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THE PLUMBLINE
Volume 6 Number 10
May 2002


In Retrospect

Back when Harold Hazelip was deceiving the hearts of many by babbling heresy as a [Herald of Truth] Speaker, in sermon 986 titled ["The Search for Truth"] Harold opined, " We are [assuming] that it-the Bible-is the inspired Word of God, though this certainly is also an area in which we should be open to whatever facts are pertinent. Any observer of religion is aware that our [problem] is a legitimate one. This is not an affirmation of the Bible\rquote s inspiration but a tenuous [assumption] fraught with legitimate problems and I suspect to whatever pertinent facts may emerge. To help us understand and believe, God has promised the Holy Spirit...When he, the Spirit of Truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth; for he will not speak on his own authority but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come--John 16:13. The Spirit of Truth has come. He is waiting to guide you into all the truth if you will let him in." Such blasphemy! Such ignorance!

For a span of fifty-seven years of preaching the precious Word of God, I have been intensely interested in what preachers have prattled. Boxes on top of boxes of papers have been preserved of what my brethren have written and presented to the world. Some papers are unusually preposterous and silly to me.

One such piece of puerile prattle as can be seen from the above quotation, was burped by one named Harold Hazelip in a [Herald of Truth] presentation some years ago. I think the page is of interest even now as we continue to see and hear the same kind of rot being regurgitated by some of our young infidels who should know better.

Do we have to [assume] that the Bible is inspired? Must we blindly, stupidly and foolishly have to assume the existence of God? Do we have to assume that a specific book is the Bible, and is the Word of God? Where is there room for so much assumptions on the part of the liberals?

To assume a thing is to [presume] or [guess] about the thing. Some people think it is smart to offer their heady presumptions. One man\rquote s assumptions are no better than that of another. The world is filled with infidels who assume that the Bible is a book of myths, tales and legends developed by groups of illiterate people for the illiterate.

Can we know some things? Is it the case that we cannot know anything? Would one express one's duplicity by declaring, "I know that we cannot know anything?" Can we know that there is a God in Heaven? Can we know that there is no God? Must we assume, guess and speculate about God? Does the person who burps that there is no God absolutely know that he knows everything? If one does not know everything, even all of that which has been known in the future; could it not be that even one unknown item, being, or subject could be the existent God?

If we accept the existence of Almighty God, them we have a no problem in accepting the eternal, inspired, unerring, Word of God. I had as soon demonstrate my stupidity in denying the existence of God as to just [assume] the inspiration of His Word. The Mormon assumes the supernatural existence of [The Book of Mormon, The Pearl of Great Price and the Doctrine and Covenants.]

There are enough hollow-headed skeptics and agnostics in the world without being so nebulous and apologetic relative to inspiration, and thus create more doubts and questions in the minds of people.

If there is a God, and there is, and if He is omnipotent, and He is, and if He could create the world and He did, then why do we have to be so skeptical as to [assume] inspiration?
Is inspiration a problem? To whom? Well, the infidel surely considers the matter of inspiration to be a real problem. The skeptical also has a problem with inspiration. The cowardly modernist will try to straddle the fence, speak out of both sides of his mouth, whine that his is misunderstood, declaim that his statements are taken out of context and act like a sleazy chameleon as he changes colors from one extreme to another.

Inspiration may be a "legitimate problem" to Hazelip as an "observer of religion" I claim to an observer of religion but inspiration is no problem for me. Could it be that I am afflicted with spiritual cataracts? Is there some modernist assumption that I have not heard of? Is God, Christ, the Bible, a problem to observers of religions?

Relative to inspiration, " ...we should be open to whatever facts are pertinent." That sounds wonderful, but just where do we look for [FACTS]? Are there scholars who have the facts? Who are they are what are the facts? Facts are different from assumptions. Each of the old German modernists tried to get people to think they had the facts.

Hazelip spoke of "a tenuous assumption fraught with legitimate problems and subject to whatever pertinent facts may emerge?" The trouble with such a flimsy assumption is that any quack can present his own "facts" about inspiration, which to him is most pertinent.

