12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. Job 23:12 (KJV)
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. Psalm 138:2 (KJV)
Do we hold our Bibles that highly? God considers it more important than His name. Do you consider the Bible that highly? Do you consider it more important than food?
I remember the Sabbath when my Rabbi found me sitting downstairs in his kitchen drinking coffee with his sons, and all he had to say was, “I hope you all said the shema before you honored yourselves with coffee.”
That was a big hit-home message. It was far more important to quote Deuteronomy 6:4-8 than it was to stop and get a nice, warm cup of Folger’s coffee. I normally drank Maxwell House back then, but hey, Folger’s made coffee in teabag-style singles, so you could make coffee on the Sabbath.
I have esteemed the words of His mouth…. more than my necessary food.
How many times have you read the Bible all the way through? Do you have at least ONE VERSE highlighted in every book of the Bible? All I’m asking is that you highlight 66 verses! I guarantee when my wife bought me a leatherbound King James Bible, I highlighted at least that many the first night.
Do you pour over God’s word? How well could you do in a Bible trivia game? It reveals a lot, by the way!
I know a Christian who was embarrassed that a page fell out of his Bible in front of me. I told him I didn’t know why he was embarrassed – I told him, “show me a Christian who’s Bible is falling apart… and I’ll show you a Christian whose life is not.”
Okay, I’m not the originator of that quote, but yes, it’s a true story. He’s probably gonna laugh at me at work later this week that I told everyone.
What is the result of not reading your Bible?
Well, this blog, for one. I’m so dumbfounded at Christianity not knowing its Bible I had to start a blog on my laptop a few years ago, and we decided to take it public almost three years ago.
If we read our Bibles, nobody would be an Evangelical. You’d all be Fundamentalists. And yes, there’s a difference.
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles, we’d have dismissed Evangelicalism’s blatant Ecumenism.
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles,we’d have recognized the ultimate goal of New Evangelicalism and Ecumenism was to build the one-world religion that the Antichrist will use to propel himself into power.
We’ve all read the verses that say…
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. Romans 16:17-18 (KJV)
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them. 8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Ephesians 5:6-9 (KJV)
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Ephesians 5:11 (KJV)
6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7 For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 8 Neither did we eat any man’s bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 9 Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. 11 For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies. 12 Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 13 But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (KJV)
We read those verses… and then we go ahead and accept people as Christians who think that being sprinkled with water as a baby makes them a Christian. That’s not a Christian.
Ye must be born again.We read those verses, and think we should accept people who think they will someday become gods and goddesses. we think we should accept people who call themselves Christians, but advocate you must keep the law after salvation to KEEP that salvation.
We read those verses, and think we should accept people who use prayers in vain repetitions as the heathen do, who burn incense and pray to idols, who teach salvation by works.
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles,we’d have separated from all of them immediately, and warned them unless they repent and are born again, accepting Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour in a spiritual rebirth by Faith…. that they will all perish in the fire that is not quenched, and their worm dyeth not.
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles, we’d have rejected the lunacy that passes for the attitude we should accept a pastor whose doctrine agrees with ours only 90%. That sounds fine and admirable, but what does the Bible say? If that 10% we disagree on includes accepting everyone who names the name of Christ whether saved or not, infant Baptism, questioning the Bible, Baptismal regeneration, the deity of Christ, inspiration of Scripture, salvation by works, idolatry, or the Trinity – they’re a heretic. Why should I accept them?
You know, really, when you start looking at some cults (you know, the ones everyone used to agree on were cults before one of them ran for President as a Republican Candidate!!!), you start to see we agree on some things. Should I accept Mormons as Christians because we agree on a few things? Or Jehovah’s Witnesses because we agree on possibly a few more? No. The Bible says one promotes Universalism and Idolatry. The other denies the Trinity, the Deity of Christ, and manages to somehow mangle their entire Bible into meaning the exact opposite of what the Bible says.
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles, we’d have rejected Billy Graham in the 1950’s when he spoke in favor of Baptismal Regeneration, and began involving Roman Catholics in his “crusades”. And we’d have rejected him even more forcefully when he denied the existence of a literal Hell in the 1960’s. And when he began offering Halley’s Bible Handbook to people – with every reference to Roman Catholic massacres and tortures of Christians removed.
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles, we’d reject teachers like Joyce Meier, Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, Kenneth Copeland, Kenneth Hagin, Crefloe Dollar, Myles Munroe, E. W. Kenyon, Benny Hinn, Gloria Copeland, Rod Parsley, and many, many, many others we tolerate. It sickens me to hear Baptists quote Gloria Copeland or Joyce Meiers, when we should KNOW better!
If we all compared every teaching we heard to our Bibles,we’d probably all have rejected the new modern perversions of the Bible, upon seeing that they removed or called into question THOUSANDS of words and even entire verses!
People. I cannot say this strongly enough. Open your Bibles. Make it a habit to read them, to know them. Make it a habit to study them. Do NOT make a pet doctrine of yours the basis for your Bible knowledge, make the Bible provide you with your doctrines.
I’ve recently had some debates on this blog where Christians tried to argue for their pet doctrines, heard my Scriptural basis for my doctrine, and proceeded to try to argue logic with me, without resorting to Scripture. If you did that, that’s a major warning sign.
You know what the very first warning sign is your doctrine is off? Questioning the Pre-Trib Rapture. I’ve noticed when Christians begin doing that, just like ballistics, their aim gets further and further off the father they go.
And I’d be willing to bet that if you’re reading a modern translation, you’re shocked at the things I’m talking about today.
People, make it a PRIORITY to read your Bible, study your Bible.