I believe a common problem found in the Church today is that Christians don’t believe the entire Bible is relevant. Sometimes we pick and choose what parts of the Bible we believe are true. Nobody would ever say that, but it’s what some folks do:
Some Christians have decided that the account of God’s creation in Genesis 1 is not literal, that it really means millions of years and all that stuff.
Others have decided that when the Bible says homosexuality is an abomination, it really means people of the same gender just love each other and we ought to participate in their agenda.
Still more Christians have decided that when Jesus said heal the sick, cleanse the lepers and raise the dead, He was speaking only to the disciples or the apostles.
Some have decided that when the Bible says God is Love, it means He refuses to heal you because He is trying to teach you something.
I’ve noticed a pattern in these four doctrines: somebody “decided”. And you notice it isn’t God who is doing the deciding. We don’t even realize that we are doing it, but we should stop telling God what He means.
I’m thinking about doing a series on these four particular doctrines in the near future, but for now, I want to encourage all Christians to get this one thing straight: the Bible is God’s Word and if it contradicts your doctrine, it means you are wrong (not the Bible) no matter how much you may dislike that.
This should be fairly easy for most Christians to agree with (note I don’t say it’s easy to carry out) on surface level. When we get deeper, though, we have to start thinking about things like why we believe, do we really believe what we say we believe, and so on.
I would like to encourage you to count the cost, because there are really only two sides: with God or without God. Unfortunately we’ve tried to find the middle and I’m afraid it’s not going to work. If we stand in the middle, we’ll get hit by both sides. Not the place we want to be.
So, because we need a point of reference, let’s try a perfect one: the Bible.
I hope this encourages you to look to God as the final authority in your life.
Comment to let me know what you think.