For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. ~ 2 Timothy 4:3-4
Turned unto fables the Scripture tells us and that is exactly what we see happening in most, yes, most churches today. They have embraced childish fairy tales because they have not read and studied and are therefore susceptible to every new thought that comes along. I am reminded of Jim Jones some years ago and how he managed to get over nine hundred people who were supposed to be Christians to drink poison and die with him. Yet if you ask most Christians today they will say that they are not that gullible, that deceived. Oh, but they are my friend, they already are.
Not only is it sad but it is alarming as to just how many have gone down this path of fables today while claiming to be of the Christian faith. Such are in no true sense Christian but merely religious because having embraced fables, they automatically reject the Truth of Jesus Christ. Being that religiosity is man-made, not God-made, it has no power to save, to change hearts or bring lasting change to lives.
A recent cruise around to a handful of sites on the Internet that purport to be Christian sites left me with the feeling of a hole in the pit of my stomach and a heavy heart, not to mention a dose of righteous anger. Anger because the unwary are being led off into the pit where error is built upon more error. The wise Christian will examine themselves periodically in comparison to the Bible. Instead, most go on confidently oblivious as to just how far off course they are.
One site in particular represents the typical and subtle undermining of God’s Word that satan is so accomplished at doing. Since the errors put forth are broadcast for anyone who has any Spiritual understanding to see, there is no need they be named being only one of thousands of sites doing the same thing.
The posted article I am using as an example of the rampant error and unbelief we see all around us was supposedly written by
a theologian and educator. She teaches in one of our universities and is involved in other areas
dedicated to raising the bar of theological education in communities of faith.
raising the bar really mean? The Free Dictionary by Farlex defines this idiom as:
To raise the standards of quality that are expected of or required for something. Fig. to make a task a little more difficult. (As with raising the bar in high jumping or pole vaulting.)
In other words, she wants to make it harder to get a theological education and to expect more of that education. Well frankly if she were speaking from a true Spiritual and Biblical perspective I would applaud part of that statement. However based on her writing we cannot assume her position to be from one of Holy Spirit understanding. The article was clearly written by someone with a humanistic view and carnal secular handling of God’s Word and not the Spiritual wisdom and discernment God requires.
Like many today either this woman is careless with her words or lacks the saving faith that the Bible is in fact THE Words of God. In her article she questions the meaning and thousands of years of understanding about Abraham being instructed by God to offer his son as a sacrifice (Genesis 22:1-18). She wrote:
…maybe the authors – from their position writing at a later date…. Any truly born again Christian knows and believes that God, and God alone, is the author of the Bible. As I wrote in my comment which they declined to post, God used men much like we might use a pen or a keyboard today. We are told that the Bible is of no private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20) meaning that man did not influence the thought or the wording of the message. Like an ink pen leaves a trail of ink color with microscopic skips and smears, so do men leave their style imprint on the writing but nothing else. We could show many examples of how the Bible tells us that God impressed upon men and women different patterns, plans, and abilities such as temple blueprints, weaving and embroidery skills, metal working, and more. At best this woman is trying to interpret Spiritual matters with a carnal mindset. At worst, she is purposely laying a snare of doubt.
After she cast several doubts on the traditional beliefs and thinking found in the Bible, the author of the article further states:
These are positions that need to be wrestled with…. Perhaps in the carnal mind these are things to be wrestled with but for the Spiritual mind we do not wrestle, but study and pray as the Holy Spirit has promised to give us understanding in due time. He teaches line upon line, precept upon precept (Isaiah 28:10) to those who seek and are patient. This Bible passage regarding Abraham in Genesis is plain, sending the same message it has for well over two thousand years and just like back then it is still not understood by those of a carnal mind.
The devil is the father of lies and he knows that if he can cause any crack of doubt in any area of our faith that eventually that crack will grow and bring down the whole faith of a person. His goal is to destroy while coming as an angel of light and he uses those who have a form of religion but are yet carnal in heart and mind. It is not our mind and ability to reason that is our plumb line,1 our landmark, it is the written Word of God, the Bible, the King James Bible in fact. Hebrews 11:1 tells us that faith is the evidence of things not seen. If one reads and studies the Bible they will find a treasure trove of evidence for our faith when examined with the Spiritual mind.
As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. ~ 2 Peter 3:16
Folks, the following verse is in the Bible for a reason. For our Spiritual safety and concern from a loving Saviour.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. ~ 2 Timothy 3:5
1 plumbline- a line or cord with a weight at one end and used to determine if something is verticle; true.