There’s a pervading fallacy in Christendom that’s been left to fester for far too many years. I believe, among other issues, this is one of the chief problems that plague Christians. I’m speaking, of course, on how we read our Bibles. You’d think this privilege of God’s beloved to read their Lord’s words would garner more attention and would be the supreme aspect one learns growing up. But it’s not, and, therefore, generations of redeemed believers have grown up, and are now functioning adults, but don’t know how to read their Bibles.
You are filthy. You’re grimy and grungy, so soiled and stained with sin that it’s hopeless and impossible for you to try and get clean. For you to wash yourself is a categorical impossibility. Under the divine gaze of the eternal Godhead, you stand guilty, and, under the righteous condemnation of His law, you’re culpable of every offense. In the iniquitous, wretched state of “out of Christ,” you exist in an incorrigible, incurable, irreversible position of hopelessness.
Descending upon Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, approximately 2,300 people from 48 states and 12 countries, each coming with their own feelings and expectations to the fourth annual Liberate Conference, graciously hosted by Tullian Tchividjian and Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church (CRPC). The congregants came bearing myriads of views, opinions, backgrounds, distresses, beliefs, and denominations, which, apart from the One unifying Savior and Redeemer being chiefly exalted and held high above everything else, would render a collection of ragamuffins such as this a categorical impossibility.
I’ve said before, and I’ll continue to reiterate it, that God’s Word really is His matchless Word of grace. The story which the Scriptures tell is one of redemption, deliverance, and forgiveness: it’s the story of God’s Son, the embodiment of the Father’s mercy. It’s the account of the Lord’s “doings in grace with this world of ours,” which has “brought back something like sunshine” into this dark and dreary life we live.
If there’s one thing that’s destined to doom Christianity, I believe it to be the conjoined twins of complacency and pragmatism infiltrating the Church and bringing it down from the inside out. Certainly, Satan, the prince of darkness, will try with all his might to afflict and affect the redeemed through violence and persecution — outside pressures. But to dismantle Jesus’s bride (the Church), he inflicts turmoil and unrest from the inside.
If you’ve spent any amount of time in church, you’re probably already familiar with, perhaps, the most celebrated and esteemed passages of Scripture, that of, John 3:16. Those words of Christ, which read, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life,” have been so popularized throughout history, near colloquial, that even unbelievers and non-followers of Jesus are, at the very least, familiar with the words.
Growing up in church and having Sunday School be apart of your molecular composition, as it were, there are certain stories that stand out from among the others, especially if you’re a young boy. As a budding male specimen, certain themes and details appeal to you more than others as the teacher trudges his way through Old Testament accounts, most notably, the “action scenes.”
Somehow, there’s a disconnect. Somewhere along the way, focus is lost and distractions dominate. What’s significant loses its luster because of the effort that it requires. As fallen mankind, we lack the necessary consideration and wherewithal obligated by such a decree. Our contentment is thin and our attention short. What motivates us isn’t a divine wellspring of love, rather, a destitute thirst for more.
An excerpt from a work by Octavius Winslow.
The Bible you hold in your hands is as much a History Book as it is a Revelation Book. All the events and stories and people recorded therein are historical, factual, and real. “Scholars” and “experts” like to discount the Bible as nothing more than fiction and fantasy, full of mythical tales and legends from times gone by. But the truth of the Bible stands tall and has been proven over and over to be authoritative and accurate in everything it says.