Notice the tripe that, "To help us understand and believe, God has promised the Holy Spirit." How any man could be so dense and ignorant of the purpose of the Holy Spirit as evinced by Hazelip is simply amazing. There is no excuse for such blindness and perversion of the truth. To offer a semblance of proof, we are cited John 16:13. Does it not matter that one of the simplest rules in studying the Bible is that one must consider to whom a passage or statement is addressed? Heaven help us! Little children know better than this.

Beginning back in John 14:1 and continuing on through chapter 17, with the exception of a very few verses, Jesus is speaking to his disciples. Anyone who cares can see this. Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to the disciples saying, " ...he shall [teach you all things and bring all things to your remembrance] whatsoever I have said unto you" --John 14:26. Suppose one wants to just assume the deity of Jesus? Suppose one wants to assume the existence of the Holy Spirit? A good question for Hazelip would be, did Jesus promise that the Holy Spirit would teach you ALL THINGS? Can you repeat ALL THINGS Jesus taught? Many things Jesus taught are not revealed in the scriptures--John 20:30-31. Tell us all the other things Jesus taught. As to that which Jesus said, please, out of your memory, repeat all those things. A fellow who claims to have the complete fulfillment of Jesus' promise to his disciples should not be bashful to repeat from memory, " ...whatsoever I have said unto you."

The same persons to whom Jesus had promised the Holy Spirit had been with Jesus, "...from the beginning" --John 15:27. Maybe Brother Hazelip would like to tell us what it was like to live with Jesus from the beginning along with the disciples. A little sneer, snarl, or smile will not answer these pointers. Silence is the best answer any liberal can give. False teachers know when to chatter.

I wonder which synagogue Harold was ejected--John 16:2. Were those who would be put out of the synagogue the same who would receive the Holy Spirit? Of course! Our Lord continued his conversation and He stated, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you [into all truth]...and he will show you things to come" --John 16:13. Is Brother Hazelip a prophet equal to the inspired apostles? Why will he take a passage out of its context, completely away from the persons to whom it was addressed and try to apply it to himself and others today? I speak plainly when I declare that there is no excuse for such patent perversions.

It is a perversion of the most rancid sort to assert, "to help us to [understand] and [believe], God has promised the Holy Spirit." To enable us to believe, we have the written Word of God. The inspired preacher wrote, "So then faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God" --Rom.10:17. " And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book, but these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing, ye might have life through his name" --John 20:30-31. What tidbit of information does Harold have about the mind of God which has not come from the written word? How much faith--belief--does he have which has been additionally derived from the Holy Spirit? That would be a marvelous revelation indeed, if he would put such into print. I feel so inferior since I do not have the Holy Spirit to help me and if a skeptic reads my scribbling he can attribute my deficiency to a failure to have the Holy Spirit. My lack of understanding is truly a shame. Many of us have worn out numerous Bibles and have read the precious Word each day for many years but the Holy Spirit just seems to have forgotten us, if Hazelip heresy has any validity to it. What does he know about the Holy Spirit that we do not know?

Paul, the inspired preacher wrote, "When ye [read], ye may [understand] my knowledge in the mystery of Christ" --Eph. 5:3. Should we believe Paul or Harold? Can we not read the Bible? How much arrogance do we need to read?

Yes, the Spirit of Truth has come and the apostles were the recipients of the Holy Spirit. They were able to cast out devils, speak with new tongues, take up serpents, drink deadly poison, heal the sick, and raise the dead. I do not mean to be unkind, but I deny that Brother Hazelip can perform any such miracles. Let him try if he will. Someone will furnish the poison and the vipers if he will demonstrate. Such offers usually still the tongues of the heretics.

What he quipped about the Holy Spirit, " ...waiting to guide you into all truth, if you will let him in," could be heard in any Holy roller church house in the country. I know how liberals tend to ignore any criticism of their foolish perversions. Oh, but we just do not understand. I devoutly wish brethren would exercise some care and discretion in what they say instead of running off their mouths. There is enough heresy, false doctrine and foolishness being propagated by sectarian preachers which will lead to the eternal damnation of millions. Tis a pity when brethren start babbling the same heretical theories.

