John 4:24 - God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.
We are living in a time when biblical literacy is at an all-time low. Very few people really know what the Bible teaches and many who claim to know are less knowledgeable than they realize. What is perhaps even more disturbing is that many leaders in evangelical churches do not seem interested in correcting biblical illiteracy in their own congregations.
This point was made clear to me at a worship service I attended a few months ago. It was at a well-known evangelical church. This church has a history of doing significant ministry, but in recent years has been sliding toward neo-evangelicalism in an effort to keep the crowds growing. At the service I attended the preacher addressed his lack of concern for biblical accuracy when he said “One hundred million people watched the Bible series on TV so it doesn't matter if it had a lot of theological errors in it." Those were his exact words. Since I only watched a portion of that particular TV show, I am not in a place to judge whether it was accurate or not. The point I want to make is that according to that preacher, if a large enough group of people watch something, it does not matter how theologically correct it is. I was shocked to hear him say it. Truth is truth regardless of how many people believe it. If that particular depiction of the stories of the Bible were as inaccurate as that man made it seem, then one hundred million people now think they know something about the Bible when in fact they do not. And that preacher was okay with it! No wonder the American church is in trouble.
Biblical truth is important. Whether viewed, listened to or explained to a large number or only a few. If it is not accurate, then it is not biblical truth. Once we begin to accept that truth again, then our understanding of the Bible will begin to grow again.
Lord, help us understand the importance of biblical truth. Help us listen to Your Spirit’s voice when we hear error so that we recognize that it is false. Give pastors discernment as they preach, to only preach your Word. Amen.
Dr. Terry W. Dorsett has served as a missionary, pastor and denominational leader in New England since 1993. He is happily married to his college sweetheart and enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren. He is the author of numerous books including “The Heavenly Mundane: Daily Devotions from Ordinary Experiences.” You can find his complete list of books at: http://www.amazon.com/Dr.-Terry-W.-Dorsett/e/B00405U4NY/