The Bible is not a salad bar
April 25, 2009
Acts 20:27 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
27 “for I did not shrink back from declaring to you the whole plan of God. ”
I am glad there are Godly pastors, evangelists and teachers teaching all of God’s Word. Unfortunately, there are some proclaiming bits and pieces of God’s Word. The Bible is not a salad bar. A healthy Christian needs all of God’s Word.
To be physically and mentally healthy, a well-balanced diet consists of the four basic food groups. The same goes for our spiritual well being. If God speaks to us from Genesis thru Revelation, it would be wise to see ALL of what God desires to you and me.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 (Holman Christian Standard Bible)
15 “and that from childhood you have known the sacred Scriptures, which are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. “
God is trying to get our attention. The last part is the clincher: “so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” Feeding on all of God’s Word allows us to understand what God requires of us to become more like Him. Thank you to all pastors teaching the entire Scriptures.
To those pastors not teaching all of God’s Word, I challenge you to see how your congregation can be spiritually fit by teaching them through the entire Word of God. Too many have been breastfeeding way too long on the basics. Now it is time to teach them to eat the meatier sections of God’s Word.
Hebrews 5:14-18 (New King James Version)
14″ But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
Like a good mother, they know when it is time to stop breastfeeding or bottle feeding little children. A growing healthy christian and church need the solid food. A church can be used greatly when it goes from the milk to the meat of God’s Word.
There are some religious churches purposefully treating God’s Word as a salad bar. These people have unbiblical lifestyle habits. To justified their actions they leave out sections upon sections of scriptures which tell them how the poison of sin is destroying them. As as healthy biblical christian or church, we need to understand the ENTIRE Bible to help those trapped in the poison of sinful lifestyle. God’s Word in its’ entirety can be that healing agent to a person or people in need of the touch of Dr. Jesus. All of God’s Word is love. And true love operates when all of God’s Word is used. A doctor uses all known methods to stop the spread or elimination of cancer in a person. If he did not use all necessary tools, he would not be very beneficial to the paitent well being. The same with God’s Word, a person cannot be totally spiritually fit if all he is receiving is bits and pieces. Now in some closed countries, some people only have pages of God’s Word to learn. Yet, here in the U.S. we have Bibles available to us out the wazoo. How blessed we are to have the entire compiled Word of God. It would be wise of us to go through all of the Bible.