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So have you heard about the guys who were fired from Cedarville University? It’s been in the news a lot around here lately, with Cedarville being a fairly local school… but I’m sure it’s been in the news quite a bit elsewhere as well.

I find it really disturbing that there is even a question in some people’s minds of whether the Bible is absolute truth or not..

I completely believe the Bible. Every word of it is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness… [2 Timothy 3:16-17] God gave us the Bible, and every part of it is true. There is no way I would [or could!] ever deny it or change my mind. Call me old-fashioned if you like, but I believe what God says in His Word. And if that puts me in a position where people disagree with me.. then I’ll live with it. We’re going to have trouble in the world.. that’s just the way it is [John 16:33].

Having said this, making it clear my position on the Bible — God is my life, and a major way of getting to know Him better is through His Word — I’ll go on…

I believe completely every word of God, and [I emphasize the “and” here because I think it’s important to note that I say “and”, not “but”] in light of my believing His every word, the church today really scares me.. a lot. Not every church, and not everybody who goes to church, but the church itself in general.

So many people who call themselves Christians go to church because “that’s what you do on Sunday”.. and only for that reason. Getting into a rut of tradition is so dangerous.. as is slipping into the belief that we don’t need to believe everything in the Bible or that it’s not absolute truth.

Honestly, I think both of those directions — the passiveness of the first and the audacity of the second — are both extremely dangerous modes to get mixed up into.. and I believe they are equally so.

With getting stuck in a rut comes a hypocrisy of sorts.. sometimes more extreme than others. It’s like walking around in the mud in your boots when you’re really little and having to yell for somebody big and strong to come pull you out. That kind of getting stuck. I’m not against tradition.. not at all. It is just when we get lost in tradition that we find ourselves in those ruts. All caught up in legalism [you know — only dresses at church, only a certain type of music, only one specific translation of the Bible, etc.], all caught up in doing what we do just because that’s the way “it’s supposed to be”… It ceases to be about the attitude of our hearts and whether we mean what we’re singing or even really care about living for God.

And as far as the dangers of slipping into the mindset that the Bible is more of a set of guidelines than absolute truth that needs to be observed.. From that kind of change of mind comes a deterioration of a life. It can also lead to the heart becoming calloused and ceasing to care.. because if someone stoops to believing that only part of the Bible is true, who’s to say which parts are believable and which are not? It brings about [and is brought about by.. making it a cycle] a total disregard for the holiness of our Scripture.

This all being said, it is important to believe and obey what we read in the Bible.. learn how to study it and interpret it in the way God meant it to be interpreted.

“Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.” [2 Timothy 2:15, Amplified Bible]

And.. when we’re really eager to study and present ourselves to God as someone who doesn’t need to be ashamed.. this will show in our lives. God knows our hearts. He knows whether or not our very being is worshipping Him. If we’re not worshipping, obeying, and accurately portraying Him with our everyday lives, then we’re really not worshipping Him at all — in song or otherwise.. ever.

I want to always know exactly what I believe.. and why.. and I want it always to be readily evident in my life. I don’t want people to have to search my life to try to discover whether or not I am a follower of Christ. I want them to know. Without a doubt. And I want to share that with others.

This is the way God called the church to live.. it’s what the real church looks like. It’s what I want to look like, as a part of Christ’s church.