American Pickers is one of my favorite TV shows. Mike and Frank travel the country buying rusty gold, old rusty stuff that they turn around and sell for profit.
I find the show entertaining and educational. I also like the idea of collectibles and making money by paying attention.
This show got me to thinking about theology.
No really, it did.
I got to thinking, what about all those old rusty verses in your Bible, the ones that aren’t underlined. What if you went back and “bought those,” cleaned em up, and put them to use?
I believe that most denominational divides were created by what verses each group decided to ignore.
A guy once explained how the Bible and theology work together by saying,
Every relevant verse should impact what you believe. If you were to eliminate a verse from the Bible, or rather, if God had never put that verse in the Bible, how would your theology change?
If your answer is, “It wouldn’t change a thing,” you might be in trouble.
For instance, your view of Eternal Security (which we talked about yesterday). What if Ezekiel 33 weren’t in the Bible, how would your view of Eternal Security change? What if John 15 was gone?
If your answer is, “It wouldn’t change at all, amen.” Then I think you should review those passages and review your understanding of Eternal Security.
That is just one doctrine. If the Bible didn’t include 1 Corinthians 15:1-4, how would your understanding of the Gospel change?
If the Bible didn’t contain Romans 9, how would your view of God change?
If the Bible didn’t contain Romans 4, how would your understanding of justification change?
Each relevant passage has something to add to your understanding of a doctrine. There are many people who pretend as though some of these passages don’t exist, which, of course, doesn’t mean they don’t exist!
God said them, By every word in the Bible we will be judged.
I fear for those who so confidently ignore passages of Scripture. I can just imagine their defense on Judgment Day, “But God, you know how I explained how you didn’t mean that.”
Find those rusty old passages, the ones you threw out back. Go dig them out, polish them up, and bring them back into the light. Let them shape your doctrine.
The Bible is a two-edged sword, able to cut. Don’t let it get rusty and dull. Be willing to let it cut you deeply. You’ll be better off afterwards.