The one thing I think would drastically change the landscape of Christianity around the world, is if all believers actually read the Bible in its entirety. When we’ve actually read the Bible we can know what is says, but also what it DOESN’T say. Most of us make assumptions and rely on our pastors or Bible teachers to feed us spiritually. However, according to my Bible, we don’t actually need teachers, we simply need the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to give discernment and understanding:
“These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”
(1 John 2:26-27)
Now Bible teachers, commentaries, etc., are great especially for new believers and have their place in the Body of Christ, however believers should be constantly growing and maturing spiritually to the point where we can discern and understand without relying on another human’s explanation.
When I rededicated my life to Christ at the beginning of 2013, I learned the difference between accepting Christ as my Savior and surrendering to His Lordship as I mentioned in my last article. I committed then to only read the Bible and Christian literature for an entire year and within two months my life changed so much I knew I would never look back.
You see, my Bible doesn’t say I will have health, wealth, prosperity and abundance in this life. No my Bible warns against desiring the riches of this world, and instructs me not to so:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”(Matthew 6:19-21)
My Bible doesn’t say to turn a blind eye to ministries teaching biblical heresies like the prosperity gospel, and deceiving people with promises of worldly success, perfect health and all their hearts’ desires if they simply accept Christ. My Bible tells me to EXPOSE evil:
“And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them” (Ephesians 5:11).
“Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.”
(2 Timothy 4:2-4)
Spending 15 years of my life heavily studying New Age and Occult teachings prepared me to be able to discern teachings full of these false doctrines that are being presented as the Word of God. My Bible doesn’t promise me that life on earth is going to be amazing; it says that the life of the righteous is often full of difficulty and chastening or correction from God:
“And if it is with difficulty that the righteous is saved, what will become of the godless man and the sinner? Therefore, let those also who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator in doing what is right.”(1 Peter 4:18-19)
“The only way THIS could be your BEST LIFE is if you are going to HELL.”
I challenge anyone reading this to seek the truth with vigilance, and read the entire Bible yourself to keep yourself from being deceived. If anyone, regardless of their title, status, or the size of their ministry is teaching you that life is going to be totally sunshine and rainbows if you accept Jesus, Satan is using them to deceive you.
What about you? Have you read the Bible in its entirety? If not, what is stopping you from doing so?