Tell me what the bible says, not what you think or want it to say.

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The Bible: God’s Word

I don’t mean to offend faithful bible students but I do want to get the attention of so many teachers and students who preach as ‘gospel’  the bible says things that it actually doesn’t say at all. Be true to the text not your particular slant on scripture.

There are too many, so-called ‘bible students,’ making ridiculous claims about what the bible says when a very casual reading makes one wonder, “How did you get that out of the text?” Prophecy is an area of study in which so many wild claims are put forward as quote, “what the bible says” when the bible doesn’t say any such thing. Many teachers, and casual readers of God’s Word who repeat those teachers, make statements of fact that are not fact at all.

We need to stop saying “The bible says,” when in fact the bible doesn’t say.

The Lord had some stinging rebukes of so-called prophets who said, “the Lord declares,” when he never said what they claimed he said. We should take seriously the Lord’s rebuke and not claim God is saying something when he is not.

Case in point:

I was recently reading through some comments on a video blog post. I agreed with some points and disagreed with others. Nothing unusual about that. I came across one comment in which the commenter referenced a scripture but put things in that were either a fabrication of his own mind or of that of a teacher he follows without question.

Here’s the comment:

“The bible prophesies a seven-year period that will immediately precede the battle of Armageddon and the second coming of Jesus to earth. Many important events are foretold to occur during this final seven years. The seven-year period will begin when a peace agreement is reached between Israelis and Palestinians with the support of the international Community.”

God’s Word does not say anything about a peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Nothing! Nowhere! That is being put into the text to make it fit the turmoil in the nation of Israel right now, today. I’m fairly sure I know where this biblical reference came from but I’ll leave it to the reader to research it. Instead I’ll issue a challenge to anyone. Show me one verse in the bible that says the tribulation period begins with a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. I’ll wait while you scurry through the text looking for one. For those not scurrying, I’ll give the answer, There isn’t such a verse.

Here’s God rebuke toward those who says “the Lord declares” when he never said any such thing.

Ezekiel 13:1-8

  1. Your prophets have been like jackals among ruins, O Israel.
  2. You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the LORD.
  3. They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the LORD,’ when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word.
  4. Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Declares the LORD,’ although I have not spoken?”
  5. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord GOD.
  6. My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
  7. Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Declares the LORD,’ although I have not spoken?”
  8. Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord GOD.

Many times, past and present, people speak on behalf of the Lord and declare things he has not spoken. Many put things into the text of scripture that are not there. If there are no Palestinians in the text, don’t put them in there. They do not belong. They don’t belong in the land of Israel either but that’s another story for another day.

Keep it simple student!

Just teach what’s in the text.

The Claywriter