Friday, July 8, 2022
“But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2 KJV).
How can dispensational Bible study deliver us from experiencing a lifetime of fear, doubt, frustration, discouragement, and even apostasy?
I spent 13 years in public (government-run) schools. For the next nine years, I attended a public university to earn two advanced degrees in Earth science. By the time of my 27th birthday, graduating college for the last time on that very day, the world’s classrooms had educated me for 22 full years. During those two decades, enormous amounts of secular propaganda and humanistic indoctrination were drilled into me. Yet, only by the Lord’s grace, my soul was filled with enough sound Bible doctrine to ward off the error and protect my Christian life. Honestly, it was easier for me to mark the lies told in the science classrooms and science textbooks than it was to identify the false doctrine my family and I were learning during that same period at local “Christian” (!) churches.
People have quite a warped understanding of the God of the Bible—particularly church members. Why? They have heard priests, preachers, teachers, and professors speak about the Bible, but did anyone (speaker or listener) actually read the Scriptures alone and personally? Unfortunately, no. What they really heard was notes the preacher picked up from a commentary writer or denominational handout, or an outline of theological principles a priest learned from a volume a church father penned many centuries ago, or a chopped-up Bible the seminary professor created using the rules of textual criticism he learned from his teachers. If anyone in this chain lacks the Holy Spirit’s teaching ministry, the entire system is doomed and the resultant doctrine useless. Bible critics and haters, having assumed or presumed the Scriptures to teach something they do not, or having heard verses ripped from contexts but never researching for themselves, then take their distorted views to found lifelong anti-Christian and anti-Bible crusades. They are angry at religion—and all its confusion, hypocrisy, and silliness!
If we do not use God’s Word God’s way, today’s Scripture and other verses like it will indeed destroy us….