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In a recent interview with author Rick Warren, interviewer Piers Morgan said the Bible was “inherently flawed” and that “it’s time for an amendment” to the Bible. Specifically, he was talking about how the Bible needs an amendment to allow for “gay rights.”

Morgan’s sentiments remind me of an e-mail I recently received from a man who believes Christianity needs to be overhauled and the Bible needs a “second version.” The e-mailer believes that it is “unfair” to expect people to follow rules that were written “2,000 years ago.” This e-mailer was also outraged by the Bible’s prohibitions on certain sexual behaviors.

These people, it seems, are okay with there being a God. They are okay with God having a book (the Bible). They are just not okay with God saying things in His book with which they disagree. So, they reason, God’s book should be changed so God agrees with them. How audacious man can be!

“If God and man do not agree,” they seem to say, “God needs to change His rules so that they reflect man’s wisdom, learning, and culture.” This, of course, is nothing new; but it is just as heartbreaking now as it ever was.

Sadly, there are many who are doing just as Piers Morgan suggest; they are amending the Bible to suit their own desires. A book has been published recently entitled The Queen James Bible. It is self-described as, “a gay Bible.” The publisher promotes it as being, “based on The King James Bible, edited to prevent homophobic misinterpretation.”

Christians must stand strong in this battle. We must be outspoken and loving. We must teach people that there is absolute truth. Scripture was absolute truth when it was written and it is absolute truth today. Scripture is not “inherently flawed,” in fact it is perfect. It is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17).

The charge Paul gave to Timothy in the fourth chapter, is just as fitting today as it was then:

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

I love you and the God of the Bible loves you,

Wes McAdams

Hundreds of inmates in a Mississippi prison, which houses illegal immigrants, rioted this past Sunday. One prison guard was beaten to death; several others were seriously injured. Many would read this story and think about our country’s illegal immigration problem. Others, would read this and blame the company that runs the prison. However, in some ways, I honestly blame myself; myself and thousands of other Christians.

Many of us are guilty, because we know the solution, yet are doing little to deal with the problem. The real solution is not in electing new officials, passing new laws, or even enforcing old laws. These things may very well be necessary, but only deal with the symptoms of the problem. The real problem is that these souls have made themselves slaves of sin (Romans 6:16). They are trapped in a hopeless and meaningless existence.

There is only one solution to their problem, and chances are you know the solution. You know that their only hope is the Gospel; the Good News of Jesus Christ. It is only by hearing, believing, and obeying the Gospel, that these violent men can be “set free from sin” (Romans 6:7).

Young kids, growing up on the streets, in this country and around the world, need to hear the message of God’s grace. They need to hear about Jesus Christ. They need to hear about salvation. That’s what will keep them out of prison in the first place.

[box] Titus 2:11-12, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.”[/box]

And for those who are already in prison, this may be the best time of their life to hear the gospel. Many of them have hit rock bottom. They are desperate for a change of life. Plus, they often have the time to sit for hours studying the Word of God. If we would only reach out to them with the Gospel, many of them would receive it gladly.

Thankfully, there are congregations of the Lord’s church who are teaching and preaching to those who are incarcerated. J. Randal Matheny wrote a post recently about the Baker Heights congregation, in Abilene, Texas. That congregation recently baptized eight souls, from the Taylor County Jail, into Christ. I am so thankful for Christians who understand the urgency of reaching people with the gospel.

The question is this, if we know the gospel is the solution to this horrible problem, how do we not shoulder some responsibility if we fail to teach and preach it?

[box] Romans 10:14, “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?”[/box]

Events like this prison riot are a sobering reminder that the responsibility for changing the world belongs to those who know the Good News; we must share what we know with a lost and dying world!

I love you and God loves you,

Wes McAdams