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THE BIBLE IS INCORRUPTIBLE IF INTERPRETED CONTEXTUALLY!
ONLY the “entirety of GOD’S Word is Truth,” (Ps. 119:160.) This means, the Bible should be read, interpreted, and understood according to the entire context of both the Old and the New Testaments. To surrender our minds to uncontextual, and thus to unscriptural teaching, is to surrender to manmade religion not the truth of God’s Word. Such careless shortsightedness will cause us to “perish through a lack of knowledge” of God’s real Truth, or of Christ Himself, Who IS the Truth. Manmade doctrines will result in “having our understanding [of God’s Word, will, and the leading of the Holy Spirit] darkened,” which, in turn, “will alienate us from the life of God, because of the ignorance [in our minds] and the blindness of our hearts…” (Eph. 4:17-24.)
Someone wisely said, “Searching Scripture is not a matter of knowledge, [‘higher or secret’ mind-knowledge, or atheist ‘gnosis,’] but of [true, eternal, spiritual] life!” The reason? Our Lord Jesus Christ, The Truth, The Light, The Life, and The Way, Who is God Himself, declared, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but [the truth of] My words will by no means pass away,” (Mark 13:31.)
Sadly, in our day, the truth of, and obedience to the full context of Biblical Scripture is progressively exchanged for “Rhema” or the spoken word – so-called “revelation knowledge” that does not fit into the entire context of Biblical truth. Such extra-Scriptural ‘revelation’ usually comes from self-ordained angelic or godlike apostles and ‘prophets’, where reliance on the True Word of Christ is replaced by the false authority of so-called ‘divine’ christ-men and women, who bind people to lukewarm religious comfort zones, false church systems, and false spiritual authority.
In discerning between Scriptural truth and false teaching, thus allowing God to protect us against deception and false spiritual manifestations, we need to accept our personal responsibility to obey the full context of God’s Word, which commands us to ‘FLEE from immorality; FLEE from idolatry; FLEE from the love of money…’ and to FLEE from false teaching, false teachers, and false spiritual manifestations!
God NEVER commanded us to join them, or to try to change idolatrous church systems by becoming a member of their organizations, (2 John v. 9-11; 1 Tim. 3-5; 11-12; Eph. 5:15-21; Col. 3:14-17.)
John explained in 2 Jn. 9-10, ‘Whoever… does not abide in the [full contextual truth of the Bible,] the [real Gospel] of Christ, does not have God. He who abides in the [entire truth of the Word] of Christ has both the Father and the Son.’ In 1 Jn. V. 10, John commanded, ‘If anyone comes to you and does not bring [the full truth of the Scriptures,] the [true teachings] of Christ, do not receive him [or her] into your house [as a fellow believer,] nor greet him [as a child of God,] for he who greets him [religiously,] shares in his evil deeds.’
The Holy Spirit, The Spirit of Truth, came “to lead us into ALL truth.” This pertains to the entire contextual truth of God’s Word, as well as the entire truth concerning our particular situations in this world. Consequently, the Spirit will never lead us outside the protective, punitive Word or will of God, which can only be understood according to the truth of His entire Word.
Nevertheless, most Christians claim to be ‘Bible believers,’ therefore, we need to understand what true, Scriptural faith, and real Scriptural obedience actually mean.
It is essential to know we can never separate the Spirit, or the works and gifts of the Spirit from the truth of Scripture. Real understanding of Scripture, which results in true faith, is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit not merely of the human mind – although our minds, (logic and intelligence,) are never excluded in discerning truth from error, (Read Rom. 12:1-2.) Hence, Paul commanded not only to be “filled with the Holy Spirit,” but also to allow “the Word of God, (Who is Christ Himself,) to DWELL [or live in you] richly in all wisdom…” (Col. 3:16.)
To be able to have the Holy Spirit and His Word LIVE and WORK steadfastly in and through us, we have to be continually renewed or transformed in our minds, (actually, our thoughts,) through studying and obeying the Scriptures soberly and prayerfully in the teaching and revelation of the Holy Spirit, (Rom. 12:1-3.) The word “conformation” does not reflect this type of spiritual renewal and faith in Christ. ‘Conformation’ means to submit to, and to join the learned, manmade doctrines of a particular church without ever understanding the deep, spiritual truth of Scripture. In Rom. 12:1-2, Paul explicitly forbade “conformation to the [religious] world.”
Additionally, we have to be vigilant against all forms of deception, STAND firm in the truth of Christ, and always be on our guard against the schemes of the evil one. It is foolish to believe that the Spirit will manifest Himself in ways that violate God’s contextual truth, our God-given free will and intellect, and our Holy-Spirit gift of discernment, (Rom. 12:1-3; 1 Cor. 14:32-33; 1 Pt. 1:13; Jam. 1:21-22; 1Pt. 5:8-9. )
Therefore, the Holy Spirit of Truth will never lead us into false doctrine, disobedience to the contextual truth of Scripture, chaotic spiritual manifestations – or, as found in traditional Catholicism and Protestantism, the lack of Scriptural manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
About ‘Testing The Spirits’:
· God commanded in 1 Jn. 4:1, and therefore our obedience to this vital protective commandment is not optional: “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, [according to the contextual Word of God,] to see whether they are of God; because many false prophets [and teachers] have gone out into the world.”
