Friday, 30 March 2018

The Stronghold Of Bible Worship

Christians have been enslave in various strongholds and the problem with this is that you never really know that you are enslave in a stronghold until God opens your eyes to see it. It always happen gradually, little by little bricks are laid till it becomes a mighty wall. Over the years we are gathered letters, books, and documents together to became a book we call the Bible, it became the official religious book of Christianity. Over the years Christians have come to see this book as sacred, in fact we have come to believe God that handed us the Bible Himself.

The devil has created all kinds of vain imaginations in our heart and various unholy thought had developed to become mighty walls. Walls that imprisons us and these walls are guided by huge armies of fear. Threatened by this terrible and mighty armies of fear we are forced in this unholy act that we cannot break free. We found ourselves constantly bowing down and worshipping the Bible. But it is time we break free, it is time that our eyes be open and see that we have been enslave and we need to break free and protect the freedom that Christ has freely given us.

"But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.” (Jer 31:33-34).
"He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2Cor 3:6).

The apostles are not Moses, God didn't call them to a mountain and handed them a book. In fact everything about the new covenant is spiritual. When Jesus was speaking about the new covenant he said "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23-24).

The Bible didn't drop from heaven and it is not the authorized or anointed book for the administration of the new covenant. The new covenant does not have such a book, God doesn't anoint books in the new testament, He only anoints people with His Spirit. The Bible didn't fall down from  heaven but yet we worship the Bible, singing it praise and saying things like; 'the Bible is God breathed word', 'it is complete and perfect', 'it cannot contain error', 'there is no book like the Bible' and 'it is the only book approved from heaven specifically to lead God's people'. Please do not misunderstand me but those statement sounds like worship and it shows that  we have been worshipping a book, we claim we have no idol but the Bible have become an idol.

We compose and sing songs of praise to the Bible, we preach about the sacredness of the Bible and the Bible had become the identity of Christians; you could only recognize a Christian when he carries a Bible (this is contrary to the reason the apostles were called Christians). You hear people say things like; 'don't let the Bible fall down or even touch the ground!', 'don't sit on a Bible', 'don't tear the pages of a Bible or else you go straight to hell', 'don't even dear to burn a Bible' and with fear Christians ask 'how can I dispose an old Bible in a way that it won't cause me to go to hell?' Open your eyes brothers and sisters, the Bible is not a god. It is just a book, yes it contains inspired words from God but a book is still a book and nothing more than a book.

Some of us point to things, miraculous things that God had done through the Bible and we use that to conclude that the Bible has some kind of power. We use this to justify our unholy act of worshipping the Bible. We are behaving like the Israelites who worshipped the brazen serpent that Moses made because God used it to save them when they were bitten by serpents. Does the brazen Serpent has any power in itself? Does the rod of Moses have any power in itself?  Should we go and start worshipping them because God used then to do mighty miracles?

Look at the Israelites, they carried the Ark of the covenant to war thinking that it would help them win the battle. But what happened? They were defeated, the Ark of the covenant was captured by the Philistine and God proved that He is not some wooden box. The Israelites thought by bringing the Ark of the covenant into the war they have brought God to come fight for them. They forget that God is not some wooden ark, the Ark is just a thing and God is spirit. We Christians are doing the same thing today, we carry the Bible thinking that it would protect us from the devil. God does not live in a box so also, the Spirit or the power of God does not dwell in a book, not even the Bible. God can use anything but that does not justify us worshipping it.

Well, we may say we do not worship the Bible. But what make the Bible so special than other Holy Spirit inspired books? Were they not inspired by the same Holy Spirit? Why then did we distinguish the Bible and set it apart from other Holy Spirit inspired Christian books? Why do we have Bible study in churches, why can't we take other Holy Spirit inspired book and start studying them in the church the way we study the Bible (I'm not saying we should start doing this)? Why do we treat the Bible as if it dropped from Heaven? Isn't this Bible worship! We need to open our eyes and see that this is idolatry and we need to repent from this sin. Repent Church and come to God, then He would set us free from this stronghold.

Please do not misunderstand me, I'm not against the Bible. But in other for us to move forward into God's fuller thought for us as a Church we must take our eyes away from every idol and focus completely on Christ. Let Christ be central and supreme. For Christ is the word of God not the Bible. The word of God is alive, it is a spirit, a being, a person and not the letter; "for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2Cor 3:6). We've focused too much on the letter and it has caused so much death in our midst. Look at the division, the confusion, the conflict, the anxiety and the insecurity that characterize Christianity. Isn't it because we've abandoned the person of Christ and focus on the letter of him. Oh, that we might adore, worship and be obsessed with Christ and not this book and its letter.

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