Sunday, September 22, 2013
In the past, the "Roman Catholic church" determined that people could not own the Bible- God's Word. That is in direct conflict with God's Word. That organization allows it today, but it was not by their choice. Men like William Tyndale died to bring this Bible to the people. At Providence Church today, Pastor Greg Gunn spoke a little of William Tyndale's sacrifice to get God's Word into the hands of the "common" people. Eventually, it cost him his life.
How could people hide God's Word in their hearts to avoid sinning against Him (Psalm 119.11) if they were banned from having His Word? How could God's Word illuminate their paths (Psalm 119.105) if they did not have it to read? It was the height of arrogance and demonic influence to keep God's Word away from the people. For it to perpetrated by those claiming to represent God was despicable. They were sons of hell itself: priests and popes, monks and bishops, cardinals and rulers controlled by Rome.
To "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly" (Colossians 3.16) you need the Word! How hellish the "church" that keeps His Word from the people!! (Either by physically keeping it as the Romanist approach, or by sermons not based on Scripture but human 'wisdom.'
Putting this into applicable language... Embrace His Word. Many things are inspiring, only God's Word is INSPIRED. God's Word is powerful. His Gospel is "the power of salvation to everyone who believes" (Romans 1.16)- it will change lives when applied and trusted.
Pete Garbacki is a minister with Time for Truth Ministries and Mission.Brasil. Follow him on Twitter @mission_brasil or FaceBook at http://www.facebook.com/pete.garbacki.