“GET BACK TO THE BIBLE”
“If you are DELUDED it is not your fault!” Is that statement true or false? You just don’t know; do you?
Well you may have been misinformed, but how do you know you have been misinformed? Somebody else may tell you so. True, but how can you tell whether the person who tells you is right or wrong? The person who tells you that you are deluded may himself be in error and you were right after all! But if they are correct then it’s your choice to continue in the delusion or change. True.
How do you identify a delusion? You will not be able to do so without help from another source or sources and most likely an advisor. For the Christian we have the Bible.
Should you hire the best lawyer you can to defend your delusion? Yes
Should you read up on the subject? Yes
Is there such a thing as ignorance of the law? Yes, and No
Can I claim ignorance of the Law? “Not completely”
We have been told that: Ignorance of the law is no excuse. This means that when an individual violates the law, it doesn’t matter whether or not they knew the law. BUT ignorance in certain limited circumstances may provide a viable defence to a criminal charge; based on the fact that you cannot have secret criminal laws and then be prosecuted for it.
Is the Bible available? Yes
So it’s not a secret? Correct
Whose responsibility is it to read the Bible? We are all responsible.
Wilfulness relates only to a person’s state of mind during the act.
Some poor misguided Christians say when a Christian falls into sin, “God knows your heart and everything will be OK.” Well, that is partly true; God does indeed know your heart, BUT the judgement on sin is still the same as it has been throughout the Bible. Eventually without repentance it will lead to eternal separation.
What if your adviser (Pastor, teacher or leader) is wrong? What if you hire a lawyer and he gives you the wrong advice and you lose; does he go to gaol or do you? YOU do!
Is a delusion a sin? Yes, and no! If you are informed that it may lead you into sin, and then you have a choice; either remain in the delusion or repent.
To determine what a delusion/sin are you must first have a guide to measure them by. The Bible is a good place to start. In fact, the Bible is the ONLY place to start!
The Bible will not say something is a sin in one part and that it is OK in another part. For God does not change.
Order of first mention
- How long has the delusion/sin in my case been in the Book?
- Has my delusion/sin been removed from the Book?
- Is my delusion/sin lawful in other places in the Book?
- Is there an amendment to that Law somewhere else in the Book?
- Does the delusion/sin involve me fully understanding the whole Book?
- Does my wilfulness to stay in the delusion/sin cause a problem when it conflicts with the Book?
- What is the oldest recorded of this delusion/sin in the Book?
Moses is regarded as the first writer of Scripture around 1400 year BC.
Moses decided to have his scribes record the oral history into a tangible form namely the scrolls. Thus we have the beginning of the written form of the Word of God.
Moses by recording the Law or Torah set in place practical measures to maintain order with approximately two and half million people to in the camp. Additionally, he knew that one day he would pass on the leadership therefore the law would help to maintain continuity.
God utters the truth in His Old and New Testaments in the complete Bible; then everything stands on this point as God does not change His mind. If God says in His Word, that something is a sin then that is the way it is whether you like to admit it or not.
The order of first mention is the first writing of the law by Moses some three and half thousand years ago. The laws in the form of the commandments were inspired by God to show man what sin is. Another purpose for the commandments is to show man what he cannot do in his own strength. All sin has a penalty of death which is eternity without God. This penalty for breaking the law is consistent to all but it can be overturned by a confession of faith through repentance and the application of Jesus’ blood.
Christian may say that we are believers in Christ and therefore our spirit is in heavenly places with Jesus. Paul said, “That in his flesh is where sin resides, and that his flesh is weak”. Paul in Romans 8 explains the victory, “There is no condemnation to those in Jesus”. We have been set free from sin and eternal separation. BUT be sure your actions are in Christ. That is to say our actions need to be in line with the WHOLE WORD of God, Old and New Testament the sum total of God’s knowledge. If your action is outside the whole Word of God; then you are outside of Jesus and condemnation applies.
Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do in that it was weakened by the sinful nature, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful man to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in sinful man, 4 in order that the righteous requirements of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the sinful nature but according to the Spirit. (NIV)
If we look back to the Garden when Adam ate the fruit it was to gratify the flesh. Jesus said the same thing to His disciples at the Garden of Gethsemane when He left them to pray. On His return Jesus found them sleeping He then went on to say, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak”. (Mark 14: 38)
Mark 14: 38 Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” (NIV)
All of mankind is in the fallen state. Their soul and body are outside the Garden of Eden and under the curse of sin. Therefore, we have a sinful nature. On the other hand, the born-again Christian has a regenerated spirit (a new spirit) that is seated in heaven with his soul and body still on this earth. His or her thinking should come from another position, a position of a spiritually-alive nature and if he or she sins, it is not from the spirit but from the flesh. If the flesh has rule, then you can certainly place yourself outside of Christ.
A harmonised synergistic understanding of the Bible requires three points.
One. To know that the Bible is God’s Word.
Two. To know that the Bible is settled whether I understand it, experience it or even believe it.
Three. To know I am blessed because I believe it and follow its direction for my life.