The Bible has always been under attack. From the very beginning, Satan has been enticing men to question the Word of God, change the Word of God, or compromise the Word of God. Many of these attacks are all out frontal assaults simply denying the supernatural origin of the scriptures. Some attacks however are more insidious. They do not come from the front, or from the back, but from within. The devil has always tried to add his twists and turns to the plainness of the scriptures, but the tragedy of tragedies is that many professing Christians are also in on the act.
Recently, on another blog that I read, I encountered professing Christians who did not believe that the writings of the Apostle Paul, were every bit as authoritative as the gospels. They were making every attempt to weigh the words of “Paul” against the “teachings of Christ” as though some were true, but others were “more true.” The fact is that Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are THE Word of GOD. So is the book of Acts, and Romans through Philemon. Every letter of scripture from Genesis to Revelation is in and of themselves THE WORD of God.
This showed up in their rejection of the Word of God in Timothy concerning women and God’s forbiddance of them teaching or usurping authority over men. When asked whether or not if Timothy is the Word of God or the word of Paul, they will generally say the latter.
As I look around the “Christian Culture” I see full frontal assaults on pastors, tithing, doctrine, and even truth itself. Pastors used to have to defend themselves from the world, now it seems that they have to defend themselves from other “Christians” who know the Bible like the back of their head, and demand that all interpretations of scripture should be honored. Blogs against pastors, preachers, and conservatives, are popping up like fireworks on the 4th of July. Liberal ideology, and liberal idealogues are making every attempt to hijack Bible believing Christianity.
Years ago, within the Southern Baptist Convention, Paul Pressler, Adrian Rogers, Jerry Vines, Paige Patterson, Charles Stanley, and a few others organized, and orchestrated what came to be known as the Conservative Resurgence. Now the men who are still alive, continue to be demonized, scrutinized, and ridiculed by those on the left. I pray for another Conservative Revival. The last one is wearing off, and this next generation needs to rise up and stand strong. That would definitely be a change worth making.