Tuesday, December 16, 2008

From the Lawman Chronicles


The Influence of Tradition on Interpretation -- The American Evangelical Assault on the Bible

"Jesus is standing at the door of your heart. He's knocking and waiting for you to invite him in."

"If you ask Jesus into your heart, He will definitely come in.""God has a wonderful plan for your life."

"God will never give you more than you can handle."

"God is all-loving and all-forgiving."

"God loves you just the way you are, a sinner, but He loves you too much to let you stay that way."

And the list of pithy, evangelical statements goes on and on.

If you profess to be a Christian and live in the United States, then you have likely heard and/or uttered one, some, or all of the above statements. They are all very encouraging. There's just one problem.

None of the above statements can be found in the Bible. The origins of each of the statements can be traced to misinterpretations of various verses or passages of Scripture.

"Jesus is standing at the door of your heart. He's knocking and waiting for you to invite him in." -- A misinterpretation of Revelation 3:20

"If you ask Jesus into your heart, He will definitely come in." -- A misinterpretation of Romans 10:9-10

"God has a wonderful plan for your life." -- A misinterpretation of Jeremiah 29:11

"God will never give you more than you can handle." -- A misinterpretation of 1 Corinthians 10:13

"God is all-forgiving and all-loving." -- A misinterpretation of 1 John 1:9; 4:8

"God loves you just the way you are, a sinner, but He loves you too much to let you stay that way." -- A misinterpretation of Romans 5:8

Read the rest of Tony's blog post here

1 comment:

steve martin said...

Nice article.

He is right. Many Evangelicals are more concerned with our performance of the law than with handing over Christ.

While I am not a 'tract guy', I realize that many people are. God bless them. May the Lord use the poor words of those tracts to grab hold of the hreat of the reader.

(I always use 'poor' in reference to whatever man says or writes...because we know that it is His power and will that make it happen...not our poor words)

So, while I'm not a fan of 'canned' one size fits all evangelizing, I am a fan of giving Him away. If we can't take a moment and find out where a person is being had in their own life, which things are eating away at him personally, and then telling him that we understand how it is...those same things or similar things are also nipping at our own heels...but Jesus has done something about it...if we can't do that...then give them a tract and pray that God will use it.