Have you ever been accused of saying something that you didn’t say? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? Or maybe, somebody twisted your words to say what they wanted them to say. Also very frustrating. It happens all the time. We see it in politics on both sides of the aisle every day. Sometimes when our words are misrepresented, we just have to let things go. People are going to think what they want to think. We know what we said, and hopefully, the truth will come out one day. But sometimes, we have the chance to clarify our words and set the record straight. Those times feel good.
God has spoken to us through His word, the Bible. It’s all right there in black and white (and red if Jesus said it). But even though it is written down for us, there is still the temptation to twist His words around to say what we want them to say. How do you think that makes God feel? He is probably frustrated just like we are when our words are twisted around. And in a culture that is more and more Bible illiterate, it seems that God’s words are getting twisted around more frequently. That’s not a good trend.
In October, we will be going through a sermon series called “God Never Said That.” We will look at a few statements that people often claim are in the Bible, but God never actually said. Overall, we will be emphasizing how important it is to know what God really did say in His Word.