Hey guys. So ... I have a favor to ask.
When I decided to live inside out, I knew I was going to be doing a lot of truth-telling. It's very important to me that I'm faithful in my truth-telling.
There's very serious consequences for people who add or remove stuff from the bible at whim (see Revelations 22:18-21
). To be honest, I don't think most people do this intentionally.
From my perspective, a little bit of wrong emphasis here or there can result in getting off course. I'm very glad my friend Tanya Dennis edited
my post on the man born blind
because initially, I emphasized some side thoughts of mine way
too much! A little trimming of sentences and my post was back on truthful target.
Now I'd love to have someone edit all my posts before I publicize them, but considering the time involved it's not a realistic expectation. So I figured I'd share my need with you my readers ... be you a once-in-a-while visitor, a one-time skimmer, or a read-every-post friend.
Even easier, I'll give you questions to ask me should anything you see fall into the category of confusing!
Question #1: Where Does the Bible Show This?
I love this question because, truly, everything we need
is in the Bible. Descriptions AND Examples! If I can't give you a text example for why I'm saying or emphasizing what I am, I will rewrite my post!
Questions #2: How Do You Know This To Be True?
There's plenty of 21st Century info out there and if something I allude to doesn't hold true with Snopes
, call me out!
Question #3: What Are the Consequences of This Idea?
Oooh! I'm glad you asked this!
If you see an outcome to an idea I'm espousing that is inconsistent with scripture, truth or God's character as a whole...
I WANT TO KNOW WHERE I'M WRONG.
After all, Karl Marx probably had very little idea that the ideas he brought into the world would result in the death of millions
I do have one request.
If you're going to call me out, I ask that you do so in love
. If you cloud your criticism with harshness and/or name-calling, it'll be hard for me to hear and discern your point.
Also, it'd be nice if you shared my values and identified yourself as God-fearing, Jesus-loving, Holy Spirit-listening, follower of Christ who is equally committed to receiving admonishment and challenge from other followers of Christ.
If you call me out, don't be surprised if I "call you out" back. That's what friends do.
Open rebuke is better
Than love carefully concealed.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend,
But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.
Proverbs 27:5-6 NKJV
Also, God's confrontation guidelines are clearly spelled out in Mathew 18
: One-on-one first, with close friends second, then authority figures third.
No one likes to be embarrassed. So if you're going to call me out in a comment, be gentle. If you see something major, send me an email
Kindness is evidenced by discretion.
Kindness aside, this is dreadfully important! A strong explanation is offered by my friend Dan Darling: When We Add Stuff to the Bible, We Hurt People.
I don't know how else to emphasize it except to say this:
God is Love. God is also Holy. Because He is always Holy, He is also always Good.
And God's Goodness will not allow the slightest hint of falsehood
within the workings of His Goodness.
Let me finish with this ... if you asked me if truth is real, what kind of answer do you want?
God's the same way. And that's why it's so blessedly important.
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