We’ve been attending the EOPC for 9 months now. This fellowship of saints has taught me an overwhelming amount about myself, others and God. We are made up of all kinds of classes, races and professions. Notably, many who attend are tied to the seminary in some way. Among all the differences one unifying factor is their ardent love for God’s glory.
God’s word is glorious, but is debased by misinterpretation and misapplication. Many people nowadays seem to read and teach the bible postmodern-ly.
What do I mean? I mean they read and/or teach the bible as if the bible contains many different interpretations and that any verse can be applied whichever way suits the reader. That it speaks personally and subjectively to the reader. This is most dangerous for we are like ships and if our compass be even a few degrees off, a life time later we may find ourselves in troublesome waters of disbelief.
The bible is a clear and direct proclamation from the One Triune God to many kinds of people. God is the control and WE are the variable. God means what He wrote. We are the ones trying to change what He means to fit our lives. No wonder it takes hard work and countless hours of study to understand it! We fight ourselves and our crooked ways of thinking struggling against our egocentric philophies hopefully to submit to God’s instructions. This takes work, a humble heart and the power of the Holy Spirit.
The EOPC is teaching me every Sunday that the word of God is precious and has One author who gave it One meaning- His. And His One meaning can be confidently understood. History and God’s gift of teachers to His church proves now more then ever just how knowable the bible is!
No doubt Evangelicalism has massively digressed in her biblical literacy. We as humanity soon forget history’s lessons and how to properly read to understand. So it is no surprise then that we approach God’s word the same way we would a book of proverbs or fables. We must learn to read objectively and hold God and His word preciously. Like a soldier in the field of battle holds his lover’s letters from home. God gives us hope and we debase it with our perverted and egocentric philosophies.
The scriptures prove themselves. For it is written, “Let God be true and every man a liar.” Also,
Ephesians 4:4-6 ESV
There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
One faith. One baptism. One Lord.