I just read a new(ish) book (in an effort to hear a man out and be reasonably fair since I have warned against believing what he says in the past) where the author, who claims Christ, spent the better part of 200 pages being as selective and deceptive with the words of Jesus and of God in the Old Testament as (I’m pretty sure) anyone I’ve ever read. He confidently attributed meanings to snippets of the Bible that were horribly misleading or demonstrably false. And I sit here now stunned, and I think, “This man simply must not think He’s going to have to give an account to God for how he treats His Word.”
You and I and he and everyone else should tremble with seriousness when we speak and interpret the Bible for people. God is in charge of what it means, not us. I will give an account to Him for what I say about His Word (and I’ll have many things to answer for, I’m sure, though I trust in Christ’s blood to cleanse my many sins). I just wanted to go find this man and plead with him, warn him, admonish him to stop playing underhanded, fast-and-loose word games with Scripure, to tell him that when we talk about God and His Bible we are not having childish dialogues about interpretations of the ending of The Usual Suspects, here. Real souls (our own among them) are at stake.
The Apostle John wrote this about Revelation:
“I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”
That is the seriousness of talking about the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He is real.
I wish the author of this book had taken God as seriously as John did. And I ask God’s forgiveness for all the times that I have spoken thoughtlessly or falsely about the Holy One.
He is who He is. Our job is to faithfully proclaim Him, not idolatrously set out to remake Him. Korah, Nadab, and Abihu serve as just a few of the reminders for us that being flippant or careless with a God who is real is a very dangerous enterprise.