Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Importance of the Bible

For any of you out there who claim to be Bible Believers but don't read it every day or listen to it every day on your CD, Mp3 player, or computer, let me just point out that you are fooling yourself.
There is one verse in the Bible that preachers use to underscore the importance of church attendance. There are dozens to underscore the importance of letting God speak to you Himself through His word, as in w-o-r-d-s. If you are expecting to be fed on God's word once a week or even three times a week by a Pastor and that you don't have to let God do it each and every day you are about as useless as a parachute with a massive hole in it.
Bible reading, believing, is more important than attending church. If you attend church faithfully but don't read your Bible, you are, at best, a lazy, ungrateful Christian. At worst, you are a tare, sitting and soaking up what you can in church but a total fake depending on your own righteousness to get you through and not giving God the opportunity to change you.
God preserved His word in the King James Bible, the Authorized Version, and He will use it to do things with you and for you. Take the medicine.If you believe that the NIV or the NKJV, which say different things about important matters, are God's word, too, then let me ask you, how many times have you read them through? I'm on my 46th reading of the AV. Now, let's see, if you've been a Christian for five years and almost anyone can read the Bible through in one year, you should have read it five times. If it doesn't hold your interest, if it is not something you love and desire to read and hear, and if it doesn't soothe, inspire, and encourage and convict you, revealing new truths and things of value on each reading, then perhaps it isn't the word of God or perhaps you are playing games with God and deceiving yourself.
What is that, three chapters a day, thereabouts? If you don't like to read you can at least hear it. How about cutting off your trashy "The View" and your pagan priestess, Oprah, and your Catholic demagogue, Bill O'Reilley, and your godless sitcoms and TV shows for kids brainwashing your family into believing Satan's lies and start reading your Bible to your children and reading it aloud and memorizing parts of it yourself.
Or, perhaps, your god isn't the God who wrote the Book.
2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

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