The educational system in our country has come under scrutiny.  Teachers and students alike have been observed, tested, and analyzed for their efficiency and achievements.  Whenever goals have not been reached, committees and subcommittees are introduced to address and define the causes of sub inferior educational standards and accomplishments. Education begins with the educators.  If a teacher lacks scholastic integrity, the students will suffer.  The teachers must be well versed in their field of expertise.  To not understand and believe in what they teach is to put their students at a distinct disadvantage.

The Church is not immune to investigative attention.  I believe every Pastor should be held to the highest standards in Biblical education.  If they lack spiritual integrity and congregational compassion, their “students” will fail to achieve spiritual growth.  It is so tragic to see hungry Believers enter the church building and leave with hunger pains.  It is hard for me to understand how a once a week communal service can possibly help the Believer reach the goal of spiritual maturity.  What happened to the Sunday night service or the Wednesday Bible study?  In place of those Christian staples, “small groups” gather to discuss Christian publications or to just fellowship around cookies and liquid refreshments.  If there are “cell” groups, it is essential that there is a strong spiritual leader that can oversee the group and be able to steer them in the right direction.  If that is not done, it is like the blind leading the blind.

Jesus ministry centered on PREACHING and TEACHING.  I believe that every pastor needs to adopt his ministry around those two foundational principles.  Preaching is heralding divine truth while teaching elaborates on those truths..  When Jesus began His ministry, He came preaching “repentance.” In fact that was the foundation on which He would build His ministry. (Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:38)  Before anyone can receive Truth, he must be willing to change direction (repent), thus opening himself to the teaching that is offered through the Scripture.  The commissioning of the Disciples was around this principle.  As they went into the world they were told to preach the Gospel and then follow it up with teaching. (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19).  The reason there is such a lack of excitement in so many churches is because the foundation of repentance has not been proclaimed.  How can one understand Biblical teaching when they have not decided to seek a different direction in their daily walk? (Repentance)

After preaching repentance, Jesus entered the Synagogues and Temple teaching. (Matthew 4:23, John 7:14)  He taught from a boat, hillside and anywhere that people were ready to listen.  PREACHING prepares the hearer, while TEACHING explains the Word.  How many times I have seen people leave a worship service just as empty as they entered.  How can you blame them?  They can’t understand the implication of the Word, unless they have made a conscious effort to change direction!  It is one thing to preach on the forgiveness of God, but another thing to teach how we can pass our forgiveness on to others.  Preaching deals with absolutes, while teaching deals with application of those absolutes.

When Pastors learn the difference between PREACHING AND TEACHING, they will see a change in the people that they could only have imagined.


What is hindering so many people from seeking the Kingdom of God is the physical church.  If I was not a Christian, I doubt that I would ever consider being part of an organization that stressed a belief I see evidenced by their actions.  But if I was striving to understand this great Faith, how would I go about finding my way?  If I was not a Christian, how would I begin my quest for the invisible in a visible world?  If I was not a Christian, in which of the many label displaying buildings could I find the Faith that so many claim?  If I was not a Christian, what Bible would I explore when there are so many different types?  If I was not a Christian, which of the contradictory teachings should I listen to?  If I was not a Christian, how would I respond to the weekly “dues” that are required for experiencing a religious gathering?  If I was not a Christian, would I have to adapt to rules and regulations to be part of these “separatists”?  If I was not a Christian, would I really want to be like my church- going neighbor whose life is not any different than mine?

The visible church seems to be exhibiting a conflicting message.  Christians talk about the love of God, but so many of our actions fail to exhibit the reality of our claim.  The Church must step up and be the Biblical evidence of God’s love, or step down as the physical evidence of God’s Kingdom.

If I was a part of the Christian community, I would do everything I could to reach out to the seeking and wayward.  If I was a Christian, I would make sure my actions evidenced my belief.  If I was a Christian, I would do whatever it took to make it easier for a non-believer to find the way into the fellowship of the faith.  If I was a Christian, I would be a living example of the invisible Truths.  If I was a Christian, I would be more interested in stressing the message instead of the label.  If I was a Christian, I would supply a Bible that best complimented the original texts.  If I was a Christian, I would steer the non-believer away from controversial messages and center on the simple truth of God’s Word.  If I was a Christian, I would make sure that financial giving was based on one’s love of God and not a “pay as you go” requirement.  If I was a Christian, I would make sure the Faith was not presented as rules and requirements, but as experiencing the benefits of God’s love.  If I was a Christian, my life would speak as loud as my words.

