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GURUISM AT THE CHURCH HOUSE

By Steve Van Nattan

Are you letting other men do all the Bible studying for you?




2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Most Christians read that verse and figure, "That is for preachers and seminary Ph.D.s. I don't need to worry about Bible study as long as I have a good preacher."

Who was the following said about, only preachers?

2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

There is NO title "Man of God" in the New Testament which is exclusively for pastors. Check it out. The "Man of God" is you. And, God gave you the Bible for YOU to study.

 

So, let us look closer at what God expects of you as he works to make a Bible student out of every Bible believer.

THE PROBLEM

FOLLOW ME

Who said that?

Matthew 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

Jesus did not say, "Follow Pastor Smith." That is what the Pope says. The Roman Catholic Church, during the Dark Ages, promoted the doctrine that the Bible was much to tricky for the average man to read and study. Catholics were told to not read the Bible. Rather, they were told that the Priest would study the Bible and tell them what it meant. That heresy lasted hundreds of years and was still the standard teaching when I was a kid. The Popes, in recent years, have modified this to actually tell Catholics to read their Bibles, but they still discourage study of the Bible without a Priest to be in charge.

But, Fundamental Baptists, and many other denominations, teach a new version of the same old Catholic heresy. It goes like this, "You follow me, and I will follow Jesus." Sam Gipp, noted Fundamental Baptist apologist, put it another way, "There is one man who stands between your family and Hell..... your pastor."

This is nothing but guruism, the same wretched philosophy that the gurus of India and Hinduism teach. It is also the false religion of the dumb sheep that follow men like Joel Osteen, John MacArthur, and Benny Hinn. I know of people who have all of John MacArthur's sermons on CD. They think that, by listening to CD sermons, they will become spiritually mature. The problem is, what if John MacArthur gets something wrong, as I show you elsewhere in this journal? If MacArthur is your guru, you will be at least as wrong as he is on many topics from the Bible. Type "John MacArthur" into the search box in the header of this page to see some of his errors dealt with in this journal.

Finally, you are guruized if you come faithfully to my journal and assume that you will get all the teaching you need from me. I am NOT the final authority. The Bible is. We will talk about this more below.

 

 

THE PROMISE

When a Pope or Baptist preacher tries to park between you and Jesus Christ, that man is a heretic and needs to be run off and replaced at once.

John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

1 Corinthians 2:13 Which things also we (Apostles) speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

The Apostles' teachings were often included by the Holy Spirit in the canon of the New Testament. There were other times when the Apostles' teachings were not included in the New Testament, such as Paul's letter to the Laodiceans. This means that, because the Apostles were men like you, they were not always under inspiration, and the Holy Spirit made sure you got ONLY the teachings which God approved of. Why would you want to hand over the study of those Bible texts to someone else when the Holy Spirit wants to teach you personally?

1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.

The Holy Ghost has come to EVERY born again believer at the time he confessed his faith in Jesus Christ. 1 John 2:27 above says that he abides in you. That means that the Holy Spirit does not leave you for any reason. John 14 above tells you that the Holy Ghost will bring into your memory the things that Jesus taught. That is why we need to study the Bible. Only by study of the Word will the Holy Ghost be able to remind us of the truth. This rubbish talk from Charismatics that they got a special revelation from God is a lot of horse leavings. It is ONLY by study of the Word of God that anyone can receive any of the truth from God.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Hebrews 5:12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
13 For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

The reason so many believers are off into cults and following James Dobson and Joel Osteen is because they absolutely refuse to exercise their senses with "strong meat." By this, the Apostle was talking about study of the Word of God. He was rebuking the Hebrew Christians for being lazy and trusting someone else to study for them.

Are you a "babe," sucking on your bottle, or are you a real meat eating man of God?

It has gotten so bad that, in recent years, that pastors have resorted to feeding their people milk on purpose. This is because if those preachers plow deep and teach strong meat, these weak sissy Christian men will grab their families and run off to find a milk sucking preacher at a mega church. The classic example of this is in Fundamental Baptist churches where the pastor preaches the Gospel in every sermons, and the deeper things of Christian life and conduct are neglected.

