The current state of Bible translations available is quite frankly insane! Every new Bible version coming out always claims to be easier to read and in “modern” or “updated” English. People sitting around in Sunday school classes comparing what each version says or preachers saying foolish things like “I like the way this version says it” WHAT? SERIOUSLY? Who gave you the option of picking and choosing the way YOU want it to sound? Are you kidding me? But that’s it, isn’t it? Were back to picking and choosing. Christians that don’t know their Bible sit and listen while people teach them how to pick and choose only the verses that prop up their agenda. This is NO different than turning on CNN and watching the news for an hour. You will hear ONE SIDE of the story. Let me fill you in on the truth of the matter. It’s NOT A TRANSLATION ISSUE. What the new versions have done is to continually water down the doctrinal passages to the point that we can “all get along.” So called translators continue to create versions that come closer to the general “idea” of where most Christian theology falls. The problem IS NOT the translation! The problem is BELIEF. Christians have a BELIEVING issue. Please read this next sentence very intently. If you can’t believe EVERY verse in the Bible EXACTLY AS WRITTEN, then you should find a way in which you can. And trust me, you WILL NOT find this in ANY denomination today. Why? They ALL have an agenda they need to keep in place. I attended a denomination for about 40 years of my life. Sunday after Sunday of we are right and the others are wrong teaching. I had to get rid of decades of this denominational proof texting to properly understand the bible AS WRITEN. I understand you think you are a Bible believer because the preacher tells you that you are. I’m asking you about all the verses that don’t get read at your church. I’m asking you about the fact that so many verses you read you don’t understand, and they don’t seem to fit into your denominations position very well. I’m asking you about the fact that churches have so many different opinions on healing, tongues, baptism, works, the Holy Spirit, miracles, dreams, doctrine, and the list goes on. That new version WILL NOT help you come to terms with all the questions you have. Modern Christianity’s answer? Spend 45 minutes to an hour singing praise and worship songs. Then spend 30 minutes on a shallow lesson that keeps the masses happy and of course avoid doctrine at all costs. I remember one of the very few times we did a doctrinal series where the focus was doctrine. The name of the series was called “Baptist Distinctives.” Tell me, how can you take a real look at what you believe and determine if you are standing it the truth by studying the distinctives of YOUR OWN position? YOU CAN’T! It was around this time I was studying the positions of all the other denominations. I challenge people to study the doctrinal position of other denominations all the time. What will you find? That they ALSO have Bible verses to prove their doctrines, and they teach DIFFERENT things than you do. How is this possible? That’s the point of this whole blog. YOU MUST find a way that EVERY verse in the Bible makes sense and fits perfectly with every other verse in scripture. Most would say this is impossible. This is the sad state of Christianity today, as it has been for 2000 years. I leave you with one verse.
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. I Corinthians 1:10
This is IMPOSSIBLE in denominational Christianity. This is possible by becoming a Bible believer. This means learning to rightly divide God’s programs in scripture as God separates them himself. You can only learn this by following the only Apostle Jesus sent to you, your Apostle Paul. To bring honor and glory to Jesus today requires us to follow the plan Jesus revealed to Paul. There is NO other way.
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 the revelation of the mystery delivered to the Apostle Paul