“Biblical Words Cannot Be Dismissed” – Bob Bixby

Biblical Words Cannot Be Dismissed

It has rightly been said that the issue of homosexuality is the biggest battle that Christians will face in this generation. I have only made one small comment about it on this blog and have received a number of comments because of it. Given that God’s Word deals with it, and given the fact that it is a HUGE issue in the world today, Taking Back the Bible will be dealing with the issue in more detail at a later date.

But today I want to draw everyone’s attention to an article written by an Illinois pastor named Bob Bixby. His article, Biblical Words Cannot Be Dismissed” was included in the guest column of the Rockford Register Star. Please feel free to read the entire article, but wait a moment before doing so. I’d like to make a few observations from Pastor Bixby’s thoughts.

An argument often made by the gay community is that the biblical writers looked down on homosexuality because it was culturally unacceptable. Pro-GLBT christians argue that God doesn’t think it’s a sin, but simply that His Word was defiled by the opinions of man. Here are two points. One of them aligns with what Pastor Bixby said:

1. “Pastor Solberg says it is our job to discern what comes from culture and what comes from God, and I agree. But one cannot dismiss the biblical words against homosexuality on the grounds that the biblical authors were influenced by their culture (an unproven assumption) and then promptly argue on the basis of our culture that they were wrong. If the biblical authors’ culture misguided them, on what basis do we know that ours is rightly guiding us?” [emphasis mine]

2. If the Almighty God of the universe is so completely incapable of keeping mere created mortals from somehow defiling His Word, then can He really be the Almighty God of the universe? If He isn’t, He’s not worthy of having us follow Him. If the all-truthful God cannot correctly (and without confusion) communicate Himself, is He really all that truthful? He tells us His Word is perfect even though it contains errors? If He isn’t truthful, He’s not worthy of having us follow Him.

Pastor Bixby also says,

While trying to affirm biblical authority, Pastor Solberg relegated it to a place beneath culture. If today’s culture is king, then it’s silly to say that the Bible is against or for anything. Because everything it says (even on promiscuity) will be gutted of its authority on the grounds that the biblical authors were more influenced by their culture than by God. Protestants have abandoned sola scriptura and replaced it with sola cultura.”

The Bible spans 4,000 years of history and deals with events that haven’t even happened yet. It starts in the beginning of time and goes straight on to the end. The billions of “cultures” covered by the biblical narrative have absolutely no sway whatsoever on its eternal truth. Practices that were deemed necessary for specific cultures were told as much. There is no confusion on this point.

Take the Bible at It’s Word or throw it out. Don’t bother teaching any of it if some of it is false.

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Thank You for Your Word

I will bow down toward your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.” Psalm 138:2

It was Shakespeare who asked the immortal question, “what’s in a name?” When the Bible speaks of a name, it means far more than the title you call when trying to get someone’s attention.

Firstly, in ancient times names carried a deeper denotation. The word Abraham meant “father of multitudes.” The word Jacob meant “deceiver.” And more often than not a child was named for a very particular reason. Consider Hosea’s daughter, Lo-ruhamah (literally: “she has not obtained compassion”); named because God had chosen to no longer have compassion on the house of Israel (Hosea 1:6). There are also occasions were adults changed their birth names to reflect a modulation in their lives. Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi tried to change her name to Mara (“bitter”) for she believed God had “dealt very bitterly with [her].”

Secondly, without delving too deeply into the original language, the word often translated “name” speaks to the character of the individual. Proverbs tells us to choose a “good name” over great riches. Here, having a good name refers to possessing a pure character before the world.

God has magnified His Word according to His name. Who is God? What is His character? Isaiah tells us He’s holy. We know He cannot lie. He keeps His promises. He’s righteous. He’s loving, kind, merciful, and gracious. He’s eternally faithful. He seeks only our best interest. He’s infinitely an infinite amount of things . . . and everything He is has magnified, literally “made big,” His Word.

Do we make God’s Word big? Do we make it preeminent in our decision-making, in our thinking, in our lives? The Bible is a perfect, though not complete, record of God’s doings in regard to man. He created the world. He ordered its way, and when the world chose a different way, God provided the ONLY way though Jesus Christ (see “What You NEED to Know). It is the all-sufficient guide for every situation in life. All of it is from God; you can’t pick and choose which parts God said, which He might have said, and which He didn’t say. It is all directly breathed out by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.

If it wasn’t completely inspired, then God is a liar.

“Thank you, Lord for You Word! Thank you for leading us to You and showing us how to glorify You in this life!”