Monday, November 2, 2020
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us” (2 Timothy 1:13,14 KJV).
Christian friend, tightly grip and guard sound Bible doctrine… and never let it go!
A fellow wrote recently: “Over the years, I have watched so-called believers stray from solid exegesis to a feel-good teaching that won’t offend anyone. A former [denominational] friend told me one evening that I was offending people by carrying my Bible. My wife and I left that church soon thereafter because it was heading down the wrong road. The preachers seldom used the Scriptures.” Wow! Is that not a pretty graphic portrait of the entire professing “church?” It has utterly failed to obey today’s Scripture!
The Holy Bible is unquestionably offensive. It sets down specific standards for right and wrong behaviors and thoughts. Consequently, its presence aggravates those who are not “so narrow-minded.” People want to do what they want to do—but the Bible interferes. They wish to believe what they want to believe—but the Bible gets in the way. So, if they cast aside the Scriptures, or pretend like those Divine words do not exist, then they have warrant to proceed as they desire!
It is always tempting for the Bible-believing Christian to “tone down” the truth so as not to upset people who disagree with the Scriptures. However, in the grand scheme of things, this only hurts both parties. The Christian is revealed to be a coward. What he or she “believes” (?) is evidently not worth believing or sharing! As for the unbeliever, he or she was denied the whole truth that could have liberated him or her. Of course, if we are already shallow in the Scriptures—being more skilled in denominational doctrine—then it will be fairly easy for us to throw out the Bible entirely at some point. Sin always starts off little by little; doctrinal error follows the same pattern.
Howbeit, if we are truly interested in maintaining the spiritual health of ourselves and others, the Holy Ghost which indwells us will enable us to grip and guard sound Bible doctrine. It is our choice!