Your Dose of Heresy for the Day

One of the things I love about reading the actual Bible is that you see stuff you’ve never heard anyone ever say before. Much of the Bible is ignored. There’s lots of stuff in there that no self-respecting theologian would ever utter.

Here’s an example from Solomon’s dedication of the temple. See if you can spot the heresy!

“Then hear thou in heaven, and do, and judge thy servants, condemning the wicked, to bring his way upon his head; and justifying the righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.”

Did you see it? Solomon wants God to “justify the righteous.” Whoa there Solomon! You can’t say that!

First off, I know Solomon is the smartest man in the world, but still, this doesn’t make sense. To “justify” means to make righteous. In essence he’s saying, “Make righteous the righteous.”

Secondly, no one else in Scripture has the nerve to state it the way Solomon does.

But maybe he’s on to something. Maybe, just maybe, even 1 Kings is inspired by God.

Proverbs says that it is an abomination to justify the wicked. This is supposed to be God’s great dilemma–how can sinners be justified then? Exodus 23:7 says that God will not justify the wicked.

But Paul says God justifies the ungodly. Do Paul, Moses and Solomon disagree?

3 thoughts on “Your Dose of Heresy for the Day”

  1. How does God justify the ungodly?
    Short answer– The Cross

    Contrary to popular world opinions and religions– the only way to be justified is by the blood of the Lamb.

    The wicked, are the ones who are trusting in self-righteous.

  2. Rather than restrict the term “justify the righteous” to personal salvation alone, I would see it in this light: God knows those who are his…but the world does not. Often those whom God has made righteous are actually called evil men, and falsely accused; and thereby, God and truth are also falsely accused through the treatment of His servants.

    To justify then, in this sense, is to reveal what the real case of the matter is. It involves declarations (ie. the spelling forth of the principles of His Word), and also demonstrations (ie. when circumstances take place that reveal the hidden thoughts of the accusers, and the innocency of the accused).

  3. The actual context of the “justify the righteous” has to do with sorting out a disagreement between two people who come to the tabernacle. He wants the righteous guy to win. It doesn’t have anything to do with salvation.

    One of the main points I try to make on this blog is “Remember the context.” It surely does clarify an awful lot and keeps people from heresy.

    Usually.

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