Devoted to the Propagation and Defense of New Testament Christianity
September 3, 1953

"I Like My Way Of Doing It Better Than Your Way Of Doing It"

Pryde E. Hinton, Dora, Alabama

The above caption is an alleged statement of an anonymous brother, as quoted by a religious paper. It sounds very witty, doesn't it? But I thought that both the speaker and the one spoken to might better try God's way of doing it. Does one's not doing a thing that needs to be done justify the other in doing his own or some other man's way?

Can you imagine the following? A critic says to David, when he is preparing to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem on a new ox cart: "God through Moses commanded that the Ark be carried by the Levites." But David replied: "What are you doing to bring the Ark back where it belongs? I like my way of doing it better than your way of not doing it." Such a conversation did not occur, but David learned in 1 Chronicles 15 that it does make a difference how a thing is done, IF GOD HAS PRESCRIBED A WAY TO DO IT. First Chronicles 13 shows his utter failure, when he did it his own way. Was this written for our learning and admonition?

In a city in which I lived, I received a written invitation to join "The Pastor's Union." I politely declined the invitation in writing, and stated as my reason that God has given us no organization beside the church, and no examples or commandments to do His work through any other organization. The "Doctor" replied by letter, and said: "I grant that you are right about the church, but is the church doing the work?" Doesn't that sound like some arguments one hears today from members of the church of the Lord?