Idle Babbling

“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)[1]

bible-hammer-wordThrough 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?

king james bibleThe 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

jesus mary joseph nativity bethlehem christmasPaul 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.

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[1] All Scripture verses are from the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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8 thoughts on “Idle Babbling

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  2. Except for neglecting to say Paul was specific (in 2 Timothy 2:18) in noting what “vain babblings” he was referring to in 2 Timothy 2:16-17, this piece had a wonderful start.

    Then?

    “Many things are Satanic but not birthdays.”

    Here’s what the Satanists say.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaVeyan_Satanism#Holidays_in_Satanism

    “According to The Satanic Bible, the primary holiday within Satanism is one’s own birthday.”

    http://www.churchofsatan.com/faq-holidays.php

    “Since Satanism is a self-centered religion, the highest holiday of the year would be the Satanist’s own birthday, which needs no ritual but should be spent in doing things a Satanist would enjoy.”

    “Many things are Satanic but not birthdays.”

    One point that is absolutely correct that “We must also rebuke people who… 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).”

    The only birthday mentioned in Scripture is that of Pharaoh’s. There is nothing in the Bible to back up your claim of the godly celebrating birthdays.

    If you want to do so, do it.

    But don’t pretend that those who make it a matter of conscience (the actual subject of Romans 14:5, Colossians 2:16-17) are guilty of “idle babbling.” . And mocking a warning to others by labeling it “profane and idle” when you are wrong about the facts of the matter is not scholarly.

    But it is biblical.

    “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,”
    –2 Peter 3:3

    “How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.”
    –Jude 1:18

    • Your comment just proves my point! I’ve never heard of anything so ridiculous. Does God care if we celebrate birthdays or not? No. Does doing so, or not, make us more or less Christian? Absolutely not. This is my point and you missed it. Besides, what makes the Satanic Bible ‘gospel’? Someone just made that stuff up. Satan is a liar and the father of it. Why should I listen to such people? UGH!

    • “To the law and to the testimony: if they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20). The Satanic bible should have no authority with any Christian. There’s no light in darkness or clarity in mud, so your treating this ‘bible’ as an authority is disturbing.

      Except for Pharaoh’s birthday, which God used to release Joseph from prison and declare his prophetic word on the famine in Egypt, the Bible is silent on birthdays. Does this mean we shouldn’t celebrate them? No. Doing so isn’t selfish either. Childbirth is also a vehicle for conversion, the new birth. 2 Peter 3:3 refers to Jesus’ second coming, not birthdays. All I see in you is spiritual blindness that leads people astray. I pray you wake up in a ditch.

  3. We’ll both pretend that you’re confused.

    in your piece, you asserted “This site has strayed from the truth and is leading others astray. Many things are Satanic but not birthdays.”

    You made a statement of fact. That fact is easily checked. It was checked. You are wrong.

    You may protest that the source has no authority, but it is an authority on the subject ABOUT WHICH YOU MADE YOUR ASSERTION.

    And we’re not to make decisions (celebrating birthdays) on that which the Bible is silent.

    “I pray you wake up in a ditch.”

    I knew you’d understand.

    • I don’t consider that source an authority on anything, let alone Satan. Why do you take it at face value – about anything?! God, through his Spirit and his Word, is the final authority on Satan.

      We can also make decisions on what the Bible is silent about, i.e. drugs. Just because it says nothing doesn’t mean God is silent. According to your line of reasoning, we can’t make spirit-led decisions about any aspect of human culture past AD 90!

      You have been un-followed. Good day.

    • apologize for connecting Pharaoh’s birthday with Joseph’s release from prison. I realized my mistake last night. I also forgot Herod’s birthday. But that doesn’t change what I said about celebrating birthdays, in my article or in these comments. Does God care? No.

  4. I just happened to have read the linked piece about the origin of birthdays, with the author’s view of also opposing celebrations of Jesus’ birth. To me, his view is valid. It’s interesting that so many culturally accepted things have their origins way back in time, in the practices of the first organized city, which rebelled against the Lord. I probably won’t stop saying “Happy birthday!” – I’m not consistent yet.

    About taking anything from the Satanic Bible at face value – yes, this is difficult, even though they should know about their own beliefs; because their father is the father of lies. So it’s a problem, but their view probably can be verified from other sources, if a person feels that the Lord wants them to do this.

    There is another birthday in the Bible that I know of – Herod’s. (Is there also one in the book of Daniel?) Absolute worst birthday celebration on record, ending in John’s death. But I think that still we have freedom with nonessential things and shouldn’t put others in bondage to our own conscience. Don’t you think that as we continue to mature some things will fall away by the Lord’s gracious work in us?

    My husband and I have stopped celebrating Christmas. For one thing, I get blue. For another, its origins in Catholicism are certain. Also, it may have value to Christians personally but it’s nearly impossible today in the atmosphere of the spirit of Antichrist to make it a day, a season, to witness effectively – unless you are doing something of great value, like serving dinner at a homeless shelter. But even there, the tree and gifts and tiny idols of the nativity are pagan. Generally speaking, unbelievers have their own ingrained understandings of what Christmas means – completely idiosyncratic. Preaching the Gospel of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection is our calling.

    In all things we are to show love. We accept one another when we’re truly born again. We can help one another to grow by not talking about other believers going to hell.

    Sorry I’m such a waffler, but I’m thinking these things through and trying to stay with essentials.

    KJV only? Some things may be true but are handled in a mean and unGodly way. Good point about the English translations that preceded KJV! We need to remember our history with understanding.

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