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Wednesday, February 08 2012

I heard a rumor recently, which I hesitate to repeat for fear of causing panic and rioting.  I heard that the company which makes Twinkies might not be making them anymore.  I will pause here for the collective weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth...ok.  I remember as a boy being told by someone that there were enough preservatives in a Twinkie to give it a shelf life of 20 years.  I hope that is true.  If it is then I will be able to stock up and even if the unthinkable should happen, then 20 years from now I can still remove the cellophane wrapper and bite into the deliciously soft sponge cake filled with a sugary creme of delightfullness.  I am going to need a moment.

Websters 1828 dictionary defines the word "preserve" in this way:

        1. To keep or save from injury or destruction; to defend from evil.


God did send me before you to preserve life. Gen.45.


O Lord, preserve me from the violent man. Ps. 140.


2. To uphold; to sustain.


O Lord, thou preservest man and beast. Ps.36.


3. To save from decay; to keep in a sound state; as, to preserve fruit in winter. Salt 
    is used to preserve meat.


As Independent Fundamental Baptists we believe in the Doctrine of the Preservation of the Scriptures.  This is the supernatural work of God to keep His Word.  This preservation requires maintenance, care, and attention.  It is foolish to believe that God has inspired His Word for mankind and then left it without His maintenance, care, and attention.  It is absurd to think that God would be so short sighted as to believe that the languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic would be the common languages of today.  Therefore, we believe that God has supernaturally preserved His Word through the maintenance and care of a trustworthy Greek (Textus Receptus) and Hebrew (Masoretic) text.  We also believe that God has supernaturally preserved His Word through His attention to the work of translation.  There was no new inspiration which took place in the work of the King James translators.  However, I do believe that the work of the King James translators was the continued preservation in the English language of God's Eternal Word. 

I look forward to sitting down with my King James Bible in about 20 years and reading again the words inspired, and preserved by my Heavenly Father.  I think I'll enjoy a Twinkie while I read.

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