By David W. Daniels
Ecology class in Bible college ruined me. I felt bad if I didn`t use both sides of every piece of paper...in small print! I still hate to see anything sitting in a trash can, that we could recycle. I hate to waste!
How about wasting time?
Many Christians have wasted precious time. The Lord said to us through Paul, "Redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians 5:16). You know how my friends and I wasted a lot of time? By trying to sort out which words were God`s, and which words were man`s in a Bible translation, instead of just believing and following the right Bible.
Did God say we`d have to spend our time like this? Not at all! God never said, "I want you to wrestle with which words are mine and which words are not mine."
God commanded, "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth" (2 Timothy 2:15). God expected us to know which words were His. God expected us to wrestle with how to keep those words, how to obey His words; not whether they belonged there at all. God expected us to trust His words, not constantly question: "Yea, hath God said?"
But how can we know which Bible to trust, and stop wasting time?
For over 400 years God has proved His words to us English-speakers in the King James Bible. And for over 400 years He has shown the fruit of that faith in the lives of His faithful believers.
And now, for over 130 years, since 1881, we`ve also gotten to see the fruit of doubt, known as modern textual criticism. Look around. Have Bibles criticizing the words of the King James brought about a revival of faith in the true words of God? Have they brought a devotion to keep the commandments of God? Have people a fresh desire to please the Heavenly Father?
No! Modern textual criticism, along with its "modern Bibles," has brought the fruit of doubt, disbelief, and the derision of the world against not only the many contradictory Bibles, but also the horribly immoral, no-different-from-you lives of people who claim to believe them.
God called us to be a peculiar, holy, separate people of faith. I know where to find that faith.
I choose to believe God`s holy words in English, the King James Bible. I will strive, with God`s help, to meet the goals and fulfill the task that He has for me. I will not waste my time with some Doubting Thomas Bibles, debating whether God said something or not!
In the End, we`ll all have to stand before the Lord Jesus, and we`ll have to answer for how we spent our time. What I want to hear, from His glorious throne, is "Well done, thou good and faithful servant... enter thou into the joy of thy Lord," not "Why did you not just believe Me?"
I`ve made my choice. What`s yours?
David W. Daniels hosts short YouTube videos 2-3 times a month, found online at www.chick.com/bible.