To reach the non-Believer, the Church must step out from its walled fortress and display its light to a darkened world.  It is not inviting someone to our framed buildings, but introducing them to our God who loves them.  It is not a time to share the tenets of faith that we are so dedicated to defend, but to share what God has done in our lives through Jesus Christ.  Doctrines are important, but they must never precede the simple truth of the CROSS.

Believers must learn to present the pure Word, free from interpretive meanings and “discovered” hidden truths.  Let us learn as the Apostle Paul did, “… not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.” (I Corinthians 2:2)  So many people have been turned away from the Truth by Christians who do not live the Truth they proclaim.  If we are the salt of the earth, are we making people thirsty for the Truth?  If we are the light of the world, are we lighting the path to our Heavenly Father? (Matthew 6:13-16)  Let us ask ourselves if we are the reason people are not coming to know Jesus Christ.  If we are guilty, it is time to do something about it!



How is your Faith?  That is a question that some of us hope will not be asked, especially   during a lapse in our spiritual activity.  To respond with anything less than honesty would tend to embellish our already lukewarmness.  To admit we are not living up to Scriptural expectations is to expose our spiritual growth deficiency.  We can fool others into believing that we are a walking, talking, living child of the King, but we know the truth.  We can “worship” with the best of them.  Our Christian vocabulary can witness to our knowledge of spiritual matters.  Our social/economic lifestyle could give credence to our Faith.  But when we are in our own secured environment, we seem to be a little different than what we display publicly.  How we live outwardly is not always an evidence of our inward reality.  Our spiritual “family” does not see what we do in the confines of our homes.  They don’t know how much time we spend in studying God’s Word or how much of our day is dedicated to prayer.  The only hint that other Believers have of our spiritual condition is what we display, both in and outside of the church.

One of the hindrances to the Christian message is the inconsistency of Believers. Christians tend to vacillate between self centeredness and the needs of others.  Part of us wants God to meet our needs instead of the needs of others.  The more we become self conscious, the greater the liability we are to the Kingdom of God.  Our faith is enhanced and enriched through the Word, which then opens the door to the world and the opportunities for service.  When we fail to understand this, faith begins to fade into feelings and emotions.  Faith is predicated on action.  When we fail to act, we become label wearers instead of living “action figures.”  It is not a question of what God can do for me, but what can I do for others?  If the Believer is the earthly hand of God, whom are we touching?  Whom are we lifting up?  If we are the earthly light of God’s light, whom are we enlightening?  I believe Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, but also by living the Word.  When we fail to live what the Scripture tells us, our faith will shrink to a belief with no evidence of its reality.

My tears ducts empty every time I see pictures of people migrating from war zones in search of a haven of stability.  Many are dying in search of a life free of physical conflict.  Not only do I see their sojourn, but I see others in search of spiritual security.  The question we should ask ourselves is “What can I do to help them reach their goals?”  If we can’t reach them with our physical presence, let us spend as much time praying for God’s intervention as we do complaining about how bad our Country is or the things in our life that are really not that important.  If we can engage the “lost,” let us be a living epistle that reveals God’s love.

My Granddaughter is involved and dedicated to taking “selfies.”  She then enters the realm of the wireless and disperses her pictures to the expecting eyes of the viewers.  Many Christians seem to follow this self promotion in their spiritual journey.  Little do we realize that “selfies” will put us on the path that will bypass the needs of others.  When that happens, our faith will become a label instead of an action.

How is your Faith?  Can we respond with an affirmative or do we continue to display a cosmetic faith that covers up our true condition?




It seems there is a problem distinguishing between sin and a sinner.  We tend to fuse the two into one concept.  Sin is basically “missing the mark.”  It is the enemy of God’s Word.  It is the forbidden fruit.  It is the antidote to spiritual truth.  Sin is the diluter of God’s Word.  The sinner, on the other hand, is the one who decides to play a leading role in Satan’s play.  The sinner chooses to cross over into Satan’s territory. The sinner is the person who decides to walk in disobedience to God’s Word.

The Bible contains the 66 spiritual text books for learning the ways of our Creator.  It shows us how to avoid the pitfalls of life.  It demonstrates how obedience to His Word will lead to a purposeful life.

When we choose to violate God’s Word, the definition of sin is exposed.  Sin is the label of disobedience.  It is inanimate.  The Sinner, on the other hand, is a living being that God loves.  God does not intertwine the sin and the sinner.  One is the cause and the other is the responder.  Man responds to the temptation to walk in opposition to God’s Word (sinning), while God responds to the sinner with love and forgiveness.  Modern Christianity merges the two and tends to throw out the sinner with the sin.  When we do that, we fall into the trap of becoming a judge and jury, which is only God’s job.

