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December 29, 2015

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Why I’m not of fan of William Lane Craig and his ilk. Remember when I talked about fads in Christendom? How if it was popular and everyone liked it, then it probably isn’t true to God’s word and somewhere the scripture was being abused.

 

Now if it came to a live debate I would probably lose, I classify myself as a deep thinker, not necessarily a quick thinker. But with many books to my credit and a decent IQ, I’m not an idiot.  

 

I am appalled at the popularity of Mr. Craig and his colleagues as they have put apologetics and reason above the inspiration and inerrancy of scripture, going as far as saying only with a college degree in philosophy could you persuade a college person to follow Jesus. To the eggheads and high IQ’s and pseudo brainiac’s, they have done away with the true and necessary role of The Holy Spirit and his work to draw a person to Christ.

 

In his latest post he says the New Testament is not even needed to persuade a person to follow Christ, that only a bible scholar needs theology. Shame on you Mr. Craig and your kind.

 

For that I give you my answer to those who say they have no need of the bible.

 

What is the will of God? Fundamentally, for Bible believing Christians, it is what God has revealed in His Word, i.e., the Scriptures. For example 2 Timothy 3:15–17 suggests not only the necessity of Scripture in discerning God’s will, but its adequacy to “make me wise” (3:15) and “thoroughly equip me for every good work” (3:16–17).

 

This clearly suggests to me, as it must have to Timothy, that there is no necessity for God to give me extra biblical revelation or a degree in philosophy to know His will. Necessity is the operative term since God is sovereign and may choose to use anything or do anything to direct the course and character of my life. For example, I may glean insight into life–personally, socially, even spiritually–by simply being sensitive and open to my environment, by reading literature, by common sense and by honestly sharing my life with people. And all this, plus other factors, may contribute to making me a wise, mature and “thoroughly equipped” Christian, but that’s all it is–a contribution, supplemental to the “will of God” revealed in Scripture. It is the central and crucial text of 2 Timothy 3:13–17 that now deserves our attention and expanded commentary concerning the sufficiency of Scripture and knowing God’s will.

But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived (2 Timothy 3:13).

 

Our text begins with Paul warning Timothy of “evil men and impostors” who will adorn the religious scene, “deceiving and being deceived.” Earlier in this chapter Paul has illustrated with “Jannes and Jambres” the type of person who leads others astray while being deceived himself. The principle thus emerges: from the conscious deception of others emerges the unconscious deception of oneself.

 

But as for you (Timothy), continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you learned them (2 Timothy 3:14).

 

To avert any tendency to “self-deception” Paul says to Timothy that he needs to remain right where he is regarding the truth. Timothy’s tradition of abiding in the truth was highlighted earlier in 3:10: “But you (Timothy) have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, long-suffering, love, perseverance.” Thus Timothy is to be diligent to remain (endure) in this experience while others (3:13) are deceiving and being led astray down the dangerous road of emotional, spiritual ruin. Another principle emerges namely, “staying in God’s truth is an essential need for Christians today, especially teachers.”

 

And that from childhood you (Timothy) have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 3:15).

 

With 3:10–11 as a backdrop Paul goes on in this verse to remind Timothy that remaining in God’s truth requires that he cling to his knowledge of the Holy Scriptures. In possessing the Scriptures, we possess that which makes what we have learned a present and viable possession: “the Holy Scriptures which are able to make you wise for salvation.”

In our day where the spiritual menu offers an elaborate selection of religious ideas and deceptive doctrines we need to depend, more than ever, upon the Word of God in Scripture (sacred writings)! We need constant reminding that they–and they alone–make us wise to that which is most vital and viable to our souls, our eternal destiny and our daily personal relationship to God.

 

But, as Paul goes on to explain, the Scriptures that make us wise for salvation do not end their usefulness there. They are capable of fully and thoroughly equipping us to live a stable, balanced and effective life for God.

Not philosophy, not knowing a historical Jesus minus the scriptures, but drawn to Jesus through the word of God.

God bless from scumlikeuschurch@gmail.com

Pray for the Howards, Burt, Joyce and Savanah that lost everything in a tornado in N. Texas, they are physically ok but lost 100% of their possessions, including Burt’s wheel chair.

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