14 March 2013

The Personal Promise Bible Makes God's Word All About You

There are some things, some ideas, that one simply prays are satire. There are those creations of men that cause the Christian who loves God's Word to cry out, "Please, let this be a joke!" The Personal Promise Bible is one of those things.

 
Personal Promise Bible from Watrous Media on Vimeo.

Sadly, though, this is not satire; this is not a joke. There are those seeker-driven pastors who have a frightening tendency to narcigete the biblical text. That is, they consistently misinterpret the text, reading themselves and their audience into a passage that is not about them. Now they finally have a Bible that does the hard work for them.
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The endorsements of this product should not surprise, as names such as Brian Houston of Hillsong Church and influential figure of the New Apostolic Reformation, Dutch Sheets, are found at the top of the list.

True Christians who have been saved by God's grace, however, know that the Bible is not about them. The Bible is about God, His work in human history and, most importantly, it is about Jesus Christ. From Genesis to Revelation, our Lord and Savior is present as God shares with His children the story of redemption.

News of the Personal Promise Bible quickly brought to mind a rather appropriate sermon that was preached a little over a year ago by Matt Chandler at, ironically, Steven Furtick's Code Orange Revival. Though there are reasons to be discerning of Chandler's ministry, the irony cannot be ignored that this message was preached at an event that quite possibly boasted the greatest lineup of 'narcigetes' ever.


The Bible is not about you. Stop making it about you. And if you have to insert your name into the biblical text before you can find Bible study edifying, then you best step back and examine yourself to determine whether you truly are in the faith (2 Cor. 13:5).

The Bible is about Jesus. If that's not good enough for you, if that doesn't delight and rejoice you, if that doesn't stir you to read the Word in order to learn more about Him, then stop calling yourself a Christian.

HT: Stand Up for the Truth

Further Reading
Discernment and Revelation
John Calvin on the Spirit and the Word
The Christian and Non-Christian Contrasted

5 comments:

  1. This is just so sick and on so many levels yet it will gain a hold in "me" culture and "me" religion. For people will be lovers of themselves... 2 Timothy 3:1-5

    ~ Despeville

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    1. I agree dear brother. Same verse that came to mind immediately.

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    2. :0) SDG

      ~ Despeville

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  2. Why are there some reasons to be discerning about Matt chandlers ministry? Do you have any information or links? :)

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    1. Hi Matt,

      The link to an overview is included in the article, but just to make it easy, here you go.

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