Heretic Inerrant Infallible are You Sure?Posted: September 24, 2013
King James Version (KJV)
10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;…
~This is a post I would prefer not to write. Why? ..Because these three words reveal the fear, confusion and uncertainty which exist in the Body of Christ today. I don’t know about you but I hear all three of these words far too often in Christian conversation. Two of them, inerrant and infallible, never appear in the Scriptures at all and the other, heretic, only once.. in the King James Version and a few other older translations.. My problem is not with the words themselves but with how they are used today to [ defend the Scriptures ] and what is implied by those who use them..
Let’s start with Heretic… This word was used by Paul in his epistle to Titus. Titus was on the island of Crete which at the time was still pagan to some degree.. Paul was instructing Titus on how to deal with those who would seek to tear apart and lead astray the newly formed fellowship of believers on this island.. For more info. follow ‘Crete in the days of Paul’.. Paul was actually using the word translated as heretic to describe certain Jews who were infiltrating the immature fellowship of believers and leading them back into Judaism. Paul was NOT using this word as a description of someone who has a different view of doctrine within the Christian faith, as it is most often used today… Paul also was NOT using this word to direct Titus or the Cretans to crucify or destroy the reputation of the ‘so called heretic’ who was not apart of their Christian fellowship, but to avoid the teachings and advancements of those who claim no part with the Christian faith and message.
Simply put: Paul was not telling them to condemn one of their own.. He was instructing them to avoid those who were not apart of their fellowship and were teaching contrary to the message of Grace.. which Paul proclaimed.
Next, let’s look at “Inerrant and Infallible” …These are both relatively new words in Christian discussion and I am not going to spend a lot of time with them.. They are being used today to defend the ‘Authority of the Scriptures’ which does NOT need any defense at all. …I personally believe the Scriptures are God Breathed and Divinely inspired.. however I also believe ‘Humanity’ is God breathed and Divinely inspired as well.. ever thought about that??
The insinuation with the use of these words today is: “the Bible is faultless and contains no errors”… Now, I will not even address that theory, however I will say this:
“Even if that is the case, we, you and I are not Inerrant nor Infallible, therefore how could we know this to be true? …If our conception and understanding of God has been flawed, which is the case of our fallen nature.. is it even possible for us to recognize or comprehend that which is perfect and flawless?
No, I’m afraid as I said above, this all has all come about as a result of confusion and uncertainty in the Body of Believers today.. We are missing the point… we are missing the Truth… we are missing the message… We are missing altogether the reason the Scriptures were written to begin with.. and this is why we are grasping at straws today. This is why today the emphasis in Christianity is on Faith, Belief, Bible, Authority, Submission, Doctrine, Theology, Principles, Applications…. the list could go on and on and on…. but none of these things are the point.
My friends… THIS and this ALONE is the point of all the Scriptures ever written… He is the Author and Authority of Scripture… He is our Defender and needs no defense…
He is Inerrant, Infallible, Perfect in every way… Flawless beyond our greatest imaginations… He is the Truth, He is The Word of God… Do you see Him??? He is a Person, a baby divine/human being in person, Who is so far beyond our pagan ways of religion and recognizing Truth that we are missing HIM altogether today In His Own House… Sorry for the OUTBURST, but I for one am tired of all the bull^%#* that is going on today in the Church … We do not even know anymore that we are the Body of Him.. We don’t even relate to Him anymore… We argue over what we Believe about Him, about what He said and what He meant by what He said.. We fume and fuss over all the other STUFF that has absolutely nothing to do with HIM at all and then when we can’t or won’t agree on what a book about Him says… We crucify our bothers and sisters in Christ because they don’t see things as perfectly and flawlessly as our own particular version or vision of HIM is…!!!
See, I am doing what I try never to do… so I will scratch-out my rant above.. This Blog is intended to excite you and to tempt you to Jump into the Word of God and to Explore for yourself the Magnitude and the Mystery of Him.. the Person of Jesus.. The LIVING Word of God… Yes, by all means use the book that reveals Him, but never, EVER confuse the Book with HIM !! … Jesus is SO much more than what is written about Him. Christians are supposed to be in a relationship with A PERSON not the Book as is depicted by the first picture. Sure, I would love a book written about my wife because I love my wife… but I would never prefer to have the Book without my wife… do you understand?… and also I would never criticize you if you read a book about my wife and misunderstood her or something about her because you had never met her in person.
I hope I have made my point and I do not like Points because they stick, prick, hurt and cause many unnecessary disagreements and quarrels.. which is happening today and with that I will conclude!
Love in HIM.!!
New International Version (NIV)
24 This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.
25 Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.
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