Christian Biblical-ism.

Biblical-ism as practiced by religious biblicists within Christendom today, emphasizes the approach that the Bible, including their interpretation of it, is the exclusive authority for denominational belief, is without error in content and translation, is infallible and is the guide for their particular flavor of religious belief and activity.

I am not questioning the the role of scripture as to its authority or historical value, nor its use when applied in the manner God provided the scriptures to validate His intent for the Community of the Redeemed within the Community of Humanity.

However, if it worked as religious denominations believe, there would not be the myriad of different religious sects or the variety of different interpretations that denominated biblicists have reached in their interpretation of the bible. The idolization of the bible to where it is placed above the living Word (Christ) is the result of misguided approach of biblical-ism and its inability to live up to its proponent claims.

Living under “bible authority” rather than the authority of Christ has led to bible idolization to where a believer's spiritual status is determined because of supposed biblical inerrancy in the matter of its content and translation, as to everything that a denomination claims it affirms regarding doctrine, theology, history, ethics and christian living.

With this approach the bible becomes a rule book that enslaves people just as the Jewish people became enslaved to the Torah...their John 10:34-35 reveals. The Pharisees...the Torah biblicists...misused the Torah to oppose and discredit Jesus, today we have religious denominations hiding behind the supposedly inerrant infallibility of the bible to oppose Jesus and His gospel of grace and the freedom that He brings.

Bible idolatry is an act of worship of the bible that should be ascribed solely to God (John 9:35-38). The scripture has no saving ability of which the Christ-denying Pharisees were informed of in John 5:39...only faith in Jesus has saving ability (Rom. 3:22-26).

The purpose of Scripture is to bear witness to Christ (John 5:39; 20:31). The Bible in itself is not the Word of God. The Word of God is a person (John 1:1). Neither does the Bible have life, power or light in itself any more than did the Jewish Torah. Life is not in the book, as the Pharisees supposed, but only in the Man of the book points us to (John 5:39).

The Bible is therefore to be valued because of its testimony to Jesus Christ. The Bible is absolutely trustworthy and reliable for the purpose it was given...pointing us to Jesus and our salvation through faith in Him (2 Tim. 3:15).

We need to stop misusing the Bible as though it were a source of inerrant proof-texts by which people are brought into bondage to religious traditions rules and regulation or to shoot down other people who do not agree with our denomination's interpretation of it. In reality the only inerrancy defended by denominations is the inerrancy of religious traditions and the denominated way of interpreting the Bible. Believers should not be using the Bible like Pharisees used the Torah when they gave it absolute and final authority. Religious biblicism is no different from Jewish legalism. It is the old way of the letter of the law, not the new way of the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 7:6).

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