Full Bible Intelligence

When a new FBI agent is hired he is given intensive training. As part of the program, he is taught to watch for counterfeit money. He makes a thorough study of the genuine bills-not the phonies-so that he can spot the fake currency immediately because of its contrast to the real thing.

The child of God can learn a lesson from this. While it is helpful to study false religions and be fully aware of their dangerous dogmas, we should be so familiar with God’s Word that whenever we encounter error, we will spot it at once. Today many are being led astray by cults and isms because they don’t recognize how they are being deceived. The only way to prevent this is to indoctrinate believers with the truth so they will be much more discerning. For example, if a person is solidly grounded in the teaching of salvation by grace, he won’t swallow the line of the legalists who inject human works into the matter of being saved. f he is well instructed about the person of Christ, he won’t accept the error of those who deny the Savior’s deity. Knowing the truth of the second coming of Jesus, he’ll not be swayed by those who distort the blessed hope, making it something less than the personal, bodily return of the Lord. A thorough knowledge of essential biblical doctrines is the only way to detect their counterfeits!

The letters “FBI” refer to that respected agency of our government, the Federal Bureau of Investigation. We also need FBI Christians – those who have Full Bible Intelligence!

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Truth in any Tongue

The Scriptures have been translated into more than a thousand languages by many worthy organizations. In fact, the Old Testament books are presently being made available in another hundred new tongues! The Word of God lends itself well to this necessary and wonderful work. For instance, the American Bible Society reports: “We in the United States love the Lord with our heart,’ but the Karre people of French Equatorial Africa love Him with their ‘liver.’ The Conob Indians of Guatemala love with their ‘stomachs,’ and the Marshall Islanders in the South Pacific with their ‘throats.’ But do all these different words in the various languages distort the message? Not at all. In each tongue they are synonymous with the sense of the original. Though we say, ‘I press toward the mark’ (Phil. 3:14) and the Navajo Indians say, ‘I run with my mouth open,’ it is one and the same truth.”

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The biggest gold nugget ever found was uncovered in Australia. It was one and
one half meters long, weighed 300 kilograms and yielded 93 kilograms of pure
gold. That one lump of gold would be worth one million Australian dollars
today. Historically, South America was the world’s biggest gold producing
region, followed by Russia in the 1820’s and then by California, Australia and
Canada. The largest gold field today is in South Africa and it was found by a
man who was not looking for gold at all. He was looking for diamonds.

With modern mechanized mining today companies go through 200 tons of ore and
waste to gain one ounce of gold! Psalm 19 says that there is something more
precious than gold, and it is available to all of us. The Word that God has
revealed is, says David, “more to be desired… than gold, even much fine
gold” (Ps. 19:10).

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