Religious, Not Reliable

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away” (2 Timothy 3:5 KJV).

They may be “religious”—but that does not make them reliable!

Recently, I listened to an old recording of the testimony of a former church leader of the largest cult in Christendom. While that denomination claims to be “the church founded by Jesus Christ,” this brother demonstrated how it was anything but. How thankful he was to have been saved out of that devilish church! He went home to be with the Lord in heaven just a few years ago.

While this man was training to be a priest in seminary some 40 years ago, he explained how his professors told him he could not trust the Holy Bible. How surprised he was to hear, “The Old Testament is nothing but fiction, stories with no literal historical basis and none of its characters actual flesh-and-blood people.” Concerning the New Testament, he was told that this too was largely “unreliable.” Why? The apostles were always “on the run to save their lives” and they “hurriedly wrote as best, making mistakes throughout.” The book of the Revelation was totally untrustworthy, they told him. Why? The Apostle John, after being thrown in boiling oil and surviving, was then exiled to the isle of Patmos, where he worked in the salt mines extracting salt by hand. With his hands inflamed, and his skin calloused and sore with burns, he took pain medication. All drugged up and “high,” he penned the last book in our Bible canon!

Saints, indeed, the average seminary is a “Bible cemetery”—God’s Word “dies” there, pushed off to the side unless it can be used to teach a particular theological system. I think it safe to say that there are just as many unsaved professors and Bible scoffers/doubters in a university science department as there are in many “Bible colleges.” Not all professors and preachers, of course, but many prefer to be the “final authority”—they like to sit in the driver’s seat and put God’s Word in the back seat! Hearken to today’s Scripture…“from such turn away!”