Bible Punchers, you arrogant, fundamentalist Bible believing Christians!

 

Grant Swart

It seems to be far safer to proclaim chance or cosmic fate than to proffer the truth held in Scripture to devotees of the post-modern, word of faith, pseudo-charismatic gospel. Apparently, Bible believing Christians who dare to quote truth from Scripture are misguided, self-centered, overly enthusiastic and arrogant Bibliolaters. Even worse, they are regarded as fantastical red fairies who place way too much emphasis on the Word of God. According to any number of variations of post-modern thinkers, the same God who provided us with His written Word, also made sure that the church had charismatic opponents who could operate from within and who have been armed with personal revelation to refute those who advocate adherence to sola Scriptura.

Additionally, what is being most recklessly proclaimed by these morally enthused opponents, is the belief that Scripture can be interpreted in many ways, and that understanding of Scripture is reliant on the private message which the individual receives from Bible text. Many pastors and elders in the post-modern church deceptively proclaim that the Bible is simply a collection of rough guidelines and historic illustrations, which may or may not be relevant to the individual Christian’s life.

This according to some, is what referring to Scripture portrays. 

Often, the inferred seeker friendly message which proceeds from the microphone in the hands of the idolized preacher on the stage (I will refrain from calling it a pulpit), is that the “prospective” Christian need not spend much time in studying the Scriptures, as the truth will be supernaturally made available to them. Rather, they are to await some revelatory spiritual experience which will bring enlightenment or to be on the lookout for some extra-biblical sign which will provide guidance to the seeker. This much is clearly evident from the limited amount of time, and in certain instances there is none, which is dedicated to expository preaching during their shows (again, I feel compelled to not refer to these flamboyant fiascos as sermons).

Further to this, is the definition of what and who constitutes the Body of Christ, which has undergone a metamorphosis in the emergent and post-modern church. It is not a recent development that the definition of who has earned, or bought, the right to be identified as a Christian, has changed. Very soon after the Gospel had been taken to other regions by the apostles, heretical doctrine had begun to infiltrate the fledgling church (Gal 1:6-7). In seeker friendly and emergent circles it seems that the title of “Christian” is being reserved for moderates and ecumenicals tolerant of all manner of religious persuasions and for those who refrain from exposing heresies, false teachers and false doctrines.

It is a tragic indictment of these churches that it is not the unrepentant criminals, evil societal misfits, blasphemers and professing Christians who are the most distrusted of members among them, but rather those who endorse Scriptural truth and refuse to compromise on the fundamentals of God’s Word. Additionally, it seems that the church groups who regard biblical Christians as being “Bible Punchers”, have no regard whatsoever for those souls who are lost in sin and in real danger of eternal separation from God. They will be lost because they will not be presented with the truth. Faith comes solely from hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17), and that Word is found only in the Bible. Therefore, if those who uphold the Word are simply “Bible Punchers”, by what means, if any, do their opponents suggest their commission be fulfilled (Matt 28:19, 20) of making disciples of all nations and teaching them to obey His Word?

Partial motivation for me having written this blog post was provided by a few mindless comments made recently by some old “friends” on one of the social media networks. I have personally found no use for any of the social networks, therefore I am not a member of any of them and the comments needed to pointed out to me by one of my children. Knowing that this sort of behaviour is commonly encountered in the social media, I was nevertheless convinced by the sheer foolishness of those commentators to respond as I have done here.

The comment in question concerned my wife (co-admin on this blog), and the sovereign authority of the Word of God. Typical of the adherents to the post-modern church, the commentators attempted to make the point that, due to the fact that my wife constantly refers to Scripture when answering questions related to the Christian walk and faith, she was by definition of that approach, a “Bible Puncher”. Now, a comment such as that, which is an attempt to humiliate the believer, begs the obvious question as to how the commentators themselves could claim to be Christians, and to simultaneously have held the Word of God in such low esteem? I suppose I might very well have been wrong in assuming that the commentators had regarded themselves as Christians. If that was the case, it would very well explain their indiscretion.

In and around the same thread, one of these commentators made the remark that he seemed surprised by the amount of Scripture which my wife had employed in support of her point. He/she asked the question as to where my wife had found “so much” Scripture. I suppose the commentator would have preferred her to express a personal opinion, which would have been easier to further attack than the boring old Bible texts. This presents us with three possibilities. 1) He had made a failed attempt at a joke. 2) He was being sarcastic in feigning surprise at the use of Scripture, because in that instance the correct application of that Scripture had completely refuted his argument. 3) He truly was an undiscerning and surprised unbeliever.

Let us very briefly investigate the commentators attitude. No Christian could ever fail to delight in reading or hearing the Word, it could never be “too much” Scripture for a believer. Therefore, in the instance of that commentator, all three the above possibilities become certainties. His/her comment was not even mildly amusing, his/her attempt at sarcasm was a dismal failure, his/her argument was fully refuted by the Scripture presented, his/her actions were not those of a Christian.

