John G. Mitchell. He always used to say,
“Don’t you folks ever read your Bibles?”
I wish he was still here. He died in 1990
at the age of 97, but I heard him enough
to get the message: we need to read and
know our Bibles if we are going to live for
Christ in this world.
I am troubled by something I see hap-
pening in the body of Christ. Christians,
the people who bear the name and im-
age of God, are trending away from the
truth of God’s Word and careening to-
ward fear-based living. This generation
of Christians is in a full-blown spiritual
crisis. We’re listening to everyone but
God. We’re not reading our Bibles. In
turn, we’re not teaching our children to
read their Bibles!
Brothers and sisters, read your Bibles!
God is not silent on the issues we are
facing today. God’s views on sin can be
clearly seen in the Bible.
While we cannot (and should not)
expect the world to understand or ap-
ply God’s Word to their lives, surely we
can—and should—expect those who
claim the name of Jesus Christ to live by
God’s standard. When we sanction sin,
we are in sin. And we are more prone
to do that when we are not reading our
Romans 8: 5-8 tells us that when we
live by our flesh, we have our minds on
what our flesh desires. Many of us (for
a variety of reasons) are doing nothing
short of granting a license to live by the
flesh, which is the opposite of living by
We are living in a world that is full of
fearful, spiritually immature Christians.
Rather than learn to rightly apply God’s
Read Your Bible!
Our lack of Biblical knowledge has made us
impotent in the spiritual battle we are facing.
Heidi St. John