What does the Bible say?
Its a common question asked by anyone attending a church group or Bible study. There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking questions (OK…yes I’m going somewhere with this). With the availability and ready access to information , finding out what the Bible says can be as easy as turning on your computer, reading a commentary or having the patience to learn the answer as you study. I can remember the passage of scripture that says; “ask and it shall be given, seek and ye shall find…”.
Being curious enough to seek out God and find out more about Him in the Bible is great, asking someone about what does the bible say about…?; without a follow up and close examination to see if theses things spoken are true, is not a good thing and could lead to one accepting error and tradition as truth and then expecting God to honor something He simply did not say or promise. Many things are implied or suggested in pulpits across America and it is the duty of every believer, to search the scripture to “see” if these this said are written and true.
Just as information is easily accessible, misinformation is just as accessible. Although this blog was started out of the desire to write abut and share my experiences in black churches, I will elude to scriptures often and reference articles, use commentaries or reliable sources; I will always urge my readers to ask questions, research, consider your sources, draw from your experiences, closely examine (study) the scriptures before your accept something as true or creditable.
What should you do when you discover that something(s) you do, or what you’ve been believing is not aligned with the truth? That’s easy, re-align yourself, change! Although change takes time, we tend to hard on ourselves in trying to remedy the things that take time. Salvation takes a moment, sanctification is a process and in this process, one discovers what they need, so they might separate themselves from so their lives are more inline with Gods word.
A few cleverly crafted words and phrases, listening to a young preacher who is a great orator leading a large congregation seems to be enough to excite some believers. It seems we are always looking for the next great wonder to associated with or the next sensation that we can “WOW” over. Hmmm…what does the Bible say about a time when the people of God will have itching ears, and they will heap to themselves… Okay here’s the passage: II Tim 4:3 – For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
Sound doctrine seems to be something many believers avoid, it exposes whats wrong with our lives, whats wrong with our thinking and shows us to be a people in need of restoration.
Proverbs 4:7 – Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.