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Free to Change

Free to Change

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 Free to Change
Cecil Hook 
 
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Table of Contents
Preface..............................................................................................................................................iFree To Change...............................................................................................................................1Freedom And Responsibility..........................................................................................................6My Kind Of People.........................................................................................................................9“Come Out And Be Separate!”.....................................................................................................11Private Interpretation....................................................................................................................13A “Monkey-Wrench” Scripture....................................................................................................15The Truth That Frees....................................................................................................................17Literary Devices............................................................................................................................19The Fear of God............................................................................................................................28A Love Story.................................................................................................................................30Three Trees In Eden......................................................................................................................32Imputed Righteousness.................................................................................................................34Different Essentials For Different People.....................................................................................44God’s Sons In All Ages................................................................................................................50Looking To Lust...........................................................................................................................54Divorce Her!.................................................................................................................................55“While Her Husband Is Alive”.....................................................................................................57“They Won’t Let Me Preach!”......................................................................................................59God’s Perplexing Prophets...........................................................................................................62Religious Titles.............................................................................................................................66Who Sinned?.................................................................................................................................74“I’ll Join Your Church!”...............................................................................................................78The Church As The Route To Heaven..........................................................................................81One Hundred Years Old!..............................................................................................................84Can Our Churches Unite?.............................................................................................................87Can The Cause of Sickness Be The Cure?....................................................................................91When Life Begins.........................................................................................................................98Abortion: Law or Principle.........................................................................................................100Human Chattel............................................................................................................................102The Hope of Israel......................................................................................................................104The Great Temptation of Jesus...................................................................................................107The Rich Man and Lazarus.........................................................................................................110My Hermeneutic.........................................................................................................................113Is Immersion Proved By Example?............................................................................................120Who Gets The Credit?................................................................................................................122HOOK’S POINTS......................................................................................................................125Heresy.........................................................................................................................................134I Am A Debtor............................................................................................................................137
 
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Preface
Why change? Why unsettle your mind? Why rock the boat? Without change there can be nogrowth!Change for the sake of change is of questionable value, but change is necessary for maturing.Even though physical development is mostly involuntary, it can be encouraged or restricted insome ways. Spiritual growth must be sought voluntarily. Progress in broadening our knowledgeand understanding may be limited by lack of incentive. It may be impeded by illiteracy,misdirection, lack of time, and other circumstantial factors. It may be blocked by prejudice andfear. These factors can imprison and enslave us by restricting our freedom to change.Change can be stifled and frustrated by fears of cutting loose from ideas in which we have foundcomfort and security. We fear being the cause of controversy. We dread the rejection,misrepresentation, and abuse that leaders suffer. We anticipate with fright the loss of vestedinterests — status, role, reputation, income. We have to be the “good ol’ boy” to keep our place.When we are supported by the system, we must support the system, and as long as we please asystem, we are not free.Once a person can release himself or herself from these tension traps, there is a new world of discovery ahead to explore. One may then go to the Scriptures with nothing to prove and noapprehension as to what will be learned. Bible reading becomes a new, exciting, and refreshingexperience. It brings one much closer to God even though misguided fellow-disciples may tendto reject the freed one. These friends may think that one is reacting to some bitterness ordisappointment. They find it hard to believe that one is just being honest with self.Without intellectual honesty, one is not free to change. Honesty is not demonstrated by parrotingthe party line, but it is seen in the expanding to the dimensions of new-found truth.The following paragraph entitled The Love Of Truth by an unknown writer was sent to me byBob Gleaves, of Brentwood, Tennessee: “To love truth sincerely means to pursue it with anearnest, conscientious, unflagging zeal. It means to be prepared to follow the light of evidenceeven to the most unwelcome conclusions, to labor earnestly to emancipate the mind from earlyprejudices, to resist the current of desires and the refracting influence of the passions, toproportion on all occasions conviction to evidence, and to be ready, if need be, to exchange thecalm of assurance for all the suffering of a perplexed and disturbed mind. To do this is verydifficult and very painful, but it is clearly involved in the notion of earnest love of truth.” Inorder to follow truth, one must be free to change.Most of the essays in this collection were published in Restoration Review, Ensign, THEEXAMINER, ONE BODY or Refreshing Waters. They are not all on the subject of change, buttheir challenge to restudy various aspects of our beliefs should bring about profitable change andgrowth.

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