Larry Ray Hafley
In the Old Testament, when God's people did not believe His warnings of
judgment against them, they were saying, in effect, "God's word will not stand;
His judgment against us will not occur." But God said that they "shall know
whose word shall stand, mine or theirs" (Jer. 44:28). Now, you guess whose words
stood and whose failed!
It is the same today. Jesus spoke of one who "rejects Me, and does not
receive My sayings." Still, He said, "the word I spoke is what will judge him at
the last day" (Jn. 12:48). In other words, we shall see "whose words shall
stand, mine or theirs." Let us note some words of God and some words of men, and
let us ask which shall stand.
God's: "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved" (Mk. 16:16).
Man's: "He that believeth is saved whether or not he is ever baptized."
God's: "Ye are fallen from grace" (Gal. 5:4).
Man's: "It is impossible to fall from grace and be lost."
God's: "Buried with Him in baptism" (Rom. 6:4; Col. 2:12).
Man's: "Sprinkling is baptism."
God's: "Elders in every church" (Acts 14:23; Titus 1:5).
Man's: "One-man, Pastor, oversees church under board of deacons."
God's: "There is one body," or church (Eph. 1:22, 23; 2:16; 4:4).
Man's: "Many denominations makeup the one church."
God's: "(Christ) is the head over all things to the church" (Eph. 1:22).
Man's: "Christ and the Pope are the heads of the church."
God's: "Upon the first day of the week...disciples...break bread" (Acts
Man's: "We can take the Lord's supper on any day."
God's: "They were baptized, both men and women" (Acts 8:12).
Man's: "Infants, babies, should be baptized."
God's: "No man cometh unto the Father, but by me (Jesus)" (Jn. 14:6).
Man's: "All sincere religious people will be saved."
Many more examples could be given. God said, "My words shall surely stand."
In the day of judgment, "all...shall know whose words shall stand, mine or
theirs" (Jer. 44:28, 29). In view of that, "whose words" do you believe and
accept in the list above?