7. Overall rebellious attitude towards God – “Bible or no Bible…” “What this passage means to me…” “that’s your interpretation” “no two people can agree on what the Bible says”
I’ve heard every one of these lately…
As I’ve mentioned before, we are the SERVANTS of Jesus Christ, not His LORD! The Word Faith movement right now thinks they can command God to do things, that God is their obedient Genie. I’m sure we’re going to hear one last, desperate voice from one of them at the Great White Throne Judgment, “God I COMMAND you to let us into Heaven!”
God is in charge. God is in control. I wrote a blog post back in 2012 about a movie theater shooting, where my wife had heard two Christian DJ’s talking about it and saying, “Well, there is no verse that says God is in control.” She told me about it, I had a fit and wrote an ill tempered blog post. Well, that’s about half of mine, anyway. God’s working on my temper, please have patience.
In that post, I pointed out that by the very deifinition, God is God. God is absoultely in control of everything. He allows things to happen, because He wants to reward us for obedience. I’m afraid many of today’s Christians go to the head of the line for rewards, which of course means, you get just about diddly except a “you showed up prize” of the believer’s crown.
However, He will not reward disobedience. Some teach that you lose rewards for disobedience – I’m really not seeing it in the Scriptures. I do see the same references you do, but that could be read “ya didn’t get nuttin'” just as well as “You got a lot and we took it back”.
Here’s how this relationship works… God tells us what He wants to do, we’re supposed to do it. How well’s that working?
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
How long would it have taken us to go out into all the world and preach the Gospel to every nation?
Well, if we told a bunch at once… it could have been done by the Apostles. Did they do it, I wonder?
6 And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also; Acts 17:6 (KJV)
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world. Romans 1:8 (KJV)
Looks to me like they did. How are WE doing? Well, at last I heard, there are “200 people groups who have not heard the Gospel yet”. Well, the Bible says they did, but obviously they rejected it. What we’re meaning is, WE still haven’t reached 200 people groups.
How many people are in the missions team in your church? 8??? 12??? out of what, 200? Really, they should be having to take turns!!! So, what’s the number?
That’s how well we’re doing.
How many people have you told about Jesus Christ in the last five years? How many tracts have you passed out?
See, there’s another question from the Bible answered. Why is God going to send out the 144,000? Answer: Because the Gentile age of the Churches bombed miserably on the whole Gospel thing. The 144,000 will do it in seven years.
We’ve had 2,000 years… the 144,000 will have seven. They’ll do it. We did nothin’.
God tells us to read His word. We fail miserably on that. Witness my exchange with my Sunday School class where I made a comment about the color of Jesus’s hair, and someone looked puzzled. I told him what chapter in Revelation to look it up, and he read the whole chapter and said,
“I’m missing it…”
14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; Revelation 1:14 (KJV)
Strange, because every Rastafarian I’ve ever met had that memorized. You just expect Him to look like the actor from Jesus of Nazareth. Odds are good Jesus Christ never had long hair, and even if He did, it’s not brown now. And NO… His eyes are not “every possible eye color and shade all at once”.
We don’t read our Bibles. At best, many of us open them and let our eyes move down the page. When we get reluctantly to the end of our four chapters, we think “Done!” and have acquired ZERO knowledge. I’m speaking of us as a whole (like the universal church everyone keeps talking about). I’ve seen there are a few readers of this blog who read their bibles and actually learn! Good on ya, mate!
Now, let’s get to the next part. When the Bible says something, it means it. I can defeat the whole “The Bible means different things to different people”. When challenged with that, I quoted, 15 Thou shalt not steal. Exodus 20:15 (KJV)
How many different meanings does that have? I’m not talking applications, I’m talking meanings. Could that mean, “you shall not buy a Golden Retriever”? No. Does that mean “you shall not eat Sealtest Ice Cream?”
Nope. It means, “you shall not steal.” If God wanted it to mean something else, He’d have said something else.
The “Bible or no Bible” attitude I can’t change. There’s nothing I can say, except…
11 An evil man seeketh only rebellion: therefore a cruel messenger shall be sent against him. Proverbs 17:11 (KJV)
If you hear the Bible says you need to do something, and you protest, then… it’s on you. I’ve been nice about it, because it’s cropped up on this very blog, and my response has been a polite “That’s between you and the LORD.” My answer changes at this point to, “That’s on you.”
It’s funny that most people are willing (in words anyway) to do as the Bible commands, until it mentions money. Like give to charity or to tithe. coincidence, I guess.
Bottom line – God is in charge. He commands, we should obey. The Bible says what it means.
We don’t tell God what to do, He’s supposed to tell us, and we, out of a glad and obedient heart, should RUSH to do as God has commanded!
I mean, we’re not talking cult-ism, like “no blood transfusions, no meat on Friday nights, wear this holy underwear and no caffeine…” but rather, Christianity. You know, witness, go to church, pray, read your Bible, pay your tithe, givev to charity.
If the Jehovah’s Witnesses can command their cult members to go and work many many hours a day, Can’t God command us to dedicate a couple hours a week, spread up over seven days???