Friday, April 24, 2015

WHERE ARE THE STANDARDS?

Somewhere along the line, everyone, every person, every man, woman and child makes a decision as to what authority they will allow to guide their life.

Some will choose their own inner guidance or conscience.
(Judg. 17:6)

Some will choose a guru or seemingly wise teacher.

Most Christians have chosen to allow the Bible to be their standard for all things pertaining to faith and morals.

Whatever choice a person makes, that choice is based upon a belief.
Beliefs are what ultimately determine how we navigate our way through this life. (click to tweet)
A bible-believing Christian has chosen to believe that the Bible is the Word of God which He has left for us to use and follow. It is the standard by which things are measured.

With varying degrees, they believe the Bible is inspired by God, without error in its original manuscripts, and “profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Tim. 3:16).

However, for the last 400 years the Bible has been coming under a steadily increasing attack from what is sometimes called “higher criticism.” Higher criticism, in and of itself, is not a bad thing, though it has now become associated negatively.

This attack on the Bible has now filtered into the streets, where the average person who is not at all familiar with the Bible or its contents will pontificate at great length about how the Bible cannot be trusted.

In that place they have chosen their authority.

As most will understand, that “authority” becomes without form and void of any stability, and will follow the whim of the winds of fashion, never able to come to any conclusion other than “I don’t believe.”

Not so the Christian.

At least, it formerly was not that way.

Things have changed, and the people of God are treading a dangerously slippery slope, sliding headlong into a lack of faith.
Why is this?

The standards have changed.

When a Presbyterian minister can say, “I am a Christian, but I don’t believe in God or the Bible,” the standards have changed.

There are plenty of issues around the interpretation and application of the Bible in today’s world. Issues such as homosexuality and gay marriage, submission to authority, abortion, and others dominate the headlines and debate among Christians.

A solid set of standards have all but disappeared in today's morally relativistic society; and when these debates find the place of “The Bible is NOT Valid,” then the debate is over for me.

I will not argue with you for a belief in the Bible. I will not argue with you for a belief in God. 

Those are your problems if you don’t believe. That is between you and the Lord.

However, that being said, don’t profess to be a Christian while denying those things. I have not yet ascended to the place in my spirituality where I can tolerate a hypocritical liar.

Without the standard of the Word of God to guide us, we are left to every “wind of doctrine” (Eph. 4:14) that might come along. These are usually presented with an almost undeniable logic, so that the hearer goes off to contemplate what has just been said. Without recourse to the Scriptures, the apparent logic will win every time.

It is up to you, personally, to avail yourself of this resource that God has given us.

If the only time you open the bible is when you are at a meeting with other Christians, then you CANNOT know what the Bible says. You must spend time reading for yourself.

Although study is beneficial, most today haven’t a clue as to how to study the Bible. Most of those don’t even have the desire.

Aside from that, though, is the fact that most don’t ever READ their Bible with any kind of regularity.

If that is YOU, then purpose today—right now—that you will begin reading.


Read something from the Word everyday. For as long as you can, even if that is only five minutes. (click to tweet)

CAVEAT: Please, please, PLEASE do not set out to read the Bible through from beginning to end if you have not been a regular reader of the Scriptures. You will only end up where you are now—not reading regularly. (Find out why not, and what you should do instead, in my book “How To Study The Bible.”)

In the next article I will tell you why it is so important to simply read the Bible.

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