“Shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness and their message will spread like cancer.” – 2 Timothy 2:16-17 (NKJV)
Through Paul, God tells us to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). In other words, we must cut it straight. Profane and idle babblers, however, “stray concerning the truth” and “overthrow the faith of some” believers (2:18). The “seven mountains of culture” theory, which says that believers will usher in the Millennium, is profane babbling. It ignores the Great Commission, the Great Tribulation, and the rapture. This humanistic message has spread through American churches like a malignant cancer and it must be ignored if people want to remain in the faith. They obey it to their eternal peril.
So what “idle babblings” are “spreading like cancer” through churches? What vain, empty, and worthless messages are dividing believers, keeping them from obeying the Great Commission and seeking holiness?
The KJV-only message is one. I cannot count the number of people I have “met” online who subscribe to it. Nearly a decade ago, I had the misfortune to attend a Sunday evening service at a KJV-only church. However, the 1611 King James Version is one English translation of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic manuscripts. Other middle and modern English translations were used to help produce it. Are Wycliffe, Tyndale, and Coverdale Bibles – as well as later translations – any less inspired? No. I use the King James Version for Bible study (Strong’s, original languages) and I quote the New King James Version for clarity. Still, a translation is a translation. Whenever we read and study the Bible, we should compare many translations in order to find the clearest meaning.
An ever-living God speaks to living people using the languages they speak and write – Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, etc. God has spoken to me many times in the past decade. Some messages were KJV; others were not. Let us not treat God’s living Word like Latin, a now-dead language that was not allowed to change. I think KJV-only people are dead themselves. They have forsaken the Great Commission and holiness for a meaningless argument that is dividing the church. Anyone who says that non-KJV believers are destined for hell has strayed from the truth.
“One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each person be fully convinced in his own mind. … Let no one judge you … regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come.” – Romans 14:5, Colossians 2:16-17
Paul was referring to Jewish feasts and festivals (holy days), but he could just as easily have referred to Christmas. Is December 25 Jesus Christ’s actual birthday? No. Do parts of the holiday (“holy day”) have pagan origins? Yes. But whether or not we celebrate Christmas, and how, has no impact on our salvation. Still, God spent nearly thirty verses in two gospels on the birth of his son. He had angels first declare the good news to shepherds and then praise him. God also gave a heavenly sign to wise men, who journeyed far to worship Jesus. So if his birth matters to God, then it should matter to us. Christmas is an excellent opportunity to declare to an unbelieving world that Jesus is both the Good Shepherd and the King of Kings. Therefore, we should obey the Great Commission at Christmastime as well as on every other day of the year.
Idle babbling on Christmas has led one website to call birthday celebrations Satanic. So should we forsake our birthdays in order to obey Jesus? No. This site has strayed from the truth and is leading others astray. Many things are Satanic but not birthdays. Birth dates are vital to astrology, but celebrating a birthday does not make us witches and warlocks. Although Jesus’ birth is important to the Father, we do not know his real birth date because it was not vital to Hebrew or Jewish culture; names were. However, no culture is sacred and trying to make it so dishonors God. He planned our conception and birth. God knows our names and the number of hairs on our heads, so why should we not celebrate birthdays? In this abortion-plagued age, we should thank God that we even have a birthday to celebrate!
“Profane and idle babblings” take our focus off Jesus Christ, salvation, evangelism, holiness, and eternity. Through discerning wisdom, we must recognize and shun these cancerous messages. We must also rebuke people who produce and spread them. They do not have the Spirit of truth, have not learned to “rightly divide the word of truth,” or have strayed from the truth (John 16:13, 1 John 2:19, 4:6). People who repent are our true brothers and sisters, but we must shun those who refuse to listen (Matthew 18:15-17, 1 Corinthians 5:11-13, 2 Timothy 3:14-15, 2 John 10-11). The spirit of Antichrist is alive and well, so let us ask God for wisdom (James 1:5). He will give us what we need.
 All Scripture verses are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.