The most significant value of our church is “Bible Centered.” Everything we believe and teach hinges on the validity of the source. If not the Bible, then what? Culture? Politicians? Facebook? Twitter? Google? Oprah?
I recently watched a clip of Oprah interviewing Rob Bell. He is the author of several books and formerly the pastor of the megachurch Mars Hill. In the interview, he is asked about the how the church is responding to homosexuality, and he responds “the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense.”
In other words, the Bible is irrelevant when it comes to addressing such culturally significant issues as human sexuality. Is Rob Bell right? Does the age of scripture diminish the importance it should play in the life of the church and those who call themselves Christian? The short answer to both questions is no.
In Matthew 4 we read Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted and tested by the devil. Three different temptations were thrown at Jesus when he was physically at his weakest, and he responds each time with “It is written . . .” Using the logic of Rob Bell and those who hold his views, Jesus was showing just how irrelevant he was by quoting from the Book of Deuteronomy written 1500 years before as a defense.
Hebrews 4:12 and Ephesians 6:17 reveals why, "For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” and "[Take] the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The Bible is not just a collection of letters from 2000 years ago. It is the most powerful spiritual weapon Christians have at their disposal. Trust, don't compromise, be courageous, and don't back down. God’s Word is not our best defense but our indispensable offense.