When we see two individuals behaving in an unnatural physical desire with each other, we see it simply as a sinful unit.  When Jesus was confronted by the Pharisees over a woman caught in adultery (John 8), He separated the sin and the sinner.  When Jesus inferred that everyone involved in that judgmental situation had sin in their lives, the “holy” men walked away leaving Jesus alone with the adulteress.  Jesus simply said to her, “…where are those thine accusers?  Hath no man condemned thee?”  The woman told Him that no one was left to accuse her.  Jesus then said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”  Jesus separated the sin and the sinner.  The Word was very clear on the consequences of her sin (Leviticus 20:10), but just because she was in violation to the Word, her life did not have to be cast away.  Jesus went the extra mile with this woman.  He forgave the adulteress, but did not minimize the sin.  When He told her to go, and sin no more, He was saying that He understood the weakness of the flesh, but He challenged her to accept the responsibility for sinning and to make a commitment to living a life void of the entanglements of the flesh.

We all make mistakes, but not all mistakes are fatal.  How can it be when we have a loving and forgiving Heavenly Father?  The Bible makes it clear that we have all sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)  Realizing our own faults opens the door to restoration.  If we fail to grasp that fact, the Holy Spirit is there to convict us through our conscience.  That is exactly what happened to the accusers of the adulterous woman.  They realized that they had sin in their lives and, as a result, were not justified to past judgment.  I wonder what ever happened to that woman.  She was facing imminent death.  But Jesus separated the sin from the sinner and she walked away with a new lease on life. There are many people that have missed the mark.  Instead of condemning them, let us learn to separate the sin from the sinner and offer them not only God’s forgiveness, but ours as well.




There is no doubt that the Word of God is being presented throughout our Country.  It is not an issue of whether or not we are hearing the Word, but rather, what we are doing with the Word.  I know there is a concern whether the presented Word is actually God’s Word or is simply man’s interpretation.  If we are truthful, we will readily admit it is a mixture of both.  It would take a spiritual Sherlock Holmes to discern what is Divine and what is human.  Even when a distinction is made, there is an astonishing observation that the human interpretation has more followers than the Divine Word!  It is easy to follow human advice and, for some reason, very difficult to follow Divine direction.  One must readily be available to the Gift of the Holy Spirit known as “Discerning of Spirits.”  False teaching is sprinkled with Truth, but undermined with human ingredients.  When we look at the diversity of teaching today, we shake our heads with bewilderment at how divided the Church has become.

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7)  is the longest teaching of Jesus which we have recorded.  If we would dedicate ourselves to understanding what He taught on that mountain side, we would be prepared for the trials of life.  At the end of His message, He challenged them to do something with what they had heard.  For those who would build their lives around these Truths, whatever the situations in life would bring, they would be able to weather the storm.  If, on the other hand, they just listened to the Word and did nothing with it, they would experience failures.

Problems will come upon Believers and non-believers.  No one is immune to the trials in life.  The difference is that those who live their lives based on the Word of God will not only survive, but will build their lives on a solid foundation.  There are many Christians that have heard the Word taught, but have not turned these Truths into actions.  As a result of not responding to these Biblical Truths, their lives have been filled with inconsistencies.  So many Christians experience setbacks because they have neglected the Word of God.  When they fail in their spiritual walk, they blame God or question His Word.  What they need to do is to stand in front of the mirror and accept the responsibility for their own lack of action.

I tried to start my leaf blower yesterday and, after ten minutes of pulling the starter rope, I gave up and sat down to try and figure out what I was doing wrong.  What I found out was that I had flooded it; I had too much fuel in the carburetor.  It can be just like that in our Christian walk.  We can flood ourselves with the Word, but too much Word without action can limit our ability to function.  We love to hear the Word, but if we are not willing to experience the Word, our lives will be limited to feelings instead of Faith.  If we do not put works with our Faith, our faith will fade away.



There is always something to write about, especially when it comes to spiritual matters.  When you think the Bible (KJV) has 1,189 chapters and 31,173 verses, which includes 773,746 words, there should be enough content to occupy our interest until we meet Him face to face.  When we compare the extra curricular “self help” tutorials that strive to explain the Scripture, we have entered into the world of interpretive theology.  Christianity has become big business in promoting editorials on what God means from His Word.  Today, Christian publications have surpassed the Bible in revenue growth. Whenever someone writes anything, from a pamphlet to a book, enquiring minds rush to purchase the newest “must have.”  Electronics bridge the gap between the “seeker” and his desire to hear or see the manna from Heaven.

