Tuesday, January 5, 2016
“And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 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 3:15,16 KJV).
Although there is so much confusion about it, can we really understand and enjoy the Bible?
Friend, the Holy Bible, if you use it properly, can be the most edifying Book in your life. Conversely, if you use it wrongly, it will be the most destructive Book in your life. Simply glance at the professing “Christian church” today to see there is nothing but spiritual destruction. There is widespread fussing and fighting, and as Paul wrote in Galatians 5:15, church members are “biting and devouring one another” figuratively speaking.
The sad fact is that most of these people are not endeavoring to teach God’s truth. They are attempting to defend their denominational tenets and church traditions. Read their books. View their television programs or Internet videos. Listen to their podcasts or radio shows. They use the Bible text only when it says something they want to teach and do. Otherwise, they simply twist the Scriptures and force them to say something else, or they fabricate Scripture without so much as one blush. Is there any hope in ever resolving all of the doctrinal disputes? Can God’s Word really be a blessing in our lives instead of a burden?
Friends, during the next two weeks, we will examine today’s Scripture in great detail. These two verses—some of the clearest in all the Word of God on the subject—caution us concerning the great dangers of mishandling Scripture. Long before the 40,000 denominations of Christendom appeared, the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Peter had issued an express warning. Beloved, if we are to recover ourselves from this most miserable amalgamation of twisted Bible verses and pagan error masquerading as Bible truth, we had better come to God’s Word, God’s way… and ever so quickly!