Jesus also commanded in Mt. 24:4-5; 23-27; Lu. 17:20-24, “…Take heed [be on your guard] that no one deceives you. For many will come in My Name… and deceive many… If anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it… The kingdom of God does not come with observation… For indeed, the kingdom of God is [constantly] WITHIN YOU, [meaning the sincerely born again disciples of Christ...] The days will come when you will desire to see one of the [miraculous] days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. [Not because true signs and miracles have ceased as traditional churches teach, but because the end of the end-times will be typified by deception and false signs and miracles!] And when they say to you ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ DO NOT go after them or follow them… ”
As soon as we accept teaching, prophecy, miracles, etc. without asking who is speaking into our human spirits and souls (or minds,) and what are they actually saying and doing, we open ourselves to deception.
· Our only reliable measure in the spiritual world where human eyes cannot see, (pertaining to Biblical teaching and all spiritual manifestations,) is the entire truth of Scripture, the “lamp unto our feet.”
· Mere feeling and human trust will surely deceive us. Therefore, ‘good feelings’ and mere humans cannot lead us into ALL truth. For instance, when Roman Catholics knowingly or unknowingly worship ‘Mother’ Mary as the Holy Spirit, most never ‘feel’ condemned. Thus, we cannot test the spirits through our feelings and/or by the insistence of church clergy to submit to church doctrines and practices. For instance, someone wrote that it would be foolish to test a spirit by asking God, “Father, if that strange manifestation is not of You, please do not allow me to laugh hysterically, be slain (or killed) in the spirit, etc. when they lay hands on me or pray over me.” Such a prayer for ‘protection’ would be as foolish as to ask God ‘not to allow’ you to steal when presented with the temptation, while the entire context of His Word forbids you to steal, because stealing, lying, etc., violate the commandments of the Moral Law of Christ, (Mt. 23:36-40.)
All manmade ideas and doctrines will lead us astray. However, if we truly follow Jesus, The Truth, we will never walk in darkness, just as Jesus had promised! Paul commanded in Eph. 4:8-17, “You were once in darkness, but now you are in the light of the Lord. Walk as children of light… And have NO fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them… See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise… Therefore, understand what the will of the Lord is.”
The Truth of Scripture applies to the following questions:
· Could the Bible be false because mere humans wrote the Bible, and the Roman Catholic Church and Protestant Reformers corrupted and compiled the Bible books according to their core beliefs?
Many people do not realize that God did not use any of the Bible writers as computers or secretaries. The Holy Spirit inspired God’s people to write the Scriptures on paper; He did not dictate His Word to them. So, early Bible writers certainly interpreted God’s inspired Word and the historic events of, (for instance,) Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection in the light of Hebraic views. In addition, it is a reality that some ‘discrepancies’ can be found in both Old and New Testament Scripture because Roman Catholic and Protestant church clergy too, manipulated some Scriptures to justify their doctrines. Hence, Jesus Himself said, “[You] make the Word of God of no effect through your tradition, which you have handed down. And many such things you do,” (Mark 7:13; Mt. 15:6-9; Col. 2:8.)
As a result, the Bible, as any other book, cannot be interpreted verse-by-verse. It would be futile to seek the truth of Scripture by focusing on certain verses from the Bible without considering the “entirety” of Biblical truth — while that is exactly what all Christian denominations do. However, such ‘inconsistencies’ actually prove the validity of the Scriptures because overall, (or studied in the context of the entirety of Biblical Scripture,) the truth and accuracy of God’s Word remained completely untainted, just as Jesus promised it would be, (Mark 13:31; Ps. 119:160.)
In addition, it is shockingly true that everything the mother of all Christian churches, the Roman Catholic Church, touched, (referring to Christian doctrine, church forms, norms, and unscriptural sacraments or ‘salvation’ through church rituals, etc.,) were tainted by and derived from the Vatican’s ‘Christianization’ of barefaced paganism. Sadly, Protestants such as Luther and John Calvin did not repent from Roman Catholic witchcraft, but simply “reformed” the most important doctrines of Roman Catholicism to suit their taste. Thus, the Reformers’ doctrines, churches, and hierarchies mimic Roman Catholicism to this day. In the process of ‘reforming’ from Roman Catholicism, Protestant leaders also changed, added, twisted, and omitted many verses from the original Scriptures to match their false doctrines, as evidenced in comparison between old and new translations of the Bible.
· In studying the Scriptures, we need to ask ourselves continually, How does a particular Bible verse, chapter, epistle, or book fit into the rest of Scripture? For instance, was it written for Old or New Testament, Hebraic times, or does it pertain to both the Old and New Testament dispensations, or Covenants?