God has promised that you will have the Holy Ghost to teach you the truth as you study his Word. Why are you making a guru of your preacher and letting him do all the work of Bible study? God bluntly told you to do your own study.

 

THE PRIESTHOOD OF THE BELIEVER

1 Peter 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

You do not NEED a priest (pastor) in order to faithfully show forth the praises of Jesus Christ to the world. You ARE a priest, at least according to the Apostle Peter under inspiration.

At the end of the same chapter, Peter says this:

1 Peter 2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

If you keep returning to the pastor of your local church every Sunday, under the stupid impression that he will make you like Jesus Christ, you are a blithering idiot. Furthermore, what would you look like if you only ate food one day a week, say, on Sunday? You would be a physical wreck. And so, you are a spiritual wreck if you think two sermons on Sunday, and a Bible study snack on Wednesday evening, will make you a strong Christian and a useful priest of Christ.

Consider another fact about the New Testament. When the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a local church, he did not send along a Commentary by John Calvin so that the church members could figure out what Paul was teaching. Here were Paul's instructions about his letters:

Colossians 4:16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

1 Thessalonians 5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

These letters from Paul were read in the assembly, and the ordinary church member was expected to be edified and taught life principles and doctrine by listening to the letter being read. Then, the letters were passed on to other local churches to be read.

Furthermore, these early Church believers did not have the whole 66 books of the Bible to cross reference. A letter from the Apostle Paul was anticipated to bring maturity and strength to the lives of the believers without any other Bible books. This is not to imply that they never checked on Paul's teaching by referencing the Old Testament if they could get their hands on a scroll at the synagogue.

Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

God has arranged, by the invention of the printing press, for you to be able to afford to carry around all 66 books of the Bible. That is the only commentary you need. If the plain sense makes good sense, don't look for any other sense.

And, if you are a bit slow and unskilled at even reading and comprehension, that is exactly what God likes. You are the kind of saint he has "chosen" to take the most profound Bible truth and make it clearly understood by other Bible believers, especially your wife and kids.

1 Corinthians 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

The greatest evil in a Bible college or seminary education is that students graduate with big heads. They are taught, by example, that they are to see themselves as glorious.

I have gone to preacher's rallies, and they make me want to puke. These punk preachers stand around the foyer, before preaching times, bragging on their church attendance and how many Sunday School buses they have rolling on Sunday morning. They slap one another on the back, like the photo at the top of this article, and they shine on one another with sickening flattery. Then, during the meeting time, they make jokes about their seminary days which are designed to exalt the schools they attended. These conversations, and all pulpit introductions, were liberally laced with flattery one for another. Flattery is of Satan..... ALWAYS. If your pastor flatters you, find another pastor. He is speaking for Satan.

SOME OF THESE SCHOLARS ARE EXPENSIVE ALSO
2 Peter 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

PREACHERS OF LA...... Rather, LO
These spiritual thugs are extreme admittedly, but this gaudy exaltation of men is what God hates.
I'M WONDERFUL, BELIEVE ME

HERE IS A WELL KNOWN GODLY PREACHER
The point? There is nothing in the Bible text the preacher used that you cannot understand and apply to life if you are willing to do your own plowing. Martin Lloyd Jones was a British doctor who was the physician to the royal family. He left that fame and became a Bible teacher. It is not his intellect, nor his polished King's English or elocution, which made him useful to God. He never attended any Bible training college or university. He simply did his own digging in the Bible, and God used him to teach others. You can find the same gold mine Martin Lloyd Jones found if you start doing your own digging now.

HERE IS DONALD TRUMP SHOWING HIS LUST FOR FLATTERY
This men is possibly the most insecure President the USA has ever had. He not only encourages people around him to heap flattery on him, he also flatters himself constantly. The reason you do not see Democrats complain about this is because they are just like him. All politicians have to flatter themselves in excess in order to get elected and stay in office. This is the most ugly side of democracy, and this is the reason God has a very low regard for democracy. Witness the great image in Daniel. Democracy is iron and clay. Do you need flattery to feel good about your Christian life? If you do, and you find it, you may not even be born again.

