If Not Scripture…Then What?


People question the Inerrancy of Scripture and say that Scripture is not our final authority because much of it is not relevant today. We hear things like “Come on, it is 2019!” First, that is an absurd argument. The year may be 2019 but the Bible is still relevant. The Bible is still in force. Sin has not changed. Salvation has not changed.

But if we are not to look at the Scripture as our final authority, I must ask, what should we look at? What has more authority than Scripture for the Christian? Is it science which often changes and/or contradicts itself? Is it culture which changes as quickly as the wind? Is it reason that can explain and justify anything? Is it politics? What should we look to?

Do you see the absurdity of this? The only thing that we should be anchored in as Christians is the Word of God. After all, He made all that exists so I believe He is the most authoritative source on any given subject.

You would not go up to the maker of a machine and say, “What you use this for is not what this is meant for.” That would be absurd. But that is exactly what we do when we tell God that the Bible is no longer applicable today because it is outdated.

No, the Bible is God’s truth. The truth. We don’t get to make our own truth. The Bible Stands. I am reminded of the lyrics of that great song by the same name and I will leave you with them.

The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
’Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.

Refrain:
The Bible stands though the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands.

The Bible stands like a mountain tow’ring
Far above the works of men;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.

The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.

The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I expect to live it,
And to prove and to make it mine.

Haldor Lillenas “The Bible Stands” 1917 Public Domain

Here I Stand: Traditional Plan Passes

Today the United Methodist Church stands on truth. Truth that God does not affirm the LGBT lifestyle and that they are not to be married nor have leadership positions in the church. This is biblical. This is truth.

I am reminded when Martin Luther was asked to renounce his stance on biblical truth in the face of more progressive theology. He said that he could not go against conscience. Then he said those famous words, “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

In the days and weeks to come, we will be attacked. We will be attacked saying that we are doing great harm to people who see themselves as LGBTQ. But that is not the truth. The truth is sin harms. We are showing love by showing we are not going to allow the sin to reign but beg you to come to repentance.

Dressing Up Scripture

What do I mean when I say, “Dressing Up Scripture?” It is simple. Dressing up Scripture means changing the wording, interpretation, or leaving out certain parts of Scripture in order to not offend people.

The Bible says that the Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). I think God when He inspired the author of Hebrews to write those words that he intentionally chose the weapon of the day. The Word pierces. It’s not meant to be gentle, it’s not meant to be soft. It is meant to cut through the blackness and thickness of sin and pierce the soul.

If people are living in darkness they are going to be offended by the Word of God. They won’t like it. It forces them to come out of the shadows and live a new life. It will make them better.

Think of it this way, in surgery your body is offended by the incisions and removals or additions that the surgeon must make, but in the end, it is to the benefit of your body. So what if a sinner is offended by the truth? In the end, it leads them to salvation.

That is not to say we should seek to offend. No. We should always speak the truth in love. But speaking the truth in love does not mean being afraid of offending someone and it does not mean tip-toeing around issues that may be sensitive. We must boldly proclaim the truth while showing the love and light of Jesus Christ.

Please do not “Dress Up” Scripture.