I recently found myself in a blog comment debate. Blah! It was very short, but I know, I know…what a waste of time! I usually avoid that kind of cyber communication like the plague, as I believe it is as useless as trying to cut a steak with a plastic knife. Why bother?
But I found it interesting how at the end of the day when my opponent (if-you-will) was faced with scripture she did not like, she called into question the entire validity of the Bible. This was a Christian. Or so I thought. The debate had to end there. Why dialogue about the Bible and the importance of what it says when you don’t even believe it is infallible? In fact why reference it at all? Or put any time studying what it says about this or that subject?
This is spiritual warfare. And it should be fought.
A common complaint against Bible-heavy believers like myself is that we say things like “the Bible says” too often. We don’t say things like “the Spirit told me”. So people assume that we neglect the Spirit and spend too much time reading words on a page.
In some respects they have a point. Us conservative types can have a hard time feeling spiritual things. We like things black and white, because we can’t trust our own emotions. But the problem is, we forget that the Holy Spirit is at work today. He is living and active, convicting us of sin (John 16:8-11), comforting and helping us (John 14:16), prompting us to share the gospel (Acts 4:31). And if we are open to His moving in our daily life, He will move us. It is important that we continually be filled with the Spirit.
However the Spirit IS who wrote the scriptures (2 Peter 1:20-21, 2 Timothy 3:16). The Holy Ghost inspired every single writer of the Bible. And then He moved everyone involved in compiling the Bible. And then He filled everyone who was involved translating the Bible.
It is infallible. It is inerrant.
It has to be. Because if it isn’t, then it is irrelevant, not God-breathed and it is not profitable for teaching. It is all or nothing. You can’t have it both ways.
You see, we like the Bible because it encourages us. But only until we read something that is hard to take. Something that we don’t like. And instead of throwing the whole Bible out the window, we come up with ways to get around it. We decide that the bible is fallible. It must have some mistakes. It has been around for centuries, so something must have gone wrong in the process. And then conveniently the things we don’t like are put on the chopping block because of “biblical error’s”. Everything else of course (the things we like) are true and good and profitable for teaching.
Or we say, “I don’t have to abide by that teaching because the Spirit told me something different”.
But this is the exact reason why I am a Bible-heavy believer. I am prone to sin. Very, very prone. I have the Spirit and I believe He can and will move me. But He will never work contrary to Scripture. God inspired the Words on the page. And He never changes (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 13:8). Which means when you read those Words, you ARE hearing from the Spirit. And the Spirit will never lead you away from Himself.
Do not ignore the Spirit’s work by not submitting to the authority of Scripture. Let the Spirit move you. Let the Spirit do a good work in you. There is a war being waged for your soul. Do not fall victim to it, just to preserve your own desires. Wage war!
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12
Satan loves when we throw the Bible under the bus. He loves when we questions it’s validity and pick and choose what we want to believe from it. So put on the full armor of God mapped out to you in Scripture.
He has spoken.
Are you listening?
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