Yesterday, I presented my premise, today and the days following, I will be presenting my proposed solutions
Herein lies the problem in the church (just one of them actually), the
voice of men and women is becoming louder than the Word of God. We are
building our lives on the “sinking sand” of human popularity, sensations,
opinions and stories more than on the Word of God. To restore sanity
amongst our fold, the authority, the finality of the authority of the
Bible must be restored.
The place of the Bible should not be substituted
with opinions from any preacher: no matter how gifted and anointed they
are. If whatever they are saying disagrees with Scripture, throw it out
quickly away from your mind. Don’t entertain it, no matter who you are
listening to or reading.
The Bereans in Acts 17:11 are a
perfect example: “…they received the word with all readiness [alertness,
attentiveness, sobriety ] of mind, and searched the scriptures daily,
whether those things were so” (vs11b). Anytime I quote them, I get
amazed. I mean this is no other person than Paul; Apostle
extraordinaire, yet when he spoke, he was scrutinized: “…they searched
the scriptures daily, whether those things were so” How many, myself,
included, bother to check after a sermon “whether those things were
so”? The Bereans did exactly what many don’t do, they “…searched the
scriptures daily….” That means even days after they had heard the
message, they kept at it, they investigated what has been said, they
probed further to make sure they have not been lied to. And guess what,
their astuteness towards Paul and Silas’ message got special mention:
“[The Bereans ] were more noble…”(vs 11a). Can I say then, inferring
from the Bereans, that searching Scriptures is a mark of nobility?
Searching Scriptures, that is the way forward! The Word should be the
plumb line for measuring truth, not someone’s giftedness or years in
ministry . In all humility, please don’t misconstrue my words. I am in
no way inciting disrespect towards spiritual authority. I should make
that clear before I am accused of “touching the Lord’s anointed”. But if
Paul’s words were not taken just because he is Paul, who, which
minister of today marks up to Paul’s stature in ministry that we
shouldn’t probe whether the things they are saying are so. …we need some
boldness to start asking questions.
Some of our problems can
be blamed on out of context handling of Scriptures for personal gains.
The flock, instead of being fed, are being fleeced. It’s no wonder Paul
admonished Timothy his protege to “rightly divide the word of truth”.
If there’s an advice to “rightly divide the word of truth”, it means
there’s the possibility of “wrongly dividing the word of truth”. Take
particular note: you can’t rightly divide, if you don’t make time to
study the Bible. This means we all have a personal responsibility to
study the Bible. Studying the bible is not the preserve of a few. Note
also that studying the Bible goes beyond flipping through a devotional
Studying (learning, investigating, reviewing,
reading) the Bible is not mere religious activity. It is fellowship with
God. We cannot relegate it to the background in pursuit of “latest
anointing in town”. If we will give the word, the reverence and
attention it deserves; both on our pulpits and personal lives, we will
protect ourselves from much disaster.