When Ancient Israel settled by their tribes and families into their territories each family established land-marks or boundaries for their property. They would have used large stones or posts to mark their proper-ty borders. This would protect a family’s holdings and provide protection against deceit, error, or confusion. It would assure the family’s posterity for generations as a homestead.
Proverbs 23:10, 11 provided the widow whose husband passed away to have her own place assured because of those landmarks. Sometimes dishonest neighbors would take advantage of a widow and her children by moving the landmark to increase the size of their own land. To prevent being noticed, thieves would move the landmark a little at a time. Over time they would steal the land. “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.” Proverbs 22:28
Landmarks helped the people to know where the boundaries were. When God sets a landmark in His word, there will be some limitations and restrictions attached to it. We have rights and privileges to move within certain areas of God’s word, but we cannot change what God has set. I have liberty to move with-in the area of boundaries that are set by God.
We will be speaking for the next few Sundays on the tenets of faith and landmark beliefs of the church. The Bible says that “we must hold fast the faithful word as we have been taught, that we may be able by sound doctrine, exhort and convict those who contradict us.” (Titus 1:9)
We must continually examine our message to see if we are cleaving to and holding firm to the faithful word of God. We are permitted to disagree over trivials and minors when it comes to our faith and belief. But we cannot be divided over major objective truths of scripture. The question is, do we have a firm grasp on objective truths in scripture so as to be able to exhort and convict those who contradict us.
The first landmark that we will focus upon which is the basis for all objective truth is the authority, infallibility, and inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. We believe that the Bible in its original writing, is the final court of appeal in all matters of faith and conduct. It was written by holy men of old as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. The Bible contains the words of Satan and men, as well as of God, and contains the record of sin as well as righteousness.
2 Timothy 3:15-17; 2 Peter 1:19-21; Matthew 5:18
John 5:39; 10:35