With the decline of Biblical authority in our culture, and quite frankly in the church, we are now reaping the rewards of diminishing the Word of God. When the Word of God and Jesus as Savior are neutered the results are what we are seeing today. We are experiencing widespread hatred, racial division, deception, name calling of every kind, and youth who have little or no understanding of our republic and why we are unique in the world.
One of the arguments today for our changing lifestyles is often put this way, “Well, Jesus didn’t say anything about that topic in the Gospels so the bible has no word to us today.. It doesn’t matter what St. Paul, St. Peter, St. John, or others have written they just don’t measure up to the same level of words actually quoted by Jesus.” Sadly, too many leaders in the church don’t have a response and therefore can offer no guidance to the church or culture.
We must get our Biblical theology right and begin to speak again with the only real authority in the universe.
How do we do that? We start with the testimony of the Apostle John where in his gospel chapter 1:1 we read: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The Bible clearly and unequivocal identifies Jesus as the Word of God. This word (logos) is the power of creation and all life. This word is also written for all generations in what we call the Old and New Testaments.
We also need to understand St. Paul’s identification of Jesus in Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
Vs 16a is key! 16 For by him all things were created. Jesus created all things. This includes the Bible itself. Jesus is the creator and author of the Bible! This means that when St. Paul writes, or St. Peter writes we are in essence hearing the voice of Jesus. Church leaders must make this clear to believers and when we speak to the skeptical culture around us. In fact we must consistently say, “Jesus, speaking through St. Paul, St. Peter, Matthew, Luke, James, John. Says:”
Christianity has always believed that the Word of God is loaded with truth and authority. Those who proclaim the Word of God in Jesus Christ have to begin to behave with Biblical authority. We do not need to compromise to culture, radical pressure, or even science when it comes to the dominate social issues of our day. Jesus has clearly spoken through the Bible and Christian leaders need to speak with that same authority!