Note: The author of this work believes without reservation, that the King James Bible is more than just a priceless work of literary art, which it is. But it is has indeed been preserved without error by God's providence as an infallible book that the common man in the English speaking world can hold and own, and the light it can give rest entirely on that man's faith in it and its Author. And all those who believe otherwise have either been duped, have an unclean motive, are just ignorant or see no issue of importance in having God's word readily available in an infallible form. No amount of linguist ability can give any extra light if there is doubt to its content, the Holy Spirit will not honour anyone that want to subject this English Bible to an inferior position.
The reason for this topic is our respect for the word of God is bound up on how we use it.
Lev 19:27Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.
Jesus kept the law perfectly and could stand in front of his accusers and ask, Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? (John 8:46)
If he had short hair do you not think the scribes and Pharisees would have pointed to his head while laughing their guts out?They would have been right in doing so.
If our Saviour violated the law in any form he was a sinner and could not be our Saviour. And we will all meet him in hell.
What should you do?Should you give our Saviour an imaginary haircut in order to have Christian men wear short hair?
Does this mean that we saved gentile Christian men should have long hair?1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? Note! The verse said shame not sin.
Therefore if Jesus had short hair it would have been a sin and if Christian man has long hair it is a shame. Get a hair cut if need be. What is the big deal, you will probably be bald someday anyway----so get a HEAD start! Why be contentious?
1Co 11:16But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.
Luke 2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
What should you do?Lead men to Christ and tell them they have only eight days to get the job done?
Should a Christian or their male offspring be circumcised for religious reason?Note! There are some that advocate this practice for health issues.
Gal 5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
I wonder why some reformers teach that baptism has replaced circumcision and then baptise girls????
Am I missing something here?
I once, out of the goodness of my heart, offered to circumcise a Seventh-Day Adventist. He refused. Perhaps, he was a spiritual Jew and did not want to be as a physical Jew.
What should you do? Stay single and follow a Levitical diet!
We must realise that we are not under the law and reading Jewish "mail" causes many heresies.
1 Timothy 4:1-4 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; (2) Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; (3) Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. (4) For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:
Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
Matthew 4:10Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
What should you do? Take the author of death on single-handed?
It might save your life to use the armour provided or have the King of Kings battle the prince of the air foryou!
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Jude 1:9Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
Matthew 10:5-6 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into [any] city of the Samaritans enter ye not: (6)But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
What should you do? Ignore these dispensational implications or move to Israel and learn Hebrew!
Perhaps abiding by the doctrine set forth by the Apostle to the Gentiles would be a good place to start.
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
Rom 15:16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
The book of Acts the way it starts and ends should awake you to the transitorily progress of Acts.
Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand souls.
Acts 28:27-28 For the heart of this people is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes have they closed; lest they should see with [their] eyes, and hear with [their] ears, and understand with [their] heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. (28) Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and [that]they will hear it.
What should you do? Change definitions of words in verses in order to have woman wear dresses.
You could wear a kilt, toga, trousers, slacks, "pants", skirt, suit, or robe if you are a man.
If you are a woman you can wear only dresses, even though the term never appears in the Bible; but above all else, do not wear breeches for in the Bible this is under garments (under wear). I know you were told that breeches were men's trousers but perhaps the man that told you this was suffering from an overly tight bonnet, skirt, or girdle.
Culottesare not pants but "A divided skirt". Therefore, baggy trousers are just culottes with longer legs! Both have the "division" start in the crouch areas!!
• Plural noun 1Brit. underpants or knickers.
Do we not have an English Bible?
Eze 44:18They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird [themselves] with any thing that causeth sweat.
Exo 28:42 And thou shalt make them linenbreeches to cover their nakedness; from the loins even unto the thighs they shall reach:
Mar 1:6 And John was clothed with camel's hair, and with agirdle of a skin about his loins; and he did eat locusts and wild honey;
Ruth 3:9 And he said, Who [art] thou? And she answered, I [am]Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou [art] a near kinsman.
Mat 14:25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
What will you do?Sink, Sink, Sink, Sink, Sink, Sink, Sink, Sink
This devotional was written with sarcasm, but the main point is the misuse of Scripture to prove a pet doctrine many, many times.
Two of the wisest things that were ever said to me as a young Christian were by a converted J.W. He knew where misplacement of Scripture could advance.
1. If you cannot support your position with Scripture "shut your mouth" Bill.
2. Can you say, "I do not know".
Respect for the Word of God is more important than appearing to have all the answers. Find the answer without forcing Writ into any position you may hold as true. There is nothing wrong with saying I do not know!
John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.