Lately I have encountered debates with regard to interpreting Scripture. I hear things like, “What I think this means is….” Let me be clear. What you think it means is of no interest to me, nor should it be of any interest to you.
For every passage of Scripture there is only one, let me repeat one interpretation that is correct. There may be many applications but only one true meaning. You can’t have multiple truths, especially if those truths conflict with each other.
When two interpretations conflict at least one of those is wrong because two conflicting views cannot possibly both be correct. This is why the “Coexist” movement is so dangerous, not to mention ridiculous.
Truth is not relative, and we must follow correct interpretation guidelines to arrive at the correct meaning of any given passage in Scripture.
Lately we have been hearing a lot of reports of Muslims converting to Christianity. We also understand that in the wake of that they are being cast out by their families. I cannot imagine the pain that must cause but I do know that you are not alone.
In John 7 we find that Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him and mocked him in a way. Later James and Jude would become New Testament authors, but at this time in Jesus’ life they were against him.
The point is that Jesus understands the pain of family rejection. He knows what it means to be hated and ridiculed. There is nothing that we face that he has not gone throught.
Those who know me know that I am a passionate debater. I have been told, by some, that when I tell people they are wrong that I am arrogant. This specifically has come from pastors who disagree with me on things such as the Deity of Christ. They tell me that I am to respect their opinion and let them have that opinion. But is this what the Bible teaches?
He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it. (Titus 1:9 ESV)
Clearly the Bible has another idea of what we are to do. We are to rebuke those who contradict the sound doctrines. In other words, there are things that are non-negotiable. There are things we are to fight for and not back down. That is what I strive to do and what I will continue to do.
I am not perfect nor do I claim to be. But I cannot stand by the wayside and watch people who claim the ministry corrupt the church with doctrine that has no Scriptural foundation.