 

BEREANS

Acts 17:10 And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.
11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
12 Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.

Paul calls the Bereans "more noble" than the Thessalonicans because they did not take Paul's word for it. They went home, or went and got the Bible scrolls out at the synagogue, and they checked up on Paul to see if he was telling the truth.

The result was that many Bereans believed in Jesus Christ. And, honorable woman were converted because of the results of their checking up on Paul. If you do not check up on what you pastor teaches, you are not a noble Christian. You are following a Christian guru, and YOU ARE LAZY.

Bernie Taylor was a man in the church I pastored in the High Desert of California. He often challenged me with questions based on sermons I preached. He was not rude, but he felt he needed to get some answers to questions. I did not resent this at all because Bernie was really growing in the Lord. One Sunday, he asked me, "How can I check up on you, pastor, and see if you are really getting the Greek word meanings right?" My old nature did not like that question, but my zeal to see Christians grow convicted me at once. I told him I would buy him a copy of Vine's Greek word studies. I did so, and gave the book to Bernie. A couple of years later, I was visiting Bernie's home, and I saw his Bible and Vine's Word Studies sitting on the floor next to his chair. The Vine's had been totally destroyed by much use. Bernie had been having a great time doing a lot more than Checking up on me. He was using the Vine's during his personal Bible study.

Are you a "noble Berean?"

 

CLARITY OF THE SCRIPTURES

We need to decide, once and for all, if the Word of God is clear enough for the ordinary man to understand. Many Bible scholars today do not believe the Bible is clear enough for you to understand without a seminary education. These men are simply craving the lordship over you and the local church. These snob Ph.D.s in many seminaries, have taught your pastor that he is essential in order for you to clearly understanding the Bible and the will of God for you.

So, is this the way God delivered his law and Word to Israel?

Deuteronomy 30:10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off.
12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it.

And, when God inspired the writers of the New Testament to write books, he did not change his method of communicating with Bible believers. Neither are the truths of God only found only in a seminary or Bible college classroom. Any pastor who preaches this is in direct violation of the text above. God has, by divine premeditation and predestination, caused his Word to be delivered to men who would put the truths they heard from God into ordinary easy to understand forms. This is why Paul said the following:

2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The Word of God is not the "private" property of intellectual theologians who have plenty of degrees but no temperature.

And.....

1 Corinthians 1:17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

God has made the wisdom of the great biblical scholar to be foolishness. This is because God planned for the great truths of the Bible to be understood by people who crave plain words.

Paul said, 1 Corinthians 2:3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

Verse 4 implies something powerful, friend. You need to do your own thinking as you read the Bible. What is implied here? The clear meaning is that when the Holy Spirit is delivering truth, as in the Bible, he does it in plain easy to understand language. God is not some high minded person who wants to leave you in total suspense as to what he wants to say to you. God talks to you as you are, and the Holy Spirit knows you personally. He is not in this divine process to befuddle you with big words and high thoughts.

KISS- Keep It Simple Saint.

It is far better to be plain in speech,
yet walking openly and consistently with the gospel,
than to be admired by thousands, and be lifted up in pride…
(Matthew Henry)

While I was at BIOLA University in the 1960s, a friend of mine was a student across the campus in Talbot Seminary. My friend was famous, even as a student, for his mastery of Calvinism. One day, he told me that Cornelius VanTil, a Dutch Reformed scholar, and a card carrying Calvinist, was invited to preach at the seminary chapel hour. My friend told me all the students tried to take notes of VanTil's message, and only Dr. Feinburg, the seminary president, could keep up with VanTil. The reason, my friend said, was that VanTil was so profound and erudite that he was far above all the students. That man, my dear reader, was worthless as tits on a boar hog in a Louisiana swamp. I once bought a book by VanTil, and it was so high minded and scholarly that I threw it away. And for the record, I can plow right alone with some of the men who like to plow deep. I never wasted my money worse than on that book by VanTil.

