About the Author

Thomas Ray Floyd was born in 1953 in Simpson County, Mississippi, the son of Roy Thomas Floyd and Lina Sue Shows Floyd. Thomas Ray's mother was a member of a Primitive Baptist church, and he cut his teeth on the doctrines of distinguishing grace.

When he was a small boy, his father was converted to Christ and became a member of a Missionary Baptist Church. Thomas Ray joined the church of his father when he was 13 years old, and thought of himself as a Christian. The doctrines of grace that he had heard as a child continued to be precious to him and when he became an adult, he joined a Primitive Baptist Church. When he was 27, Thomas Ray made his first effort to preach the gospel in public and was ordained to the full functions of the ministry in 1985. In 1986 he was convinced under the preaching of Rolfe Barnard (by tapes from Mt. Olive Tape Library), the written sermons of Spurgeon, and the ministry of Elder Zack Guess that he had been a false professor and cried out in agony of soul to the Lord Jesus Christ to have mercy and truly save him. And He did! Floyd then began to preach the gospel as he had been taught of the Lord.

Floyd has pastored churches in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Tennessee and until recently was pastor of a church plant known as "Particular Baptist Fellowship." He and his wife Brenda presently attend Zion Baptist Church at Polkville, Mississippi, pastored by Elder Glen Hopkins. The pulpit ministry of Zion Baptist Church can be heard at Sermonaudio.com.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Canon of Scripture Closed

(Article for publication week of 1-6-2010 AD)

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, 'if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:' " (Revelation 22:18).

When the New Testament was completed, the canon of scripture was finished. Christ and His apostles confirmed the canon of the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament, and after our Lord's ascension, the Holy Spirit inspired the apostles and their assistants to write the twenty-seven books of the New Testament. The New Testament books were received by the early churches as canonical through the confirmation of the Apostles and by extraordinary signs and wonders.

We have in the sixty-six books of the Bible the complete revelation of God's will. Everything that God wants us to know for now is found in the Bible. We have the clear light of the law and the gospel. The way of salvation is clearly revealed in the Old and New Testaments. As we have shown in previous articles, all things in scripture are not equally clear, but the way of salvation is so clear and simple a little child can understand it, if the Holy Spirit opens the heart. All of the sixty-six books of the Bible are self-authenticating. All of them give consent to one another. And all of them concern our Lord Jesus Christ.

All writings since the completion of the New Testament that claim to be inspired are bogus and are to be rejected as being the word of God. We know the Koran is not an inspired book from God. First of all it does not consent with the scriptures. Secondly, it does not testify of the Lord Jesus Christ. And thirdly, it was written too late. The mad man and pedophile, Mohammed that wrote it is in hell along with every other Christ rejecter. And those who follow him and the Koran will be cast into hell with him. We know the book of Mormon is not an inspired book because it was not written until the nineteenth century, too late to be an inspired writing. Nor does it consent with the scriptures nor testify of the Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith has been in hell over a century now, and all his followers will be there with him.

The scriptures pronounce certain judgment on any who would add to the Holy Scriptures. My dear readers, I cannot warn you too strongly to beware of all writings, which add to the scriptures. If you value your never dying soul, take heed how you hear and whom you hear and what you read. The thirty-nine books of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament tell us Who made us, what He expects of us, and how we may be justified before Him. No other writings of men are to be received as authoritative. If anyone tries to tell you they have a book or books that add to the scriptures, know that they are not telling you the truth. The canon of the scripture has been closed.

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