January 28, 2018

Invalidating the Word of God – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

“thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that.” (Mark 7:13)

The “politically correct” pluralist insists that those who believe conflicting religious views must learn to coexist (easy when you don’t believe any of the views are really true). In other words, if you have no more faith in the Bible than you do in Mother Goose, then you view it any way you want to, and they do. If you insist that a concept is true, necessarily implying conflicting views are false, you are an intolerant bigot (understandable if none of the views truly true).

This view invalidates the word of God as surely as the conduct of Pharisees, rebuked by Jesus in the New Testament. The fact that He rebuked their view, necessarily implied He believed what He taught was true and their view was not true.

The Pharisees had encumbered the Word with numerous “interpretations” that enabled them to ignore the teachings they found inconvenient. But, since it’s not really, really true, then what’s the problem? The obvious problem is that Jesus believed the Word was absolutely true and they were invalidating Divine revelation.

The contrasting attitude of today’s pluralist is not because they are nicer or more generous. It is because they don’t believe in truth, unless you are talking about their pluralism, which is true and contrasting views are false and must be opposed. That’s not sweet. It is dishonest. Like Jesus, I rebuke such attitudes because I believe in truth.

Jesus taught that every word of Scripture was true and authoritative.

“For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. “Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:18-19).

In John 10:35 Jesus added “the scripture cannot be broken.”

Skeptics pose apparent difficulties, evolutionists ridicule the creation account, and the immoral try to wriggle away from its moral constraints, and we may misunderstand, but the Scripture cannot be broken! Jesus said…

“He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. …the Father Himself who sent Me has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. I know that His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak just as the Father has told Me.” (John 12:48-50).

Today’s intellectuality elite pluralists are following in the example of the Pharisees rather than Christ. Jesus says they are “invalidating the word of God…”

Various translation clarify: “nullify the word of God” NET, “making void the word of God” ESV; “making the word of God of no effect,” NKJV. The paraphrase CEV says, “And you ignore God’s commands in order to follow your own teaching.”

Consistently, all translations affirm that Jesus taught these words were God’s words and their own interpretation was blameworthy.

Peter expressed exactly the same view in II Peter 3:16, referring to what the inspired apostle Paul wrote; “…the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.” Here, He uses the Greek word “στρεβλόω ” defined:

“twist…of the use of tortuous devices in the course of inquiries…to distort a statement so that a false meaning results, twist, distort…” BDAG

If you express what Jesus believed about God’s word, you will face fierce, dishonest opposition. They say it is absolutely true that you must not insist on what is absolutely true. But, we should believe as Jesus did, that if the word of God says it, it is true and opposing views are not. Proponents opposing views are not generous, they nullify the word of God.

 

 

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