Jun 08

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God provided for us the beautiful land which we call Rocky Mountain National Park. Throughout the trails which curl and climb the terrain of the park, the hiker often comes upon wooden signs which have the engraved words: “RESTORATION AREA: STAY ON TRAIL.” When one considers that RMNP receives three million visitors during the three summer months [or: one million each month; 250,000 each week; 35,700 each day] who venture off of the trails to see “this and that,” crushing and destroying the delicate vegetation by the acres, one understands why such signs are posted. In order to restore the area as it was before man destroyed it, the people must stay on the trail.

God provided for us one church (Mat. 16:18; Eph. 4:4 + 1:22-23). Throughout the passing of time, man (“inch by inch”) ventured away from the organization, worship and doctrines of the church as Jesus established it. Eventually, the changes were so dramatic, men denominated themselves into denominations. Finally, several different men saw the error of their way and began to reject the erroneous trails which men had trod, and called for a restoration–a restoration of the one church which God had provided. Denominations, creed books and church manuals were rejected. Signs were erected which stated: “But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Mat. 15:9); “Rightly dividing [correctly interpreting] the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15); Do not add to, nor take away from the Word of God (Rev. 22:18-19). Hundreds of thousands, yea, millions have responded to this plea: In order to restore the church as it was before man destroyed it, the people must stay on the trail!

May all men have such a love for the Lord and the church which He built, that they will investigate this restoration. May all those who have taken part in the restoration, have the courage to continue to “stay on the trail.”

Gary Henson

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