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"Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. " 1 Thessalonians 5:21
The Bereans: "...they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. ' Acts 17:11
This is a needful caution, to prove all things; for, though we must put a value on preaching, we must not take things upon trust from the preacher, but try (test) them by the law (Word of God) and the testimony. We must search the scriptures, whether what they say be true or not. We must not believe every spirit, but must try the spirits.
But we must not be always trying, always unsettled; no, at length we must be settled, and hold fast that which is good. When we are satisfied that anything is right, and true, and good, we must hold it fast, and not let it go, whatever opposition or whatever persecution we meet with for the sake thereof.
Note, The doctrines of human infallibility, implicit faith, and blind obedience, are not the doctrines of the Bible.
Every Christian has and ought to have, the judgment of discretion, and should have his senses exercised in discerning between good and evil, truth and falsehood, Heb 5:13, Heb 5:14. And proving all things must be in order to hold fast that which is good. We must not always be seekers, or fluctuating in our minds, like children tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine.
- Matthew Henry