Episode #80: What Did Jesus Say
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2nd Timothy 3:16-17)
I believe the Bible is the most misquoted document in history. It’s words have been twisted and taken out of context in order to support causes and candidates that are anything but Biblical. Wars have been fought, people groups have been persecuted, and hate groups have been fueled by man’s misinterpretation of God’s Word. As the verse says, Scripture comes from God. It is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness. Scripture completes the Man of God and equips Him for every good work. Don’t get caught up in the pronouns. It does the same for the Woman of God. If you get caught in pronouns, you may be letting your own personal opinions get in the way of your understanding of God’s Word.
What the verse doesn’t say, is that the Word of God changes or is open to interpretation. God’s Word, like His character, is unchanging. It is available for us to learn and gain an understanding through the guidance by the Holy Spirit. It can be translated into every language but it cannot be conformed to every cause or opinion. Over the years, the church has allowed doctrine after doctrine to take more precedence than the Word itself. The church has been split by man made doctrines like Calvinism and Arminianism. Denominations have sprung up and then been split into subgroups all over man’s personal interpretation of Scripture. A body that started in Unity has become disjointed and splintered by the opinions of man and the hunger for power and control of the message. Buildings were built and walls, both literal and figurative, were erected in an effort to restore the torn temple veil.
Man has been trying to place himself back in the place of the High Priest as the orator of the Word between the people and God. When the veil was torn, access to God was granted to every human being, through Jesus Christ. Jesus is our mediator, our orator, our advocate. We often say, “What would Jesus do?” What we often fail to ask is, “What did Jesus say?” Every action of Jesus was consistent with His every Word. This is the example we need to follow and model in our own lives. Rather than trying to twist scripture to fit our own world view, we need to allow scripture to determine our actions and guide our words.
God’s Word does not adjust to political climates or adopt popular causes. It doesn’t follow political candidates or endorse special interest groups. Scripture doesn’t change with every constitution, declaration, amendment, decree, law, or executive order that man can write. It is given to us to be written on our hearts, not manipulated by our minds. Scripture does not conform to any nations belief system but is written to inform all of the world’s nations. We have allowed national beliefs and political climates to inform the message from our pulpits. Woe to the church, to the pastor, whose message can only be applied to his nation and his fellow citizens.
The only thing that should influence the message of the church and the pastors is the Word of God. We can no longer stand by and allow man made causes like Critical Race Theory, Feminism, Egalitarianism, Complementarianism, Republican, Democrat, Nationalism, Liberals and Conservatives to influence the message of the Church. The only thing that should influence the people of God is the Word of God. As Romans 12 states, “Do not be conformed to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. We must allow Scripture to inform our actions and our words.
We allow Scripture to renew and transform our minds by reading it and letting the Holy Spirit guide us through it. When we are not rooted in Scripture, we can be uprooted by any doctrine that comes along. Let us be a people who are molded and transformed by the renewing of our minds through the Word of God. Let God’s word teach us, correct us, train us, and equip us for His every good work.
Love Y’all! Be Blessed!