Hi-Fi Religion, by Herschel E. Patton
In the realm of music, hi-fi is very desirable and popular. The word “high” refers not to volume but to exactness of reproduction. Fidelity suggests accuracy or trueness. The religion of Jesus Christ as delivered, confirmed, and recorded by Christ, the inspired apostles and prophets is true and accurate (Heb. 2:3; Jude 3; 2 Pet. 1:3,21). However, it must be reproduced through the mechanism of human words and deeds (Matt. 5:16; 2 Cor. 3:2-3; Eph. 4:1). Uncertain sounds, as well as distorted action often mar the trueness or accuracy of it. This is as abominable to God as distorted chords of music are to the ears of the skilled musician.
Corruption through “good words and fair speeches” (Rom. 16:18), “enticing words” (1 Cor. 2:4), “a perverted gospel” (Gal. 1:7), etc. was foretold. Speaking as the oracles of God (1 Pet. 4:11), according to sound doctrine (Tit. 1:9), and abiding in the doctrine (2 John 9) are therefore urged.
Distortions in living the gospel conceal it, cause the way of truth to be evil spoken of, and present an untrue production. These are some of the reasons why Christians are told to walk worthy of the vocation wherein they are called, to let their lights shine, and to walk circumspectly.
Hi fi -- exactness of reproduction -- in religion comes through a heart that has truly submitted to the Lord, recognizes His kingship, and therefore speaks and moves only at His instructions. Self has been so completely dethroned that only Christ is manifest (Gal. 2:20). Human wisdom and devices are completely abandoned (Matt. 15:9; Col. 2:8; 20-23) and only truth, the word of God, (John 17:17) is followed.
To see children of God “walking in truth” (2 John 4; 3 John 4) is as beautiful a sight as is the sound of the sweetest hi fi music. Oh, that there were more people interested in hi-fi religion! It is the only kind of religion that God will accept, and those who embrace it find it thrills the soul as the truest musical sound does the ear.
- Taken from Gospel Visitor, 10-26-66.
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