A Church Rejects the Bible

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.    2 Timothy 3:16–17

Pastor Josh Scott of a progressive church in Nashville, TN has come out in saying that the Bible is not the inerrant Word of God.  He says that “Saying that the Bible is inerrant and infallible, it absolves us of our responsibility to do what our ancestors did, which is to wrestle.”

This statement simply demonstrates a lack of understanding and recognition of world history.  He thinks that we should wrestle with issues and conflicts as our ancestors did!  Here’s the rub – our ancestors have committed atrocities since the beginning.  Cain wrestled with his relationship with God instead of simply accepting Him and that relationship.  The result was the first murder in human history; Cain killed his brother Able out of spite.

The Children of Israel wrestled in the same way after receiving God’s promise of prosperity, protection, and a “land flowing with milk and honey.”  Somehow, they couldn’t see their way to accepting such a benevolent relationship and suffered the consequences for hundreds of years!

Dachau

Let’s fast forward to the last hundred years, most notable World Wars one and two.  Mankind wrestled with politics, us vs. them, racial prejudice and hatred.  That wrestling produce millions of lives lost and millions more irreparably ruined.  That wrestling produced the Holocaust.

And Scott thinks this wrestling is good??

Scott also complains about the “divinely sanctioned” genocides recorded in the Bible.  It is true that those things happened, but to say they happened and ignore the entire situations is intellectually dishonest at the worst, ignorant at best.

The two such instances I can recall outright are first, Israel’s dealings with the Amalekites.  Second, we have the genocides recorded as Israel displaced the indigent peoples of the Land of Canaan.

The Amalekites.  This from Deuteronomy 25:17-19.

 “Remember what Amalek did to you on the way as you were coming out of Egypt, 18 how he met you on the way and attacked your rear ranks, all the stragglers at your rear, when you were tired and weary; and he did not fear God. 19 Therefore it shall be, when the Lord your God has given you rest from your enemies all around, in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to possess as an inheritance, that you will blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. You shall not forget.

This refers back to Exodus 17:8-14

Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, “Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11 And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses’ hands became [e]heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.”

This was an unprovoked attack by the Amalekites as the Israelites were making their way under God’s direction to Mt. Sinai.  God told Moses to record this incident and promised to blot them out.  Exodus recorded the first first part of the story, and Deuteronomy records the final execution.

By the way, another of Scott’s problems with the Bible is that he sees it more as a library collection of unrelated works, whereas it is actually one document, consistently recorded over centuries.

Then we have the multiple genocides of the occupants of Canaan.  But let’s get some context from Numbers 13.

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader among them.”

Bringing back a sample of fruit…

26 Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 Then they told him and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover, we saw the descendants of Anak there… 33 There we saw the giants (the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.”

Giants?  Where did they come from?  Let’s go back to Genesis 6:

Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

There is evidence of the Nephilim North America too!

And the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.” There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

A great evil occurred here.  The fallen angels, Satan’s cohorts, came to earth and took women, having sex with them.  This produced what many refer to as the Nephilim.  They are the bastard children of those beings who revolted against God, their Creator.  The Flood wiped out all mankind, but the Nephilim were produced again after The Flood.  The Book of Enoch goes into great detail about the Fallen Watchers and their doings with women.

The giants of Canaan were their descendants.  Of course, they needed to be wiped out!  God had done that once with The Flood but promised to never send another such flood.  The Israelites were to be His means of ridding the earth of this evil.

See?  The Bible is consistent book to book.  Genocides occurred, but they were the result of the evil of those who were wiped out.

One more of Scott’s arguments is that people have used the Bible as the justification for slavery, white supremacy, and more.  This is such an inane argument…I can only characterize it as sheer stupidity.  Scott is blaming the Source for others’ misuse of it.  What if you wrote something, and someone else misused your words to promote evil?  Should your writings be blamed and discredited?  Nuff said.

The Bible; consistent and inerrant.  Read it.  Learn it.  Study it.  Otherwise, you might find yourself ignorantly committing the same heresies as Scott.

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