Anointing, broken foundations, Christian Orthodoxy, drunkards of Ephraim, line upon line, precept upon precept, Righteous Judgment, the seed rotten under the clod
I am going to say a little about this today, “Is the Bible the Word of God?”, and what people really mean when they say this or when they say the opposite. If you want a better article with more scriptures, I suggest that you read “The Word of God is a Person”. It is really simple, the Word of God is a Person, because the scriptures written, say exactly that in John 1:1. I guess there are many which would like to re-write the scriptures so they say “In the beginning was the bible and the bible was God”, but that is not what is written by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is it? So what is it that makes people demand that you claim, “The Bible is the Word of God, even though the Bible it’s self says otherwise?”
I know what most people think when I would claim, “No technically, the Bible is NOT the Word of God”; they think I want to write my own scriptures; they also think that I don’t like what the Bible says, so I am just trying to undermine it’s authority. NOTHING COULD BE FARTHER FROM THE TRUTH!
I know that those who teach cessation-ism (the gifts of the Holy Spirit have passed), they claim after the Bible was written there was no more need for prophecy or speaking in tongues, because the Bible says “When that which is perfect is come then that which is done in part will pass away.” (1Cor. 13:10) So in fact the Baptist or cessationist, are actually saying technically speaking, that the Bible is God and is worthy of being worshiped. That my friend is a real strange form of idolatry, don’t you think? Only God is perfect, that’s why it’s so important that he is the Word of God from the beginning. Don’t get it yet?
I heard another man make the statement, “This is the Word of God, you either receive it or not, because I am not going to debate it with you!” He was taken back when I wrote him and said, “I am not interested in debating you about whether the Word of God is true, I am only interested in questioning the way you read the scriptures and understand the Word of God.” This man was making a typical error, an error many people make, where their understanding of the Word of God is elevated to a level of infallibility, so really at the end of the day they become God and their understanding irreproachable. For by grace are you saved, not of works lest any man boast, truth is given by God and truth is hidden by God, no one receives truth just because they can read their bible. (Pro 25:2) It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter.
Here’s what I believe people are really saying in their heart when they insist you confess the unbiblical confession that “the Bible is the Word of God”.
- They are saying that they can read and understand the scriptures, and therefore know the difference between right and wrong and be saved. They are eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
- They are denying the power of God. They don’t really believe that God can conceal his truth from them, they study to get approved, rather than to show that they already are approved, like Timothy, Paul’s son in the Lord.
- They love to control others with their prideful head knowledge, they boast themselves in knowing Greek and Hebrew and pride themselves great at the debate table, their so called knowledge puffs them up. (1Cor. 8:1)
(Luk 11:52) Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
Because the key to true knowledge, knowledge of God, is the fear of God. These people do not fear God, they fear men.
(Pro 2:3-6) Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.
Finally brothers, sisters, if a man extols the value of study, your hard efforts, if a man demands that you confess “The Bible is the Word of God”, if a man is proud of his training in Greek and Hebrew, he is a fool and knows nothing! READ IT: If you cry after knowledge, if you lift up your voice for understanding and seek her as silver and gold, THEN YOU SHALL UNDERSTAND THE FEAR OF THE LORD AND ONLY AFTER THAT SHALL YOU FIND KNOWLEDGE!
(Isa 28:13) But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
That’s why we have no perfect English Bible translation, because God never desired you to worship the letter, but to seek him who inspired it!
I enjoy reading your posts and am very edified by your blog. Thank you for sharing all the Lord is showing you. It is helping to confirm much that He is helping me to understand in this journey.
Grace and peace to you
Robert Begnaud said:
Thank you tk, it’s good to know that you are reading it. Grace and peace to you my brother.
after reading your post yesterday, I went to the book of Luke and saw something interesting. As Jesus was speaking woe unto the lawyers…..
