Yesterday, my friend Amber asked a great question:
What has led you (or others) to believe that biblical illiteracy is such a widespread problem? What has led you to believe that it’s any worse now compared to other times?
I gave a lengthy answer in response (because I’m a bit long-winded, I suppose); but I as I was writing, I remembered a great point from a recent sermon by Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor of The Village Church in his October 10 message, Ultimate Authority 3: Government and Institutions. I pray you’ll find it helpful as we all continue to pursue a deeper knowledge of Christ.
Audio (excerpt starts around 38:20): [audio: http://fm.thevillagechurch.net/resource_files/audio/201010101700FMWC21ASAAA_MattChandler_UltimateAuthorityPt3-GovernmentandInstitutions.mp3 | autostart=no] Matt Chandler: Ultimate Authority 3
Here’s the transcript if you’d rather not listen to a six minute rant:
You and I, as believers in Jesus Christ, should be looking at the world through a biblical/gospel lens.
Now this creates two huge frustrations in me. Because of what God has done here, I get invited to speak at pastors’ conferences all over the world. So I’ve been to those pastors’ conferences where the men sitting in the seats are pastors. They are preachers like I am. I will see a guy stand up in front of pastors and they’ll open up the Bible and they’ll teach something contrary to the Bible. And because they can do it in a way that’s entertaining and their church has grown, the pastors will applaud them. So that, like Paul in Athens, provokes me, and so I get up and say they’re not saved, they don’t know their Bibles, they should never preach again and that their churches aren’t actually churches. And then they applaud me.
It’s like they can’t tell the difference.
One guy actually got up and said that the gospel can’t be defined outside of your individual communities in front of twelve thousand pastors. He’s saying that the gospel is for you whatever you want it to be.
This is heresy. And nobody said anything. They took notes. God help us.
How in the world are we supposed to see through a gospel/biblical lens when our pastors can’t do it?
So if you’re a pastor reading this, know your Bible. What are you shovelling to your people if you don’t know the Bible? What are you talking about? I don’t care if your church is growing. Might does not make right. God simply moving in a place always happens despite men. [Read more…]