“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
There’s something that has been on my mind heavily lately. Something that has become an, I would say, very serious problem. The problem being people using the Bible, the Word of God, to justify unbiblical behaviors, activities, and lifestyle choices. I will say flat out that we should not be reading the Bible with the intent to find out what we can “get away with” but instead with the intention of understanding who God is, what the entirety of His commands are, and how He wants us to live our lives on earth.
Here’s the thing… if you go looking for ways to justify your own human opinions, your flesh-driven wants and desires and sinful lifestyle choices by searching for scriptures in the Bible, you will most certainly find a way to interpret some to fit your needs. Most often by cherry picking the verses that suit your narrative and ignoring the ones that don’t. But it doesn’t work that way. The entirety of scripture matters because it is all one glorious story, not about us, but about Him, Jesus Christ, our Messiah. It all points to Him. And He is the only way to salvation. He is the way the truth and the life and none may come to the the Father but through Him.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6
True Bible study and a surrendered heart that is genuinely seeking God’s will should be reading and searching with a posture of submission, humility, and a sincere desire to live according to His commands. Anything less than that position is sinful because it is self-seeking, self-glorifying, and self-validating for our small minded, selfish choices. If what you or the rest of society believes to be true does not line up with the entirety of scripture then please, do not be mistaken… it is NOT the Bible that is in error. It’s us. Always. God is unchanging forever. If we can’t make our beliefs line up with scripture, then it us who has to change, not God.
Stop asking yourself what Jesus can do for you and start asking yourself, what should I be doing for Him who gave His life for me!? How should I be living and behaving in light of eternity, in light of the greatest gift I’ve ever received, in light of the grace of God and His forgiveness? In light of this new life I’ve been given!?
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16
A saving faith produces good works because when we are saved, our eyes are opened to how dead we were in our sin before Christ. Dear Christian, if you truly died with Christ and were born again, you are a NEW CREATION. You were bought with a price and you are no longer your own. You are a slave to Christ and the ONLY thing you should be seeking is to glorify Him with every aspect of your life.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
But then again, if you don’t really even believe in the authority of scripture at all, that it is indeed the Word of God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, then what I have to say doesn’t even matter. If you do not believe in the authority of the Bible and insist on continuing in your own ways despite what the Bible says, then please, stop calling yourself a Christian.