2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
I once saw a cute cartoon that was more prophetic than I realized at the time. The cartoon showed a young man coming home from his church’s high school youth group. He is obviously depressed and overwhelmed. His mother says to him, “Honey, what’s wrong?” His deadpan response, “You know, I used to think I was an expert on the book of Revelation, but tonight I met someone who has actually read it!”
Today it has become all too easy to reject, rebuke, or make fun of the Bible. We act as though there are no consequences to our behavior or words. “Sin” has become an antiquated word from the past that no self-respecting educated intellectual would use in conversation. “Redemption” is another out of touch word that indicates that we need to be saved from something. “Savior”, come on, who needs a savior when we have science?
We have become like the schoolyard bully who feels superior to everyone else and uses others to satisfy his or her own needs. The day is coming, however, when the schoolyard bully is going to run into that one person who not only stands up to their bullying but overwhelms them with greater power.
Who are the schoolyard bullies today? The arrogance of the liberal progressive movement who utilization of language to intimidate and immobilize opposition, and shutdown of free speech are like a loaded handgun with the barrel pointing back at the shooter. They are in fact their own worst enemy!
Sooner or later the Word of God, God the Father, God the Son-Jesus, and God the Holy Spirit will not be mocked or trivialized. The day is coming when every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. (Philippians 2:9-11) The issue is, will we be made to bow or are we willing bowing now?
I continue to toy with the idea for a new book about the first two words that will be spoken by unbelievers the moment after they die. As I remind my agnostic and atheistic friends their denial of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior does not determine or diminish his reality. What will those first two words be for those who refuse to bow now? I believe with all my heart the first two words they will utter when they stand face to face with Jesus are, “Oh S—t!”
Yes, it is all true! Getting ready for that day begins now. One of the best ways to begin is to get serious with the Bible. Read it, study it, and consume its words and message. As I tell the congregation I serve, the Word of God is not merely to be heard but rather TO BE PUT INTO ACTION. The sooner we put the truth of God’s Word into action, instead of rebuking it or torturing it to reflect the most current politically correct worldview, the healthier we are going to be.
Outlined below is a wise Bible reading plan that will reveal its truth and bring you into a face-to-face encounter with Jesus Christ.
Read the Bible in this order: •Gospel of John •Book of Acts •Gospel of Luke •The Book of Romans.
Read one chapter per day asking two questions: What does this actually say and teach? What am I going to do about it?
If you want further direction please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org