The major religions of the world began when men began to interpret the Bible. This has been and continues to be a major mistake, interpretation comes from the thoughts and feelings of the human brain. It is a feeble attempt of man to make God’s Word fit man’s agenda. I was born and raised in the Catholic church and I love Catholics. I was led to believe only Catholics had the truth and only Catholics were saved on account of water baptism. Catholics believe Mary is the mother of God and therefore she is the co-savior of the world. They believe that she is a virgin, they don’t acknowledge that she had at least six kids with her husband Joseph. They further believe that priests can’t marry because Peter never married, the Bible says Jesus healed Peter’s “mother-in-law”!
2 Peter 1:20-21 You must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.
The Holy Ghost said exactly and precisely what God wanted said, He left nothing for interpretation. There is one thing we must keep in mind, the Bible was not written to Americans, it was written to Jews. This leaves no excuse to misunderstand what the Lord is saying to all men. We have enough translations of the Bible that we can readily understand what the Lord is saying to His church.
John 16:13 When the Holy Spirit of truth is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He will not speak of Himself but whatsoever He hears, that shall He speak.
The Holy Spirit is the Teacher of the Church. How can He instruct the church of Jesus Christ if He is not accepted? This Scripture informs us that the Holy Spirit has a voice that He uses to lead the church into ALL truth. Religion has managed to marginalize the present-day ministry of the Holy Ghost. All religions acknowledge the Holy Spirit but they have their own “interpretation” of His calling. Some religions portray Him as a bird, a nonfunctioning white dove. The Holy Spirit is not a bird, He is the third person of the God-head, He is God the Holy Ghost. Religion has an identity crisis, it does not know who God is. They have put Him in their mold as they have interpreted Him to be.
Mathew 15:6 You have made the commandment of God of none effect by YOUR tradition.
If you do a study of God’s ten commandments, you will conclude that they were given to cause men to walk in love. Jesus said: If you love Me, keep My commandments. When we walk in love we put ourselves in a place where God can give us maximum blessings. Men have a tendency to modify His commandments so that in their mind they can “legally” compromise the Word of God. The most commonly played trump card of religion is this: God is love. If God is love, that means He wants me to be happy and I know what makes me happy! Only a fool would interpret the Bible for the purpose of fulfilling his lusts.
Pastor Jerry Lamping
Born and raised in Helena, MT, has been a Pastor for over 20 years.