There are two ways to look at the Bible.
The first way is when your knowledge of scripture is used as a trump card.
In this context, the Bible changes from the ultimate source of transformative power–salvation, repentance, and grace–to a weapon used to win a game, i.e. a trump card.
Certainly the Word of God is a weapon, but the weapon described in the scriptures is always to be used for edification, as a catalyst for change.
Trust me. The piercing effects of scripture will tear down all strongholds and sin and any barriers that hold you back from the full freedom of a grace-filled life.
Games of manipulation and great shows of your general awesomeness are not needed.
Too many times, Christians get into sword fights with each other. Healthy debate is okay, discipleship is okay.
But all out war to show off your spiritual prowess?
This needs to end. There is one body of Christ.
It’s time to walk towards that reality instead of using the Bible as a weapon against each other.
Quit using the Bible as a trump card.
Quit saying, “Boo yah! In your face!” and then walking away.
It’s not helping anyone.
I told you there are two ways to view the Bible. Tomorrow we’ll talk about the second way, the best way.