Does God really need help in making the Bible more relevant to its hearers?  There seems to be a “cliff note” mentality in so many Believers.  Instead of searching out the Scriptures themselves, they want someone to present a condensed version, which highlights the important aspects of selective Truth.  This trend is also evidenced in our Saturday/Sunday worship experiences.  Let the Pastor spoon feed his congregants and burp them so they can best understand the Word without feeling uncomfortable!  The Pastor/Shepherd is to lead his people to the truth of God’s Word and encourage them to search for themselves.

Do we really need people to explain what God has so clearly said in His Word? Throughout the years there have been periods of “discovered truths” that have been presented to the body of Christ.  These “uncovered” truths are like a shot of spiritual adrenalin to the Christian.  Whenever the Bible is neglected, modern interpretations are birthed to satisfy the stagnant Believer.  These fads are short lived and are eventually replaced by “updated relevancy.”  So much of the Christian literature today is centered on receiving, instead of giving.  Our faith is more vertical than horizontal.  The evidence of our spiritual growth is displayed by the outward instead of through the inner man.  Reality has become the new faith.

Instead of supplementary books and recordings, why don’t we just open the Word and let the Holy Spirit illuminate the Word in our spirits?  Let us not be so quick to reach a goal of reading the entire Bible in a year.  Instead, let us read one word at a time, giving the Holy Spirit time to seed that Word into our spirits.  Once that Word germinates into a living entity, our minds will grasp its power and we will begin to exhibit its Truth.  Many Christians are bypassing the Bible for explanatory books that convey an editorial understanding of the Scripture.  There is no substitute for God’s Word!  If we do not understand certain verses, move on to the next verse.  When the Holy Spirit believes we are ready for its meaning and application, He will open our understanding.

There is nothing wrong with extra Biblical publications, as long as they do not become the text book for our spiritual journey.  When religious books transcend the Bible, we will be vulnerable to extra Biblical truths which will lead to confusion.  Whatever we read, we must make sure it does not conflict with or contradict the Scriptures.  We must never dilute the Word to fit it into our comfort zone.  Let us be patient in our quest for Biblical understanding.  There are no short cuts to Scriptural comprehension.  We need to study the Word and let the Holy Spirit illuminate it.


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the debut of yet another church in our city.  It is an extension of an established body of Believers from a community 30 miles away.  I wondered why we needed another visual evidence of the reality of God.  This new assembly of Believers had purchased a complex that had previously housed a bar, restaurant, and hardware.  I wanted to understand what would draw people to this new worship experience.  Their inaugural service was filled to overflowing.  If you were not greeted by at least a dozen people, you must have been invisible.  Food and beverages filled the outer auditorium.  The darkened “sanctuary” thundered with ear-shattering music.  The message was foundational and delivered with simplicity.  An invitation was given and accepted by many.  As you left the assembly of Believers, you were given hamburgers/hot dogs with chips and beverages.  As I exited the complex, questions exploded in my mind.  Where did the hundreds of people come from in our already crowded Christian community?  What were these people seeking that would cause them to enter a converted secular building to join in a communal worship experience about which they knew little?

People are looking for something, but they don’t know what.  Many people are looking for feelings instead of faith; emotion instead of peace; excitement instead of contentment; the visible instead of the invisible; the tangible instead of the intangible; confirmation instead of trust; emotional involvement instead of spiritual commitment; fleshly edification instead of holiness.  When peoples’ spiritual needs are not being met, they will become church hoppers, looking for what “feels” good, or stop shopping and become institutionalized in the organized church.  Some will even revert to dropping out of church completely.  It is difficult to say it, but so many of our churches are talent scouts for the local cemetery.  We need excitement in the church, but not at the expense of a neglected spirit.  Seekers need to understand that emotions will change with the wind, but Biblical Truths will bring consistency.  If we base our Christian commitment on feeling instead of faith, we will experience an inconsistent life.

Many churches are havens of entertainment, rather then spiritual filling stations.  Maybe this new entry in the church yellow pages will bring a wake up call to the established churches.  It is time to meet the spiritual needs of the people.  It is time to be the Church God has called us to be.  It is more then filling our stomachs, it is filling our spirits.  It is more than loud music that caters to the flesh.  It is learning to be still and know God is there no matter how I feel.  If the Church doesn’t do its job, there is a danger the church will substitute secular humanism for Biblical truths.

