The Bible Speaks
“…I write so that you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth.” 1 Timothy 3:15
In Paul’s letter to Timothy, he writes his young apprentice to give him advice and encouragement as he works with churches that the apostle had established in his missionary endeavors. Churches were to be more than just congregations of saved people meeting to worship their Savior. The church was called the “house of God” and was charged with being the “pillar and support of the truth.” Whatever else the church was to be in its community, there was one thing that it should be known for — a place where the truth is told and the people live out that truth wherever they go.
The church was the place where the Bible, God’s book of truth, was taught and where people learned how to apply that truth to their families, workplaces, communities and even their nation. Times would change, cultures, governments and family values would change, but God’s word never changes. It can’t because He never changes.
When a society began to stray from its foundations, the church was tasked with keeping that society moored to the anchor of their souls, the living Word of God. College professors and politicians and media elites may attack biblical values as old fashioned and passé, but the church was to hold its ground and refuse to change its message.
In the U.S. today, there are a growing number of people that recognize that the society we have today is not healthy, nor good. Homes are broken, children are being born without fathers, sexual perversion is called normal, everybody is a victim and is owed a living by the government, kids have foul mouths and little respect for authority, politicians have no scruples and spend our money on their pet projects — the list goes on and on. How did it get this way? Where did we go wrong as a nation? How could things change so quickly and is there any hope that it will ever get better?
I have friends that I respect, political and Christian leaders that I admire, that would tell you the problem is the media or the politicians or education. They decry the power grab in Washington and the freefall toward socialism. Although I would agree with their assessment of what is wrong in our country, I do not believe the solution is political, economic or educational. The real problem began when the church lost its mooring and it will not be solved until that same church turns back to the Bible — teaching it, believing it and living it.
When pastors teach the Bible from their pulpit, a Bible they believe to be without error and authoritative for all matters of faith and life; when denominational leaders stop debating whether or not practices the Bible calls abominable should be viewed as acceptable for members of its clergy; when church members keep the marital vows they made before God; when they start teaching their children the Holy Scriptures instead of letting the Disney Channel warp their views of childhood — that is when things will begin to return to what they ought to be.
The Bible speaks and it tells us the church is the support of the truth. Let’s get back to the Word of God in our churches.
The Rev. Bruce MacInnes is pastor at Turner’s Chapel.