I find it fascinating that most times when you look at a Church’s “Statements of Faith” usually the number one or at least close to the top will be a rendition of 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God”, stating that they believe the Word of God is infallible and inspired by God. Leading those who are reading it to believe that they truly follow the Word of God.
1 Cor. 4:6 And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.
This scripture tells us clearly to learn NOT to go beyond what is written (the Word of God) and it immediately tells us what happens if we do….”that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.” Puffed up or arrogant one against the other.
That is exactly what we see today. Anytime anyone goes beyond or outside of the scriptures the result is arrogance. The translation of puffed up or arrogance means: To make natural, to cause a thing to pass into nature. Inflate, blow up, make proud, to bear one’s self loftily, be proud.
Interesting language “to pass into nature”….seems anytime one goes beyond the Word of God they are operating in the flesh, the natural man, and the result is arrogance and automatically false beliefs and deception. That’s really a no brainer if you really think about it. The Word of God is eternal, anything outside of His Word is flesh, natural, worldly. Those who claim “new revelation” or “God is doing a new thing” are outside and go beyond God’s Word and become arrogant and proud.
Now we all have error to some degree in our beliefs, that’s why we are told not to go beyond what is written, so that we will develop into maturity within the confines of the Word. There is no other way to mature spiritually. Without the Word, we automatically revert back to the natural man/flesh, as the above scripture states.
2 Timothy 3:16: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
This scripture clearly tells us that we need to cling, stand, and stay in the confines of God’s Word. And again it immediately tells us why:
It’s “profitable”, beneficial, of value for us for “doctrine”, teaching, learning and instruction in the precepts of God and His Word. For “reproof”, which is rebuke or fault-finding. For “correction” a restoration to an upright or right state, correction or improvement of life or character….the correcting of faults and reformation of manners. For “training”, which means chastening, nurture; for children the cultivation of mind and morals, commands and admonitions, reproof and punishment. In adults, cultivates the soul, especially by CORRECTING MISTAKES AND CURBING PASSIONS. For “Righteousness/good works”, the condition acceptable to God, the doctrine concerning the way in which man may attain a state approved of God. Correctness of thinking, feeling and acting. Don’t we all at one time or another run to the scriptures to “prove” our point?
I have, and that’s a proud and arrogant mindset. Rather than with an attitude of searching humbly for the truth of God’s Word and allowing it to rebuke, correct, and instruct me and those I am contending with, I have at times chosen to use it as a weapon, in order to come out as the victor; and in my selfish natural flesh have not approached the Word with the attitude or mindset of humbly working out my own salvation with fear and trembling. Not allowing the Word to change my heart or mind derails any of His truth to be known and shown to me or others.
God in His mercy and grace has dealt with me and is still dealing with me on this issue and will be until I am no longer in this fallen flesh. We all are a work in progress; but we have to be willing and broken before Him in order for Him to accomplish and finish the work He starts in us.
I have said all that to say this. Those who are teaching, doctrines and “new revelations,” who go beyond the written Word, and teach doctrines such as “little gods”, “prophecies that are partial, progressive and conditional”, “drunk in the spirit”, or believe and teach that you can go without sinning for a week or more, eventually getting to a sinless state in this flesh, being slain in the spirit etc. Who teach that it is always God’s will to heal and then claim those that don’t believe this are teaching heresy and are deceived, are beyond what is written. I’m asking that we open the Word and allow Him to rebuke, correct and instruct us all; but in the confines of His Word alone. Not what has happened historically, not scriptures taken out of context, but looking at the whole Word on these issues, the only and final authority. Anything outside is exactly what happened in the garden. Satan lied and twisted the scripture and Eve misquoted God, twisting what He had said.
I am certainly willing and eager to allow the Word of God to change my thinking and beliefs; But only because it is clearly shown in the Word of God. If the claims that are made by those who follow these teachings can be shown to me in scripture as being of God, I will be more than willing to repent, ask for forgiveness and turn. Now the question is, will those who believe and follow these teachings be willing to do the same? 1 Cor. 11:18-19 “For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. 19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.”
Let us search the scriptures and find out what’s approved by God.