Every church needs to examine its motives and goals.  If we are not fulfilling our objectives, we need to reevaluate our mission and make the necessary changes.  For if the church continues to be a retirement center for Believers, there will be those who will take up the torch and lead the way, either into temporary or permanent fulfillment.

I rejoiced when people responded to the invitation.  The only concern I had was if it was a heart changing reality or simply a “super sized” emotional reaction.  God help us to discern between the two.





There are certain Biblical questions that are kept under lock and key in the recesses of our minds.  We know that if these questions were expressed outwardly, we would be judged by other Believers.  So as to not experience the challenges to our “misguided” questions, we push them from our consciousness.  I remember a teacher once told our class there was no such thing as a dumb question.  I wish Christians would heed that advice.  In our quest to understand Scriptures, we must not be afraid to search out the Truth by asking questions.  But so many Believers are afraid to venture into controversial territories that might cause others to question their faith.  I am convinced there is so much more in the Scripture that we don’t understand, but are afraid to discover its truths by asking questions.

How effective are our prayers?  We have always been taught that God answers our prayers by affirming, denying, or delaying the fulfilling of the request.  Let me pull a question from the attic of my mind and see if there is an answer.  I am sure the question will undoubtedly cause some Believers to question the validity of my spiritual status.

In the Lord’s Prayer in John 17, Jesus made a plea to God on behalf of His disciples.  He prayed that they may be one as He and God were one; in fact, He presented His petition four times. (Verses 11, 21-23)  The purpose of this unity would be so the world would believe that God had sent Him.  Not only that, but that God has the same love for them as He has for Jesus.  Jesus’ earthly ministry was quickly coming to an end and one of His biggest concerns was for the unity of Believers.  His request was not only for His disciples, but for all that would believe through their word. (v.20)  This would include all those who would be drawn to Christ through the writings of the New Testament Saints.  After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost, there was almost immediately a division of Believers.  What began as a trickle of division, gained momentum through the centuries to a church in full disharmony by the twenty-first century.

The quest for understanding is presented by asking why Jesus’ petition was not answered.  Why did not God bring about the unity of the Believers and insure the Church’s unity throughout its expansion?  It is almost unthinkable to imagine that a prayer of Jesus was not answered, let alone seeing the opposite of His intended prayer!

One of the great mysteries of God is the granting of freedom to His creations.  Man was created with a capacity to endorse or reject God’s plan for his life.  God’s love permitted man to be a free agent, capable of making his own choices.  He could accept God’s direction or he could pursue his own way; of course, there would be both positive and negative consequences.  Prayer releases man’s will and desire to God’s attention.  Prayer reaches over and above our capacity to bring about change.  Prayer says to God, “I have done everything I can; now it is up to You.”  Jesus fulfilled everything God had sent Him to do, and when He completed it, He turned the future events to God’s attention.  His desire for the unity of His followers and all the future Believers was expressed to God.  It was no longer in His capacity to bring about unity; rather it would rest with God’s intervention. God heard Jesus’ prayer, but God chose to let man decide whether to unify or diversify.  When we pray beyond our ability to bring fulfillment, we need to commit it unto God.  What He does with that prayer is beyond our control.  When we ask, we are saying what we would like to see done, but it is up to His will and desire.  Let us have faith to believe God is in control and our prayers are evidence of this belief.  Jesus as human/divine made His request and then released the outcome to God’s sovereignty.



The Christian walk is a progressive journey.  It is not coming to a point of arriving at Spiritual maturity, but a continuous striving to achieve one goal after another until we stand before the Lord and hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  There is no place for complacency in a Believer.  The Believer’s life is a growing experience.  He continually gauges his progress by asking simple questions: “Do I love God more than I did a week ago?” “Am I spending more time in the Word than I did last week?” “Am I doing more for the Kingdom of God than I did two weeks ago?”  If the answers to these questions are negative, he will disappear into the walled church, becoming a spectator instead of a participant.  He hopes that showing up for Sunday morning services will help to sooth his troubled conscience.  When this happens, the Believer has become the face of the neo-Christian church.

