It is very disturbing in our day to see well-known leaders in the church downgrading parts of the Bible to the status of being “still good for history and stories” or being “flawed and at odds with science and archeology.” For some, the Scriptures no longer have absolute authority, much less are they able to speak to cultural issues of our day.
Where did this thinking come from? In those early hours and days of creation, Satan introduced a doubt in the mind of Eve; “Did God actually say?” (Genesis 3:1). Those first four words cast doubt on the authority of God and His words to Adam. What follows is the twisting of what God said to something entirely different. The key problem is raising a question that dilutes the authority of God in His word down to something more acceptable to the sinful mind of man so he can do what he wants without any accountability to God.
Now that we have identified where this attitude came from, we might carelessly assume that the Church is immune from the same danger. Sadly, we are finding the same attitude creep into the Church through preachers and authors who are more interested in appealing to the world for numbers sake, rather than being faithful to the absolute perfection of God’s Word and its authority. Some may “practice cunning or tamper with God’s Word” (2 Corinthians 4:2), but we must not.
Just before Jesus left His disciples, He prayed; “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:17). Agur said, “Every word of God proves true” (Proverbs 30:5). When tested in the wilderness by the devil, Jesus answered with, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God’” (Matthew 4:4). How are you living with the authority of Scripture? It’s ALL OR NOTHING.
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