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The War Against The Word of God From Within the Church

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All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. -- 2Timothy 3: 16-17 (ESV)

The Bible says that we should not be ignorant of the schemes of the devil, thus we know he has schemes working against the cause of Christ. One of the more active ones is to attack the verity of Scripture. As we see so evidently in politics today, the truth is not only under assault but it is being violated every day. People no longer want to seek absolute truth on any given subject but would prefer to hear the echoes of their own false beliefs. This is also true within the church. Just try and tell someone that their favorite false teacher is false and see the ensuing backlash for what it is - demonic. The assault on the Bible has several fronts. The devil has always used man to constantly attack any minor claim made in the Bible and even used science to dispel historical narratives. For example science believes they have a natural answer for the supernatural ten plagues of Egypt. Why does the devil go to such lengths? Because sin is always found within shades of grey. As long as the world feels it is poking holes in the inerrancy of Scripture then it gives the unsaved more cover to dismiss the entire Bible. The war against the Word has several fronts though and sadly it has two within the walls of the church itself. Experiential Christianity such as Bethel and IHOP teach that our experience trumps Scripture. Thus those the cling to the Bible as their plumb line are dismissed as legalists, out of touch, and in need of a revelation of the Holy Spirit. This is ridiculous of course since we know that Jesus is the Word of God and the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truths contained within the pages of God's Holy Word. People like Mike Bickle and Bill Johnson teach the notion of fresh revelation -- as if God forgot something when He put the Bible together.

The other front from within the church is more devious and subtle. It comes in the form of reasonable sounding preaching from formerly well respected pastors. Their motivation always sounds pious and Jesus-centric but their rationale is straight from the pit of hell. We saw it last year when Andy Stanley preached serval messages designed to undermine the sufficiency of Scripture. Andy was frustrated because so many of his youth went away to college and came back either backslidden or atheistic. His solution was to replace the inerrancy of the Bible with reasoned and carnal arguments because he could not see that the problem was in his mirror. When you run a compromised church that does not bring the whole Gospel to bear, this is the end result. His youth were not falling away -- they were never converted to begin with. Stanley caught a lot of grief for these sermons and didn't really care. We had not heard a lot on this front until an article this week on Charisma News, linked above, turned up. To be honest I had not heard of Dr. Frank Turek but his bio claims he is a leading apologetics expert. If so, I am afraid that the devil has picked up significant ground on this front. Let us reason together through this article and see what God really has to say.

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