Periodically there is a wake up call, usually set off by seeing other Christians living a victorious life.  To help the lukewarm Christian regain his spiritual stability, some churches schedule Revivals.  It is an invitation to stoke up those embers and once again be on fire for the Lord.  If the intention of the inactive Believers is positive and filled with hope, they will rededicate their lives and leave the meeting fully charged and ready to pick up where they left off.  For the next few weeks or months, their zeal brings back memories of their first encounter with the Lord.  Sadly, the things that caused the Believers to fall away before are slowly reintroduced to them.  Their renewed love begins to wane.  Bible reading loses its priority.  The application of the Word leaves their consciousness.  Once again, they are back where they were before the Revival.

There are some Believers who, when they decided to restore their spiritual lives, seek out a new environment.  Instead of continuing their physical commitment to a certain body of believers, they decide to try something different.  The seeking Believer is usually drawn to emotional gatherings.  They want a “feeling” faith.  The louder the music, the more likely the Lord will listen to their “want” list!  I have nothing against the music decibels as long as there is substance behind it.  I have nothing against highly emotional services as long as it influences how I act the rest of the week.  I have nothing against “experiencing” the presence of the Lord, as long as I know that He will still be there when I don’t feel Him.  I have nothing against being overcome by the power of the Holy Spirit, as long as I know I can overcome any obstacle by the Holy Spirit in me.

Returning Believers are also vulnerable to deceptive teaching and false doctrines.  Instead of returning to the basics of their faith, they open themselves to “new revelations” that cater to their flesh instead of their spirit.  Just because someone lost their zeal for the Lord while in their foundational church, does not mean they cannot surpass their previous spiritual growth in that “family” church.  It takes discipline and commitment to achieve our purpose in life.  Instead of blaming others for lost growth, look in the mirror and accept responsibility.  Rededicate yourself to the Lord.  Open His Word daily and let the Holy Spirit guide you into Truth.  Step out into the worldly environment and exhibit what you have learned.  It is never too late to re-enter the race for the Kingdom!




In my forty-nine years of pastoral service, I have witnessed 180 degree adjustments in everything from the basic tenets of faith to doctrines and dogmas that have been altered to fit into the ever changing society.  As a Believer you learn to hold on to your faith and commitment.  If one is strong enough, one will realize that what goes away will eventually come back again.  There will be periodic returns to fundamentals of the Faith, but there is also the danger that Biblical Truths will be modified into “new truths” that will threaten the basis of our Faith.  I never thought that the day would come when the Church would fuse into a society service club.  Programs abound at such a pace that secular clubs are hard pressed to keep up.  The Church needs to have an outreach, but not at the expense of being out of the reach of the Holy Spirit!  So much of the Church continues to vacillate with teachings for every type of hearer.  Itching ears seem to be the target of teachings and homilies; keep the people happy and excited so their checkbooks stay open.  I know there are many who think I am out of touch with the times, and I accept that, but I pray I will never be out of touch with what God is saying through His Word!

The biggest threat to the imperfect Church today is the assault against the Bible.  What is so tragic is confessed Believers are challenging the Word Itself.  They are using contemporary reasoning to dilute the Bible.  They are making the Word of God non-effective through their interpretations.  God said what He meant and meant what He said, yet we believe that certain Scriptures have precedence over other Scriptures.  We tend to humanize the Bible to make it more acceptable to the reader.  Almost every year, new translations abound which tend to substitute God’s intended meaning by implying what He meant to say.  The Bible is not made up of multiple choice Scriptures by which you can pick and choose which verses best fit our comfort zone.  The Bible is a compilation of the Truths that God deems important for His people.  Instead of looking for contradictions in the Word, we must come to the point of accepting the Word of God as it was given.  The only error around the Bible is exhibited by the reader who tries to fit God’s Word around his own understanding.  There are things I do not understand in the Bible, but I will never reject its truth.  When God is ready for me to grasp the intent of a certain verse, the Holy Spirit will open my heart and flood me with understanding.

If we look at the Bible as simply sixty-six books of miscellaneous content, we might as well turn back to Egypt and the old way of life.  If we challenge the authority of the Scripture, where do we turn?  Some of the major denominations have dared to stand in opposition to the intended Word of God.  If they continue to contradict God’s Word, ICHABOD (“the glory of the Lord has departed”) will be displayed over their doors.

The Bible is the physical evidence of God.  Jesus is the Word and it is through Him that we have our life.  How we treat the Written Word is how we treat the Living Word.  The Word is the light unto our path and without it we are like the blind trying to find his way.  The challenge to the Church is to either accept the Bible as God’s infallible Word or see it as simply concepts that need to be updated by modern interpretations.  What we choose to believe will determine what type of life we will lead.