Yesterday I began to talk about what happens when people twist the meaning of the Scriptures. The first recorded instance of a change in what God spoke happened in the Garden of Eden when Eve changed what God had told Adam about the tree whose fruit they should not eat. I asked my readers to tell a time when they had such an experience and I hope to see some responses in the comment section. I have to go to work, but I will be back near midnight and I hope to have some good examples by then.
My example happened between me and two religion professors at a college I once worked for. The one professor firmly believed that the scriptures that spoke against same-sex sexual relationships did not mean they were sinful. She went to great lengths to take apart the words that were used in the verses that seemingly condemned homosexuality to show that we had lost the original intent of the verses. The second professor, a scholar in both Hebrew and Greek, and expert in the Old Testament told her, kindly and gently that the words DID mean what they said and that the Scriptures repeatedly condemned the practice of same-sex sexual relationships. At the time of this discussion we had several students that were struggling with their own sexual orientation and sought the advice of said professors. Alas, they did not get a clear answer and that, my friends, is a travesty! God makes Himself plain in nature and Paul tells us that “God gave them up to vile affections; for even their women did exchange the natural use for that which is against nature and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman; burned in their lust one toward another, men with men working that which is unseemly,” Romans 1:26,27a,b.
Verse 25 says they “exchanged the truth of God for a lie,” which takes us back to Eve. Satan is a liar and a slick liar at that. He only has to twist 5% of the truth and keep the other 95% intact and he is able to fool most of us. Only those who have their armor on will be able to stand. Hear this:
Walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them because of the blindness of their heart…Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that ye may be able to stand against the [ingenious strategies] of the devil. Hebrews 4:17,18 and 6:10,11
The rest of chapter 6 in Hebrews describes the armor we need to put on. Be sure you do it. It’s tough out there!
Clanging to work,