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Re: Error

"An error is the more dangerous the more truth it contains."
--Henri Fr‚d‚ric Amiel

This quote provided by the FEDERALIST Digest 99-17, Apr30.99 is so
true. Jesus said that "not one jot or one tittle shall in any way pass
from the law until all is fulfilled." (Mt5:18) For our language, that
would be like having commas in the right place, correct spelling. Down
to the minutest detail, God's Word will be fulfilled. It "shall not
return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall
certainly do what I sent it to do." (Is55:11)

The errors of concern are not so much the blattant, blasphemous ones
such as depicted in the recent TV movie "Noah's Ark" where practically
EVERYTHING that could be depicted wrong (aside from "eight people, in a
boat, on some water"), was done wrong. Lot and Sodom came -after- the
flood. Noah's sons were married -when- they went into the ark.
(Gen6:18,7:7) And far from God being some indecisive little wimp,
deciding mid-flood whether or not to also do away with Noah, and for
awhile "abandoning" Noah during the flood while He went away to 'make
up His mind' on the matter.  He had determined prior to the flood that
Noah and his family would be saved.  (6:18)

Far from being some wishy-washy half-baked lush (as depicted) who makes
mistakes, God proclaims, "My purpose shall stand...yes, I have spoken,
I will also cause it to come; I have formed; yes, I will do it."
(Is46:10-11) Furthermore, "The Lord has sworn, and will not repent.."
(Ps110:4) And again, "I have purposed, and will not repent, nor will I
turn back from it. (Jer4:28) And when He promised to punish Israel, He
"did not repent" from that.(Zech8:14)

[Ed: ...even the world knows the blatancy of this movie. During Jay
Leno's monologue Tuesday night he joked that Noah's Ark was so 'high'
in the ratings that someone wanted to produce another movie of the same
name.  But, that they would need a different story line. And so Jay
suggests, "Well, hey! What about the one from the BIBLE!!!"]

But the errors are the subtle ones. "Is it so that God has said..?"
(Gen3:1) Did God -REALLY- say that?? Oh, no.. "God knows..." (vs5) God
is keeping 'secrets' from you, that you really -should- know about.
"..grievous wolves shall enter IN AMONG YOU..shall arise FROM YOUR OWN 
SELVES, speaking perverse things in order to draw disciples away after 
them." (Acts20:29-30) Leaders and pastors, preaching supposedly "from
the Bible".

And Paul warns, "therefore watch and remember..." (vs31) Much of Paul's
writings are a form of "warning" against falsehood. To the Corinthians
he was correcting false spirituality. The Galatians were caught into
legalistic works. The same two ends of the spectrum we see today.

How do we avoid the error? How do we judge whether a thing is true or
not? What is our plumb line? The Scriptures are "profitable" for
everything we need. (2Tm3:16-17) What is the basis of any "profitable"
sermon or study? The Scriptures.

You know, in Bible school many were the times a fellow-student would be
preparing a devotional for after supper time in the dining hall, or
some preaching assignment.  An "idea" would come into the head, and the
question, "Do you know of any Bible verse that says ...blah, blah,
blah???"  They would get the idea, formulate an outline for the idea, 
and then scramble to find supportive Scripture.

Does your pastor or teacher do this? Do -you- do this? What happens if 
the Scripture can't be found? Do we continue on the topic anyway? You 
know, years later after Bible school, on occasion when I have looked up 
some old lecture notes, and actually looked up the Scripture references
next to an outline item, I have found the reference had nothing to do
with the topic under discussion. You see, even Bible school and 
seminary professors are guilty of this. And we wonder how the pastors 
came to where they are today!!

Paul's exhortation to Timothy was "..attend to reading, to exhortation,
to teaching...hold on to yourself and to the doctrine." (1Tm4:13,16)
In other words, teaching and doctrine -START- with SCRIPTURE. "You
shall say to them, So says the Lord..." (Jer8:4,11:3,13:13,etc.) And
he further warns him, "..avoiding profane and vain babblings and
opposing THEORIES of falsely-named science." (6:20) "Hold fast the
pattern of sound words...rightly dividing the Word of Truth."
(2Tm1:13,2:15) To Titus, "holding fast the faithful word according to
the doctrine, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort
and to convict the gainsayers." (Tit1:9) And notice, he also has a word
regarding 'messianism'. "...not giving heed to Jewish myths and
commandments of men, turning away from the truth." (1:14)

We do not look to the "great men of God" for our direction. They are 
-mere- men. And of even more subtle and pernicious danger, we must be 
sure we are truly reading God's Word. 

Just an example here: not long ago the Federalist Digest inserted a 
quote, "but if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become 
more than yourself." They claimed this came from Luke 18:14. I don't 
know -what- "translation" this comes from! Not any of the ones on my 
shelf! (and I've got several of the modern perVersions for 'reference' 
purposes..but I don't have the very latest i.e. "The Book", etc.) Where 
God's Word actually says in that spot, "..he who humbles himself shall
be exalted." That error isn't even very "subtle" is it! But somebody 
reading it, thinking it's from the "Bible" will be more firmly 
entrenched in contemporary rebellion of "self" which keeps people from 
repentance before God ...after all, they got it from "The Bible"!!

When you find such error, Paul exhorts Timothy, "withdraw from such."
(1Tm6:5b) And..."hold fast" (Tit1:13) to God's Word and sound doctrine.

From Psalm 119...
"Let the proud be ashamed; for they perverted my cause with lying; I
will think on Your commandments." (vs78)

"Forever, O Lord, Your Word is settled in the heavens." (vs89)

"I have more understanding than all my teachers; for Your testimonies
are my prayer." (vs99)

"Through Your commandments I get understanding; therefore I hate every
false way." (vs104)

"I hate half-hearted thoughts; but Your law do I love." (vs113)

"My zeal has eaten me up, because my enemies have forgotten Your
words." (vs139)

"I saw the traitors, and was grieved because they did not keep Your
word." (vs158)

"With all my heart I have sought You; do not let me wander from Your
commandments. I have hidden Your Word in my heart, so that I might not
sin against You." (vs10-11)

Amen!


Addendum:
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After last week's passing comment, and follow-up Q/A about the movie
"Noah's Ark", a subscriber provided the e-mail address 
for anyone who may feel inclined to let NBC know how you feel about it.