Monday, May 18, 2015

Vomit, Infidels, and the Anvil

The Vomit

On so many occasions I heard the statement in one form or another, “the Bible is outdated and irrelevant” and this does not bother me for the most part because most of them that are saying this, have little or no knowledge of What the Bible teaches. But increasingly I see pastors and leaders of mega congregations that have escaped the wickedness of this world through the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, the teaching of the Apostles and the doctrine of the Bible return once again to the way of this world, and the only justification that they can give is to say that the Bible is outdated, or irrelevant.

I would contend that the popularity (of those pastors that have call the Holy Scripture outdated) rides on the fads of this modern corrupted world. Whether it is pornography, or homosexuality, or same sex marriage, if we truly believe that the Bible is God inspired then we don’t have much choice. Because the Bible puts our sin in plain view, we must either deny ourselves, or deny what the scripture says. And one way for pastors and men of the cloth to call God wrong, or deny what the scripture say is to acclaim that the Bible is outdated or irrelevant. As If an eternal God can get old or irrelevant! So then the real issue is not an antiquated Bible, it is a heart that lust after the sin of old. The Bible says it would be better for them to have never come to the faith than to turn back to their perversions like a dog which vomits and then goes to lap it up.

For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.   But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 2 Peter 2:20-22 (KJV)

The Infidels

But when leaders of the church turn they take novice Christians with them ( Mal 2:8 ) and they cause non-believers to question the truth of the Bible, Christianity and God as a whole. ( 2 Sam 12:14 ) And God will hold them accountable. ( Matthew 18:6 )

But before we jump to conclusions, let’s understand what is meant by “outdated and irrelevant”. defines outdated as no longer in use or fashionable.  So is the Bible no longer in use? While it’s true only about 37% of professing Christians worldwide read their Bible once a week, those low numbers hide completely the enormity of what they are actually saying.  When you consider 2.8 billion believers in this world, with Africa and China growing at a rate of over 20 thousand proselytes a day, each!  That’s more than 800 million Christians are reading their Bibles. That’s more than 2.25 times the population of the United States! Yeah that really sounds like the Bible is no longer in use.

In 2005 the most recent estimate I could find, one company according to the NewYorker Magazine sold not printed out but sold 25 million Bibles!  One single Bible publishing company. That’s more than twice the nearest best seller for that year. In 1445 when Gutenberg prints the first Bible it was the number best seller and has remained that way throughout time. If fact if they include Bible sales on the best seller list, it would be the only book to reach number one and remain there since its first printing.  In fact the best sellers list would be the Bible and all the rest. Does that sound like it’s no longer in use? Does that sound like a book that no longer irrelevant? 

You many not like what it says, or how it says it, but to call the Bible irrelevant is just plain old stupid, and by no standard natural or spiritual is it justified.  Consider this!

  1.         The Bible has been translated into 469 languages completely and 2527 languages with at least some portion of scripture translated. That’s more than any other book ever written.  That sounds relevant to me!
    2.     The Bible has inspire the lyrics to more songs than any other book, both Christian and secular.  Again that sounds relevant to me!  
    3.     Just having a Bible is punishable by death in some countries for fear of the knowledge of freedom. Are we understanding relevant the same?
    4.     The fact the whole governments develop policy based on what the Bible says
    Are we saying that a book that changes government policy both positively and negatively is not relevant? I think not!
    5.     One person is killed every 5 minutes about 105 thousand people a year because of what the Bible teaches. The truth that the people would follow its teaching knowing that in doing so they could be killed. Is most surely relevant!

    Jesus said “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35 

    ·        But when Rome persecuted Christians for fifty years after Jesus death, His word did not die, Rome became a Christian state. and their persecution died!
    ·        The communist government of Russia persecuted Christians and burned the Bibles, making it illegal to even have one. But in the end Communism is dead but Jesus and the Word of God is alive!
    ·        In 1776, Voltaire, the French philosopher, announced, "One hundred years from my day, there will not be a Bible in the earth.” One hundred years later not only is Voltaire dead but  his very own printing press and the house where he lived is used to print and store Bibles by the Geneva Bible Society. 
  2. Just so that you don't forget Matthew 24:35  says?

The Anvil 

When it comes to relevance, if we are to be truthful to ourselves, we must confess Bible is the only book that is relevant. In Josh McDowell’sEvidence That Demands a Verdict”  he quotes H. L. Hasting  the hymn writer as saying

“ Infidels for eighteen hundred years have been refuting and overthrowing this book, and yet it stands today as solid as a rock. It's circulation increases, and it is more loved and cherished and read today than ever before. Infidels, with all their assaults, make about as much impression on this book as a man with a tack hammer would on the Pyramids of Egypt. When the French monarch proposed the persecution of the Christians in his dominion, an old statesman and warrior said to him, 'Sire, the church of God is an anvil that has worn out many hammers.' so the hammers of infidels have been pecking away at this book for ages, but the hammers are worn out, and the anvil still endures. If this book had not been the book of God, men would have destroyed it long ago. Emperors and popes, kings and priests, princes and rulers have tried their hand at it; and every one of them have died  but the book still lives." (p. 23)

H.L Hasting

" (Matthew 24:35)

Soli Deo Gloria


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