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Some theologians have tried to reintroduce heretical teachings from the second and third centuries as newly-found Gospels. They claim writings like the “Gospel of Thomas” are authentic teachings of Jesus and his disciples.

I’m reminded of the time President Abraham Lincoln met with General McClennan of the Union Army to discuss strategy. He asked the general, “How many legs does a horse have if you call the tail a leg?” McClennan said, “Five.”

Lincoln replied, “Wrong. It’s four. Merely calling a tail a leg doesn’t make it one.”

We face the same effect today regarding scripture. Merely ...

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