“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
Have you ever started talking to someone thinking… “This is a good person with great ideas. We may not agree with it all but it will at least be a stimulating conversation.”… and then things go horribly wrong? Well, this happened to me yesterday. I started talking with someone about something in our Christian faith and we were clearly on two different sides of the issue. It was a great conversation until they began telling me their approach to the Bible. I quoted from the Old Testament and they said, “You cannot use that. We don’t go by that anymore. That’s the law.” I don’t completely agree with that because the entire Old Testamnt is not the law. The law is actually the first five books called the Torah and even all that is not strictly the codes of conduct. Much of it is the story of humanity. However, in an effort to not get bogged down I decided to let that go and started quoting from the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John).
Again this person said that also couldn’t be used because until Jesus died, we were still in the Old covenant. It was not until after the resurrection of Jesus that we transitioned. Therefore, not even the words of Jesus can be used. In their view, only from Romans to Jude can be used. (For some reason this person did not count Acts and Revelation. I can’t blame them for the last one. If they are already this confused, Revleation will just make it worse.)
This person was so confused that they even thought even the words of Jesus could not be used to form their way of life. Only the words of Paul. When I asked this person where they got this terrifying thinking, they said it’s what their pastor taught.
When I started piling up all the verses in the Bible, especially the ones written by Paul himself, to dispute this; there answer was… well that’s just what I believe.
Here’s the truth, given to you by a pastor… If I or any other person claiming to be a spiritual leader says something that does not line up with the Bible, don’t listen. Don’t get me wrong. You need to listen to your pastor and honor your leaders. However, know what you believe for yourself and not simply because someone else said it was so.
Anything you say should be able to be backed up by more than one verse and should be in harmony with the Word of God.
- Become a student of the Word of God.
- Know what you believe and where you can find it in the Bible.
- Don’t use, “Well, that’s just what I believe.” As your go to deflection always. Yes, there are times when you have to lean on your faith alone. However, many people use that an excuse for why they don’t know what they believe.
God, help me to stop taking a passive approach to my faith. Place a burning desire within me to know what I believe and why I believe it.