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A Light Unto Our Paths

By Watchman | March 26, 2012

“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”  (Psalm 119:105)

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”  (2 Tim. 3:16)

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, extort with all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” ( 2 Tim. 4:2-4)

    Several studies have recently been posted which suggest that American Christians are scripturally illiterate.  Surveyor Rhodes indicates that 35% of all born-again Christians admit to not reading the Bible at all, while a Rasmussen poll claims that 44% of Catholics rarely if ever read the scriptures.  Further, other studies show that of the Protestants who read the Bible, only 25% do so daily, with a majority reading it only during Sunday morning services.  Naturally, this begs the question of whether or not Bible-reading is a strict necessity for the believer.  I contend that it is, and that the current trend against scripture reading is posing a serious and dangerous threat to the spiritual well-being of those who like to think of themselves as Christians.

     Without knowing the scriptures, we cannot know the mind and heart of God.  Throughout the scriptures lie His commandments, His judgments, His loves and His hates.  When we refuse to follow His will or submit to His judgments, then we are committing the sin of rebellion.  Because He has given us this Book of knowledge of that which He requires of us, we will have no excuse with which to defend ourselves when we stand before Him to answer for our sins.  Ignorance is no excuse when the means of education are within one’s grasp.  God has told us clearly that promiscuity and homosexuality are abominable sins, yet many Christians refuse to condemn the behaviors.  Why?  I have heard many say something akin to “But I just feel in my heart that since Jesus is love, He would approve of all expressions of love.”  Is this a scriptural thought?  Not at all. Love is indeed a gift given to us by our Father in heaven, but certain acts or expressions of love are perversions of that gift and have been initiated by our demonic adversary.  The idea that our thoughts and emotions can replace the word of God as revealed to us through the scriptures is at best self-delusional.  That we can attribute our flawed and narrow emotional biases to our Lord is a lie that originates in the pit of hell itself.  Our God is a holy God.  He is just, merciful, kind and forgiving, but He loathes sin and will not allow it into His presence.

     Without knowing the scriptures, we cannot properly spread the love of God to the unbeliever.  When we choose to create “converts” by asking sinners to embrace Jesus because He loves them and will make them happy or when we offer up Jesus as a means to prosperity or self-actualization, we are not offering unbelievers what they really need:  the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  We are not calling sinners to salvation but to a nonexistent God who chooses not to punish evil or call sinners to repentance.  Under this banner, some churches are merging with and/or finding common ground with the Islamic church since, they claim, we both worship the same God.  We emphatically do NOT worship the same God and in telling Muslims that their way of worship is valid, we condemn them to an eternity in hell.  When we do not tell Buddhists, or Wiccans or Zoroastrians or whatever other demonic religion (or no religion at all) that people may belong to about the fact that they need to Jesus to save their souls from damnation and to unite them to God, we condemn them to an eternity in hell.  Although in our politically-correct society many consider that to be hate-speech, it is actually the truest language of love.  If someone for whom I wished to show love was in the street about to be hit by a car, I would be a poor friend or lover indeed if I stood by and watched without yelling a word of warning.  If someone for whom I wished to show love was drowning in a pool and I stood there feeling badly for him or her and didn’t even try tossing in a lifesaver lying at hand, I might well be considered at least partially at fault for the resulting death.  Yet many of us who are Christians do not know that God holds us partially responsible for the death of the souls of the unbelievers (Ezekiel 33).

     Without knowing the scriptures, we can never receive the fullness of the promises that God has made us.  Just as by not reading the Bible we cannot know His commandments and what He wants us to know about our behavior and our relationship with Him; we cannot experience the saving grace, the comfort, the depth of the love He has for us, the fellowship and the oneness He desires with us!  Within the pages of the scriptures lie the answers to all of the questions we have about whether or not He pays attention to our lives on a daily basis; whether or not He approves of the actions we take and the lives we live; whether or not we can truly count on an eternity in His presence!

     And yet, knowing all of this, and with access to countless versions of the Bible on the shelves in bookstores and in home libraries and on-line sites, only 25% of Protestants and 7% of Catholics read their Bibles daily, and many do not read them at all.  Scriptural illiteracy leads to spiritual darkness.  Some of the fault lies undoubtedly with the churches, many of which are not properly encouraging their flocks to read scripture for themselves and some of the fault lies in our own laziness and disinclination to apply ourselves to study that is not mandatory. However, Paul rightly told Timothy that study of the scriptures is necessary in order to teach and to encourage our brothers and sisters in the faith, and to keep ourselves and others from following false doctrines that sound good to our “itching ears.”  We can be certain, as was both Paul and the great king and Psalmist David, that His word will always be a lamp unto our feet and light unto our paths!

Maranatha!

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2 Responses to “A Light Unto Our Paths”

  1. Susan Rakes Says:
    March 27th, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Excellent and inspired post my friend! Addressing the issues of today with the Truth is like taking a risk…instead of the life giver it is. Many think that God is on a “power trip”…they don’t “get” that all those “thou shalt nots”. That the “nots” are things/actions that will eternally separate us from Him and, through our own freewill choices, sentence our own selves to an agonizing eternity.

    BUT on the other hand..if we seek Him-if we are found “of Him”…and thru that discover the greatest love of all and the mercy and grace that He offers to all who will “come and drink of the water of Life freely”. If we walk obediently before Him-IN CHRIST -it becomes 2nd-no 1st “nature” -(but not “in” the flesh kind)-to so walk in the Love of God that those “shalt nots” lose their power over us. And whaddaya know! WE ARE HAPPY! 🙂

  2. Shirley Says:
    March 29th, 2012 at 4:40 am

    So true, Watchman….God’s Word is our “spiritual food”. Without it, we starve. With the statistics you have shown, there is a famine in the land! Thank you for sounding the warning – once again!

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