I quite whole-hardily agree with the title of my post. You can’t argue with the logic that it states… at least not in a sane manner. But say it aloud and you may get a completely different vibe from the statement.
For example: let’s suppose a young woman who has just had a baby decides to step onto the scales for the first time following her pregnancy. You may hear her speak my title in an exasperated manner and wonder why she is so excited about that machinery’s function. You might suppose her to be a tad insane for lecturing the scale about correct spelling in such an adamant way.
Ok. So this is a little tongue-in-cheek, but it brings me to the point of my post. There are many things that seem different when read versus when they are said aloud. A person who carries themself with great authority could say the most assanine thing and people will buy it hook, line, and sinker where if someone with less clout had said it OR if they had merely read it, they would have dismissed it summarily.
I am worried that we are becoming a people that know what the bible says only through what other people have said about it instead of knowing what is in it through the act of reading it.
I am convinced that across any country that holds regular Sunday services with a sermon and a bible study that there would be many people who, if they brought their bible and were holding the teacher/preacher accountable to it, would whisper under their breaths,
There’s NO F in Weigh!
The sad thing is that curriculum has replaced the bible in many churches. The reasons for using the curriculum are varied but the one that is most worrisome in my mind is this: the people teaching do not have a firm grip on the material that they are delivering and have to use the curriculum as a crutch. (NOTE: please do not interpret this as a hard-line stance against using curriculum as a help in ministry).
I think the bible has something to say about what happens when the blind lead the blind. You may want to read Matthew 15 because it also has something to say about people who teach the precepts of man as if it were doctrine. Hmmm… I could go into a longer post about Topical Teaching here, but I better not. Go read it for yourself.
Here is my question to you: What are we supposed to do when things appear to be branching away from what the bible teaches?