Tuesday, Apr. 19
OK, I’ve spent a lot of time writing blogs about the Protestant Reformation/Revolt and the schisms that still exist throughout Christendom as a result. I’m not denigrating the Protestant Reformation. It was ordained and carried out by God. It was a critical movement that paved the way for the gospel to be preached in all the world. We need to appreciate what Luther and the other reformers did, often at the cost of their lives. Nevertheless, because of sin, we have thousands of splinter groups that claim to be Christian and are not, and we have deviations from the truth in many other churches that truly try to live by the Word of God. You might remember that I started with Calvin’s statement that idolatry is anything that distorts God’s character. The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself. It is ALL about His character. Therefore, this book that we call the Bible is incredibly important. Paul’s admonition to Timothy in 2 Tim. 2:15 to “Rightly divide the Word of truth” is paramount. Incorrectly interpreting Scripture will distort God’s character. Bending the truth is changing it and distorts God’s character. Making the Bible say what pleases us is distorting God’s character. Ignoring the truth is distorting God’s character. The Bible was not given us to sit on the shelf or collect dust. It is not something to read on occasion to make us feel good. It is the core of life. It is a love letter from God. It is our manual for living the life. It contains our marching orders.
It is our authority, not the Pope, not Luther, not Calvin.