I remember an assembly we had
at Fuller Seminary. In it was a Bible-doubting professor
telling us, “People say we’re going down
a slippery slope with our theology of
inspiration of the scriptures. Well, my faith is strong
and I teach this theology.” That’s like a guy
saying to his students, “People say
that Russian Roulette is dangerous. But look at me.
I’ve been playing Russian Roulette for years,
and it hasn’t harmed me.” Are you being taught
Russian Roulette Christianity? Hi, I’m David Daniels
from Chick Publications. Okay, let’s say you’ve been lucky.
What about your students? How’s that Russian Roulette
been working out for them? Bang!!
Just one bullet in the chamber. There’s what?
At least six chambers in the gun? But there’s only one bullet.
Yeah, but eventually, somebody’s going to get killed.
It’s called the law of averages. And yes, that is
an actual law of nature. Bang! You’re dead. So let’s bring that back to Theology.
Theology is the study of God. But ask any theology student,
and they’ll admit it’s usually the study of other people
who have studied about God. Great, so now
we are limiting our discourse to the few people
our professors have exposed us to, and hope that they have
better insights about God and what He did
than we do. Now let’s take it one step further.
They’re telling you what God did or didn’t want to do
with His words. Theologian X says,
“God only inspired the originals, but left the stewardship of it to man,
to try to take care of it. But man did a lousy job.
But a new, magical science, called Textual Criticism,
will make the real text materialize, and everything will be fine
in the end.” Okay, actually,
that’s more like theologians A through X,
because it’s the new religion of the last century and a half,
but you get my point. Then they trot out Theologian Y,
the ignoramus who says something crazy like,
“God personally spoke to the apostle Paul in English,
and the result is the King James Bible.”
The real person may not believe anything like that,
but they ridicule the man and teach their students
that’s what he really believes. And the students fall for it.
I did. We think we’re all smart
and superior to others, and given those two for a comparison,
Theologian X sounds like the Good Guy. Click!
The bullet went into the chamber. Spin!
It’s just a matter of time before someone,
who believes those lies, like Bart Ehrman, starts
taking their professors literally. But wait!
Their textual criticism leads to contradictions,
the Bible starts disagreeing with itself.
Using text criticism makes the verses contradict.
Textual criticism says “Paul, or John,
made a mistake!” My own professor said that.
Then they start saying, “Well, that wasn’t Paul OR John.
That was someone else, a century later.”
That was another professor, over at Fuller. Bang!!
Your faith is dead. WHAT???
What kind of bait-and-switch theology is that?! I came here to learn about God
and what He did out of love for me, and you give me a Bible
with more holes than Swiss cheese! Who cares about Theologian X
or Theologian Y? What did God do? God made promises.
Yes, or No? Yes. We trust God to keep His promises.
Yes, or No? If No, BUZZ!
You’re not a Christian. Hebrews 11:6
Say it with me, if you want to. It’s good to practice.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Okay, so if Yes,
then your next question is simple. What did God do
to keep His promises? And there you will find,
as I, an anti-King James person found,
what God did to preserve His words, and where you can find them. And guess what I found?
Faith, not doubt! Because what God preserved
leads to faith! Pure, consistent,
growing faith in God and His words
–what He said, preserved through history
and translated accurately into our language. In English,
it is the King James Bible. No bullet,
no chamber, no gun,
no Russian Roulette. There is no winning way
to play Russian Roulette. The only winning move is
NOT to play. Don’t play Russian Roulette with
the Bible-doubting theologians. Look for God’s promises.
Believe them. Look for what He said you will find
–His preserved words– and believe them.
It’s that simple. Listen,
God told Jeremiah right: “The heart is deceitful
above all things, and desperately wicked:
who can know it?” –Jeremiah 17:9 Don’t put your trust
in the mind and heart of fallible and doubting man.
Put your trust in the living God,
who is perfect and keeps His promises
–including His promise to preserve His words. Otherwise your faith
may just be… A shot in the dark. God bless you,
and have a wonderful day.