Abuse. It seems as if this word is attached to so many types of abuse in today's news. But one kind of abuse that doesn't get any attention and is affecting many people is the abuse of God's word.
In a write up for 9Marks, Pastor Mez McConnell takes on this issue.
"It’s the abuse of it (God's word) by people that is at fault. The Word should be trusted 100 percent. God, regardless of how I feel, has my best interests at heart."
With only eight years experience in ministry, I can attest to this abuse, and this is why I stand here today campaigning for pure biblical truth. Equipping people 100% with God's word and not our own opinion of God's word.
When we manipulate the word, we manipulate people.
How do we do approach this? How do we go about exemplifying God to those who have never heard of His great news, those who have been abused by it, those who have been manipulated or miss led?
Study God's word for it's intended use. We highly suggest diving into The Bible Project or 9Marks for videos, write-ups, podcasts, and journals diving into pure biblical foundation and knowledge.
Pray persistently. Reverend Billy Graham tells us to pray 24/7. Not to look more holy, but to be in constant connection with God's guidance, God's strength, and God's grace.
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
"Those of us who have known abuse must now, in Christ, work to be good and faithful husbands, who love our wives and deal with our children well. Those of us from broken homes need good models of leadership and authority in every area of our lives, both inside and outside the church. In our home, we have an open-door policy, which sees guests at our table for every meal—sometimes even living in our home. We can teach many of the principles above from the Word but, more than that, those who have experienced abusive authority need to see living illustrations of how family members handle conflict in a way that’s biblical, loving, and authoritative."
Biblical Abuse is a silent tragedy. It's been going on for centuries. Some people don't even know they are doing it to others. Some are doing it knowingly. Either way, we must fight every day to bring pure biblical knowledge to the masses. We must live our Christ-like examples daily to our families, friends, co-workers, and classmates.
Matthew Allen (FPAM Board Member and FPAM Honduras Director) says it best in Module 1 of the FPAM Biblical Foundation material:
"Only when we understand and rightly apply the Word of God can we prepared to share with others the content of the Bible and the perspectives it offers on God, the world, and life."
Pump the breaks a second! Does this mean that you and I need years of schooling before we share the gospel? Not necessarily. A good grasp on God's word or a biblical foundation can help you in your study of God's word. Then you can be confident in rightly applying God's news to people you meet, disciple, or speak to.
Biblical Foundation is the heart of FPAM. Everything we do is to Reach & Equip in biblical foundations to then Partner & Send (R.E.P.S.).
Remember we are Christ ambassadors here on earth to honor Christ and further His kingdom. Our gain is found in Him not in manipulating His word to benefit our lives. His word is our trail map guiding us and providing the necessary information needed to carry out His Commission and Commandments.
Live for His glory... Succeed for His kingdom!
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