Luke 11:53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things:
Luke 11:54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
How often is this same scenario played out in chrisondom. The true servants of the Lord are treated the same way Jesus was. The Pharisees always make sad those whom the Lord did not make sad. They load on the burdens greivious to borne, but…..the Lord lifts the burdens off and speaks to your spirit;
faith. “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.” Psalm 27:14
Grace and peace,
a sister in Christ
Robert Begnaud said:
Notice sister, that the Scribes and Pharisee’s attempted to get him to say many words so they could trip him up. That is exactly what Scribes and Pharisee’s of the religious system do today, it’s not adequate to simply say “It is written and speak the truth”, but instead they are those who think by their many words they will be heard. They cannot just rely on the truth to justify themselves, they could not stand, so they need trickery confusion on their side or they will be exposed. I don’t know if I did a very good job describing it, but I know that the Lord has shown me the difference when I am speaking with a Scribe or Pharisee and an honest soul seeking truth. Thanks sister.
Well said brother, thank you.
After a number of years in the wilderness, our family ventured out a couple months ago to visit a small fellowship we had been invited to. The people there were very kind, very sincere and the studies and messages seemed biblical. Three weeks into our visiting, we were called at home by a woman there who told me that my use of the word g-o-s-h was an unbiblical by-word and listed many similar words and expressions ie, “oh my heavens” that were forbidden. We dress very modestly, so i didn’t think that would be a problem. But this person basically called me with what i slowly began to realize was an endless list of faults and issues and began giving me stacks of tracts and pocket sermons to read–wholly unsolicited. The hair clips for my headcovering were the wrong color, etc. The small floral prints on my dresses, no good, etc. etc. I expressed that while i appreciated her concerns, i could not find any verses in the bible that could support these alleged requirements, but to please provide scripture in the event there was anything else. i should say, If someone does or doesn’t wear a headcovering, i have no judgment for them, it was out of respect for the group and personal conviction at the time that I covered.
I was then told that even a bubbly personality is not scriptural, and unfortunately i had this affliction, (which it seemed she was determined to end forthwith.) No scriptures ever arrived. The rest of the folks there were not like this, so i found myself experiencing confusion. My husband was also dealing with a guy giving him the third degree on his lineage and religious background, to the point that we bowed out in peace to rest and regroup. When i tried to peacefully avoid this woman she became a little creepy. We suffered in silence because we truly did not know what to do. We are unchurched so to speak, so the world of church and its strange ways are as foreign to us as Mars. Today we learned that unbeknownst to us, these folks have been doing this to others for years and are known as the church Pharisees. Since it is a group that practices peace, nonresistance of Matt5, they were still in a quandary over what to do. I guess it would be an ideal place for a pharisee to ply their trade of control grid, but I feel sorry for the kind folks and any visitors. I do wish someone had warned us beforehand. “Overzealous” was the only euphemism used.
While I have my husbands blessing to write, it is not often or much that I write generally. We together just wanted to say thank you for the clarity of your blog posts, and for the truth of his Word that you bring forth. You are helping two honest souls searching for truth find it, and regroup from this experience. At a time when many in churchlandia have the warmth of a block of dry ice, it is a blessing to have an older brother who has been there, done that, to turn to. See, you never know who the Lord may be helping with your writing.
Robert Begnaud said:
Well I would be lying if I said I wasn’t very encouraged by what you said. Tell your husband, thanks for letting you write. Christians are a scattered people and we all have run into those beast in the field as we sheep wander through the wilderness.
What a pleasure to hear from you! Bless these folks Lord!
Luk 10:30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
Luk 10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
Luk 10:33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
Luk 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
Luk 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Luk 10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
Luk 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise. “
Lord please give us real compassion for those exiting the religious system for good. For surely they are similar to the man injured in this story by the time they get out, at least spiritually for a time. It seems the preist and the levite are a bit like Job’s comforters. Our experience upon exiting has given us more empathy for our neighbor for sure.
From what I understand reading your posts, it seems like an understatement to say that you have faced a lot of greif and have many times encountered the cain spirit so many true servants of Christ do. Was there anyone in all of the alleged remnant you could turn to help bear that burden, or who cared and expressed sincerely “I am so sorry for all you have been through friend, it wasn’t right at all, can I pray with you.” ? Anyone at all? Or was it all preists and levites, averting their eyes? I do hope the Lord sent someone kind and compassionate like the good samaritan Jesus is.
Thank you for your kind words to my other post.
Robert Begnaud said:
It was always the scriptures as the Holy Spirit testifies that gave me comfort. The Lord has also blessed me with a large family for which I am thankful. I have gotten very used to being alone outside my personal family, but I do know that change is coming, just as the scriptures promise.