Bible-believing Christians cannot accept the "many paths" view as a genuine expression of their faith. Yet professing Christians consider this "inclusive" stance to be the enlightened one. Liberal Christianity offers a humanistic reinterpretation of our faith and claims that Bible-believing Christians are mired in rigid, unenlightened, antiquated thinking. They tell us that times have changed, society has progressed, and the church must evolve to keep up.
They even twist the idea of the Bible as the Living Word to make it open to radical reinterpretation—so that its original meaning is turned upside down!—as society and opinions change.
God's message to us hasn't changed since the beginning of time.
The Bible itself says, "The word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart" (Hebrews 4:12). And Martin Luther once said, "The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays hold of me." But neither the writer of Hebrews nor Martin Luther meant that the Bible is subject to revision or "new revelations" according to shifting public tastes and political moods.
The Bible doesn't change; it changes us. If we disagree with something we read in Scripture, it's not the Bible that needs to change—it's us. We must reexamine our opinions and change them in the light of God's unchanging Word.
As various leaders and authors in the church subtly move away from a Biblical understanding of social issues, the church is being led into apostasy and error, while the nation is being led into secularism, moral relativism, and depravity. The church has sidelined itself and made itself irrelevant at the very time that the world is in desperate need of God's Truth.
God's message to us hasn't changed since the beginning of time. It remains the same: Do not tamper with the Truth of God. Christ taught His disciples the importance of knowing, speaking, and defending the Truth because Jesus Himself is Truth incarnate.
Christian complacency and apostasy are a far greater threat to the life of the church than ISIS or any other terrorist group. The church can only be destroyed from within if we stray from the Scriptures and contaminate God's Truth with worldly ideas. The church must wake up and shake itself from its long stupor.
You and I and everyone who claims to follow Jesus must take an unshakable stand on the unchanging Truth.
Prayer: Lord, thank You that Your Word is Truth, that it is unchanging just as You are steadfast and faithful. By Your Spirit, help me to submit to Your Word and cling to its Truth in all circumstances, sharing its life-giving message with grace and love. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him" (Proverbs 30:5).
*This devotional adapted from The Hidden Enemy by Michael Youssef © 2018. Published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, IL. Used by permission.