|Faith Strengthened||Chapter 79||Part 2|
Romans 9:33, "As it is written, Behold, I lay in Zion a stumbling stone and a rock of offence, and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed."
This passage is a collection of short sentences, ignorantly or ingeniously packed together, to show that Jesus is the only Savior of those who found "their stumbling block in Zion." In chapter 8:14 of Isaiah, we find, "And he shall be for a sanctuary and a stumbling stone, as a rock of offence to the two houses of Israel, and as a snare and a gin to the inhabitants of Jerusalem." And the prophet continues, (chapter 28:16), "Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold I have laid a foundation in Zion, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, well established, well founded. He who believes shall not hasten (away from it)."
Another incorrect quotation from our Scriptures is also to he found in Romans 10:11, "For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Peter in his first Epistle, (chapter 2:6), quotes from treacherous memory, "Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded."
By arbitrarily detaching or connecting various words of Scripture to verify doctrines, not taught in our Sacred Books, is, according to our opinion, its own refutation, and highly blamable.