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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

The What And The How Of Restoration

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs

The Bible teaches that Jesus built a church (Matthew 16:18).

Men inspired by the Holy Ghost warned that after the death of the apostles of Jesus, the church would be lost to the world because sinful men would abandon true religious faith (Acts 20:29-30; 2 Timothy 4:3-4; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-12).

These prophecies of a falling away from the teaching of Jesus and his apostles were fulfilled.

Imaginations and high things were exalted against a knowledge of God. A dark day descended upon the earth. The truth was lost, but still existed. Bibles containing the words authorized by Jesus were in the world, but were either not read or not believed.

After many years of misery and religious blight, reformers attempted to correct the false teaching of a disloyal church. Sad to say, these noble attempts failed.

Religious leaders created authoritative creed books. They taught "as their doctrine the commandments of men." This resulted in the denominationalism of the modern world.

Now is a time for restoration.

Instead of attempting to reform corrupt religious systems, we must go back to the teaching of Christ and his apostles. The Bible alone will tell us what God wants us to be -- the uncontaminated church of Christ.

Let us resolve to study the Bible with care and do exactly what it tells us to do in precisely the way it tells us to do it. Let us call Bible things by Bible names, and do all things in the Bible way. Let us speak where the Bible speaks, and be silent where the Bible is silent. Surely, surely God will approve those who walk in the light of his word and rejoice to do his will.

No reasonable person can find fault with the idea of going back to the fountain of life and drinking the pure water that is the words of Jesus. This will not be criticized nor condemned. You will be safe and right if you simply follow the Bible. And, what is more, you will restore the church that Jesus built.

"If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever" (1 Peter 4:11).

For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you" (1 Peter 1:24-25).

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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