It never fails to amaze the believer – that is the regularity with which professing Christians present the misguided utterances of so-called charismatic pastors, or sometimes even their personal experiences, as being of higher authority than the Bible. But, when the sheep who follow Christ, in humility and service towards others, impart the smallest portion of His written truth, they are labeled “Bible Punchers” by those professing Christians. By those actions and attitudes those professing Christians (and those who simply deny Christ), certainly distinguish themselves as prize goats.

In how much contempt are the truly new born children of God held by these unbelieving professors of Christ? True believers, who do not simply offer personal opinion but uphold Scripture as the truth, are dismissed as antinomian odd-balls or Bible Punchers. They are regarded as holders of high doctrine who have departed from the popular practice of pulling down God’s Word to agree with the fancies of men. They are seen as narrow-minded bigots intent on forcing hard to understand, dry and severe biblical truth onto professing Christians. The very truths held in the Bible for which our church fathers were martyred, are now regarded as infamous tools in the hands of Bible Punchers.

The salt of the earth have become outcasts from the so-called “anointed” and “new spiritual” churches, churches who prefer to bow down before Baal and Mammon and to follow deceived preachers of another gospel and another Jesus. Professing Christians have become careless about what they believe and equally careless about where they receive instruction. Misguided magazines and books, deceived and demonic ministries, false faith healers, preachers of the prosperity and social gospel, have replaced the Bible. As commonly encountered as are discarded cans, have become those who offer useless “gems” of wisdom which they have gleaned from the humanistic and social gospel of preachers such as the likes of Angus Buchan, Joel Osteen, Joyce Meyer, TD Jakes and Rick Warren, to name but a few.

Charles Spurgeon pointed out most aptly that the sin of this age is impurity of doctrine and laxity of faith. The blame for having let the doctrines of demons and men invade the church must be laid squarely on the shoulders of those who do not search for the truth themselves (Act 17:11, 2 Cor 13:5, 1 Thes 5:21). Rather, they allow themselves to be emotionally overwhelmed and convinced by eloquent preachers who are passionate about proclaiming the social gospel of tolerance toward all things which seem moral and acceptable to man. Yes, I know three verses is a lot of Scripture for the unbeliever to cope with, but I make no apologies for that. I am not ashamed of the Truth.

The social gospel creates a marriage between fire and water, forges a union between salvation by works and salvation through faith alone, preaches a non-judgmental attitude toward false doctrine, allows alliances to be formed between heaven and hell, and encourages adherents to not spend time in studying the Word of God. This same gospel teaches that man can motivate God to bring about his salvation by following an admirable lifestyle. That gospel tells us that God has a will and desire for all men to be healthy and rich. That gospel teaches that God longs for us to be His friends and that He is waiting in the hope that we accept His friendship request. That gospel calls for Bible believing Christians to be titled Bible Punchers.

The social gospel promotes the understanding that all men are brethren regardless of what they regard as the truth and that truth is relative to the interpretation of the individual. That gospel preaches that God is simply a God of love, even when challenged by the truth that He clearly hates some men (Rom 9:13). Different truths now hold sway for different folks, different forms of the Gospel can apply to people of different cultures and belief systems.

To assist the goats who follow the social gospel, the one which promotes an abstinence from Bible reading, I include the following. We should read the Bible because it is the only form of God’s Word to us. It answers all questions which pertain to life everlasting. It is reliable and without error, even though the emergent church sees the canon and prophecy as being a work in progress, (but then again, they also see Bible believers as Bible Punchers J). We should read the Bible because we have the ability to test it, to check it against history, science and against itself. We should read the Bible because there is no other way to recognize false teaching.

The Bible gives us a measuring stick by which we can distinguish truth from error… and to distinguish Bible believers from Bible Punchers. The Bible equips us with the knowledge of how to serve God and how to be saved. Reading the Bible enables us to identify sin and to find ways of dealing with it. We should not merely read the Bible, but we should study it so that we can apply it, otherwise it is like swallowing food without chewing it and then spitting it out. It then offers no nutritional value.

The Bible is God’s Word and as such is as binding as the law of gravity. You can choose to ignore it to your own detriment, but you cannot escape the truths held in it. Contrary to what the social gospel teaches, the Bible is not about us, it is about Jesus. We should take our eyes off ourselves and look at Jesus in the Bible. Despite all that the social gospel would have us believe, the Bible is not a book given to dole out moral lessons, it is a book given to us to teach us about Christ. If you are not interested in learning from the only source at our disposal from which we can learn about our Lord and Saviour, don’t read the Bible and don’t criticize those who do. It is a simple choice you are free to make. But don’t be a goat by uttering mindless, idiotic, waste of time, divisive and ridiculing comments about those who are drawn to the Holy Scriptures, by calling them Bible Punchers.

