I am writing to you, my precious reader, because the Lord has called my attention to errors in some of the teachings I have set forth. He has made these errors known to me through His Word. If you have noticed that my blog posts have become less frequent, it is because I have been seeking the Lord through prayer and His word.
Often, Bible teachers have to evaluate their teachings. If they are not scriptural, they must be changed. During the past few days I have been going through previous posts. On some posts I completed edits. Others were deleted altogether. James 3:1 reminds believers that bible teachers are held to a strict judgment. I do not want judgment so I choose to make biblical changes.
The teachings to which I am referring are not salvation issues, but they could be misleading to people who are trying to mature in their walks with the Lord. I do not want to lead people into error neither deliberately nor unintentionally. I will be discussing these teachings in future posts and videos, but for now I want to discuss the sufficiency and authority of the scripture.
A Sure Word of Prophecy
While the Lord uses the gifts of other people to encourage and help us, it is the duty of each and every believer to search the scriptures for themselves. Having a solid knowledge of the Bible is essential, especially in the day and time in which we now live. Far too often, Christians want a minister or other believer to give him or her a “word”. The true need is for the word seeker to get in the Word and get a word.
God makes it clear throughout the Bible that His book is the primary way that He speaks. I am not suggesting that God does not give us wisdom and knowledge that we need on matters not discussed in scripture such as the following: What job should I take? Where should I live? Who should I marry?
Certainly, He will give wisdom, but if you are not a student of the Bible, you will find yourself confused on every turn. In 2 Peter 1:19, we are told that we have a more sure word of prophecy. Peter was speaking of the Word of God which you will see clearly if you continue reading the rest of that chapter. If you need God to speak, read your Bible. There are 66 books with loads of scriptures and true stories that will inspire you, challenge you, and correct you.
The Bible is Sufficient
Hebrews 1:1-2 speaks of various ways God spoke to His people in the Old Testament. The writer of Hebrews (maybe Paul, maybe not), makes it clear that in our time, God is speaking to us through Jesus Christ. In John 1, it is made clear that Jesus is the Word in flesh. Now, we have the written word, His words.
I make this clear so you will understand the importance of pouring over the scriptures for yourself and pouring over them prayerfully. Ask God for wisdom to rightly divide His word. You will find the Word is sufficient.
I heard a lady make a statement that made me sad. She said she knew she had the Bible, but she needed more. Wanting more than the scriptures can lead you to dangerous places, and from what I have seen, this lady has plunged headlong into New Age teachings which are opposite of the scriptures. When people say they need more than the Bible, it is a clear indicator that these same people are not reading and studying the Word on a regular basis or no such statement would escape their lips.
The Bottom Line
Please do not take my words to an extreme. The bible is clear that we need preachers and teachers as well as assembling with other believers. I am blessed greatly by the gifts of others. Just know that what we are told in the words of other people cannot exceed scripture.
Let’s pray for others and ourselves as we study the precious Word of God that we rightly divide it. Read scriptures in context and avoid making a doctrine from one single verse. Be a good Berean and study the scriptures to see if these things are so.