A few days ago I ‘left the Plantation’ because I had grown weary of attempting to say the right things. “Everyone has an opinion” is the statement breaking the proverbial camel’s back. Yes, everyone in the local church does have an opinion, including each and every Bible Teacher, Deacon and Staff Member. Everyone has an opinion and these opinions must not be challenged for fear of ‘upsetting the apple cart’ kind of thing. My feeling was and is, there is but one truth and in spite of our opinions that really do not matter, we MUST follow that Truth being the Word of God. This is a very, very painful road to Heaven, don’t you think?
For a very, very long time my opinion, yes, my opinion, has been “We must adhere to the infallible and inerrant Word of God and do so literally.” What I have discovered, and this is the real reason I had to leave the Plantation, accepting the Word of God literally is a very, very difficult and mostly improbable task. For most opine after reading some Bible verses, “This implies such and such” in spite of what the Word says…let us look at some examples without commenting:
Matthew 16:24 – Stop living for yourself, and take up your cross daily.
John 12:24 – Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it will not bear fruit.
John 16:33 – In the world trials and tribulation will come our way.
Romans 5:3-4 – Rejoice in tribulation as this produces the character of Christ in you.
Romans 8:17 – The reason for our suffering is sanctification.
Romans 8:18 – Our present pain cannot be compared to our future glory.
Romans 8:22 – All of God’s children groan and suffer as they await the redemption.
Romans 8:36 – For His sake we are being put to death all day long.
1 Corinthians 10:13 – God will not tempt us beyond which we are able to endure.
1 Corinthians 15:31 – Paul said, “I die to myself daily.”
2 Corinthians 1:5 – The sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance.
2 Corinthians 4:17 – Momentary light affliction produces an eternal weight of glory.
Ephesians 4:22 – Die to your old self.
Philippians 1:29 – We are to believe in Him and to suffer for His sake.
Philippians 3:10 – Pray that you may know the fellowship of Christ’s sufferings.
2 Timothy 2:3 – Suffer hardship as a good soldier of Christ.
Hebrews 12:5-6 – The Lord disciplines and scourges all of His children.
Hebrews 12:11 – All discipline from the Lord is painful and seems sorrowful.
James 1:2 – Trials and tribulations produce spiritual maturity.
James 3:2 – We all stumble in many ways.
1 Peter 1:6-7 – Your trials will increase your faith so you might be found praiseworthy.
1 Peter 2:21 – You have been called to follow in the steps of Christ’s suffering.
1 Peter 4:1 – As Christ suffered you are to be prepared for the same purpose.
1 Peter 4:12 – Do not be surprised by what you are experiencing; it is for your testing.
1 Peter 5:10 – After you have suffered God will perfect, confirm and establish you.
For these things it is important for everyone who hears the voice of God’s calling to understand the difference between a Devil’s Hell and the Heaven of Christ. Hell was prepared by God for Satan and those who wish to follow after him and God created Heaven for all who choose to follow after Christ.
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire that has been prepared for the devil and his angels! 42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink. 43 I was a stranger and you did not receive me as a guest, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not give you whatever you needed?’ 45 Then he will answer them, ‘I tell you the truth, just as you did not do it for one of the least of these, you did not do it for me.’ 46 And these will depart into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matthew 25:41-46.
“Do not let your hearts be distressed. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 There are many dwelling places in my Father’s house. Otherwise, I would have told you, because I am going away to make ready a place for you. 3 And if I go and make ready a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that where I am you may be too. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” John 14:1-4.
Jesus is Lord.