For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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Amos 8:11 and Matthew 5:17-20
[Amos 8:11 KJV] 11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
[Matthew 5:17-20 NKJV] 17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches [them], he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 “For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
The move in the present day away from Scripture makes room for a worldview that is secular based rather than Bible based. It allows for a lack of knowledge of who God is and what He does. That lack is filled with humanity’s creation of a god in their image rather than acknowledgement of a God who created humanity in His image. The difference colors the manner in which humanity views itself. This move makes room for deception.
There is a famine of the Word in a place where its availability abounds. There is lack of honor and respect for it that is replaced with honor and respect of men and women and their words thus leading to deception. The deception occurs when Scripture is referenced but not taught, when an individual’s teaching is based upon their ‘good’ character or ‘spiritual’ character which may or may not be genuine. The move from the source, Scripture, God’s Word, to humanity’s interpretations leads to deception. Divisions occur because emphasis is placed upon men’s thoughts and interpretations rather than the actual Word of God. It was Jesus who said: ” assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.” Neither heaven nor earth have yet passed away. Jesus was referencing the Torah and Prophets, the old testament.
The Word is still the standard, not a standard based upon humanity’s interpretations. As the world standard sinks to a standard that celebrates the self, the church maintains a distance but remains attached so that it also begins to sink into a similar standard that celebrates the self. ( Note how many ‘worship’ songs are all about me and my relationship with Him, not about Him and His relationship with me, or about Him and who He is period.) The changes in the church, the body of Christ, are such that it begins to resemble humanity and not Christ…
The famine of scriptural accuracy, of scriptural honor, of scriptural knowledge has made room for wrong doctrines, shifting with the rest of humanity to a “me” vision of life rather than a “Christ” vision of life. There is a need to return to Biblical accuracy, study of the Word itself. This study brings knowledge of the author, God. It brings knowledge of who the believer is in Him. It changes everything and enhances life. Take on the day? Take on the Word of God!!
If God’s Word has left the building…find a building that honors the Word of God.
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