A prominent evangelical leader in the UK recently endorsed homosexual behavior (full story here). His coming out on this issue has shocked other evangelicals. However, if you note one of the statements made by this preacher, you will understand how he can reach the position of accepting homosexuals who are in “permanent and stable” relationships.
Here is his quote that reveals a fundamental flaw.
“Christianity is not about a book, but about a person who is the word of God made flesh.”
In other words, don’t worry about what the Bible says; just have good feelings about Jesus.
Others make statements like:
- Jesus is the head of the church, not the Bible
- Follow the Man not the plan
- Give me a Savior not a system
Your acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior with some level of sincerity is all that one needs in their view. Trying to follow the Bible, being diligent to apply it to your life and that of others, is too legalistic.
This is completely against the will of Christ.
Jesus is the head of the church, but the only way we know that is through the Bible (Eph. 1:22, 23). He is the Savior, something we understand via the system (Jn. 1:29). It is the plan that tells us the Man is the Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5).
Without the book, we know nothing “about a person who is the word of God made flesh.”
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you (Jn. 15:4-7).
Notice the connection between “Abide in Me, and I in you” and “abide in Me, and My words abide in you.” He is saying that when His words are in us, He is in us.
Jesus followed this discussion with an admonition to abide in His love, “If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love” (Jn. 15:9, 10). Can the point be any clearer?
There is no understanding the will of God apart from the word of God. It took the Spirit searching the mind of God to reveal His will (1 Cor. 2:10-12). This will, His will, is the truth, all the truth, revealed and confirmed by the Holy Spirit and is contained in the Bible (Jn. 16:13).
If you separate Christianity from the book, the Lord from His Law, then anything can be justified. Homosexuality, polygamy, adultery, intoxication, women preachers, denominations, and much more will be accepted, endorsed, defended, and promoted.
Those faithful to God will reject any notion that Person and the book must be separated. We must accept that Christianity is about a Person whose will, guidance, and example is documented in a book.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom (Col. 3:16).