What Determines Right?
NOT REASON: “For seeing that in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom knew not God, it was God’s good pleasure through the foolishness of preaching (message preached) to save them that believe.” (1 Cor. 1:21). “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isa. 55:9).
NOT CONSCIENCE: “Brethren, I have lived before God in all good conscience until this day.” (Acts 23:1). (This said by Paul, even though he had persecuted Christians).
NOT CUSTOM NOR TRADITION: “Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?” (Matt. 15:3). “Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” (Col. 2:8).
NOT “AUTHORITIES”: “And now, brethren, I know that in ignorance ye did it, as did also your RULERS”. (Acts 3:17).
NOT THE MAJORITY OR THE MASSES: “Enter ye in by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby.” (Matt. 7:13).
BUT RATHER THE WORD OF GOD: It is reasonable, will make the conscience good, is God’s “tradition”, authoritative and intended for all.