this book to you now is that I did not publish it sooner. It was, I assure you, from a sense of over-caution and personal inadequacy that I held back. But I should not have. Because good change is not inevitable.
I ask you, therefore, whether you are willing to pay the price for change? Will you wait until the tide has turned and the masses see slavery for the evil it is before you stand up against it? Will you be among those who change their vote according to the winds of popularity? Or will you stand while the crowd laughs? Will you have the courage to ask? To read? To question? To challenge?
I implore you, friend, do not be among those who hail the arrival of good change as if it had been inevitable. I urge you to careful research and courageous resolve to obey the truth as taught in Scripture. And I offer The Doctrine of Scripture as a demonstration of my good faith in this admonition.
If you are an Australian pastor and are unable or unwilling to purchase a copy of this book (Amazon | Australia), please write me a note and I will buy a copy for you.
Because good change is not inevitable.
Grace to you.