Most Evangelicals pride themselves in holding to a more Biblical worldview. The worldview would include that the authority in a Believer’s life is the Word of God, the Bible. Often you will hear people say, “But is it Biblical?” or “That isn’t a Biblical concept,” etc.
In my lifetime, I have noticed how people will use the Bible as a source to support a theory or a doctrine that they feel is important for people to know.
Let me give you a couple of examples that I think will help explain my point:
1. Removing the Gifts of Prophet and Apostle.
Some teach that the Gifts of Prophet and Apostle from the list of the Five Gifts mentioned in Ephesians 4:11 were only for the First Century before the word of God was canonized and distributed to the Church. It is fine if someone wants to accept this as truth … but it is not Biblical. It is opinion, and only an educated guess that is based upon a false understanding of the Holy Spirit and the Gifts of Prophet and Apostle. Those who believe in this doctrine should say, “It is my opinion,” or to be even more precise, it is “Biblical speculation." The Bible does not tell us that these Gifts have been removed, that is speculation based on Verses in 1 Corinthians 13 that have nothing to do God removing these Gifts. It is interesting to me that all Scripture is good for the following:
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.
God has not removed anything from His Word … man has removed it through the doctrine he has created.
2. The Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the Church. Some teach that this is the only way to believe because God would not put His people through His Wrath, therefore the removal of the Church makes sense prior to His Wrath being unleased upon the unbelieving. Nice thought, but again speculation. It is true we are not destined to experience His Wrath as in Scripture:
1 Thessalonians 5 9For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him.
I have always believed this as well, yet, I always say: “This is what I prefer, to be removed as the church prior to God’s wrath, but I don’t know if that is God’s plan.” Again, it’s not up to me what I prefer, it's up to God as to when He Plans the extraction. It's easy to get caught up in strongly believing something, and still miss God along the way.
Some have been so arrogant in their belief that they have actually ignored Jesus’ words, “no man knows the hour or the day.”
Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knows no man, not the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but My Father only.
My point in raising this issue is simple.
We speculate on things we do not know, and we teach our guesses and opinions as if they were clearly written in the Scriptures. This is what I call Biblical speculation … it may come true, but it may not. In Prophecy, we know what the Lord said is true, but we are not always aware of the when. Such is the case of His Return; we know it is coming, but it is designed by God not to reveal the when. That bothers us, so we have people constantly trying to pinpoint a decision that only belongs to God. We call it speculation.
I do believe that God lets us in on the season, but it remains a mystery as to the when. I believe we are to be prepared to go when the Trumpet Sounds, or we get prepared to stay. In either case, the optimum word is, “prepared.” The Scriptures Teach us to watch and pray and always be ready, for the thief (the Lord) comes at an unexpected time.
Listen to the Scriptures and not to people who say they speak for the Lord. There are too many people saying the wrong things about Prophecy today. The Scriptures tell you all you need to know, and what Scripture doesn’t tell you, you don’t need to know … you just Trust the Lord.
When it comes to eliminating Gifts or predicting the day of the Lord, you can rest assured that if the Bible doesn’t mention any elimination and doesn’t mention the day or hour of His Return, then don’t let others tell you differently.
Keeping Life Honest and Truthful … Larry Kutzler