It seems that every generation brings forth a new wannabe Bible scholar who has somehow figured out what those prior to them have missed. Because of their superior enlightenment they are able to read more clearly and understand more deeply how God really wants us to worship Him, and they are generally very happy to share with you their new way of viewing God’s Word. They want to tell you why they no longer believe that adding mechanical instruments of music to the worship is wrong, why they have ceased to believe that the Bible speaks against the use of alcohol or why they no longer think that we must remember the death of our Savior every week in the taking of the Lord’s supper.
In their personal study of the Bible they have found a new way to look at the Word of God and they reject the old paths, relegating those teachings to tired tradition or first century culture. They feel that it is their duty, as the enlightened ones, to bring the Lord’s church into the modern day and to remove the blinders installed by old fashioned preachers who believe that the Bible means exactly what it says. What they generally fail to notice is something that Solomon pointed out almost 3000 years ago when he said “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 emphasis added). In reality the new wannabe scholar is nothing more than a copycat of every self-centered apostate that has come before them, and the world has always been full of those who want to make religion fit their own lifestyle or their own preference.
When the religiously weak-minded decides that God’s way is too restrictive they jump out of the narrow path and join the broad way where life is so much easier. After all, why should you make difficult life changes when you can simply change your religion and live as you please? There is no longer need to debate against denominations when you join their ranks, and imagine how fast you could fill the pews in your church if you simply remove all those annoying restrictions that have been taught by those Bible purists over the years. Life may be simpler in the broad way but that path still only leads to destruction (see Matthew 7:31ff).
God’s Word is not to be trifled with. The inspired apostle Paul told Timothy almost 2000 years ago:
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables (2 Timothy 4:2-4).
Paul warned the young preacher to stand firm in the doctrine because there would be those who wish to pervert the Word of God, and there would be those who would only want “easy listening” sermons instead of the truth of God’s Word.
Satan is tireless in his efforts to lead Christians away from the truth:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world (1 Peter 5:8-9).
It is not the Bible that compels these wannabe Bible scholars to depart from the narrow road, it is the world:
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever (1 John 2:16-17).
Stick to the narrow way, as rigid as it is, if heaven is your goal. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it (Matthew 7:14).
Continue daily in your Bible study so that when someone wants to show you some new way to view God’s Word you can discern the truth.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth (2Timothy 2:15).
Let us worship God the way the first century church worshipped God, and remember there is nothing new under the sun.