Confusing the two separate Testaments or Covenants of the Bible with each other led to almost all false doctrine, and caused the sin of denominationalism (or divisions) in the Christendom. When studying the Bible, we have to remember that the Old and New Testaments are two completely different and separate Covenants. In the Old Testament, everything pertained to the physical nation of God, the Old Hebrews; the physical Hebrew temple with its physical, hierarchical priesthood, ritual and sacramental laws and sacrifices, etc. In the New Testament, Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament Law, (both the Ceremonial and Moral Law,) in its entirety for all those who would sincerely believe in Him, accept Him personally, and follow Him obediently, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; Gal. 4:6.) Thus, through the New Testament Covenant, Jesus replaced and spiritualized everything that was physical under the Old Testament Covenant. For instance, Jesus bought with His blood-atonement a newborn, spiritual nation and priesthood from every tribe, tongue, and nation in the world. The temple of God the Holy Spirit now resides in the innermost, born again hearts or spirits of all sincere believers everywhere, etc.
· To understand the context of a particular passage or verse from the Bible, it is also vital to ask, What were the writer’s historical/traditional background and his human mindset at the time it was written? How is it relevant to the overall picture of the Scriptures today?
For instance, it is ludicrous to believe that the traditional dress-code, patriarchal and other traditions, customs, and conventional beliefs of Old Testament Hebrews, or even 1st century Hebrews and Gentiles, can be forced upon the 21st century body of Christ, (1 Tim. 2:15; 1 Cor. 11:5.) So, replacing the traditional wearing of a veil with the wearing of a hat is silly, to say the least. Salvation in Christ under the New Testament Covenant has nothing to do with outward things such as ceremonial veils, hats, and clothes, (1 Cor. 11:10-16.) More importantly, the traditional but unscriptural belief that ‘women are saved through childbearing,’ (1 Tim. 3:15,) does not fit anywhere in the contextual truth of the Gospel, which proclaims that every human on earth should be saved through personal faith in, and obedience to the contextual, New Testament Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, (1 Jn. 1:12-13; Mt. 7:7-27.)
· Every believer ought to know that ALL sincere believers in Christ are children of God through their personal and sincere FAITH in, and acceptance of Jesus. Paul also wrote, “There is neither Hebrew/Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are ALL one in Christ Jesus. And if you we Christ’s, then we are Abraham’s [spiritual] seed, and [spiritual] heirs according to the promise [of the New Testament Gospel, the Word of Jesus Himself — Jn. 1:11-13; Gal. 4:6.]” Contrary to common teaching, in the context of New Testament Scripture, it is completely unscriptural to believe that women should submit to all men unreservedly, and that God does not call women as pastors, teachers, etc.
· Should we believe that New Testament believers are blessed by paying tithes to a physical replica of the outdated, Old Testament temple? (Read the truth in Heb. Chapters 7-10.) Or should one simply accept the truth of God’s contextual, New Testament Word that Jesus “became a curse” on the cross to atone for our state or position of cursedness without God, (Deut. 28:2-14,) so that we, (as born again children of God,) could freely “inherit” His entire position or state of blessedness, (Deut. 28:15-68,) and so, “inherit,” through our personal faith in Christ, “ALL the blessings of the believing Old Abraham?” (Gal. 3:10-14.)
September 2016 FACEBOOK POST ON the following, "BIBLE WRITERS DID NOT KNOW TIMES WOULD CHANGE SO MUCH. THUS, THE BILE WAS NOT WRITTEN FOR TODAY." This is was the topic of a discussion between church leaders on the radio yesterday. It cantered on the "FULL RIGHTS OF GAYS IN THE CHURCH," among other sinful things that have become saintly in our 'modern' world. However, JESUS HIMSELF EMPHATICALLY DECLARED in Prov. 30:5, "Every word of God proves true; HE is a shield to those who take refuge in HIM." And in Mt. 24:35, " Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away." 2 Tim. 3:16, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in godliness." Concerning the proliferation of evil in these last days, Jesus prophesied clearly, "When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in [LOT and] Noah's day" (Mt. 24:37.) LU. 18:8, "[BECAUSE OF ALL THE COUNTLESS FALSE TEACHINGS AND LUKEWARM ACCEPTANCE OF SIN,] WHEN THE SON OF MAN RETURNS, WILL HE FIND [TRUE] FAITH ON EARTH?" In fact, we need NOTHING MORE IN LIFE AND IN THE WHOLE WORLD, THAN THE TRUTH OF GOD'S WORD, WHO IS JESUS CHRIST, GOD HIMSELF. Of course, teachers from the Promise Keepers Movement, etc., say the same as pastors from traditional churches, but in a different way. Rodney Howard Brown actually states, "Not everything God does in the Bible." And to lure people away from God's TRUTH, they teach, "Don't read the Bible, BE the Bible." Now the truth of all this is that God is the Creator of His entire universe, and He is not bound to human time or false philosophies. The Word which He gave to be OUR light, can never make US into the light, (although they also say they are christs and gods,) We were called to SHINE God's light as temples of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Being in Christ does not make US christs and gods; true believers fearfully and wonderfully have THE GOD of all gods IN us. Therefore, WE can never BE the Word, as the Word is Jesus Christ Himself, and ONLY in in Him, EVERY WORD is TRUE while they are all liars.
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