One further word needs to be expressed. So very often when a faithful brother, "withstands a false teacher to the face," the whimper is made, "you just didn' t understand me." If that doesn't sound convincing enough, one is completely destroyed, annihilated, put to flight and totally overthrown by such powerful words as: "you took my statements out of context."

If a liberal is so deficient, weak and helpless as to be unable to express his views in language so as to be understood by normal people, he needs to keep his mouth shut. If a brother condescends to take statements of another out of context, this is dishonest, wicked and a reflection upon one's character. There is no reason to misdirect, mis-state or pervert the utterances of another. The truth can be defended, the faith can be affirmed, and heresy can be exposed and opposed in the same spirit as that which our Lord and the apostles used. May God be pleased with our efforts, attitudes and attempts to please Him.

The most frequent, helpful, and handy tool of the liberals and modernists in the church is to do as one university scholar decided to do with my exposure of his foolishness: He said, " I am just going to ignore him." That is about as brilliant and profound as any modernist can get.

--Wayne Coats, Editor


People, Places, Things

While discussing the \{Plumbline\} paper with a member of the church, I was informed that a brother who lives in our area and worships with a nearby congregation had received the paper. The brother was a bit stunned to learn that the "Plumbline" paper had been in production for some few years. The brother stated, "I never heard of the paper." I am not surprised at all. I fully understand. The greatest effort of some elders and preachers is to keep the members ignorant of what is happening to the church of my Lord. Brethren do not know and they do not want to know and if possible, they will make sure that others do not know. You know I am telling the truth. Some may not know it, but the Bible still declares, "Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices" --II Cor. 2:11. The devil has every advantage due to the sheer ignorance of people who claim to be Christians. Not only is ignorance of the devices used by the devil a horrible and costly sin, it is downright stupid. People could know about the devices, schemes, tricks, lies, wiles, and cunning efforts of the devil's advocates if they were not so trifling lazy and wooden-headed. Harsh? Indeed so, but not harsh enough to blow the apathy, unconcern, compromise and indifference out of a complacent church. Tell me how one can justify one's ignorance of the devices used by the devil's advocates to destroy the Bride of Christ?

There is the whole armor of God available for the soldier of Christ. One will not find that armor described on channel S.T.U.P.I.D. The armor will enable one to, "...stand against the wiles of the devil" --Eph.6:11. Unless we know about those wiles, lies and deceptive means of the devil, we will be as helpless as babes in swaddling clothes and that is the problem.

It must be gratifying to one who joins the cacophony of voices who constantly chatter, "I didn't know." Whatever happed to personal responsibility? Is it the case that the average--??--member of the church considers the sum total of one's responsibility to, "...eat, drink and be merry...?"

John the immerser was not the only voice to cry in a wilderness. His message of repentance was spurned by so many who should have listened. Is it any better today? 'Wherefore He saith, Awake thou sleepest, and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee light" --Eph. 5:14.


Brother Bob Spurlin has written another book titled "Dial 911--Essentials to Living Life in the 21st Century." For sheer guts, determination, perseverance, and a refusal to give up the battle, Brother Spurlin is truly a hero. The crippling disease of MS has just about conquered the physical strength of our dear brother, but his spirit is undaunted. He cannot hold a pen with which to write but a machine allows him to use voice mail, which I do not understand. You can order one or more copies of the book for a mite over $10. Send your order to
Bob Spurlin
2101 Glenwood Dr. SW
Hartselle, AL, 35640-9103.

Brethren, we need to arise from our lethargy and become alert to the great need facing our world, which of course is the need to know the truth--John 8:32. Our dear Brother Spurlin keeps trying to do his best. As I scribble this note, I am squinting through a magnifying glass with one eye, which is rapidly becoming blind like the other eye. I must keep on with whatever strength and sight remains. No Bible verse tells me how to retire and live on easy street. A few good, scriptural articles free from a multitude of grammatical errors would be of tremendous help to me--and a host of readers.


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