Famine of the Word

The world, by creating a famine of the Word, teaches one thing: we can trust Scripture.

It is encouraging to see how relevant the Word of God is in our times.  Many people think the Bible is just a book.  It is outdated and no longer relevant for the 21st century.  So why read it?

Yet the writings of one of the Old Testament prophets,  Amos, show how relevant the Bible is still today.

Amos, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote around 750BC, ’The days are coming, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I will send a famine through the land – not a famine of food or a thirst for water – but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.  Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the Lord, but they will not find it.’ 1

#  What does a famine of the Word mean?

To understand it, let us look at what happens in our time:

  • Evolution.  It basically means that nothing in this world was created, because it all evolved.  If that is true, the Bible is no longer relevant, since the first book, Genesis, tells us God is the Creator.  If Genesis 1 is not true, why would the rest be true?  So discard the Bible and create a famine of the Word.
  • Anti-God organisations.  There are many organisations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation.  What does Dan Barker and his people want?  They claim to separate state and religion.  Yet underneath all these organisations are a desire to expel the Bible from society to create a famine of the Word.
  • Liberal theologians.  Many liberal theologians like Bart Ehrman specialise in pointing out flaws in Scripture.  If the Word of God is so unreliable, who would want to take to heart what is written in it?  Another famine of the Word.
  • Liberal media.  What about the liberal media that is so hard at work to teach people to despise the Word of God?  Famine of the Word, that is what is at stake.

#  The design behind the creation of a famine of the Word

The devil, God’s enemy, is always planning ways to devour people and to trap them. He can easily trap people if they know nothing about him or his desire to lead people to hell.  He feeds on the ignorance created by a famine of the Word.

Conclusion

2,700 Years after Amos penned down the words of God, we see a famine of the Word in much of the world around us.  God’s Word proves itself relevant and true.  The world, by creating a famine of the Word, teaches one thing: we can trust Scripture.

Reference

  1. Amos 8:11-12
  2. Peter 5:8 and 2 Timothy 2:26

Insight from Paul’s talk to the Ephesians

Paul’s warning still applies to us in 2016: Cling to the King! Do not let go. The rewards are out of this world – eternally in the presence of the Trinity on the new heavens and earth.

It is interesting that people do what the Bible predicts.  In this blog we want to discuss how true it is especially of those who criticise the Bible.  Let us look at Paul’s advice to the Ephesian elders.

#  On his way to Jerusalem, he called them and advised them.

‘Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers.  Be shepherds of the church of God, which He bought with His own blood.’ 1  Notice that he says God bought the church with His own blood.  We know it is Jesus who died on the cross.  So it is evidence that Jesus is God.

#  Paul warns about savage wolves and it is still relevant today.

‘I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock.  Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.’ 2

  • This still happens in our time.  Many ‘scholars’ like Bart Ehrman initially professed faith in God and then left Him.  Another very interesting example is Dan Barker.  He was a pastor who defected (like Demas who left Paul because he loved the world 3).
  • What do they do now?  Bart Ehrman teaches at a theological college, although he professes that he is an agnostic and atheist.  Dan Barker is co-leader of the Freedom from Religion Foundation.  He opposes Jesus with all his might.  What do they and many others like them prove?  Paul’s warning through the Holy Spirit, is true.  People still do what Paul prophesied.  They leave the faith and distort the truth.  Is that not a sure sign that Scripture is Holy Spirit inspired?

#  People lose big time when they believe those who distort the truth and leave the faith.

They will be eternally separated from God.  They will not be part of the Bride of Christ who will live in the peace and comfort of the Bridegroom.  That is why Paul writes, ‘So be on your guard!  Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.’ 4  Why is Paul so serious about it?  Because, ‘…the word of grace can build people up and give them an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.’ 5

Conclusion

Paul’s warning still applies to us in 2016: Cling to the King!

Do not let go.  The rewards are out of this world – eternally in the presence of the Trinity on the new heavens and earth. 6

References

  1. Acts 20:28
  2. Acts 20:29
  3. 2 Timothy 4:10
  4. Acts 20:31
  5. Acts 20:32
  6. Revelation 21-22

Take Bible criticism with a pinch of salt

When you accuse God that the Bible is full of errors or that He is a cruel tyrant, there is a very important principle to remember.  In everyday life, countries cannot charge somebody for a misdemeanour if there is no law book or constitution to base the charge on.  The same applies to the Constitution of God, the Holy Scriptures.  If you do not know the Law Book of God, the Bible, your accusations are baseless.  This brings us to the very significant problem that God’s Law Book, the Scriptures tell us about:

#  The Bible has an invisible Counsellor, the Holy Spirit.

‘…the Counsellor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’ 1  People who do not have the Holy Spirit are at a tremendous disadvantage because they don’t have a Guide to explain the Scriptures.

# No Holy Spirit, no comprehension

Scripture declares, ‘The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.’ 2  Nobody who attacks God or Scripture has the Holy Spirit. 3   The reason is simple:

#  The Bible was inspired by the Holy Spirit.

‘Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation.  For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.’ 4  The Holy Spirit inspired Scripture and He helps those filled with the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible.

#  Conclusion

Be very careful when you hear agnostics, skeptics, humanists, atheists or ‘theologians’ claim that the Bible is wrong.  Without the Holy Spirit (which they definitely do not have), they will jump to the wrong conclusions.  Whether it is Richard Dawkins, Lawrence Krauss, Bart Ehrman, Dan Barker, or whoever, if we scrutinise the passages they quote, we will see the flaws in their arguments.  However, they do us a service.  Their criticism forces us to study the Bible more closely.  The end result is that our faith is immensely increased because we understand how wonderful Scripture is. 

References

  1. John 14:26
  2. 1 Corinthians 2:14
  3. 1 Corinthians 12:3
  4. 2 Peter 1:20-2
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