I determined a long time ago that…

“…I determined a long time ago that I would do my very best to arrive at answers to religious questions by studying the Bible. I determined that I would not sit by, waiting to see ‘which way the wind was blowing’ before taking a stand. By that I mean that I determined to study the Bible for myself and to accept as a part of what I believed only what I myself could see was plainly taught in the Bible. This means I determined that without regard to friendship with other preachers, elders, etc. that without regard to the warm feeling and great respect which I might hold for college presidents and teachers, for editors of papers and their writers, and without regard to how many so-called ‘big’ preachers might be ‘lined up’ on one side or the other of a given ‘issue.’ I would make up my own mind as to what the Bible teaches–and that having made up my mind as to Bible teaching, I would stand there without fear of man until I could see that I had drawn a wrong conclusion!”

(Thomas B. Warren, excerpt from his speech at the 1968 Lubbock Christian College Lectures, quoted in Biblical Notes, July/August 1996, p. 5)