Earlier this week, I was discussing with people—atheists, homosexuals, and liberal “Christians”—what the Bible says on homosexuality. And I discovered some lies the devil has propagated about the Bible. He will do anything to keep people from reading, believing, and obeying the Bible as the very Word of God. He uses gross lies, subtle cunning. Here are some of those lies.
- The Bible is God-inspired but not God-written, since God doesn’t have hands. Men wrote the Bible so it is fallible. We can pick and choose what we believe. We don’t have to obey.
- The Old Testament is not relevant for Christians today. Leviticus is full of ridiculous laws like “don’t eat shellfish” and “don’t wear clothes with mixed colors.” So the laws against homosexuality aren’t relevant either. They don’t have to be obeyed. Homosexuality isn’t sin.
- Jesus is love, not hate. If you hate homosexuality, you don’t know or love Jesus.
- Some things have been “lost in translation.” The Bible has changed over the centuries. So the King James Version is not authoritative. And homosexuality isn’t sin anymore.
- We shouldn’t take the Bible literally. It’s just spiritual, full of parables and allegory and good moral lessons. A different version of this is that only some parts are literal. [This doesn’t having anything to do with homosexuality. I just observed it in some Catholics this week.]
In Eden, the devil cunningly questioned God’s word by asking Eve, “Yea, hath God said?” (Genesis 3:1) He then proceeded to lie, saying, “Ye shall not surely die” (3:4). Eve’s first mistake was a second-hand knowledge of God’s command. Her next one was adding to that command. She then chose to believe the devil’s word instead of God’s and allowed herself to be enticed by sin. Paul warns that the devil wants to do the same with believers: “But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3). Notice the part “minds … corrupted.” Only twice more in the Bible do these two words appear together. And both times the portrait is of spiritual reprobates and apostates, people to be avoided. Paul tells Timothy to “withdraw” from “men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness” (1 Timothy 6:5). Again, he says that in the last days, the world will be full of “men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith,” who “resist the truth” (2 Timothy 3:8).
So how do we avoid a corrupt mind? Some Christians say, “If people will just pick up the Bible and read it…” This is not enough! Believing the Bible is God’s word takes faith, itself a gift of God. Countless people down through the centuries have read the Bible from cover to cover, sometimes more than once. But they didn’t believe or obey it. And they died in their sins. We must believe and obey the Word. We must renew, or transform, our minds through imbibing the Word (Romans 12:2, Ephesians 4:23). But there’s a problem. Last month, I heard or read that “your heart will not accept what your mind rejects.” If the mind rejects truth, the heart won’t receive it either. The only solution is repentance and divinely opened eyes. I have prayed for eye-salve for myself (Revelation 3:18). And I have prayed the same for others. We must come to the Word in humility and faith.
Some Christians also say, “There’s a church on every corner and a cross on every steeple…” This is not enough! Most unbelievers aren’t interested in church. God has to make them interested. Also, what is the church teaching, preaching, and practicing? Is it alive and on fire? Or is it dead? If the church is preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, some will be attracted and others repelled. Consider that: the true gospel repels those living in and enjoying sin. They don’t want to hear repentance. That hasn’t changed. We should pray with and for those attracted to Christ, and baptize and disciple them. But if the church is preaching “another gospel,” it may grow numerically but it will wither and die spiritually.
What must the church do? Fast and pray – in desperation. Be a witness for Jesus Christ. Live the gospel. This is a spiritual battle that requires spiritual weapons. Put on the whole armor of God. Remember: God can do more in an instant than we can do in a lifetime. So pray!