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"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater"

06/03/2015
Seek The Truth Blog

"Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater":

For those unfamiliar with the phrase, "don't throw the baby out with the bathwater" is a metaphor that means "don't throw the good out with the bad".

Often, those of us that leave the message of William Branham are accused of throwing out the "good" done in the ministry of William Branham along with the "bad". Perhaps there is some truth to this criticism, but in order to make a proper judgement one way or another, we must adjust the metaphor so that it fits this specific case more closely:

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There is a bathtub tainted with poison full of various creatures--snakes, lizards, scorpions--but also harmless things like rocks and bits of dirt--not exactly worth keeping, but not bad either. There is also, in the very bottom of all this a lost diamond ring. You can't see it through the disgusting putrid water and past the creatures that make your stomach twist into knots; and it's quite buried under the vast amounts of dirt--but you KNOW it's there somewhere.

The diamond ring is valuable to be sure, and you don't want to lose it. But, you're never going to find it sifting through the trash--the creatures are menacing, and the water is toxic.

So, what to do?

You take the bathtub outside, and you dump it onto the ground. You back up and give the snakes, lizards, and scorpions time to scurry away. Once you know the coast is clear, you cautiously approach the pile of dirt. You put on a thick pair of gloves and a face mask, aware that the poison from the water still lingers in what remains. Carefully, you sift through the rocks, discarding the worthless in search of the one thing worth searching for.

Eventually, you find it--a ring. Though covered in mud, the faint glimmer of the diamond in the sunlight tells you that your efforts are worth the struggle.

Still wearing protective gloves, you take the ring inside. You first rinse it with pure, clean water from the faucet. Then, you submerge it in a pool of disinfectant, scrubbing away the poison, the filth, and the waste from the creatures. It takes time, but when you pull it out, disinfected-- it is clean. You sit it on a towel in the sun and wait for it to dry.

Then, ring in hand and waste destroyed by its exposure to the light, you celebrate.

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Leaving the message is much the same. There is good in the message--but it is buried under a mountain of bad.

We aren't "throwing the baby out with the bathwater"--we are seeking Christ in purity, daily shedding the false doctrine and worldview that tainted the beautiful Truth of the Gospel for so long.

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