PREPARE FOR THE NEXT ONSLAUGHT AGAINST THE BIBLE

Response by Dr Michael Brown, host of the nationally syndicated Line of Fire radio program to media on Attorney General, Jeff Sessions quoting Scripture.

“No sooner will we quote a passage from the Bible to a non-believer (or, to a believer of a different persuasion), then they will respond, “You can make the Bible mean whatever you want it to. Remember what Jeff Sessions said?”

Jeff Sessions

In case you somehow missed the massive, swirling controversy surrounding Sessions’ use of Romans 13, the headlines are everywhere.

  • In The Washington Post: “Jeff Sessions defended family separation with the Bible. John Oliver countered with Dr. Seuss.”
  • On CNN: “What does the Bible verse Jeff Sessions quoted really mean?”
  • In USA Today: “Why is Jeff Sessions quoting Romans 13 and why is the Bible verse so often invoked?”
  • In the Huffington Post: “Jeff Sessions Has Got the Bible All Wrong.”
  • In the Star Tribune: “Jeff Sessions, immigration and the Bible: The problems with citing a passage to support an opinion.”

On and on it goes, almost endlessly. Just search for “Jeff Sessions Bible,” and you’ll be flooded with relevant links.

In short, Sessions quoted Romans 13, which calls Christians to submit to the governing authorities, to explain to “church friends” why we must uphold our “zero-tolerance” immigration laws. His exact words were, “I would cite you to the apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”

If Sessions was simply saying that we are a nation of laws, and the Bible reminds us of the importance of obeying our laws, he was saying nothing extraordinary or outlandish.

Context will not matter. Sound interpretive methods will not matter. Logic and reason will not matter.

Instead, no matter what we say and no matter how accurately we say it, the rebuttal will be instant: “The Nazis quoted the Bible too.” Or, “You’re twisting the Bible, just like Jeff Sessions did.” Or, even, “Yeah, you sound just like Trump!” (Let’s be realistic. This will ultimately be tied back to Trump. So, if you’re a conservative evangelical— especially if you’re white—and you quote Scripture, you’re guilty of whatever sins Trump committed in his lifetime. I’m hardly exaggerating.)

I’ve watched over the years as anti-Bible lies become popular memes, which then become enshrined as established truth. An example would be, “You can’t trust the Bible. It’s a translation of a translation of a translation.”

Another would be, “Constantine changed the Bible in A.D. 325. We don’t have the original Bible today.”

Today, millions of people take these falsehoods to be gospel truths, while millions more misquote Jesus’ admonition not to judge. (For what He really meant, see here and here.)

And despite the apparent reverence for Scripture reflected in the liberal response to Sessions’ use of Romans 13 (as if the liberal media were grieved that the Bible was misused), what we’re really witnessing is an outright hostility to Scripture. That’s why Tom Gilson wrote a perceptive article titled, “The Washington Post Hates the Bible. If You’re Christian, It Hates You Too.”

You can expect to see that hatred manifest in the instant dismissal of our appeal to Scripture in the days ahead.

When we quote the Word, we’ll be compared to people who want to separate children from their parents (as is happening with the immigration crisis). We’ll be likened to brainless Trump supporters (regardless of the topic under discussion). And we’ll be reminded that the Bible really has no intentional message. “It means whatever you want it to mean.”

Watch and see.”

 

PREPARE FOR PERSECUTION AS YOU STAND ON THE AUTHORITY OF GOD’S WORD

Paul provides the model of how to behave in the dark days ahead and how to finish strongly. Jesus told us that in the “last days” the love of many will grow cold. There will be a great falling away in the church (Apostasy), even the elect deceived.

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Note many friends will leave you as they did Paul, “Demas in love with this present world has deserted me.” If you are doing God’s will, many will harm you as they did Paul “Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm”. In fact, Paul says, “no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me.” BUT Paul also says, “the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the (GOSPEL) message might be fully proclaimed and all the gentiles might hear it. 

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.
Do your best to come to me soon. For Demas, in love with this present world, has deserted me and gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, Titus to Dalmatia. Luke alone is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, for he is very useful to me for ministry. Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus. When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds. Beware of him yourself, for he strongly opposed our message. At my first defence no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” 2 Timothy 4:6-18

MIRACULOUS MUSEUM OF THE BIBLE OPENED TO THE PUBLIC IN WASHINGTON DC

Friday November 17th, 2017 is historic. It’s the day the new Museum of the Bible (MOTB) opened to the public in Washington, D.C. At a time when the veracity of the Bible is questioned like never before, God had His person step up to respond. Sadly, most Bible Colleges have compromised the Bible in response to believing in the the lie of evolution, so this Museum of the Bible which stands on the inerrancy of God’s Word is timely.

Biblical literacy among believers these days has been described by many as “disappointing.” That alone prompted Hobby Lobby Founder and CEO Steve Green and his family to build the Museum of the Bible.

The Museum of the Bible would not be possible without the generosity of the Green family.

In 2010, they began accumulating biblical artefacts and quickly amassed a sizeable collection. The family felt a responsibility to make these artefacts available to the public and proposed opening a museum in Dallas. After due diligence, they decided to locate instead in the nation’s capital. The result is the Museum of the Bible.

Steve Green along with his wife, Jackie, said his family “loves God’s Word and raised our families to go to church and live our lives according to the Bible. So, we decided to celebrate the Book by dedicating a museum to let people know about God’s Book.”

Finding a suitable building in Washington, close to the major sites, was a miracle in itself. In a city, where it is difficult to find large properties for sale, his team found one a short walk from the Capitol and also from the Smithsonian museums along the National Mall. Built in 1923, the building was the first refrigerated warehouse in Washington, built so sturdily that locomotives could go inside to unload.

The museum is full of hi tech displays, one is a “digital docent” with a tablet, smaller than an iPad but larger than an iPhone, that visitors can use to customise their tours and keep track of their group members. Another one is the fly-board theatre—a Disney-esque theatre where, through the sensation of flying, guests will be able to see where Scripture is engraved on monuments and walls throughout D.C. For example, as the visitor flies by the Lincoln Memorial, Abraham Lincoln seems to rise from his seat, and there are sights and sounds of the Civil War behind him.

In our secularised culture, there is little that focuses on faith or Christianity. I’m excited that MOTB will present the story in a winsome way. However, Green made it clear that the museum is not about endorsing his family’s own Christian beliefs—it’s just teaching about the Book. This is done in three different ways: examining the history and evidences of its existence, looking at its impact on every area of life and focusing on the story of how the Bible came to us.

“If we were to set aside everything we’ve ever learned, just come to this Book and read it, what is the story it tells?” Green asks. “Collectively, all the books tell a larger story, which we have a floor dedicated to telling. We want people to come and learn about the Book and be inspired to know it better than they do when they first come.”