In our continued endeavors into seeking the everlasting gospel, sometimes flesh can creep into our studies unawares, and we can end up believing and/or teaching things that may not be completely inspired by God. As long as we are housed within flesh, and are fighting against a carnal mind, things of that nature can certainly happen. Paul knowingly affirms that we should "let God be true, but every man a liar − Romans 3:4b." And further says: "For if the truth of God hath more abounded through my lie unto his glory; why yet am I also judged as a sinner? − Romans 3:7." Implying that even though our intentions may be good, we still must contend with flesh, and we could end up saying things that aren't Godly truth . . . Concerning Paul further (whom I believe to be the greatest teacher after Jesus), he demonstrated how that some truth came to him later over certain subjects that he was unclear on when he first started his ministry. For example, we must consider the circumcision debate during the early church period, and of how Paul was compelled to have Timothy circumcised because the adherents to the Mosaic Law pressured him to do so: "Him [Timotheus] would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek. − Acts 16:3." And yet, later, Paul had this to say about the circumcision issue: "As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ − Galatians 6:12." And with that conviction, Paul stood by Titus when the disciple decided not to partake of that carnal ordinance: "But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised: And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage − Galatians 2:3-4." So, did this mean that Paul was being a hypocrite, in that he quickly circumcised Timothy because of peer-pressure from the Jews? Because, when it came to Titus, he inserted that the act was nothing more than carnal? Was he partial to Titus and not to Timothy? Or, and more to the point of what I believe, did Paul (after some time had lapsed) finally receive the revelation that circumcision was nothing more than a carnal act? . . . We must realize that even though the sacred text of the scriptures could never be improved or changed, flesh certainly can! This is why it's not a good idea to put-down somebody that hasn't obtained a truth, when they are still growing into the stature of Christ. Nothing comes to any of us overnight. Yet, and to be honest, it's very difficult for a person to change their belief or doctrine when that person feels that it was the very breath of God that gave it to them to begin with. Or, it's difficult for many to admit that they had been wrong over certain matters. But, if we are versed enough, we should all agree that the scriptures have to be the final authority . . . So, with all that being said, let it be known that even I myself would be willing to change my mind on doctrinal beliefs if inspiration through the sacred text (with help of the Spirit of Truth) compels me to do so. I, like everyone else, am only human, and am apt to make mistakes. And, in so saying, I am also willing to listen to other angles to said scriptures (keeping an open mind), and will consider any sound, reasonable interpretation . . . But, I ask the reader to do the same with what I have written; to at least consider the words in this book (with an open mind, as well) before completely dismissing my thoughts if they do not synchronize with popular doctrine . . . However, all of what I have just said is not, by any means, an apology for the following text; but is, rather, a wake-up call, to all of us who preach or teach the Word of God, to be as cautious as possible when saying: "Thus saith the Lord!" For, truly, explanations of scripture lean toward that idea. So, let me end this by saying: May God bless our thoughts, and give us unbiased truth! Amen.
− Ted Roberts