John Linton (1888 – 1965) John Linton is not normally listed among the elite of the evangelists in this century: Moody, Sunday, Bob Jones, Sr., Appelman, John Rice. But he was not some lesser light—God mightily moved through his ministry. He left a trail of converts to Christ as well as revived, restored, rejoicing churches.
His gospel soundness, his compelling delivery, his Scotch brogue and his devotion to our Lord made him widely acceptable. You cannot hear the inimitable Scotch brogue in his sermon, but you can enjoy its sweet and powerful message.
He died at age 77 in the pulpit while conducting evangelistic services.
The Bible – A Supernatural Book
The Scientific Accuracy of the Bible – Part Two
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God . . . – 2 Timothy 3:16.
Until recent years science believed the moon to be a great luminous body like the sun. It was counted a remarkable discovery when science proved that the moon does not shine itself but only reflects the light of the sun. But the Bible had already told us this: “The moon . . . it shineth not” (Job 25:5).
The ancients all insisted that the moon was larger than the sun. Modern science knows better. Sir James Hopwood Jeans, who has no superior as an astronomer, has shown that the sun is five million times as big as the moon.
Did the Bible reveal this fact? It is right there in the opening pages of God’s Word: “And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night” (Genesis 1:16).
The opening words of Genesis indicate light on this earth before the fourth day of creation when the rays of the sun appeared: “Let there be light: and there was light.”
This was believed impossible until the great scientist de Laplace showed that in the condensation of the original formless chaos there was such molecular and chemical action as must have emitted light. No scientist now disputes this.
Boardman, in his Creative Week, asks, “Why will the Academy vote Moses a blunderer for declaring that light existed before the sun appeared and yet vote de Laplace a scientist for affirming precisely the same thing?”
In other branches of science the Bible reveals the same divine foreknowledge.
In 1615, William Harvey discovered the circulation of the blood. It was then seen that the life of the body was in the blood.
Before Harvey’s discovery, doctors tried to cure people by bloodletting. They didn’t know that the blood was the very life. But away back in Leviticus 17:11 we read, “The life of the flesh is in the blood.”
Sir James Simpson of Edinburgh, through the invention of chloroform, did more than any other man has done to relieve human suffering. This humble, Bible-believing Christian declared that the words of Genesis 2:21 led him to his great discovery. “And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof.”
Sir James Simpson believed the Bible to be God’s Word and concluded that God would know how to perform a surgical operation. The experiment proved successful.
The same Bible teaches that the second coming of Christ takes place in a moment of time. Paul said it would be “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52). The Bible actually declares that at this precise moment it will be both night and day on the earth:
“In that day . . . he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.”
“I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.”—Luke 17:31, 34.
At night sleeping in bed, in the day working in the field—all at one moment of time. How can this be possible? Because the world is round; and while we are sleeping at night, men on the other side of the world are working in daylight. But it was not until many centuries after the Gospels were written that men came to understand that night and day reigned at one moment on this earth!
It is because of the scientific accuracy of the Bible and its knowledge of facts before men discovered them that Dr. James Orr, in The Bible Under Trial, page 41, asserts:
With any amount of critical violence you cannot get the supernatural out of the Bible. It is there and will reassert itself.
To Be Continued