One of the commentators whose anti-biblical retorts moved me to write the short article above, publicly stated that he was glad that he had no red fairies at the bottom of his garden. That may well be something to be pleased about, as I would presume that red fairies could be intimidating creatures to a strong middle aged man of above average physical stature. What I am more certain about, is that red fairies would certainly appear to be truly fearsome in gardens where the Word is not the sole authority and therefore where the Spirit of God is unwelcome.

If what I have written in this article has unduly offended any true brother or sister, I most humbly ask for your forgiveness for my fallible indiscretion. If, however, it is my referral to the truth in Scripture which has caused the offense, I offer no apology whatsoever, for of that I was not the author and Scripture was written with the intent of causing offense to those who deny its absolute authority.

I recently took a look at my wife’s hands. What struck me was the fact that her knuckles are soft and her dainty fingers do not resemble those of a boxer. Somehow one would have expected them to look a little different after years of Bible Punching.

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5 thoughts on “Bible Punchers, you arrogant, fundamentalist Bible believing Christians!

  1. I needed to read this this morning. I had a ‘discussion’ with my best friend on a run this morning about the church that I go to who has subscribed the Kay Arthur, Priscilla Shirer and Beth Moore DVD’s for the ladies retreat. I wrote the pastor and asked whether they have in fact scrutinised these DVD’s in order to make sure that the teachings are sound? and I had no reply but, my friend then told me to be careful as I could loose the joy of Jesus. What??? I then had to hear how we should look at Jesus and what he stood for which is love and service. So I am also one of those Bible Punchers and it is not always easy. I just know that we are called to be watchmen and I find myself, (the second time in less than 3 days) when I get home that I should have quoted this Scripture or that Scripture. I can only pray that the Holy Spirit will lead me into all truth and that we will stay standing no matter how tough it gets out there. Paul says in Phil 4:9 “the things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you”. I know that he certainly was a Bible Puncher and I KNOW that God will continue the work in us as we continue in his Word.

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    • Dear Hester
      The words spoken by your friend, sounds so familiar , you are not alone , I have also been there. Will be praying for you to stand strong dear Hester. No, it is not always easy to speak the truth in love. People caught in false churches only want to hear things that tickle the ears , because their ears are itchy. 2Ti_4:3 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,

      The true believer can never loose their salvation. Ask your friend to give you Scripture where it says “to be careful as I could loose the joy of Jesus” Just thinking about Jesus cleansing the Temple again brings to mind the article I placed Was Jesus Polite to False Teachers? read it here :https://fortheloveofhistruth.com/2011/06/27/was-jesus-polite-to-false-teachers-2/

      Jesus warned us about the false teachers , wolves in sheep clothing, Mat_7:15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Mat_24:11 And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray.
      Mat_24:24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.
      There are more verses warning about this trough the NT.

      Every believer must be discerning, if fact it is a sin to be undiscerning.
      Romans 1:26-32
      New King James Version (NKJV)
      26 For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. 27 Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due.

      28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality,[a] wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, 30 backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 31 undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving,[b] unmerciful; 32 who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them.

      We are to test everything and be like the Berean’s and search the Scriptures daily to see if these things are so. 1John 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.
      Act 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

      If we read the book of Jude , it becomes clear that judgement on false teacher will be hard. There is a book I read called The Truth War by John MacArthur, If you can I suggest you also read this book, explaining why we should always fight the good fight and guard our hearts and warn others. Here is a link to the book. If you have trouble getting it, let me know, then I will give a books stores name and details that may order it for you. The link I am giving also has the Kindle version , not sure if you have a Kindle though. http://www.amazon.com/The-Truth-War-Certainty-Deception/dp/0785262636

      I posted a little article called Voices across the Big Wide Ocean and me reading The Truth War of John MacArthur you can read it here , there is an important message we must remember that I posted :https://fortheloveofhistruth.com/2011/11/21/voices-across-the-big-wide-ocean-and-me-reading-the-truth-war-of-john-macarthur/

      Hester stand strong and hope to hear from you soon 🙂 Jud 1:3 Beloved, although I was very eager to write to you about our common salvation, I found it necessary to write appealing to you to contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.

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  2. You are not alone, Hester… I have been called a Christian fundamentalist by my own brother, lol! All I say to that is Yay! I must be doing something right. They hang these little labels around your neck. Through-out the world the word fundamentalist is more and more being associated with terrorist, so you can start to see one of the reasons you’ll be persecuted for busy developing.

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  3. Hi there. Being called a “fundamentalist” is an honorary title in my book and thus, if somebody calls me a fundamentalist, I respond with “Thank you”.

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  4. Thank you for a great read. Your passion and Love for our divine spiritual leader The Lord Jesus -was felt – Defender of The faith in The resurrected Christ; It is Who we are in Christ; end times prophets; faithful unto ” The end”.
    Our faith is in.:The revelation of Christ which God gave to John to The churches. Revelation 1-3. Stand firm for The WORD Brother. God Bless you and family.

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