“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, see, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us” Ecclesiastes 1:9-10.
THE MONOTONY OF LIFE
LEARN FROM THE THINGS DONE IN THE PAST
“Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” 1 Corinthians 10:1
NEW THEOLOGIES IN RELIGION NEED TO BE TESTED - ARE THEY THE TRUTH?
THAT WHICH IS TRUE IS NOT NEW, AND THAT WHICH IS NEW IS NOT TRUE.
LEARN FROM CHURCH HISTORY
“Contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”
STUDYING CHURCH HISTORY INSTRUCTS US.
IT REPLACES OUR IGNORANCE WITH TRUTH.
…Stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior” (2 Peter 3:1,2)
TAKE TIME TO ASSEMBLE THE PUZZLE OF TRUTH -
STUDY THE BIBLE
The beginning of the true church can be discovered there.
STUDYING CHURCH HISTORY GUIDES US.
IT SETS UP THE ROADMARKS, THE SIGNPOSTS, THE LANDMARKS THAT KEEP US ON THE RIGHT PATH.
is a lamp unto my feet,
and a light
unto my path.
STUDYING CHURCH HISTORY WARNS US.
IT SHOWS US PATHWAYS THAT LEAD US ASTRAY.
“Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15: 7-9).
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” (Colossians 2:8
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls…” (Jeremiah 6:16).