I recently watched a series on TV called Alone. This series is about people dropped off in the wilderness with no food or water. They get some survival items supplied by the show and then 10 items of their choice with some limitations. They only get to survive with a bow, trapping and fishing although they don’t get a fishing rod. I don’t watch reality TV, but I gave this one a shot since someone said it was pretty good. I’m pretty familiar with this type of thing and I would say this show was pretty realistic. This show reminded me of being a right divider of scripture in a few ways. It can feel lonely at times believing your Bible literally and as written. You might feel like your out in the wilderness on your own trying to survive at times. Sometimes there’s an elephant in the room and you’re the cause. If you understand right division, then you understand exactly what I’m talking about. I must admit it was pretty easy to sit in a denominational church and fall in line. It was not survival to sit in a pew and ignore all my questions and wonder why no one teaches all the hard verses and stays clear of hundreds of topics I wondered about. It’s not survival to stick your head in the sand and pretend that you did not see so many things that did not make sense. Becoming a real Bible believer can make you feel alone at times. All I can tell you is this; It’s worth it. Understanding God’s programs is worth it. Understanding God’s purposes is worth it. Understanding God’s will is worth it. Understanding my actual ministry is worth it. Understanding the clear gospel is worth it. Is it hard when your friends are not interested? Yes. It is hard when family does not share your enthusiasm. Yes. Let me encourage you as best as I can. There is no feeling that compares to reading the Bible and having a clear understanding of what is happening and why. There is no feeling like reading portions of scripture that always puzzled you before and now they seem so clear and understandable. There is no feeling like having the confidence, boldness, and utterance to explain proper doctrine to people. There is no feeling like being stablished in proper doctrine. Sometimes it feels a little like survival. Sometimes you can feel like your out in the wilderness alone surviving on squirrels. No remnant had it easy in scripture. Jesus’s ministry ended with 120 in a room. Paul’s ministry ended with entire regions of churches falling back under bondage. I remind you of this; trusting the Bible above anything else is the answer your Christian friends need. Trusting you Bible above anything else is the answer that your unsaved friends and family need. Jesus told his followers that whoever lost his life for his sake would actually find it. There is sacrifice in this dispensation also. We should be willing to lose some things also. We might be few, but were not alone. God had to remind Elijah of this same principle while he was alone trying to survive. Sometimes we need the same reminder.
Steve Schoenberger is a student of the Bible and the teacher at Abundant Grace Bible Fellowship, A Mid-Acts Dispensational Bible church teaching the Bible rightly divided according the revelation of the mystery delivered to the Apostle Paul