God’s Word needs no tenderizing, no flavorizing. Those things spoil the Bible’s power, potency and truth.
When we sprinkle “feelings” and “what-ifs” into the Word, into sermons and interpretations, it gets spoiled, unrecognizable, and, most of all, untrue.
We have reached the time Paul warned of in 2Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears…”
This is what has happened and is happening and a major reason many churches are failing and falling apart. Witness the United Methodist Church split between “traditionalists” and “progressives.”
The Feelings Police in the pulpits have tenderized the hard parts.
(Oh-oh, 1 Corinthians 6:9 is too tough: “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals…”
And so is Mark 7:20-23 where Jesus said, “That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.”
We have to tenderize those scriptures, for sure, so as no one gets offended by their sin.
And those same Feelings Police have flavorized the easy parts to make them even easier.
Whereas Jesus said, “I am the truth the way and the life. No man comes to the father but through Me” (John 14:6) his Word has been flavorized into “all paths lead to God.”
Yes, and by tenderizing the hard parts and flavorizing the easy parts, the Feelings Police have pounded the True Word into something unrecognizable.
“Progressive” interpretations of scripture don’t pass the Taste Test of Truth. But, boy, they make sinners feel better about themselves. And that is the goal.
Instead of “the Word of Life” (1John 1:1) we have the Word of Slip-Sliding Away, the Word of Defiance, the Word of Death.
1 John 1:6-7 tells us: “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the Light [God’s pure, unadulterated Word… my addition] as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
By walking in that Light and reflecting that Light, we are avoiding and discrediting the darkness, the tenderized and flavorized deception of the enemy of our souls.
1John 1:10 says, “If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His Word is not in us.”
All the Jolly-Good-We’re-Good-I’m-OK-You’re-OK preaching out there is making Jesus a liar!
The bottom line is Jesus’ words in Mark 9:42: “But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.”