Saints of God, our way of life as Christians, our loving God, and our beloved Bible are under attack.  Satan and his minions don’t like our dress, our praise or our service.  The “world” knows that there is something different about us because they can see the glory of God upon us.   They don’t like us because our stand for Christ reveals to them that there is a difference between holy and unholy and clean and unclean.  (Leviticus 10:10):

And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean;

But we don’t really care about that because we know what God has done for us in revealing the truth of the value of our salvation.  We’re not “lifted up” either about what God has done for us because we know that this free gift of salvation is from our loving God and He will freely give it to anyone who will receive it.  We want to share the truth of our salvation with every man, woman, and child.  The unsaved might not like us now, but when they give their hearts to the Lord, they will love us as we love them.  Nevertheless, there is an attack on all things holy.

The Bible is the living Word of God and it is definitely under attack.  One of the subtle attacks that the enemy launched a few years ago was to come out with a plethora of translations of the Bible.  Some translations do make the Word of God clearer and easier to understand by using today’s language.  No Bible, however, should ever change the meaning of what God said. Take, for example, Isaiah 7:14.  The KJV says

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

One of the translations says, ” A young girl shall bring forth a son”.  Upon initial perusal of this passage, it may appear to be the same in both translations.  But wait!  Many young girls are giving birth today, but it only happened once that a virgin birth occurred.   That only happened when Mary brought forth Jesus, Our Lord, and Savior.  Changing “a virgin” to “a young girl” subverts or undermines the power and authority of the miraculous birth of our Lord and Savior.  Since the market is now flooded with versions, it is inevitable that the question concerning the legitimacy of the Bible has to be raised.  If some are saying different things, then which one is right?  You can call me “old school” or as some say, “ole skewel” if you choose, but I prefer the King James version of the Bible.  If my grandmother could understand it without a High School diploma, surely, I should be able to “decipher” it with a Master’s degree, bible study, and prayer.

Not only is the Bible under attack but if the enemy could take out certain chapters from the Bible he would.  If I polled the saints and asked which book of the Bible they thought the enemy would prefer to take out if he could, many of us would think of different ones.  It might be Genesis because Genesis lets us know that God is the creator of all things.  Others might think about the gospels because they present Jesus.  Some might say the Book of Acts because it teaches us how to receive the Holy Ghost, our power for living for God.  There are no right or wrong answers to the question because the enemy hates them all.  But I would like to suggest that the Book of Romans, chapter one, might be one of the most Satan-hated books of all because of a single scripture, which is verse 20.  It says:

 Romans 1:20 King James Version (KJV)

20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

This passage of Scripture takes away every man and woman and accountable child’s excuse that they didn’t know about God.  For those who will stand before God in judgment for their sins, this Scripture removes all covering for their sin.  Some might attempt to say to God, “I never knew that there was a God”.  Or they might say, “My Mama and Daddy never took me to church so I can’t be blamed.”   They might even say, “I was confused because my Pastor never taught me what I needed to know”.  Nuh unh, this verse takes away all excuses about not knowing that God is real.  Let’s look at that passage again.

 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

And, no, the physically blind can’t evade this scripture because they have a “mind’s eye” and other senses.  They won’t be able to escape either.

I was on a social media site recently that was set up for students in a particular theological seminary.  I was allowed in because I was enrolled in a class.  I was excited to see how this particular group of students felt about aspects of the Bible, thinking that I could learn from them.  Well, low and behold, they started to discuss speaking in tongues.  They roasted the “tongue talkers”.  They called speaking in tongues gibberish and said it was ungodly etc.  Well, as you might imagine, I was a little insulted since I have been filled with the Holy Ghost for forty-three years and speak in tongues every day.  After I thought about it I decided to ask God what I should say.  I thought, “Maybe they’re just searching for truth”.  God’s response to me was, “Tell them to ask God about it”.  I typed in “I know many of you don’t understand speaking in tongues, but instead of disagreeing with it why not just ask God?”  One individual said, “Oh, that’s a very good idea.”  I thought, well, that went OK.  Perhaps others will be motivated to ask God about speaking in tongues.  Within a few seconds, an administrator came online and said, “This line of discussion has been discontinued”.  Not another word was allowed about the subject.  As long as the roasting of the “tongue talkers” was being done, nothing was said by Administration.  But as soon as a little wisdom was injected into the discussion it was stopped.  I have not been back on that site, but at least one individual might have been motivated to seek God concerning the infilling of the Holy Ghost.  Who knows?  But the participants, including the Administrator that cut off the discussion, will be without an excuse.  They cannot “unknow” that one can and should ask God when questions arise concerning doctrinal issues.

Psalms 19:1 says

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

This Scripture tells me that if you don’t believe that God is real, just look up because you know the sky is real.  You know that didn’t just happen of its own accord.  You also see the trees, grass, weeds, bugs, dogs, and cats.   You feel the breeze and you smell the flowers.  You know these things didn’t just happen.  You may not see God, but you see His handiwork.  While looking at a beautiful painting you know that there was a person behind the artwork.  The artist might be in another country but his work tells you of his existence.  And finally, when you have acknowledged that God is real and that He actually exists, the question is, “Why are you not obeying Him and serving Him as the Bible says we should?”

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Do you realize that those who attack the Bible are attacking Jesus, the Living Word of God?   John 1:1 says

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Perhaps some readers are now convinced that the Bible is right about God’s existence.  Then, maybe they will drop their attacks, read and obey the Bible.  We can but hope and pray that this will be the case.   Stop attacking the Bible, dear hearts.  It is the Living Word of God and the roadmap to Heaven.  Love you and God bless.

 

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