I know it shouldn’t be, but my mind is increasingly blown as I watch our generation seem so easily persuaded to abandon the fundamentals of the faith in exchange for the lie cloaked as “liberty” or “free-thinking” (moral relativism I suppose). Of course when I say, “our generation” I don’t want to toss out a blanket statement that’s all-inclusive. Obviously there are many who seek to & do stay true to what the bible teaches.
But to call into question the clear teaching of the word of God & place my thoughts above God’s word is really to exalt myself over/above God Himself! In the 138th Ps David wrote, “I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name For Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” Ps 138:2 You see? God magnifies His word above His name, yet we question His word… In reality, it’s the same old lie wrapped in a new covering. To question the word of God was the original approach of the enemy. Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, ‘Has God indeed said,’”
You know; “I know what you’ve read or been told, but did God really say that?” It saddens me the amount of people who will so readily be persuaded that maybe He didn’t… Many times (I’ve discovered) it’s to justify a personal position that the bible would qualify as sin. Either I need to repent or God didn’t really say that, let’s go with, “God didn’t really say that.” That may be a simple way of getting it out there, but that’s the gist of it. Typically, when a person is ready to repent or turn from sin in their lives, they have no problem believing in the inspiration of scripture. But when they want to hang on to sin, suddenly it’s a book that man wrote, it’s one man’s opinion or that’s just not where we live today.
The bible, however, doesn’t speak only into culture, or things that were relevant when it was written. It speaks to the human heart, & the heart of man is the same regardless of where or when you live. The standard position of the heart of man is to want what man wants, not what God wants. God is holy, I am not. God is righteous, I am not. God is sinless, I am not. Why then should it surprise me that the instruction of His word would oftentimes run contrary to what I want when left to myself? That’s why we’re called to “crucify the flesh along with its passions and desires.” Am I saying then that in Christ we will be sinless? No way! We sin every day! But let’s not justify it, let’s crucify it & give God’s word its rightful place in our lives. Let’s allow God’s word to judge us rather than becoming judges of the word of God.
As I said when I began, I suppose I shouldn’t be shocked but it’s hard not to be. However, it only resolves my trust in the word of God which has forewarned us, “Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,” 1 Timothy 4:1 As people turn from the faith with greater & greater rapidity let it anchor you all the more, we were told this would happen in the last days. Look up brothers and sisters, your redemption draws near!
Allow me to leave you with a word of encouragement from the infallible, inerrant, inspired, unapologetic word of God! “ For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.” 2 Timothy 4:3-5