No small number of people in the modern religious world would do well to listen to the very old admonition given to King Uzziah.
“And they withstood King Uzziah, and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron, who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have trespassed! You shall have no honor from the Lord God.”” (2 Chronicles 26:18 NKJV)
King Uzziah was a prestigious king, but his prestige led to pride and confusion in knowing the difference between talent, human-reasoning and self-desire with respect toward God, authority under God and humility before God.
Uzziah was able to help and serve the people of God in many ways, but many ways was not the same as every way!
Living under the law of the Spirit and liberty (Romans 8:2, James 2:12) does not mean we live without any law and regulation from God (Romans 3:27, Hebrews 5:9).
Women who believe they have talent to preach ought to listen. Men who believe they can be rightly called Father ought to listen. People who seek to build and propagate a church foundation upon another human-being ought to listen. Learn from Uzziah. It is not for you to do the things you have done. It is not for you to go beyond the bounds given by God. You are at serious risk of behaving like Uzziah and having no honor from the Lord God.
“Or did the word of God come originally from you? Or was it you only that it reached? If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 14:36-37 NKJV)
This question is one that boggles my mind. People want to talk about biblical topics but they do so without wanting to talk about what the scriptures say.
The conversation/debate/discussion (whichever may be case) about the scriptures begins but soon reverts into and ends with “I think” or “I feel” or “I believe” or “The catechism says” or “The creed book says” or “The “father” in Rome says” and on and on it goes.
Why can’t we do what Peter simply said to do when he wrote, “If anyone has anything to say, let it be as the words of God….” (1 Peter 4:11 – BBE) Why do we read that the church is built upon the prophets, the apostles and upon the cornerstone of Christ (Ephesians 2:20), but then try to defend the church we belong to with the words of people other than the prophets, the apostles and Jesus?
The scriptures aren’t open to personal interpretations that cause people to contradict one another. God cannot lie (Titus 1:2) and the scriptures come from God (2 Timothy 2:16-17), so the obvious conclusion is that the scriptures can’t contradict. If our “personal interpretation” causes the scriptures to contradict then it’s not the scriptures that have the problem – it’s the interpreter!
Feelings alone do not interpret the scriptures. The Jews who failed to heed Paul’s preaching about Jesus from the Old Testament scriptures did so because they relied upon personal feelings and human traditions without God’s word. The Jews who believed and accepted Paul’s preaching about Jesus from the Old Testament did so because they relied upon feelings directed by the scriptures of God (Acts 17:11). Human emotions can be turned in the wrong direction, but God’s word reveals the true path of righteousness to stay on (Jeremiah 7:24, 13:10, 17:9; Psalm 119:105, 172; Romans 1:16-17).
Talking Bible isn’t always easy because talking Bible isn’t what everyone wants to do. But regardless of how we feel about the Bible, we will get much further with the Bible when we talk with it instead of talking about it.
“So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.” (Acts 20:32)
When I think of authority, I think of Jesus. Jesus claims authority for His commands.
“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'” Matthew 28:18
“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.” John 12:48.
Sadly, the majority of people today, even many who are religious, do not want to accept the authority of Jesus because that means they would have to change their lives. Oh these people claim they recognize His authority, but then turn around and say we are under no law today. How rare it is to hear sermons on authority in religion. Fortunately we’ve had quite a few very good lessons on this subject, and I pray we continue to do so. Our children need to learn respect for authority. They certainly are not going to learn it from the world today!
Here is a lesson I highly recommend on the subject: We Must Have Bible Authority.
What connotations, positive or negative, does the term “authority” hold for you? The Nudge gets pushy today, eh? When you hear the word, do you feel an oppressive weight? See a finger wagging? A dark facial expression with loud words? Most people do, it seems, especially in this postmodern age of ours. Obviously, the interest here leans toward the religious and spiritual, but you take it where you’d like.
I’ll not be around much today, what with a 2 1/2 hour class this afternoon for an advanced study for Christians (though we expect one or two nonChristians), as we continue our evangelism training. I’m actually going over a study series with them. Afterwards, we’re receiving Christian friends here who’ll spend the night with us. And tomorrow is always a busy day.
So with my absence, I invite the Fellows to take up the slack and post, post, post.
Joy reported on FB tremors during the night strong enough to wake her up. I’ve reported on 150 deaths in Rio, probably more than that by now.
So what’s happening in your neighborhood?
UPDATE: The Missus said she heard last night that the death count in Rio topped 170.