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TAKING THE TIME

A preacher's baby was extremely sick so he took it to the doctor. After careful examination he pre-scribed a medication. While filling the prescription, the druggist said, "Here is an item the doctor specified, but I do not think it is essential; the baby can probably get well without it."

The preacher asked, "Do you have it in stock?" "Yes, but I think it is unnecessary." The preacher replied, "I want you to give me the exact medicines the doctor pre-scribed." "Well, I have another drug here that the doctor did not call for. I really like it. I'll just give it to you instead." "No," the minister replied, "I want exactly what the physician specified, that and no more." "But the doctor did not say not to use it," the druggist replied. "Nevertheless, I can only accept the prescription as the doctor gave it, and it must be filled that way or not at all."

The following Sunday the druggist went to hear the preacher and he happened to be preaching on "the Great Physician Healing the Sin-Sick Soul." In the course of the remarks, the preacher stated that although the Bible taught that all should be baptized, and although Peter commanded "every one of you" to be "baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins" (Acts 2:38), he thought that one could be saved without baptism. Later the minister affirmed that the addition of instrumental music in the worship without a specified command was entirely safe and sound. "Though in the teaching of Christ," he said, "we do not find where He ever commanded us to use instrumental music we know that He did not say not to use it."

As the druggist shook hands with the preacher after the service, he quietly said, "Surely the legs of the lame are unequal."

It is strange that many sincere people can go to churches not found in Scripture, and listen to preachers change—add to and take from—the Bible in sermons without ever questioning it. Preaching that changes God's Word will harm the mind, heart, and soul as much as poison will the body. Let us all take heed what we hear (Mark 4:24), and carefully search our Bibles (Acts 17:11).

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." —Revelation 22:18,19