The basic idea goes something like this…
“When the Bible writers wrote the New Testament, they couldn’t have known what our world would be like today.” “They were writing to people who lived in a different culture.” “Times have changed.”
The argument then goes on to say that the Bible is more of a guidebook on how to handle situations. So as the world changes around you, you shouldn’t take Scripture literally, because it won’t keep up with the times. Let me share some verses with you that should paint the picture of how dangerous that is.
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Galatians 1:4 (KJV)
4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:
Philippians 2:15 (KJV)
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
The idea that as the world changes so should the church is simply blasphemous. Ephesians 6:12 should serve as a stark warning to anyone who wants to argue that the operation of our local assemblies should change with the times. Ephesians 6:12 is a clear reference to the Devil and we can see by the use of the words that he isn’t alone. “Rulers of the darkness of this world”. “Present evil world”. “Crooked and perverse nation”. Do any of those make you feel confident in trusting in the world? The problem is that often times the answer is yes. People do trust in the world. They think if we could only elect so-and-so, then the world would be a better place. Or, we live in the greatest country in the world. Or, we’re home to the best and the brightest. Paul spends a good part of the first chapter of 1 Corinthians writing about the wisdom of mankind, but he uses an Old Testament reference to sum it up.
1 Corinthians 1:19 (KJV)
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
The verse Paul is drawing reference to is from Isaiah.
Isaiah 29:14 (KJV)
14 Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.
So we can see that mans’ wisdom isn’t worth much to begin with. Then you go back to Ephesians 6:12 and throw in the fact that the Devil is currently well in control of this world and it should make you question why anyone would think that God wants us to change His instructions to better fit what the world views as right. God has made us so wise that we truly think we know better. We try to make the world a better place and in our effort we play right into the Devil’s hand. The Devil sees this weakness and he absolutely exploits it. He uses us as pawns. Don’t be tricked. Don’t try to make God’s word fit into man’s idea of what is right. Listen to Paul’s advice to the Ephesians and align yourself with the Lord’s wisdom.
Ephesians 5:15-17 (KJV)
15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
The Bible means what it says. Don't change the instructions found in it to better fit what the world views as acceptable or normal. Stand firm and trust in God's Word!
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