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If you want the truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world it will fly; it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb, “a lie will go round the world while truth is putting its boots on.”

If you want the truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world it will fly; it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it. It is well said in the old proverb, “a lie will go round the world while truth is putting its boots on.”


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Again, men tell us that our preaching should be positive and not negative, that we can preach the truth without attacking error. But if we follow that advice we shall have to close our Bible and desert its teachings. The New Testament is a polemic book almost from beginning to end… It is when men have felt compelled to take a stand against error that they have risen to the really great heights in the celebration of the truth.

Again, men tell us that our preaching should be positive and not negative, that we can preach the truth without attacking error. But if we follow that advice we shall have to close our Bible and desert its teachings. The New Testament is a polemic book almost from beginning to end... It is when men have felt compelled to take a stand against error that they have risen to the really great heights in the celebration of the truth.

Reference:  What Is Christianity, cited in Biblical Separation, by Ernest Pickering, p. 97.


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Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray.

Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray.


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All error is, more or less, whether directly or indirectly, a misrepresentation of God’s character and a subversion of His revelation (Rev 22:18-19).

All error is, more or less, whether directly or indirectly, a misrepresentation of God’s character and a subversion of His revelation (Rev 22:18-19).

Reference:  Horatius Bonar Follow the Lamb, 1861.


Author: Horatius Bonar
Topics: Error
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Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, but its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced…more true than the truth itself.

Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, but its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced...more true than the truth itself.

Reference:  Iranaeus against Heresies, Preface to bk 1 in vol. 1, The Writings of Iranaeus, in Ante-Nicene Christian Library, Eerdmans, 5:2.


Author: Iranaeus
Topics: Error
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I will give you this as a most certain observation, that there never was anything of false doctrine brought into the church, or anything of false worship imposed upon the church, but either it was by neglecting the Scripture, or by introducing something above the Scripture.

I will give you this as a most certain observation, that there never was anything of false doctrine brought into the church, or anything of false worship imposed upon the church, but either it was by neglecting the Scripture, or by introducing something above the Scripture.

Reference:  A Puritan Golden Treasury, compiled by I.D.E. Thomas, by permission of Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA. 2000, p. 33.


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Every error may be based upon some part of Scripture taken from its connection; but no error can stand the test of all Scripture.

Every error may be based upon some part of Scripture taken from its connection; but no error can stand the test of all Scripture.


Author: Robert Chapman
Topics: Error