The Whole Word of God
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV)
Almost every cult of which we have any acquaintance practices this art of selecting and ignoring. The no-hell cults, for example, habitually stress everything in the Bible that seems to support their position and play down or explain away all the passages that deal with eternal punishment.
But we do well to look closer to home. Proneness to heresy is not confined to the cults. By nature, we are all heretics. We who count ourselves to be in the historic tradition of sound doctrine may in actual practice become heretics after a sort. We may unconsciously select for special attention such Scriptures as comfort and encourage us and pass over the ones that rebuke and warn us. This trap is so easy to fall into that we may be in it before we are aware.
Take, for instance, the “well-marked” Bible. It might be an illuminating experience to peep into one sometimes and note how the owner has underscored almost exclusively the passages that console him or that support his views on doctrine. We habitually love the verses that are easy on us and shy away from the ones that disturb us. – A.W. Tozer
Holy Father God, we want to embrace the who;e counsel of Your word, not just the portions that we like. Grants us wisdom and discernment to embrace all of Your words, even those which convict us. We want to grow through the whole word of God. In Jesus name, amen.
1 Year Bible Reading
Christian Links Vol 2 Issue 8
Here some great links I came across this week:
- Quit Picking On Jeremiah 29:11
- 5 Things to Look For In a Church
- God Never Wastes Your Waiting
- 10 Surprising Realities of Mission in New England
- Persecution in Egypt Continues: Terrorists Kill 26 Coptic Christians
- When Prayer Is Difficult
- He’s on your side!
- The Christian Exodus From The Middle East
- Six Great Devotionals to Read This Summer