I have struggled with wondering if I should try to speak about God’s Truth even though I believe others either won’t listen, they will be mad, or they will be rude. I chose to just be quite and not to raise my voice. I believe that was and is a ruse from Satan to attempt to defeat me and still my voice from speaking God’s Truth.
I believe that the “Church” in America is almost dead. I say that because so many that profess to be Christian, whether a pew sitter, elder, or pastor, don’t believe in basic dogma that the catholic (universal) Church has held since the beginning of the New Testament Church. These beliefs are so central to the Church that to abandon them would historically equate to becoming apostate such as:
- The inspiration of the Bible and the minimal belief that it is actually God’s word.
- The understanding that God is truly divine, omnipotent, and omnipresent.
- The belief that Jesus was actually a person that walked the earth, was actually God, actually died on the cross, actually rose from death, and actually atoned for the sin of humanity.
Gallup conducted a poll on the origins of the Bible and what American’s believe http://www.gallup.com/poll/170834/three-four-bible-word-god.aspx. Here it is:
The line that I want to point out is the Dark Green line representing a literal view that the Bible is actually God’s word. That number has gone from 38% down to 28% since 1976. Once we begin to express unbelief or partial belief in the reliability of the Scriptures, we embark upon a path that surely leads to a dead faith that is mere formality, pomp, and tradition.
The problem with tossing aside one verse, story or book is that there isn’t an exegetical principle that guides the reader in knowing what to keep and what to toss. So, let’s pick one verse, one story and one book of the Bible that are easy to discard in light of popular scientific thought and cultural sentiments.
- Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
- Exo 14:21 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,
Exo 14:22 and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.
- Lastly, the entire Book of Jonah and the “whale”.
These three are easy to dismiss as pre-history, fanciful retelling of history, and an allegorical story to make a point. However, there really isn’t a hermeneutic principle that allows you to discount those stories but keep the birth, life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Christ. Once we decide that based upon current understanding, we are allowed to throw out chunks of the Bible, we end up stripping the Bible of its authority, veracity and power.
Some people say that the power of the story is the truth it teaches but not the truth of the actual events. Benjamin L. Corey takes this stance and sums it up with this statement “A good starting point in this general discussion is to realize that some of the Old Testament stories don’t have to be true in order to still be true”.
If this principle is true then we can accurately make this statement:
The story of Christ’s life, death and resurrection don’t have to be true in order to still be true. This type of logic is detrimental to belief in the reliability of Scripture.
So, I am going to attempt to add my voice to those who are speaking for Christ to attempt to lessen the cacophony of those against Christ and the Bible. One that I am listening to right now is Dr. James White and his Alpha and Omega Ministries.
These two passages are the reason I decided to begin and continue to speak up.
Eze 3:18 When I say to a wicked person, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn them or speak out to dissuade them from their evil ways in order to save their life, that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
Eze 3:19 But if you do warn the wicked person and they do not turn from their wickedness or from their evil ways, they will die for their sin; but you will have saved yourself.
Eze 3:20 “Again, when a righteous person turns from their righteousness and does evil, and I put a stumbling block before them, they will die. Since you did not warn them, they will die for their sin. The righteous things that person did will not be remembered, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
Eze 3:21 But if you do warn the righteous person not to sin and they do not sin, they will surely live because they took warning, and you will have saved yourself.”
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2Ti 4:4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.
I will attempt to warn those who will listen to the truth of Christ!