This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. ~ 2 Timothy 3:1
Folks, we are truly living in the end times, the
last days which, according to the Bible began when Jesus was crucified. Deception, error, mischief, mockery, and unbelief are increasingly common place. As our Bible tells us, those not indwelt by the power of the Holy Spirit will not stand a chance but will be deceived and fall for many hurtful teachings and doctrines (1 Timothy 6:9).
This morning I came across a website that greatly disturbs me because I know many will blindly just accept what they read there, just as they do on many other sites. To be honest I fully expected to be troubled at anything I read there as the site is known to be liberal but I was not aware they also professed to be teachers of Christianity.
The young author of the article in question declares himself to be
a progressive Christian commentator, and other claims. While he made several statements and declarations in his article that the Bible disagree with as do I, we will confine our comments here to the most fundamental comment he made.
Jesus, not the Bible, is God’s living and active Word that brings life.
Previous to this comment he admitted he had not spent a lot of time studying the Bible, or even reading it and his statement makes that very clear to those of us who have read and studied for years. Fact is, He simply has no knowledge or understanding of just Who or What Jesus or the Bible really is about. Yet, because he is affiliated with a notable news site his words will be widely accepted.
Like most of the Bible, the first chapter in the book of John is a chapter that can only be fully understood by the Holy Spirit dwelling in the saved person, however, it has a great deal of information even the unsaved should understand. Verses one through five and verse fourteen plainly set forth who Christ really is and the fact that He is the Word of God and He is the eternal God. One either believes those statements or they do not and without this understanding and belief, one cannot be a Christian as they worship a false god of their imagining.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. ~ John 1:1-5
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. ~ John 1:14
The author is advocating we place our priority, our trust, our own mind over that of the Bible and give way to our emotional spiritual feelings toward Christ and follow those instead of the unchanging written Word of God.
There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. ~ Proverbs 30:12
The writer goes on to claim that a faith rooted in the Scriptures only is not sustainable. Such thought, such teaching goes against everything the Bible teaches for those who are born again by the Spirit of God. Of course for those not born again, none of what the Bible teaches is sustainable because it was never acquired. Even the Israelites were given written Words to follow. The Apostle Paul spent years writing to the churches and believers in order to guide them as God had revealed to him.
Down through the centuriesGod has preserved His written words by much suffering, deprivation, and loss of life so that we might have a reliable Bible today. That same Bible teaches us that the feelings and emotions are of the flesh and that the flesh of man is not saved, not predictable, and MUST be put into subjection to the Spirit of God.
It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. ~ John 6:63
The author of the article is telling us to disregard that written information or at best give it a back seat in importance. In essence he is advising the reader to do what each of us feels is right to do and believe. Folks, to do as he advises is to be deceived. Satan works through our flesh and his job is to deceive us into turning away from the truth while thinking and
feeling that we are walking the path of Righteousness. In these days of increased deception only those who are vigilant, faithful, and discerning will follow the Way, the Truth and the Life as Jesus identified Himself. There is no substitute for the Bible, it is our road map and without it as our guide we are lost and not in Christ or following Him no matter what our feelings tell us.