February 22, 2013

Just how much of the Bible should we follow? Is it even open for debate?

Posted in Christian Living, Christianity, Faith, Fasting, Marriage, Right and Wrong tagged , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by Lisa Ritchey


I just read an article about Tim Tebow cancelling a speaking engagement he had at 

a church whose pastor, Robert Jeffress, endorses a Biblically strict but socially controversial theology.

The primary reason First Baptist Church draws controversy is because of Jeffress’ views that all those not pursuing his particular brand of Christianity are destined for Hell, a group that includes not only non-Christians such as Jews and Muslims, but also other denominations such as Catholics, as well as Mormons.

Tebow above appears to endorse a more inclusive version of Christianity, speaking of “unconditional love” and reaching out to “all those needing a brighter day,” not just those who follow certain dictates of the Bible.

Perhaps this is a result of Tebow deciding he didn’t believe in Jeffress’ brand of Christianity, and perhaps Tebow was advised of more earthly matters, that this wasn’t the best kind of appearance for him to make. Regardless of the Biblical justifications of exclusion of nonbelievers, there are plenty of Tebow (and NFL) fans who fall into Jeffress’ prescribed categories of the hellbound.

Update: Jeffress says that Tebow contacted him Wednesday night, and promised to return to the church once the current controversy dies down. Jeffress quoted Tebow as saying he needed to “lay low.” Video of Jeffress’ lines presented without further comment:[1]

2Timothy 3:16-17 KJV
(16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
(17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

My question is this: If ALL Scripture is to be used, how can we exclude any of it? Are we not to be in the world, but not of it? Are we not told to come out from among them and be separate[2], meaning we are not to think or believe like them, standing against the wrongs they accept as right.

“a Biblically strict but socially controversial theology.”  Sounds to me like this is just what God is looking for in His followers, doesn’t it to you?

The undeniable truth of this issue is found in

Rev 22:18-19 KJV
(18) For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
(19) And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

That sounds pretty straight forward to me!

So, if one is going to be a real  Christian, they have to be in it all or nothing.   He not just wrote the book, but paid the price with His life so that we could freely believe in and live it.

If G-d calls it an abomination, a thing He hates, so must I. This is where “Love the sinner, hate the sin” comes in. And we must.

I have written on this before, and am sure I will again. In fact I am working on another article entitled, “Abominations” listing all the things that the Bible says He hates.

And what He hates, He will not tolerate. Here or in Heaven!

And speaking of Heaven, there is only one way to get in: Belief in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the first-born son on the One True G-d. Not Allah, nor Mohammad. Not Confucius, or Buddha. Not Harry or Sally, or George or John. But by the grace of G-d through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ. That is it.

Now, back to the main point.

Just How much of the Bible should we follow? All of it.

If you don’t agree with His Word, it is simple.

 

You     are       wrong.

For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.  Psalms 100:5


[1] http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nfl-shutdown-corner/tim-tebow-cancels-appearance-controversial-dallas-church-155359044–nfl.html

[2] 2 Corinthians 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

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