2 Corinthians 10:10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.
11 Let such an one think this, that, such as we are in word by letters when we are absent, such will we be also in deed when we are present.

Now, think please..... What does verse 11 imply? Answer: "If you thought I was weak, and my speech contemptible, when you read my letters, guess what? That is exactly the same way I will be when I come to visit your church." You did not find Paul standing in a group of five of six church leaders waxing eloquent and exalting his own ministry. Paul would have been sitting in the corner talking about Christ with some mentally handicapped kid. I will tell you the truth..... if you can explain the Gospel so that a kid with autism can understand it, you have mastered that doctrine better than any triple Ph.D. from Dallas Seminary.

The discussion of Cornelius VanTil brings up another issue. The Roman Catholic Church, from 300 AD to the 1500s, buried the Bible under mystery, and their Canon Law. Defining all their doctrine, was as tricky as a contract to buy General Motors. Martin Luther, William Tyndale, and all the Reformers were obsessed with making the Bible so plain and open that the ordinary plowman could understand it. Many Reformers actually were burned at the stake for helping the common Christian understand the Word of God. In this, these men should be remembered as heroes.

But, sadly, along came John Calvin and John Knox, and with other Reformers they started writing "confessions" which added high toned verbose descriptions of what they believed in legal language. Soon, the average Christian was forced to become a Philadelphia lawyer and be able to debate and expound these confessions in order to be "confirmed" as a sho nuff Reformed Christian. This progressed, and soon every famous Reformation leader felt obligated to write a 24 or 38 volume commentary. To this day, Calvin's Institutes, and his commentary, are exalted to the same authority as the Bible itself by many Dutch Reformed, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Anglican scholars and pastors. These writings are presented as essential to anyone who wants to study the Bible. In past years, my own experience with commentaries was that, when I found a Bible verse I could not understand, I went to some commentary, and the writer skipped that verse. He was no wiser than I am. Why buy one of these $600 sets, only to find that the author only talked about the Bible texts you can already easily understand on your own?

Thus, the average Reformed church member is timid and terrified of studying the Bible on his own unless he has a double domed domini with a doctorate bossing the Bible study. Much ado is made of the Reformer's notions, and the Greek is parsed and mulled over until the sincere seeker is totally in awe of the scholar more than the Savior. This process can all go to Hell in my book. If you are stupid enough to allow some conceited self-aggrandizing pimp of some seminary to rob you of the study of the Bible, you are a fool. And I say that, as always, in all good Christian charity. Regular readers here all know how gentle and patient I am with self-exalting scholars..... NOT.

1 Corinthians 14:8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

Who is blowing the trumpet of truth, human scholars, or the Holy Spirit? In fact, the Bible tells us what to do with these men who use clever preaching, big words, and chatter about "the original Greek" to intimidate church members. DR. PETER SELLERS, THE SCHOLAR FROM PRINCETON WHO WOULD NOT DIE.

Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.
18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

When a pastor, evangelist, or wandering special speaker is known for his "fair speech," that is, his fantastic way of shelling the corn, so that people are in awe of the man rather than in awe of Jesus Christ, that man is a devil and a servant of Satan. Read that again please.

Any man who helps you take your eyes off of the Lord Jesus, and who causes you to doubt your own mind when reading your Bible, and who draws all men to himself instead of to Jesus, is devil possessed. That is what Jack Hyles was. Churches which had sold their souls to Jack Hyles had deacons running around with "100% for Hyles" buttons on their lapels on Sunday morning. "Jesus is just OK, but we are for Hyles."

The Bible is an easy book to read, and it is just as likely to be understood clearly by YOU as by a Ph.D. from Temple Baptist College or Crown College. The Bible scholar from Dallas Seminary, who is exalted as a fantastic Bible teacher, is not any more likely to understand the Word of God than some lowly deacon in Appalachia.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

God did not say that his revelation was "clearly seen" only if you have a Masters degree from Dallas Seminary. God created you so that you would be ready to receive his revelation and understand it.

