by Nathan Battey
Recently I was in a used bookstore (imagine that) and was engaged in conversation by a gentleman browsing through the religious section.
“What are you looking for?” he asked as I began to collect a stack of book.
“Oh, mostly good commentaries, word studies, and other helpful tools like that.” I replied as I continued my search.
In response the man looked at me rather disappointed and told me what I have been told a number of times, “I don’t use commentaries; I just use my Bible. I don’t trust other people to tell me what the Bible says."
With this in mind I encourage you to consider the following quote from Wayne Jackson in his book “A Study Guide To Greater Bible Knowledge”:
“Dr. T. W. Brents, a physician and outstanding preacher of the past century, once made a rather shocking statement. He said, “If you will show us a man who reads nothing but the Bible, we will show you one who reads and understands very little of that.” Brents was not suggesting that the Bible is an insufficient guide to heaven; he was not contending that the Scriptures are unclear in essential matters relating to salvation. He was simply observing that it is the epitome of folly to ignore the labors of countless Bible scholars across the centuries who have made available, by means of the printed page, the results of their research. One of the wonders of the human mind is that it can build upon the knowledge of previous generations, and this in no less true of sacred knowledge.”
It is for this reason I have started this website and hope that brethren will utilize it in their studies and share it with others. May we all endeavor to seek truth through the word of God and grow thereby in our daily walk.