The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 ESV)
Behold, the verse which many claim crushes Calvinism into dust. Verse stated, Reformed Theology refuted, case closed.
Is it really so simple? Many would say so. But let’s take a look at this seemingly difficult passage in the comfort of context.
As you may know, there’s always a recipient when a letter is written. The author has a person/group of people in mind as he pens his words. The second letter of Peter is no exception. In fact, we’re offered a clue about who the recipients are in the first verse.
Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: (2 Peter 1:1 ESV)
This verse alone provides quite a bit of clarity regarding who Peter wrote his letter to.…
This article originally appeared on Whole Magazine.
“God is the Healer of all our sickness. You just need more faith.”
They mean well, they really do. But those whose ears have been tickled by false gospels like the prosperity gospel and the word-faith movement, don’t see the repercussions of their own words. They use God’s Word out of context and make claims to prosperity that aren’t there, leaving out the many passages which prove the Christian life is not a cake-walk.
Many Christians are infertile, have cancer, have miscarried or delivered lifeless babies, are tortured for their alliance to Jesus. And on top of these heart-wrenching trials, there are some whose theology would deem the suffering of these believers a result of their faithlessness. This terribly unbiblical theology places the blame on the Christian for any painful thing that enters their life. Furthermore, it hardens the lost to God, the gospel, and the Church.…
Across the world, Christian women like you and me, trot through life guided by their feelings. Prone to falling prey to deceitful doctrine, they’re tossed from one wave of chaos to another wave of confusion, drifting further and further from the truth.
Two reasons come to mind. (1) They aren’t truly saved or, (2) they aren’t studying God’s Word.
False Teachers Still Exist
In a culture driven by social media, we are more likely than ever to be presented with false teaching. In fact, the majority of the “bible teachers” on display at bookstores are spreading lies.
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed.
Across the world, many self proclaimed Christian women have forgotten the value of their bible. There are different explanations for this. Some of them feel they are too busy. Some rely on books and devotions about the Word instead of relying on the Word itself.
But I’m certain there are some who, for whatever reason, just plain don’t trust it.
Maybe they grew up in a church or denomination that questioned the authority of the bible or told them not to read it.
Regardless of the reason, a Christ follower who is unarmed by Christ’s Word is dangerously prone to false teaching.
I want to preface this article with this: When I say “the bible” I do not include the Catholic bible or a paraphrased version (like The Message) in that term.
God’s Word is true, unchanging, sufficient and inerrant. It can and should be trusted.
Ya’ll, the focus struggle is real. One second I’m pondering a deep thought, and the next I’m watching bunnies frolic in the back yard while thinking about the report I have to accomplish at work later. How is a scatter-brained gal like me supposed to study the bible?
With a plan.
A plan is SO vital for me to be productive in my “quiet time”, as they call it. Over the last couple years, I have changed the way I approach God’s life giving Word and it has in turn changed me. I wanted to share it with you, not because my way is the right way, but because it is my desire that women recognize the treasure we have at our fingertips. I want us to recognize this like David did:
Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord; Teach me Your statutes.