Lieutenant General William K. Harrison not only served in France during World War II and signed the Korean Armistice on behalf of the United States and the United Nations at Panmunjom. He was also a serious student of the Bible and wrote articles and books on Biblical themes and served on the Board for Dallas Theological Seminary. Brigadier General Harold Jackson remembers Harrison from his Cadet days at West Point: “He read his Bible every day. He has always been a sincere and earnest Christian and a man of high moral standards. He once said to me, ‘Harold, if I were to die right now, I would immediately be with Jesus in heaven.’”
In his book on the second coming of Christ, Lieutenant General Harrison wrote this: “If we are to profit by study of the Bible, we must, as we study it, fully recognize that we can do nothing apart from Christ (Jn 15:5). It is His Spirit who teaches us, so that we need no other teacher (1 Jn 2:27). Therefore, anyone seeking to discover the truths of the Bible must submit to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This does not mean that human teachers are to be ignored. God has given as gifts to the churches certain men to whom He gave the gift of teaching (Eph 4: 11-13; 1 Cor 12:4-8, 28). But this gift is in earthen vessels (2 Cor 4:7). Only the Bible writers themselves were uniquely inspired by God. Therefore, we must personally verify all human interpretations of biblical truth by comparison with the Scriptures. We must be like the Christians at Berea, who examined the Old Testament to determine the validity of Paul’s teaching (Acts 17:11). Nonbiblical writers can be of help to us as God uses them to present ideas and correlation of various parts of the Bible which they have already gained, but their reasoning becomes subject to our own evaluation in the light of the Word itself.”
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