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By Dub McClish
This chapter reviews two, rather than one book, both by the late K.C. Moser: The Way of Salvation and The Gist of Romans). The rationale for this dual review is the close relationship of the content of these books to each other, although published a quarter-century apart (The Way of Salvation in 1932; The Gist of Romans in 1957). The first book was essentially a compilation of material from his numerous articles published in Firm Foundation between 1922 and 1932. The Gist of Romans was Moser’s response to a commentary on Romans, written mainly in response to The Way of Salvation (to which circumstance I will devote more attention subsequently). The theme of both of Moser’s books (indeed of his life) was that emphasis upon the “plan of salvation” was “legalistic” and nullifies the doctrine of salvation by grace. Moser was a pioneering “grace-only” advocate.
Numerous brethren have asked me what they can/should do about the liberal congregation of which they are members. When God announced the coming destruction of “Babylon,” He warned His people: “Come forth, my people, out of her, that ye have no fellowship with her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues” (Rev. 18:4). This warning applies to God’s people in the “Babylons” of every age and species, including the many apostate congregations of our time that have rebelled against Heaven. What can/should they do? The answer from Scripture is clear: “Come forth, my people….” Many good brethren have obeyed this warning and have left such corrupt bodies in recent years, but I believe thousands of unhappy saints yet remain in them.
Hosea, States that the people of his time were. Thus should we not be asking the same question?
Hos_4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.
By Jim Miller
1Timothy 4:16 Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee. From this short verse we learn several things that are important to remember,