Here is what God thought of these high toned scholars in the Old Testament era:

Jeremiah 23:30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith.
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

2 Timothy 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

All that is needed for truth to shine forth in your soul, my friend, is YOU, a copy of a black backed KING JIMMY, and the HOLY GHOST. What follows will be just as deep as it needs to get for the Gospel to be exalted and Christ glorified in your life and the life of your family. You are your wife's and kids' pastor. Never forget that, sir.

ALSO, WHO IS THE AUTHORITY IN YOUR LIFE AND HOME?

 

TOOLS FOR BIBLE STUDY

Technology has brought the present day Christian many sources to help do his own study.

E-SWORD This is a free Bible study program full of many features to help learn word meanings and find cross references and contextual meanings.

For $60 you can now buy the full version of SWORD SEARCHER. This is the most complete Bible study software available. It has many features and will even search for words you misspell. It allows you an area to do Bible studies and save your notes and thoughts. This resource is more help than you can get in four years of a Bible major at Bob Jones University. How can I say that? Experience, sir. I had a Bible study in the High Desert of California long ago, and a Bob Jones graduate attended. He told me he had not learned, as a graduate of Bob Jones U., the simple methods of Bible study we used in that group.

You may want to buy a chain reference Bible. I believe this can be of help. There are references with the text to find other Bible texts on the subject. I would discourage you from buying a study Bible that has notes added by someone at the bottom of the pages. This tempts you to make a guru of the man who wrote the notes. Keep a notebook in which you make notes about what you study. A wide margin Bible lets you make notes in the margin of the Bible. HERE IS A REFERENCE AND WIDE MARGINED CAMBRIDGE BIBLE IF YOU CAN AFFORD IT.

Make a time and place where you study the Bible. You may study with someone, but if you study alone, you will find that the Lord will bless you in a special way. Do not assume that daily Bible reading in the morning or evening is study. Bible study is work, though it is a blessed work.

Study a whole book of the Bible all the way through. Pot shot study, in which you pick topics that you think you need to deal with, is a poor discipline. You will miss the feeling of plowing the whole field of a whole book. What would you think of a farmer who plowed an acre here and an acre over there because he liked those acres better than others?

If you share what you are learning with your pastor, and he clearly shows that he does not approve, find another church. A pastor who resents you doing your own Bible study is a Bastard Son, not a servant of Christ.

Finally, encourage your spouse and kids to study their own Bibles. The reason so many Christian kids are slipping away from Christ and their profession of faith today is because no one expects them to feed themselves spiritually.

Having said the above, please do NOT imagine you must have outside sources or software in order to understand the Bible alone. That is blasphemy against the Holy Ghost whom Christ sent to teach you. But, if you can find ways to learn what all of the bible says on some topic by using a study help that has done that for you, this is helpful. Just be a noble Berean and check every source against the rest of the Bible. Also, never feel obligated to accept the opinions of scientists, even Christians who are in the sciences. This will tempt you to believe that the Bible does not have all the revelation you need.

1 Timothy 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Finally, do get yourself a King James Version (not "NKJV"). The KJV is the Bible God used to bring us all the great revivals over 350 years of the Church Age, and all the new translations remove many verses, and the name of Jesus hundreds of times. If you come on a word that is old English, just drop it into Google and ask for "definition," and you will know the meaning at once.

 

CONCLUSION

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

You are a priest of God now, as we saw above, and this verse in The Revelation tells you that you will be a priest of God during the Messianic reign of Christ. Maybe if you study your Bible more now, you will not have to go to Priest's Bible College in Jerusalem because Jesus decides you don't know enough Bible to reign with him yet. I confess, I made that bit up about the Bible college, but how will you feel with a fellow named Zephaniah comes up to you in the Messianic Kingdom and says, "Did you ever read my book, sir?" And, you say, "I think I did. Was it published by Zondervan or Barnes and Noble?"

 

 

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